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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

Sunday, November 4, 2018

2018 PULP DEN Awards

2018 PULP DEN Awards

Lionel Touzellier (Historical Fiction): The Invisible Investigation: I have read many books on the assassination, and the conspiracies behind the murder of JFK, but I think this is my favorite book on the subject so far. First, the main characters capture the readers, and pull them into the story. To be truthful, the roles switch and Joshua Mandley becomes Mei Wang’s assistant not long after the story begins, as his nanotechnology is secondary to Mei Wang’s knowledge of Lee Harvey Oswald and everything about the assassination. Plus, she’s no second banana when it comes to courage. She’s a 4th degree black belt in kung fu, and though diminutive in size, she’s pretty darn tough. I was fascinated with the characters, and would love to see them in a new adventure together. Highly recommended

Trisha J. Kelly (Juvenile Fantasy) The Wrong Lifetime: This was another fun read, with our youngsters discovering new adventures, friends, and adversaries. Children and adults will find this fantasy series a lot of fun. Highly recommended.

Val Tobin (SF/Alien/Thriller) The Experiencers: This was a well written, action-packed novel more resembling a men’s action novel, but with the addition of an alien and paranormal background. We don’t actually see aliens until the end of the story, and thankfully some of the rebel aliens are still alive. I don’t believe in New Age, and a lot of paranormal stuff, but this fiction novel certainly kept my interest. Carolyn has future vision, as well as remote viewing ability, and can see and speak with the dead. So there is a lot of excitement in this yarn, and I was unable to put the book down. Highly recommended.

John Wilker (Space Opera) Space Rogues: 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.

John P. Cater (SF/Genetics) Nissy: It’s all about plot, characterization, and good storytelling. The characters come alive in this fast-paced novel. The writing is smooth, and the pace flows, never letting up. The science is real, and the possibilities of computer science and artificial intelligence advancing to the level of this novel is not far in the future. Not since Colossus: The Forbin Project and War Games has computer technology combined with AI this powerful been drawn to our imagination. A prophetic novel everyone should read. Plus, it is darn good entertainment. Highly recommended.

Jeff Deischer (New Pulp) Millennium Bug: Possibly the author’s best yet. This is actually a clone of Doc Savage, but Doc is an old man now – though he’s still in great shape and married to the Aztec Princess. Pat is mentioned, as Lucrezia Brazen, and was listed as missing in the Amazon Jungle in 1961. Oz has the appearance of a monkey or ape, so he’s apparently Monk’s son. I’m not sure if Noble is also a son of one of the aides. There is action from the beginning to the end, and though old, even Doc is still The Man Of Bronze, and he faces an old foe once again. It was a great story, and the new aides are fun, but regrettably I did miss the old gang and Pat Savage. Still, this novel sets a new level for New Pulp. Highly recommended.

Anne Greene (Christian Romance) A Crazy Optimist: Although I don’t normally read romance novels, this author’s clean writing style, and interesting stories have pulled me into all of her books. There is humor, drama, tension, and people fall in love. You won’t find sex and profanity in her books, and I’m thankful for that. This is a book Christian readers can, and will, enjoy. Highly recommended.

R.J. Eastwood – Robert J. Emery (SF/1st Contact) The Autopsy Of Planet Earth: Wow! This belongs on film. However, it wouldn’t work as a movie. This would have to be a six to eight hour mini-series. As I read this, I couldn’t help being reminded of the humorous novel, Martians Go Home, about unwanted aliens arriving unexpectedly and disrupting our ever-day affairs. But this novel, though humorous at times, is also very serious. I found a lot of the story falling into New Age beliefs, the creations becoming the creators, one world government, etc. At one point Legna is asked, “Do you think you are god?” To which he replies, “Maybe I am.” There are twists after twists in this interesting novel, but it ends well, as humans begin looking to change. To say any more would give too much away, so I will leave it there. Highly recommended.

Metal Chest by Chris Yee (SF/Apocalypse): 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.

Dr. Vigilante  by Alberto Hazan (Men’s Action Novel): This was a page-turner from the beginning, and I finished it in one day. We see the tortured man who has all the skills, to both save lives and kill, as he struggles to help the victims and destroy the evil. There is little plot, as he merely goes after those men who abuse their wives and children. But halfway into the book neo-Nazis become the central target for his fight and causes him the most grief. They discover his social worker girlfriend and target her to get to him. This is not a story based on plot, but characters, and lots of action. Highly recommended for the action lover.

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