Month: January 2017

Glory Main, by Henry O’Neil

DETAILS Title: GLORY MAIN Author: Henry O’Neil Publisher: Harper Voyager ISBN: 1468107445 Genre: Military SF BACKCOVER BLURB For decades, mankind has been locked in a war with an alien enemy that resembles the human race so closely they are known as the Sims. Both sides battle for control of habitable planets across the galaxies—often at any cost. Lieutenant Jander Mortas is fresh out of officer training and new to the war zone but eager to prove himself. There’s just one problem: disaster strikes while he’s traveling to his first assignment. He wakes to find himself marooned on a planet that appears deserted, with the only other survivors: a psychoanalyst, a conscientious objector, and a bitter veteran of a brutal slave-scout detachment. As the group struggles to reach safety on a nearby base, Glory Main, they discover a Sim colony—which could mean their salvation, or their demise. Thrown together, they must fight the harsh elements, an ever-present enemy, and possibly each other. WHAT I THOUGHT Glory Main is one of those books, once started, you cannot …

Mr. Churchill’s Secretary – by Susan Elia MacNeal

DETAILS Title: MR. CHURCHILL’S SECRETARY Author: Susan Elia MacNeal Publisher: Bantam, 2012 ISBN: 9780553593617 Genre: Historical Fiction BACKCOVER BLURB London, 1940. Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable spirit and remarkable gifts for code breaking, though, rival those of even the highest men in government, and Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined—and opportunities she will not let pass. In troubled, deadly times, with air-raid sirens sending multitudes underground, access to the War Rooms also exposes Maggie to the machinations of a menacing faction determined to do whatever it takes to change the course of history. WHAT I THOUGHT This book …