Author: Travis

The Fools Run

The Fools Run

In The Fools Run Kidd, the artist, computer expert and sometimes criminal, is hired to retrieve stolen technology and destroy the defense contractor responsible for the theft.   With a thief named LuEllen backing him up Kidd finds that there is much more at play then simple industrial espionage. This book involves computers and was written very early in the digital age, something that might bother a lot of people reading this book years after it was written.  While it doesn’t bug me I can see how the dated technology could throw some readers.  It is important to note that the computers in the book are a plot point and not the real focus of the book.  Like Sanford’s other work The Fools Run is more about Kidd’s ability to think his way around situations. This book really gives you what readers of other Sandford titles have come to expect; an… Read more »

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Pandemic

Pandemic

Review by Travis Starnes An alien intelligence launches one last shot at the human race causing a new disease to take hold and bring humanity to the brink of extinction.  Pandemic is the third book, and apparently the last book, in the Infected series.  The series revolves around an alien intelligence attempts to destroy humanity, and humanity’s response. While this book is clearly a sequel and assumes previous knowledge of events earlier in the series it drops enough breadcrumbs to keep up with what is going on.  This is good because I had never read any parts of the infected series and had no idea what was going on.  While I was lost for a chapter getting my bearings the book moves at a rapid enough pace that it doesn’t take long to catch hold. And that pacing is probably the best thing about this book.  It moves very fast… Read more »

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What Remains

What Remains

Review by Travis Starnes Set just before and during the zombie apocalypse What Remains follows a young survivor as she escorts a doctor and two of her young friends from the safety of one camp to another, and through the horrors beyond their sheltered homes. I love a good zombie book and this promised to be just that.  While I am generally prefer older protagonists everything about the setting of this book was the standard fare that I generally love.  The problem is the book just isn’t very good. The overall plotting came off as very juvenile to me.  I don’t really know anything about Kay Holland, but if I found out she was a teenager I would not be shocked. Everything from the plotting to the dialogue to the kid who was training his whole life for the apocalypse would seem more at place in a badly written direct… Read more »

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SnapShot

SnapShot

Review by Travis Starnes An estranged father and daughter look back at the events surrounding the murder of a civil rights leader in the 1960s, a murder the two of them experienced first hand when both were much younger.  Snapshot is somewhere between a standard mystery/thriller and a fictional look back at the troubled 60s. I am torn by this book.  It is both a run of the mill, middle of the road mystery and a fairly interesting story.  Every time I think about the book I can’t tell if I thought it was just ok or really liked it, because it hit me in two completely different ways. The first way is in how the book is presented.  As a mystery novel there isn’t much that got me going.  The mystery is not overly complicated, although the book piles on the intrigue to make it seem more intricate, and… Read more »

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Mutineers’ Moon

Mutineers’ Moon

Review by Travis Starnes Mutineer’s Moon is the first book in the Dahak series following the giant ship Dahak and it’s bonded human Colin McIntyre as they try to thwart a group descended from high tech mutineers bent on taking back the ship and its awesome power. This book has many things to like about it. Weber definitely steps outside of his comfort zone for sections of this title, and while not all of it works, I was glad to see him stretch his limits a bit. The first thing that catches my attention is the use of genetically altered humans fighting among normal people. In a way, it is incredibly reminiscent of Sterling’s ‘Draka’ series, especially the final book in that series. Weber manages to write these characters in a way that they seem superhuman but not out of the bounds of reality. The characters are all very well… Read more »

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Doctor Who: The Clockwise Man

Doctor Who: The Clockwise Man

Review by Travis Starnes Doctor Who: The Clockwise Man is the first book in a new series that follows along, and intertwines, with the re-launch of Doctor Who that started in 2005.  This book features the 9th doctor, played by Christopher Eccleston on the show, with Rose as his companion and takes place during the first season of the show.  In the book the Doctor and Rose have landed in 1920s England and must deal with a killer roaming the street, a missing TARDIS and a house full of secrets. I am a fan of the new run of Doctor Who, although not its earlier incarnations, and this is my first run at one of the Doctor Who books.  The first thing that really stands out to me is how close they held to the feeling of the show.  Both Rose and the Doctor read on the page just as… Read more »

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Bad Wolf

Bad Wolf

Review by Travis Starnes Bad Wolfis the 6th book in the Bodenstein & Kirchoff series although it is published as the second story in the US. It follows two inspectors as they investigate two seemingly unconnected crimes, a murdered 16 year old and a kidnapped TV reporter.  As they begin to connect the two events the inspectors head down a trail that will take them into the highest echelons of society. I had a little trouble getting into this book.  While it is a pretty straight forward detective style mystery I just had too many problems connecting with the characters.  The one thing that really stood out to me is the similarities this has to mystery books that were created in Sweden.  I know this is the authors 2nd US release and previously Nehaus was mostly a European writer but other than that I am not familiar with her origin,… Read more »

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The Polaris Protocol

The Polaris Protocol

Review by Travis Starnes The Polaris Protocol is the 4th book in the Pike Logan series, not counting the large number of short stories Taylor has put out, and has Pike and Jennifer headed south of the border to stop a plan to interfere with the GPS infrastructure while trying to rescue Jennifer’s brother from the hands of the Cartels.  If that sounds like a lot of stuff happening in one book, it is.  But it also works. This is the first book I have read in this series and Taylor does really good job onboarding new readers before setting off on high adventure.  The prolog to the book has Pike and Jennifer, and the rest of the taskforce team, finishing up a mission.  Much like the start to a James Bond film this works really well as a device to introduce the characters and give a sense of their… Read more »

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Certain Prey

Certain Prey

Review by Travis Starnes In Certain Prey Davenport teams with a pair of FBI agents to track down a ruthless killer for hire.  Unlike most of the earlier books in the series where Davenport is pitted against someone out for personal gain or a straight psychopath, this installment his foe is much more meticulous. This book has a different feel then the previous parts of the prey series.  In earlier books he was reacting to the criminal’s actions trying to stop them before whatever plan the bad guy came to fruition.  In Certain Prey Sandford has reversed the roles with the bad guy being pushed by Davenport and company, reacting to his moves.  The feel of the book is definitely different and really helps pump some new life into the series.  While I have enjoyed every installment so far I was starting to notice a pattern in the stories so… Read more »

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