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What I’m Reading – The Void Within: The Cluster Saga Book One

As some of you may or may not know is that I am a sci-fi fan. I love almost anything that is sci-fi. Although, I’m not a Trekkie, I do love the series and all of the spin-offs. I’m now a fan of The Orville. I’m seriously considering subscribing to Hulu because the 3rd Season has been moved from the Fox Network over to Hulu. But I’m also a great fan of sci-fi books. I have an Amazon Fire Tablet that use to buy ebooks and read them.

The latest one that I am currently reading is called The Void Within: The Cluster Saga Book One by Carlos R. Tkacz, The summary of the book as listed on Amazon is:

“The 25th century. Humanity has discovered a new form of energy, the Source, derived from the very basis of life itself. Using this power to travel instantaneously through space, humans have spread through their corner of the galaxy and coalesced into two groups: the Coalition and the Inner Cluster. They are held in an uneasy economic and cultural relationship by their reliance on each other, the Coalition with the technology of the Source and the Inner Cluster with the materials to make it a usable form of energy. When rumors of conquest, political undergrounds, and alien contact threaten this balance of powers, it falls to three individuals to find the truth of the conspiracies swirling through their governments and to stave off a disastrous war. What they find in the process will change the course of humanity forever.”

The book is an interesting read and reminds me of the early 2000’s when the US went to war in Iraq. The book details a similar, albeit fictional, premise for war. There are 2 factions in story. One has the technology to travel instantaneously in space and the other has the material that the technology needs to accomplish the instantaneous travel. Very similar to before the outbreak of the War in Iraq. America had the technology to convert oil from the Middle East into energy but didn’t have the large oil reserves of the Middle East.

In the story, one group (The Coalition) has the technology to convert the material that is provided by the other group (The Inner Cluster) into energy. This creates a mutual dependence which The Coalition is not at all pleased with. The book goes into the ways and methods that the powers to be use to attempt to get control of the materials needed to convert to the new source of energy. However, there are 3 people that are drawn into the conspiracy and attempt to diffuse the situation and to prevent another war. To find out how they make out and how things end up, you’ll have to get the book for yourself and read it. ūüôā

A story line very close to home and relevant

Douglas Richards has come up with another blockbuster book that will keep you enthralled. ¬†He creates a plot and sub-plots that pique your interest and brings them together in his stories. ¬†The main character of his book, BrainWeb, Nick Hall is an unwilling recipient of brain implants who can surf the Web with his thoughts and read minds. And while this makes him one of the most formidable men on earth, he is determined to stay off the grid. ¬†But when terrorists seize control of the Academy Awards and vow to butcher the world’s most beloved stars, one by one, in front of an international television audience, Hall is forced to reveal his astonishing capabilities.

Now, power players around the world will stop at nothing to capture him. And as the secretive group working with Hall begins to unravel, he is sure of only two things: he has been betrayed by someone close to him. And the stakes he is playing for could not be any higher .

The book is based on actual research on thought-controlled Web surfing, BrainWeb is a great thriller that raises a number of intriguing possibilities about a future that is rapidly approaching.  Book is very thought-provoking.  BrainWeb is available in paperback, Kindle, audio-book, and CD.

Are you looking for a book you won’t be able to put down?

Well, I came across a book that when I had to out down I was very reluctant to do so.  Anyone that knows me knows that I am a fan of anything Sci-Fi.  Additionally, I enjoy just sitting and reading a good book.  I cam across a series written by Michael Grumley called Breakthrough (a 3 Book Series).  The 3 books in the series: Book 1 is just titled Breakthrough, Book 2 is called Leap (Breakthrough Book 2), and the last one is called Catalyst (Breakthrough Book 3).

One of the best things that I like about this author is that he writes Books 2 & 3 that contains references to the to the previous ones.

In summary, the¬†books follow Alison Shaw as she and her team make her earth-shattering breakthrough research in establishing communication capabilities with another species, namely, dolphins. ¬†In the first book, Breakthrough, a nuclear submarine is forced to suddenly abort its mission under mysterious circumstances. Then strange facts begin to emerge that lead naval investigator, John Clay, to a small group of marine biologists who are quietly on the verge of making history. ¬†Through the use¬†of a powerful computer system, Alison Shaw and her team of marine biologists are preparing to translate the first two-way conversation with the planet’s second smartest species, dolphins. But they discover more from their dolphins than they ever expected when a secret object is revealed on the ocean floor. One that was never supposed to be found.

In the second book, Leap, after Alison and her team of marine biologists had stunned the world with their incredible breakthrough with dolphins,¬†they were about to do it again. ¬†But an ocean away, something strange was unfolding. Along a lonely coast in South America, an experimental Russian submarine — long thought to have been dismantled — has suddenly resurfaced. And the U.S. Navy has taken notice, sending officers John Clay and Steve Caesare to investigate. ¬†And Alison and her team get pulled.

In the third book, Catalyst, the marine biologists and naval investigators have been assigned to find out a doomsday vault that was discovered decades after one uncovered that was constructed on a remote island in the Arctic Ocean.  Its purpose was to preserve Earth’s genetic history in the event of a global catastrophe.  Now, decades later, a second vault has been uncovered and this one resting where no one ever expected.

The story line in all 3 books keep the reader interested and wanting to know the conclusion to each adventure.   All 3 books are available in paperback and for Kindle.  You can buy them separately or as a set.