Max Xylander And The Island Of Zumuruud By Jon Thomason Review

Max Xylander And The Island Of Zumuruud By Jon Thomason Review

Max Xylander And The Island of Zumuruud by Jon Thomason was a pretty good book.

I really liked the idea behind the story. That there are magical beings living in the world along with humans and that just like humans they have their good guys and bad guys.

The main character irritated me somewhat though. If she was my kid she would be grounded a lot. Or stuck in the corner. She definitely needed to be taught some discipline.

Of course she did get a little bit of that in camp during the summer.

I also liked that there was always something happening in this story. There was never a dull moment. From the time you pick up the book to the time you close the last page…it will keep you entertained!

Even if you are a grown up!

About the Book :

Max has anger management issues. But she has a secret, too. She can make things happen. Like magic. She almost killed a loser skate punk and nearly used it on her stuck up older sister. The question is, can she do anything other than blow things up? Can she learn to control it? And is it really possible that an obscure teenage girl is the key to keeping all of humanity safe?

Philip just got his ring back. He got it taken away for messing with his teacher’s mind so he can cheat on a test. Now that he has his ring, he thinks he should be able to use his power to make his life better. A lot better. The problem is that people want him to be responsible. But if you could do magic, wouldn’t you use it to escape work in any way possible?

Aaron wants to be a soldier. He knows there are lots of people who would try to take over, and he’s determined to stop them. The problem is that there’s this new girl. And she might be not be on the right side of things. She’s really talented and pretty, but she might be able to destroy everything he believes in. Whatever the case, he knows he needs to learn to be world class with the magic sword while he figures out what to do.

Brynn never gets out. Her grandfather won’t permit it. Her only access to the outside world are high fashion magazines, so she has an unusual idea what she should wear. She’s dying to get out and travel. And adopt animals. Any kind of animal. Is she a lonely future granny with cats or are her ridiculous clothes actually the next fashion craze? What possible role could she play in the destiny of the world?

Max Xylander and the Island of Zumuruud is a fast-paced fantasy adventure for all ages (10 and up) and is the first of a planned trilogy. Fans of magic, swordplay, secret agents, and conspiracies set in a modern everyday world will not be able to put the book down. Jon Thomason is a debut author and paints a vivid world of magic right under our noses and delivers rapid-fire action that keeps the pages turning.

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About the Author :

Jon Thomason lives with his family in San Diego, after many years living in the beautiful Seattle area. He has a successful career in high tech where he’s been fortunate enough to participate in many big-name industry releases.

Storytelling permeates everything he does. In the moments when Jon is not helping build the story of the tech world, he can almost always be found working on a project: writing, photography, videography, graphics design, or 3D art.

And he’s always careful to conceal his jinni magic abilities, though perhaps might slip one day and be discovered…

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The Devils Garden by Brady Christianson Spotlight And Review

The Devils Garden by Brady Christianson Spotlight And Review

The Devli's Garden cover picture.The Devil’s Garden by Brady Christianson is a mystery-thriller with lots of action. It is also a fun read.

The characters were really engaging and the constant verbal sniping and slapping at each other was fun to read and even had me laughing at times.

The main characters do seem really self confidant…so much as to be arrogant even but I still liked them. Besides I guess they had good reason for being that way.

If you like action packed stories you will like this.

About the book :

A Marine’s past is never far behind him, but sometimes it’s a lot closer than he thinks . . .

After years of enjoying the soft, quiet, civilian, family life, former Recon Marine Brandon Colson still has a large price on his head…only his family doesn’t know it. That is, until a heavily armed squad of terrorists breaks into his house and tries to kill him and his family.

After swiftly dispatching the would-be assassins, Colson realizes the ghosts from his past have somehow managed to come back to haunt him. His worst nightmare has come true. His identity—a secret until now—has been mysteriously compromised. Something he did years ago, while on a recon mission during his tour of service, has kept anger burning in the hearts of powerful Arab adversaries. And the men who attacked his house are simply an omen of what is to come.

With his family in hiding, Colson and local detective Sam Collier set out to locate and neutralize the remainder of the terrorist cell. It’s a race against time, and the plot they uncover along the way defies all expectation.

Their fates in the balance until the last second, the two men must fight for their lives as they navigate a trail littered with bloodshed and revenge that leads straight to hell on earth: The Devil’s Garden.

Brady Christianson‘s Bio:

Brady Christianson is a former United States Marine Corps Recon Marine whose military service and Christian faith has shaped his writing.

Q & A

Can you tell us about the story behind your book cover?

The Devil’s Garden is not just the title of the book. It is also an actual place in the wilderness of south-central Florida. It is a large geographic area with an old name that no longer appears on any modern maps. For the book’s cover I tried to visualize what kind of garden the Devil would keep. Instead of the Devil tending a field of crops, I see him fanning a field of flames and watching in delight as they grow toward the sky. Hence, the book’s cover is a field of flames reaching upward for its title.

What approaches have you taken to marketing your book?

The book’s website is at www.thedevilsgarden.us . There you can read excerpts and order it directly from me. The book will also be available through online retailers and bookstores. We are sending out press releases and setting up book signing events. We are also using social networking as well as my own personal network of friends who are either still in the military or are veterans of the military services.

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Citadel By John Ringo Review

Citadel By John Ringo Review

Citadel was a very good read. The story flows really fast too. I got into it and forgot about other stuff while I was reading. I love books like that.

This is the sequel to Live Free Or Die. In this book earth has gotten free of the aliens that first invaded and dropped rocks on the cities. They have made friends and set up trade with the Glatun. The Glatun are invaded by a warlike species named the Rangora. The Rangora are also determined to destroy the dangerous Humans.

The battle station called Troy is only partially finished. They have some bombs and some lasers. Will it be enough? Read the book and find out!

John Ringo has written many other books as well. You can find a list and more information about him on his website here.

Live Free Or Die by John Ringo

“Of all the warriors of the world
Those of Troy were the most fell
They were those born of Winter.”

This is a quote from Live Free of Die by John Ringo. I really like the way Ringo takes bits of folklore and history and adds them to his stories. He knows his history and folklore really well too. And the battles! I don’t know much about such things but they seem realistic to me. This was a really good read. It started out exciting and pretty much stayed that way. Great story!

The story is that earth has been invaded by aliens. They have dropped rocks on some cities and are demanding all of our metals. At first Earth has nothing to trade that any of the aliens want. Then one man, Tyler Vernon, finds something to trade. The question is: can he keep it long enough to do any good? And what exactly should he do anyway? Is there any way to defend earth against these aliens?

Read the book! It is worth it. Great read.

Oh and I found a video on YouTube that any Ringo fans might want to watch. It is Winter Born. Actually even if you never heard of John Ringo before you might want to watch the video. It is really well done. Nice song too.

David Webers Out of the Dark is a good book

David Webers Out of the Dark is a good book

David Webers Out of the Dark is a wonderful book. I didn’t think so at first. In fact a bit over halfway through it I was getting upset because it looked as if there was no way at all that the earth was going to survive. They have been invaded by aliens with  a superior technology. Then he comes out with a huge surprise. Something completely unexpected. It was a great way to end the story. You should read it!!

You can get a copy of Out of the Dark at Barnes and Noble.

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