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Book Review: Echoes of the Storm by Charlene Newcomb

New Release, Echoes of the Storm by Charlene Newcomb

A spell-bounding space saga…

Charlene Newcomb has found her niche: male/male romance whether it be historical fiction as in her Battle Scars series (12th Century) or this new sic-fi release, Echoes of the Storm. (24th Century)


Is this how it ends?

Jack Gamble swiped away the dark stray hairs clinging to his forehead. This defeat by Galilei-unimaginable. His people-dead, wounded, gone underground. The only thing worse? Fleeing with a small band of resistance fighters when he should have stayed behind to pick up the pieces.

His stomach tightened with guilt. He stared out the viewport from the jump seas as Encompass veered toward clouds tinged red by Torredo’s rising sun. Far below, a column of armored vehicles smoldered on the roadside, twisted, blackened scraps of metal. Fires in the capital created an eerie show of shadows and light across the early morning skies. The ship jinked through black, acrid smoke, which splattered the reddish canvas of clouds like brush strokes, a death mark for Jack and his comrades.

Book Review:

If you are a fan of Star WarsStar Trek, Battle Star Galactica, etc., you will enjoy this book. If you are not familiar with these stories and shows you might find yourself wondering about some of the terminology and acronyms.

This book is for an older audience, not suitable for young children. It contains violence, although not overly graphic and some sexual content and suggestive sexual content.

The story is set in the 24th Century. Jack Gamble’s home planet Torredo has been invaded by Galilei, and more specifically, Ari Norse, who wants to rule the galaxy.  Norse and Gamble were lovers. For Norse, it is all about power. For Jack is was about love. Now his mission is to free Torredo from the grasp of Galilei.

Newcomb does a good job of placing the reader inside the story. The characters and scenes come alive and the pace keeps the reader turning the pages. The story is filled with love, betrayal, secrets, politics, power, violence, death, destruction, and friendship.

About the author:

Charlene Newcomb lives, works, and writes in Kansas. She is an academic librarian by trade (recently retired), a U. S. Navy veteran, and has three grown children. Newcomb loves to travel and enjoys quiet places in the mountains or on rocky coasts. But even in Kansas, she can let her imagination soar.

Newcomb is also the author of the Battle Scars Series – Men of the Cross, For King and Country, and Swords of the King – about three knights in King Richard the Lionheart’s army.


*Note – I received an Advance Reader’s Copy (ARC) for an honest review.



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Ancient Wisdom

Yesterday was my birthday.  I don’t feel old.  I have Ancient Wisdom!

Our son turned 39 last month if that gives you any indication of how old I am.

I work with college students.  They are 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22-year-olds.  They are young.  They walk around with things called earbuds in their ears.

I have to wonder if they are aware of their surroundings, if they are damaging their hearing, and if they are listening to anything worthwhile.  Well, the listening part might make them happy, smile, or laugh.  Hopefully, they aren’t listening to anything that will make them angry.

While they wear earbuds, I wear a hearing aid.  While they dye their hair various colors, I watch my turn grayer by each passing day.


They are full of youthful energy and dreams.

But, alas!  I am full of WISDOM!

Those young folks have nothing on me.  Even though I feel ancient compared to them, I have “been there, done that.”  I have traveled the world and lived in a foreign country.  I have seen more births and death than they can ever imagine.

I wonder if any of them have ever read the classics or would they know anything about J. D. Salinger, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, James Joyce, or Jack London.

Then again, they may wonder if I know anything about Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Here and Now, or Silicon Valley.

I do have to admit that some of the things the young folks watch on television, Netflix, etc., is not my cup of tea.

But no matter.  I know how to fill out a loan application, file my taxes, fill out a census form, buy a vehicle, renew my drivers license, apply for a passport, request copies of birth, marriage, divorce, and death records.

I know how to do laundry, cook, and sew on a button.  Yes, these are things that college students have asked me over the years to teach them because they didn’t want their mothers knowing they couldn’t do it.

And, I know how to read cursive hand writing.  Yes, I have had to teach college students how to read cursive hand writing so they could do their job.

I could ramble on, but for now, I will stop this blog post and say…I am truly happy to be considered by some as the little old woman (who is going gray) who is ANCIENT.



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Author Charlene Newcomb wishes everyone peace

Q:  What is your name?

A:  Charlene Newcomb, though my friends call me Char.

Q:  What country do you live in?


Q:  What is the title of your current book?

A:  Keeping the Family Peace – it’s my debut novel, to be published in December.

Q:  What holidays do you celebrate during this time of the year?  Which one is your favorite and why?

A:  Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s. I have many wonderful memories of Christmas going back to my childhood back in South Carolina and they all revolve around being with family and friends.

Q:  What colors would you use to describe the holiday season?

A:  Green! With blues and reds coming in second.

Q:  What is your favorite holiday movie & song?

A:  White Christmas. I tear up every time I watch it. Song? That’s a toughie. “Winter Wonderland” and “The Christmas Song” are two of my favorites. I also love “Angels We Have Heard on High” and the “Hallelujah Chorus” and… I could go on & on…

Q:  What is your favorite holiday book?

A:  Hm… The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore; or A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schultz.

Q:  What do you enjoy most/least about the holiday season?

A:  It starts to early and there is far too much advertising! I love to see the lights on Christmas trees and to smell fresh pine.

Q:  If you were given a superpower, as a gift for one day, what would it be and what would you do?

A:  Well…you know about my love of Star Wars. I’d have to say I’d want the Force. 🙂  I’d be a good Jedi, of course, and use my power to bring world peace. And since the Force will be with you always, I’d have it for more than a day!

Q:  Do you call the jolly old fat man – Santa Claus, St. Nick, Kris Kringle, or something else?  If something else, what do you call him?

A:  He’s been Santa Claus in my book, though I did like Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street.

Q:  If Santa was real and lived at the North Pole, would you want to visit and why?

A:  Seeing Santa would take away the magic, wouldn’t it? I’ll just stare at the stars in the night sky and dream.

Q:  If time and money were no problem, where would you go and what would you do during this holiday season?

A:  I’d take all my children & their significant others to Italy to see the sights and track down long-lost relatives.

Q:  What message would you like to send to those reading this blog?

A:  I’d love for your readers to stop by my blog! And, because it’s the holiday season, I wish them all good health, good company, and peace.

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About Keeping the Family Peace

Deprived of his father’s love and approval growing up, a history scholar must convince his aging father to reveal family secrets. The revelations will either tear them apart or allow him to become the man his father was never able to be.

A son searching for answers. A father who won’t talk. A family rocked to its very core.

Nick Peace knows more about the Middle Ages than about his own family history. His father Jack, a retired Navy captain, wants to keep the past buried. Nick struggles with his own desire to dig it up, though he’s certain it holds the secrets to the distance between them. Nick’s sisters aren’t much help – they have secrets of their own. The rift between father and son grows wider but as tragedy strikes the family, and the girls’ secrets come to light, Jack’s defenses begin to crumble.

Join the family Peace as they gather to celebrate – or mourn – life changing events…and underlying tensions reveal the secrets that could tear them apart.

A mainstream contemporary family saga, coming (with a bit of luck) in your Christmas stocking, December 2012.

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