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Cadman’s Gambit by D.P Prior REVIEW

NOTE: If you’re a squeamish reader avoid this book. If you’re a fan of George R.R Martin books and like watching Braveheart, you’ll love this book.

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When searching Amazon for eBooks I am very careful. Especially when it comes to Fantasy & Sci-fi.

When I see a five star review, I take it with a grain of salt. Mainly because sometimes that reviewer is a friend of the writer. Or in some cases, it’s actually the writer that wrote the review.

Also I’m very skeptical with eBooks on bestseller lists because sometimes the book is so horrible, and just ended up on the list by random chance.

For these reasons, I always read the excerpt before downloading. Like with Cadman’s Gambit by D.P Prior. The book had been on the bestseller list for awhile, so I was curious. I read the excerpt, and became an instant fan of the novel. I sent the book to my Kindle right away.

The story was very intriguing. It was a cross between Mad Max (Takes place mostly in a post-apocalyptic Australia. No joke.) and Sword & Sorcery Fantasy. The world has fallen into a new Dark Age.

The Church has also risen again, and like in medieval times, they keep the technology of the previous age hidden from everyone. (So now people use swords, lances, wagons, etc.) Magic also has come back.

There is no way I can tell you the plot without spoiling it. So I’m going to say the main plot is the classic badman wanting all power, world domination, etc. As you read, you will find that the story is about so much more than that.

Prior tackles Religion, True Love, Responsibility, and Sacrifice in such a way that makes it look like he’s been writing for decades.  He is one of the best authors I’ve read this year.

The characters are just as good as the plot. The villains all have a spark of good, and are not long skinny men with thin mustachios that cackle with glee. You will become emotionally attached to every villain. As for the heroes, they are not perfect. They have their ups and downs. They make mistakes. They have feelings.

The dialogue is written with skill. No stiff awkward prose here that so many indie writers struggle with.

Verdict

I give the book 4 out of 5 stars! Prior is a very promising indie writer, and if you want to read amazing tales of Good vs. Evil, read one of his books!

Available in print and on the Kindle Store.

Star Wars: Shadow Games by Michael Reaves & Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff REVIEW

 In celebration of May the 4th

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, or as known to people everywhere as Star Wars Day, I thought I would post the review of a recent Star Wars book I finished. I had been longing to read a Sci-fi novel for awhile ironically.

I am far behind in the Star Wars expanded universe (I haven’t read a Star Wars book since Jr. High), so I found a book that takes place before Episode IV.

Shadow Games is about a smuggler named Dash Rendar. Right after he tries to beat Han Solo’s time on the Kessel Run, his engines get fried. To get his ship fixed, he goes to Mos Eisley on Tattooine. To make matters worse, he doesn’t have enough money to fix his ship.

He finds a pop singer that needs a bodyguard, and it’s a job that pays enough to fix his ship. Dash thinks it will be easy…Until someone tries to kill his boss.

To find out more, I would read the book.  🙂

The thing that makes this a pretty good Star Wars novel is the characters. All the characters are very smart, and have big egos. The dialogue inside is much like the dialogue you will find in an old school detective novel. The person I really fell in love with was one of the droids. Mainly because it was programmed to be sarcastic and make bad jokes.

The one problem I had was with some of the writing itself. A thing I like about other Star Wars novels and the movies (And Space Operas in general.) is that the tech is easy to understand and never really gets into the technical details of ships or machines. Whereas this novel goes into the nitty gritty of the tech, and never really let me imagine much.

But the twists and turns made me want to keep reading.

Overall I give the book 3 ½ stars out of 5! This novel is a great Sci-fi whodunit.  (Also, a very popular Star Wars character makes a cameo that you don’t want to miss!)