The Ethereal Squadron

By Shami Stovall

Review By Jacob Pelley

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Book Blurb

It’s 1916, and the world is on fire.

The Great War has already consumed much of the globe, but a second, secret war between sorcerers threatens to crack it in two. The ruling families of Germany and Austria-Hungary, those with the chill of magic in their blood, will stop at nothing in their quest for power, and they’ve drawn the entire world into a bloody war because of it.

But Florence Cavell—codename Geist—means to stop them. She had to defy her family, cut her hair, and disguise herself as a man to join the legendary Ethereal Squadron: a joint US-UK division of the allied powers’ mightiest sorcerers. Armed with her powerful specter sorcery, which allows her to “ghost” through bullets and barbed wire alike, Geist fights a tireless battle to end the war once and for all.

But then the Germans unleash the Grave-Maker Gas, a concoction so deadly it destroys everything it touches and transforms even the strongest sorcerers into terrible monsters. Even her ghostly magic can’t resist the gas’s corrosive power, and it costs Geist everything she loves—her team, her friends, even the use of an arm.

This is the new weapon that could end the war—and give the Germans the world.

Now Geist must risk it all to lead a new team deep into hostile territory to discover the source of this terrifying new technology before the enemy sets it loose upon the world. Will she be able to stop the Grave-Maker Gas before it’s too late…or will the secrets of her past finally catch up with her? (more…)

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Snow Crash

By Neal Stephenson

Review By Jacob Pelley

  9780553380958.jpg Book Blurb In reality, Hiro Protagonist delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo’s CosaNostra Pizza, Inc., but in the Metaverse he’s a warrior prince. Plunging headlong into the enigma of a new computer virus that’s striking down hackers everywhere, he races along the neon-lit streets on a search-and-destroy mission for the shadowy virtual villain threatening to bring about infocalypse. Snow Crash is a mind-altering romp through a future America so bizarre, so outrageous…you’ll recognize it immediately. (more…)

 

 

The Reader of Acheron

By Walter Rhein

Review By Jacob Pelley

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Book One of the Slaves of Erafor series: Reading is forbidden, and the penalty for non-compliance is a life of slavery enabled by the forcible administration of a mind rotting drug. Yet, there are those possessed of the will to seek illumination. Kikkan, a former slave on the run, and Quillion, a mercenary and self-taught scholar. Together they seek out a small band of rebels living in hiding who offer the promise of a better world. Their leader is a mysterious figure known only as The Reader of Acheron (more…)

135 It has been a another crazy week at again. Over 252 new people have been brought here by the military evacuation. The remeindits of the military hodgepodge together managed to fight off the attackers at their base and evacuated every civilian mostly unharmed. Two of the Helicopters got damaged and made some very interesting landings. One crashed  landed in the onion field and the other next to Mr.Mezas goat barn. Thankfully none of the goats were hurt Mr.Meza is a little protective of his herd. Everyone walked away from it with just minor wounds. For the most part the new people have been thankful only a few fights have broken out. Usually it has been over food or one of the last cabins not occupied yet. Normal stuff survivor fight over Dad had me come along with him for the talks with Lt.Maxfield and the new fourmed compound council. The council will be Fremont, Dad, Mrs. Robinson, Mr.Miller, Mr.Jack, Dr.Singh and Lt.Maxfield to stand in for Colonel Rives until he gets here. Mom was offered a seat, but said she had more important things to do around the compound. Most of what they talked about was food rations, housing, medical supplies and building new septic systems to handle that many people. Many people don’t know that a miss managed septic system can lead to death from infection. That infection could  spread quickly and could wipe us all out. At least there are more people to help dig those now. Mom was going to be put in charge of that project until Lt. Maxfield pointed out that a couple of the new people brought to the compound were civil engineers. Finally a break for us kids. After the last project Mom headed we all needed a break from pharaohs whips. Then Lt.Maxfield talked about what the plan was for the rest of the military personal still at the base. The plan was for the remaining military personal to load up a cargo plane with all the gear they could and land at the small airport in Canson. That would put them about two days drive away from the camp using the easiest path through the forest to get here. Once the Plane is loaded the remaining helicopters will act as a escort to make sure troops make it here. While Lt.Maxfield talked something did not sit well with me. I had to know why the military can’t reach other bases, so I asked. Everyone, but Dad and Mr.Miller gave me that look that you get the first time you sit at the adults table during Thanksgiving. Mr.Miller almost had coffee come out his nose from laughing at my question. He said leave it to the youth to ask the question the adults forget to  ask. The answer Lt.Maxfield gave I think sacred all of us the most. He didn’t know why other bases have gone dark. They sent out two look out parties and none came back. That communication was not working right outside this area. That raised even more question. Dad had me leave the room after that. talks started to breakdown after my question. I guess I overstayed my welcome at the adult table back to the kiddie table for me. I waited for Dad outside while the “Adults” finished the meeting. He was the first one out of the door and lead me right to his maintenance shop. The look on his face was of worry not or anger as he pulled me along. Dad told me that my question was good and why the radio sometimes work around us has been bugging him to. In the maintenance shop Dad brought me to his personal workshop that was behind a locked door. There he showed me some of the projects he has been working on to find out the answer to that question. He had a computer trying to make contact with a satellite in space and so far no pings back and other things. I had no idea what some of the stuff he was showing me was for.  The take away I got was he still didn’t know what was causing communications blackouts. Why some radio seemed to work and others didn’t. Then after he gave me the you are new to the adult table talk. Then we headed back to work. The refrigerator in the mess hall was acting up again. Once we got it working called it a day. . Do to the new arrivals and everyone being busy tonight was free time. Mom and Dad  gave us a few rules though like stay close to the cabin, use the buddy system and don’t talk to strange people. Courtney was hanging out with Olivia in the girls room while being on babysitting duty. I convinced Lily to come with me to go see Will and Beth. It didn’t take much  to get her to follow. Had I asked to go alone to Beth’s Mom would have shoot it down. Lily traveling with me though smoothed things out and we got the okay. I had not gotten a chance to just be around Beth the last couple of days and it was eating me up inside. I could tell Lily was missing Will to. Mr and Mrs. Robinson were not home when we got there. Those two are always MIA. Beth and Will were home alone which if our parents knew that would not be good for Lily and I. Will and Lily took this opportunity to go and definitely not  make out in Wills room. While Beth and I made dinner together and watched a movie. The Robinson have a working TV with a old school dvd player. With a bunch of old old old movies to choose from. Beth picked out Total recall for us to watch. Both of us had never seen it, but glad we did. It was some action movie from the 1980’s. After the movie was over it was time to go. I didn’t want to leave Beth alone, but she said it would be okay. I knocked on Wills door and told Lily it was time to leave. Will opened his door he didn’t have a shirt one and it looked like someone punched him in the neck. There was a large circle bruise on it. Lily and I said our goodbyes and then headed to bed. While I was giving Beth a hug goodnight she gave me a quick kiss on the cheek. I floated all the way home I don’t even remember the walk to the cabin. All I could think about was my first kiss. Today was such a great day. 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The Passive Income Playbook

By Raza Imam

Review By Jacob Pelley

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Are you looking for a a provenstep-by-step system that allows you to make passive income streams on autopilot – with very little experience?Are you ready to start making passive income, but don’t know where to begin?Well, just imagine what it would be like if you easily saw money rolling into your bank account.Because once you master this process, you’ll be able to work from anywhere in the world. You’ll be able to quit your job for good. And you’ll be able to build passive income business profits over the long-term. In this short but powerful book, I reveal my story of building a passive income business. How I went from making 0 to almost $2000 per month – in a month.  And I’ve been making more and more money ever since. You’ll discover how I did it, step-by-step. I’ll show you how to get the same results as me. Even if you have a full-time job. (more…)

Tears of Heaven

by R.A. McCandless

Review by Jacob Pelley

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Book Blurb

They obey, or they’ll be destroyed.

Normally, banishing a rogue demon back to Hell wouldn’t be a problem.  Del and Marrin have a few centuries of experience.  It’s all part of the job description.  But when Ahadiel orders them to take down three demons at the once the job goes from bad to worse.  The demons, with supernatural powers and their own agenda, have kidnapped children for their own nefarious ends.

With angels breathing down her neck, children to save, and demons gunning for her blood, Del is running out of time.

That’s exactly where she wants to be. (more…)

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It was raining when Dad left to go find the Gonzales.  I think it was the first time I have seen rain since this whole ordeal started.  Courtney was all tears watching him leave. Once you could no longer see them in the distance Courtney latched on to me and did not let go.  She crushed all the air out of my lungs with inhuman strength. Lily had to step in to break it up. Once she saw me go from bright red to blue.  Pretty sure Courtney bruised one of my ribs. Lily lead Courtney back inside the cabin. Mom had to go inside once Dad got into the Beast Brooke was a mess too.  I even saw a few tear from Lily. Going to be a lot of emotions in the cabin. I wanted to warn Will a head of time before he came over. Sure he has a sister, but only one sister.  He has never witnessed the storm emotion from three at once.

 

Jobs still needed to be done even though Dad was leaving and it was raining.  I managed to save Will from the estrogen onslaught once he arrived. Each person deals with stress in their own way.  Crying and a lot of hugging was not how I handled it, but it worked for my sisters. Today’s job would have been to cut some firewood, but I talked mom into letting us clean the kitchen in the mess hall. Little did Mom know is that I cleaned most of it already. Giving Will and I some free time after we finished what was left.  The mess hall has a large screen tv and a few arcade games cabinets in it. We got a few hours of goofing off in and none was the wiser.

 

Will and I headed  back to our cabin in the early afternoon.  Mom and Lily cooked dinner which was fantastic.  Courtney, Brooke and Beth baked a large cake for dessert.  Everyone seem to be over this mornings ordeal. While we ate Courtney went of the basics on how to play DnD with Will and Beth.  Then later in the evening Olivia and Megan came over. Will got strong armed into playing a fighter while Beth the cleric. We played long into the night until Mom broke up the fun. Tomorrow was still a school day and that stack of firewood still needed to be chopped.  Mom checked in with Dad once everyone left. It seems everything is going to plan on their end. The rescue party should reach the spot where the Gonzales last checked in sooner than expected. I still have a bad feeling about them being out with all those charred. Who knows how bad things have gotten close to the main city.

 

 

 

Child Of The Daystar

Book one of the Wing of War Series

By Bryce O’ Connor

Book review by Jacob Pelley

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Book Blurb

Among the scattered fringe cities bordering the Cienbal desert, the true name of the Monster of Karth is spoken only in whispers…

Raz i’Syul Arro.

A sellsword of the utmost caliber, Raz is a killer of paramount skill and highest regard. Towering tall even amongst the atherian, he is the only of his kind to live free in the “civilized” confines of mankind’s varied cultures. He has no need of loyalties, his sole affections pledged to the gold crowns that buy his time and skills. Wed to his blades, Raz’s only friends are the Moon and Her Stars and the shadows they bring with the night.

But Raz was not born to the mercenary’s way, to the butchery and battle of day-by-day survival. Raz, like a sword, was hammered from steel and fire and ashy smoke, forged on the ruins of an old life. And Raz knows who he owes this new path to, this carved way of blood and iron. The Monster of Karth, after all, would never forget who gave him that name.

And some debts can’t be paid in gold…

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State of the book

It has been over 91 days since my book the Wanderer’s Curse has been released. I have sold over 150 copies in that time. That is 1.6 books a day which is fantastic. Adjusting for all the debt to profits I have made $115. That is accounting for a new suit,  a 10X20 poster, event cost, hosting and domain for the website. Though it has been a long time since I have actually sold a book as of late. Here are a few things I have been up to since the launch of the book. (more…)

Seeing as it has been over two years since I began The Past Due Review, I thought it would be interesting to reflect on some of the unforeseen consequences of running a book blog. I realize that I have expanded my content to include movie reviews and Music Monday posts, but this site began with […]

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