Requested Review: The Dome by Nova Sparks

Format: E-bookthedome
Read with: Kindle for iPad
Length: Novel
Genre: Science Fiction
Series: The Dome trilogy, Book 1
Publisher: Self-Published
Hero: NA
Heroine: NA
Sensuality: NA
Date of Publication: April 30, 2011
Started On: June 18, 2011
Finished On: June 20, 2011

What would you do if you knew that the entire world as we know it is coming to an end and know exactly when it is going to happen? That is the dilemma faced by Sam Tucker when he starts getting realistically visual dreams of an apocalypse that is just around the corner.

Fearing that he is losing his mind, Sam does what he thinks is all that he can do in the short period of time available and tries to save as many people as he can without alerting them to what was going on. The only other person who knows the truth is his best friend Mark who is apprehensive about everything that takes place right from the very beginning.

When the annihilation begins, their savior comes in the form of an alien race who seemingly go out of their way to make their planet Syri habitable by the humans. The lucky escape from a certain death makes Sam rethink his priorities in life; a life which he had been taking for granted until now.

For Emma, Sam’s daughter, Syri opens up the possibility of a new love which she tries to embrace in her usual take-charge attitude. But on a planet where everything is not what they seem to be, Emma finds that even falling in love has its price which could get deadly with one wrong turn.

Told on first person basis by both Sam and Emma, the 1st book in The Dome trilogy is one intense, edge-of-the-seat read. Ms. Novak does a brilliant job on capitalizing on the emotions as well as the nature of us human beings, whose instinct for survival always comes into play when that is all we are left with.

Mark’s instinctive distrust with anything that has got to do with Syri certainly rings true with our inquisitive natures and our need for absolute freedom from any sort of shackles that may bind us. For Mark, the truth that he finds out turns out to be a deadly and costly one, leaving Sam a changed man, a man on a mission on the quest for truth and a way out of picture perfect Syri.

For someone who mostly reads and enjoys romances, this one was certainly a delightfully riveting surprise. With a nightmare inducing kind of prologue that reeled me in, I couldn’t help but be fascinated with the story as it unfolded and all my gratitude lays with Ms. Sparks who approached me for a review which otherwise would have had me missing out on this great sci-fi installment. I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the trilogy which cannot come out soon enough as far as I am concerned.

Recommended for fans of the genre. You won’t be disappointed.

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Review: The Last Oracle by James Rollins

Format: E-book
Read with: Amazon Kindle & Adobe Reader
Length: Novel
Genre: Science Fiction
Series: Sigma Force, Book 5
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Hero: NA
Heroine: NA
Sensuality: NA
Date of Publication: July 1, 2008
Started On: May 22, 2010
Finished On: May 25, 2010

Yes, I do deviate from reading romances now and then and read other types of books too. James Rollins has always been a favorite of mine ever since I picked up his novel Amazonia sometime back and found myself intrigued in the concepts he weaved so well in the book. Though I found myself a bit disappointed at the endings in certain books of his such as Deep Fathom, I  have always looked forward to reading his novels for the adventure and the interesting wealth of well researched information available in his books.

The Last Oracle is in no way an exception to the amazing talent Mr. Rollins has in weaving tales of a mixture of religious and scientific intrigue with a bunch of mean bad guys thrown in, to make it all more read worthy. The Sigma Force series started with the book Sandstorm which I haven’t read, but I have to say that Mr. Rollins has done an excellent job in developing the characters of  Sigma, an elite team of ex–Special Forces soldiers who had been retrained in scientific fields to serve as a covert military arm for DARPA, the Defense Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency. The story of Sigma’s commander, Gray Pierce is one I follow closely in each of the novels of the Sigma Force series that I have had the pleasure of reading.

The Last Oracle is about bioengineering of the next world prophet. Its about achieving the ultimate power in today’s world by whatever nefarious means possible. The Sigma force is thrown into this harrowing adventure when a homeless man dies in the arms of Commander Gray Pierce near their Sigma headquarters, the homeless man who is later known to be Professor Archibald Polk the person who invented Sigma.

Unraveling the clues as to how the Professor ended up with a lethal dosage of radiation that would have killed him within a week if not for the sniper who targeted him begins to reveal a story that goes back to the ancient times when the ancient Greeks used to rely on those who could see the future to change the course of the world. The clues lead Gray Pierce, Dr. Elizabeth Polk, daughter of Professor Archibald Polk and Kowalski to India and then to Russia where autistic children with incredible abilities are harnessed to create the next world prophet. The Sigma together with their allies are in a race against  time to stop the ultimate destruction from taking place that could end the world as we know it.

Simply put – damn incredible right from the very start!

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Review: Raising Atlantis by Thomas Greanias

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Read with: Adobe Reader
Length: Novel
Genre: Science Fiction
Series: Conrad Yeats Adventure, Book 1
Publisher: Pocket Star
Hero: Dr. Conrad Yeats
Heroine: Serena
Published On: July 26, 2005
Started On: August 1, 2009
Finished On: August 6, 2009

This science fiction novel is breathtaking. Mingled together with actual factual details this novel takes the reader on a wild ride that they aren’t likely to forget. The hero Dr. Conrad Yates and the heroine ex-nun Serena have prior history between them that makes things a bit more interesting.

The concept that Atlantis the lost city lies beneath the multitudes of ice in Antarctica makes for a frightening as well as exciting one. The discovery of this lost city and how the tables are turned once a selfish action by Dr. Yates renders all the ice in Atlantis to melt and the sea levels to rise. Our beloved Maldives is mentioned in this novel and once the ice starts to melt, the capital Male’ is conceived to be half under water. The magnitude of what happens is frightening but the exhilarating journey that takes place in order to right what has been done wrong is worth the read.

The description of the lost city makes me yearn from a kick ass movie that could depict everything that the author has very well described.

Can’t wait to get my hands on the next book in line The Atlantis Prophecy.

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