Reviews

Historical Sci-Fi Novels— 

The newest review from Blue Ink Review

Frailey writes in a crisp, lean, and richly detailed style, building a fascinating, absorbing world… Frailey delivers a dynamic multidimensional twist to an otherwise prehistorical drama, something of a cross between Jean Auel’s Clan of the Cave Bear and Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea series. Readers will hope to learn more in future sequels.

As Frailey moves through these various clans and their changing worlds, quests, confrontations, and questions keep their stories and encounters fast-paced.

A wonderful review from D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review.

There are a host of earthly and alien characters and special interests at play, which make it more complex and thought-provoking than your usual alien/human encounter… will delight readers who look for originality and plots that are anything but staid.

From obsessions with gods to visions of a different future, Frailey provides a story that considers the sources of evil, good, and evolving moral senses.

OldEarth ARAM Encounter is more than another alien invasion story. It’s an inspection of budding ideals and values that charts a course through turmoil to find the path that brings peace and resolution to a world, and will prove a satisfying read for sci-fi fans looking for more than a series of confrontations from their alien scenarios.

An official OnlineBookClub.org review

OldEarth Aram Encounter by A. K. Frailey is a book that you’ll read and not forget in a hurry. It is the first of a series of five novels. The history is fascinating, the characters are uniquely intriguing, the plot is very rich, and the events are fascinating.

I couldn’t help but notice the unique way the author presented the chapter titles. Above each heading was the name of the period or location of the events in that chapter. I found it as intriguing as the author’s choice of fonts. Readers would never get lost navigating the content of the book.

This book is one of the best books I’ve read in a long while. The author crafts her words very well as she creates the characters and the events in the book. She does an excellent job of taking us into the mind of the characters. I find no fault with the writing and editing; everything is perfect. Therefore, I rate it 4 out of 4 stars.


“This bold blending of historical fiction with science fiction from Frailey (author of the Newearth series, among other titles) centers on the struggles of ancient peoples on an ancient Earth. 

Complicating the tribal politics is the attention of aliens from other planets, some of whom are mining Earth without the natives’ knowledge—and without much concern for human life. Frailey exhibits a strong command of survival storytelling, plus a welcome interest in the customs and beliefs of her invented clans. One pressing theme is a renewed belief in tales of a “Creator God” whose “mighty hands and scooped out vast lakes and rivers,” while the philosophical idea of evil gets evoked with power. “These men will destroy you because they like the feel of the act,” one character warns. “Their evil is stronger than your good.”

Tense encounters, crisp action, failures of leadership, and dramatic surprises power the story’s main thrust, which concerns the relationships between the ancient humans, both at the tribal and personal levels. Frailey creates compelling characters in each of the human factions, especially Aram, who is haunted by loss, and bold Pele of the river clan. The stakes of their conflict are urgent, as the fate of human development hinges on them.”

Higgins, GoodReads Review

Well written and entertaining, totally enjoyed this book. Can’t wait to read the next book when it comes out.

Linda, Amazon Review

“Aram was an imaginative, creative work. The book was action-packed, not a dull page. Keen insight by the author. She seemed to grasp the time period and filled each page with compassion. I can’t wait for her next book to be published.”

Ostermann, Amazon Review

“Frailey’s characters are complex and varied – no cardboard cut-out Good Guys and Bad Guys here, but no attempt to render right and wrong ambiguous or iffy.”

NickofTime, Amazon Review

“Frailey masterfully combines a story that both looks to humanity’s past and its future, while at the same time creating a suspenseful story that is hard to put down.”

GoodReads Reviewer

“Wonderfully written and an amazingly told story. The author brought to life an ancient time in history and made it real and relevant in the “now” if you will. Richly woven history and adventure. It will speak to you whether you are religious, spiritual, or just looking for a great story. The characters were sharply brought to life against a beautifully drawn background. I’ll be reading the rest of the series.”

Mandy, Amazon Review

“Reading “ARAM” first definitely helps with understanding the plot and characters. All the clans join together again to fight more evil. Ann Frailey is a wonderful writer! Just like “ARAM”, this book makes me feel like each of the characters. I cannot wait to read the third book in the series…”


OldEarth Neb Encounter Amazon Link

Pam, Amazon Review

Rather its characters walk in the sort of uncertainty that characterizes real life and real people trying to make our way in a big, complex world…

When a kind patriarch’s son is accused of murder, buried family secrets arise and the Earth’s destiny is questioned in A. K. Frailey’s historical novel OLDEARTH MELCHIOR ENCOUNTER.

A. K. Frailey’s OLDEARTH MELCHIOR ENCOUNTER is an ambitious historical novel with speculative elements. Set in the middle ages, the book follows the arc of a few years in the life of a kind, aging patriarch named Melchior… Part murder mystery, part family drama, part science-fiction epic, OLDEARTH MELCHIOR ENCOUNTER addresses themes of the line between good and evil and what makes a family.


The murder mystery plot is wrapped up about halfway through the book, and a new drama begins as Melchior’s daughter Adele is forced to marry a king while she is in love with someone else… the overarching plot with the aliens ties everything together to make a cohesive, epic novel.

Dialogue is dramatic and feels real, revealing character personalities while propelling the plot forward. The dialogue performs at its best when it is punchy and expressive, such as when Melchior faces his son Wilfred alongside members of a court to learn about the true murderer and Wilfred’s true identity. Characters love and support each other, or treat each other cruelly, and their actions offer poignant thoughts on family, justice, and what gives life meaning.

OLDEARTH MELCHIOR ENCOUNTER’s unique science fiction twist ties together the dramatic historical events the strong characters experience, which addresses themes of family and justice.

Kirkus Review
Indeed, the self-contained historical storyline is a remarkably effective mix of bittersweet romance and murder mystery—one that also examines the dynamics of politics and power as well as cultural conflicts between pagans and Christians, Anglo-Saxons, and Britons, and landowners and workers. It does it all via the personal perspectives of a family of intriguing, earnest characters. 


Reedsy/Discovery Review by Dustin Lovell

OldEarth Melchior integrates historical and science fiction in unique and intriguing ways. Frailey juxtaposes elements that are not always placed together but which nonetheless work, such as the extraterrestrials’ conceding, and at times assuming as obvious, the existence of a non-contingent Creator God. The integration of supernatural and faith-based topics into science fiction causes OldEarth Melchior to resemble less Star Trek’s Prime Directive and more C.S. Lewis’s space trilogy.

The medieval plot… is excellent, following the emerging and changing character conflicts over several years rather than one single conflict with a final cathartic climax. With its combination of genre and its swath of characters in both plots, OldEarth Melchior features many of the best aspects of both historical and science fiction… the book’s themes are consistent, and the main characters—even the nominal antagonists—round and sympathetic. Above all, the unique maneuvering of a standalone plot within a series plot makes OldEarth Melchior accessible to new readers as well as old.

My Book Addiction

“A classic good vs evil scenario. Well written. Fast-paced and adventure-filled. Readers both young and old will enjoy “The Deliverance” Trilogy. I truly recommend reading all three in this amazing trilogy. The characters come to life on the pages. A must-read! Received for an honest review from the publicist and/or author.”

Rachel, GoodReads
“Neb the Great looks at humanity’s ancient past. The vivid descriptions of different clans bring early humanity alive. While part of a series, Neb works well as a standalone.”


—Science Fiction Novels—

Sandra, Kindle Review

“This was unique, entertaining and I really loved the character development. People I can relate to and actually care about have become few and far between. These characters were so real. I love that.”

Cynthia, Amazon Review

This immensely entertaining novel kept me turning the pages.”

Glenda, Amazon Review

“It is hard to write about a book that moved me so much. Anne made me cry and yet I shook my head at her courage. My belief has actually increased a little by the beauty of this tale. Not so much because of all the inspirational messages but for showing the good, the bad, and all the breadth in between.

Home is where the heart is. But when the world fell apart, an alien race invaded, and my husband and children were in different locations, my heart dug deep into the homestead. If I couldn’t get to them, I’d hold fast, so they had a home to return to...

What if the power went out and never came back on? With an unusual challenge and bizarre twists, Homestead is a truly unique story that inspires thoughtfulness about how we live our lives.

~ Theresa Linden, author of supernatural thriller Tortured Soul

Homestead asks a profound question -

What happens when humanity realizes it needs a power greater than technology?

~ Craig Scalise

A.K. Frailey's newest book is a compelling read and is particularly relevant for current-day events. Highly recommend!

~Ellen Gable, award-winning author

—Short Story Collections—

Diane Donovan, Editor, California Bookwatch 

One Day at a Time And Other Stories is a collection of short works about modern life that speak about letting go, stepping up, and dealing with family and friends alike. It’s a study in relationships that pinpoints moments of discovery, revelation, and understanding which are undercurrents running through life events.

Take “Welfare and Well Being,” for example. Here, an Assistant Dean, husband, and father faces an up-and-coming award and recognition that suddenly changes, on his glory day, to utter loss.

Indeed, these are the nuggets of each story: wisdom and food for thought that take succinct moments of discovery and trials and turn them into opportunities for transformation on different levels.

One Day at a Time And Other Stories is about the kinds of revelations and awakenings that lie in love, to quietly change relationships and individuals alike.

The collection creates an evocative set of separate yet somehow psychologically interconnected life scenarios that explore good intentions, real-world situations, and acts of quiet love, desperation, and redemption.

Readers interested in solid psychological inspections of intention, purpose, and changing perspectives presented as succinct, hard-hitting slices of life will relish the literary and psychological attractions of One Day at a Time And Other Stories.

Steven

I have read several books from the pen of A.K. Frailey, in fact, this is the seventh volume from her pen that I have read… and all are an excellent read. 

Normally when a new collection from Frailey is available I devour it, and often go back and read it at a slower pace.  I must state this is a wonderful collection. Many of the stories are very moving. Some are humorous. And they are all well written. The stories are set in the real world, they could be about you, or me, or people we know.  All Frailey’s works I have read to date have been excellent. I love her collections of stories. They can be returned to again and again…no matter how you read these stories I am certain you will be entertained, blessed, and maybe even challenged. So, in that vein, I challenge you to pick this up and give it a read.

Amazon Reader

“…this is a great collection of short fiction.”

Top 1000 Amazon Reviewer

“When I found out she had a new collection out, this volume, I grabbed it immediately and started reading it that day…This collection is just shy of 400 pages of masterfully written stories. It is immensely entertaining.”

—Inspirational Non-Fiction—

Dobbins, 2020 GoodReads
“I love the comparisons snd the background of the characters. I have enjoyed The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit since I was 16 and read the first pages. This was enriching snd also during this tumultuous time I Am encouraged that others believe in the truth of Jesus and standing up for Truth. Thank you for writing such a wonderful encouraging book.”

McEvoy, 2020 GoodReads

“Wow! This book blew me away. This was the fifth volume I have read from the masterful pen of Ann A.K. Frailey. I have loved everything of hers that I have written. Both the fiction and non-fiction. But as much as I love her fiction, I think this is the best of her works that I have read to date. I honestly believe this is a book any Catholic, any Christian would benefit from reading. To be honest, I bought it because of the author, but it was a very timely read. And one I know I will return to again and again."

Ksneia, Amazon Review

“I loved reading Ann’s wise, hope-giving thoughts about life and love. Truly, life is the art of overcoming obstacles and becoming stronger to live a fuller life. Beautiful work!”

I found myself enchanted by the stories. I laughed and cried. I got some time to think about many things related to the world and to myself as a human being. ~Edith N. Mendel Fréccia

—Children’s Book—

Amazon Review
“Our children really love this book — the two-year-old wanted to hear it again as soon as we finished! We get to experience the simple joys and beauty of life through Tally-Ho. We love how there are a few short stories with beautiful illustrations together in one book so that with younger ones, you can just take one story at a time.”
The Children’s Book Review

https://www.thechildrensbookreview.com/2021/08/the-adventures-of-tally-ho-dedicated-review

Family, nature, faith, home, farming, self-sufficiency.

Tally-Ho lives a life full of wonder and joy, spending her days homeschooling, helping her family with chores, exploring nature, and playing with her brothers and sisters. Sometimes there are things to be worried about, like the big black snake that crosses the yard or the coyotes that howl in the night—but luckily, Tally Ho has a loving family to keep her safe and show her that there’s no danger that can harm her in her home. Whether she’s helping move a swarm of bees into a hive or petting the fluffy, newly hatched chicks, there is always something magical happening to Tally-Ho on the farm!

With an old-fashioned air reminiscent of Swallows and Amazons or Anne of Green Gables, The Adventures of Tally-Ho is bursting with warm and comforting scenes of idyllic pastoral childhood. Tally-Ho spends her days exploring the beauty of nature and being a productive member of a happy family, and each story in the book balances instruction with playfulness. Told convincingly from the child’s point of view, the narration encourages readers to relate to Tally-Ho’s desires, worries, and delights. At the same time, Christine deShazo’s sunny watercolor illustrations help bring the woods and farm to vibrant life.

The Adventures of Tally-Ho is an excellent choice for providing gentle moral modeling and entertainment at the same time.


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