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Review of Chemical Burn

Review of Chemical Burn by Quincy J. Allen


All my reviews, good, bad, or indifferent, are based on my own opinion and from my personal viewpoint. They are also spoiler free.

I purchased this book at a convention from the author.

A wonderful combination of science fiction, noir, mystery, thriller, and action, Chemical Burn was a joy to read.

As I have said before, I feel that crossovers are the hardest type of story to do well. You have to please readers of both (or in this case, several) genres, so the story has to be exceptionally well done to be considered good. This book is excellent.

The writing is crisp, the characters have both depth and style, and the plot twists keep coming until the end, which is satisfying on many counts. Even the cat has hidden depths and attitude.

I often read until I fall asleep. Not with this book. I did not want to miss a single word so if I got sleepy I put it down until the next day. Which is unheard of.

Happily, this is Book One of a trilogy so more thrilling tales will be forthcoming. I think I’ll read his steampunk books while I wait.

Take a chance. You’ll be glad you did.


I give it 5 stars.

Chemical Burn
Quincy J. Allen

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Review of Communication Failure

Review of Communication Failure by Joe Zieja


I have been looking forward to this book since I finished Mechanical Failure. (If you have not read it yet, my review is here.)

It does not disappoint.

If you enjoy sarcasm, quick-witted writing, or getting odd looks from random strangers because you suddenly laugh out loud for no reason apparent to them, you will enjoy this book.

The first laugh out loud point for me was the subheading “Please restart your warship harder.”

The second laugh out loud point was the chapter titled Flag-Waving.

I’ll stop there. I could continue, of course. It’s that funny.

When I got to the last page I was already wishing for book three. But I must wait until it is written. (Which I will. Patiently and without any pressure towards the author.) Then I will definitely be buying it in paperback so it can live on my bookshelf for my future reading pleasure as I am even more certain this series will become one I revisit on a regular basis.

Do yourself a favor. Buy this book. Read it soon.


I give it 5 stars.

Communication Failure
Joe Zieja