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Retirement. Publishers, thank you for the many years of reading pleasure you gave me, but all good things must come to an end. Due to failing eyesight I am forced to retire. I can no longer review your books, and any that you send will be donated to the local library, unread. Do not send any more. I can only read for a couple hours every day, and this does not allow me to finish a book in reasonable time. I will be devoting time to my own books from now on, and reading on a personal level. Books that interest me. I prefer paperbacks and hardbacks, not eBooks. My eyesight has been failing the last few years, and I cannot handle hundreds of review books any more. My books are still available for review. Anyone interested in reviewing any of them, they are found in the Link to Tom’s Books On Amazon. Contact me for pdf copies at fadingshadows40@gmail.com

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Metal Chest

A devastating war between man and machine has left the world in ruins. Silas, a timid household robot, is left to roam the streets alone. Lacking in courage and confidence, Silas struggles to survive on his own as he searches for a new home. When he encounters Deacon, a human scavenger, he recruits the stranger to escort him to Limbys Technologies, the global giant responsible for creating Silas and other robots. Along their journey, the two develop a close friendship that defies their physical differences. Is this unlikely bond enough to keep them alive in a world full of violence?


Metal Chest (SF Apocalypse) 
By Chris Yee
To The Moon Publishing
ISBN # 978-1949218909
Price $12.99 (Paperback)
Price $2.99 (Kindle)
332 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

“Robots With Character”

After robots rebel against their human creators, leaving the world in apocalyptic stage, a house-bot and human form a strange partnership. Salis belonged to a human family that it cared for before the world went crazy, now he (it?) seeks only to survive. But Salis needs oil and new batteries to continue his life as a robot, and he’s having trouble these until he meets Deacon, a human scrounger also wanting to survive. They run into trouble after trouble, either from the human element led by a cowboy, or warrior-bots wanting to rid the world of humans. Everyone is heading for New Valley and Limbys Technologies, where robots were created. But there also is Riley, the leader of the rebel robots. What will happen when they all converge?

This was a fascinating story, character driven with a simple plot. It’s a “planet of the apes” against mankind story, but in this case, robots that can think and act on their own. And the reader cares for the characters. It would actually make a wonderful movie, as Salis and Deacon make their way to New Valley, and become close buddies on the journey. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson

Author of WORLDS OF TOMORROW

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Space Rogues

What happens when your experimental spacecraft breaks down near Neptune? Dying alone in space is the likely answer, right?
That's not how Wil Calder's story ends though; it's how it begins. Alien space outlaws rescue him and sell his pod for scrap.
He's given a choice: join the crew or step out the airlock without his spacesuit. Which would you choose?
Now, years later, Wil is a lonely intergalactic outlaw, looking for a crew. Because space is lonely and boring, Wil could use some friends or at least people to work with, maybe boss around.
Before Wil can even enjoy having a crew to call his own, they find themselves in the center of a plot to start an intergalactic war. They had no part in starting it, and aren't remotely qualified to stop it, but here they are anyway.
Since finding a bar on a distant world isn't an option for Wil and the crew of the Ghost, they take action!
Between epic space battles, a quest for redemption and a daring heist, the crew uncovers a dark secret. A secret that they can't let stay hidden; too many worlds hang in the balance.


Space Rogues (Space Opera)
By John Wilker
Rogue Publishing
ISBN #978- 1732628717
316 Pages
Price $11.99 (Paperback)
Price $0.99 (Kindle)
Rating 5-Stars

“Space Opera At Its Best”

Astronaut Wil Calder’s module is experiencing problems that could leave him stranded in space. However, a pirate ship appears from another galaxy and captures him and the space module. Instead of leaving him to die, the captain of the space pirates takes a liking to the human and keeps him on board to clean his ship. The pirate crew is betrayed by a group of criminals and the captain turns his ship, an ANKARRAN battle ship over to him as he is dying. Alone now, Wil calls the ship Ghost for his recent shipmates now dead.

Along the way, Wil picks up a crew, beginning with Maxim and Zephyr, ex-galactic cops betrayed by their own people.  Next comes Ben Ari – Beenie – an electronics genius, and finally Gabe, an engineering robot. With his crew of aliens and robot, it’s up to Captain Wil Calder to stop a war of worlds, or die trying.

This was pure Flash Gordon space opera stuff, and the author kept the story moving at a fast pace with characters the reader will love. A lone human with a willingness to help, backed up by a fighting crew of misfits who will follow their captain into the maw of death. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson
Author of WORLDS TO COME


Thursday, August 2, 2018

Honesty In World War 2

WW2 through the eyes of a child: It is mid-summer, 1944 and Britain is embroiled in war. A large percentage of city and town dwellers are being killed; homes bombed, and personal belongings destroyed. The people not only fear for their own safety, but they also realize, that even if they are fortunate enough to survive there is a slim chance their offspring will not. They feel they have no choice, but to send their children to remote country villages to be raised by strangers, in the hope they will have a better life. The only adults permitted to travel with the children are mothers with youngsters under five years old, the infirm and the elderly. Meantime, the community of Honesty Brook Dale feel it's their duty to rally together to help the evacuees by sharing their homes and limited food and clothing supplies. 


Honesty In World War 2 (Historical Fiction)
By Chris-Jean Clarke
BookRix
ASIN # B07FTFDC1L
Price $0.99 (Kindle)
162 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

The Author send me a copy of he book for an honest review. It’s 1944 and World War Two is at the height of atrocities. Bombing raids in England is heavy, and many are dying. Young soldiers are conscripted into service to fight, many do not return home. Services help move children to the interior farms, but it doesn’t mean they’ll be safe from air raids, but villagers will do what they can to help the evacuees. This is their story, as well as the story of children from the villages.  How they get along, how the parents help feed and clothe the influx of people. Remember, this was a time of rationing, black outs, and when there wasn’t much to be had by anyone.

This was one of the most interesting times in the 20th century, and the author takes us on a merry-go-round of harsh times, death, and little food. There are characters we care about, some we think stink, but all are stuck within the same period, and must survive the best way they can. Young Cyil has already lost his father, and now his older brother has been conscripted and leaves to fight in a war he may not return from. Cyril must become a man because he’s the last male still at home, yet merely a boy. War turns boys into men. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson
Author of COLD WAR HEROES


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Spur of The Moment Bride

By Award-Winning Author Heiress Abby Hollister’s Papa demands she stop toying with young men’s hearts and marry within a month or be disinherited. After reading an ad for a mail-order bride in untamed Laramie, Wyoming, Abby makes a list of characteristics she expects for her husband and sets off to claim the perfect mate and secure her personal fortune. Stagecoach driver, Zach Tyler likes his exciting job, where he outsmarts robbers and Indians and keeps the stage running regardless of weather, breakdowns, and ornery passengers. But passenger Abby Hollister proves to be an unusual challenge. He protects her on the journey to Laramie, but in that town women are as scarce as a bird’s nest in a cuckoo clock, and men go crazy when the beauty arrives seeking a husband.


Spur of The Moment Bride (Western Romance)
By Anne Greene
Winged Publications
ISBN #978-1544638843
Price $5.74 (Paperback)
Price $2.99 (Kindle)
102 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

The author sent me a copy of the book for an honest review. Abby Hollister’s dad gives her an ultimatum – marry within thirty days or be kicked out of the house and lose her inheritance. Trouble is, there are no suitors locally that interest her. So she devises a scheme after reading the Cheyenne, Wyoming paper. A gentleman in Laramie is seeking a mail order bride. This might be her ticket to finding her perfect man: poor, ugly, kind, older, and not know that she has a rich dowry. She doesn’t have to accept the proposal, but can look around for the ideal man. Unfortunately, what she doesn’t know is that Laramie, Wyoming is an untamed territory, and it only has a few women and lots of single men ready to kill for a pretty bride. Catching a ride on the Cheyenne to Laramie stagecoach, the driver, Zack Tyler decides it’s his duty to protect the girl during the long trip, and there are some suspicious gents riding with the lady. He also understands what will be waiting for her in Laramie, and is afraid his protection won’t end there.

This was such a fun story. The reader just knew the story wasn’t going to end good for Abby or Zack. But at the last minute Abby seeks guidance from above, then make a decision that will solve their problems and save Zack from a gunslinger’s bullets. Highly recommended. 

Ginger Johnson

Author of COWBOY FROM TEXAS

Friday, July 20, 2018

Nameless Serenade

Years ago, Vinnie Sannino left Naples on a ship bound for America, where he found fame and wealth as a boxer. But his gilded life in the new world came to an abrupt end when, during a fight, with a heavy punch to the head of his opponent, Vinnie killed a man in the ring.
Now, Vinnie's back in Italy, pining for the woman he left behind. Cettina, however, is now a married woman. She was, at least, until recently when her husband was found dead, killed by a single blow to the head. For Commissario Ricciardi, one of the most faceted cops in fiction, and his partner Maione, it is a going to be a long, rainy, week in Naples.


Nameless Serenade (World Noir)
By Maurizio De Giovanni
Europa Editions
ISBN #978-1609454609
Price $18.00 (Paperback)
Price $9.99 (Kindle)
399 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

The publisher sent me a copy for an honest review. It’s autumn in Naples, and raining. 16 years previous a young boy and girl declared their love for each other, but the boy, Vinnie stows away on a ship to America to make money and promises his sweetheart, Cettina he would return for her when he had enough money. He becomes a boxer, known as the Italian Snake, and obtains the light heavyweight championship. After accidentally killing a man in the ring he decides to return to Naples and his sweetheart. But things have changed. Cettina has married, not waiting on him any longer. In a drunken rage Vinnie threatens to kill her husband and the next morning her husband’s body is found. He has been beaten to death. Pressure is put on Commissario Ricciardi to arrest the boxer, but the detective doesn’t believe the case is closed and continues the investigation.

What a wonderful story. The author’s writing and story-telling ability keeps you turning the pages, and the mystery is never what it seems. This is the best mystery series coming out of Italy, and Maurizio De Giovanni is my favorite author in the genre. My one complaint, Commissario Ricciardi and Enrica Colombo should finally get together, and the sooner the better. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson
Author of THE MAN IN THE BLACK FEDORA