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Blood Oath

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It's not very often I enjoy a book through and through. Especially a vampire book. Vampire books do not have a great reputation with me these days. Too much sex, angst, and just bad writing. Blood Oath has sex and angst, but a bunch of good writing. Blood Oath is a fast paced modern story of a vampire bound to protect the office of the President of the United States and the citizens of the nation. Captured during the presidency of Andrew Jackson, Nathaniel Cade has served many presidents and seen much of what the darkness that surrounds us can throw as us. Now, Dr. Frankenstein, yes, that Frankenstein, want to inflict the walking dead on the people of the US and he wants to use our soldiers from Iraq. Cade has dealt with the good doctor before in Nazi Germany, making Dr. Mengele look like a 1st year internist, and he has no regard for Konrad(Frankenstein) whatsoever. Konrad is smarter that Cade and can deal with Cade's strength, rejuvenative powers, and host of other qualities, but Cade has an ace up his sleeve. He really, really does not care.This book was a real treat to read. Fast moving with just enough back story to fill out the character, but not slow down the action. Short chapters really moved the action along. Many books tend to slow down in places. Filling characters in or getting through back-story, but not with this book. Blood and guts from the very start. Remember, here there be monsters.I thoroughly enjoyed. Very much recommended.
O Homem Pintado

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I am usually a little leery of debut novels. The books are good but the whole package needs some work. Peter Brett needs no polish. I loved this book.Mankind has been beaten down. Man hides in his hovels at night and cringes in fear of the demons. Slowly mankind is dying. Arlen does not understand why man does not fight back. He determines that he is not going to be a coward. This is his first step towards becoming the Warded Man. A man who takes the fight to the demons. Through years of training and discovery, he turns his own body into a weapon against the dark tide of demondium.A man who hates demons and kills them at every opportunity. But, is his distaste for cowardly humans just as powerful? Can a man live by himself and just live with hatred? Does man need companionship, love, strength from those around him?A truly excellent first book from Peter Brett. I cannot wait for the next book in this series.A must buy. Highly recommended.
The Human Blend

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I was really excited about the premise of this book. The oceans have risen and the coastal cities we know are on stilts. Man has also mastered his genes and any shape or form is available. All can be beautiful, tradesmen can adapt to their work, and what is a human is anyone's guess.The story is fairly basic. Guy is in the wrong place at the wrong time. Get's in trouble with super secret organization. Runs, and runs, and runs. Boring.The first third of the book was interesting with the introduction of the world and some of its characters. The other two thirds were a snooze. The book absolutely did not move. The protagonist went from character to character looking answers to his predicament. Never any help, over and over. This gets tiring. At the end of the book, still no resolution. Just left hanging for the next book in this series. No cliffhanger, nothing.If you are an Alan Dean Foster fan you might be used to his style, but for me, I am a just about done with him. Cannot recommend.
Assassin’s Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy, Book 1)

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Robin Hobb is a master of fantasy. She weaves a wonderful tapestry of character development.This is a story of a royal bastard from his early childhood to his young adulthood. He finds his place among those that are indifferent to him and those who are hostile.His grandfather, the King, finds a place for the young man where he can be both protected and "thrown to the wolves" if the need arises. The young man becomes an assassin. While the first half of the book deals with childhood, the second half deals with being an assassin and all the intrigue that goes along with being one.A fine story. Very recommended.
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time

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I enjoyed this book. If you are into history, then the history of marine chronography is for you. Dava Sobel gives us a good look and the physical, and, probably more difficult issue, the political problems encountered in finding a timepiece that would fix the longitude for sea captains.A good read. Recommended.
Rides a Dread Legion: Book One of the Demonwar Saga

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I've read Ray Feist from Magican right on through the Rides A Dread Legion and I do not believe he has lost a beat. This book was a page turner just like all of its predecessors.This is the next, possibly final, chapter in the ongoing drama that is Midkemia. High Elves who fled Midkemia during the Chaos Wars are now being forced to return Home, as they call it, by hordes of neverending demons. How will the peoples of Midkemia deal with them?Something strange is happening on Midkemia. Demons are popping up in the most unexpected places. Who is summoning them? Has Pug and his family been fooled and out maneuvered? What do these High Elves mean?The fate of a world, maybe an universe, is in the balance.A must read for Feist lovers. Highly recommended.
In the Garden of Iden

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As a young child, Mendoza is plucked out of a brutal Medieval Spain and is made immortal by a time traveling organization from the future. She is trained as a botanist to saved plants from extinction. She comes to view humans as sub-human and beneath contempt.Her first assignment is to take cuttings from an estate in 16th century England. In this place she finds ignorance, intolerance, bigotry, human foibles, and even love.In this love, she finds that the "The Company" is not all that she thought it would be and she is not what she thought she was.A great book. Highly recommended.
Warded Man

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I am usually a little leery of debut novels. The books are good but the whole package needs some work. Peter Brett needs no polish. I loved this book.Mankind has been beaten down. Man hides in his hovels at night and cringes in fear of the demons. Slowly mankind is dying. Arlen does not understand why man does not fight back. He determines that he is not going to be a coward. This is his first step towards becoming the Warded Man. A man who takes the fight to the demons. Through years of training and discovery, he turns his own body into a weapon against the dark tide of demondium.A man who hates demons and kills them at every opportunity. But, is his distaste for cowardly humans just as powerful? Can a man live by himself and just live with hatred? Does man need companionship, love, strength from those around him?A truly excellent first book from Peter Brett. I cannot wait for the next book in this series.A must buy. Highly recommended.
The Sword: A Novel

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A book with a great premise. I was excited to read this book. Due to a plague and human nature humanity has dwindled and regressed effectively to the middle ages again. In one small part of the world insulated from the rest by a ring of mountains a nation survives and thrives. But, they do not know God. They have no Bible from ancient time. They are devil worshipers. They are fairly good and stable devil worshipers. This is just the first of many contradictions and confusing things about this book.Again, I really looked forward to reading, but just a few pages in I saw that there was going to be trouble. Where to start? Characters that were inconsistent. A young woman who was comfortable hunting alone in the deep wood, then later a helpless damsel. A young soldier/teacher who is so noble and above reproach it makes you sick. The good folks are good and the bad folks are bad. That's fine, but a little more human. Just a few minor foibles to flesh them out.Several holes in the storyline cropped up. In one scene our hero and heroine are being tracked down by men on horseback with dogs. The protagonists are caught by the men on horseback with the dogs. Where did the dogs go? They just seemed to disappear. Hunting/Tracking dogs tree or pull down their prey. They don't run off.One last thing. If have any desire to be a writer there is one rule that will be pounded into your head over and over. Show, don't tell. I was told how someone felt or how I should react to something so many times I just got sick of it.I hope this is the very first fiction book the author has done. Then there is hope for improvement. If this is the case then I lay this book on the editor's door. The editor should never let this book go out in this shape. I'll be looking for the next book and looking closely at reviews. If things don't get better, I won't read it.I did enjoy the overall storyline. The rediscovery of the Bible and the re-entry of God into people lives. If you are not a Christian, as I am, this may not be for you. If you want to learn about God in a fictional format then this may be a good place to start. Even with all of its storytelling problems.If you want to read fiction about God and His role in people's lives, I recommend. If you want to read a well crafted story, sorry no.
The Half-Made World

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After the first few pages I knew I was going to enjoy this book. Love me some steampunk! Western steampunk too!The Gun and the Line are in constant conflict and just us ordinary folk are caught in the middle just trying to make a world out in the wild west.Do you like magic, demons, and all around good storytelling?Get it!
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