Alejandro’s Much Ado About Books

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As usual, the Literature Post of the end of the month is devoted to novels that have come out this month to the market, always trying to be as varied as possible, trying to cover all tastes, so all of you can get an idea of ​​the new books of the moment. It’s very likely that some of the books won’t be of your taste, but it’s possible that you may consider them of interest for your couples, friends or family.

01Lock In

John Scalzi is a renowned science fiction author who has written both dramatic sagas such as the “Old Man’s War”, and also as humorous novels as “Red Shirts” and “Fuzzy Nation”.

This time, he brings a novel in a serious tone, always within the genre of Science Fiction, titled “Lock In”.

Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. Four percent suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And one percent find themselvs “locked in”—fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus.

One per cent doesn’t seem like a lot. But in the United States, that’s 1.7 million people “locked in”…including the President’s wife and daughter.

Spurred by grief and the sheer magnitude of the suffering, America undertakes a massive scientific initiative. Nothing can restore the ability to control their own bodies to the locked in. But then two new technologies emerge. One is a virtual-reality environment, “The Agora,” in which the locked-in can interact with other humans, both locked-in and not. The other is the discovery that a few rare individuals have brains that are receptive to being controlled by others, meaning that from time to time, those who are locked in can “ride” these people and use their bodies as if they were their own.

This skill is quickly regulated, licensed, bonded, and controlled. Nothing can go wrong. Certainly nobody would be tempted to misuse it, for murder, for political power, or worse….

02The Islands at the End of the World

This is debut novel by the author Austin Aslan.

“Right before my eyes, my beautiful islands are changing forever. And so am I…”

Sixteen-year-old Leilani loves surfing and her home in Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawaii. But she’s an outsider – half white, half Hawaiian, and an epileptic.

While Lei and her father are on a visit to Oahu, a global disaster strikes. Technology and power fail, Hawaii is cut off from the world, and the islands revert to traditional ways of survival. As Lei and her dad embark on a nightmarish journey across islands to reach home and family, she learns that her epilepsy and her deep connection to Hawaii could be keys to ending the crisis before it becomes worse than anyone can imagine.

A powerful story enriched by fascinating elements of Hawaiian ecology, culture, and warfare, this captivating and dramatic debut from Austin Aslan is the first of two novels. The author has a master’s degree in tropical conservation biology from the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

03Stargate: SG-1 – “Hostile Ground”

This is the first novel in the book event “Apocalypse”

It was meant to be an easy mission, a walk in the park. But SG-1’s first trip off-world after Colonel O’Neill’s return from Edora (occurred on the episode “A Hundred Days” during the third season of the TV series) proves to be anything but easy.

Tapped for a covert assignment, O’Neill must conceal the truth from his team at all costs. So when Dr Daniel Jackson is injured and the mission begins to go awry, tensions quickly reach breaking point. Stranded on a hostile planet, and desperate to find a way home before it’s too late, O’Neill leads his fractured team on a desperate journey across a barren and forsaken world.

Faced with an enemy more vicious than anything they’ve encountered before, only SG-1’s strength as a unit will keep them alive – if the secret O’Neill is hiding doesn’t tear them apart first…

04Stargate: Atlantis – “Unascended”

This the seventh book in the event “Legacy”, telling the after events once the TV series finished.

Lost and Found…

In the fragile peace following Queen Death’s defeat, Dr. Daniel Jackson arrives in Atlantis to indulge in some real archaeology. Naturally, things don’t go according to plan.

Convinced that an Ascended Elizabeth Weir saved his life, Dr. Rodney McKay argues that she must have escaped her replicator body in order to ascend. No one believes him, but when rumors reach Atlantis of a woman with no memory who calls herself ‘Elizabeth’, Rodney is determined to track her down.

Meanwhile, Daniel’s research uncovers evidence of Vanir activity in the Pegasus galaxy – evidence that casts both light and shadow over the mystery of Elizabeth…

05Star Trek: Seekers – Book 1 – “Second Nature”

This is the first novel in a new book series in the franchise, “Star Trek” that are a direct sequel to the events narrated in the book series “Star Trek: Vanguard”, which, although not mandatory to enjoy this new series, yes it is recommended to read or at least a general knowledge of the details in this previous saga.

The Taurus Reach. Once the conquered realm of a powerful alien species, this region remains largely shrouded in mystery even as it brims with potential for exploration and colonization.

A new mission: The late twenty-third century—Starfleet’s golden age of exploration. Desperate to stay one step ahead of its rivals, the Federation sends two starships, the scout USS Sagittarius (Archer-class) under command of Captain Clark Terrell, and the cruiser USS Endeavour (Constitution-class) under command of Captain Atish Khatami; to plumb the secrets of the vast region known as the Taurus Reach.

A doomed race: Drawn by mysterious energy readings to a lush green world, the crew of the Sagittarius find the Tomol: a species whose members all commit ritual suicide just as they reach the cusp of adulthood.

An old foe: The crew of the Sagittarius wants to save the Tomol from their cycle of self-destruction, but first they’ll need to save themselves—from an unexpected attack by a Klingon bird-of-prey.

06Star Trek: Seekers – Book 2 – “Point of Divergence”

This novel is the continuation of the adventure featured on the Book 1 of the series.

The Tomol are a primitive civilization occupying a lone island on a remote world. Their culture is an enigma, centered on every member’s commitment to a painful, fiery self-sacrifice upon reaching maturity. But one of their clan has shunned this obligation, triggering a transformation into a new, powerful life form. Answering the distress call of the USS Sagittarius–which has crashed on the planet following a fierce battle with the Klingons. Due that, Captain Atish Khatami and the crew of the Starship Endeavour must now attempt a rescue mission… even as they are locked in battle with the evolving, increasingly malevolent Tomol who, if allowed to escape their home world, pose an imminent threat to the entire galaxy!

0724: Deadline

This novel is a direct sequel to the finale of the events on the mini-season of 12 episodes, recently broadcasted on FOX.

The time is 5:00 PM.

One hour ago, federal agent Jack Bauer was declared a fugitive. If he wants to survive, he must get out of the country, and he doesn’t have much time.

With his former colleagues in the Counter Terrorist Unit now dead, under arrest, or shut down, Jack has no resources to call upon, no back-up, and nowhere to go—only his determination can drive him on. One thing remains clear to him: the promise he made to his daughter, Kim. Jack vows that he will see Kim one last time to tell her he loves her… before he drops off the radar forever.

Meanwhile, a hastily-assembled FBI task force sets out to track down and capture Jack, even as a covert operations unit of Russia’s SVR sets out to do the same—only the remit of the Russians is to “kill on sight”. As the clock runs down, Jack must face old friends and past enemies in a desperate race to stay one step ahead of the hunters, leaving them with a grim warning:

“Stay out of my way, and I’ll be gone within 24 hours. You’ll never see me again. Come after me… and you’ll regret it…”

08The Last Mission of the Living

Rhiannon Frater is a successful writer of horror and fantasy, that after writing her series entitled “As the World Dies” then embarked on the “The Last Bastion” series, this book is the second novel in this series.

Humanity teeters on the brink of extinction…

Vanguard Lindsay Rooney has faced the undead hordes of Inferi Scourge and lived to tell the tale, but she has also suffered horrible losses. Like millions of other civilians, she had hoped that The Bastion would recover after a team of modified soldiers eradicated the undead hordes of Inferi Scourge that infested their valley. Yet the city still crumbles around them, along with any chance of survival.

Lindsey’s growing friendship with Torran MacDonald, an officer with the Science Warfare Division, is her only solace as the decline of the city continues. When food riots fill the streets, martial law is enacted, and the upper echelons of government battle for control of the city, Lindsey is conscripted by her superiors to embark on a dangerous mission into the dead world beyond The Bastion. To add even more complications, Torran and the SWD join the squad.

Soon, Lindsey realizes that her mission is more than what it seems, and there are secrets that could both destroy The Bastion and take her life.

09Ugly Love

The prolific writer Colleen Hoover returns with a new romantic novel…

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

-Never ask about the past.

-Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.

Promises get broken.

Rules get shattered.

Love gets ugly.

UNTIL NEXT WEEK HAPPY READING!

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