Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Certain Hypothetical & Millennium Crash by James Litherland

Title:  Certain Hypothetical
Series:  Slowpocalypse #1
Author:  James Litherland
Published:  September 12/14 by Outpost Stories
Length:  292pgs
Genre:  dystopian
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

EVERYTHING changes when FURC Director Jonathan Miles seals the fourteen square mile compound home to the Federal University and Research Complex and the community that supports it, cutting them all off from the slowly crumbling civilization on the outside—and making them a target of those who want the facilities for themselves.

The director’s daughter Katherine returns to work for FURC Security with a promotion because of the crisis, eager to face any challenge—but as tensions among the residents rise, she encounters greater peril than she had imagined.

David Belue gives up his classes to help install additional defenses, but his curiosity leads him to discover a threat inside the community, endangering his life—because an enemy within waits for just the right moment to betray them all.

My Review:

What a vivid world! Litherland has created an unforgettable world for readers to loose themselves in. His descriptions bring everything to life in a vivid manner while his writing style gives readers a feel for the people of the world. I appreciate how he also leaves room for further growth in later novels of the series. Litherland reveals this story slowly, allowing readers to feel like they’re really part of the tale. He drops readers into the story, giving them little knowledge of the outside world, and putting them in the same boat as the characters. Intrigue and suspense wind their way throughout the tale, keeping readers on their toes.

I found a few of the characters really easy to connect with. I loved following them through this tale. As a whole, the characters in this novel are intriguing, although not necessarily always likeable. The contrast is compelling. I appreciate how each character has a defined place within the novel, allowing readers to completely understand every aspect of it. The characters aren’t overly developed at the beginning, allowing readers to get to know them as they grow.

Overall, this was an intriguing look at Litherland’s world. It’s a great start to a series that I’ll enjoy reading.


Title:  Millennium Crash
Series:  Watchbearers #1
Author:  James Litherland
Published:  September 12/14 by Outpost Stories
Length:  324pgs
Genre:  Time Travel
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

EVERYTHING goes wrong when the first research expedition from the future lands in New York City in the summer of 2000. Instead of arriving together, the time-travelers are separated and scattered across the ancient metropolis. Even worse, the professor in charge of the expedition is killed when he materializes in the middle of a busy street—and the device he carries to take them back home is destroyed in the accident. Their project in a shambles before they have even started, now they find themselves stranded in the past—and their troubles are only beginning.

After seeing her mentor die right before her eyes, Team Leader Anya attempts to salvage something from the disaster, starting with rounding up the rest of the travelers. She doesn’t know it yet, but even that much has already become an impossible task.

Research Assistant Samantha finds her own team leader just in time to witness one of her colleagues stab him to death. The only witness to the killing, she chases the culprit through the city—but the murderer has the perfect plan for escaping justice.

Dazed and disoriented in East Harlem, Team Leader Page is being mugged when graduate student Matt Walker runs to her rescue—but playing the white knight will plunge him into improbable peril and lead him into a trap from which there is no escape.

My Review:

I love Litherland’s writing style. He draws readers completely into his world while at the same time leaving them lots of room to use their imaginations. This melds with his unique yet intriguing storyline that kept me on my toes. The combination of reality and the ‘other’ that comes through from the future was fantastic.

The characters in this novel were fantastic. Litherland developed them as if they were real people that you know. We don’t get their entire biographies, but rather the information that we’d receive if we’d actually met them. These individuals were extremely original yet very easy to identify with. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know them. I loved the contrast between the characters that I do like and those that I didn’t. This made the story feel so much more real to me.

As a whole, this was a uniquely satisfying novel that is a great launch for Litherland’s series.


Enter to win with James Litherland and his 2 fantastic series.

3 lucky winners will have their choice of an ecopy (mobi or epub) of the 1st 3 novels in the Watchbearers series (Millenium Crash, Centenary Separation, and Uncertain Murder) OR the 1st 3 novels in the Slowpocalypse series (Certain Hypothetical, Threat Multiplication, Compromised Inside).

Contest is open internationally, where applicable by law.
Entries close at 11:59pm May 1/15.
Winners will be drawn May 2/15.
Winners will be notified via email to the email provided to the giveaway and will have 72h to claim their prize or another winner will be drawn.

18 comments:

  1. Entered - these books look fab :D

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  2. these look like brilliant reads!

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  3. Hello James, Millenium Crash sounds awesome! I'm from New York and I love time travel books.

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  4. These sound absolutely right up my alley!
    Dianne http://tometender.blogspot.com/

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  5. Hi James,
    These books look very interesting. Just the type of books I like to review. If you're looking for another reviewer.... http://kathrynsshelffullofbooks.blogspot.ca

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  6. The book sounds interesting! ;~)

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  7. sure looks like a good read to me

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  8. Hi back to everyone, and thanks for your interest!

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  9. Being an avid reader, I appreciate the introduction of a new-to-me author & his work! These sound amazing!!

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  10. Both sound fascinating- thanx!

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  11. This is a new series and author to me but they sounds really good. I'm adding them to my list. Thanks for the chance to win :)

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  12. Hi, thanks for the great giveaway!

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