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American Rhetoric

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Paddy's back with more of his inimitable style of wit and charm!

American Rhetoric

Paddy Kelly

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Genres: General Fiction, Humour

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Through shear dint of effort, Ronald Lump the third, now in his fourth and last term as president, had with tireless campaigning and unprecedented cooperation in both the House and the Senate, been able to whittle away at the 3% who controlled 97% of the wealth. He got it down to 1%. Worse yet, of the 47 candidates who intend to run for office to replace him none are qualified.

America was in trouble. Again.

However it is in Central Middleville, Ohio, a place where everyday life is abnormally normal, there resides a real hero.

Words: 101300

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American Rhetoric

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Paddy's back with more of his inimitable style of wit and charm!

American Rhetoric

Paddy Kelly

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Genres: General Fiction, Humour

Through shear dint of effort, Ronald Lump the third, now in his fourth and last term as president, had with tireless campaigning and unprecedented cooperation in both the House and the Senate, been able to whittle away at the 3% who controlled 97% of the wealth. He got it down to 1%. Worse yet, of the 47 candidates who intend to run for office to replace him none are qualified.

America was in trouble. Again.

However it is in Central Middleville, Ohio, a place where everyday life is abnormally normal, there resides a real hero.

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American Rhetoric

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Paddy's back with more of his inimitable style of wit and charm!

American Rhetoric

Paddy Kelly

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Genres: General Fiction, Humour

Ebook Price: $6.95

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Through shear dint of effort, Ronald Lump the third, now in his fourth and last term as president, had with tireless campaigning and unprecedented cooperation in both the House and the Senate, been able to whittle away at the 3% who controlled 97% of the wealth. He got it down to 1%. Worse yet, of the 47 candidates who intend to run for office to replace him none are qualified.

America was in trouble. Again.

However it is in Central Middleville, Ohio, a place where everyday life is abnormally normal, there resides a real hero.


Check Mate

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Check Mate

Michelle Knight

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Genres: Science Fiction, Humour

This is an audio book. Run time is approx. 05 Hrs 05 Mins 51 Secs . There are 18, parts to download and the total download size is approx. 109.2 Mb

Life is a game of chess and we have been programming our computers to play it for generations; each time honing the programs to work smarter, faster, with more efficiency and higher accuracy than ever before.

A stroke of fate saw two memory cards being swapped. In a military laboratory, the most powerful game of chess ever written was accidentally loaded in to an experimental, highly agile, weaponised robot. From the moment they hit the run command, that robot had only one purpose ... to win the game...

Words: 52000

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Check Mate

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Check Mate

Michelle Knight

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Genres: Science Fiction, Humour

Life is a game of chess and we have been programming our computers to play it for generations; each time honing the programs to work smarter, faster, with more efficiency and higher accuracy than ever before.

A stroke of fate saw two memory cards being swapped. In a military laboratory, the most powerful game of chess ever written was accidentally loaded in to an experimental, highly agile, weaponised robot. From the moment they hit the run command, that robot had only one purpose ... to win the game...

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Check Mate

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Check Mate

Michelle Knight

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Genres: Science Fiction, Humour

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Life is a game of chess and we have been programming our computers to play it for generations; each time honing the programs to work smarter, faster, with more efficiency and higher accuracy than ever before.

A stroke of fate saw two memory cards being swapped. In a military laboratory, the most powerful game of chess ever written was accidentally loaded in to an experimental, highly agile, weaponised robot. From the moment they hit the run command, that robot had only one purpose ... to win the game...


The Jericho Key

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The Jericho Key

John Howard Worsley

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Genres: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Humour

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Have you ever wondered how ancient man built the pyramids? How such men moved those massive blocks of stone? Have you ever dreamed you could fly like a bird?

This exciting story starts with a journalist interviewing a young man who as a boy, with his friend, had been blessed with the power of flight. Their amazing aircraft was the magical stone: Alkusztas: The Bird Stone. Formed from thirty six interlocking elements, It had once formed the keystone of the great walls of Jericho. Its shape was that of a coffin and it flew in crisp moonlight.

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The Jericho Key

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The Jericho Key

John Howard Worsley

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Genres: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Humour

Have you ever wondered how ancient man built the pyramids? How such men moved those massive blocks of stone? Have you ever dreamed you could fly like a bird?

This exciting story starts with a journalist interviewing a young man who as a boy, with his friend, had been blessed with the power of flight. Their amazing aircraft was the magical stone: Alkusztas: The Bird Stone. Formed from thirty six interlocking elements, It had once formed the keystone of the great walls of Jericho. Its shape was that of a coffin and it flew in crisp moonlight.

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The Jericho Key

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The Jericho Key

John Howard Worsley

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Genres: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Humour

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Have you ever wondered how ancient man built the pyramids? How such men moved those massive blocks of stone? Have you ever dreamed you could fly like a bird?

This exciting story starts with a journalist interviewing a young man who as a boy, with his friend, had been blessed with the power of flight. Their amazing aircraft was the magical stone: Alkusztas: The Bird Stone. Formed from thirty six interlocking elements, It had once formed the keystone of the great walls of Jericho. Its shape was that of a coffin and it flew in crisp moonlight.


Luck & Fame Are Four Letter Words

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Luck & Fame Are Four Letter Words

Paddy Kelly

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Genres: Humour, General Fiction

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A new president has taken the reins, the Space Race is in full swing and the economy is at its peak since the end of WWII. Itís 1961 and the future looks bright. However, the entire country is not running on greased groves. Rank Publishing Ltd., in New York City, is hanging on by a thread.

With the advent of electronic printing, a television in nearly every house, and newspaper circulation up almost tenfold since the end of the war, news stories are cheaper and more readily available. Magazine circulation is plummeting and the new sensation is supermarket tabloids.

Words: 18900

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Luck & Fame Are Four Letter Words

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Luck & Fame Are Four Letter Words

Paddy Kelly

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Genres: Humour, General Fiction

A new president has taken the reins, the Space Race is in full swing and the economy is at its peak since the end of WWII. Itís 1961 and the future looks bright. However, the entire country is not running on greased groves. Rank Publishing Ltd., in New York City, is hanging on by a thread.

With the advent of electronic printing, a television in nearly every house, and newspaper circulation up almost tenfold since the end of the war, news stories are cheaper and more readily available. Magazine circulation is plummeting and the new sensation is supermarket tabloids.

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Luck & Fame Are Four Letter Words

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Luck & Fame Are Four Letter Words

Paddy Kelly

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Genres: Humour, General Fiction

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A new president has taken the reins, the Space Race is in full swing and the economy is at its peak since the end of WWII. Itís 1961 and the future looks bright. However, the entire country is not running on greased groves. Rank Publishing Ltd., in New York City, is hanging on by a thread.

With the advent of electronic printing, a television in nearly every house, and newspaper circulation up almost tenfold since the end of the war, news stories are cheaper and more readily available. Magazine circulation is plummeting and the new sensation is supermarket tabloids.


Sauchiehall Street Sugar

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Sauchiehall Street Sugar

Biff Grant

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Genres: Womens Fiction, Humour

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Born in the dockside slum of Kinning Park in Glasgow three fifteen year old girls are working in Grey Dunnís Biscuit Factory, they have been inseparable since their first day at school. Each one approaches life in an entirely different way and manage to rise.

Words: 73000

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Sauchiehall Street Sugar

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Sauchiehall Street Sugar

Biff Grant

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Genres: Womens Fiction, Humour

Born in the dockside slum of Kinning Park in Glasgow three fifteen year old girls are working in Grey Dunnís Biscuit Factory, they have been inseparable since their first day at school. Each one approaches life in an entirely different way and manage to rise.

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Sauchiehall Street Sugar

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Sauchiehall Street Sugar

Biff Grant

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Genres: Womens Fiction, Humour

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Born in the dockside slum of Kinning Park in Glasgow three fifteen year old girls are working in Grey Dunnís Biscuit Factory, they have been inseparable since their first day at school. Each one approaches life in an entirely different way and manage to rise.


There s An App For That Too

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Short Stories including Political Humor - American style!

There's An App For That Too

Paddy Kelly

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Genres: General Fiction, Humour

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From the author of Operation Underworld, The American Way, The Wolves of Calabria, Children of the Nuclear Gods and other more serious political-historical novels comes a second collection of short stories and essays dealing with science, religion and of course, politics.

There's An App for That Two! Chronicles yet more short stories, anecdotes and opinions espousing common sense in lieu of political correctness. In a tongue-in-cheek style, the stories offer a close-up and personal insight of historical events and personal experiences.

Words: 20000

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Pages: 104

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There s An App For That Too

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Short Stories including Political Humor - American style!

There's An App For That Too

Paddy Kelly

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Genres: General Fiction, Humour

From the author of Operation Underworld, The American Way, The Wolves of Calabria, Children of the Nuclear Gods and other more serious political-historical novels comes a second collection of short stories and essays dealing with science, religion and of course, politics.

There's An App for That Two! Chronicles yet more short stories, anecdotes and opinions espousing common sense in lieu of political correctness. In a tongue-in-cheek style, the stories offer a close-up and personal insight of historical events and personal experiences.

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There s An App For That Too

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Short Stories including Political Humor - American style!

There's An App For That Too

Paddy Kelly

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Genres: General Fiction, Humour

Ebook Price: $3.95

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From the author of Operation Underworld, The American Way, The Wolves of Calabria, Children of the Nuclear Gods and other more serious political-historical novels comes a second collection of short stories and essays dealing with science, religion and of course, politics.

There's An App for That Two! Chronicles yet more short stories, anecdotes and opinions espousing common sense in lieu of political correctness. In a tongue-in-cheek style, the stories offer a close-up and personal insight of historical events and personal experiences.


The Jerk

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Celebrity gossip tabloid trash

The Jerk

Paul Kruk

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Genres: General Fiction, Humour

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The Supreme Court of the World was established in The Visitors by Paul Kruk but now in this new story it is closed ... but ready to be reopened with the help of the original Jerk Steve Martin, who dons a King Tut outfit and hopes to be the chief justice of this new, hilarious court. Along the way our guide Frank moves from scandal to scandal.

Words: 10883

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The Jerk

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Celebrity gossip tabloid trash

The Jerk

Paul Kruk

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Genres: General Fiction, Humour

The Supreme Court of the World was established in The Visitors by Paul Kruk but now in this new story it is closed ... but ready to be reopened with the help of the original Jerk Steve Martin, who dons a King Tut outfit and hopes to be the chief justice of this new, hilarious court. Along the way our guide Frank moves from scandal to scandal.

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The Jerk

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Celebrity gossip tabloid trash

The Jerk

Paul Kruk

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Genres: General Fiction, Humour

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The Supreme Court of the World was established in The Visitors by Paul Kruk but now in this new story it is closed ... but ready to be reopened with the help of the original Jerk Steve Martin, who dons a King Tut outfit and hopes to be the chief justice of this new, hilarious court. Along the way our guide Frank moves from scandal to scandal.


The Art of The Con

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NEVER TRY AND CON A CON MAN

The Art of The Con

Milton Cust

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Genres: Crime Fiction, Humour

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A greedy private eye thinks he can pull one over on an elderly man who is near death. Read about his antics as he attempts to collect a bundle for finding his long, lost family.

Words: 19587

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The Art of The Con

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NEVER TRY AND CON A CON MAN

The Art of The Con

Milton Cust

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Genres: Crime Fiction, Humour

A greedy private eye thinks he can pull one over on an elderly man who is near death. Read about his antics as he attempts to collect a bundle for finding his long, lost family.

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The Art of The Con

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NEVER TRY AND CON A CON MAN

The Art of The Con

Milton Cust

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Genres: Crime Fiction, Humour

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A greedy private eye thinks he can pull one over on an elderly man who is near death. Read about his antics as he attempts to collect a bundle for finding his long, lost family.


There s An App For That

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There's An App For That

Paddy Kelly

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Genres: Historical Fiction, General Fiction, Humour

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From the author of the political, historical novels Operation Underworld, The American Way and The Wolves of Calabria comes a tongue-in-cheek look, punctuated with serious overtones, at some of the main events of the past which have strained, shaped and directed the course of Western culture of the Sixties and Seventies.

This collection of short stories and essays takes a private and personal POV at various events which, although experienced by the author, have affected tens of thousands.

Words: 16850

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There s An App For That

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There's An App For That

Paddy Kelly

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Genres: Historical Fiction, General Fiction, Humour

From the author of the political, historical novels Operation Underworld, The American Way and The Wolves of Calabria comes a tongue-in-cheek look, punctuated with serious overtones, at some of the main events of the past which have strained, shaped and directed the course of Western culture of the Sixties and Seventies.

This collection of short stories and essays takes a private and personal POV at various events which, although experienced by the author, have affected tens of thousands.

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There s An App For That

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There's An App For That

Paddy Kelly

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Genres: Historical Fiction, General Fiction, Humour

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From the author of the political, historical novels Operation Underworld, The American Way and The Wolves of Calabria comes a tongue-in-cheek look, punctuated with serious overtones, at some of the main events of the past which have strained, shaped and directed the course of Western culture of the Sixties and Seventies.

This collection of short stories and essays takes a private and personal POV at various events which, although experienced by the author, have affected tens of thousands.


Check Mate

    • Average 4.0 from 1 ratings
      • From jbgarner58.wordpress.com:
        
        Happy coincidence has brought a recently-released dish onto this
        reviewerís plate today.  The chef, Michelle Knight (interviewed here),
        was already in my review queue for some time now with an older recipe
        but, as her newest book came up for sale, I decided to take up this
        newest dish instead.  So is this near-future military sci-fi with a
        side of wit and comedy make for a fabulous meal or some bland tinned
        biscuits?
        
        Before we cut open the MRE package, let us recite the Starving Review
        creed:
        
        I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan of the
        genre
        I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible.
        
        Hereís the rub, my literary foodies, thereís a fine line between using
        humor to flavor a serious dish and overseasoning with humor to ruin a
        dish.  Comedy, especially dark comedy, is hard.  Good comedy is even
        harder.  So, let me put this particular dog to bed and say that the
        sugary sprinkles of comedy are properly used in this piece.  There is
        a certain Doctor Strangelove sort of feel to the comedic elements, as
        well as that dry British wit to the whole affair, and it sits well in
        this Reviewerís stomach.
        
        With that clear, letís attack the rest of the components of this meal.
         Check Mate presents a diverse cast of characters and handles those
        characters quite well.  Even the occasional stock minor characters is
        gifted with a particular spark of flavor that makes them just a bit
        more three-dimensional.  There was obviously care taken by the chef to
        make the characters more than the title of their jobs, no matter how
        stereotypical they may seem at first blush, and that defiance of
        stereotype is appreciated.
        
        The plot takes some interesting turns in the classic recipe of
        Ďmilitary-killer-robot-goes-haywireí (and yes, that IS a classic by
        this point!) while keeping its feet grounded in the realm of
        near-future technology.  The initial start is a bit more mellow than I
        expected it would be.  In fact, it veers dangerously close to an
        extended info-dump, yet it wasnít to the point of off-putting.  It was
        a thick crust of necessary exposition but, past that initial bit, the
        pacing turns into a even and consistent flow of action and events,
        leading to a rather enjoyable final course.
        
        Stylistically, Check Mate is solid.  Once it hits its stride, the
        courses come along well, properly seasoned, with dutiful wordsmithing.
         If I have any stylistic complaints, itís the occasional slip of
        British turns-of-phrase in a distinctly American setting.  Naturally,
        most readers probably wonít catch these, as I barely did and Iím a bit
        of an Anglophile, so I donít see this detracting from most peopleís
        meals.
        
        My one real quibble with this particular meal is I wish there was a
        bit more done from the haywire military robotís point-of-view.  Not
        much, but there were a few bits early on that gives the reader some
        flashes of what is going on and I found those particularly brilliant
        while not giving away the overarching plot.  Some more scenes like
        that I think would have added a bit of needed spice at points during
        the last half of the book (into which I can delve no deeper because
        SPOILERS!).
        
        To bring it all together, Check Mate is a tasty near-future military
        romp mixing some dark comedy with killer robots!  Itís not *quite*
        perfect, but itís really quite good and I can gladly recommend this
        meal to any lover of science-fiction or enjoys a splash of distinctly
        British dark humor with their meals!  Remember, again, to check out
        the Starving Interview to get a glimpse into the mind behind the
        book.
        
        FINAL VERDICT: **** (A tasty near-future military romp mixing some
        dark comedy with killer robots!)  4 out of 5  (visitor)

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Check Mate

Michelle Knight

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Genres: Science Fiction, Humour

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Life is a game of chess and we have been programming our computers to play it for generations; each time honing the programs to work smarter, faster, with more efficiency and higher accuracy than ever before.

A stroke of fate saw two memory cards being swapped. In a military laboratory, the most powerful game of chess ever written was accidentally loaded in to an experimental, highly agile, weaponised robot. From the moment they hit the run command, that robot had only one purpose ... to win the game...

Words: 52000

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Pages: 178

Paperback price: $9.25

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Check Mate

    • Average 4.0 from 1 ratings
      • From jbgarner58.wordpress.com:
        
        Happy coincidence has brought a recently-released dish onto this
        reviewerís plate today.  The chef, Michelle Knight (interviewed here),
        was already in my review queue for some time now with an older recipe
        but, as her newest book came up for sale, I decided to take up this
        newest dish instead.  So is this near-future military sci-fi with a
        side of wit and comedy make for a fabulous meal or some bland tinned
        biscuits?
        
        Before we cut open the MRE package, let us recite the Starving Review
        creed:
        
        I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan of the
        genre
        I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible.
        
        Hereís the rub, my literary foodies, thereís a fine line between using
        humor to flavor a serious dish and overseasoning with humor to ruin a
        dish.  Comedy, especially dark comedy, is hard.  Good comedy is even
        harder.  So, let me put this particular dog to bed and say that the
        sugary sprinkles of comedy are properly used in this piece.  There is
        a certain Doctor Strangelove sort of feel to the comedic elements, as
        well as that dry British wit to the whole affair, and it sits well in
        this Reviewerís stomach.
        
        With that clear, letís attack the rest of the components of this meal.
         Check Mate presents a diverse cast of characters and handles those
        characters quite well.  Even the occasional stock minor characters is
        gifted with a particular spark of flavor that makes them just a bit
        more three-dimensional.  There was obviously care taken by the chef to
        make the characters more than the title of their jobs, no matter how
        stereotypical they may seem at first blush, and that defiance of
        stereotype is appreciated.
        
        The plot takes some interesting turns in the classic recipe of
        Ďmilitary-killer-robot-goes-haywireí (and yes, that IS a classic by
        this point!) while keeping its feet grounded in the realm of
        near-future technology.  The initial start is a bit more mellow than I
        expected it would be.  In fact, it veers dangerously close to an
        extended info-dump, yet it wasnít to the point of off-putting.  It was
        a thick crust of necessary exposition but, past that initial bit, the
        pacing turns into a even and consistent flow of action and events,
        leading to a rather enjoyable final course.
        
        Stylistically, Check Mate is solid.  Once it hits its stride, the
        courses come along well, properly seasoned, with dutiful wordsmithing.
         If I have any stylistic complaints, itís the occasional slip of
        British turns-of-phrase in a distinctly American setting.  Naturally,
        most readers probably wonít catch these, as I barely did and Iím a bit
        of an Anglophile, so I donít see this detracting from most peopleís
        meals.
        
        My one real quibble with this particular meal is I wish there was a
        bit more done from the haywire military robotís point-of-view.  Not
        much, but there were a few bits early on that gives the reader some
        flashes of what is going on and I found those particularly brilliant
        while not giving away the overarching plot.  Some more scenes like
        that I think would have added a bit of needed spice at points during
        the last half of the book (into which I can delve no deeper because
        SPOILERS!).
        
        To bring it all together, Check Mate is a tasty near-future military
        romp mixing some dark comedy with killer robots!  Itís not *quite*
        perfect, but itís really quite good and I can gladly recommend this
        meal to any lover of science-fiction or enjoys a splash of distinctly
        British dark humor with their meals!  Remember, again, to check out
        the Starving Interview to get a glimpse into the mind behind the
        book.
        
        FINAL VERDICT: **** (A tasty near-future military romp mixing some
        dark comedy with killer robots!)  4 out of 5  (visitor)

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Check Mate

Michelle Knight

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Genres: Science Fiction, Humour

Life is a game of chess and we have been programming our computers to play it for generations; each time honing the programs to work smarter, faster, with more efficiency and higher accuracy than ever before.

A stroke of fate saw two memory cards being swapped. In a military laboratory, the most powerful game of chess ever written was accidentally loaded in to an experimental, highly agile, weaponised robot. From the moment they hit the run command, that robot had only one purpose ... to win the game...

Ebook Price: $5.95

Add To Cart

Paperback price: $9.25

Add Paperback To Cart

Check Mate

    • Average 4.0 from 1 ratings
      • From jbgarner58.wordpress.com:
        
        Happy coincidence has brought a recently-released dish onto
        this reviewerís plate today.  The chef, Michelle Knight
        (interviewed here), was already in my review queue for some
        time now with an older recipe but, as her newest book came
        up for sale, I decided to take up this newest dish instead. 
        So is this near-future military sci-fi with a side of wit
        and comedy make for a fabulous meal or some bland tinned
        biscuits?
        
        Before we cut open the MRE package, let us recite the
        Starving Review creed:
        
        I attempt to rate every book from the perspective of a fan
        of the genre
        I attempt to make every review as spoiler-free as possible.
        
        Hereís the rub, my literary foodies, thereís a fine line
        between using humor to flavor a serious dish and
        overseasoning with humor to ruin a dish.  Comedy, especially
        dark comedy, is hard.  Good comedy is even harder.  So, let
        me put this particular dog to bed and say that the sugary
        sprinkles of comedy are properly used in this piece.  There
        is a certain Doctor Strangelove sort of feel to the comedic
        elements, as well as that dry British wit to the whole
        affair, and it sits well in this Reviewerís stomach.
        
        With that clear, letís attack the rest of the components of
        this meal.  Check Mate presents a diverse cast of characters
        and handles those characters quite well.  Even the
        occasional stock minor characters is gifted with a
        particular spark of flavor that makes them just a bit more
        three-dimensional.  There was obviously care taken by the
        chef to make the characters more than the title of their
        jobs, no matter how stereotypical they may seem at first
        blush, and that defiance of stereotype is appreciated.
        
        The plot takes some interesting turns in the classic recipe
        of Ďmilitary-killer-robot-goes-haywireí (and yes, that IS a
        classic by this point!) while keeping its feet grounded in
        the realm of near-future technology.  The initial start is a
        bit more mellow than I expected it would be.  In fact, it
        veers dangerously close to an extended info-dump, yet it
        wasnít to the point of off-putting.  It was a thick crust of
        necessary exposition but, past that initial bit, the pacing
        turns into a even and consistent flow of action and events,
        leading to a rather enjoyable final course.
        
        Stylistically, Check Mate is solid.  Once it hits its
        stride, the courses come along well, properly seasoned, with
        dutiful wordsmithing.  If I have any stylistic complaints,
        itís the occasional slip of British turns-of-phrase in a
        distinctly American setting.  Naturally, most readers
        probably wonít catch these, as I barely did and Iím a bit of
        an Anglophile, so I donít see this detracting from most
        peopleís meals.
        
        My one real quibble with this particular meal is I wish
        there was a bit more done from the haywire military robotís
        point-of-view.  Not much, but there were a few bits early on
        that gives the reader some flashes of what is going on and I
        found those particularly brilliant while not giving away the
        overarching plot.  Some more scenes like that I think would
        have added a bit of needed spice at points during the last
        half of the book (into which I can delve no deeper because
        SPOILERS!).
        
        To bring it all together, Check Mate is a tasty near-future
        military romp mixing some dark comedy with killer robots! 
        Itís not *quite* perfect, but itís really quite good and I
        can gladly recommend this meal to any lover of
        science-fiction or enjoys a splash of distinctly British
        dark humor with their meals!  Remember, again, to check out
        the Starving Interview to get a glimpse into the mind behind
        the book.
        
        FINAL VERDICT: **** (A tasty near-future military romp
        mixing some dark comedy with killer robots!)  4 out of 5 
        (visitor)

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Michelle Knight

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Life is a game of chess and we have been programming our computers to play it for generations; each time honing the programs to work smarter, faster, with more efficiency and higher accuracy than ever before.

A stroke of fate saw two memory cards being swapped. In a military laboratory, the most powerful game of chess ever written was accidentally loaded in to an experimental, highly agile, weaponised robot. From the moment they hit the run command, that robot had only one purpose ... to win the game...


Sudden Light

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Biff Grant

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I sometimes think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his abilities.

It serves me right for putting all my eggs in one bastard.

Two things are infinite; the universe and human stupidity: and Iím not sure about the universe.

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Biff Grant

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I sometimes think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his abilities.

It serves me right for putting all my eggs in one bastard.

Two things are infinite; the universe and human stupidity: and Iím not sure about the universe.

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Biff Grant

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I sometimes think that God, in creating man, somewhat overestimated his abilities.

It serves me right for putting all my eggs in one bastard.

Two things are infinite; the universe and human stupidity: and Iím not sure about the universe.


The Fox And The Gander

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Michael D. Card

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The year is 1961 and Roddy Matthews, chief sub-editor with a small town newspaper, the Muddley Chronicle, is press-ganged by his editor into participating in a week of survival and initiative exercises. The event, sponsored by Madison Neoplastics, a local company, is to take place in a remote Scottish location provided by a department of the Royal Navy whose function is to look after the leisure interests of junior ratings.

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Michael D. Card

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The year is 1961 and Roddy Matthews, chief sub-editor with a small town newspaper, the Muddley Chronicle, is press-ganged by his editor into participating in a week of survival and initiative exercises. The event, sponsored by Madison Neoplastics, a local company, is to take place in a remote Scottish location provided by a department of the Royal Navy whose function is to look after the leisure interests of junior ratings.

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The year is 1961 and Roddy Matthews, chief sub-editor with a small town newspaper, the Muddley Chronicle, is press-ganged by his editor into participating in a week of survival and initiative exercises. The event, sponsored by Madison Neoplastics, a local company, is to take place in a remote Scottish location provided by a department of the Royal Navy whose function is to look after the leisure interests of junior ratings.


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A Boy's Tale

Jim Davis

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You know the more I think back to my childhood the more Iím convinced it was a little weird. Or was it my family that was a little weird, Iím not quite sure.

Mum, Dad and I lived in a mid-terraced two rooms up and two rooms down house in the north of England. I realized we werenít rich one day when I heard Mum knocking next door and asking to borrow a couple of pennies for the train fare to town. Even in the 1950ís that wasnít much. Anyway the old biddy next door must have been as hard up as us because Mum chucked me in the pram and pushed me to town.

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Jim Davis

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You know the more I think back to my childhood the more Iím convinced it was a little weird. Or was it my family that was a little weird, Iím not quite sure.

Mum, Dad and I lived in a mid-terraced two rooms up and two rooms down house in the north of England. I realized we werenít rich one day when I heard Mum knocking next door and asking to borrow a couple of pennies for the train fare to town. Even in the 1950ís that wasnít much. Anyway the old biddy next door must have been as hard up as us because Mum chucked me in the pram and pushed me to town.

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Jim Davis

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You know the more I think back to my childhood the more Iím convinced it was a little weird. Or was it my family that was a little weird, Iím not quite sure.

Mum, Dad and I lived in a mid-terraced two rooms up and two rooms down house in the north of England. I realized we werenít rich one day when I heard Mum knocking next door and asking to borrow a couple of pennies for the train fare to town. Even in the 1950ís that wasnít much. Anyway the old biddy next door must have been as hard up as us because Mum chucked me in the pram and pushed me to town.


Snowflake In A Snell Breeze

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Biff Grant

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Michaelís a well liked guy. This isnít his real name. We meet him when heís twenty-seven, a sex-addict and an alcoholic, just back from having lived and worked abroad. Itís obvious heís haunted by guilt.

Heís now got three women in his life, Nell, the widow of an alcoholic, whoís a businesswoman and sees him okay for sex and cash.

Jennifer, a fellow alcoholic known as the Ice Maiden whoís married to a politician and has two children.

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Biff Grant

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Michaelís a well liked guy. This isnít his real name. We meet him when heís twenty-seven, a sex-addict and an alcoholic, just back from having lived and worked abroad. Itís obvious heís haunted by guilt.

Heís now got three women in his life, Nell, the widow of an alcoholic, whoís a businesswoman and sees him okay for sex and cash.

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Biff Grant

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Michaelís a well liked guy. This isnít his real name. We meet him when heís twenty-seven, a sex-addict and an alcoholic, just back from having lived and worked abroad. Itís obvious heís haunted by guilt.

Heís now got three women in his life, Nell, the widow of an alcoholic, whoís a businesswoman and sees him okay for sex and cash.

Jennifer, a fellow alcoholic known as the Ice Maiden whoís married to a politician and has two children.


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