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I found the writing style a little bit clumsy, and the wrap-up a bit hasty, but a generally enjoyable story otherwise.
07/27/2009
As a fan of "vintage computing", this is superb. As best as I can determine, the PDP-3 was never an actual product. A single one was built, and not by DEC. I wonder how this document fits into the history of PDP computers? This appears to be a genuine document, but I'm not any sort of exert to ascertain that. A good time-line of PDP's is at:

http://www.faqs.org/faqs/dec-faq/pdp8/
07/24/2009
Essentially a re-telling of "The Seven Samurai", this is a good page-tuner. I'm glad to see the writer has several other books released, seemingly all in the same universe, so I'll be sure to look into those as well.
05/24/2009
Self-publishing is great, because you can skip the traditional channels. Unfortunately, some of the process of traditional publishing is very useful. In this case, it would have been highly beneficial for the author to have this professionally proof-read prior to publishing.
05/18/2009
Third, and thankfully, last in the series. Significantly less enjoyable than the earlier two. Our hero is now approaching self-deification, while his "girl" simply tells him "without you, none of this would be possible". Of course, being the last "civilized" people on earth, that would be true in any event.

If this was not the conclusion to the series, I would have stopped reading at least half-way through, but I really (really) wanted to see how it all ended, and had to grit my teeth for this one.
02/28/2009
Second in the series, picks up almost directly after the first book leaves off. This time, we learn that the dynamic duo are not the sole survivors of the presumably global catastrophe.

By now, the protagonist has grown to mythological proportions, with nothing impossible at his hands. A contemporary MacGyver if you will, who is starting to develop a touch of megalomania. "The girl" by now is reduced to a one-dimension paperdoll who's sole purpose is a sounding board for the protagonists monologues, and to stare adoringly at him.

Regardless of the distasteful treatment of those matters, if you can overlook that, it is still enjoyable.
02/17/2009
Only marred by some of the more blatant racist and sexist material; if you can overlook that, reading it as contemporary (i.e., 1911), it is fast and entertaining reading.
02/08/2009
Mark Whiteway - Epic Sci-Fi Adventure Featuring an Ancient Destructive Technology
FEATURED AUTHOR - Writing SciFi has been a long-held ambition for Mark Whiteway. As a kid, he read everything - H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, Robert Heinlein, etc., etc. At twelve years old, he wrote a novella. Following that, life intervened, and it was only in April '09 that Mark determined that he wanted to get back to writing. He had several ideas running around in his head for some time, of which the Lodestone concept was probably the strongest. As our Author of the Day, he tells us more about the trilogy.