Sep 9, 2011

Review and contest: UPGRADER: RE-ENGINEERED, by Terry Tibke

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When Ali Cross asked me to participate in Terry Tibke's Upgrader blog tour, I got excited because I had seen Terry's posts about the book several times. I read Upgrader on my iPhone, but there are several other ways to get engrossed in Terry's e-book.

Right off the bat, we are thrown into action as a massive explosion takes place. It's a bit jarring, but it works well and sets up the intensity of the novel. The first chapter is cryptic, but detailed, and I knew right away that this was going to be an exciting mystery/adventure story. 

The plot moves quickly as the world we know, Dylan's world, is meshed with the world of Brahm and other terrors. Terry makes sure to implant back story at the appropriate moments, but for the most part Upgrader moves very fast. In fact, it ended a bit too quickly for me. I only wish I had more time with the creepy monsters and the formidable characters (the good and the bad ones!)

Anyway, most readers will quickly identify with Dylan and find it exciting to be in his shoes with his recent development of "special powers" and bizarre nemeses. The sci fi nature will satisfy boy readers, and is appropriate for kids even as young as 10. Adults will also enjoy Upgrader, especially for the fact that it is such a quick read.

For $2.99, I hope you'll give Upgrader a chance. You definitely need to visit Terry or Ali and read the other posts along the tour to read about an interesting journey to publication.

AND you can win a $10 Barnes and Noble by stating the type of weapon you'd want to appear out of your skin in the comments. Don't worry, your skin will heal (mostly) each time you use it. I'll use to select a winner after 11:59 pm EST on Friday, September 16.


  1. It's weird, because when my Kindle first downloaded the copy Terry sent me, it said it was not compatible with my Kindle, so I didn't read it. Then a few days later, on a whim, I checked, and the book was there, and it worked.

    I haven't finished it, but I'm enjoying it so far.

  2. Sounds like a cool book! Is it hard on the eyes to read a book on an Iphone?

  3. This sounds like a great book. I can't wait to download a copy! Thanks for the review. :)