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“Xeros” by Zak Zyz

This is a story about what goes on inside the head of a victim of brainwashing. “Traitor” is a prisoner in an end-of-the-line penal colony on a remote space station in an empire that is about to be overwhelmed. The mission his team is being groomed for is the empire’s last chance, a suicidal stab…

“The Wakeful Wanderer’s Guide to Disillusionment” by Jim Infantino

All fantasy writers are sociologists, creating societies that contain elements of our own world and exploring the possibilities for change. For most of us, the social and political setting is the background for the development of the characters. “Wakeful Wanderer” has it the other way around. The philosophies of the various groups are the main…

“Wolfe Trap” by Matt Cost

I have reviewed Mr. Cost’s work earlier this year, and find myself repeating those comments and applying them to this novel. However, for those of you who missed “Mainely Money,” here goes. Generally, this author writes a great action novel but tends to fall in love with his research, and expects us to do the…

“The Awakening of Artemis” by John Calia

This is a standard political action-adventure novel involving the usual different levels of the US administrative and military conglomerate, demonstrating the various ways ambitious individuals can screw up the system by inserting their own personal agendas. It’s been done before many times, so the author must attract our attention through interesting characters and a creative…