DARIN C BROWN

Author of The Master of Perceptions

Richard Phillips — Rho Agenda Series

The Meridian Ascent by Richard Phillips My rating: 5 of 5 stars I love Richard Phillips! The Meridian Ascent is the culmination of three trilogies, and it is imperative that you read the prior eight books before this one. The first series, the Rho Agenda Inception, consists of Once Dead, Dead Wrong, and Dead Shift. Philips uses these books to develop the character of Jack Gregory, including documenting his relationship to Anchanchu, and his initial exploits with later partner Janet Price. Some foreshadowing with regards to Anchanchu’s nature appears during the second book, where the true use of the Incan … Read More

Review of “First Year,” by Rachel E. Carter

First Year by Rachel E. Carter My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a very good series introduction. From the critical side, my first impression was that Rachel Carter broke one of the cardinal rules of naming lead characters–using one that could be hard to pronounce. “Ryiah” doesn’t flow from the tongue. Perhaps it is just me, but I still don’t know how to say it. The phrase “you guessed it” also made me cringe when it appeared outside a quotation, as I think she tried a bit too hard write like a 15 year old girl. I also … Read More

Three Minutes to Midnight, by AJ Tata

Three Minutes to Midnight by A.J. Tata Following up on a great first book, Tony Tata pens another strong action thriller where Jake Mahegan saves the day. The plot unfolded nicely, intertwining Mahegan’s revenge on the man who killed his mother with the domestic terrorist attack. The military jargon throughout reminds you that Tata is a general himself, and since the protagonist is a soldier, it works. My favorite character is Grace, a local whom Mahegan recruits into his cause. The only major drawback of the book was the question of motivation behind Maeve Cassidy’s need to continue drilling once … Read More

My favorite authors — Richard Phillips

If you like high tech science fiction with a young adult premise, check out The Second Ship, by Richard Phillips. I loved the entire Rho Agenda trilogy. I posted a review for the first book in the series on Goodreads: