I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
A Dubious Device is the 10th book in the Colton Banyon series. The book starts off with Colton being arrested under suspicion of murder. We find that there have been a series of murders of death row inmates that had no contact with the outside other than the mail they had received.
Once Colton is cleared of the murders his team is tasked from the President to help solve the case. We are introduced to the leader behind the murders, a former Nazi and find his plans to take over the US and wipe out other races. From there it’s a chase for Colt and his group to find and stop the plans before millions could die.
The book started a bit slow to me. The first several chapters did a great job of catching a reader up on who was who if not having read the previous books so this read fine as a standalone. But the beginning also seemed to start feeling a bit more of a textbook lesson than pulling me into the story too. Getting 10-15 chapters in though the action picks up and the story got moving a lot better.
One complaint though factoring in on my overall rating though is I found a lot of words in the story that seemed to be wrong. Perhaps it was my copy I was given but it’s one of my biggest pet peeves when reading as I find it completely distracting to be reading and have to stop at a sentence to figure out what it meant. A few off the top of my head were no instead of not, shot instead of shoot, microscope instead of microscopic and draw instead of drawer etc. I’d almost forgive someone using for instance the wrong version of they’re/there/their easier than a completely different word as it breaks up the flow of the story. For instance “Their at the park” instead of They’re could be read the same instead of coming across “The at the park” and spending time reading and re-reading trying to figure out that “the” meant They’re.
As far as the story went though I found it overall interesting and fun to read. The science aspects were believable to me although I have no clue how close to the truth it actually is. I did get a little disappointed in the character Wolf in the story. I just found it a lot more exciting when the team is working on solving the case and then a bit letdown when Colt gets handed the answers from Wolf not even halfway into reading. It seemed they were doing fine working the leads and evidence and the book would’ve flowed nicely without so much being given away by Wolf.
I rather enjoyed this look back at a big moment in time for the U.S. It’s a rather interesting perspective of the beginning of space exploration told from the perspective of the wives of the astronauts. Not only does the book explore the lift offs and a feel for what it was like to have your loved one blasted off into space with every chance they may not make it back but also a peek at just how woman were treated back then…expected to be the perfect wife and mother with basically no rights of their own. Lots of mentions of other historical events during the time frame too.
Eliza Hayward is having the worse day ever. She’s packed up her life to move to a new town to begin work at a local hotel only to arrive to find the hotel has burned to the ground. She and her young daughter decide to go to dinner to figure out where to go from there when a truck slides on an ice patch and proceeds to hit Eliza.
The driver of the truck is Aidan Caine a rich tech genius who is just moving to town himself. Aidan invites Eliza and her daughter to stay with her to recover and soon the two have sparks flying between them.
Nice story in a small town during Christmas. Interesting characters and great romance.
I won this book through Goodreads First Reads.
This Novella is a prequal to the Legends of the Goldens series. I myself haven’t read the entire series but am reviewing only from reading the novella. The story is about Max, an android that has been made to be a close to human as can be and Kira who is of a species called the Goldens. The Goldens seem to have a lot of psychic abilities and the ability to teleport and jump from different universes. Some of these powers were also given to Max.
The story mostly follows Max and Kira and their relationship but also get glimpses into the Goldens, the Androids, Humans and a race of vampires known as Dacons. I rather enjoyed it overall but had to give 4 stars as it can be a lot to keep up with in a short story but it has made me want to read more into this world that I got a glimpse of and continue on with the Legends of the Goldens series.
I won this book from Goodreads First Reads.
It’s Always Been You is military romance featuring Captain Ben Teague and Major Olivia Hale. Ben has just been promoted and adjusting to being in charge of some of the men he’d served with as his commander wants to get the platoon “cleaned up” and discharge all the troublemakers. Olivia is the lawyer in charge of all the cases for the soldiers. The two end up drawn to each other while dealing with all the cases and their own feelings toward events.
I really felt for Ben and loved his character and all he was going through but Olivia a few times really came across as somewhat scary in her obsessiveness with punishing all that might be doing wrong. Even though she’s been through and seen a lot in her job you’d think she would have bit more compassion with getting people help. Overall a decent love story though.