Reviews…reviews…reviews…What Authors Live For!

I’ve been meaning to set up a Review Page on my site for months. I just get so busy, the important stuff is always pushed to a back burner. Reviews are an author’s lifeblood! We live for these little snippets of validation or constructive criticism that will make our next book (or the next manuscript of the same release) better. For those of you who “know” me from my blog, I believe firmly in reviewing everything I read and selecting books strictly to review to support other authors, especially struggling writers that may still be diamonds-in-the-rough or brilliant storytellers that just haven’t been noticed in a big way yet. Aren’t we all in that category a little bit, or am I alone here? I don’t think so!

I have done many, many reviews. You can check them out on amazon or GoodReads, but I want to start posting them on my blog. Everyone deserves a little recognition: the shining stars, the soon-to-be famous, the beginners, the infamous, and especially those who need a little help or need to look for another profession. I say all this tongue-in-cheek. I don’t want to offend anyone. Writing and completing a book is hard work. Don’t let anyone kid you that it’s easy. It’s not. Hanging in there to the end is tough, even with all the technological gadgets that have helped change the writing field in the past 20 years. I’ll try to help with a review, and I’m always available for editorial questions. Check out my editorial services page because an author is only as good as his/her editor, and you’ve heard this from me many times before, you can’t proofread or edit your own work!

I try to review at least one book at week. Please leave your comments on my reviews. Let me know if I’ve intrigued you enough to want to read the selection. Let me know if you disagree. Let’s discuss this…that way everyone wins!

Two Worlds, the Past and the Future, Collide in Outer Space

Orion Cover My rating: 4 Stars
 
The year is roughly 2040. The earth is dying from the lack of enough natural resources to sustain the overly populated planet. NASA is looking for Mars to be the saviour colony.The Chinese are hot on the heels of the launch of the U.S. spaceship Orion, wanting to claim Mars for themselves. Killing vital personnel and attempting to assassinate other crucial Orion crewmembers is how the Chinese plan to get their spacecraft to Mars first. A trusted friend and engineer onboard is also sabotaging the Orion from within. But who is it in this tight-knit group that has worked together and trained together for years? Commander Lawson, on his last trip into space before retirement, has some tough problems to deal with from the moment he finds out his dearest friend and pilot for the Orion has been murdered the morning before the scheduled launch.Enough spoilers…suffice it to say, this action-packed beginning can in no way prepare you for the incredible revelations to follow…the artifacts and fossils of an ancient alien race that once called earth home is to be studied. Those studies leave the reader and the crew of the Orion whirling in Outer space when worlds collide.

DeGiorgia is a good storyteller, whose realism in the research of spacecraft and future innovations carries the plot in a steady stream of predictability until about a little over halfway through the book…then the anticipated, no-surprises action is left in Martian dust on a planet so unlike earth. Definitely worth the read, so hang in there through the well-written, yet predictable, first half to find the explosive, unexpected ending.

Set up well to proceed with a sequel/trilogy. I would have tacked on another star if there hadn’t been such an abrupt change in pace.

I highly recommend this book, and I suspect the 5th star will be forthcoming on the next book(s) in the series. DeGiorgia is a voice of the future, both in genre and in literary achievement. I look forward to more of his work.

 

 

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