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Prima (The Vanguards)

Sugar and Daedalus face danger and new surroundings as he has to deal with returning to his Prime territory and she has to deal with her future.

In this book, we finally find out more about Daedelus and what’s been driving Sugar since her attack.

I enjoyed this book. Each time Annie Nicholas writes a Vanguard book, more information is revealed about the characters.

Each book builds on the last as well as building a world that makes me want to learn more.

I would love a longer book to be able to really dig into the characters but that’s how Annie writes her books.

I’ve now bought every book in the Vanguard series and hope that more are written.

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Goodbye Paper Books – Hello Ebooks

Hello to Ebooks, Goodbye to Paper Books

Seth Godin quote from his post - An End of Ebooks

I love reading.  I love books, ebooks, magazines, articles, flyers, you name it, if I can read it, I’ll try.

I remember as a kid reading Mum’s romances, Dad’s westerns and the encyclopedia.  I also lived in the school library, borrowing books to read at lunchtime and to take home.  If it had words on it, I read it.

Recently I had to move a bookcase to clear an area to get some work done.  It’s a 6 foot high bookcase, 4 foot wide. It was stacked two books deep and 2 books high in every shelf.  Emptying that bookcase filled up 9 cardboard storage boxes.  I haven’t read most of those books for years, but I can’t get rid of them.

These are old friends who I used to re-read on a regular basis.  Running my fingers over my library and deciding what to read today was a pleasure I enjoyed often.

I also value my books.  Books in Australia are expensive.  I currently pay $20 AUD for paperbacks so that’s a lot of money I’ve invested over the years.

Unfortunately, I rarely read my paper books anymore.  They just aren’t as convenient as an ebook.

I’m an Ebook Reader

My kindle smart phone app, .mobi and pdf documents are what I read now.  Currently my Kindle library has over 2500 books in it and growing every day.

The reasons I change to Ebooks

  • Weight – In the past I had to buy handbags that were big and strong enough to hold one or two paper books and now my phone carries 2500+.
  • Convenience - I can read all those books on my mobile phone, any computer, laptop or tablet I own and I can access it anywhere that has an internet connection.
  • Variety – I read books, I re-read books and I hate to be doing nothing.  Books always filled in that ‘wasted time’ for me when standing in line, waiting for something to be done or  just enjoying a lovely sunny day and wanting to relax.  Before, I had to carry two or three books in case I wasn’t in the mood for one or the other. If I don’t feel like reading science fiction, I can look for a fantasy or romance story.

I recently read a post by Seth Groden, where he talks about an end of books.  There have been a lot of changes and he does a great job talking about the coming future for the bookshop, libraries and publishers.  I really enjoyed this post.

Same as with every change for finding our stories, we have gone from from bards and story tellers, to scrolls, then books being very expensive, to mass publishing to ebook publishing.  Changes happen and each time the industry adapts.

As Seth states in his post, “We still need ideas, and ideas need containers.”  Right now, ebooks are the containers and more changes are coming.

Are you a paper book reader or have you changed to ebooks?  Are you undecided and in love with both?

I would love to hear what you prefer to read – paper books or ebooks.

 

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In Her Name: Redemption

In Her Name: Redemption

Michael R. Hicks

This trilogy collection contains the first three novels of the bestselling IN HER NAME science fiction & fantasy saga: EMPIRE, CONFEDERATION, and FINAL BATTLE

I really enjoyed these books.  Micheal R Hicks writes a compelling series that keeps you interested throughout.  It’s pretty rough in some places

EMPIRE

This is the coming-of-age story of Reza Gard, a young boy of the Human Confederation who is swept up in the century-long war with the alien Kreelan Empire. Nightmarish female warriors with blue skin, fangs, and razor sharp talons, the Kreelans have technology that is millennia beyond that of the Confederation, yet they seek out close combat with sword and claw, fighting and dying to honor their god-like Empress. Captured and enslaved, Reza must live like his enemies in a grand experiment to see if humans have souls, and if one may be the key to unlocking an ages old curse upon the Kreelan race. Enduring the brutal conditions of Kreelan life, Reza and a young warrior named Esah-Zhurah find themselves bound together by fate and a prophecy foretold millennia before they were born.

CONFEDERATION

Banished from the Kreelan Empire, Reza is once again a stranger in a strange land as he returns to the human Confederation. Befriended by a marooned Confederation naval officer leading a desperate fight against the Kreelans on a distant colony world, she reunites Reza with Nicole Carré. With their help, he fulfills his childhood dream of becoming a Confederation Marine. Reza will need all the help he can get, for dark forces are at work at the heart of the Confederation, and Reza becomes a pawn in a lethal power struggle that leads him back to the planet Erlang. There, a heartbreaking reunion awaits him, along with the discovery of an ages-old power that the Kreelan Empire will stop at nothing to control.

FINAL BATTLE

Reza awakens in a hospital on Earth after having been in a coma for months. Charged with murder and high treason, he finds himself the scapegoat for a daring plot to assassinate the President of the Confederation. Escaping with the help of Jodi Mackenzie, who is now hunted for what she knows about the death of the president, Reza discovers that something is deeply wrong with the Empire: the warriors have lost their will to fight. Compelled to step into a trap set for him and Jodi, the two once again find themselves bound for Erlang. But this time it is to meet Tesh-Dar, who has been captured. When Reza and Jodi are taken prisoner and sentenced to death, they can only watch as a human armada gathers for a strike against the Kreelan homeworld. But the human fleet – and humanity itself – will be doomed to utter annihilation unless Reza can reach the Empress in time…

Publisher’s Note: This book was previously titled “In Her Name (Omnibus Edition)” and contains minor revisions to the text and new cover art.

The IN HER NAME Series:

THE LAST WAR Trilogy
- FIRST CONTACT (Book 1)
- LEGEND OF THE SWORD (Book 2)
- DEAD SOUL (Book 3)

REDEMPTION Trilogy
- EMPIRE (Book 1)
- CONFEDERATION (Book 2)
- FINAL BATTLE (Book 3)

THE FIRST EMPRESS Trilogy
- FROM CHAOS BORN (Book 1)
- FORGED IN FLAME (2013)
- MISTRESS OF THE AGES (2013)

Techno-Thrillers

HARVEST Trilogy
- SEASON OF THE HARVEST (Book 1)
- BITTER HARVEST (Book 2, June 2012)
- REAPING THE HARVEST (Book 3, Spring 2013)

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