Amazing Review of the Zochtil on SciFiFX.com

30 09 2012

J.A. Daley’s book The Zochtil is a military sci-fi story about a boy whose father was a captain of a ship that was destroyed when humans succeeded for the first time in going faster than the speed of light. This boy then spent the next 10 years of his life growing up on the streets of London that have been basically changed in to a prison for kids that have no supervision.

This book has so many aspects that I enjoyed that I’m only going to go through a few of them here. The first aspect I want to talk about is my favorite part, is that we have aliens from both sides of the fence. What a mean by this is that we don’t have aliens that are all against us, and we don’t have aliens that are all for us, and in some cases we have aliens that are more or less neutral. I also enjoyed the little hints of what we’re given early on in the story with the aliens, that later on when the story took place, you’re able to realize what happened in the beginning.

As I said, this is a very military sci-fi based book. There is a lot of military jargon, a lot of military-style scenes, and in a lot of cases, your military-style titles are almost exclusively used. For me this was a huge plus, as some of you know I am very fond of WWII and military movies. And for the most part, it was well done and not overdone with only few exceptions.

The characters in this book are very well-formed, you feel an attachment to each one of them, and when one of them fails or is killed you feel the sadness with or for them. In addition to well formed characters the storyline was well written, I found it quite exciting, and I enjoyed the fast-paced action scenes, as well as some of the more average training in day-to-day activities scenes.

With all that said once this boy grows up we have the next book to look forward to, and the Solar Fleet still has two big problems the alien blockade preventing them from traveling outside the solar system, and the United Monarchy of Europe, which is still at war with the Solar Fleet, is tying up the Fleet’s resources and preventing the Solar Fleet from attacking and ending the blockade.

I really enjoyed this book and rate it a 9 out of a possible 10. I’m really looking forward to the next book in the series and surely will read it as soon as it’s out.

 

To view the review on the scififx.com click here

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The Zochtil Available as an Audiobook

30 09 2012

The Zochtil read by five time award-winning narrator Nick Sullivan

The Zochtil is available at Amazon, Audible, and iTunes as an audiobook.





Update on the Zochtil

22 08 2012

First after much struggle and frustration the Zochtil has finally made it onto iTunes, so you can now purchase it and read it through iBooks.

Second and much more important (Insert Drum Roll Here) The audiobook of the Zochtil has been submitted to Amazon, Audible, and iTunes. It will be available in 1-3 weeks.

One final comment, if  you would like a chance to win a free signed copy of the Zochtil follow this link to goodreads where the giveaway is being held.

Enjoy!





Sneak Peak at Starwarden

15 08 2012

The first two chapters of Starwarden have been posted on this website. Check the bar above or follow this link.

https://almekmanning.com/first-two-chapters-from-starwarden/





Proof of the Zochtil has arrived!

9 07 2012






Starwarden

21 06 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almek Manning survived the first part of his military training at the Solar Fleet’s boot camp, and now he must face the rigor of life at the Academy. Meanwhile, the cease-fire between the Solar Fleet and the United Monarchy of Europe is becoming increasingly fragile, and Almek has began to wonder if he can finish his education quickly enough to help fight the war… However, Sky Marshal Kitt, Jack Dalton, and High Admiral Numair have plans for the young midshipman and Almek’s choices may yet decide the outcome of the war.





Audiobook

25 04 2012

Howdy Everyone!

I just wanted to give y’all an update for April.

Starwarden (Book 2)

I’m about half way through the first round of editing.

I’ve contacted my cover artist, and he’s working on the cover. I’ll post pictures as soon as I get some.

Now the really good news!

I’m working on getting a contract set up for an audiobook for the Zochtil! Once it comes out it will be available from Audible.com, Amazon.com and hopefully iTunes. I won’t give any more information than that until the contract is set in stone, but you’ll be happy with the narrator I’ve got lined up. He’s the best. I plan to have the audiobook finished up by the end of August, so not long after book 2 comes out.

J.A. Dalley