“Red Queen”: UK Amazon Review, 5 Stars

Red Queen: The Substrate Wars

Red Queen: The Substrate Wars

One of the odd things about Amazon’s Anglophone sites is a kind of review imperialism; for example, the UK’s site features UK customer reviews, then includes US reviews separately, for the good reason that there aren’t enough UK reviews for most books to be useful. But on the US site, UK customer reviews aren’t visible. Why? Because of individual country laws, the sites are separate, but all English-language reviews should be equally useful and visible. Ditto for Australia and Canada, and even India; and on those other country sites, there’s much less reason to write a review, because it will be seen by far fewer people.

So while I’m happy to see this nice review come in over at the UK site, the US customers won’t see it!

5 out of 5 stars
A frightening view of what could already be happening
By Mr. Victor Botterill on 12 Jan. 2015

This is a fast moving book and it took me a while to tune into the characters. However, they are all very different and because a variety of opinions are expressed, it means that the central message behind a straightforward plot soon begins to emerge. The story literally starts with a bang.

Like all good science fiction there is an inbuilt theme which reflects the society we are living in and what could in fact happen in the future. Try to explain the story to someone else and it would sound far fetched, but clever “technical” descriptions of the physics and technology involved makes reading the tale believable. This book ends where another story will begin.

The Notes on Politics at the end are very useful and although the action is set in America, it is apparent as you read these notes that they accurately reflect what is already happening in the United Kingdom. This is a real wake-up call. Thoroughly recommended, though you may find it difficult to put down.

A Millennial Reviews “Bad Boyfriends”

I was touched to see this new review at Amazon — the book, while of interest to all ages, is most useful if read before you get into your first marriage or serious commitment. So it was gratifying to hear from this reader:

5.0 out of 5 stars — Direct, Relatable, and Fast-Paced for Today’s Technological World

I read this in two days. This wasn’t something I was expecting. I simply picked it up to read the foreword, and there went my afternoon – I am a millennial. I mention this because I think this book is a fantastic read for fellow millennials since (most) of the content is directed toward us. I truly appreciated the honesty and “to-the-point” voice. I have read many relationship books, but this one didn’t soften any truths. It didn’t make it about bad partners or good partners – it made it about being true to yourself and finding someone who is true to themselves and deciding if your life values were true to your relationship. Many books want to ignore sensitive issues (like income or religion) but this book mentions how vital it is to be honest with yourself about your past, present, and future – as well as being honest with your partner about it. On top of this, the book doesn’t focus only on people who want to find a marriage. It mentions how relationships should be unique to the people in them. There is no underlying religious implications or societal expectations (like child rearing). There is only truth, and truth is a valuable discussion that I feel young and inexperienced as well as mature and experienced readers can gain from.

If you haven’t picked it up yet, you can special order the print edition through any bookstore. Online, the ebooks and print versions are still at these links:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Amazon Canada

Amazon Australia

Barnes and Noble trade paperback

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