January 5th, 2017

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Book 1

Quantum Tangle (Targon Tales)Quantum Tangle by Chris Reher

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I got this from a multi-author book giveaway and it was a really fun find. I used to gobble up Sci-Fi then it all went so militaristic which isn't my cup of tea. This is a very unusual take on first contact. Sethran Kada wakes up with a headache and finds out his star ship The Dutchman has a hitchhiker. To his horror, the hitchhiker is in his head, using the wet wiring pilots have to control their ships.

Khoe is a sub-space entity made of particles with the ability to side step most computer security systems and has a quick intellect. She is searching for the 'sire' of her people who was somehow taken by a traveler through the subspace the ships slide through from one point in space to another.

Seth quickly learns to appreciate Khoe but realizes they are in deep trouble as her people aren't being taken by accident. There is a group that are trying to use these sub space entities as a weapon. Now very close (perhaps inseparable) from Khoe, Seth sets out to help her with the assistance of his rather naive friend, a scientist who wants to turn spy, Caelyn.

I really liked the characters, Seth, Khoe and Caelyn though a bit more character development was needed. Seth's shadowy background might have been a bit too shadowy, ditto the world building. There is an Air Command and rebels that seem to be against the Command's totalitarianism but there are complete outsiders like Caelyn's people. I realize now that this is part of a bigger universe but is meant as a stand alone so that needed a bit more work. For that matter even though Caelyn was a minor character I still wanted to know why he wanted to be a spy other than it was convenient for the storyline.

I did enjoy this though. It was a very different take on first contact. I'd be interested in seeing more in this universe.



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Book 2

B.U.G. (Charlie Jones #1)B.U.G. by T.J. Slee

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I got this one for free off an author promotion after a friend's suggestion. I'm not actually a giant fan of spy thrillers. That said this one was pretty well written and I might have rated it slightly higher if not for the last 30% of the book.

I don't get to read a lot of stuff set in Australia for some reason and definitely not about their Spooks so that was different. I did like Charlie Jones, the main protagonist. Charlie is a spy who gets tangled up with a Kurdish traffic cop hiding out in Australia who might be the key to finding out what happened to an American Delta Force soldier whose brother (also a spook) is in Oz looking for him. So are Islamic terrorists among others.

Charlie has a knack for getting hurt and for calling up a Catholic priest to confess almost daily (there's a whole story behind that I don't want to spoil). Karn, an exotic dancer, seems to be the love interest though the relationship has more bumps than it does anything resembling functionality.

The trail leads Charlie all the way to the mining town of Coober Pedy and to even more shady characters.

Honestly I didn't care that much for the ending but it does work with this.

What bothered me about this is the twist and I don't want to spoil that but at the 70% mark the story reveals something that I hadn't expected (okay there will be minor spoilers so...). Charlie is...I don't want to say unreliable narrator. It's more like Charlie is a deceptive narrator, hiding something major by exclusion and to get that far into the book and have it revealed wasn't a 'wow, isn't that fun' moment for me. It was more like a poke in the eye irritating as hell moment, especially when a) you realize the Catholic Priest was there to deepen Charlie's deception and b) once it was revealed you get hit over the head with this hidden tidbit from then to the end.

That said, I would probably read another in the series.



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