Review: The Speed of Winter

The Speed of Winter (Four Seasons quintet, #1)The Speed of Winter by B. Morris Allen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Please note that my review of this book is subjective to my likes and dislikes.

The concept of the story was good. I found some of the science that the author introduced was interesting: aging in the sleep capsules; the mortality rates, etc. It was evident that Allen thought out what the consequences of the ‘new’ technology would be.

The pace of the story was very fast, spanning over sixty years I believe.

Elyse Andreev – she is the main character, the daughter of Dmitri Andreev and Aline Saracu
Arek Khachatryan – Lieutenant for the space flight, cared for Elyse after the death of her parents

Humans have polluted earth and need to find new homes. Ships are being sent to various planets that have the ‘possibility’ of supporting life. Unfortunately, the planet in the story has extremely harsh conditions, and is not fully habitable. The story looks at the despair that occurs and the depths humanity can sink to in the face of extreme adversity.

The story was quite short and left me wanting more of the gaps filled in. For example, more could have been included regarding why Elyse’s parents decided to break the rules; more on why humans have to use the artificial wombs that the author repeatedly referred to – what event(s) occurred that made them necessary? There were large gaps in time that leave you wondering what occurred…

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Ren, The Valaran Chronicles Prequel Short Story 2

Well I FINALLY made it through the edits for the second prequel story and I am excited to announce that on Tuesday November 12, it will be available free on Kindle:

I am looking forward to working on the next short story titled Abigail.  It will be the final release before “I Am Archon, The Valaran Chronicles Book 2” releases.

Review of The Moon Dwellers

The Moon Dwellers (The Dwellers, #1)The Moon Dwellers by David Estes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Note: This review is my opinion, and it is skewed to my likes and preferences

I have chosen to rate this book at 4 stars.

While the story is a bit simple, I enjoyed it. Estes created a believable underground world and caste system.


Adele – she is the main female character and super martial arts bad-ass (well my opinion, lol). We first meet her as she is hauled off to the “Pen” because of something her parents did. She has been trained to fight by her father and is a survivor.

Tristan – he is the son of the president of the three realms. It is love at first glance when he first sees Adele, and the story revolves around his desire to save her. He is against how his father runs the three realms.

Roc – Tristan’s servant, but also his best friend. He is learning how to fight from Tristan, and always seems to offer good advice.

Tawni – befriends Adele in the Pen for reasons of her own which you find out as the story progresses.

Cole – Tawni’s best friend and protector. He extends his role of protector to Adele when Tawni befriends her.

President Nailin – leader of the three realms, rules them with an iron fist, while carving out a elite class around himself.


A disaster has struck the Earth hundreds of years prior forcing the survivors to move underground in order to survive. Over the years the initial caverns have been expanded and new one have been excavated to form an intricate network. A cast system had formed based on how far you live from the surface – this system is the three realms: Sun, Moon and Star. The names are derived from how much light each realm receives, with the Sun Realm receiving the lions share.

The story follows Tristan and his fight to save Adele. While predictable at times, the story kept a fast pace and kept me interested enough to want to read the next installment. This is a story all ages, and I would have no problem giving it to my kids to read.
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