​Dead Ends

TAYLOR JONES SAYS: In Dead Ends by Ken Newman, Jabal Shaun is dying, making him a perfect pawn for a race of super beings called the Deverow. Since Jabal would die without intervention, the Deverow classify him as a Dead End, someone who can be used by the Deverow for the “greater good,” at least as the Deverow define it. Jabal has invented a new technology that the Deverow want to use to defeat a race of beings who will do great damage to the universe. What Jabal and the other Dead Ends the Deverow have recruited want makes no difference to the Deverow. But they are in for a surprise as the group of misfit Dead Ends recruited have a few demands of their own.

The story is intriguing and complex, told from several points of view, but I found it easy to follow and hard to put down—a thoroughly entertaining read.

REGAN MURPHY SAYS: Dead Ends by Ken Newman is the story of a group of young people with no future. All of them are going to die young, thus ending their influence on their home world. So the Deverow, a race of people with technology so advanced they seem almost like gods, arrange for the Dead Ends to continue living—at a price, the price being that the Dead Ends do the Deverows’ bidding, whether they want to or not. But even the Deverow make mistakes, and some Dead Ends don’t cooperate the way they should, so things don’t go exactly as planned.

I really enjoyed Dead Ends. While it reminded me at times of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, it’s a lot more logical, easy to follow, and suspenseful, the characters more rational and realistic. If you are a science fiction fan at all, this one is a must read.

5.0 out of 5 stars A+ By Amazon Customer on December 19, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
Must read! Kept my attention through the entire book. Recommend for any adult looking for a great read. Newman did an excellent job!

4.0 out of 5 starsGood story By bhai on 13 Nov. 2016
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A very good story. Hope will expand the story including more about Opia and SD and how they come into the story.


TAYLOR JONES SAYS: In Forsaken by Ken Newman, Maggie Black is a Paladin, a warrior for good. Tall, beautiful, and fierce, she serves a fallen angel, Larry, whom she loves like a father, fighting evil with her magic sword Kali, in hopes of helping the fallen angel redeem himself and get back into Heaven. But Larry betrays her and Maggie becomes Hajar (the forsaken), a slave for an evil witch, forced to commit crimes to support her new mistress’s lifestyle. Enter Gideon Kane, mercenary and champion for good. He was once a powerful warrior, but now he’s a shriveled old man, at the end of his life. Maggie’s witch mistress sends her after Kane, hoping he can decipher a mystic book for her. When Maggie shows up and reveals her painful story, Gideon takes it as a sign that he has one last mission before he dies and he decides to rescue Maggie and her fellow slaves from their evil mistress.

Newman has crafted an adventure/romance/thriller with a little something for everyone. The plot is strong with plenty of surprises. It will catch and hold your interest from beginning to end. I give the book 4.6 Stars.

REGAN MURPHY SAYS: Forsaken by Ken Newman doesn’t really fit into any one genre. It’s part romance, part mystery, part thriller, and part adventure. Our protagonist, Gideon Kane was once the kind of hero fiction novels were written about. But that was a long time ago, and now he’s tired, old, lonely since his beloved wife died, and disillusioned. Still, when a young woman in trouble shows up on his doorstep, Gideon decides he’s up for one last mission. Maggie, the young woman, was a warrior for good, the champion of a fallen angel. Then the angel betrays her and she ends up as a slave to the evil Mrs. Kerr. Controlled by a hair-thin collar around her neck, capable of inflicting unimaginable agony, Maggie is forced into a life a crime to supply her new mistress with the finer things in life, betraying her Christian values. Together, she and Gideon go on a quest to find the Tree of Life for Mrs. Kerr in exchange for Maggie’s freedom. It’s an adventure that will change both of their lives forever.

Forsaken is a unique reading experience, reminiscent of Indiana Jones and The Shadow. Although the story is set in present day, it has a bit of an old-time feeling to it which is very appealing. This one is a page turner, with enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the end. I’m giving Forsaken 4.5 Stars.