Book Review: Humans Bow Down

Humans Bow Down by James Patterson and Emily Raymond

First things first, let me just say that I loved this book! I just finished reading it yesterday, but from the day I first cracked it, I could hardly put it down. It doesn’t hurt that James Patterson is one of my favorite authors and he kept me hooked from the beginning on this one.

What it’s about: Robots, humans, war. All things that make a thrilling adventure story worth reading. Humans live in filth and are treated like slaves and garbage. They’re seen as the worst part of the world simply because they carry diseases and can’t control their emotions. Many are killed or thrown into prison to rot. That brings us to Six, the main protagonist. She’s young with a heart filled with the desire to stand up against the Hu-Bots so her human kind can take its place back on the food chain. She fights against all odds with the unlikeliest of allies–a robot by the name of MikkyBo. This particular Hu-Bot happens to have a glitch that gives her human-like emotions and beliefs. These two team up and start a fight against the robot commanders that wish to wipe humanity off the face of the planet. A war is started and all Hell breaks loose in what used to be the city of Denver.

I give this one a solid four stars. The writing is great and they keep you interested from the get-go. I love the action sequences and the bits that left me on the edge of my seat. I know this is a Sci-Fi novel, but there were just a few parts that were less believable than I hoped for and also some things that could’ve been left out. (I’ll leave future readers of this book to judge for themselves, but this is my opinion.)

All in all, I’d recommend this read to any fan of robotic-humanoids who have taken over the world. A lover of Science Fiction will get a kick out of this one. I’d say it’s more for adults between the ages of 18-25, but any age range–except small children–could get into this one.

Anyways, you can check out the book for yourself and snag your own copy by clicking the link. Happy reading!

Flash Fiction: 47 Days

Day 1:

Hello, my name is Madison—or Maddie—Parker; age 23. I was asked to keep a digital log upon landing on our new home, Planet Unger; named for the woman who discovered it, Sheila Unger. I’ll send updates as often as I can about our new home to give you all insight on what life will be like here.

Our vessel, the Blue Titan, carried fifty passengers safely to the surface at 10 a.m. this morning. We set up tents and shelters, found a nearby water source with fresh, blue water that’s at the perfect temperature for drinking and getting cleaned up. The sky is a constant glow of red and orange. The air is fresh and warm; cleaner than the atmosphere of Earth before she collapsed.

So far, Unger appears to be the perfect new home for us. Without other life forms to get in our way, we’re free to do as we wish to this land and we plan to start first thing in the morning.

Day 4:

We’ve been busy the last few days and I didn’t have time to update the log. With the tools we brought on the ship, we managed to build an infirmary shack out of the native trees. They’re stronger and more durable than the once mighty oaks on Earth. We also began construction on an irrigation system that will bring water from the blue river to our little village. We will have that finished in two days, then we’ll begin building the housing units. The guy in charge of the village, Hank Testin, believes we can have an established society by the time the rest of humanity arrives in a year from now.

I’m pretty excited for all of you to see this place. The tall, skinny trees are beautiful shades of pink, red, and purple. The ground is soft and supple which is perfect for planting and growing food of our own. I can’t get over how refreshing the water is. It’s like bathing in a pool of heaven.

Maybe that’s where we landed; Heaven.

Day8:

We hit a snag with the irrigation system the other day. Some type of underwater plant clogged the pipes and we had to start all over. That put a damper on other work and we barely got started on the first cabin.

On another, more horrible note, one of the harvesters stepped on a poisonous, black root and has been unconscious since last night. Kaleb’s not responsive and is barely breathing. Not sure if he’ll make it.

Day 10:

We had our first funeral at noon today. Kaleb succumbed to his wounds which left both of his legs black and swollen. The poison from the root spread through his bloodstream faster than the doctors could handle and they didn’t have the proper medicine to control it. I’m grateful to admit that Kaleb went peacefully in the middle of the night and we had a lovely ceremony for him near a ridge overlooking a vast canyon with yellow grass growing far below. I sang with the other women while the men buried him under three feet of burgundy dirt and multicolored rocks we gathered from the river.

I didn’t know Kaleb very well, but he was a funny man in his thirties. He always found a way to make people smile. It’s heartbreaking now that he’s gone.

Day 14:

I went with a small group to explore beyond the village yesterday. We found a cave system with odd colored stalagmites jutting from the ground. Also found a plethora of gorgeous crystals and gemstones we gathered to make jewelry. I can’t leave out the amazing, green berries growing in a field on the other side of the cave. They taste like every amazing flavor all rolled into a tiny ball of glorious deliciousness. Can’t wait for you all to try them!

Day 18:

Don’t try the green berries! I’ve been puking my guts out for the last four days. Haven’t been able to leave my tent or communicate with anyone outside.

I repeat: DO NOT EAT THE GREEN BERRIES!

Day 25:

Now that I’m no longer sick, I finally left my tent. We got the irrigation system up and running and no longer have to carry buckets to and from the river for drinking water. They also managed to get two cabins built for Hank and another member of his counsel. Two more are in the works and should be finished shortly. It’s wonderful how much progress we can get done when everyone pulls together and puts in the effort.

Day 29:

Something strange happened about an hour ago at midnight. Another moon rose; which makes four, white balls of light that make it difficult to sleep. It’s an odd sight to see when you’re used to only seeing one.

Day 32:

The fourth moon stays up at all hours of the day and night. I checked it out through a telescope to see it up close. The surface is dimpled with craters and trails cutting through the dust. It’s similar to Earth’s, only a bit smaller.

Day 35:

Three people went missing overnight. Not sure what happened to them. They didn’t take their belongings or bothered leaving a note. My neighbor was one of them and I checked over her tent for clues. It looked like she was dragged out in her sleep by something. Her blankets and pillows were in a pile by the tent flap and the grass was flattening for a few feet outside. The other two had the same, eerie features and now everyone’s afraid to sleep alone. Some even rigged their tents together to make a large, community sleeping tent with two guys keeping watch.

I’m taking my chances alone. I like my privacy.

Day 38:

There’s something living in the water. We thought this place was void of all life except plants, but we were wrong. A long, thin creature with five limbs and a very round head swims a few feet below the water’s surface. We believe it only comes out at night, but no one has seen it yet.

To add to the confusion, four others went missing in the middle of the night again—despite our watchful efforts. Hank’s been talking about relocating the village to a safer place that’s further away from the river. He sent a team of men in search of new land to call home.

Day 41:

We lost communication with the search team. One minute they were there, talking and describing the landscape. The next, we heard a low grumbling noise in the background and screaming immediately followed. What’s worse than that, we hear the same noise emanating from the river.

With this update, our original count of 50 souls is now down to 37. Make that 33; I forgot to count the few that took off after the last four went missing.

Day 44:

The growling from the river intensifies at night. It sounds like more of those creatures are moving to our location and will strike at any moment. Six more people are gone and the rest of us are starting to get our gear together to head out. Hank’s plan is to leave this place behind at first light and never look back. If we had more people, we could get back on the Blue Titan and head for the Mother Ship, but we need more people to handle the controls. Unfortunately, we’re stuck here on Unger, praying we make it another day.

Day 45:

Hanks dead! I’m sure of it. His tent was empty at dawn this morning with a trail of blood leading into the woods. Everyone’s freaking out and no one has a clue about what to do.

Day 47:

This will be my last post. I don’t have much time, but I needed to make time to send this out before it’s too late. There are only six of us left now. The rest are all dead or still missing. Those creatures pulled them into the woods and river to eat them while they screamed for their lives. They watch our village like hawks and take out anyone who tries to leave.

I know my time is up soon; I can hear the screams outside my tent and the growling is getting louder by the second. I just have to warn the rest of humanity to stay away from Unger. This planet is NOT our new home. You have to keep searching. You have to find a more viable…

THE END

By: Tahnee Fritz 2017

Wayward Pines

I recently began watching this series on TV. I had no idea it was based off of a book until after the first episode. This show has me hooked and confused and I LOVE IT! After the second episode, I got on Amazon and ordered the trilogy to get ahead of the game. Of course, I am a slow reader, but I intend on posting reviews of these books just like I do with every other book I read.

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Book Review: Z2134

By Sean Platt and David Wright

This is the first book in a series of I believe 3 books. It is an apocalyptic tale which naturally caught my interest right off the bat and it is pretty similar to The Hunger Games, but I still enjoyed the read and will definitely be finishing the series.

It takes place in this city behind a wall that keeps its people safe from zombies. You’d think it would be awesome there, but according to some, the city sucks. There are so many rules and laws and if you disobey them, you get thrown in jail and wind up playing the Darwin Games. Some people create an underground society that goes against all of the city’s rules and helps people escape to a better place.

In the Darwin Games you fight against zombies and other prisoners until the very end and only one can survive to win a trip to the not so fabulous City 7. That’s where we find the Jonah Lovecraft who wins the games at the beginning, goes to what he thinks is this heaven on earth place, only to wind up a prisoner of a man he wronged in the past. Meanwhile, he daughter, Ana, gets into trouble on her own without meaning to and winds up getting a first class trip to play in the games as well. Jonah also has a son, Adam, who is this sweet kid that is kind of a loser in the group home where he lives. He ends up being at the wrong end of someone who tries taking advantage of him and things go really bad really fast for the boy.

I don’t want to give away too much, but I am totally looking forward to the next one in the series.

This book is filled with blood, guts, and gore. I loved how it wasn’t all about the girl finding her true love, although they sort of hint about a crush she has one boy, Liam. There’s action and suspense around every corner. This is truly a keep you on the edge of your seat kind of book. I recommend this to zombie lovers everywhere, just beware of the gory scenes. I’m not sure if die hard fans of The Hunger Games would enjoy it because of how similar it is to that series, but you never know. I loved The Hunger Games and I really enjoyed this read as well.

Anyways, you can pick up or download a copy of Z2134 at the link below.
Happy reading!

http://www.amazon.com/2134-Book-Sean-Platt-ebook/dp/B009KTA8YA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1416704863&sr=8-1&keywords=Z2134

The Pirates of Hardwood

Chapter 16

Sarah wrapped her arms around Sam, hugging her in a tight embrace. It had only been a few days, but she acted like years had passed since she last saw her friends. Tears ran down her already tear stained face as relief quickly fell upon her.

“I thought they were going to kill us.” Sarah said between sobs. “No one will tell us what’s going on or where the hell we are.”

Sam pulled herself away from get crying friend and replied, “I don’t really know any of that either, but I know we’re not home anymore. Something happened during that lightning storm and it sent us here.” She motioned to the room around them.

“I don’t understand how this is possible, though. Time travel doesn’t exist.” Sarah cried some more.

Sam shrugged and her eyes met with Rusty’s, “Where did they take Darrick?”

“I don’t know. They brought us up here first, then he was alone with that captain guy. By the look on his face I can tell he wants to kill Darrick.” Rusty stated.

“No, Flint promised he was going to let you guys out, all of you.” Sam said and moved toward the door.

Her heart was beating nervously and her hands began to shake. She needed Darrick to save her. She knew that he was the only one who could because of the way she felt for him. If something bad happened to him, she knew she’d be stuck with Flint on that wretched ship forever.

“Where are you going? We should stay here where it’s somewhat safe from those things out there.” Sarah exclaimed.

“Those things are called pirates and I’m not afraid of them. I’m only afraid of what’s going to happen to Darrick.” Sam retorted.

She wrapped her fingers around the cold metal of the door handle and twisted it. The rusted hinges squealed as she pulled the door open and peered out into the short hallway. The way was clear to the left and the hall was empty. She was startled and jumped back when she looked right and saw Flint walking toward her.

“What are you doing, my dear? Do you or your friends need anything?” Flint gently forced her back into the room and blocked the doorway.

Sam shook her head and smiled, “I was just looking for you.”

Flint smiled and asked, “And what do you need me for?”

“Umm,” Sam began but couldn’t think of a quick lie to cover herself.

“We were wondering when dinner was? The three of us are getting kinda hungry.” Rusty jumped in.

Flint passed Rusty a quick glare, then answered, “Shortly. I’ll have the chef prepare something for all of us.” He turned his eyes back to Sam, “Just stay in here until I come get you.”

She nodded and ran her fingers through her hair. Flint kept his eyes on her until he closed the door and left them alone.

Book Review: Boy Swap by Kristina Springer

I went way out of my normal genre of the types of books I read. I normally stick to the action/adventure/never-happen-in-a-million-years type of books. Well, I read this book and it is clearly a young adult book, which I read plenty of YA books. The description of this book kind of got me and I was thinking maybe I should read something different than the norm and see how I like it. So, I downloaded this book, it was on a free thing on Amazon Kindle, so that was pretty awesome, and I gave it a try. I found this book to be funny, romantic, yet disappointing in some places.

Boy Swap is about just that. This group of extremely popular girls in high school start up this group called the Boy Swap Club, which is basically this made up thing where one chick gets to date whatever guy she wants to and it’s totally okay as long as you sign a contract and wear this wonderful pink scarf every day of the week. First off, all I could think is that I would never join a group like that in a million years because jealousy is not my strong point. But the main character, Brooke, joins and instantly hates the fact that her boyfriend is flirting with the preppy, popular girl who wants him.

The book goes on about Brooke dealing with the problems of having to share her boyfriend, a.k.a. the supposed love of her life, with another girl and he’s totally hiding his dates with the other girl which basically means he’s cheating on her. Brooke gets a little vindictive and goes for this other girl’s boyfriend only to have her “swap” attempt blow up in her face.

The ending was a little predictible, but it was nice, happy ending, and I can be a sucker for those. I love when the main character gets what they want, sometimes.

But, like I said, I went out of my normal genre of reading material, and found this YA-chick book to read. I’d recommend this book to teens and young adults whom I know would love reading about the drama of having a boyfriend that other girls are into. I thought this book was interesting and it did keep me hooked right from the beginning.

You can get a copy of Boy Swap by clicking the link below:

http://www.amazon.com/Boy-Swap-Kristina-Springer-ebook/dp/B00FW1Z2CI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411430723&sr=8-1&keywords=boy+swap

A dream well spent…

Had a pretty good turnout with the promotion I had going on with my book. I can’t lie. I know my work isn’t perfect, there’s a chance you could find a word missing, but this is my first published novel and I’m still proud of myself regardless. I’m hoping to have millions more buy it, read it, tell me what they think. It’s the greatest feeling in the world knowing there’s quite a few people, like 250, out there who will be reading something I created, the one thing that truly makes me who I am. I hope all of you out there who are reading this, gets the chance to live their dream and feel absolutely wonderful about it. I can’t wait to hear what every one thinks about it, good or bad, it doesn’t matter to me. Like I said, I’m really grateful for such a good turnout and I hope this means many more people will be buying it.
Also like to add, that the print version will be coming shortly. I need to order the proof of my book and review it before I have an actual release date for that one. Might be a little bit, but that’s to be expected with every book that comes to print.

For right now, I’ll be working on the sequal which I’ve titled “The Fighting Chance”. It’s coming along nicely and I already have a plan for the third and final book in this series. Don’t have a title for that one just yet, but it will hit me like the first two have.

This is it for today, so keep reading and keep following your dreams.

Done with the first, now time for the second…

Well, I do believe I am finished editing my novel, The Human Race. Going to do one last quick read through, just to be on the safe side of things, but I’m actually pretty good at finding my own mistakes. I know a lot of people would disagree with doing the editing myself, but I do have a few family readers along the way and they’re pretty good help as well. So, with that note, I’m hoping to have this sent to the copyright office within the next week or so. Once that’s finished, I’m going to the one thing I’ve been waiting a long time to get done. Finally get my book published.

I know it’s just self publishing on the Kindle Direct site, but it means the same to me. I’ll be happy regardless who publishes my book or if I make it big this way or not. As long as I can successfully say that I have accomplished my goal in life, I’ll be ecstatic.

On another note, I am pleased to announce that there will be a sequal to The Human Race. I don’t have a title yet, althought I’m positive it will hit me just like it did with the first one. I just began writing this and I’m getting really excited about it. Up to 15,000 words already and still going strong. Zombies and vampires will still roam the earth, but I have a great conclusion for my main character’s little voyage. Can’t wait to get this all out there and see what people think.

Beauty and the What?!

Installment #3

She recognizes the face standing before her. He was her only friend when she stayed with her grandmother during the summers when she was younger. He takes his hand away from her mouth.

“Anson,” she shouts, “you scared the hell out of me.”

“I’m sorry,” he takes a step back and runs his fingers through his blonde hair, “but you know how dangerous it is here at night. Why would you even consider walking home alone?”

Sally shrugs, “I’m perfectly fine walking home by myself. Whatever beast that’s out here, obviously doesn’t want anything to do with me.”

She turns around and heads down the street. Anson follows, quickly getting by her side. Sally can see him scanning the area, looking between trees, making sure nothing’s lurking in the shadows.

“There’s nothing here, Anson.” Sally says.

“Yes there is.” He replies. “I saw the same thing you did under that street lamp and I know it’s around here somewhere.”

She turns her head to her friend and asks, “You saw it too?”

He nods, “Yes. There isn’t a soul in Shadow County who hasn’t seen it.”

She still doesn’t believe it. Most of her thinks the creature roaming the streets at night is just someone with too much time on their hands. The kind of person who gets off on scaring random people just for the fun of it. That person must have a really good costume because what she saw under that street light, seemed more real than fake.

Her grandmother’s house is coming up on the right side of the street. The front porch light is on as well as the light coming from the living room. Anson does a quick perimeter check before allowing her to walk up the stairs to the front door. She jingles the keys in her hands while he holds the screen door open for her.

Once upon a time, she would have asked him to come inside and hang out for a while. Maybe even experiment with kissing when her grandmother wasn’t paying any attention. Sally’s older now and thinks of what she wants out of life. Anson’s a great guy, but he’s not the guy she imagines herself with.

“You want me to stay the night?” he asks, a bit too eagerly.

She shakes her head, “I’ll be alright, Anson. I’ll call you in the morning.”

He sighs as she disappears into the house. The door closes and locks behind her and she hears his slow footsteps crossing the wood of the porch.

Almost there

Well, I’m down to the last ten or so pages of editing my fiction novel, The Human Race, which all of you know is about zombies and vampires and a hint of love. Not gonna lie, I’m a bit nervous about taking the next step and going on with self publishing. This has been my dream for so long, to be a published author, I should be ecstatic about it. I am, just nervous on top of all that. I guess it’s because I’ve been working toward this for so long, actually being able to do this and accomplish my dream in life, seems a bit nerve-racking.

I’ve been working my way toward this ever since I was in middle school, so like thirteen years ago. That’s when the writing bug bit me and never let go. I always knew I’d accomplish this and I would do whatever it took to get there. I’m sure the smile will never fall from my face once I hit that publishing button on the website and my book goes from being “just mine” to being in the hearts and minds of people who enjoy reading it. Thinking of it being out there in the world, having many different people reading, makes me both happy and nervous. I’m not worried about making money with this, I’m in this to add a new story to the world. My stories might be weird and edgy sometimes, but that’s what I love most about them.

I’m looking forward to the day when people tell me they enjoyed reading my book or how they loved the characters I created. I’m not the kind of person to let bad comments get me down, I take them and build with them to make my next book even better. And I love making my stories even better.