The Ninetoes book of the Week 01/18-24/2021 & Leviathan Wakes Book Review

Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse Book 1) by [James S. A. Corey]

TITLE: Leviathan Wakes(Expanse Series #1)

AUTHOR: James S. A. Corey

GENRE: Science Fiction

PAGES: 562

FORMAT: E-book

PRICE: $16.99 Paperback & $9.99 E-book

Total disclosure time, this is the third time I tried to read this book. For the first two times, I just could not get into it. Well, you know what they say about the third time? How it is the “charm”. Well, I can most honestly say it is!

War is brewing between Earth, Mars, and the Belt. All it will take is a pin prick to pop the balloon, and that comes in the form of a broadcast. The Canterbury, a water hauling ship, responds to a distress call put out by the Scopuli. A band of five members take a shuttle to the derelict ship to investigate just what went on. As they come out of the Scopuli, they witness the destruction of their own mother ship. They send a broadcast out claiming Mars is behind the destruction of both ships. On Ceres station, tensions come to a head, a detective loses his job because he got too close to the truth. His quest for the truth has him join forces with the survivors of The Canterbury, and what they discover has to possibility to pop the balloon and bring war to the universe.

Yes, this is oversimplified. There is no way I can do a proper synopsis without A) destroying the overall story, and B) going on and on for pages galore. This book is deep. This book is, pardon the pun, expansive. This book reminded me of why I got into science fiction in the first place. The action, the politics and overall discovery blend together and flows evenly throughout the whole book. There is no lag in this book, but it is descriptive (sometimes overly so) but necessary. There are no wasted words, and by that I mean nothing put in there to up the word count.

I give this on 5 enthusiastic bookmarks out of 5!

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Your Weekend Fun Read 01/15/2021

Son of a Wanted Man

Round ’em up cowboys and cowgirls! Your weekend fun read is Louis L’Amour’s Son of a Wanted Man. This book is 208 pages of wild west fun as only L’Amour can deliver it!

An outlaw’s legacy…

In a remote corner of Utah lies the secret outlaw kingdom of Ben Curry. For fifteen years Curry has ruled supreme, as his men have pulled jobs from Canada to Mexico. But the king is getting old… he wants to turn his legacy over to someone younger, tougher. Mike Bastian is Ben’s adopted son, a young man who can handle a knife, a gun, his fists, but a man who’s never broken the law.

Now, as treachery explodes among Ben’s riders, and two honest lawmen—Tyrel Sackett and Borden Chantry—begin to zero in on the gang, Mike must choose…between his loyalty to Ben and his yearning for a different life. Yet when the guns start echoing off the Vermilion Cliffs, the time for choosing is over—and the time for battle has begun.

Part of the fun of this novel is that is features two characters from previous Louis L’Amour books: Tyrel Sackett and Borden Chantry. This is a book that can easily be finished in a weekend, and if you are the “finish it in one sitting”, it can easily be done that way as well.

Son of a Wanted Man can be found a most book retailers: $5.99 paperback and e-book.

The Ninetoes Book of the Week 01/11-17/2021

Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West

Dodge City. The very name is synonymous with the wild west. For a time it was difficult to NOT encounter the name Dodge City in one was or another in any wester film of book. Then, it was as if the city never existed. UNTIL….

Tom Clavin reignited the name with his book Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson and the Wickedest Town in the American West. For those of you who are familiar with my blog, this book will not be new to you. I reviewed it last year (March 6, 2020) and gave it a most favorable rating.

Dodge City, Kansas, is a place of legend. The town that started as a small military site exploded with the coming of the railroad, cattle drives, eager miners, settlers, and various entrepreneurs passing through to populate the expanding West. Before long, Dodge City’s streets were lined with saloons and brothels and its populace was thick with gunmen, horse thieves, and desperadoes of every sort. By the 1870s, Dodge City was known as the most violent and turbulent town in the West.

Enter Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson. Young and largely self-trained men, the lawmen led the effort that established frontier justice and the rule of law in the American West, and did it in the wickedest place in the United States. When they moved on, Wyatt to Tombstone and Bat to Colorado, a tamed Dodge was left in the hands of Jim Masterson. But before long Wyatt and Bat, each having had a lawman brother killed, returned to that threatened western Kansas town to team up to restore order again in what became known as the Dodge City War before riding off into the sunset.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Tom Clavin’s Dodge City tells the true story of their friendship, romances, gunfights, and adventures, along with the remarkable cast of characters they encountered along the way (including Wild Bill Hickock, Jesse James, Doc Holliday, Buffalo Bill Cody, John Wesley Hardin, Billy the Kid, and Theodore Roosevelt) that has gone largely untold—lost in the haze of Hollywood films and western fiction, until now.

This book can be found at most book retailers: $26.99 hardcover, $15.99 paperback, and $9.99 e-book.

Your Weekend Fun Read 01/08/2021

Gunman's Song (A Gunman's Reputation Novel) by [Ralph Cotton]

Let us go back fifteen years. I moved to New York (for love, but that is another story), and money was tight. While I was at a huge store, I went to the book section and found out that westerns were very much affordable. One of the first books I picked up was Ralph Cotton’s Gunman’s Song (Gunman’s Reputation series #1). I was immediately sucked into the world of Lawrence Shaw, the fastest gun in the west.

Lawrence Shaw is a gunman, and the fastest gun alive. Whoever pulls iron on him finds themselves in a pine box at the undertaker. He revels in his reputation, until it strikes too close to home, and ends up in the death of his beloved wife. Now, he is on the vengeance trail, looking for the men who killed his beloved Rosa, and God help those who stand in his way. They will find out why he is called “Fast Larry”.

This book is perfect for a weekend read. It moves as fast as the bullets fired from Fast Larry’s guns, and actually dives into the mind of a gunman, and why a reputation is something that is not a good thing after all.

Gunman’s Song can be found in e-book form for $5.99.