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- Publisher: Astral Books (August 22, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 22, 2016
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(1) The Epsilon Directive, by David Bruns. David is one of my favorite authors. I follow his work religiously, and I have loved everything he has written. If you are new to his writing, buy his books and treat yourself to some great reads! This story is about - as he describes him - " a reluctant soldier, a closet conscientious objector, turned draftee" - who tries to do the right thing, and then is forced to watch it all fall apart - even asked to condone a horrible act. I won't give anything else away, but , after I read the story, I sat for a long time, trying to imagine being in his shoes while he tries to cope with his pain and disappointment. Yes, this is the story that made me cry, and to be moved that much - well, to me, that is worth ten stars! (Oh, I almost forgot that there is also a great miracle at the end - one known only to our hero - so it's not all sad). And, because of that, I loved this story even more!
(2) Second Chance, by Nick Webb. This story was fun and made me laugh. It follows the second man to step on Mars, who was so upset at being second that he hatches a plan to return many years later to the now-developed Mars colony in order to become the first man to die on the planet. Now don't be fooled by any morbidity that comes to mind, because as his plan unfolds, he is forced to make choices that keep him postponing his plans until - you guessed it - it is too late. It's almost a reversed Murphy's law scenario - if anything good can happen, it will - and I laughed as each choice arose to thwart his plans. I won't spoil the ending except to say that you will love it!
(3) The Quarium Wars, by E. E. Giorgio. In this story, a soldier lands on a planet, meaning to warn them of an impending invasion, only to have arrived too late and finding all life destroyed by his own people, who are trying to acquire the planet's Quarium - an element said to make nuclear weapons as mild as gun powder. As the story progresses, his own people try to kill him, and we find out more about his recent past. While trying to escape back to his ship, he comes across one survivor - a dog - which he rescues, and well . . . well, read the story, even if dogs aren't your second favorite species, because it has a really thrilling ending.
The rest of the stories are also good, but these were my favorites. I completely recommend this anthology to all!
My second favorite story in this anthology is "The Quarium wars" by E.E. Giorgi, granted Giorgi has been on my list of favorite authors for awhile and she doesn't disappoint. As always her descriptions are eloquent and draw you into the story so that you feel that you are inside the tale. As I was reading the story, I began to wonder if I would be the only who saw parallels to real world happenings. I immediately felt a tie-in to the current issues with the Zika virus on a different scale. My husband read the story and without my saying a word he asked if I felt that the story could be based on mosquitoes and the current epidemic the world faces with the Zika virus. We are both greatly looking forward to the upcoming books in this new series.
"Re/Genesis" by G.S. Jennsen, her character Eren is one you will only want to know more about. The idea of a species that dies and regenerates holds a great deal of promise for development and story lines that can only grab your imagination and run away with it. More please!!
"Second Place" by Nick Webb I could back and read many times. Living your life always knowing that you aren't known as the "first" but will forever be in another's shadow is what drives many of us to make our mark. Frank Bickham goes to great lengths to achieve a lever recognition that will put him as 'numero uno" and the paces that the author puts Frank through make you chuckle (if you love yourself some irony). Just how far will one person go to come out on top?
"Procurement" by Adam Quinn will leave wanting to know how long you have to wait for the books to come out and satisfy your desire to re-enter this world again and discover more about the characters. I chuckled many times. Quinn is another author whose excellent use of descriptors suck you in, flipping through the pages only to discover yourself sad because the story has ended. The first book in this series has now been added to my Kindle, thank goodness.
"One More Star, Shining" by Anthea Sharp was poignant and made me cry in a good way. It personalized our current events, terror attacks, in a way that other stories have not. I found myself becoming invested in Liza's life and story. I didn't feel as though I was reading fiction but experiencing an intimate time in a real life, not just a character in a story.
You won't be sorry reading any of the stories contained within this anthology. The ones I discussed were just my personal favorites. Read this and prepare to spend the curled up with it, looking up at the end to realize the day has passed you by. A great day to me.