Category: Science Fiction

Indiana Belle by John A. Heldt

Posted February 21, 2017 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Adventure, Fiction, Review, Romance, Science Fiction, Series, Time Travel / 0 Comments

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Indiana Belle by John A. HeldtIndiana Belle by John A. Heldt
Series: American Journey #3
Series Rating: five-stars
on April 14th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Romance
Pages: 406
Format: Kindle
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Providence, Rhode Island, 2017. When doctoral student Cameron Coelho, 28, opens a package from Indiana, he finds more than private papers that will help him with his dissertation. He finds a photograph of a beautiful society editor murdered in 1925 and clues to a century-old mystery. Within days, he meets Geoffrey Bell, the "time-travel professor," and begins an unlikely journey through the Roaring Twenties. Filled with history, romance, and intrigue, INDIANA BELLE follows a lonely soul on the adventure of a lifetime as he searches for love and answers in the age of Prohibition, flappers, and jazz.

My take on this book:              First off I am so terribly sorry for this very late review on this book. I am very glad once again for Mr. Heldt for asking me to read and review this book. This book has three different third person point of view chapters scattered throughout the book.

The main character is Cameron Coelho. He is a twenty-eight-year-old doctoral student who is working on his dissertation of the Mid-West during the Roaring Twenties. What I like about him is that despite being a very rich young man he acts like a normal college student trying to finish his degree. I also like how he tries to keep his promise to Geoffrey and himself. Cameron overall is a great and wonderful guy who tries to be a good person despite the trouble that finds him in 1925.

What I like about him is that despite being a very rich young man he acts like a normal college student trying to finish his degree. I also like how he tries to keep his promise to Geoffrey and himself. Cameron overall is a great and wonderful guy who tries to be a good person despite the trouble that finds him in 1925.

What I don’t like about Cameron Coelho is that he can be a bit too overprotective especially of Candice once they get together. I don’t know if you call this a dislike but I kind of found it strange that he fell in love with Candice without meeting her in person. This is truly a minor issue for this character, though, as Mr. Heldt has written him so well that he is very three dimensional in my honest opinion.

The second character is Candice Bell. She is a twenty-five-year-old society writer that lives in 1925 Evansville, Indiana. What I like about Miss Bell is that she has many sides to her that even we, the readers, don’t know all of them. We see her Mid-Western hospitality, the way that she acts as if she can do no wrong in front of her mother, along with how she acts tough when following a lead for a story, she is very stubborn when she is trying to do something that she knows is the right thing to do, and among many others. Candice Bell, in my humble opinion, is much like most women back then would have been. Reading about her is like being able to have a sneak peek into their lives back then. What else I liked about Candice is that she seemed to keep Cameron guessing since the first time they meet face to face.

What I like about Miss Bell is that she has many sides to her that even we, the readers, don’t know all of them. We see her Mid-Western hospitality, the way that she acts as if she can do no wrong in front of her mother, along with how she acts tough when following a lead for a story, she is very stubborn when she is trying to do something that she knows is the right thing to do, and among many others. Candice Bell, in my humble opinion, is much like most women back then would have been. Reading about her is like being able to have a sneak peek into their lives back then. What else I liked about Candice is that she seemed to keep Cameron guessing since the first time they meet face to face.

What I dislike about her is the fact that she was writing articles that were putting her in danger. I know that is something that she loves to do but I just can’t believe that she did that. She should have been thinking about might happen if she exposed these secrets, she might get herself into trouble. I also dislike that she couldn’t see who was one of the ringleaders, that she was trying to put away. Good thing that Cameron helped save her.

For the antagonist, I am still having a hard time deciding. At first, I thought it was time itself seeing as how Cameron is from the year 2017 while Candice is from 1925. Then I thought Geoffrey as I remembered that he told Cameron to not save Candice since she was supposed to die in 1925 so his great-great-great grandparents could meet. Seeing as Geoffrey is Candice’s cousin. However, what I liked about Geoffrey is that he is very cautious regarding information about his time machine and who he allowed to use it. I also liked how he willingly helped Cameron.

What I disliked is that he made Cameron promise him to not get involved with Candice. Another thing I disliked about him is that he wanted to be kept in the loop on almost everything that was going on with Cameron in Indiana.

What moved me about this story is Cameron’s determination to save Candice despite Geoffrey telling him not to. I totally loved the settings and the time travel. I felt like I was transported there through his words so I could be there with the characters. My favorite supporting character I think would have to be Geoffrey’s wife. Mostly because she is extremely observant and sees things that no one else does.

Indiana Belle by John A. Heldt is an amazing book. I am giving this book a five star rating since I couldn’t stop thinking about it at all. In my mind, Mr. Heldt is a fantastic writer that can take you to place you never imagined. I also like his way of time travel as it is different than what we are used to seeing/reading about. This is the second book by him that I have read and I can’t wait to read his other books.

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About John A. Heldt

John A. Heldt is the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage and American Journey series. The former reference librarian and award-winning sportswriter has loved getting subjects and verbs to agree since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Iowa, Heldt is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction.


Disclosure: The Future Is Now

Posted February 2, 2016 by karenbaron in Adult Fiction, Fiction, Review, Science Fiction / 0 Comments

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Disclosure: The Future Is NowDisclosure: The Future Is Now by Graham Clingbine
Series: The Future Is Now #1
Series Rating: three-stars
Published by Matador on October 28th 2015
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 442
Format: Kindle
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A story of strange experiences about what happens when events in the future return to affect the past.
Disclosure traces the life of Kevin Powell from the age of eight when he is living with his mum Sylvie. He undergoes a number of strange experiences that his young mind cannot interpret and that he assumes are a normal part of growing up.
As a teenager, Kevin supports his mum when she falls ill and requires surgery to remove a mysterious object of unknown origin and function. In adulthood, he again has a number of realistic nightmare-like visions. He sees his wife and mum in a bizarre, unfamiliar environment. Revelations of a depopulated planet Earth are shown to him from the distant future. He is placed in a dilemma which sets his love for his daughter against an uncertain future on Earth...
Disclosure will appeal to both sci-fi fans and individuals interested in UFOs and related phenomena. For many years, strange sights have been observed in the skies and Disclosure references UFO sightings back to distant civilizations such as those of Sumeria, ancient Egypt and the Mayans. It forwards through history, right up to the present time, also looking at what US presidents may or may not have known about UFOs and alien contact, conspiracy theories, abductions and contacts, observations by pilots, secret bases and ‘black ops’, back engineering, government programmes like Project Blue Book, crop circles, subatomic particles, novel technology and much more.

My take on this book: Disclosure: The Future Is Now by Dr. Graham Clingbine is a very interesting read. The author does know what he is talking about in the book for the scientific aspects of the book and for the child stuff as well. His theories were sound but just theories. I am giving this book three stars as it did seem interesting but as you got into the book you will be overwhelmed with the words that didn’t make some since and you have to stop reading to look them up. It also doesn’t help that we were also jumping around in the book. We first start off with Kevin at age eight at the beginning of the first chapter and wind up with him being sixteen toward the end of it and then in the next few chapters he aged up considerably. That is until his daughter was born and he went from being thirty-six to thirty when he got back to Earth.

Disclosure: The Future Is Now, by Dr. Graham Clingbine to me didn’t really seem all that great. The author tried to fit a whole bunch of time into one book that only consisted of twelve chapters while giving all this information. We have no proof that “aliens” or “other beings” helped build the pyramids or do anything that we were told about in the book. This book to me sounded good when I read the plot summary however while reading the book it didn’t make sense. I guess I just didn’t get most of it, not even with my notes. The author was also pretty wishy-washy on some things too but I am not going to get into that. I will recommend this to those people that really like sci-fi and UFOs. The people completely into all of that, who will enjoy the story, as they can get past some things/theories in the book.

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About Graham Clingbine

Dr. Graham Clingbine has BSc and MSc degrees from the University of London in the areas of Biological Science and Neurobiology. His award of PhD followed a research programme on the memory mechanisms of the brain. Dr Clingbine spent a long career in education at schools and colleges before retiring from City & Islington College in North London from his post as Senior Lecturer and Course Manager of the Medical Access course.
Dr. Clingbine has co-authored a number of paperback books related to model answers to biology examination questions. He has a keen interest and extensive research knowledge in the subject area of unidentified flying objects (UFO’s) and related phenomena including alien abductions and possible secret governmental conspiracy theories which cover up cases of alien contact.
Dr. Clingbine has a number of interests and hobbies but uppermost among these is fishing. He not only enjoys fishing the rivers, lakes and seas of his home country (the UK) but has ventured further afield to countries across Europe and the USA.
Two current publications are ‘Disclosure’ (November 2015) & ‘Release From Stasis’ (January 2016)…Matador


Mordant by R.M. Dorn

Posted January 17, 2016 by karenbaron in Fantasy, Fiction, Magic, Review, Science Fiction, Series, Supernatural / 0 Comments

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Mordant by R.M. DornMordant by Rosemary Hagedorn
Series: The Power of Nine #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Acorn Independent Press on September 4th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction
Pages: 322
Format: ebook
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Darric, a merciless warlord on the planet Vard, has finally defeated his enemies, although the lengthy war has all but destroyed his own planet. He must rebuild and train an army strong enough to invade Earth before his own planet becomes completely barren. It will take decades of hard work to prepare, but if he can get his hands on ancient relics that can magnify his deadly power, he will be ready to attack sooner than anyone could imagine.
Mordant was born into slavery. She does her best to keep her head down and blend in, but she hides a dangerous secret; she has the colours of magic in her mind. If her masters find out about them, she will be killed. Soon her magic will become too strong to hide. She must control it, or die.
With the help of her mother and a rebel spy, Mordant is given the chance to escape. Suddenly swept up into politics and conflicts she barely has time to understand, she must master new skills as mage, sword-master and spy. But the more she learns, the more dangerous the missions become: somehow she must reach Earth and deliver the urgent warning that Darric and his ferocious army are gaining strength and getting ever closer to their goal.

My take on this book:   Fantasy and Science Fiction collide is outstanding tale of a young girl’s bravery. A must read.

When I first heard about this book I loved the idea of it. I was extremely intrigued based on the plot summary. After I got the book and started reading it I was amazed at how well Mordant by Ms. Dorn was written. I am giving this book a five stars rating because of how well written it was, how it kept me interested, and it made me want to know more about the life Mordant lives in this book.

Ms. Dorn has an excellent imagination. I loved the way she brought Mordant’s world and the other worlds she talked about in other universes together. I loved some characters and had such extreme dislike for others. I could picture the world so easily. It was all amazing and I am still in awe about it right now as I am writing this review. Mordant’s world and she, herself, reminds me of the Star Wars worlds (a little bit anyway). I was so sucked in by the wonderful story that I was constantly thinking about it, wondering what would happen next when I picked up my Kindle Fire to read this book. I am happy that at the start of certain parts she gives a list of characters that will make an appearance, and at the very end she gives you a dictionary so that you can look up the words while reading or just wait until you are done reading like I did. I was just so amazed to see that the dictionary is there with terms that comes up in the book.

Mordant kept me guessing about a lot of things in the book. Like who her mom was, especially who her dad is, and a bunch of other things that happen throughout the book but that I don’t want to mention in this post and spoil anything. I am happy that I was asked to read this book and I am glad to say that I totally loved it. I am so hooked by this story that I want to read the other two books once they come out. I will be adding those to my to-be-read list. I am also going to recommended this book to everyone that is a sci-fi fan. This is such an awesome book to read and I hope that all of you will agree.

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The Mine by John A. Heldt

Posted October 13, 2015 by karenbaron in Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Romance, New Adult Fiction, Paranormal, Review, Romance, Rural, Science Fiction, Series, Time Travel, Urban / 0 Comments

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The Mine by John A. HeldtThe Mine by John A. Heldt
Series: Northwest Passage #1
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Smashwords Edition on May 16th 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance
Format: ebook
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In 2000, Joel Smith is a cocky, adventurous young man who sees the world as his playground. But when the college senior, days from graduation, enters an abandoned Montana mine, he discovers the price of reckless curiosity. He emerges in May 1941 with a cell phone he can't use, money he can't spend, and little but his wits to guide his way. Stuck in the age of Whirlaway, swing dancing, and a peacetime draft, Joel begins a new life as the nation drifts toward war. With the help of his 21-year-old trailblazing grandmother and her friends, he finds his place in a world he knew only from movies and books. But when an opportunity comes to return to the present, Joel must decide whether to leave his new love in the past or choose a course that will alter their lives forever. THE MINE follows a humbled man through a critical time in history as he adjusts to new surroundings and wrestles with the knowledge of things to come.

My take on this book: The Mine by John A. Heldt will give anyone a whirlwind of emotions from the time Joel Smith steps into 1941 to the time he returns to his year of 2000; as Joel tries to go back to living a life without the love that he found in the past.

Joel throughout the book turns from this cocky and adventurous man to one that is still confident but doesn’t come across as a-know-it-all. He becomes more humble even if he is only 22 years old and trying to make do with his new life in the 1940s. He met and got to know his grandmother and her fiancée while knowing that they weren’t going to end up growing old together. Also, knowing everything that the people around him were thinking about the impeding war and it was just going to get worse when it comes to December 7th in Pearl Harbor. What probably got me the most was that he knew he couldn’t change their future.

John A. Heldt is such a fabulous author that he made me think about how I was living in the early 2000s again. I really like the setup of the story, letting us get to know Joel before being thrown back in time to 1941 so that we can fall in love with the character. Then the emotions we went through with Joel before finding out that he would go forward into time. And the hope for better times for the people that Joel loves. He made me feel all of that with Joel and it was an amazing experience to share the adventure and discover things with Joel.

Mr. Heldt you are such an amazing author and you should carry on with making these incredible books. Oh I am also giving this book a five stars rating as it was that amazing.

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John A. Heldt is the author of the critically acclaimed Northwest Passage and American Journey series. The former reference librarian and award-winning sportswriter has loved getting subjects and verbs to agree since writing book reports on baseball heroes in grade school. A graduate of the University of Oregon and the University of Iowa, Heldt is an avid fisherman, sports fan, home brewer, and reader of thrillers and historical fiction.


The Death Cure by James Dashner

Posted September 3, 2015 by karenbaron in Adventure, Death, Dystopia, Fantasy, Fiction, Review, Science Fiction, Series, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

The Death Cure by James DashnerThe Death Cure by James Dashner
Series: Maze Runner #3
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on October 11th 2011
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 325
Format: Kindle
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It’s the end of the line.
WICKED has taken everything from Thomas: his life, his memories, and now his only friends—the Gladers. But it’s finally over. The trials are complete, after one final test.
Will anyone survive?
What WICKED doesn’t know is that Thomas remembers far more than they think. And it’s enough to prove that he can’t believe a word of what they say.
The truth will be terrifying.
Thomas beat the Maze. He survived the Scorch. He’ll risk anything to save his friends. But the truth might be what ends it all.
The time for lies is over.

My take on this book: Oh my god this book was so good. Everything about it was excellent. Granted I still think that Thomas could have been a helped his friends and understood what was happening after he got his memories back. This would have helped him even more with the fight against WICKED.

This book gave me a ton of emotions. That went from happy to sad to gross to pissed off, all different kinds of emotions. James Dashner did an excellent job with this book and the others in the series. I am glad to say that I read them and became one of his fans. I am going to give this book five stars because it was just that fabulous. I am also going to say “yes!” to anyone that asks for a recommendation on this book because it’s a really great read and not just for young adult readers.

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James Dashner was born and raised in Georgia but now lives and writes in the Rocky Mountains. He is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Maze Runner series: The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials, The Death Cure, and The Kill Order. His newest series is The Mortality Doctrine: The Eye of Minds, The Rule of Thoughts, and The Game of Lives.