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Review: “Raptor: A TECH Ops Novel,” John G. Hartness

Rating: 3 out of 5 John G. Hartness’s Raptor: A TECH Ops Novel has a great premise, but some crucial failures as well. It’s quasi-military sci-fi, in that the TECH Ops squads aren’t run by the military, and not all

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Review: “Alien: Prototype,” Tim Waggoner

Pros: Rollicking good action! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 At the time I bought Tim Waggoner’s Alien: Prototype (set in the universe of the Alien and Aliens movies), it wasn’t at all obvious on Amazon that this was

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Review: “Alien: River of Pain,” Christopher Golden

Pros: Great depiction of the lead-up to the Aliens movie Cons: Doesn’t really conclude the trilogy Rating: 5 out of 5 I’ll get this out of the way first. If you’ve read the first two books in the trilogy, you’re

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Review: “Endgame,” Ann Aguirre

Pros: Fantastic climax to the series! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Here we are, in the final book of Ann Aguirre’s Sirantha Jax series, Endgame (A Sirantha Jax Novel). Jax, Loras, Zeeka, Constance, and Vel have settled in

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Short Take: “Rebellion,” Joshua James

Pros: Can’t get enough of Lucky Savage! Cons: Cliffhanger Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Joshua James’s novella Rebellion: Lucky’s Mercs | Book 2 is the second book in the series “Lucky’s Mercs,” which is a spinoff of “Lucky’s Marines”. James

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Review: “Killbox,” Ann Aguirre

Pros: The world keeps evolving and changing Cons: A couple of small details Rating: 5 out of 5 The world is going to hell in a handbasket. Sirantha Jax and her friends destroyed the Farwan Corporation, which was hugely corrupt,

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Review: “Retribution,” Joshua James

Pros: Excellent follow-on to the Lucky’s Marines series! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Lucky’s back! The “Lucky’s Marines” series may have ended with book nine [review], but Lucky himself carries on in Joshua James’s Retribution: Lucky’s Mercs |

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Review: “Lost Mission,” Joshua James, Daniel Young

Pros: The last quarter gets tense and interesting Cons: The pacing is all off; so-so characters Rating: 3 out of 5 I’m a big fan of Joshua James’s “Lucky’s Marines” books, so when I saw he had co-authored the novella

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Review: “Lucky at Last,” Joshua James

Pros: My favorite book of the series-so-far! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Joshua James’s short novel Lucky At Last: Lucky’s Marines | Book Nine is the climax of the story arc. Emperor April appears to have gone off

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Review: “The Singularity Trap,” Dennis E. Taylor

Pros: Interesting story and characters; intriguing worldbuilding Cons: … Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Dennis E. Taylor’s The Singularity Trap is an intriguing and creative take on the alien first contact story. Ivan Pritchard has signed onto the Mad Astra,

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