Author: Clive Fleury
Published: December 5, 2018
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: March 20-27, 2021
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars
When the Oceans Rise…The Truth Drowns
It’s the year 2031. Our future. Their present. A world decimated by climate catastrophe, where the sun’s heat is deadly and the ocean rises higher every day. A world ruled by the rich, powerful, and corrupt. A world where a good man can’t survive for long.
Hogan Duran was a good man once. He was a cop, forced to resign in disgrace when he couldn’t save his partner from a bullet. Now Hogan lives on the fraying edges of society, serving cruel masters and scavenging trash dumps just to survive.
But after four years of living in poverty, Hogan finally gets a chance to get back on his feet. He’s invited to join the National Security Council, the powerful paramilitary organization responsible for protecting the rich and powerful from the more unsavory elements of society. All he needs to do is pass their deadly entrance exam, and he’ll be rewarded with wealth and opportunity beyond his wildest dreams.
But this ex-cop’s path to redemption won’t be easy. The NSC are hiding something, and as Hogan descends deeper and deeper into their world, he starts to uncover the terrible truth of how the powerful in this new world maintain their power…and just how far they will go to protect their secrets.
In a world gone wrong, can one man actually make a difference, or will he die trying?
Kill Code is set 10 years in the future and the apocalyptic world is bleak: There is an 80% unemployment rate where one has to salvage items from the trash and take the lowest jobs possible in order to survive. Climate change has also ruined the world, as the sun can kill you.
Hogan Duran is our narrator and he tells us his story. He is a former cop who failed to save his partner from being shot and he lives with this daily. He struggles to live in this desolate world, but then faces a possible positive future: He is invited to become a part of the NSC (National Security Council), if he can make it through the most rigorous training he has ever gone through, and then his life will improve for the better.
Most of Kill Code takes place in the NSC training center and Duran meets other candidates (trainees) and we see how the candidates are fully tested from the physical, mental, logical, loyalty, and more. Men and women are treated and tested on the same level, but that does not mean that these strong women are any weaker than the men, which we see in Ruby, a candidate that Duran befriends that the reader grows to like. There are also the candidates that you quickly grow to hate.
Kill Code is a short novella at just under 140 pages and full of action. There is no rest for the weary in this novella. It is super-fast paced, and you can tell through his writing that the author, Clive Fleury does have a background in films and television. This novella is for adults, as there is usage of foul language and nudity throughout. I would say this novella could be for ages 15 and up, as it is nothing too extreme that has not been heard before. There are unexpected twists and Kill Code does have an ending, but the story is not over, and I look forward to the next in this series.
Many thanks to the publisher TCK Publishing for granting me a copy to read and review in my own time.
Author: Wil Mara
Published: April 25, 2017
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars
Silver Lake, Pennsylvania, is hit by a monster storm. When a massive lightning strike hits one of the nuclear reactors that provides power to Silver Lake and much of the state, essential components fail. Explosions and containment breaches follow. Radiation pours into the storm-wracked air.
Preparing for a storm was one thing, but all the duct tape, plastic tarps, and particle board in the world won’t protect the townspeople from the fallout. Sarah Redmond, acting mayor of Silver Lake, and her husband, an EMT, find themselves battling the storm and nuclear disaster simultaneously: flash floods and evacuations, downed trees and radiation sickness.
Staff at the power plant scramble to determine the extent of the damage and stop the leaks. Everything’s being streamed onto the internet by Marla Hollis, a local journalist who happened to be in the right place at the wrong time. Trapped at the plant, she’s determined to get the story out at any cost.
Nuclear disaster, not in far-off Chernobyl or Fukushima, but on American soil. How much of Pennsylvania will become a radioactive nightmare for generations to come?
I’m officially terrified of radiation. All that radiation, contained in that nuclear core and so little separating it from the population. This book had me in anxious fits through the whole thing!! I kept having to calm myself down by telling me that we’re nowhere near a nuclear power plant. So I was enjoying being scared and working myself up … but there are only 3 stars up there. The ending. How can a book be so great and then ruined by a sucky ending!! I wish I could go into way more detail, but I can’t because I don’t want to give anything away!! I’m sure y’all can imagine what it would take to reduce a 5 star rating to a 3, so I’ll let y’all ponder. I just wish I could say that I loved this book because 90% was awesome!
I’d definitely recommend this book to most people, it’s scary because it’s so possible, yet safe, because it’s so improbable.
The Echo Wife
Author: Sarah Gailey
Published: TODAY, February 16, 2021
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: January 27-February 8, 2021
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars
Basically what you need to know is this: A Science Fiction novel that deals with clones and murder.
**Read the below book description and face spoilers**:
Martine is a genetically cloned replica made from Evelyn Caldwell’s award-winning research. She’s patient and gentle and obedient. She’s everything Evelyn swore she’d never be. And she’s having an affair with Evelyn’s husband.
Now, the cheating bastard is dead, and the Caldwell wives have a mess to clean up. Good thing Evelyn Caldwell is used to getting her hands dirty.
I must say that after I had read about 80 pages I decided that the book description gives away too much and I really can’t stand that! All you really need to know is that The Echo Wife deals with clones and murder.
I am selective with what I read that is of the sci fi genre, but this one was right up my alley! The Echo Wife is total Science Fiction, and the science is not too much for the typical non sci fi reader. Some describe this one as a thriller as well, but for me it was not: It is character driven and is slower moving. All science fiction is fiction until it becomes fact!
Evelyn is our narrator to the novel and she starts her story with receiving an award for her research. It goes in a direction I figured out (most likely due to the many thrillers I read), but I enjoyed going for the ride. Evelyn is not very likeable and yet Martine is and they are total opposites, yet also not.
There are a few OMG moments that add to the story. The novel does have a conclusion, yet I wanted more story to see what will be coming next. This novel does leave you thinking about how far we humans will push science and to quote Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park: “Yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should.”
This is my first novel by Gailey and I really enjoyed it. If you are a sci fi reader then this one you should read!
Many thanks to the publisher Tor Books for granting me a copy to read and review via Bookish First.