Monday, August 15, 2016

Short and Sweet Book Reviews #39, Fatal Identity by Marie Force, Starboard by Dave Bara, 1636: The Chronicles of Dr. Gribbleflotz by Kerryn Offord and Rick Boatright

Fatal Identity (Fatal, #10)Fatal Identity by Marie Force
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have been binge reading the Fatal series for the last week. Fatal Identity is the latest one in the series. Sometimes a series does not hold up over multiple books. Fatal Identity is one that does. A lot has happened to Sam and Nick in the year covered by the series. Sam is still a homicide detective but Nick is now the Vice-President. Once again Sam has a very high profile case even though she is on a four day suspension. Others in the large cast are dealing with other problems. A lot of tension, a really unusual plot and a great addition to the story.

Starbound (Lightship Chronicles #2)Starbound by Dave Bara
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Starboard is a typical middle book in a trilogy. There are multiple problems that Peter has to face. First is a unexpected attack with the loss of many of the people under Peter's command. Then he has to face changes in his family. Finally he is captured and almost executed for losing the Impulse (see book one). Each of those events are a part of the set up for the next book in the series. The Lightship Chronicles continues to be an exciting and tension filled space opera series.

1636: The Chronicles of Dr. Gribbleflotz1636: The Chronicles of Dr. Gribbleflotz by Kerryn Offord and Rick Boatright
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a side story in the Ring of Fire series. The main character is Phillip Theophrastus Gribbleflotz, the world's greatest alchemist. He has a history before he meets some of the up-timers who came back when Grantsville was transported to the 1630's. He has tried very hard to make a name for himself but his first big success is making baking soda and baking powder so the women of Grantsville can continue to have biscuits. From there we follow him as he becomes a household name with other products. It is a fun story for anyone to read and a must read for fans of the series. Some of the main characters have cameo roles in the story but most of the characters are new or side characters from other stories.

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