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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

Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Turret

It has been generations since the Earth survived the alien invasion. Politicians have cast a greedy eye on the funding of unused defenses, eyeing the reallocation of the funds as a way to pave their path to reelection. Young Jock MacAlister's life long dream comes true with his assignment to ADS 1437, the last operational Asteroid Defense Station. The capture of an alien scout vessel changes everything. Jock is thrust into a prominent role in planning Earth's defense. He must overcome personal tragedy, political corruption, and devastating treachery to build the forces needed to save the Earth. Along the way, something unexpected takes root, something crucial to Humanity surviving as a greater struggle between good and evil follows Humanity to the stars.

The Turret (SF)
“Starclan Foundation #1”
By James W. McAllister
Fortiter Publishing
ISBN #978-0991040551
Price $9.98 (paperback)
252 Pages
Rating 3-Stars

“Confusing And Boring.”

Written in Earth dates, the story begins on Standard Earth Date July 4, 3425. A generation after the oiseaux, an alien insect race, invaded our galaxy. We get a playback of sorts, as we hear recordings of our brave spacemen giving their lives in battle. However, this is all after-the-fact. For now we are following the MacAlister family, and the Earth dates get a bit confusing, not only to the reader but the author, as well. We have this: Standard Earth Date July 25, 3430, 10-year old Jock asked his mother about dreams; then Standard Earth Date September 4, 3430, Jock is in Junior High interested in girls. That appears to be only a period of two months. But the whole book is as confusing as this. It jumps around a bit, and by trying to tell the story in Earth Dates there is no smooth flow to the story. In fact, most of the book is about romance and religion, with little action to keep the reader turning the page. I found it too boring to even finish the book. I cannot honestly recommend this to SF readers.

Tom Johnson


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