Book Review – Controlled Descent by KM Herkes

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Controlled Descent reminded me of… well, nothing. Why? Because it’s like nothing I’ve ever read before. It’s unique, different, and creates a world that’s based in reality but is unreal. It takes place in a future that is entirely possible… probable even. Humans behave the way we expect them to behave, yet they excel beyond. They survive and thrive even in their darkest moments. You find yourself riveted to the pages, watching as these rich, thick and colorful characters break and bend and bounce back. Each of the characters is intensely drawn, lovingly crafted and they, truly drive the story. It’s not the plot or what is going to happen generally that concerns the reader… the worry, the care lies in what is going to happen to the characters – to Justin, to Parker, Carl, and Allie and Tyler. These characters live in a world that is an uncertain, volatile place; a crumbling political society underlying a technologically and scientifically leaps and bounds advancing one, and it is the conflict between these two spirals that creates much of what the Restoration is all about. It’s a world that a reader can get their boots in and their mind around and live in for a good while.

On a macro/technical level with this book, there were times when I needed to go back a few paragraphs and re-read to understand what was going on, to catch things I missed when the story seemed to take a sharp turn or the dialogue changed lighting quick. The pace moves that quickly, and at times, the reader needs to slow down in order to catch every bit. The writing style is very fluid and very nuanced – the author doesn’t give you every detail, every tidbit of information. While that allows a reader’s own mind to complete the gestalt in a really adventurous, pleasurable way, the reader has to be willing to give it that effort, to become part of that world and observe with their own eyes and deduce with their own mind. If that makes any sense whatsoever. Tl;dr – you cannot be a lazy reader with this book. It forces you to interact, and really… that is a very good thing. This book is a thick, action-packed meaty thriller, not a romance (although there is some romance in it that had me cheering and crying). It’s a steak, not cereal, and it should be savored.

I recommend this highly. Now I’m ready to delve into the rest of the Restoration stories.


Book Review – Novices by KM Herkes


This is my second KM Herkes read, and I’m just about to delve into “Controlled Descent” involving the two characters in this book, Carl and Eddie. I really, really enjoyed this. The pacing is perfect, lots of worldbuilding and creation without being heavy handed. As with KM’s other works, she creates a fantastical world but paints it with a fine point brush instead of a spray painter. We’re brought into it as if it’s normalcy, as if it’s our own world and in that way we can live deeper in it. The story really picks up pace and keeps the reader turning the page, wanting more.

The world KM creates is not a perfect one, and it’s not supposed to be. Prejudices run high and it’s a slice of life of our own world, only put under a microscope. It’s a world of divisive lives, of fractured countries, and that’s what the Restoration is all about. I’m excited to get into the rest of this world, as I’ve already loved and lived in the “Extraordinary” world of KM’s other books. This story gave me a slice of life look into Carl and Eddie, and it has me wanting more. As a first foray into the Restoration, this is a great intro. I’d also think that those more familiar with the lives of Carl and Eddie will enjoy this pre-story of the two heroes as teenagers.

And now. I MUST READ Controlled Descent. It’s a moral imperative.

Review of Dry Land by KM Herkes – and FREE DOWNLOAD TODAY 4/7/15!

KM Herkes did me the honor of reading and reviewing Dry Land! Please go and check out her in-depth, honest and rich review for which I thank her deeply. You can find her review and her blog HERE.

Also, if you don’t already know, Dry Land is FREE today for Kindle downloads. Head on over, download it, read it, share it. Please and thank you. ❤ Last time I had this book on a free promotion through KDP it ranked #2 in Hard Sci Fi and #3 in Romance-Science Fiction for free books. Broke the top 600 overall in free book sales. Don’t think that’ll happen again, but it’s nice to know that folks are interested in it.

Book Review – “Extraordinary” by K.M. Herkes

***** – 5 Stars

Extraordinary was the first short story I read by K.M. Herkes and I’ve since read more. There are even more of her novels and stories on my Kindle that I still need to read, and believe me, I intend to.

In all fairness, I’ll state that K.M. provided me with an advance copy to read in exchange for my honest review. But, if my statement that “I’ve since read more” says anything, it’s that I am enamored of her writing.

Extraordinary was, for me, a jump back into the short story format I loved when I was growing up, studying literature in school. You don’t see too many authors these days delve into this format, and I think that it’s making a comeback. And with the wave of this comeback, K.M. Herkes should be at the forefront.

As for this story, it brought me right in to this fantastical world. Dropped me in and left me to explore and integrate. I like that. I don’t like to be hand-held when I read. I like to experience the world and adventure for myself. Create my own gestalt. This story does just that for me.

Extraordinary lies in world where, by happenstance and kismet and genetic chance, people either remain human for their entire lives, or if they have the “R-factor,” they transform over time into what can only be described as monsters. And these monsters aren’t caged, they roam the streets, have jobs, have frank discussions with their friends, drink beer, and do all the normal, everyday things that people do. And with this story, the very idea of the R-factor becomes, in a very good way, everyday.

It’s like… it’s the way life is, and as you read you quickly understand and accept it, you accept this wild crazy fantastical world (even if you’re scratching your head at it a little, but I didn’t mind that), and find yourself living, in a sense, in that world. Characters are tightly and indelibly defined within a few sentences, and not by the way they’re described, but by what they say and what they do.

The dialogue is free flowing and natural, and again, this world is painted around you as you read. The story is vivid and bright and cinematic yet efficient. The action… and yes there is a great deal of action, is fast-paced, conflagrating, and stirring. You have to resist the temptation to speed up your reading to know how it ends (even though you know in your heart what has to come).

You want to savor this one.

Extraordinary packs a massive punch in a small package. You’ll find yourself glued to your kindle and you won’t want to put it down until you’re finished reading this. And then you’ll want to grab another. And another.

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