I found this series on my Amazon Prime Reading, and after reading Paul’s book Towards Yesterday (see my review), I decided to read these.

I enjoyed these books…and I didn’t…

I enjoyed them enough to read practically back to back over a long weekend, but I also skimmed a lot.

As I stated in my review of his book Towards Yesterday, sometimes this Author gets WAY TOO descriptive for me.

It gets tedious reading paragraph after paragraph of every movement that happens in a situation. In one of the books, it took forever for him to get the main character out of the garage with a vehicle, when she was being pursued.

Also, in this scene, he made Emily (the main character) way too dumb when it came to vehicles. She had moved to New York, and of course, never found the need to learn to drive. But this Author treated her like she had NEVER even ridden in a vehicle in her entire life. She had no idea which was the gas and which was the brake pedal, which I found ridiculous.

Now, I will admit, I skimmed quite a bit the further I progressed with this series, so I may have missed Emily getting taught (but I doubt it)…so, Emily had never driven a car, yet later in the series she knows how to jump a vehicle and change a tire. Oh, she also learns how to drive a CAT, a boat and a helicopter…(she was trained on the helicopter.)

I also didn’t like how when children were brought into the story, Emily, a single career girl Journalist, knows exactly how to deal with children and knows exactly what to say to calm them down. Not every woman has the mothering  instinct and it gets played over and over in stories, so just a personal bother on that point…it probably wouldn’t bother many others. 😉

Paul is a great writer, and I was hoping to see him grow more as the series progressed. As far as I’m concerned, he could have ditched the second book entirely and condensed it into either the first or third book.

The second book is nothing but Emily’s tedious journey across country to what she hopes is safety. She originally plans to do this by bicycle…and I just can’t even…

Paul makes her a semi-MacGyver that just doesn’t always help make the story work.

Paul leaves all of his surprises in the last few pages, and ends with  cliff hangers.

Overall though, I enjoyed this series and I may or may not read the next one in line. If I do, I will most likely skim it as well.

If he would cut down on the drawn out descriptions of every single breath and movement the characters take, that would really improve these books and his future writings.

I will keep my eye on him though, as he has potential to be a best selling Author.

Believe it or not, I still recommend this series for fans of Sci-Fi. I did enjoy these books for the most part, and the Author does write well enough for you to want to know what happened.

What if everyone went back in time 25 years? “Toward Yesterday” by Paul Anthony Jones


What if…in the middle of an ordinary day of your life, you and everyone else on Earth, suddenly found yourselves 25 years back in time?

Do you think this would be a good or bad thing for you, and what things would you change if given a second chance?

That is the premise of this book by Paul Anthony Jones, and it does make you wonder.

I found this book on my Amazon Prime Reading, and read it in two sittings.

I enjoyed this book, although sometimes the Author got entirely TOO descriptive for me. Sometimes he takes you through absolutely every step and motion a character takes/makes.

It didn’t blow me away, it isn’t one I will read again, but as a fun weekend Sci-Fi read, I do highly recommend it.



THE BOOK OF THE UNNAMED MIDWIFE (Book 1 of 2 in the Road to Nowhere series) by Meg Elison

The unnamed midwife

Get comfortable and don’t plan on getting up until you have read this book from cover to cover.

Imagine a world that due to an extreme outbreak, there is a shortage of women. They and their babies are dying in childbirth.

The main character is an OB/GYN, and she is on a mission to protect women from having babies until the outbreak of the unknown disease can be stopped.

She has a lot of adventures, and even disguises herself as a man, to prevent being raped, or chained by the neck and taken as a sex slave.

There is graphic language and sex in this novel, but it is done in a tasteful, realistic way. What else would you do but cuss like a sailor when it seemed most of the human species has died?

And what else would happen once lawlessness sets in, but rape and violence?

My favorite thing about this book was I did not have to suspend disbelief. And, it really made me think about how reliant we are on common every day needs such as water and electricity. Do we ever stop to think what would happen if the workers who run the utilities were suddenly unable to?

I received this on behalf of NetGalley, and I have nothing but great things to say about this book and this Author.

The characters are complete, the plot is full and does not have any plot holes. I did not have to go back to pages and re-read anything.

This book will be released on October 11th 2016 on Amazon. You can preorder it for $3.99

Please join me in welcoming S.D. Curran as a blogger for January Gray Reviews!

S.D. Curran is an author, blogger, and professor of English at Quincy College and Liberty University. He holds a M.A. in English from National University in La Jolla, CA. He earned his doctorate in 2014 from Jones International University in Centennial, CO.

His second novel, For None of Woman Born was published on January 1st, 2015 and is available from He lives in Massachusetts with his beautiful wife, Bethany, and their neurotic cat, Lancelot.

He enjoys reading science-fiction, history, and literary fiction.

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