Saturday, November 2, 2013

Review/Giveaway: Last Flight of the Ark by D.L. Jackson

Evolution never happened so fast.

Twelve hours away from Terra II, Colonel Kaleb Titan, a molecular geneticist and commander of the Ark, faces a life-or-death choice that could change the fate of mankind.

The Ark travels with a hold full of wildlife and three crew members. When a wolf bite and genetically-altering gamma radiation transform Kaleb, he notices his senses have been heightened, his libido has gone haywire, and he can’t keep his hands off his crew. Worse yet—or better—they don't seem inclined to stop him.

When their sister ship arrives early, Kaleb’s problems compound. As soon as the command crew of the Genesis II boards, one whiff tells Kaleb they’re not from Earth. He quickly begins to believe they may be far more ominous than anyone could have imagined. If he’s forced to employ biological warfare against them, will it be enough to save humanity?

History is about to repeat, and only one species will survive.

My Review:

Last Flight of the Ark is an epic sci-fi story that grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. It had everything it needed and then this great ménage was thrown in that really worked for the characters. I found myself really loving Kaleb and his quick mind, Melissa and her sexy in charge attitude, and the softer Jessica who’s the glue that holds them together.

I easily understood the idea behind the story and what was happening, and lived it right along with the crew. I cheered, I was scared, I fell in love, and I felt it all. D.L. Jackson does a superb job building this unique yet familiar world that I would love to visit again. I honestly want to know what happens on the new planet as the future unfolds. Everything that happens, had logical steps leading up to it, so it never felt forced, there was excellent foreshadowing that any sci-fi fan could easily pick up on. That enhanced the story while at the same time someone new to the genre would be pleasantly surprised but understand what was happening. There was only one thing that I wished I had found out the outcome of, but it didn't detract from the main storyline, and there is definitely enough action that I was glued to the edge of my seat. 

I was extremely satisfied at the end of the story and would recommend this to fans of sci-fi stories with a paranormal twist. It’s definitely a must read and should be picked up immediately.

5 Books

I received a copy in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated for my review.

About the Author:

D. L. Jackson is a writer of urban fantasy, science fiction, military romance and erotic romance. She loves to incorporate crazy plot twists, comedy and the unexpected into her worlds. As a U.S. Army veteran, she naturally adores men in uniform and feels the world could always use more. She does her part by incorporating as many sexy soldiers in her novels as she can. When she isn't writing or running the roads, you can often find her online chatting with her peers and readers. Grab a cup of iced coffee, pull up your virtual chair and say hi. She loves emails and blog visits from her readers.

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Enjoy the following excerpt for Last Flight of the Ark:

He walked up on Jessica, peering over her shoulder into the cage at a snarling Sheba. The bitch caught sight of Kaleb and backed up with a whine, sinking to her belly.

“I’ll be,” Jessica muttered. “She’s submitting to you.” Her ponytail smacked him in the face as she turned. He flinched and knocked it out of his eyes.

“She’s not stupid.” He glared at Sheba, whose tail thumped against the floor. Her golden eyes studied him. “She knows I mean business.”

Jessica grinned. “I don’t think that’s it. I think she’s got a crush on you. She likes you.”


“Sheba’s the alpha female. She doesn’t submit to anyone but the alpha male. Hence the reason she bit Lobo. He’s not alpha enough.” Jessica eyed Kaleb. “Apparently you are, sir.”

“Will she let me in the cage?”

Jessica shrugged. “She’s not growling, and we’ve got to try something. I’d hate to tranq her again. Use that catchpole over there with the loop in the end.”

He nodded and snagged the pole. One way or another, someone had to go in there. If Sheba liked him, it might as well be him. “Open the door when I say and get the tranq gun in case she gets ugly. First sign of aggression, put her out. I’d rather keep my arm.” He’d request they import another if this didn’t go well. He eyed the wolf. “Sorry, sweetheart, I have priorities. Just be a good girl, and everything will be fine.”

Jessica loaded a cartridge into the gun. “Ready?”

Kaleb nodded and Jessica opened the door. He stepped inside and it clanged shut behind him. “Hey, girl.”

With a growl that sounded more like a roar, Sheba launched from the corner. Her paws landed on his chest, knocking him to the floor. Kaleb only had seconds to register her open jaws and large teeth. He threw his forearm over his throat. Sheba latched on, sinking into flesh. A crunch and then sharp pain shot up his arm. Oh, God. Her teeth had pierced bone.

“Shoot her!” The bitch shook her head side to side, shredding flesh, and wouldn’t stop until she’d ripped his arm off or torn out his throat. 

“Anytime…ahhh.” Crunch. Easing her grip and then clamping back down on another part of his arm, she backed up and tried to pull his limb from where he’d blocked her access to his jugular. It was the wolf or him. “Kill her!” Little flickers of light swam before his eyes as pain exploded through his body. “Now!”

The tranq popped and was followed by a yelp from Sheba, who released his arm and staggered back. Blood dripped from her muzzle and stained her white fur. She swayed and dropped to the floor with a snort. Her front paw dug at air as she fought the drug.

“Omigod.” Jessica threw the door open and rushed to his side. “You okay?”

Kaleb glanced at his blood-soaked sleeve. “She likes me, huh?” He cringed as pain radiated from his fingers to his shoulder. Last time he’d trust a smiling female. They were all trouble.

Jessica helped him to sit up and ripped his sleeve open, staring at the bite. Blood pumped from the wound and formed a puddle on the floor. “Can you walk to the med-bay?”

“Does it look like she bit my leg?” he snarled.


D.L is giving away a copy of Rebel Souls and a copy of Courtesan Boot Camp.  Both sci fi. I can vouch that they are both excellent books. To enter please leave a comment with your email address. Ends November 5th.

1 comment:

  1. First, I would like to thank my hostess for the wonderful review and having me on her blog.

    For one lucky commenter, I'm giving you either a print copy of Courtesan and Rebels, which is Rebel Souls and Courtesan Boot Camp, or both the e-books.

    I'll draw a name on November 6th and announce my winner. So be sure to leave a comment and you're email where you can be contacted.