The Chimera Vector – Nathan M Farrugia

The Chimera Vector – Nathan M Farrugia
Strange story how i picked up this book. I have a Goodreads account and awhile back after i smashed through like 5 Matthew Reily books and updated my list on there, i received an email from from a random person telling me he sees i like Matthew Reily novels and tells me he is an author and an Aussie as-well and writes books very similar to Matthew and would i like a free copy of an ebook of his. I’m not a fan of ebooks i prefer the tactile sensations of holding a book and turning pages not to mention the smell and lets not forget how good does a full bookshelf look in a home let alone 4 full ones. So i managed to score myself a signed paperback instead
This  is the first time that has happened to me. I wonder if this is a strategy used by some authors  to get their work out there.
Either way i’m not one to refuse a personal recommendation so i jumped straight into it. I was optimistic as not only does he say he loves reading  Matthew Reily books (my new favorite  Aussie author) but he works are very similar. Plus he is an Aussie as well so my patriotic pride compelled me him a go
Sadly i was disappointed, i just found the premise  a bit hard to swallow. A secret group that runs all the world governments, creates terrorist groups to focus us our attention elsewhere and genetically enhanced soldiers in our day and age
It read more like a CONSPIRACY nuts fantasy than a book, The whole genetically enhanced super soldiers in our day and age was what made it difficult to swallow. especially considering some of their super powers.
I will be a bit more wary next time someine offers me a free book on goodreads

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life – Chris Hadfield

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life – Chris Hadfield

What boy doesn’t dream of becoming an astronaut when he grows up? For most, like myself that dream doesn’t come to fruition. However Chris tells a different story. He takes us from those first moments of when he saw Neil walk on the moon all the way to life in space. I suppose his journey isnt too different from many astronauts. Tried and true method of becoming a pilot then a test pilot and then moving to the US. but whats different about this story is Chris explains in detail the mental attitudes that got him there. shares numerous funny stories along the way and gives us a real good insight into life of an astronaut such as how to really fix a broken toilet in space and the issues that causes.

Chris did things a little different than other astronauts he tried to share what it was like with as many people as possible via his social media pages. from the sights and sounds of space to making a music video. Chris gives us a rare insight into a world so few get to know.

This was a great read not just to read a bit about what living on a space station is like but also to read just how hard it is to get there. Probably the best read and insight into an astronauts life i have encountered. A must for any bookshelf

3096 Days – Natascha Kampusch

3096 Days – Natascha Kampusch

Such a remarkable story of overcoming inconceivable odds, 2nd March 1998, ten-year-old Natascha Kampusch is grabbed off the street by a stranger, thrown into a van and hidden from the world for 8 years (3096 days to be precise),The mind boggles at what it must be like to go through such an ordeal. Yet fortunately a few years after her escape she works up the courage to put her ordeal down on paper.

She starts be going over her difficult childhood, which not to undermine her story isn’t that too dissimilar from many kids from broken families. We eventually get to the day of abduction where lowlife Wolfgang Priklopil kidnaps her of the street and imprisons her in a tiny 5 square metre dungeon. Naturally she is able to describe in quite good detail what the dungeon is like and all one can think of while reading this, is that he had to of planned something like this for quite some time to have so much hidden below ground.

What follows is a story of her abuse and torment which is never ending and the mental hardships she endures. Instead of listing all the abuse she goes through, which for a read would be quite repetitive, she instead makes the story about what she does mentally to cope with it all. She is brave enough to discuss the opportunities she had for escape and her inability to follow through on those. and is able to talk quite freely about her mental state of mind in regards to her kidnapper.

She choosing to remain silent of the level of sexual abuse as she feels some things need to remain private for her, yet she gives us glimpses at the abuses she received with a few excerpts from her diary. Finally through determination and strong mental processes she is able to seize an opportunity to escape and is returned to the world.

This story just shows what someone can do to overcome insurmountable odds, naturally a bit of research afterwards (she does briefly touch on this in the book) shows sadly how judgmental our society is, and how quick we are to label. but nonetheless this is a great story of the human spirit

Afterwards the reader is left with a strong feeling that if a little ten year old with the right mind set can over come this, then as adults we can achieve and overcome anything