Sunlight Jr. is a love story set in the ruins of
the American dream. Melissa is a convenience store clerk who lives in a motel
with her paraplegic boyfriend, Richie. When they learn they are going to have a
baby, they are genuinely excited. But when she loses her job and they are
evicted from the motel, they face difficult choices about life and their
The second book
in the Nastragull series is even more graphic in it's descriptions of events
than "Pirates", the first book. The very strong violence, sex,
torture and rape is not for the average reader of a sci-fi novel, it simply
breaks new ground.
They way the book is written feels like watching the movie while reading it. Mr
Willéns fantastic imagination of the main characters of Alec and Alexa,
spaceships, weapons, aliens races and battle hardware is simply amazing!
The evil pirates hunt for revenge in this story and starts a space war
involving thousands of ships and the fast pace never really slows down. Some
twist always move the story forward. The end of the book is not for the weak
hearted, be warned.
Looking forward to part 3, "Dawn sets in hell".
Warning: if you haven't already read Erik Martin Willen's first book,
"NastraGull: Pirates," then grab a copy and read it before you move
on to "Hunted." "Pirates" sets up the complex situation and
backdrop for "Hunted," and makes it easier to understand what's
happening in this, the second book of the series. That said, it's still a
remarkable read as a standalone book.
In this science fiction epic, which picks up just after the first book left
off, "hidden prince" Alec Hornet has been reunited with his wild
pirate lover, the reformed Alexa, who with her rescued compatriots are trying
to settle down as good crewmembers of the pirate-hunting frigate Predator.
Having enriched himself fantastically with recovered loot from a cannibalistic
pirate horde while escaping from their clutches, Alec is determined to recover
his captured friends and fellow military cadets before returning to his
homeworld of Tallas and taking his place among the leadership of the
But his attempts to do so are repeatedly derailed, not just by his feverish
attraction to the untamable Alexa, but also by insubordination and betrayal
among his crew -- which isn't surprising, since everyone in the galaxy seems to
be after him, eager to collect the enormous bounties on his head.
When a tremendous explosion destroys the space station the Predator is trying
to protect -- home to millions of people -- the shockwave hurls them into the
depths of uncharted space. It's up to Alec to save them in any way he can,
constantly running on the ragged edge of exhaustion and nervous breakdown,
besieged on every side, tortured by the supernatural whispers in the depths of
his mind, forced by circumstance into ruthlessness in order to survive. It
takes its toll, making him vulnerable to...
Well, I won't give that away. Just rest assured: with Willen at the helm,
"NastraGull: Hunted" is an intense, bone-shaking ride. For those of
you who like your pirates mixed with Johnny Depp, this is not the story for
you. No offense to Mr. Depp -- I think he's an incredibly versatile actor --
but I've never understood the people who have criticized "NastraGull:
Pirates" because the pirates portrayed there are so brutal. Come now, this
isn't a Disney or Pixar movie. Like pirates in real life, these pirates are
nasty, despicable creatures who taint everyone they come into contact with.
Even (or perhaps especially) Alexa, who was forced into the lifestyle in
childhood when she was sold to the pirates by her siblings, has her dark side
-- which often comes between her and Alec. And beware, if you're a prude: the
story contains graphic and kinky sex scenes, which some people have also
Grow up, folks. Let's face reality. In the real world, evil is truly evil, not
just some Darth Vader caricature of bad that gets forgiven in the last reel for
no discernable reason. In the real world, people are inevitably and permanently
twisted by terrible personal experiences. In that way, Willen's characters are
more realistic than 99% of the characters in popular fiction, and it makes his
writing all the more compelling.
Read this book, if you think you can handle it. You'll be glad you did.
Hunted and Pirates are adult science fiction books. The stories are
entertaining and the plot is well developed with consistent characterization.
Many of the characters are not human although they do communicate freely and
possess mostly human demeanors, so be prepared for some unpleasant to encounter
The second part in this awesome story had me from the first page to the last. I
have never had goose bumps from reading a book, until I read Hunted. When I
finished the last chapter I was shocked. The entire story has become a mystery
for me and I have found numerous messages/passages and codes bedded into the
story – I think? There was one particular passage in the middle of chapter 10
that was really creepy, not sure why? For being a science fiction story there
is something, almost troubling realistic about the Nastragull saga. Wilen have
an extraordinary ability to capture his audience unlike no other author. The
story is action packed and it moves faster and faster like a roller-coaster
ride. The characterizations are superb with as many strong women as men,
something I find unusual. There wasn’t as much romance in this part as I prefer
but it wasn’t needed. There is no doubt in my mind that Nastragull will be the
next big thing in sci-fi and Hollywood should really take a closer look to this
epic adventure. If you like a great story with action and adventure, then
Nastragull is it!
And now here’s the least-surprising renewal of the fall: AMC is bringing
back The Walking Dead
for a fifth season. “We are very happy to make what has to be one of the most anti-climactic
renewal announcements ever: The
Walking Dead is renewed for a fifth season,” said Charlie Collier,
AMC president. “This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between
cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every
season, most recently – and most notably – with the season four premiere
earlier this month, which broke viewership records for the series and became
the biggest non-sports telecast in cable history. On behalf of the incredible
team on both sides of the camera, thank you to the fans and here’s to more Dead.” As part of the deal, AMC announced that new showrunner Scott Gimple will
remain on board as the lead writer-producer (here’s our
take on why that’s a good thing). So far this
fall’s Walking Dead
premiere has garnered 20.2 million viewers, and 13.2 million adults 18-49, a
new record for any non-sports cable telecast.
The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the
survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
The characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their
younger selves from X-Men: First Class in an epic battle that must change the
past - to save our future.