Echoes – Epherium Chronicles Continues. Excitement Galore, Great Read!

Having just read Echoes, the latest book in The Epherium Chronicles, which continues the extremely complex plots of the previous two volumes, I am happy to be able to report that it as enjoyable as the first two volumes.

You can read my reviews of the first two volumes by following the links at the bottom of this review.  And in doing so, you will get a reasonable idea of the underlying themes of these books.

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Highly complex plot lines:

It is tricky to know what to say about this latest offering, as it continues at the same high level as the previous two volumes – highly readable, excitement enough in the various battles, skirmishes, heroic actions at a personal level and the politics of big business and empire building are very evident as well. Continue reading

The Void – Third In The Tanner Sequence – Sci Fi At Its Best

I have just finished reading The Void by Timothy S Johnston, and my chief feeling is one of sadness that I have finished it.   As with the previous two books in this series, the tension, characters and writing was as spellbinding and gripping as one could possibly wish to find in a book.

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Over these three books, Johnston has created a main character in Kyle Tanner who is complex, sympathetic and totally believable – A well rounded character around whom he has based a set of closed room murder stories which carry one away from the mundane and dreary problems of our sad world to an even more dreadful one in many respects.  And this is good? Yup.

1984 Anyone?

This is not simply a sort of deep space detective story (though it is that of course), but a study in the misuse of power, both governmental and personal.   A long hard look at dictatorships and repressive government, where any form of dissent is punished by death.  Shades of George Orwell here, thought control and thought police are obviously lurking in the background of the society he has created here.

Underlying all of that is a fascinating discourse on how our brains function.   A research project that is taking place in the stranded space ship our hero finds himself on is  a highly confidential project into how the brain works.   Not wishing to give away one of the main plot lines, I shall not expand on this, simply say that when you read this book (as read it you should), I am pretty sure that you will find this part as intriguing as I did. Continue reading

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Crucible – Battles, Huge Insects And Politics in Deep Space.

I have already reviewed the first volume of The Epherium Chronicles” by T.D.Wilson in an earlier post (excitement-politics-and-big-business-in-outer-space/) and now I shall discuss the second volume in what I now know will be a long series of volumes over the next few years.

“The Epherium Chronicles – Crucible” is the name of this volume, in which we are taken into the deepest of deep space to discover what is happening to a spaceship full of colonists who departed the planet earth some 25 years ago on a journey to find a new home for humanity.

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The synopsis on Amazon describes this volume as follows:-

Book two of The Epherium Chronicles

January, 2155

Earth Defense Forces Captain James Hood is on the mission of his life. The Cygni solar system is just one space-fold jump away. One more jump and they’ll have reached the fledgling colony that Earth desperately needs if the human race is going to survive. But a plot to derail him has already damaged his ship, threatened the lives of his crew and cost him time. Time the colonists might not have.

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Excitement, Politics and Big Business In Outer Space

I have just read the first two volumes of “Epherium Chronicles” by T.D.Wilson, which are obviously the start of what I hope will be a long and complex saga.

The first one is called “The Epherium Chronicles: Embrace” and is mainly taken up with a long and very detailed setting of the scene for the volumes that are to follow.

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Took Time To Grab Me.

To be honest, when I started to read this book I wasn’t immediately grabbed by it, and was feeling that perhaps it wasn’t a book for me, but I persevered, and slowly but surely as the tale developed, I found myself being pulled into its world, and the worlds of the various main characters.  By the time I was about a third of the way through, I was completely engrossed by it, and began to feel for the various characters and the very considerable problems they were all trying to deal with – both the good  and bad  characters.

So should you have the same experience as I did, keep at it, it is well worth it as it is actually a very good and exciting read.

Real People Here…..

One of the many things about this book (and the following volume as well), is that none of the characters are simple 2 dimensional puppets.  All of them, are complex rounded individuals, with strengths and weaknesses, as real people have.  This is one of the aspects of these books that sucked me into their world – the fact that all it main protagonists were totally believable human beings, and not simply stiff totally evil or totally good creatures as is so often the case.

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The Freezer – Murder Most Foul In The Cold – Ebook Review

In this, the second of the Tanner books, author Timothy S. Johnston pulls out all the stops possible and gives us an extremely exciting, and claustrophobic closed room murder thriller. He is rapidly becoming the leader in the Sci-Fi form of this genre as his previous book (The Furnace) dealt with much the same sort of situation, only this time it is on Jupiter’s freezing (both literally and metaphorically) moon Europa, where all is not as it seems.

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2402 AD:   CCF homicide investigator Kyle Tanner and his girlfriend are on their way to Pluto, en route to a new life together. Just one little death to check out in the asteroid belt first. But when you’re as tangled up in conspiracy as Tanner is, a few hours on a case can change your life. Or end it.

The mystery is a strange one—one man dead, a cryptic message his dying breath. Still, Tanner’s ready to wrap it up until another gruesome murder shakes him to his core. The discovery of a microscopic bomb near his own heart offers the first faint clue, but the clock is ticking. He has four days….

A desperate search for answers takes Tanner to The Freezer, an isolated facility on one of Jupiter’s moons. With anti-CCF dissidents targeting the facility, a team of scientists conducting experiments the military would rather remain hidden, and a mysterious man in white hunting him on the ice, Tanner will have to choose his allies carefully. Putting his faith in the wrong person will leave him bleeding out in seconds.

So there you have the kernel of the plot in a nutshell.  A classic closed room murder story set in Space but essentially the same concept as all those murder stories where you know the Butler did it  – but here there are no Butlers, genteel country house people or similar, but a bunch of hard headed and disparate scientists and soldiers in an impossible situation, so who the murderer is is not at all obvious, or even if there actually is one murderer, or a number of them.

Not Simply a Thriller………….

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Fergus Ferry Launches Tablet and Smart Phone App

I was contacted yesterday by the Snowball Press with the press release below, which I thought might well interest those of you who have just given their very young family members a shiny new Tablet of one sort or another, and are now looking for suitable reading material for these lucky sprogs.

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AHOY! FERGUS FERRY LAUNCHES HIS OWN TABLET & SMARTPHONE APP!
“The star of 24 best-selling children’s books comes to Apple & Android for Xmas with an amazing free offer!

November 4 2013 – Great news for fans of the lovable Fergus Ferry, star of the popular 24 book series for children aged 2-6, as he now stars in his own app for the iPhone, iPad and Android!

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