Thursday, June 13, 2019

Reentry by Peter Cawdron Book Review and Giveaway



SYNOPSIS

After almost dying on Mars, astronaut Liz Anderson returns to Earth, but not to a hero’s welcome. America is in turmoil. The war is over, but the insurgency has just begun. So while life on Mars may have been deadly, at least up there she knew who the enemy was. Along with her, Liz has brought the remnants of the artificial intelligence that waged war on two planets. Buried somewhere deep within the cold electronic circuits lies the last vestiges of her dead partner Jianyu. Liz is torn, unsure whether he’s somehow still alive in electronic form or just a ploy by an adversary that will go to any length to win. Heartbroken and treated with suspicion, she finds herself caught up in the guerrilla war being waged on Earth, wondering if the AI threat is truly gone, or if it has only just begun.


Praise for REENTRY

"It's good to consider the AI possibilities ahead. Peter Cawdron's REENTRY is a marvelous read but also an intriguing scenario for what might go on within the superintelligences." ―Vernor Vinge, Hugo Award-winning author of A Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky

MY BOOK REVIEW

"Reentry" is a sequel to Retrograde, a novel about living on Mars when it became isolated when a nuclear war broke out on Earth. You will need to read book one because book two picks up right where the first book left off and it does not give a short catch up. 

The book follows an astronaut, Liz Anderson, who had to leave Mars and return back to Earth to discuss the AI war to Congress on what went wrong. They are dealing with the fallout of the AI takeover on Mars.  She brought the hard drives containing remnants of artificial intelligence containing traces of her dead partner, Jianyu.  She is hoping Jianyu isn't really dead. Liz knows who the enemy is unlike on Earth.  Lucifer has plans for Liz. While here she finds herself caught in the middle of a guerrilla war. How is she going to escape the deadly aftermath of the war? 

Peter Cawdron put a great deal of thought and detail into this book. There are many conflicts and action in the book, more towards the beginning and middle of the book causing the end of the book to be on the slower side.  This book is defiantly a fantasy action and political novel. There is also some humor in the book as well. If you like sci-fi action pack then you will like this book. 

"Received this book from Jean Book Nerd for an honest book review."


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Peter Cawdron is an Australian science fiction author, making hard sci-fi easy to understand.

His debut novel Anomaly has gone on to sell over 75,000 copies around the world, while his zombie story What We Left Behind was selected by Kindle Scout for publication with Kindle Press..

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WEBSITE: https://about.me/cawdronpeter




GIVEAWAY


--Giveaway is open to International. | Must be 13+ to Enter.

** Ends July 1st, 2019

-  3 Winners will receive a Copy of MARS ENDEAVOR and REENTRY by Peter Cawdron.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

House of Earth, House of Stone by JOSHUA DAVID BELLIN Nerd Blast Giveaway



SYNOPSIS

The Ecosystem is at war

The dark queen Miriam has attacked the City of the Queens. Commanding an army of creatures from legend and nightmare, she appears unstoppable. Sarah is forced to flee into the treacherous mountains north of the city, where she seeks to discover the word of the missing queen, Celestina. Only with their combined strength, Sarah believes, is there any hope of contesting the dark queen’s might.

But to wage the final battle against the dark queen, Sarah will have to overcome an ancient curse that threatens not only the survival of the city but the existence of the Ecosystem itself. And she will have to decide whether to save Isaac, the boy she loves, at the cost of losing everything else she holds dear.

House of Earth, House of Stone is a riveting fantasy-adventure set in a world where Nature holds dominion over humankind. The final book in the Ecosystem trilogy, it completes the journey Sarah began in Ecosystem and The Devouring Land.  


Praise for ECOSYSTEM Trilogy

“Joshua David Bellin proves once again that he’s the master of SciFi survival stories that explore the devastating consequences of environmental destruction. If you’ve ever walked in the woods and felt that the trees were listening, this book is for you!” ―Jennifer Bardsley, author of GENESIS GIRL

“This page turner will give you a new respect for the forces of the natural world. I’ll never look at plants or animals the same way again. A five star tour-de-force. Can’t wait for a sequel.” ―Darlene Beck-Jacobson, author of WHEELS OF CHANGE

"If you’re a fan of survivalist and post-apocalyptic literature then I would definitely, and not so subtly, tell you to read ECOSYSTEM." ―YA Bookers


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joshua David Bellin has been writing novels since he was eight years old (though the first few were admittedly very short). A college teacher by day, he has published numerous works of fantasy and science fiction, including the two-part Survival Colony series (Survival Colony 9 and Scavenger of Souls), the deep-space adventure Freefall, and the short story collection Ten Tales of Terror and Terra. The Ecosystem series—Ecosystem, The Devouring Land, and House of Earth, House of Stone—is his latest foray into speculative fiction. In his free time, Josh likes to read, watch movies, and take long nature hikes with his kids. Oh, yeah, and he likes monsters. Really scary monsters.  

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WEBSITE: http://joshuadavidbellin.com/
TWITTER: 
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GIVEAWAY



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** ENDS: JULY 1, 2019

- 2 Winners will receive a Signed Copy of HOUSE OF EARTH, HOUSE OF STONE by Joshua David Bellin.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

First Disabled Actress Ali Stroker Wins a Tony Award





On Sunday night I tuned into the Tony Awards.  Oklahoma performed the number "I Can't Say No."  I noticed a woman in a wheelchair playing Ado Annie. I wiped my eyes making sure I was seeing things right and yes I was. I was watching Ali Stroker make history by being the first person to win a Tony Award in a wheelchair.  She accepted the award for the best-featured actress.  This is amazing because people with disabilities should be able to play parts even if they can't use their legs or have other conditions.

Ali Stoker, a 31-year-old woman from New Jersey who ended up in a wheelchair at the age of two years old from a car accident. She has been active in theater since the age of seven. She was cast as the titular role in a backyard production of Annie.


"This award is for every kid who is watching tonight who has a disability, who has a limitation or a challenge who has been waiting to see themselves represented in this arena -- you are. I hope that for young people in chairs who feel that this is too hard, that they see that being in a chair is like getting a secret key to an unknown door-- that they see what I'm doing and are reassured that anything is possible. "-- Ali Stroker

I think it is amazing our culture is working at not following the stereotype of a role.  They aren't fixated on having the look of a person who played the role. For example, with Oklahoma, Ado Annie is usually skinny, big breasts and a blonde. 


HER TONY AWARD PERFORMANCE


HER ACCEPTANCE SPEECH


Congratulations Ali Stroker. You are an inspiration. 





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