Author: L. J. LaBarthe

SONG OF SONG by L. J. LaBarthe

SONG OF SONG by L. J. LaBarthe
Song of Song
by L. J. LaBarthe

Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: MM, Science Fiction
Source: Publisher

Earth in the year 2275 is a playground for the rich while the rest of the population is scattered throughout the colonies in the system.  Engineered humans called Boxies are the labor force.  Their lives are bound by a set grid of allowed travel where they work and reside in each of the major cities.  To add empathy to the Boxies they were assigned a variety of small AI pets but the experiment failed.  The Boxies began to show concern for others, to think beyond their training so their pets were recalled to be shut off.  The government was obviously perplexed by the rash of Boxie suicides and other disruptive behaviors.

 

A Boxie in the Australian tower, Dex742A-GR23 who designed and worked on deep space starships was assigned a generic AI house cat as his pet.  Dex named the cat Manx and hid his best friend when the recall was announced.  He quietly gathered every credit he had coming and fled the city with Manx hidden inside his jacket.  Paying for passage aboard a pirate ship Dex and Manx planned to take refuge on one of the far colony planets.

 

Dex was soon to learn that fate had different plans for the gentle human and his cat.  Plans that would take them across the system and back with the most wanted people in the galaxy.  The Boxie would discover what love truly meant and why hatred was pointless.  Earth would be changed…by a Boxie and the man he loved.

 

Readers are treated to a high octane, sweeping adventure in Song of Song.  The disparity between the wealthy and everyone else is never more evident than in this riveting space drama. Can’t help falling in love with Dex and the rest of the characters are just as interesting in their own way.  Fascinating twists will keep everyone guessing as Song of Song unfolds and tells its tale.  This futuristic story has it all.

A SHOT IN THE DARK by L. J. LaBarthe

A SHOT IN THE DARK by L. J. LaBarthe
A Shot in the Dark
by L. J. LaBarthe

Series: Archangel Chronicles #7
Published by Dreamspinner Press Genres: Fantasy, MM
Source: Publisher

ReviewedbyLisa

The horrors of the Seventy Years War are in the past.  They have retrieved the Holy Grail.  With a lull at last from death and destruction the Archangels and their people renew relationships and love again.

 

When word of an avalanche reaches Archangel Michael he asks his Venatores and Archangel Gabriel’s two best trackers to check things out.  The disaster occurred near the small town of Yaak in northern Montana, yet when the team lands they find the town completely deserted.  Their only clues as to what’s happening seem to lie in log books they find in the fire watchtower at the forest edge.  Everything is stamped with the Transom Corp. logo and talks about the Betterment Project in the logs.

 

Before turning back they decide to investigate a warehouse seemingly built into the mountainside.   As soon as the group enters the warehouse another avalanche is triggered and they are trapped inside.  Something is blocking their ability to contact Michael or Gabriel.  In the dark hallways they come across horrors that will haunt them all in their dreams.  Living experiments attack and badly injure them one by one.  If they can’t find a way out or a way to call for help they won’t last the night.

 

All hell literally breaks loose in A Shot in the Dark after a simple assignment goes horribly wrong.  The mesmerizing, creepy storyline will keep readers on their toes waiting for the next horror to corner the Venatores.  A glossary of sorts is supplied which helps immensely with the very large cast of characters involved in this storyline.  Even with such a big cast the characters’ emotions shine brightly which definitely enriches A Shot in the Dark.  A love story.  A horror fantasy.  All of that and more, much more.

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