Not-Quite Human 2
Lost With Nothing to Lose
Available at a discount ($5.99) on smashwords until May 12, 2018,
when the price returns to full retail of $7.99.
(The book is more expensive because it’s much longer, more detailed with much more character development than normal and took a long time to complete.)
Unable to find a home and acceptance on Earth, an intrepid band of misplaced youth seek their ancestral home among the stars. Unfortunately, their reception is not quite what they hoped for.
The home they discover is a hostile environment, involved in a huge interstellar war with a hostile alien species. Everyone is on guard, and the newcomers are viewed as untrusted interlopers. They search for a place in a world with no use for them, with no place to turn for assistance.
Faced with an unwinnable situation, they seek to change the rules, risking arrest, trial and even death in hopes of fixing a world they know little about.
Detective Emma Rules is plucked from obscurity by the New York City Police Commissioner to investigate the death of a prominent city councilman. She faces an impossible mission, quickly solve the crime with minimal staff, few resources and the Commissioner as the prime suspect. If she succeeds, she gains the support of the commissioner. If she fails, it’ll make the NYPD look corrupt and plunge the city into turmoil.
On top of that, her brother’s wife and daughter seek her assistance, creating family frictions and throwing her life into turmoil when she has little time to deal with it. And after years of protecting herself emotionally, she’s drawn into an unanticipated romance, which threatens to change her life as much as the case itself. Between these whirlwind events, she’s buffeted by social and professional events, as the biggest case of her career threatens to unravel it.
Leza’s an unusual young woman, living with, protecting and caring for Zombies. In an apocalyptic wasteland where the living are few, she represents a unique hybrid, a living zombie. She speaks with the undead and can teach the living how to survive. If the humans can only keep from killing her, that is.
Discovered during a final confrontation between a survivor refuge and an oncoming horde of the undead, Leza saves the day. She represents more than just another day of survival, but whether that spells humanity’s rescue or the future of the undead is anyone’s guess. She may be humanity’s redemption or their ultimate annihilation.
The Cuckoo’s Progeny
Not-Quite Human 1
Al and Betty aren’t like their classmates. They’ve developed particular skills which set them apart, and which sets them in a search for mysteries which eventually leads them in a search for their origins, and the long interstellar trip home.
Searching out others like them, they build a crew to search for a ship which will hopefully take them to a home they’ve never known, to a reception they aren’t sure will be welcoming.
The Nature of the Game
A clash of two distinct cultures puts a high-school jock up against a flaming drama queen. A gay romance novellete which examines a central internal conflict of the gay movement.
This is a bit unusual for me, and probably won’t interest many of my normal sci-fi readers, but if you’re up for something different, it’s a quick read (only 8 chapters).
An experimental interstellar space voyage goes horribly wrong and the unlucky test pilot ends up, unhurt, back home. He then struggles through internal, personal and Congressional investigations as he struggles to perceive exactly what he’s become.
Absolutely loved it, enough that I read it again a month later! Hope that there is a sequel.
I found the story to be uplifting, something I really appreciate these days. As as science fiction story goes, it has some nice twists and wrinkles.
Yea Vincent, another winner!!
If only we could achieve the excellent premise of this book. Life would be less stressful and more conducive to helping others.
“Never Leave Anyone Behind” is a familiar refrain for American Servicemen. A crew is incapacitated in a strange land and a hostile government tries to capture them and steal their resources. What if you’re not a member of the military? Do you put your and your family’s lives at risk to help those who can’t help themselves, especially for those who may never reward you or who may not even survive?
Josh Evens discovers an injured shipwrecked alien and undertakes to not only care for it, but to seek out, rescue and protect its companions from both his government and others.
Fascinating story line; unusual yet entertaining
While the plot was not a big surprise, the action flows along with his meandering style. An excellent read; highly recommended!
Its one of those books you don’t want to put [down] and when you have finished you wished it would carry on
Review by: Michael Allstott on March 17, 2014 :
I’ve enjoyed all of Vincent’s books, and Stranded is no exception. His crash landing scenario focuses on the human element, but there is some alien uniqueness and some fancy technology. I’m not sure if our government is quite as bad as the book makes it out to be, but it wouldn’t surprise me. A very enjoyable read.
Review by: Karel Young, March, 2014 :
I really enjoyed this book, it was interesting and I can see the Gov’t reacting in the way described.
I would Love to see a sequel/continuation of the story though!
Goodreads.com rating by: Robert Laughlin:
Goodreads.com rating by: C.:
Review by: OBQuiet: “Interesting Idea”:
The book was interesting and the pacing was good. The idea of rescuing the alien crew was also pretty original.
But I did have a hard time with the over the top government response and heroic behavior of the main character. … Still, I don’t regret reading it and will look forward to other works by [the author].
4.3 rating based on 19 ratings (all editions)
Author(s): Publisher: Createspace
“Never Leave Anyone Behind” is a familiar refrain for American Servicemen. A crew is incapacitated in a strange land and a hostile government tries to capture them and steal their resources; a typical tale of corruption and betrayal. What if you’re not a member of the military? Do you put you and your family’s lives at risk to help those who can’t help themselves, especially for those who may never reward you or who may not even survive?
Josh discovers an injured shipwrecked alien and undertakes to not only care for it, but to seek out, rescue and protect its companions from not only his government, but others too.
Out of print. Republished 11/20/2015 as "Stranded in a Foreign Land".
A story of an intricate apocalyptic event where most of the the life on Earth is wiped out, but with a difference. This one focuses on the people during the apocalypse, and how it affects them afterwards.
Thanks for your talent & imagination.Ed
The chronicles of a young man, as he discovers he’s a catalyst for other people, giving them strange abilities, and drawing strangers to him like moths to a flame. He’s not ready for what happens to him, but slowly adapts, with help from his family and friends. What he does with his many followers, though, is an open question.
Really good story one of a set (catalyst) couldn’t put it down and when I’d finished it I was so disappointed I didn’t want it to end.
Interesting story premise, I bought both books, made for good reading, excellent length making it a good value. Glad [there] are six books in the series.
Phil Walker was an average man, until demons invaded his world. Unsure whether they were real, he resisted until they threatened someone’s life, and then he took action. The results were quick. He was questioned by the police, humiliated and insulted, but the homeless man he defended reported his schizophrenia was cured. After that, everything Phil knew was twisted upside down.
Seeking to understand his visions, he seeks answers, only to face skepticism and hostility from the medical community. Does it really matter if he’s technically insane if he cures hundreds? As Phil battles his inner demons, he wrestles with where these demons originate and how they impact him and his health. However, the question remains: are his new skills an otherworldly phenomenon, a disease or a gift from above?
When the New York City Police Commissioner is compromised by the death of a city councilman, he appoints Detective Emma Rules to investigate, hoping to circumvent a public witch hunt. But what she uncovers implicates her boss. If she solves the crime, she could put the commissioner in jail, embarrass the city and make the entire police force the laughingstock of the country. Yet, if she doesn’t, it’ll make the city and the police look corrupt and mark her as ineffective and suspicious.
On top of that, unexpected visitors—her brother’s wife and young daughter—invite themselves into her home, upsetting her solitary life, creating family frictions and throwing her life into turmoil when she has little time to deal with it.