CLAY by Tony Bertauski – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

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CLAY – Halfskin Book Two

Author: Tony Bertauski

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: David W. Dietz

Length: 8 hours, 47 minutes

Genre: Science Fiction

Release Date: January 9, 2015

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this audiobook from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

This is the follow-up book to HALFSKIN.

Twenty years have passed since Callie invented biomites that were untraceable by the government. Nix and Callie are both still alive, yet they lead vastly different lives.

Technology did not stand still over the past twenty years. Biomites no longer replicate unchecked and people are able to maintain them at a level of 49.9% biomite and 50.1% clay (or organic/original matter).

The government still shuts down people’s biomites when a person becomes Halfskin. However people have found a way to outsmart the system using untraceable biomites created by many different sources (called Nixes) and bought and sold on the black market.

Technology has advanced so far that the government has created “Bricks.” These are 100% biomite created people. These “Bricks” are uses to hunt down and destroy Halfskins.

Jamie is 19 and is 49.9% biomite, so is her boyfriend. They are desperate to find a way to avoid being “charred.”

Marcus Anderson is back. He’s older but he is still 100% clay. He wants to rid the world of biomites once and for all.

Meanwhile Nix Richards wants to find a replicator to create a human body and he is willing to do anything to achieve his goal.

This audiobook is a thrill ride that will have listeners riveted to David Dietz’s wonderful narrative skills. With just the right amount of drama and suspense listeners will not want the story to end.

This is a thrilling tale of what can happen if technology proceeds unchecked. It is also a tale of human nature and the pursuit of a dream. Visionary or fanatic? Technological marvel or the downfall of mankind? Readers are sure to develop their own opinions on biomites.

This might just be a look into the future of our society and that is precisely why this book is so interesting (and scary).

This story may be fiction, but it addresses many ethical questions that arise when issues such as cloning and artificial intelligence are discussed. The author does a wonderful job of explaining and exploring the varying opinions on the topics. This book will not only entertain you, it will make you think.

I rate the story as 5 out of 5 stars and the narration also deserves 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Both HALFSKIN and CLAY need to be added to everyone’s “must read” list for 2015.

I can’t wait to read/hear what Tony Bertauski comes up with next.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

To learn more about Tony Bertauski visit http://www.bertauski.com or http://bertauski.blogspot.ca

ABOUT THE NARRATOR:

David W. Dietz is a writer, actor, director and producer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

For more information about this narrator or his production company visit: http://dietzthethird.com

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INSIDE ISIS: The Brutal Rise of a Terrorist Army by Benjamin Hall – BOOK REVIEW

INSIDE ISIS: The Brutal Rise of a Terrorist Army

Author: Benjamin Hall

Genre: Non-Fiction

Publisher: Faithwords / Center Street

Release Date: March 10, 2015

Length: 270 pages

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this book from http://www.netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.

It was not very long ago that no one had even heard of ISIS and now it seems that you can’t turn on the news or listen to the radio without hearing about this terrorist organization. Despite the fact that it is constantly in the news I did not have very much information about the who, what and why of ISIS before reading this book.

“Life inside the ISIS capital of Raqqa goes on … Thousands of foreign fighters roam the streets, morality police patrol the neighborhoods, businesses and individuals are subjected to extortion, and women live in fear as ISIS drives them back to the Middle Ages.”

Journalist and Author Benjamin Hall spent time behind enemy lines and this book is a direct result of the information he obtained and the events he witnessed.

“Every day people are beheaded in public, stoned to death, whipped, or have their hands chopped off… Music is forbidden and prayers are forced upon the people.”

ISIS is a plague that must be stopped. They hate all things Western and all of us who live in the United States and Canada. They say they are fighting a holy war, but it seems that what they say and what they do are completely different.

In this book the author attempts to answer many of the questions that come up when ISIS is discussed. Where did ISIS come from? What do they want? And most importantly how can they be stopped?

The names of the various jihadist groups as well as the names of individual people within those groups are difficult to pronounce and since so many of the names are similar, they are often confusing to the reader. However, the author has done an admirable job of distinguishing between the various and often convoluted jihadist groups operating in the Middle East.

This is an important book. Knowledge is power and the more people know about ISIS, the less power they will be able to wield.

I encourage every U.S. and Canadian citizen to read this book. Through knowledge maybe we can affect significant and lasting change for the innocent victims of ISIS in the Middle East.

This book will stay with you long after you close the cover.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Benjamin Hall is an independent journalist based in London. He has travelled to many countries to document conflicts in war-torn regions. To learn more about him visit http://www.hallbenjamin.com

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Knowledge is power Kofi quote from:
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BREATHE by Daniel Wallock – BOOK REVIEW

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BREATHE

Author: Daniel Wallock

Published: 2014

Genre: Non Fiction, Autobiography

Length: 8 pages

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐

* I downloaded this book free from http://www.amazon.ca

This is an extremely short non-fiction story about the author’s life.

Although I feel genuine compassion for Daniel’s life challenges I am rating the story, not the emotion behind it.

I think that if this was longer and a bit more detailed I would have given it a higher rating. As it stands it is hard to feel much since the length of the story does not give the reader time to genuinely connect with the author and his plight.

The fact that the author is only 18 years old probably accounts for whatever shortcomings the story has. But I do believe he has potential. Also, his life story is probably fascinating and if turned into a novel length narrative would grip the reader’s attention.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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Image obtained from http://www.danielwallock.com

To learn more about this young author and to discover more of his published works visit http://www.danielwallock.com

I rate this as 3 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐
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CHIMERA – The Weaver Series – Book One by Vaun Murphrey – BOOK REVIEW

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CHIMERA – The Weaver Series #1

Author: Vaun Murphrey

Cover Artist: Nathalia Suellen

Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Publication Date: March 10, 2015

Publisher: Artemis Femme

Length: 299 pages

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Cassandra’s parents were killed and she was captured and imprisoned at the age of five. She has spent the past eight years living in a ten foot by ten foot cell with no contact with other children and barely even any contact from her captors.

** NOTE **

There is a brief but disturbing scene near the beginning of this book that contains material inappropriate to younger readers. In my opinion this book is not appropriate for readers under the age of sixteen.

Cassandra is rescued after her eight years in captivity by an Uncle that she never knew existed. Gerome was her mother’s brother and he had thought for many years that Cassandra had died alongside her parents.

Taken to live with Gerome and his wife Maggie, Cassandra must readjust to life outside of prison. This is easier said than done, especially once she discovers that she is not like everyone else.

Cassandra is a Weaver. This means she has the ability to access the Web. The Web is just that: a web of information, knowledge, memories and the minds of others, both living and dead.

Cassandra discovers that she has escaped captivity but is still not safe.

I enjoyed this book and the target readership is Young Adults who I believe will like this new series very much. The reason I gave this book 4 stars rather than 5 stars is that the lead character is only thirteen and yet acts much older. It seems a bit unlikely that any thirteen year old would be as mature as Cassandra is. However, she is obviously not a normal thirteen year old. She is a Weaver with very special abilities, so I assume that is why she is so mature.

This is the first book in “The Weaver” series. Books 2 & 3 are also currently available. The fourth book in the series is due to be published soon.

This book will delight readers who are interested in the Science Fiction genre. This is definitely an interesting book and keeps the reader’s interest right to the last page. The ending leaves the reader wanting to immediately start reading the next book in the series which is exactly what I plan to do.

The cover was created by artist Nathalia Suellen and is absolutely stunning. This cover is what initially drew my attention to this book which is exactly what author’s want their book covers to do.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Photo taken by Sam Norman in 2014

Photo taken by Sam Norman in 2014

Vaun Murphrey is a writer, a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister and a friend. She currently lives in Lubbock, Texas.

To learn more about this author visit: http://www.vaunmurphrey.com

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HALFSKIN by Tony Bertauski -AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

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HALFSKIN

Author: Tony Bertauski

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: David W. Dietz

Length: 7 hours, 31 minutes

Genre: Science Fiction

Release Date: May 20, 2013

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this audiobook from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

Biomites are artificial stem cells that can replace any cell in your body.

Nix Richards nearly died in a car accident when he was a young child. He was seeded with Biomites and they saved his life.

Imagine being able to cure any disease, even cancer. Imagine having the ability to recover from any injury. What an incredible boon to mankind.

However, there are always those who will oppose any medical advancement as an affront – either against God or against mankind.

The government decides that anyone with 50% Biomites are no longer human. At 40% you are “detained and observed” at 50% they shut you off.

When Nix is detained his sister, Callie, a brilliant biomite researcher is determined to find a way to save him.

Meanwhile a religious fanatic who happens to be a federal agent is equally determined to shut Nix down forever.

This book is brilliantly written and is so realistic that readers cannot help but see this as an inevitable invention. There is the perfect amount of tension and suspense. The author has done an incredible job of detailing the difference of opinion between those who want to use any technology necessary to prolong human life and those that believe that any tampering is going against God’s will. It brings to mind the belief of some religious groups that exist today who would rather let their child die than to allow a life-saving blood transfusion.

This book will stay with listeners long after the audiobook ends.

Narrator David Dietz was the perfect choice for this book. His tone of voice and pacing was just right and he draws the listener into the story. He differentiates easily between characters and is able to convey emotions with ease.

I rate this book as 5 out of 5 stars and I am looking forward to listening to “Clay” which is the follow-up to this audiobook.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Photo from the author's blog

Photo from the author’s blog


To learn more about this author visit http://www.bertauski.com or http://bertauski.blogspot.ca

ABOUT THE NARRATOR:

David W. Dietz is a writer, actor, director and producer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

For more information about this narrator or his production company visit: http://dietzthethird.com

Follow me on Twitter @Amieroger