Book Review: 100 Points by Quig Shelby

Save The People have created the perfect egalitarian society from the ruins of global warming, where youth and health are celebrated in Britain’s constant sunshine. And to ensure that no individual takes more than another from the world’s remaining resources, each citizen gets 100 points to spend on education, housing and health; just be careful when they’re gone. Anyone who reaches the age of sixty retires to glorious Scotland ‘where dreams come too’ and gets what they well and truly deserve. But when a shipwreck of drowned old-timers washes up on his beach, the village policeman becomes more than a little interested in his own parents’ retirement and begins an investigation with unforeseen consequences.

Quig Shelby has previously published six other novels to date including:

The Crocodile Masquerade

The Concubine Affair

The Scrying Glass

3 SUM

Monsterotica

The Violent Sunflowers

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My Review

I chose to review this book after receiving a free advanced copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

100 Points is a complex novel about a possible future that hopefully will never come to pass. The reader slowly learns about this future. At the beginning, it seems simple enough but it turns out that it’s not so simple. Everyone is born with 100 points and loses points for things such as healthcare, higher education, and criminal acts. The points lost are supposed to coincide with the activity.

There are quite a few characters but they’re easy to keep track of because they’re all so different. The Dana family is the focus with the parents close to retirement. Their oldest son will be taking over the house and property and his brother is a policeman who starts to notice some things that aren’t quite right.

The author’s writing is easy to follow, the entire book is intense and it had me on edge throughout. No one can be trusted, not even family members. I can’t imagine having to live that way and it’s easy to understand, knowing human nature, why so many people didn’t follow all of the rules even though the consequences could be devastating. 

I definitely recommend 100 Points but be warned, it’s not a light-hearted fun read. 

 

About the Author:

No one let me into their world so I invented a few of my own. Welcome to my Universe.

I’m a night owl and a hopeless romantic with a curious mind, half of it male and half female; the second half is lesbian.

My advice on life is don’t be afraid of being different, be afraid of being the same as everyone else.

My favourite quote has to be:

‘Normality is a pavement comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.’         

(Vincent Van Gogh)

 

Preface to the Book:

 “‘And now for a quick talk on our wonderful 100 points.’

He covered the injustices of the rusting generation that sucked up the nation’s housing like vampire bats to rent as nest eggs. And they all laughed at the stories of road and trolley rage. There was a short monologue from the commissar whilst reading his notes on God’s approval of the 100 points, after which they all scanned through their condensed handbooks on offences that lost careless citizens points.

‘And that’s it, men,’ said the commissar, slamming his book shut.

Once upon a time, he might have said ‘gentlemen’ but like its female counterpart ‘lady’, it had long been banned. The Party hierarchy had struggled to understand any reason for the terms except to elevate one citizen above another through ill-judged flattery and vanity. It was also believed they undermined the use of man and woman which were meant to be celebrated. As the Archbishop of Canterbury had said when weighing into the argument, ‘there was neither a gentleman nor a lady in the Garden of Eden.’”

 

 

“100 POINTS” by Quig Shelby is available in paperback and e-book from Amazon UK and from Amazon US.

 “A reader’s companion to 100 POINTS and political manifesto of Save The People” can also be downloaded as an e-book from Amazon UK and Amazon US.

  

Press/Media Contact Details:

 Darin Jewell, Managing Director
The Inspira Group Literary Agency
London, England
Tel. +44 208 292 5163

E-mail: darin@theinspiragroup.com

 

 

 

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Book Review: The Saints of David by Anthony Caplan

Humanity faces a crisis — the last of the free brained creative folk against the enslaved people of the Augment and their elite Republican Homeland overlords. It is 2072, and falling creative information flows in the Augment system mean there is little time to reach full power status and launch the planetary cover before the incoming Oort Cloud asteroids destroy civilization. 

In this fast-paced, psychological thriller, the final entry in Anthony Caplan’s best-selling Jonah Trilogy, Corrag and Ben, the brave yet doomed lovers of The Victor’s Heritage, are reunited. The two make a run for freedom with their daughter Hera to find David’s Tower, an alternative society built on the democratic power of individual stories. At the same time, pushed by haunting dreams of a break in the arrow of time that occurred at the end of Savior, Corrag’s father Ricky sets out to find his father’s book that he is sure will answer the deep-seated root of humanity’s evil. These are just a few of the individuals on a quest, drawn to the utopian world of the Tower, built by the man known to his followers as the Saint. David Shavelson, a former owner of a Brooklyn bookstore, is a charismatic visionary leading a community in resistance against the mental enslavement of the Augment system. The Augment leaders know they must crush the Tower or lose control of their destiny. The battle lines are drawn. Will the Augment crush David’s tower and save itself from the Incoming asteroid disaster? Who will survive this final, apocalyptic war? Will Corrag and her family ever reach salvation and peace? Will Ricky find his father’s book and save mankind from itself? Find out in the thrilling roller-coaster finale that is The Saints of David.

Available on Amazon

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. The Saints of David is the third book in the Jonah trilogy. I had read the first two books so I was looking forward to reading this one. 

It appears that the planet is doomed because of asteroids heading straight for it. The Augment is no longer as powerful as it was because it needs creativity to fuel its power and everyone that is Augmented is becoming complacent. This means that those who are not Augmented must save the planet or all will be lost. Ricky believes that his father’s book can save mankind. His daughter Corrag and her family wish to find peace in this crazy world they live in. That’s just a little of what is going on in this book. It had my head spinning.

I liked the first two books in the trilogy better than this one. Although the characters were well developed, I felt like there was so much going on I couldn’t enjoy the novel as much as I would have liked. I had to really concentrate as I read and had to read some of it more than once to get the gist. I suggest reading the first two books in the trilogy in order to understand Augmentation and the world of Caplan’s 2072.

 

About the Author

Anthony Caplan is an independent writer, teacher and homesteader in northern New England. He has worked at various times as a shrimp fisherman, environmental activist, journalist, taxi-driver, builder, window-washer, and telemarketer, (the last for only a month, but one week he did win a four tape set of the greatest hits of George Jones for selling the most copies of Time-Life’s The Loggers.)

Currently, Caplan is working on restoring a 150-year-old farmstead where he and his family tend sheep and chickens, grow most of their own vegetables, and have a small apple orchard.

His road novels, BIRDMAN and FRENCH POND ROAD, trace the meanderings of Billy Kagan, a footloose soul striving after sanity and love in the last years of the last century. LATITUDES – A Story of Coming Home, released in the summer of 2012, is a young boy’s transformative journey overcoming dysfunction, dislocation and distance. SAVIOR, a dystopian thriller, published by Harvard Square Editions in April 2014, reached the top spot on the Amazon list of psychological suspense books. And his latest, THE VICTOR’S HERITAGE, features a teenaged heroine in a dystopian thriller one reviewer called “a definite must-read, no matter your age!”

Connect with Caplan on FacebookTwitter and Google +.

Website: http://www.anthonycaplanwrites.com

 

 

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Book Review: Fire War trilogy by T.T. Michael

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Fiction/Political/Science Fiction/Dystopian

Book 1: Fire War, published 10/3/2015

Book 2: Fire War II: Treason, published 3/31/2016

Book 3: Fire War III: Uprising, published 9/17/2016

Trilogy Box Set: Amazon

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Fire War Book 1

“Man up,” he told himself. “Man up.” It was what his father always told him, and there was nothing more that he wanted than to be a man. So he took a deep breath, filling his nose with the scents of baseball and looked up to the sky, squinting a little.
 
It was a plane, not far from the blimp he noticed earlier; that was all. Nothing to be afraid of. A tiny sigh of relief escaped his lips as he saw the familiar shape outlined over his head, wings spread out against the sky.
 
It was the last thing he saw before the explosion ripped his small body apart with the force of a hundred suns. The quiet of thousands of lives extinguished in the blink of a second took over, disturbed only by falling rubble. The sun beat down again, hot and sticky, on what remained of Tom, his father, and all the others who had been unfortunate enough to be at Wrigley Field for the biggest game of the season.”
 
 
Late in the 21st century, the United Continental States of America is running smoothly. Unemployment has been eradicated, terrorism is no more, and any internal dissent diminishes by the day. Most give credit to President Meyers, and many can no longer remember the last election, but it is a small price to pay to keep the country safe from the terrorist group Hariq Jihad.
 
Things aren’t as they seem, however, as Gunnery Sergeant Anthony Jackson is conscripted into the personal security detail of President Meyers. While the only thing he places above his country is his family, he begins to feel that not everyone is content with how things are. Even more, he begins to fear for his oldest daughter’s life as she begins to question the eroding personal freedoms and democratic rights. Considering that entire families have disappeared over the slightest infraction, one cannot be too careful.
 
Torn between liberty and safety, family and country, can Jackson balance his loyalties, or will he be lead to an explosive collision with the system he has dedicated his life to serving? In this explosive and highly acclaimed dystopian political thriller novel, the world you live in will never look the same again!
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Fire War II: Treason

Anthony Jackson, military veteran, member of the Presidential security team, father, husband, patriot and spy. His daughter safely recovered from a government detention centre, Jackson’s role as a spy for the anti-government Apocolyte group is firmly cemented. All he needs to do is keep his head down, do his job, and get intel back to his rebel handler. But as Jackson’s suspicions about President Meyers are proven true, and the tasks he’s asked to handle become more and more immoral, his loyalties are becoming strained. 

Where is the line between truth and lie? Between loyal citizen and blind follower? Between right and wrong? And who gets to draw that line? The Apocolytes are growing stronger, but Meyers is too, and only one of them can be the bad guy. But which? Jackson needs to choose sides, and he needs to do it fast. But in the end, only the biggest tragedy of them all can force his hand.
His life will never be the same, his family will never survive, and his ideals can be shattered or overturned. Assassinations are all part of the job, he’s always dealt in lies and secrets. But now there’s something much more personal on the line: vengeance. Saving the world from terrorists is no big deal, knowing who the terrorists are is the real trick.
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Fire War III: Uprising

Anthony Jackson. Patriot. Spy. Widower. Still reeling after the death of his wife, Jackson is numbly training anti-government troops. Confident that his role in political affairs has dwindled to being a glorified shooting teacher, Jackson is slowly trying to piece his heart back together. Until the call comes. The rebels are far from done with Jackson, and this time the promised reward is big and juicy: the Presidency.
As the world slowly falls apart, men fight and men die, and Anthony Jackson cannot simply watch. Something has to change, and someone has to change things, and deep down, Jackson knows that he’s the only man that can do the job. But as cities fall, the eternal question continues to burn in his mind: just who can he really trust?
In a world of lies and secrets, where even the ones you love can betray you, Jackson must find right and justice. Only then can he lead the country that he loves. If he survives that long.

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My Review

I chose to read this trilogy after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

As I read Fire War, I was beginning to regret agreeing to read the entire trilogy. There was so much explaining and little action that it took me a long time to get through the first half of the book. I kept setting it aside to read something else. Once I got to the end of Fire War, however, everything changed. I read the end of the first book through the end of the third book in one day. It was so good!

Anthony Jackson is the main character and he loves his country. He’s a military man and the only thing he loves more than his country is his family. The country seems to be in better shape than it ever has and it’s secure because of President Meyers who has stopped all travel in and out of the country. Jackson notices some things that Meyers does that are questionable but writes them off as Meyers knowing what’s best for the country. Eventually, however, it’s all too clear that things aren’t as they seem and that Jackson is working for the government but this government no longer represents the country that he loves so well. I kept wondering how long it would take Jackson to realize this. He’s so loyal that it takes him a while. 

By Fire War III, Jackson is no longer working for the government but leading an anti-government group. They don’t want war, they just want to return the country to a democracy. They’re preparing for war, though, and know that force will most likely have to be used.

The characters are well developed, especially Jackson and his family. It’s interesting how some of the characters change from Jackson’s point of view throughout time.

I definitely recommend this trilogy. It’s worth getting through the explanations of the first book to get to the rest of the trilogy.

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About the Author

Perhaps you wouldn’t characterize the Finance Manager of your local automobile dealership as an Amazon best-selling author—until you get to know T.T. Michael. He has worked for the past decade at a Toyota Dealership in Illinois, but he is in the driver’s seat as the writer of, Fire War, a political thriller set in the year 2076. See what happens when the United States, Canada, and Mexico all join forces to make one super country. See more about him and his book Fire War at www.ttmichael.com

 

Contact Information

Website: www.ttmichael.com/firewarbooks

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/todd.thiede

Twitter: @toddthiede / @ttmichael9

Blog: http://firewarbooks.com/blog

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14433170.T_T_Michael?from_search=true

 

 

 

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Book Review: Eating Robots and Other Stories by Stephen Oram

 

The future is bright…or is it?

Step into a high-tech vision of the future with the author of Quantum Confessions and Fluence, Stephen Oram.

Featuring health-monitoring mirrors, teleempathic romances and limb-repossessing bailiffs, Eating Robots explores the collision of utopian dreams and twisted realities in a world where humanity and technology are becoming ever more intertwined.

Sometimes funny, often unsettling, and always with a word of warning, these thirty sci-fi shorts will stay with you long after you’ve turned the final page.

 

Goodreads  Amazon India  Amazon US
A universal booklinker link that detects which country you’re in and links to Eating Robots myBook.to/EatingRobots

 

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

There’s not one or two words I can think of that would describe these stories. I’d read one and think that it was interesting and then the next one would leave me with my mouth hanging open. Some of these stories will really make you think. For example, exactly how far is too far when it comes to technology?

Although I found some of the stories to be entertaining fiction, most of them are more a social commentary on where we are headed with today’s technology. In fact, at the end of the book, there are comments by several experts about some of the stories and how close we really are to some of these things happening. Perhaps we should use this book as more of a warning as to where we are headed rather than just as entertainment.

That being said, I did like this book and I have to buy a copy for my son. He will love and dissect it and show me things in it that I missed.

 

About the Author

Stephen Oram writes thought provoking stories that mix science fiction with social comment, mainly in a recognisable near-future. He is the Author in Residence at Virtual Futures’, once described as the ‘Glastonbury of cyberculture’. He has collaborated with scientists and future-tech people to write short stories that create debate about potential futures, most recently with the Human Brain Project and Bristol Robotics Laboratory as part of the Bristol Literature Festival.

As a teenager he was heavily influenced by the ethos of punk. In his early twenties he embraced the squatter scene and was part of a religious cult, briefly. He did some computer stuff in what became London’s silicon roundabout and is now a civil servant with a gentle attraction to anarchism.

He has two published novels – Quantum Confessions and Fluence – and several shorter pieces.

  

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Book Review: Wild Sky by Suzanne Brockmann & Melanie Brockmann

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About the Book

Destiny has chosen Skylar.
Now it might destroy her.

Skylar is a girl with extraordinary power. A girl with a mission to use her Greater-Than gifts to stop the makers of Destiny from getting people hooked on their deadly drug. But Sky is still mastering her new abilities, and her first mission to destroy a Destiny lab leaves her best friend addicted to the drug. For a few days Cal will be able to walk again – until it kills him. Time is running out for Sky to save the world without sacrificing her friends, to become truly Greater-Than…

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Suzanne Brockmann and her daughter Melanie Brockmann have written a pulse-pounding novel set in a near future both fantastic and frightening.

 

My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book.

Skylar lives in a dystopian world, although this book never explains what happened for it to get that way. She is special because she is a Greater-Than, which means she has a hormone in her blood that can be used to make a drug called Destiny. This drug can make old people young but it is instantly addictive and very expensive. So, even though she has special powers, she always has to be on the look out for those who want to kidnap her for her blood.

It was difficult for me to relate to these characters but I’m not sure why. I’ve read plenty of books that had teenagers that I was able to relate to, even got attached to, but it wasn’t the case in Wild Sky. I did enjoy Calvin, his chance to walk again, and how things ended for him. His attitude was great. It was really difficult for me to trust that Garrett was on board and would keep their secret.

There was a lot of action and some twists. I’m sure there will be another book and it’ll be interesting to see what happens with Lacey.

I think I may have enjoyed Wild Sky more if I’d had time to read the first book in the series. I recommend reading Night Sky first if you decide to read this series.

 

About the Author

(from Goodreads)

32638Suzanne Brockmann was born in 1960. Married with Ed Gaffney, a lawyer and published writer. They have two grown children: Melanie, who is a personal trainer and author, and Jason, who is an actor and tap dancer. They divide their time between Boston, Massachusetts, Sarasota, Florida and New York City.

Published since 1993, Suzanne is widely recognized as one of the leading voices in suspense romance genre. She has been on the USA Today and New York Times bestseller lists and has received many awards including being named Romance Writers of America’s #1 Favorite Book of the Year three times. She has also received two RITAs and Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards.

When Suzanne isn’t writing, she’s busy making music. Formerly the lead singer and songwriter for an original Boston rock band, she is now vocal arranger, director, and lead alto of the eight-voice a cappella group Serious Fun. She is one of the founders and volunteer organizers of Natick’s Appalachian Benefit Coffeehouse, raising money for the Cabell/Lincoln Country Workcamp, which rebuilds housing for the poor, elderly and disabled in West Virginia. She is a proud member of PFLAG — Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. She is also a card-carrying member of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Human Rights Campaign, and MassEquality. A firm believer in civil rights for all people, she has fought hard to bring equal marriage rights to all citizens of her home state, Massachusetts.