One of my favorite parts about blogging is the opportunity to connect with authors and have the opportunity to read their work. Once my time in the Navy is over, I would love for writing to become a major part of my life, so I hold professional writers in a reverence and treat their work almost like magic. If an author wants to send me a copy of their book, I’ll read it, and if I like it, I always try to return the love with a favorably review. If, for whatever reason, I don’t like it, I normally respectfully decline from posting a review at all because I get no enjoyment from criticizing someone else’s life work.
With Hammerhead by Jason Andrew Bond, the decision to write a review was easy. The novel is intense, fun, and just a pleasurable overall read. It’s a fast-paced, action-packed science fiction thriller that really keeps you moving through the pages. There’s also on over-reaching theme to the book that keeps you guessing between what is real and what is conspiracy-theory.
Jeffrey Holt used to be an elite pilot in the war, but that was a long time ago. Now, he just works away the years as a clean-up artist for derelict spaceships that have been crash landed in the Nevada desert. However, his old-school survival training kicks in when it becomes apparent that someone is trying to kill him. When he opens up the cockpit on the latest salvage opportunity and finds several bodies, including one that’s still alive, he starts to find clues to why someone would target him.
What follows is a race against time to save the military fleet. During the race, Jeffrey has to come to terms with his past. That means trying to figure out what really happened and what was just a figment of his imagination. To make matters worse, he’s no longer just responsible for himself. He has his son and the young lady that survived the crash to care for as well. He has to fight enemies, both known and unknown, his aging body, and his unreliable memories all at the same time.
The book is incredibly well written with very well developed characters and an engaging plot. It’s a quick read that is well worth the effort, and it’s a great opportunity to support an independent and self-publishing author. As an added bonus, 25% of the proceeds from this book are donated to Disabled U.S. Veterans, so…yeah, awesome. Give it a read, and you won’t be disappointed.
I’m currently about halfway through Bond’s second book, Mortal Remains, and so far, it’s even better than the first. I have a feeling that there will be a book review for that one in the near future as well.