A Paul B Review: Makepeace (Taking Shield #3) by Anna Butler

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

makepeace-by-anna-butlerA year has passed since Shield Captain Bennet was rescued from Telnos.  Having spent the past year doing his research at the Strategy Unit and teaching at the Thebaid Institute, Bennet is anxious to get back out into space.  However, he must rotate out of Shield for three years and serve in Fleet.  Before that happens, Bennet comes to a realization that the Maess have been using Makepeace, an old Albion colony that was overtaken over a century before.  If his analysis of the information he took from T-18 is correct, the Maess are holding humans as prisoners on the former farming colony. 

Having passed his theories along to IntCom, Bennet is assigned to the dreadnought Corvais as their Flight Captain.  Having served onboard for almost eight months, Bennet formulates some chilling possibilities what is happening on the lost colony of Makepeace.  Surmising that the Maess are using the prisoners for scientific experiments, he alerts his superiors of his theories.  When confronted with the possibilities of what is going on, the Albion president authorizes Bennet to rescue the prisoners, with the proviso that if the humans are being in any way controlled by the Maess, he is to not only destroy the base but take out the prisoners as well.  The ultimate decision would be his alone.  The prospect of killing almost 200 “innocents” weighs heavily on Bennet.

Bennet is assigned to the Caliban, a dreadnought whose commander happens to be considered an uncle by Bennet.  Warwick has been friends with his father Caeden since they were in the Military Academy together.  Known for his exploits, Warwick cannot wait to get behind enemy lines like Bennet has been doing all along with Shield.  When Bennet gets on board the Caliban, he finds that Warwick has developed a cult of personality around him to the point the crew almost worships him.  They too are excited to get behind enemy lines and attack instead of defending what territory they have left.  Bennet, having been behind enemy lines, knows that there is no real glory to being there and wonders if the crew is in for a rude awakening when they get to Makepeace.  But Bennet has enough to worry about with the prisoners and the side project that has been given to him.  He hopes this far deep into Maess territory there aren’t any problems…

The third book in the Taking Shield series once again has Bennet in the thick of a military campaign while trying to sort out his feelings not only for his family and lovers but also for the new crew of the Caliban.  He alone really knows the full extent of the mission that he is to undertake and the strain of it puts a stress on his daily living.  Because of this and his usual obliviousness to personal situations, Bennet is both surprised and yet in retrospect not shocked at the actions Warwick undertakes during the battle for Makepeace.  The results of the battle have far reaching effects on Bennet not only militarily but personally as well.  Seeing that one of his theories about the colony having been proved correct, Bennet feels isolated as to the decisions he has to make and a having taken a step away from humanity.  Bennet will have to deal with this when he joins his father on his next assignment on the Gyrfalcon.  I am waiting impatiently for the next book in the series.

The cover art by Wilde City Press once again is well done.  It has what has been described as a Maess form inside the standard Shield badge that has been on the previous covers. 

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EBook, 330 pages

Edition Language:  English

Published:  July 6, 2016 by Wilde City Press

ISBN:  978-1-925506-19-8

A Paul B Review: The Beginning (Sirius Wolves #6) by Victoria Sue

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

the-beginning-by-victoria-sueThe sixth book in the Sirius Wolves series opens up three months later as Marcus Flint, human alpha of the Jefferson pack, the largest werewolf pack in America, is coming home from having titanium rods fitted as his new artificial legs.  Kellan, who is about four months pregnant, is not doing well and the pack doctor has advised him to return as soon as possible.  His other mates, Ricoh and Nate seem to be doing better as both are alpha werewolves. 

As the Supreme Alphas and Jefferson pack are dealing with the terrorist organization Winter Circle and wary of interference from the god Anubis, a strange wolf shows up on pack lands.  The stranger turns out to be Nate’s father Eric.  He claims that he has been searching for Nate for the last twelve years since Nate ran away but only just now found him thanks to his appearance on human television.  Nate, who has no memories prior to showing up on Jefferson pack land, is not sure of this reconciliation.  Marcus and the Supreme Alphas are also cautious about trusting Eric.  When Nate has to postpone a meeting with Eric because he becomes tired because of his own pregnancy, Eric takes it as a slight.  Eric kidnaps Kellan and says that he will return Kellan when Marcus brings Nate with him for what amounts to a prisoner exchange.  Meanwhile, Nate is seeing visions of the future and is frightened by what he sees.  He convinces Ricoh and the omega Aden to help rescue Kellan before his visions become prophecy.  A successful mission where the mass carnage Nate envisions might yet occur as Marcus leads another mission to get Kellan.  And to make matters worse, Kellan goes into premature labor, never a good sign for a werewolf pregnancy.

Each book of this series keeps drawing me in more.  Marcus can now keep up with his wolves but is still fearful that as a human mate that he will cause the early death of his mates with his passing.  Mates do not survive long without each other and either die themselves or go crazy.  Ricoh is still processing his feelings toward his former alpha and supposed mate Hunter, which is causing some hesitation with his mates.  The back story to Nate provides us with more reasons how Anubis is involved in the lives of the main characters and how the Winter Circle came to be.  And as usual, a surprise or two is thrown in toward the end that some will not see coming. 

The cover art by E Connors has a young shirtless man in jeans with his back toward us looking over his shoulder.  This would be how I would picture a still recovering Nate would look like. 

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Book Details

EBook, 173 pages

Edition Language:  English

Published:  July 28, 2016 by Dark Hollows Press

ISBN:  978-1-944054-71-7

Series:  Sirius Wolves

  • Orion’s Circle (Sirius Wolves #1)
  • Broken Circle (Sirius Wolves #2)
  • Eternal Circle (Sirius Wolves #3)
  • The Promise (Sirius Wolves #4)
  • The Dilemma (Sirius Wolves #5)

A PaulB Review: Eternal Circle (Sirius Wolves #3) by Victoria Sue

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

eternal-circle-by-victoria-sueIt has been five months since Darric has passed and the remaining members of Orion’s Circle are still dealing with the loss.  Aden has probably been most affected as he is carrying Darric’s child.  Entering his fifth month, Aden has two more to go.  As before, he is being hidden away except for the most senior members of the leadership pack so that the pregnancy remains a secret.  However, outside events always complicate matters.

Blaze, the leader of Orion’s Circle, is still trying to integrate werewolves into the military establishment.  But Darric’s death weighs heavily in his mind.  Since he first shifted, he promised his mates that he would always protect them.  However, he failed in protecting Darric.  Now he must make sure that Aden and Connor are safe from harm.

Connor, meanwhile, has his own concerns.  The empath of the group he is suppose to know what others are feeling.  However, his powers seem to be disappearing.  Instead of feeling other people, he is using cues and thinks he knows what they feel.  He wonders if this is a temporary setback or if his powers are fading permanently.

As Orion’s Circle and the military begin to roll out a publicity campaign to sway people’s opinions about werewolves, it becomes evident that someone within the leadership group has been supplying secret information.  The only suspect they have is a wolf that used to be Aden’s friend and has been causing trouble with other pack members.  No matter what has gone on in the past, Aden cannot believe that Kellan has seriously betrayed them.

When an explosion injures Connor and a young boy, Blaze uses his alpha power to heal the two.  However, this has unintended consequences and bring unwanted attention to the werewolves.  An enemy from the past uses this situation to his advantage and places the remaining members of Orion’s Circle in jeopardy.  Will Aden and the rest survive to see the birth of their new pup?

This third book in the Sirius Wolves series is just as tension filled as the previous two.  As the three men deal with the death of their partner, they must move forward.  Being pregnant, Aden feels almost helpless as events unfold.  He must think of his unborn child first.  Blaze must contend with the human government as well as issues that deal with his pack.  Connor is worried that Darric’s death may have affected his powers and might not get them back.  Add to this someone who wants revenge on this group for past slights.  The resolution is a bit contrived but keeps with most tellings of mythology.  I look forward to the rest of the series.

The cover art by E Connors has a shirtless man in front of a cloudy night sky.  It is a decent cover that keeps with the theme of the covers of the rest of the series.

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EBook, 143 pages

Edition Language:  English

Published:  September 24, 2015

ISBN:  978-1-944054-05-2

Series:  Sirius Wolves

A Paul B Review: For a Dragon’s Enthusiasm (Highland Dragons #9) by Charlie Richards

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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

For a Dragon's Enthusiasm (Highland Dragons #9) by Charlie RichardsDoughall Maxton is a warrior for Clan MacDuffan.  His brother Seumas left town with Kaiser, the representative from the Karstelle Valley.  Unfortunately, Hamish and a couple of his friends followed after Seumas intent on harming Doughall’s brother.  Using his tracking skills, Doughall finally gets to where he seems to be only a day behind those he is looking for.  When he sees what looks like a funeral pyre, he fears the worst for his brother.  He hears a noise and notices a large blue lizard like creature watching him.  Not wanting to be an easy meal for the beast, he pulls out his sword and attacks.

Simeon knows he is not allowed to leave Kartelle Valley.  The fewer dragons that have interactions with the human world, the more likely their existence will be kept secret.  But loneliness has set in ever since more dragons have found their asdas, or human mates.  While out, Simeon spots this well-muscled man with long flowing hair.  Simeon recognizes the man as an asda and is determined to make him his mate.  Simeon easily defends himself from Doughall’s attack and immobilizes the man until he can explain the ways of the dragon world.  While getting to know each other, Kaiser and Seumas show up.  Simeon knows that he knows he faces possible punishment for leaving the valley.  However, will information that Doughall has focus attention on that instead of Simeon’s transgression?

I have watched soap operas off and on for the past thirty years.  Every once in a while, you get a show which recaps the key story lines, plants a new piece of information that will be key later in the series, and basically waits until the next day to get back into full story telling mode.  For a Dragon’s Enthusiasm, the ninth book in Charlie Richard’s Highland Dragons series, fells just like that.  I have enjoyed this series from the start so a breather in the action does not bother me.  It looks like Ian’s father is still intent on bringing his son home.  And as with most book series, having read the previous books will help with understanding the events in this book.

What can I say about the cover from Angela Waters?  It is yet another stunning cover that is on par with her previous covers for this series.  Doughall is portrayed exactly as described in the book, with Simeon’s blue dragon in the background. 

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Book Details

EBook, 75 pages

Edition Language:  English

Published:  July 1, 2016 by eXtasy Books

ISBN:  978-1-4874-0388-1

Series: Highland Dragons

  • For a Dragon’s Touch (Highland Dragons #1)
  • For a Dragon’s Protection (Highland Dragons #2)
  • For a Dragon’s Treasure (Highland Dragons #3)
  • For a Dragon’s Forgiveness (Highland Dragons #4)
  • For a Dragon’s Redemption (Highland Dragons #5)
  • For a Dragon’s Healing (Highland Dragons #6)
  • For a Dragon’s Persuasion (Highland Dragons #7)
  • For a Dragon’s Seduction (Highland Dragons #8)
  • For a Dragon’s Enthusiasm (Highland Dragons #9)