Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Adeptus Mechanicus: Vanguard - Peter Fehervari

The Story

On the world of Phaedra, a force of skitarii – the front-line soldiers of the Adeptus Mechanicus – embark upon a dangerous mission: to assault a stronghold of the xenos tau and recover a priority asset for their tech-priest master, Magos Caul. As they face the diminutive drones and hulking battlesuits of their alien foes in the jungles of the Dolorosa Coil, their target draws nearer. But just what is Objective Skysight, and why is it so important to the tech-priest?

Read it because

Ancient clashes with the cutting-edge as the Omnissiah’s holy technology combats the soulless heathen tau. And a secret objective leads to more than the lead character, tech-priest Magos Caul, could ever have bargained for…

ISBN 9781782518150

Adeptus Mechanicus: Clade - Rob Sanders


The Story

As the war for the forge world Velchanos Magna rages on, Tech-Priest Dominus Theronymous Gant hunts a Dark Mechanicum warlord across the blasted ruins. With a clade of mighty Kataphron Breachers at his side, he is ready to deal death to the traitorous tech-priest. But when his foe does the unthinkable, Gant and his Kataphrons find themselves facing an overwhelming force of mighty daemon engines bent on their destruction…

Read it because

Tyranids finally meet a foe they cannot eat when the Adeptus Mechanicus sends in the robots! Implacable steel versus bioengineered chitin in a fight to the death in this Quick Read.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Ironfire - Rob Sanders

The Story

His body broken by the fall of the Schadenhold, the Iron Warriors warsmith Idriss Krendl is nonetheless far from defeated. Now commanding two of the mighty siege guns stolen from the forge world of Diamat, he seeks to redeem himself in the eyes of his primarch by bringing down the Great Selenic palace on Euphorus, and gather invaluable tactical data for the eventual assault on Terra. His plan? To utilise a strategy of his own devising – the glorious Ironfire protocol.

Read it because

Follow the continuing adventures of Iron Warriors Warsmith Idriss Krendl as he attempts to take down a giant palace with a pair of the enormous siege guns. We last met Krendl in the story The Iron Within, where he went head to head with the loyalist Dantioch. After that humiliation, he's trying to recover his reputation with an audacious plan.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Naked economics - Charles Wheelan

Enjoyable enough introduction to economics, but it did get grating as it was American, talking about American Presidents, dollars etc.
Perhaps not as enjoyable as freakonomics or the undercover economist, but that may be personal taste.
Worth a look if you're trying to drag yourself through economics classes to show you there is a point to it all, or just for the general reader wanting to grasp some basic ideas.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

The Zheng Cipher - Josh reynolds

The Story

As the mining world of Kotir-8 falls to the hive fleets of the monstrous alien tyranids, the arrival of a force of skitarii under Alpha Vanguard 6-Friest seems like an Omnissiah-sent miracle to the planet’s battered survivors. But as the radiation-soaked skitarii vanguard hold off the tyranids, their true motives for arriving on Kotir-8 come into question. Are they there to save the people of the planet – or do their Adeptus Mechanicus overseers have something more sinister in mind?

Read it because

As if the prospect of skitarii vanguard fighting against a tyranid horde wasn’t enough, The Zheng Cipher also reveals the cold, calculating nature of the Adeptus Mechanicus and how the radiation-soaked vanguard can spell doom for enemy and ally alike.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Worst case: (Michael Bennett 3) - James Patterson


The son of one of New York's wealthiest families is snatched off the street and held hostage. His parents can't save him, because this kidnapper isn't demanding money. Instead, he quizzes his prisoner on the price others pay for his life of luxury. In this exam, wrong answers are fatal.

Detective Michael Bennett leads the investigation. With ten kids of his own, he can't begin to understand what could lead someone to target anyone's children. As another student disappears, one powerful family after another uses their leverage and connections to turn up the heat on the mayor, the press, anyone who will listen, to stop this killer. Their reach extends all the way to the FBI, who send their top Abduction Specialist, Agent Emily Parker. Bennett's work life - and love life - suddenly get even more complicated.

Before Bennett has a chance to protest the FBI's intrusion on his case, the mastermind changes his routine. His plan leads up to the most deadly demonstration yet - one that could bring cataclysmic devastation to every inch of New York.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Without fail (Jack Reacher book 6) - Lee Child

Lee Child has inexorably pulled himself into the upper echelons of thriller writing with a series of tough, lean and perfectly crafted novels featuring ex-US military cop Jack Reacher. Without Fail is the sixth outing for the resourceful Reacher, and far from showing any signs of incipient fatigue, the series just goes from strength to strength as Child hones his abilities.
As in such previous books as Die Trying and The Killing Floor, Jack Reacher is a maverick. He carries no ID, and any place he hangs his hat is home. And while he's more than capable of dealing out massive violence to the bad guys who take him on, he's a sucker for a plea for help--particularly from a woman. This time, he's asked by the persuasive Ms Froelich to help her protect the Vice-President of the United States from an assassination attempt that's on the cards. So Reacher, with only the clothes he stands up in, finds himself deep in the rarefied world of the United States Secret Service in Washington, where his problems come from the stiff-necked bureaucrats as much as from the utterly ruthless killer who soon has Reacher in his sights as much as the Vice-President. 
If the plot here is a tad reminiscent of the Clint Eastwood movie In the Line of Fire, that's no coincidence--Child has his characters discuss the echoes of their situation with that film at length. But, boy, does Child ring some powerful variations of his own on the theme: this the most kinetic Reacher novel yet, full of the brilliantly orchestrated set-pieces that are a specialité de la maison with the author (the final climax in a snowy ravine is a pip). The action here is relentless, but never at the expense of character--Child is canny enough to keep dark shadows from Reacher's past a key part of his motivation. And the skill that the British-born Child is so proud of--his faultless evocation of the American landscape--is the final icing on a very tempting cake. --Barry Forshaw