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Fly by Night (Criminal Elements Book 2) by Cris and Clare Meyers

March 30, 2017 - 8:07 pm No Comments

Fly by Night (Criminal Elements Book 2) by Cris and Clare Meyers

Published 30th March 2017

256 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

After the heist in Seattle, the gang Renee, Stone, Rook, Carlos and Grace all went their separate ways.

In this story, we follow Rook who after moving back to Philadelphia, is struggling to find work after everyone has shunned him including the rest of the gang. After he starts to hear voices and not even alcohol can drown them out, he decides to call his best friend Carlos” Medium” to see if he can help. But when an explosion in his flat puts them both in danger, he knows that he has to get the gang together to get to the bottom of who is out to kill him.

It was great to see that the characters hadn’t changed, Stone and Renee were still the strong silent type, Medium was still naive and Grace was still the confident savvy one. Written from Rook’s POV, whilst reading this story, you learn more about Rook’s former life and you understand why he comes across as annoying to some people. The comedy element was still there usually involving Rook and it was good to see Grace’s softer side.

I enjoyed reading this book and felt it was better than book 1, the collaboration by the 2 authors were seamless and you could not tell who wrote which scene. This story had more suspense and was full of action. The magical element was still there which added to the danger that the gang were in. A great read which will keep you gripped from page 1.

The Gates: An Apocalyptic Horror Novel (Hell on Earth Book 1) by Iain Rob Wright

March 29, 2017 - 9:21 pm No Comments

The Gates: An Apocalyptic Horror Novel (Hell on Earth Book 1) by Iain Rob Wright

Published by SalGad Publishing Group on 27th August 2015

346 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

The world was in danger, but no one knew it. When large black stones started popping up all round the world, people were drawn to them, not realising how dangerous they were. If anyone touched them they died, but it only got worse when they began to open. Coming to kill all of humankind is the demons from Hell.

The book follows the lives of 5 main Characters, Guy Granger, a father of 2 who spend all his life on the sea as a Coast Guard, Mina Mager and David Davids, photographer and journalist for the Slough Gazette, who were covering the stone in London, Tony Cross, a soldier for the British Army serving in Syria and Rick Bastion, a one hit wonder who spends all his time on his piano with a glass in his hand. One thing they all had in common was when the world was in danger, they all were fighting for survival.

Each chapter told a different character’s story and how their lives were affected. Whilst reading this I felt as if I was watching a number of news channels all talking about the same event, which added to the feeling of dread that something evil was going to happen. As you are reading about each character, you get that instant feeling that nobody is safe. This book is full of action and horrific acts from page 1 and as you get further into the book you wonder how they can go on and fight. When a major event happens not everyone survives so do not be surprised when a character you like meets an early demise. It also goes to show that the unlikely characters are the heroes and I was reminded of the Purge when The Vamps appeared on the scene. There were times when I was reading Rick’s story that I just wanted to bang his and Keith’s heads together as like typical siblings there was constant bickering as Keith was a bossy big brother. One of my favourite characters was Daniel and without giving his story away, I wonder how much of a hero, he is going to be in book 2

An exciting horror story with enough twists to leave you in shock a number of times whilst reading this. I’m all ready for book 2

Perk Noir by Chris Garson

March 26, 2017 - 10:38 am No Comments

Perk Noir by Chris Garson

Published by Optimus Maximus Publishing on 6th July 2016

375 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

After getting injured on the field, former American Football player Mason Barnes became an author. He has a created a series about a ninja spy Mia Killjoy who can kill any assailant with her lady parts, loved by a niche audience all Mason wants to do is to win a Pulitzer. Mason does his writing at Perk Noir, a coffee shop dedicated to Earl “Lightening” Perkins, original owner and little known Jazz player. Being a big fan of Lightening, Mason knew there was more to his life and if he wanted to win that prestigious award, then he would have to investigate and write Lightening’s story. Helping with this story was Shelly a big Mason, Cosplay and Mia fan, who’s family heirloom kicked started the Lightening investigation, but he knew that he had to get to the story before his nemesis, Bancroft.

The way the author described Mason you have a definite picture in your mind whilst reading this story. I found him to be a loveable character, a gentle giant who had a fascination for people’s head size. When he joined up with Shelly their partnership was solid and I felt that she bought out the best in Mason and was always worrying about his wellbeing, especially when Mason suffers a health scare.  Although young in age, she was very mature and was full of confidence and I liked the way that she did not care what people thought about her. The detail that the author put into each character even the minor ones, added more depth to the story. I was instantly drawn to Brett Barlow, the café owner and Professor Harrison Coopers-Clarke Mason’s mentor and I would like to know more about them

Weaving from past to present, helped tell the story of Mason’s investigation, without it being confusing. Lightening’s story was so convincing that I had believed that he was an actual Jazz player. This is a well written book, with a great plot full of twists and turns. I did not want the story to finish but I could not put it down. It had me laughing at Mia’s antics and the constant comparison of head sizes and the final twist I am sure I just sat there with my mouth agape as I definitely did not see that coming.

This is a great story and not just for mystery lovers. I want to read more of Mason and I want to know if Snippy ever loses weight.

Aletheia by JS Breukelaar

March 24, 2017 - 5:33 pm No Comments

Aletheia by JS Breukelaar

Published by Crystal Lake publishing on 24th March 2017

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Thettie Harpur was going home, after 10 years away, wanting to make peace with her cousin Frankie. Going back to Little Ridge, brings back memories and even though the town has changed, people’s views of the Harpur clan hasn’t. Running the clan now was Doc Murphy, a man with a dangerous past who was not one to share his secrets. On arriving Thettie meets up with a local artist who is still haunted by the disappearance of his son and the death of his wife. His only friend is Vernon, a Gila Monster, a lizard rescued from a medical lab whose venom had amazing qualities. Can Thettie get to the mysterious Island and make peace with Frankie? and who is Bryce and why did she find out the Harpurs?

Throughout the book, you are introduced to a lot of characters, each having their individual story but each story interlinked. Whilst reading this book, I felt that Thettie although having all her family around her was a very lonely woman, moving back to Little Ridge brought back a lot of memories and she had a lot of guilt, she only showed her true self when she was with Lee. At the beginning of the book, I could not connect with Bryce and it was not until further into the story that I started to understand her purpose.  Lee and Thettie’s story was at times harrowing and I could not understand how Lee could suffer any more pain. I was intrigued with Aunt Sarey and wanted to know more about her and her strange dogs.

This is a very in-depth book and I found that it was a book that I had to take my time reading. It’s a story about love, betray and loss and is most definitely not your normal ghost story. The detailed writing especially the scenes on the lake added mystery to the book and you do wonder what it under the lake.  Whilst I do not judge a book by its cover, this is beautifully drawn and I feel that the cover captures Thettie sadness. A good story and a book that I will re-read as I am sure I will find something that I had missed.

 

The Rage of Cthulhu by Gary Fry

March 23, 2017 - 7:13 pm No Comments

The Rage of Cthulhu by Gary Fry

Published by Horrific Tales Publishing on 23rd March 2017

98 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

After being medically retired George and his wife decide to spend some of what time he has left travelling round the world. Starting off in the picturesque town of Whitby, George stumbles across a derelict foghorn station and whilst he investigates the damage to the building gets embroiled into a mystery of an ancient being which will follow him around the world.

Not having read HP Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu, I had no idea what this creature was or the history behind it, but after reading this story, I am curious to find out more. From the start of this story you are drawn into a secret that has not been talked about in 50 years, from listening to the two old men’s tales or reading an ancient Norwegian manuscript, you are taken on a journey around the world only stopping when George gets to his final destination. Whether it was in George’s dreams, visiting different places and seeing new cultures all this added to the mystery of the Cthulhu. The use of George’s illness makes you doubt yourself whilst you are reading it, as I kept wavering between thinking it was all in his head and thinking that he was chasing the monster down. Even finishing this book did not solve my dilemma. I had sympathy for Christine, George’s wife as I felt she was struggling between letting him investigate the mystery and believing him and worrying about his illness.

As it is a novella it is a quick read and it is a book you can finish in one sitting. The suspense builds up slowly and I had to keep reading to find out what happened. Whilst reading it I was expecting something dramatic to happen, but when it did, the descriptive way the author wrote those scenes I was imagining being with George and watching him face his demon.

A well written tale of an ancient monster, this will have you gripped to the end a good horror read.