RED to FADE ISBN: 9781784625580, Troubador Publishing Ltd, an e-book by Sebastian Hamdam.

Story: In the year 2100 a race known as Morphians from the planet Balaxia and many space travel years from earth have entered Mars atmosphere. They have the most advanced technologies imaginable. Their space cruisers are the size of an earth battleship and with all manner of remarkable features including the ability to produce their own food and fuel, allowing them to travel for years. Their planet has “a multiplex of different countries” with differing communities/cultures. Their appearances differ in skin color with mostly shades similar to fish, but otherwise are not too radically different from earthlings. Those from Clandar “who’ve entered the solar methodology are dubbed ‘Clandarians’”. They decide to create life on the maroon desert of Mars and with their abilities to construct huge cities under indestructible bubble-like structures and with their advanced technologies are able to accomplish this feat and produce all elements necessary for survival. They also have discovered that earth’s language of English is very similar to their Zando and that earth’s atmosphere is similar to their own. They convince NASA that they want only peace and make a pact for their interrelationship. Unfortunately corrupt FBI Agent Joel Davis is leader of a group of bureaucrats that wants to steal the extraterrestrials’ advanced scientific knowledge and will use any means of doing so. Fortunately, another Agent, Connor Harper, discovers the plot and attempts to thwart his impending action to attack the data’s storage place on Mars. Detailed presentation of the activity of these two antagonists and their cohorts is the substance of the story.

Discussion: The author’s fertile imagination has produced a thriller that takes off after initial orientation and continues to the very end with high octane action that certainly would lend itself to a format used for the immensely popular warfare games that are so popular as downloads today. In fact, it would appear that perhaps this might be even a better venue, at least from this reader’s viewpoint, because the verbalization employed, is disruptive or ‘jarring’ to say the least and becomes increasingly so as the story progresses. A reason for the manner of narrative provided would seem that the author was desirous of introducing a ‘foreign’ sound in that it is presented by a third person who well could be one of the extraterrestrials. However, when the reader is inundated with words that are usable (mostly) but often a ‘stretch’ and the occurrence is repetitive, one becomes a little disenchanted with what otherwise is a very good sci-fi thriller. If a reader is not disturbed by this usage, enjoy a good sci-fi thriller. For those not sure, the following somewhat sizeable sample is provided. “Gabrielle absconds the infiltrator (car) and gaits to the portal…” “Harper and Gabrielle decline their panes (windows) and propel projectiles with their weaponry. Hoffman is cannonading at the field operators on M-29 and Connor is fusillading at the officers on M-27. Their gunnery begets little eruptions of debris as they batter the plaster of the impediment of Moterway-27 and 29.” “Gabrielle strikes one of the detectives in the abaft of Henderson’s eradicator (car). Harper thrashes a federal staff member … the associate that Connor impales (with a rifle round) falls out of the sunroof and clubs the motorway…” “The Kenworth and the rectangular truck are blocking all motors from compelling past. The truck and trailer fall on their sidelong.” “Sandro evacuates the four-lane highway and actuates the city.” “Dero presses a button to inaugurate the (bus) driver obstruct the bus at the next termination.” Dylan tours to the mall portal. Harper flees the galleria to amass him.” “The blast instigates other detectives to aviate (blown up) into the sky.” Obviously, a large sampling, but hopefully provides some basis to support this reviewer’s contention.

4* Excellent sci-fi thriller; 3* somewhat disenchantingly verbalized.

Curve Couture


Curve Couture, Royalty Publishing House, an e-book by H. M. Irving.

Plot: Claire Williams is the agent for her 4 year younger sister in the chaotic world of professional modelling. They are the only remaining members of the family and Claire has been ‘taking care of’ her younger sibling since she was twelve. The appearance is not the actual situation, however, because Janice is a completely ego-centric individual, vicious enough not only to survive, but advance to the top level in this cut throat business. Claire, although lovely, is totally insecure. She is more largely proportioned and always has been overshadowed by Janice who repeatedly has demonstrated distain for her in many ways, not the least of which is in the matter of boyfriends. In spite of Claire’s overabundant insecurity, she is noticed by top agent Eric Robinson, himself a former top model with whom Claire has been in love from afar since she was sixteen. They meet and he insists she become a model for a new plus size clothing line that is to be established and the reader is plunged into the frenetic life of clothing design, modelling and all of the intricate machinations entailed. From this introduction, the book’s sub-title “A Beautiful Romance”, develops and progresses to a conclusion that devotees of erotic romance no doubt will find enchanting.

Discussion: The author has nicely depicted much of the frenetic activity surrounding development and production of style shows and the people involved. She further has set a stage for, and developed, a better plot than many stories in the erotica genre. Specifically, it is different because more usually when the verbalization and accompanying sexual activity is of the quality employed here, the story line more usually is not particularly well designed and/or executed. Thus, in this reviewer’s opinion, if books in this genre appeal, you thoroughly will enjoy this one. A caveat in that the publisher admonishes: “Contains explicit language & adult themes suitable for ages 16+.”

5* For erotic romance aficionados