Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Book Review: The Phantom Squadron series

The Advance Guard by Don Martinez

Book Summary: Over the course of history, a team of four supernatural agents has been assembled for a Black Ops team unlike any other.The Guardsman : ageless paladin knight.Cyrus Salem: immortal shrinking wizard.Kitty Lazarus: woman warrior in a cat's body.Ariel Vibria: modern dragon with a tortured soul.Both separately and together, these agents will face down an enemy of immense evil, with the fate of the world itself possibly in the balance, rising above their differences and individual traumas and coming together to face Sheol, a demonic matriarch hiding within one of the holiest sites in Europe.Each agent has his own concerns. Is being the Guardsman worth the sacrifice of childhood Ken Sharpe made to be the paladin? Will Cyrus continue to shrink throughout history? What purpose does the Hindu god Durga have for Kitty? What will happen if the secretive government project that produced Ariel comes to search for their missing experiment?Do they have a chance against Sheol?

Dinetah Dragon by Don Martinez

Book Summary:
In 2015, the author discovered by accident a budget accounting for a mysterious Special Forces team operated solely by the CIA. In questioning its origins, he was put in contact with Ariel Sharpe, one of the team's members, who agreed to meet with him in a secret location to share the story of the team, and that of her own life. Ariel's life is one of isolated existence, both physically in the Arizona desert and emotionally from her surrounding peers. The isolation becomes even greater when she volunteers to become among the first wave of the nation's new Super Soldiers, only to wind up bound to a genetically-engineered dragon, complete with the scaly complexion and beastly abilities. When she escapes this sinister project she crosses paths with a Navy man who steers her into Special Forces. This team of professional soldiers, all of which embody legendary archetypes, becomes her new family, a place where she truly feels welcomed among people for the first time. The team's adventures in the shadowy supernatural world, though, hold the fate of the entire world in the balance, culminating in their final mission to stop Armageddon itself from commencing in the place where Ariel's story first began, the deserts and mesas of the American southwest. Through pain and joy, through suicide attempts and vicious fighting, Ariel survived to tell her tale. Learn how she not only reached a peaceful existence ... she truly earned it.

The Insurgent's Journal by Don Martinez

Book Summary:
The United States is no more. The New Empire of America holds power now. The people of the former U.S.A now live in the "glory" of President-for-Life Carleton Regent, his wife and Vice President Jennifer, and the immensely powerful Supernatural Suppression Agency. Their goal: eliminate all supernaturals! A victim of the SSA's purges is Alanna Sharpe, now missing her supernatural parents Ariel and Cole. Summoned by her parents' former ally Gabe Francis, she takes the burden of her Sharpe birthright ... the Sword of the Guardsman. Gabe presents Alanna with a quest. To save her parents, she must bring down the New Empire of America! Alanna pushes forth against the SSA and its field commander, General Tyrelius Scolar. But will Alanna be prepared for the haunting secret behind the rise of Scolar, the SSA, and the New Empire?

Infernal Eighteen by Don Martinez

Book Summary: Alanna Sharpe is going to Hell. . .In hiding for half a year after discovering her father Cole Sharpe has become General Tyrelius Scolar, her feared enemy, she is brought back into the fold of the insurgency against the New Empire of America by Gabe Francis … a man she distrusts because of his habit of holding back vital information.
Her friends still support her in her mission to reunite her family, but that mission takes an unexpected turn when the insurgents capture Scolar. Gabe reveals to Alanna that Scolar is indeed Cole, but is also simply a body lacking its original soul, that of her father.
In a quiet moment, alone with the comatose body, Alanna catches snippets of a message.
“Find me …”
The search for her father’s soul will cross over many planes of existence, from the world of the living to the mystical realm of Avalon, ultimately leading into the Inferno of Hell. Led through the many circles of damnation by a former family enemy-turned-guide, Alanna must now endure all of Hell’s torments and follow her father’s path if she ever wants to be reunited with him.
To have any chance of reuniting her family, Alanna must bring her father back from damnation’s grasp.

Syi's Summary: So first I would like to thank Don for these four amazing ebook copy of The Advance Guard series. It was really interesting and I really like it. I found the fourth book the best out of the three. Though overall they are all great!

Book Rate: 8.9

Here is a interview about Don Martinez:

1. How long does it take you to write a whole book?

It depends on how much the writing is flowing when I'm writing ... sometimes it takes longer than others. As far as the series goes, the first book was written in four months (it was part of an assignment for a college course in the craft of writing); Dinetah Dragon was written (and completed) during NaNoWriMo 2010, so it took a month; The Insurgent's Journal was my NaNo for 2011, but it actually took me about three months to finish; and because of life events going on, this recent book took the longest of any of my books to complete, almost seven months from start to finish.

2. What genres do you like to read.

Primarily I like reading speculative fiction, like sci-fi and fantasy. I have a wide definition of speculative, though, which includes such offshoots as dystopian fiction, alternate history (I love Harry Turtledove!), and other kinds of fiction that uses a weird world to comment on current society.

3. Where were you born?

People are surprised when I say this, but I was born in Japan. When I give the logical explanation ... I came from parents who were both career Navy ... the surprise kind of dies down.

4. How many books have you written so far?

Infernal Eighteen is my fourth novel. I have a fifth one in process, which I'm hoping to release next year, and will finish up my series.

5. What is your hobby/hobbies?

 I don't have a lot of time to pursue hobbies right now with my new baby daughter and all, but when I do get the chance, it's primarily puttering around the house, working on mine or my wife's cars, and things like that.
~Happy Reading Everybody~ That is all of the review!

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