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Black Spiral trilogy Bk2. Black Wolf by Eileen Merriman. Pub. Penguin, 2021.

October 29, 2021 Comments off

Second part of the series that began with Violet Black which is also reviewed elsewhere on this blog and it will excite you just as much as the first novel.

After the disastrous episode in Germany Violet and her associate Phoenix return to the Foundation complex in central Australia. Phoenix is being experimented on with an LSD substance and it has altered his mental powers so that he can bypass blocks in The Foundation staff and read their minds.

Phoenix age 18years, is not popular with Violet aged 18years and now wants to be known by his real name Johnno. Meanwhile Violet is being experimented on too but is still able to communicate by ESP with Phoenix and other members of VORTEX. She is dissatisfied and wants to escape.

She plots with Phoenix AKA Johnno AKA Black Wolf and the two manage to escape into the centre of the Australian desert and the two have a ball, find they like each other, romance blossoms and some exciting action takes place. The two have now perfected Dream-Flow by which they can escape their bodies ,turn into animals like birds and wolves and fly for miles.

This part two also develops the reasons why and how M Fever came about and returns the major characters to New Zealand where the action started. This sets up part three with the questionable actions of the Foundation now becoming exposed. But who is behind them?

Well written and believable. I can’t wait for the third part hopefully due early next year.

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Pablo by Rascal. Translated by Antony Shugaar. Pub. Gecko Press, 2021

August 10, 2021 Comments off

This excellent picture book is simplicity itself but it covers a whole lot of ground.

Pablo is inside a black egg that he is getting too big for. After a hearty breakfast he begins his way out. First an eye hole, then another. The world is new for him and he doesn’t want to miss a trick.

A beak appears then a leg followed by another leg. Guess what is next? Read this book to find out it is superb.

He does have a dilemma though. What to do with the shell? It could be useful.

Only three colours used. Black, white and yellow. Oh that life was this simple!

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