Authors Showcase: Action All the Way
March 9, 2013
The Book: Wreck of the Nebula Dream
The Author: Veronica Scott
Traveling unexpectedly aboard the luxury liner Nebula Dream on its maiden voyage across the galaxy, Sectors Special Forces Captain Nick Jameson is ready for ten relaxing days, and hoping to forget his last disastrous mission behind enemy lines. He figures he’ll gamble at the casino, take in the shows, maybe even have a shipboard fling with Mara Lyrae, the beautiful but reserved businesswoman he meets.
All his plans vaporize when the ship suffers a wreck of Titanic proportions. Captain and crew abandon ship, leaving the 8000 passengers stranded without enough lifeboats and drifting unarmed in enemy territory. Aided by Mara, Nick must find a way off the doomed ship for himself and several other innocent people before deadly enemy forces reach them or the ship’s malfunctioning engines finish ticking down to self destruction.
But can Nick conquer the demons from his past that tell him he’ll fail these innocent people just as he failed to save his Special Forces team? Will he outpace his own doubts to win this vital race against time?
Review by Marlene @ Reading Reality: A passenger liner is launching with technology so advanced that everyone is just positive it will break all the speed records for the route! Lots of money is riding (yes, pun intended) on her making port on a record-breaking date.
And in order to get her out of her docking berth, she’s launched with untested technology. Oh, she’s ahead of her time, alright, but even advances ahead of their time need shakedown cruises.
If all this sounds just a little familiar, it should. With a little tweaking this could be an introduction of the maiden voyage of the RMS Titanic. The 100th anniversary of her first, and last, voyage is this week.
But this is a book review of a slightly different story. The ship is the Nebula Dream, and her maiden voyage is a space flight. She’s still a passenger liner, and many of the conditions are intentionally the same. The Titanic disaster served as inspiration for this absorbing science fiction adventure.
Wreck was definitely inspired by the original events, but it is not slavishly devoted to them. Disasters make for great drama. They bring out the best in people…and the worst.
The Wreck of the Nebula Dream by Veronica Scott is the story of the maiden voyage of the passenger cruise ship Nebula Dream.
Instead of being an ocean-going vessel, the Nebula Dream cruises the space-lanes. Like the Titanic before her, the maiden voyage of the luxury Nebula Dream also includes some of the wealthiest people in her corner of her universe. They plan to be part of her record-setting trip.
But space and other factors make Nebula Dream’s story a bit different from Titanic’s, although not much less disastrous.
A chunk of that “less disaster” quotient is because the Nebula Dream’s story is also the story of Special Forces Captain Nick Jameson. He’s on board because his career has already crashed, and this trip is his last hurrah. Except that what was supposed to be a relaxing vacation turns out to be a mission unlike anything he ever undertook in his service career.
His last service mission was behind enemy lines. This vacation, well, this so-called vacation may not be as far from his last mission as it was supposed to be.
But from the minute that the luxury cruise starts heading towards disaster, Nick learns he’s not alone in this accidental adventure. The woman he’s been watching for days, the ice-cold business executive he was sure would think a simple Special Forces Captain wasn’t worth her time, well, she turns out to be the best partner he could want in this crisis. And maybe after…
If there is any after.
Escape Rating A-: I wanted this to be just a little bit longer. I also wanted to slap one of the side characters upside the head, or shake some serious sense into her. (Read the book and you’ll figure out exactly who I mean)
Wreck of the Nebula Dream is a terrific mix of science fiction, action adventure, and just the right touch of romance. I loved that there was both an alpha male and an alpha female! The heroine does not wait to be rescued, and she’s not just rescuing herself, she’s helping to rescue other people. The hero can either help or get out of her way!
The awesome assassin/sidekick from the mysterious Brotherhood was extra-special cool. I think the extra bit of story I want is where he came from, where he’s going, and are there any more like him at home? I’d like a sequel with his story.
The Book: Voodoo Daddy
The Author: Thomas L. Scott
The Story: As lead investigator of the Indiana State Police Major Crimes Unit, Detective Virgil Jones tackles only the toughest cases in the state, and the one he faces this time has the city of Indianapolis on edge, near the brink of panic. A team of serial snipers is on the loose. Their killing ground is the city.
Their victims are chosen at random. Or are they? With no witnesses and very little evidence, it’s up to Virgil Jones and his team to find out who is behind the on-going massacre and stop them once and for all…if they can. But Virgil has his own problems, both personal and professional. Among them, a backlog of cases that require his attention, the sudden reappearance of his long lost friend who is a convicted felon, a downtown bar he co-owns with his father, and he is in love with Sandy Small, one of the investigators in his unit.
With the entire population of the city of Indianapolis at risk, it’s up to Virgil and Sandy to explore the dark places of a past where nothing is quite as it seems. As the clues begin to fall in place they paint a portrait of betrayal, deceit, blood-lust, and greed, and in the midst of it all, Virgil and Sandy make a personal discovery so profound it will change their lives forever.
Voodoo Daddy is a story of life, love, murder and mystery; one that examines the depths of human emotions and the dark places they often lead us all.
Review by GregHarris: I must say I didn’t have the highest of hopes for this book as I have not had much luck with Indy writers, however I this book is better than any others and better than most “traditional” books. The author put together a well written, logical, believable storyline that most importantly for me was not predictable as most other “thrillers” I have read.
I did not have any idea how the story would end which is the exception to the rule. Now for the bad–which isn’t much. There were a few writing errors, mostly typo’s that would have been caught by a traditional editor, but not enough to drop my rating to less than 5 stars because the story itself is so well done that the typo’s were merely a minor distraction.
This book reminds me a lot of Nelson Demille – just as well written and smattered with the same style of humor and sarcasm at times. Great read and I highly recommend it.
Review by Bobbyg3: Thomas L. Scott is an excellent author, and I can’t wait for the next Virgil Jones book. This was one of the best books I have read in a long time, and from page one or two, I was hooked. Non-stop action, very believable characters, and I was completely engrossed from the start. I hated to finish it so fast, but I could not put it down.
I stumbled across this on Amazon looking for a new book after reading the latest Lee Child, and was I in for a fantastic ride on this one.