Book Review: Partials by Dan Wells

April 9, 2012

Dan Wells, author of the I Am Not a Serial Killer series takes a leap out of the horror genre and into post apocalyptic sci-fi.

Partials tells the story of Kira, a teenage medical intern in the Maternity ward where every child dies shortly after birth. Killed by the insidious virus RM. She’s sick of seeing the children die, and knows humans will go extinct if they cant reproduce. It’s been eleven years since a baby survived. To make matters worse the thinly veiled totalitarian government, forces all young women to get pregnant as often as possible, hoping that somehow a child will be born immune.

Kira desperately wants to find a cure for RM, but the finest minds of the forty thousand remaining humans on the planet haven’t been able to find one, so how can she?

They’ve looked everywhere for a cure except for in the blood of their most hated enemies. The Partials. Genetically engineered living weapons who all but annihilated the human race by releasing the RM virus. No-one has seen a Partial since the war and now Kira wants to cross over to the mainland from Long Island and find one without getting everyone in her group killed, or restarting the Partial war and exterminating the last survivors of the human race.

I enjoyed Partials. It had adventure, excitement, romance, and gun-battles. I found myself looking up at the clock and saying, “Three AM? How did that happen?”

The only real problem I had with Partials wasn’t really Dan Wells fault. His action scenes are actually pretty good and he’s got a lot of them in Partials. Unfortunately the book I happened to read just before Partials was Dead Six, by Larry Corriea and Mike Kupari. Both of whom are serious gun nuts, Larry used to be a firearms instructor and gunseller, and Mike defuses IED’s so it would be hard for anyone to compare with them in the action department.

I just kept wishing for a tiny bit more gun details. Heck the book takes place about sixty years in the future, so there was plenty of opportunity for some nifty gun stuff. Unfortunately every gun in the book was either a rifle, shotgun or pistol. That was the entire description of the weaponry. Oh well, Dan’s not a gun geek, but his writing makes up for it in plenty of areas. The characters are great, the world is detailed, and the plot had several, “holy crap!” plot twists. So yeah, Partials is a definite buy.

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Monster Hunter Alpha Book Review

August 25, 2011

Copper Lake Michigan, the middle of nowhere on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

All was quiet and peaceful until the Alpha (psst he’s the bad guy) found what had been hidden a mile beneath the surface for sixty years. Earl Harbinger, veteran Monster Hunter and all around bad ass strolls into town, along with a couple of government goons, some mercenary monster hunters and a Russian Werewolf.

Things are going to get messy.

Those big things with the metal claws? Yeah they are as bad as they look.

The bullets and fur fly as Earl ends up in the middle of a massive pack of zombie werewolves hell bent on taking the entire town. The snow is stained red as the body count climbs faster than the interest rate on a college students delinquent credit card.

Along the way Earl bumps into a redheaded cop named Heather who isn’t about to let some measly werewolves destroy her town. Not if she’s still got a shotgun and an attitude to back it up.

Did I mention the Russian Werewolf? He’s not exactly an old friend, but he is trying to reconnect with Earl, just at a few thousand feet per second.

When facing monsters if at first you don’t succeed, get a bigger gun. Well Earl Brings one. A Carl Gustov 84 millimeter anti-tank weapon!

It's a really big gun.

Yes he does shoot monsters with it! Why? Well because Earl only has two rules for monsters to follow.

1. Leave Humans alone.

2. Stay off my bad side.

Yep you guessed it. Some monsters kinda broke both the ever living hell out of those rules.

I’m not sure how but the Monster Hunter series just keeps getting better. I found myself turning pages at two in the morning saying, “Just one more chapter.” And if you love action, and monster killing, you will too.

Pick up Monster Hunter Alpha today, or Earl will kill a kitten.

He probably won’t but why take the chance?


Monster Hunter Alpha

August 22, 2011

So I finished this slice of awesomeness this weekend. It was epic. It’s a little different than the previous two MHI books but in my humble opinion it’s better.

Full review to follow.


Gorgon by Zachary Hill Book Review

June 22, 2011

We’ve seen it a thousand times. Our hero prince “Fill-in-the-blank” is mighty handy with a sword, all the tavern wenches love him, and he rides a mighty warhorse into battle while wearing gleaming plate mail. And commits genocide against all sorts of interesting creatures because they aren’t like him. Yawn. Well I’ve got some good news. If you take a look at the cover you’ll instantly discover that this isn’t a book about some hair net wearing prince.

Gorgon by Zachary Hill

No, Gorgon tells the tale of Nayda a young woman who just happens to be… wait for it… a Gorgon! Remember the vile snake woman Medusa who Perseus kills in Clash of the Titans and then uses the decapitated head to turn the Kraken to stone?

Yes that’s a Gorgon. But Nayda is actually kind of pretty, a girl with snake hair… mmm. Where was I. Oh yes just like Medusa she can turn people to stone with just her gaze. But it horrifies her. She’s not a vicious monster; no she just wants to be left alone to live on her little island.

Do you think she gets her wish? This is an epic fantasy, so of course she doesn’t! No, Nayda is kidnapped… err gorgonnapped by some nefarious folks and sold to the Imperial army. It seems the a girl who can turn your enemies to stone if they look at her is worth a pretty penny. The human army knows those elves won’t know what hit them!

But those tricky elves make good cannons and matchlock weapons. Yes this fantasy actually has some guns in it! You know since the first firearms were developed around 1100 AD it’s strange that there aren’t more fantasy novels with firearms in them.

So pick up Gorgon by Zachary Hill, you won’t be disappointed.

You can buy it for both the Nook and Kindle so click, download and enjoy!


Hard Magic Book Review

May 25, 2011

Sunday I finished Hard Magic by Larry Corriea. The author of the New York Times best selling , Monster Hunter International series.

I didn’t know they sold deep fried awesome!

Hard Magic

Hard Magic is an action packed 1930’s alternate history pulp novel with gangsters, magic, ninjas, and dirigibles! How awesome is that? Jake Sullivan, is an ex-con, and a veteran of World War One. Except in this timeline the Kaiser had a few Necromancers on the payroll. As soon as his soldiers were killed they were raised from the dead and sent back into the fight.

Sullivan is a Heavy, though he prefers the term, “Gravity Spiker.” He can alter the pull and direction of gravity, which can lead to making his enemies fall up, turning his body as dense as a rock, or just straight up squishing the bad guys.

Faye is a young Okie farm-girl who’s family sells her as they’re running away from the dust-bowl. Fortunately they sell her to a man who also shares her power of teleportation. They’re called travelers and they’re some of the rarest forms of Actives, people who have magical abilities, because they usually end up teleporting themselves into something before they figure out how to control their magic. Faye became my favorite character, she learns how to seriously kick butt, and she does!

The list of awe inspiring powers goes on and on, Torch, Cog, Crackler, Healer, Brute, Fade etc. Each of the powers is weaved into the story each filling a part of the greater power. Unlike most “urban” fantasies this one has everyone out in the open. People take for granted the fact that there’s magic in the world. Some people embrace it, others fear it. And the bad guys, well they obviously want to use it to control the world.

I almost forgot to mention the Dirigible pirates, Tesla super weapons, John Moses Browning, and General Black Jack Pershing, are all in this book. I don’t know how he managed to cram so much awesome into one book but he did. Also firearms play an important roles in the the book. Because sometimes it’s just easier to shoot the summoned demon with your Thompson Sub Machine Gun or Browning Automatic Rifle than go toe to toe with him magically.

So if you like depression era private eye stories, awesome fight scenes, historical fiction, fantasy, and shootouts then pick up Hard Magic yesterday because this book has something in it for you. Just don’t forget to fasten your seat-belt before your start reading. 😉


Gorgon by Zachary Hill

May 18, 2011

Book Review, Gorgon

We’ve seen it a thousand times. Our hero prince “Fill-in-the-blank” is mighty handy with a sword, all the tavern wenches love him, and he rides a mighty warhorse into battle while wearing gleaming plate mail. And then commits genocide against all sorts of interesting creatures because they aren’t like him. Yawn.

Well I’ve got some good news! If you take a look at the cover you’ll instantly discover that this isn’t a book about some hair net wearing prince. No, Gorgon tells the tale of Nayda a young woman who just happens to be… wait for it… a Gorgon!

Gorgon by Zachary Hill

Remember the vile snake woman Medusa who Perseus kills in Clash of the Titans? Then he used her decapitated head to turn the Kraken to stone? Yes that kind of Gorgon. But unlike the hideous Medusa Nayda is actually kind of pretty, a girl with snake hair… mmm. Where was I?

Oh yes just like Medusa she can turn people to stone with her gaze. But it horrifies her. She’s no vicious monster; she just wants to be left alone to live on her little island. Do you think she gets her wish? This is an epic fantasy, so of course she doesn’t!

No, Nayda is kidnapped… err gorgonnapped by some nefarious folks and sold to the Human Imperial army. It seems the tactical uses of a girl who can turn your enemy to stone if they look at her are worth a pretty penny. The army thinks those elves won’t know what hit them! But those tricky elves make good cannons and matchlock weapons and fire back. Yes this fantasy actually has guns in it! You know since the first firearms were developed around 1100 AD it’s strange that there aren’t more fantasy novels with firearms in them.

So pick up Gorgon by Zachary Hill, you won’t be disappointed.