Sunday, May 21, 2017

Short and Sweet Book Reviews # 100 - Breath of Earth by Beth Cato, Killing Gravity by Corey J. White, First Command by W.P. Brothers

Breath Of Earth (Breath of Earth, #1)Breath Of Earth by Beth Cato
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In Beth Cato's new series she put together a great mix. This is steampunk that features some historical events - the great San Francisco earth quake for one; some historical characters - Teddy Rosevelt is mentioned but never seen. What changes are the causes for the earthquake and Rosevelt's job in this alternate earth. Holding this all together are several interesting main characters. Ingrid Carmichael has powers that women are not suppose to have. With help she has hidden them until now. Cy, Fenris and Lee (Fenris and Lee not what they seem) all are helping Ingrid survive. The world building in very complex and the plot well developed. All in all a great start to a new series.

Killing GravityKilling Gravity by Corey J. White
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mariam Xi or Mars as she likes to be called has some very dangerous powers. We meet her as her ship is loosing air and she transfers to the ship that responds to her call. From there it is a non-stop journey. While getting Mars in and out of danger Killing Gravity also tells the back story, does the world building and introduces the characters. This is book one in the The Voidwitch Saga and it does a good job of setting the stage for future stories. Mars makes a important discovery while getting rid of one of the people chasing her but there is still a lot of story left untold. I loved Mars pet and how she got her name very interesting. This was not a long book but it did everything it needed in a quick compact way.

First Command: Line of Battle No. 1First Command: Line of Battle No. 1 by W.P. Brothers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A common theme that does have a few twists. A new captain with a problem. Often it is the crew but this time it is a new first officer. Another common theme is the fact that the mission should be a milk run but turns out to be anything else. I liked the characters but there was just to much detail. I found myself skimming over a lot of the action and reading only the high points. This is a first book and the first book in the series. It has promise. People who love detail will rate this higher and people like me will give it three stars.

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