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Author Archive: AndyWhitaker

I live in deepest darkest Essex where I enjoy photography, real ales, walking my dog, cooking and a really good book. I own an e-book reader which goes with me everywhere but still enjoy the traditional paper based varieties.

My oriental studies have earned me a black belt in Suduko and I'm considered a master in deadly Bonsai (there are very few survivors).

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Moonkind: Survivors Of Ebola by Bruce Merchant, M.D. (book review).

June 23, 2015 | By | Reply More
Moonkind: Survivors Of Ebola by Bruce Merchant, M.D. (book review).

In AD 2173, mankind has a bit of a minor setback. That’s if being wiped out by a virulent Ebola virus can be called a minor setback. There’s always hope as just before this new strain of Ebola struck an outpost on the Moon had been built and staffed by a small group of scientists. […]

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Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty by Raymond Benson

June 18, 2015 | By | Reply More
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty by Raymond Benson

The blurb on the front cover announces that ‘Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons Of Liberty’ is ‘The official novel of the thrilling Konami video game created by Hideo Kojima!’ So no change there then, as that’s what it said on the first book, ‘Metal Gear Solid’. In many ways it’s almost identical to the first […]

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Apex Magazine Issue 73, June 2015 (emag review).

June 12, 2015 | By | Reply More
Apex Magazine Issue 73, June 2015  (emag review).

It’s another month which means it’s another ‘Apex Magazine’. After the last couple of issues, where it seemed to be losing direction and struggling for content, I had reservations about reading this one but old habits die hard and I had a quick look. This turned into a longer look and before I knew it, […]

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Instinct (A Chess Team Adventure book 2) by Jeremy Robinson.

May 26, 2015 | By | Reply More
Instinct (A Chess Team Adventure book 2) by Jeremy Robinson.

  ‘Instinct’ is the second Chess Team adventure novel and, as before, the ‘Chess Team’ is an elite, best-of-the-best, US Special Forces team from the black ops Delta Unit who all have codenames based on chess pieces. It’s the same team from the first novel led by King (Jack Siglar) with Queen, Bishop, Rook and […]

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The Legion of Shadows (a DestinyQuest book) by Michael J. Ward

May 16, 2015 | By | Reply More
The Legion of Shadows (a DestinyQuest book) by Michael J. Ward

For those new to the ‘DestinyQuest’ books, I should point out that they are what you might call an interactive ‘Dungeons And Dragon’ style novel. Interactive in so much as you the reader are called on to read some text, make decisions based on what you have just read and quite frequently, to simulate combat […]

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Apex Magazine Issue 72, May 2015 (magazine review).

May 14, 2015 | By | Reply More
Apex Magazine Issue 72, May 2015 (magazine review).

It’s been a couple of months since I last read ‘Apex Magazine’ and the first thing to hit you is the cover artwork by Beth Spencer which is striking to say the least. It’s not often you see a steampunk fairy. While talking about the cover, I should mention that there’s a good interview with […]

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Waiting For The Machines To Fall Asleep edited by Peter Öberg (book reviews).

May 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
Waiting For The Machines To Fall Asleep edited by Peter Öberg (book reviews).

‘Waiting For The Machines To Fall Asleep’ is a collection of new Science Fiction stories from Sweden. It is edited by Peter Öberg, while Andreas Raninger provides the cover illustration. What we have here is twenty-six pieces of speculative fiction with the majority being Science Fiction from authors I had not heard of before. Now, […]

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Metal Gear Solid by Raymond Benson (book review).

March 24, 2015 | By | Reply More
Metal Gear Solid by Raymond Benson (book review).

The blurb on the front cover announces that ‘Metal Gear Solid’ is ‘The official novel of the thrilling Konami video game created by Hideo Kojima!’ This should have started ringing alarm bells as the statement really defines the target audience for this novel; people who have bought into the video game. As I haven’t played […]

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Starfist: Wings Of Hell (book 13) by David Sherman and Dan Cragg (book review).

March 13, 2015 | By | Reply More
Starfist: Wings Of Hell (book 13) by David Sherman and Dan Cragg (book review).

‘Wings Of Hell’ is the thirteenth novel in the ‘Starfist’ series of military Science Fiction series. It’s the first one I have read so I’m coming to the series like a new, green recruit. The premise for this book as set out on the back cover says the human settled planet Haulover has been invaded […]

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Apex Magazine Issue 70, March 2015 (magazine review)

March 10, 2015 | By | Reply More
Apex Magazine Issue 70, March 2015  (magazine review)

I wasn’t particularly taken with the February edition of ‘Apex’ as I thought it had taken on a distinctly feminine tone which wasn’t to my liking, so it was with a little nervousness that I opened the March edition. A quick look down the table of contents shows that all the stories authors are women. […]

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