Best of 2015 – Debut (Non Romance)

Tonight’s Best of 2015 is going to carry on in yesterday’s tradition of a debut novelist, but this is to be awarded to a book in a genre other than romance.

When the author of this winning book approached me about beta reading for her, and mentioned that it was sci-fi mixed with post-apocalyptic, I was a bit hesitant, but she was so sweet I couldn’t say no to her.   I’m so glad I didn’t – I got to be the first to sing the praises of this amazing book!

So, congratulations, Patricia Rose!   Iron Mike has won LaDonna’s Book Nook’s Best of 2015 Best Debut in a Genre Other than Romance!

Debut - Non Romance

And, for a little more about the book, here is the synopsis:

When the black ships drop from the clouds, billions die. The weapons are silent, the effects, lethal. Nations fall. Humanity crumbles. Their mission is simple: seed the earth. Feed their creatures. Harvest the crops.

The war is over before it begins. Or is it?

From the ashes of our memory, heroes are forged. In the shell of a surviving outpost, one boy is asked to do the impossible. Rising to the challenge, Mike Sanderlin becomes a man, then a soldier, and finally, a hero. He’s more than a symbol and less than perfect, but to save his younger sister and fight for Earth, he’ll become Iron Mike.

With an alien ally, Iron Mike will hurl himself into the teeth of a war that can only have one winner.

Built to fight. Born to win.
Iron Mike is ready. Are you?


Iron Mike by Patricia Rose –

****** My Review ******

Fantastic Debut!, September 28, 2015

5 Stars

Easily a 5 star read. Those of you who follow me know I am not frivolous with those, and especially since sci-fi, even “sci-fi lite” as the author refers to it, and apocalyptic scenarios are far from the first things I reach for. This book is those things, and a whole lot more. There is a great romance, a lot of humor amongst intense drama, and just so much more that works well together to make this an all around great read.

The writing and editing are excellently executed. I don’t take stars away for that kind of thing unless they are so severe that they take me out of the story, repeatedly. It is just so nice to come across one so well done I feel it is worth mentioning.

The growth of the characters in the face of unthinkable conditions is so well written. They aren’t insta-heroes; they have to adjust and accept the roles imposed upon them. There are heartbreaking scenes involving choices that must be made, and the price extracted from the ones who have to make them.

But all is not gloom and doom, and I honestly had as many laughs from this one as any in recent memory. Hershey is one character who is particularly responsible for the giggles and guffaws. I really don’t want to say much more about him, but he will live on in my memory for a long time to come. He is simply awesome. Loyal and invaluable when it comes to being helpful, but he just has a different worldview that is so refreshing and entertaining.

With a debut like this, Patricia is definitely an author to watch. You will certainly forget while reading that this is her first time at bat, and will definitely want to delve deeper into her imagination. Few authors of any point in the publishing scale can do such an amazing job of mixing drama, humor, honor, loyalty, understandable and flawlessly flowing sci-fi and real world elements, end of days/apocalyptic scenarios, family dynamics and strong, well rounded, memorable characters.

For mature audiences for sexual scenarios (not explicit), violence, war time deaths. My highest recommendations for a refreshingly different read.


Congratulations Patricia!   You and Hershey earned it!!


One comment

  1. Patricia Rose · January 12, 2016

    You have NO idea how much your words encouraged me then, and now, LaDonna! You seriously ROCK! I could easily have had a more critical beginning and taken my toys and gone home, but your faith in me and in the STORY filled me with the fire to shine! No matter what, nothing can ever take the place of your first review!! Love you, lady!!


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