Friday, January 27, 2012

The Queen's Martian Rifles by M. E. Brines Book Review

Genre: Christian Sci-Fi
Recommendation: Excellent

Originality – 5/5
Writing Style – 5/5
Plot – 5/5
Characters – 5/5
Aesthetics – 3/5

19th century Europeans on Mars. Nephilim. Noah’s Ark. Creation vs. Evolution. Occultists. Hi-jacked moons. Atlantis. Mystery.
Need I go on?
This is the second novel by M. E. Brines that I’ve read and I’ve loved both of them because I never know what to expect. It’s great!
Brines writes loose historical fiction and as such, The Queen’s Martian Rifles features occultist Aleister Crowley, inventor Nicola Tesla, and archaeologist Rebecca Bryce – daughter of Sir James Bryce.
Junior officer David McLaughlin arrives on Mars with the desire to snap England’s troops back into shape. But what he finds while doing so is much more than he bargained for. Can McLaughlin and Bryce save Earth from its secret Martian enemies?
The Queen’s Martian Rifles reads like a classic sci-fi adventure novel in the vein of Jules Verne, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, or H. G. Welles, and is just as imaginative (maybe even more so!)
Brines’ use of the Bible and Christianity are to be respected. Whereas his reimagination of events  is not always completely factual, believers should have no problem with its fictional nature.
The Queen’s Martian Rifles is available as an e-book from Smashwords.
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Aliens. Vigilante Ninjas. Mad scientists. Hard-nosed detectives. Super-heroes.


An alien ship has crash-landed on Earth, setting off a new wave of drug addiction and world war in its wake, while the sole survivor of the wreckage vows revenge against the god-like authorities of his home planet. At the same time, the new president of the GenRes Company is obsessed with living up to his father’s medical success and has just discovered how to transform normal children into Genetically Altered super-humans. Who will control these children? The scientist, the alien, and a couple of ambitious criminals are all eager to keep them for their own use. But Someone else has entirely different plans for them. Follow as each development merges together and a new breed of adolescent superheroes rises to the forefront in book one of The Gifted: In the Beginning.

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