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The Skullface Chronicles

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Dorothy Davies

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Genres: Horror, Thrillers/Suspense

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With just nine days until Halloween, Skullface wakes in his unmarked grave. He forces his way out and begins to question why he was there, who he is, what did he do to be buried in such a place.

The Isle of Wight is a reasonably large place. There are many secluded corners which is just as well. Skullface needs them to kill, to drink the blood and eat the flesh to ‘survive’. He justifies this by argument; the two sides of his mind are in constant battle.

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The Skullface Chronicles

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The Skullface Chronicles

Dorothy Davies

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Genres: Horror, Thrillers/Suspense

With just nine days until Halloween, Skullface wakes in his unmarked grave. He forces his way out and begins to question why he was there, who he is, what did he do to be buried in such a place.

The Isle of Wight is a reasonably large place. There are many secluded corners which is just as well. Skullface needs them to kill, to drink the blood and eat the flesh to ‘survive’. He justifies this by argument; the two sides of his mind are in constant battle.

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Dorothy Davies

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With just nine days until Halloween, Skullface wakes in his unmarked grave. He forces his way out and begins to question why he was there, who he is, what did he do to be buried in such a place.

The Isle of Wight is a reasonably large place. There are many secluded corners which is just as well. Skullface needs them to kill, to drink the blood and eat the flesh to ‘survive’. He justifies this by argument; the two sides of his mind are in constant battle.

Toggenburg - Book 4

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Autumn Crocus

Michaela Francis

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Genres: Romance and Love, Lesbian Romance

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Sarah is back in her beloved valley and living happily with the woman she loves; the beautiful and extraordinary Daniela. All would seem rosy in Sarah’s world but unresolved issues threaten her new found happiness. First and foremost is the rift that has opened between Sarah and her parents as a result of Sarah’s sexuality; a rift now brought into sharper focus due to her elder brother’s impending wedding. Sarah’s sister Jessica has her own issues to deal with and determines to confront the conflicts that are tearing her family apart.

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Toggenburg - Book 4

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Autumn Crocus

Michaela Francis

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Genres: Romance and Love, Lesbian Romance

Sarah is back in her beloved valley and living happily with the woman she loves; the beautiful and extraordinary Daniela. All would seem rosy in Sarah’s world but unresolved issues threaten her new found happiness. First and foremost is the rift that has opened between Sarah and her parents as a result of Sarah’s sexuality; a rift now brought into sharper focus due to her elder brother’s impending wedding. Sarah’s sister Jessica has her own issues to deal with and determines to confront the conflicts that are tearing her family apart.

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Toggenburg - Book 4

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Autumn Crocus

Michaela Francis

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Sarah is back in her beloved valley and living happily with the woman she loves; the beautiful and extraordinary Daniela. All would seem rosy in Sarah’s world but unresolved issues threaten her new found happiness. First and foremost is the rift that has opened between Sarah and her parents as a result of Sarah’s sexuality; a rift now brought into sharper focus due to her elder brother’s impending wedding. Sarah’s sister Jessica has her own issues to deal with and determines to confront the conflicts that are tearing her family apart.

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Early Purple Orchid

Michaela Francis

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Genres: Lesbian Romance, Romance and Love

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Sarah is returning home to her beloved Toggenburg after her sojourn at university. There will be little time, however, for her to relax in the beautiful valley so, dear to her, for she faces an uncertain future. She is being coerced by her family towards an arranged marriage which, although she has hitherto submitted to it, is now beginning to question.

Just as Sarah is forced to face the imminent prospect of a marriage she is now beginning to dread, a new and totally unexpected factor enters into her life.

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Early Purple Orchid

Michaela Francis

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Sarah is returning home to her beloved Toggenburg after her sojourn at university. There will be little time, however, for her to relax in the beautiful valley so, dear to her, for she faces an uncertain future. She is being coerced by her family towards an arranged marriage which, although she has hitherto submitted to it, is now beginning to question.

Just as Sarah is forced to face the imminent prospect of a marriage she is now beginning to dread, a new and totally unexpected factor enters into her life.

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Early Purple Orchid

Michaela Francis

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Sarah is returning home to her beloved Toggenburg after her sojourn at university. There will be little time, however, for her to relax in the beautiful valley so, dear to her, for she faces an uncertain future. She is being coerced by her family towards an arranged marriage which, although she has hitherto submitted to it, is now beginning to question.

Just as Sarah is forced to face the imminent prospect of a marriage she is now beginning to dread, a new and totally unexpected factor enters into her life.

Vampire-Tech : Outbreak

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Bryan Romer

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The third volume of the Vampire-Tech series.

The full scale and cunning of Master Werewolf Viktor Tiranul's plan is revealed, which includes the death of test pilot and newly created vampire Tara Harker and her partner John Seward, otherwise known to the world as Dracula.

Both sides are powered by ancient alien technology, and their clash brings death and terror to both Britain and the United States, spiralling quickly out of control and filling the streets of London and Washington D.C. with blood.

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Bryan Romer

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The third volume of the Vampire-Tech series.

The full scale and cunning of Master Werewolf Viktor Tiranul's plan is revealed, which includes the death of test pilot and newly created vampire Tara Harker and her partner John Seward, otherwise known to the world as Dracula.

Both sides are powered by ancient alien technology, and their clash brings death and terror to both Britain and the United States, spiralling quickly out of control and filling the streets of London and Washington D.C. with blood.

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Bryan Romer

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The third volume of the Vampire-Tech series.

The full scale and cunning of Master Werewolf Viktor Tiranul's plan is revealed, which includes the death of test pilot and newly created vampire Tara Harker and her partner John Seward, otherwise known to the world as Dracula.

Both sides are powered by ancient alien technology, and their clash brings death and terror to both Britain and the United States, spiralling quickly out of control and filling the streets of London and Washington D.C. with blood.

Check Mate

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Michelle Knight

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Life is a game of chess and we have been programming our computers to play it for generations; each time honing the programs to work smarter, faster, with more efficiency and higher accuracy than ever before.

A stroke of fate saw two memory cards being swapped. In a military laboratory, the most powerful game of chess ever written was accidentally loaded in to an experimental, highly agile, weaponised robot. From the moment they hit the run command, that robot had only one purpose ... to win the game...

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Check Mate

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Michelle Knight

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Life is a game of chess and we have been programming our computers to play it for generations; each time honing the programs to work smarter, faster, with more efficiency and higher accuracy than ever before.

A stroke of fate saw two memory cards being swapped. In a military laboratory, the most powerful game of chess ever written was accidentally loaded in to an experimental, highly agile, weaponised robot. From the moment they hit the run command, that robot had only one purpose ... to win the game...

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Check Mate

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Michelle Knight

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Life is a game of chess and we have been programming our computers to play it for generations; each time honing the programs to work smarter, faster, with more efficiency and higher accuracy than ever before.

A stroke of fate saw two memory cards being swapped. In a military laboratory, the most powerful game of chess ever written was accidentally loaded in to an experimental, highly agile, weaponised robot. From the moment they hit the run command, that robot had only one purpose ... to win the game...

Realms of Beliar

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Andrew Arrowsmith

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The world is Rigantona. It's on a different Plane of Existence from our Earth – a rather better one because there the rules of magic work.

There is a Gate that links the two worlds, though they are many Planes apart. It operates randomly, when at all, and it's much easier to get there from here – usually by accident – than it is to get here from there. Thus most creatures found here – for instance humans – are also found there. But then there are the others...

Rigantona has two continents. On one is the Empire – ancient, mainly benevolent, wealthy.

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Book 1 - The Sword Myndarit

Andrew Arrowsmith

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Genres: Fantasy, Action/Adventure

The world is Rigantona. It's on a different Plane of Existence from our Earth – a rather better one because there the rules of magic work.

There is a Gate that links the two worlds, though they are many Planes apart. It operates randomly, when at all, and it's much easier to get there from here – usually by accident – than it is to get here from there. Thus most creatures found here – for instance humans – are also found there. But then there are the others...

Rigantona has two continents. On one is the Empire – ancient, mainly benevolent, wealthy.

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Realms of Beliar

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Andrew Arrowsmith

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The world is Rigantona. It's on a different Plane of Existence from our Earth – a rather better one because there the rules of magic work.

There is a Gate that links the two worlds, though they are many Planes apart. It operates randomly, when at all, and it's much easier to get there from here – usually by accident – than it is to get here from there. Thus most creatures found here – for instance humans – are also found there. But then there are the others...

Rigantona has two continents. On one is the Empire – ancient, mainly benevolent, wealthy.

The President s Wife is Missing

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Mirror-Walker I

Mitchell Micone

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Genres: Science Fiction, Crime Fiction

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David Malone is a private detective with a unique specialty–he can find anyone, anywhere in the world providing he has a picture of them, he knows their name, and they are near a mirror. They have to be near a mirror because he finds them by staring into the special mirror on his bedroom wall and coming out near them as a mirror walker.

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Mitchell Micone

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David Malone is a private detective with a unique specialty–he can find anyone, anywhere in the world providing he has a picture of them, he knows their name, and they are near a mirror. They have to be near a mirror because he finds them by staring into the special mirror on his bedroom wall and coming out near them as a mirror walker.

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Mitchell Micone

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David Malone is a private detective with a unique specialty–he can find anyone, anywhere in the world providing he has a picture of them, he knows their name, and they are near a mirror. They have to be near a mirror because he finds them by staring into the special mirror on his bedroom wall and coming out near them as a mirror walker.

The Enchanter s Torment

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Phillip L. Ramsay

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Cursed by an obscure, depraved and ruthless Cult five hundred years ago, can the last two members of the Baron family engage in a battle of wits and occultism and destroy their nemesis?

Knowing that if they fail they will lose not just their lives but their very souls, their only hope lies in understanding the forces unleashed by their ancestor five hundred years earlier—an act of witchcraft which resulted in his gory death and the eternal curse upon his entire family.

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Phillip L. Ramsay

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Cursed by an obscure, depraved and ruthless Cult five hundred years ago, can the last two members of the Baron family engage in a battle of wits and occultism and destroy their nemesis?

Knowing that if they fail they will lose not just their lives but their very souls, their only hope lies in understanding the forces unleashed by their ancestor five hundred years earlier—an act of witchcraft which resulted in his gory death and the eternal curse upon his entire family.

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Cursed by an obscure, depraved and ruthless Cult five hundred years ago, can the last two members of the Baron family engage in a battle of wits and occultism and destroy their nemesis?

Knowing that if they fail they will lose not just their lives but their very souls, their only hope lies in understanding the forces unleashed by their ancestor five hundred years earlier—an act of witchcraft which resulted in his gory death and the eternal curse upon his entire family.

Love Refound

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Will Buster

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This is a story about one of my old friends from the Viet Nam era. He’s passed away recently from a sudden stroke but about a year before he passed, he was kind enough to tell me his life’s pilgrimage. Of course, it is an honor to retell the story of this brave veteran who put his life at risk many times for his country. It was not his fault that the war in Southeast Asia turned out to be a tragic mistake.

Naturally, the names and places have been changed to protect individual confidentiality per his request.

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Will Buster

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This is a story about one of my old friends from the Viet Nam era. He’s passed away recently from a sudden stroke but about a year before he passed, he was kind enough to tell me his life’s pilgrimage. Of course, it is an honor to retell the story of this brave veteran who put his life at risk many times for his country. It was not his fault that the war in Southeast Asia turned out to be a tragic mistake.

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Will Buster

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This is a story about one of my old friends from the Viet Nam era. He’s passed away recently from a sudden stroke but about a year before he passed, he was kind enough to tell me his life’s pilgrimage. Of course, it is an honor to retell the story of this brave veteran who put his life at risk many times for his country. It was not his fault that the war in Southeast Asia turned out to be a tragic mistake.

Naturally, the names and places have been changed to protect individual confidentiality per his request.

Check Mate

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        Happy coincidence has brought a recently-released dish onto this
        reviewer’s plate today.  The chef, Michelle Knight (interviewed here),
        was already in my review queue for some time now with an older recipe
        but, as her newest book came up for sale, I decided to take up this
        newest dish instead.  So is this near-future military sci-fi with a
        side of wit and comedy make for a fabulous meal or some bland tinned
        biscuits?
        
        Before we cut open the MRE package, let us recite the Starving Review
        creed:
        
        I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan of the
        genre
        I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible.
        
        Here’s the rub, my literary foodies, there’s a fine line between using
        humor to flavor a serious dish and overseasoning with humor to ruin a
        dish.  Comedy, especially dark comedy, is hard.  Good comedy is even
        harder.  So, let me put this particular dog to bed and say that the
        sugary sprinkles of comedy are properly used in this piece.  There is
        a certain Doctor Strangelove sort of feel to the comedic elements, as
        well as that dry British wit to the whole affair, and it sits well in
        this Reviewer’s stomach.
        
        With that clear, let’s attack the rest of the components of this meal.
         Check Mate presents a diverse cast of characters and handles those
        characters quite well.  Even the occasional stock minor characters is
        gifted with a particular spark of flavor that makes them just a bit
        more three-dimensional.  There was obviously care taken by the chef to
        make the characters more than the title of their jobs, no matter how
        stereotypical they may seem at first blush, and that defiance of
        stereotype is appreciated.
        
        The plot takes some interesting turns in the classic recipe of
        ‘military-killer-robot-goes-haywire’ (and yes, that IS a classic by
        this point!) while keeping its feet grounded in the realm of
        near-future technology.  The initial start is a bit more mellow than I
        expected it would be.  In fact, it veers dangerously close to an
        extended info-dump, yet it wasn’t to the point of off-putting.  It was
        a thick crust of necessary exposition but, past that initial bit, the
        pacing turns into a even and consistent flow of action and events,
        leading to a rather enjoyable final course.
        
        Stylistically, Check Mate is solid.  Once it hits its stride, the
        courses come along well, properly seasoned, with dutiful wordsmithing.
         If I have any stylistic complaints, it’s the occasional slip of
        British turns-of-phrase in a distinctly American setting.  Naturally,
        most readers probably won’t catch these, as I barely did and I’m a bit
        of an Anglophile, so I don’t see this detracting from most people’s
        meals.
        
        My one real quibble with this particular meal is I wish there was a
        bit more done from the haywire military robot’s point-of-view.  Not
        much, but there were a few bits early on that gives the reader some
        flashes of what is going on and I found those particularly brilliant
        while not giving away the overarching plot.  Some more scenes like
        that I think would have added a bit of needed spice at points during
        the last half of the book (into which I can delve no deeper because
        SPOILERS!).
        
        To bring it all together, Check Mate is a tasty near-future military
        romp mixing some dark comedy with killer robots!  It’s not *quite*
        perfect, but it’s really quite good and I can gladly recommend this
        meal to any lover of science-fiction or enjoys a splash of distinctly
        British dark humor with their meals!  Remember, again, to check out
        the Starving Interview to get a glimpse into the mind behind the
        book.
        
        FINAL VERDICT: **** (A tasty near-future military romp mixing some
        dark comedy with killer robots!)  4 out of 5  (visitor)

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Life is a game of chess and we have been programming our computers to play it for generations; each time honing the programs to work smarter, faster, with more efficiency and higher accuracy than ever before.

A stroke of fate saw two memory cards being swapped. In a military laboratory, the most powerful game of chess ever written was accidentally loaded in to an experimental, highly agile, weaponised robot. From the moment they hit the run command, that robot had only one purpose ... to win the game...

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      • From jbgarner58.wordpress.com:
        
        Happy coincidence has brought a recently-released dish onto this
        reviewer’s plate today.  The chef, Michelle Knight (interviewed here),
        was already in my review queue for some time now with an older recipe
        but, as her newest book came up for sale, I decided to take up this
        newest dish instead.  So is this near-future military sci-fi with a
        side of wit and comedy make for a fabulous meal or some bland tinned
        biscuits?
        
        Before we cut open the MRE package, let us recite the Starving Review
        creed:
        
        I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan of the
        genre
        I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible.
        
        Here’s the rub, my literary foodies, there’s a fine line between using
        humor to flavor a serious dish and overseasoning with humor to ruin a
        dish.  Comedy, especially dark comedy, is hard.  Good comedy is even
        harder.  So, let me put this particular dog to bed and say that the
        sugary sprinkles of comedy are properly used in this piece.  There is
        a certain Doctor Strangelove sort of feel to the comedic elements, as
        well as that dry British wit to the whole affair, and it sits well in
        this Reviewer’s stomach.
        
        With that clear, let’s attack the rest of the components of this meal.
         Check Mate presents a diverse cast of characters and handles those
        characters quite well.  Even the occasional stock minor characters is
        gifted with a particular spark of flavor that makes them just a bit
        more three-dimensional.  There was obviously care taken by the chef to
        make the characters more than the title of their jobs, no matter how
        stereotypical they may seem at first blush, and that defiance of
        stereotype is appreciated.
        
        The plot takes some interesting turns in the classic recipe of
        ‘military-killer-robot-goes-haywire’ (and yes, that IS a classic by
        this point!) while keeping its feet grounded in the realm of
        near-future technology.  The initial start is a bit more mellow than I
        expected it would be.  In fact, it veers dangerously close to an
        extended info-dump, yet it wasn’t to the point of off-putting.  It was
        a thick crust of necessary exposition but, past that initial bit, the
        pacing turns into a even and consistent flow of action and events,
        leading to a rather enjoyable final course.
        
        Stylistically, Check Mate is solid.  Once it hits its stride, the
        courses come along well, properly seasoned, with dutiful wordsmithing.
         If I have any stylistic complaints, it’s the occasional slip of
        British turns-of-phrase in a distinctly American setting.  Naturally,
        most readers probably won’t catch these, as I barely did and I’m a bit
        of an Anglophile, so I don’t see this detracting from most people’s
        meals.
        
        My one real quibble with this particular meal is I wish there was a
        bit more done from the haywire military robot’s point-of-view.  Not
        much, but there were a few bits early on that gives the reader some
        flashes of what is going on and I found those particularly brilliant
        while not giving away the overarching plot.  Some more scenes like
        that I think would have added a bit of needed spice at points during
        the last half of the book (into which I can delve no deeper because
        SPOILERS!).
        
        To bring it all together, Check Mate is a tasty near-future military
        romp mixing some dark comedy with killer robots!  It’s not *quite*
        perfect, but it’s really quite good and I can gladly recommend this
        meal to any lover of science-fiction or enjoys a splash of distinctly
        British dark humor with their meals!  Remember, again, to check out
        the Starving Interview to get a glimpse into the mind behind the
        book.
        
        FINAL VERDICT: **** (A tasty near-future military romp mixing some
        dark comedy with killer robots!)  4 out of 5  (visitor)

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Michelle Knight

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Life is a game of chess and we have been programming our computers to play it for generations; each time honing the programs to work smarter, faster, with more efficiency and higher accuracy than ever before.

A stroke of fate saw two memory cards being swapped. In a military laboratory, the most powerful game of chess ever written was accidentally loaded in to an experimental, highly agile, weaponised robot. From the moment they hit the run command, that robot had only one purpose ... to win the game...

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      • From jbgarner58.wordpress.com:
        
        Happy coincidence has brought a recently-released dish onto
        this reviewer’s plate today.  The chef, Michelle Knight
        (interviewed here), was already in my review queue for some
        time now with an older recipe but, as her newest book came
        up for sale, I decided to take up this newest dish instead. 
        So is this near-future military sci-fi with a side of wit
        and comedy make for a fabulous meal or some bland tinned
        biscuits?
        
        Before we cut open the MRE package, let us recite the
        Starving Review creed:
        
        I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan
        of the genre
        I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible.
        
        Here’s the rub, my literary foodies, there’s a fine line
        between using humor to flavor a serious dish and
        overseasoning with humor to ruin a dish.  Comedy, especially
        dark comedy, is hard.  Good comedy is even harder.  So, let
        me put this particular dog to bed and say that the sugary
        sprinkles of comedy are properly used in this piece.  There
        is a certain Doctor Strangelove sort of feel to the comedic
        elements, as well as that dry British wit to the whole
        affair, and it sits well in this Reviewer’s stomach.
        
        With that clear, let’s attack the rest of the components of
        this meal.  Check Mate presents a diverse cast of characters
        and handles those characters quite well.  Even the
        occasional stock minor characters is gifted with a
        particular spark of flavor that makes them just a bit more
        three-dimensional.  There was obviously care taken by the
        chef to make the characters more than the title of their
        jobs, no matter how stereotypical they may seem at first
        blush, and that defiance of stereotype is appreciated.
        
        The plot takes some interesting turns in the classic recipe
        of ‘military-killer-robot-goes-haywire’ (and yes, that IS a
        classic by this point!) while keeping its feet grounded in
        the realm of near-future technology.  The initial start is a
        bit more mellow than I expected it would be.  In fact, it
        veers dangerously close to an extended info-dump, yet it
        wasn’t to the point of off-putting.  It was a thick crust of
        necessary exposition but, past that initial bit, the pacing
        turns into a even and consistent flow of action and events,
        leading to a rather enjoyable final course.
        
        Stylistically, Check Mate is solid.  Once it hits its
        stride, the courses come along well, properly seasoned, with
        dutiful wordsmithing.  If I have any stylistic complaints,
        it’s the occasional slip of British turns-of-phrase in a
        distinctly American setting.  Naturally, most readers
        probably won’t catch these, as I barely did and I’m a bit of
        an Anglophile, so I don’t see this detracting from most
        people’s meals.
        
        My one real quibble with this particular meal is I wish
        there was a bit more done from the haywire military robot’s
        point-of-view.  Not much, but there were a few bits early on
        that gives the reader some flashes of what is going on and I
        found those particularly brilliant while not giving away the
        overarching plot.  Some more scenes like that I think would
        have added a bit of needed spice at points during the last
        half of the book (into which I can delve no deeper because
        SPOILERS!).
        
        To bring it all together, Check Mate is a tasty near-future
        military romp mixing some dark comedy with killer robots! 
        It’s not *quite* perfect, but it’s really quite good and I
        can gladly recommend this meal to any lover of
        science-fiction or enjoys a splash of distinctly British
        dark humor with their meals!  Remember, again, to check out
        the Starving Interview to get a glimpse into the mind behind
        the book.
        
        FINAL VERDICT: **** (A tasty near-future military romp
        mixing some dark comedy with killer robots!)  4 out of 5 
        (visitor)

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Michelle Knight

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Life is a game of chess and we have been programming our computers to play it for generations; each time honing the programs to work smarter, faster, with more efficiency and higher accuracy than ever before.

A stroke of fate saw two memory cards being swapped. In a military laboratory, the most powerful game of chess ever written was accidentally loaded in to an experimental, highly agile, weaponised robot. From the moment they hit the run command, that robot had only one purpose ... to win the game...

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Forced into a confrontation with a depraved, evil Cult, George Hayter Margaret Hunter, Tony Baron and John Brandon seemed lost when the Cult sent their Patron Demons to defeat them. Even George Hayter, master occultist as he was, knew that this was the end.

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Now, ten years later, friends of John and Margaret are kidnapped, subjected to horrific tortures, and murdered. John and Margaret are devastated by the senseless murders of their close friends.

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Forced into a confrontation with a depraved, evil Cult, George Hayter Margaret Hunter, Tony Baron and John Brandon seemed lost when the Cult sent their Patron Demons to defeat them. Even George Hayter, master occultist as he was, knew that this was the end.

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Forced into a confrontation with a depraved, evil Cult, George Hayter Margaret Hunter, Tony Baron and John Brandon seemed lost when the Cult sent their Patron Demons to defeat them. Even George Hayter, master occultist as he was, knew that this was the end.

But survive they did, at the cost of Hayter’s life, destroying the Cultists in the process.

Now, ten years later, friends of John and Margaret are kidnapped, subjected to horrific tortures, and murdered. John and Margaret are devastated by the senseless murders of their close friends.

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Just how far would you be prepared to go to get your child back? Discover exactly what one determined father did in this provocative Irish stew of revenge and forgiveness that includes a Uber-punk with some serious lessons to learn about the meaning of identity and an arrogant bank manager who refuses to believe in the supernatural. A Vietnam vet is still trapped in Saigon decades after the war and a maverick inventor is sure he has produced a device that will shake the world to its very foundations ... And of course, there's that whole other story about the nativity...

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The accidental discovery of alien artefacts have brought werewolves back to modern day Britain. But through that same accident, test pilot Tara Harker was turned into a vampire. Even more incredibly, she discovers that Dracula is very real and is her only ally against her enemy and newly turned werewolf, Viktor Tiranul.

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The accidental discovery of alien artefacts have brought werewolves back to modern day Britain. But through that same accident, test pilot Tara Harker was turned into a vampire. Even more incredibly, she discovers that Dracula is very real and is her only ally against her enemy and newly turned werewolf, Viktor Tiranul.

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A young girl thinks she has special powers to change events, does she? Told through the eyes of Leila, the story unfolds in a time when money is scarce and the people have to make their own amusements, when a thought could perhaps change the lives of those around her - not always for the better.

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Gilgamesh, youthful king of ancient Uruk, first in all our world and greatest of heroes, is victorious over his bitterest enemy. But this glow of triumph reveals his own failings when in time of peace he proves a tyrannical, pleasure-seeking despot, taking as reward for saving his people any young woman of the town, whilst ignoring the rising anger of his people.

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