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Bad Reputation by Lily Luchesi

April 5, 2018 - 5:17 pm No Comments

Bad Reputation by Lily Luchesi
Published by Vamptasy on 31st March 2018
56 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Bree Carson is a vampire. From the moment she was turned she vowed to wipe out evil. She now spent her time hunting criminals, human or supernatural she was not fussed. Humans and supernaturals live together in a sort of harmony, but the new mayor was happy and vowed to wipe out every non-human. However when the Mayor needed help, she went against her beliefs and asked Bree to help in a life or death situation.
This is a standalone story which I hope leads to a series. It has a feel of her Paranormal Detective series and Bree has the same qualities as Angelica Cross. She is confident in her abilities and whilst she spends the majority of the time killing targets who deserve it, there is a softer side to her. As the story progresses we get to find out her links with the Mayor, as how Bree came to lose her family.
As it is a novella it is a quick read, and I was amazed how much the author put in the story. There is action and tension throughout. If you have never read anything from this author than Bad Reputation is a good book to start with.

The Exphoria Code by Antony Johnston

April 4, 2018 - 9:16 pm No Comments

The Exphoria Code by Antony Johnston
Published by Lightning Books by 16th November 2017
448 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

I have not read a techno thriller in awhile, mainly because nothing has taken my fancy. However when I read the blurb, this grabbed my attention.
Brigitte Sharp works for MI6, an ex hacker who had lost all confidence after her last mission went fatally wrong. Spending most of her time in chat rooms, chatting with like-minded people she felt more a home behind a screen. After coming across some strange posts, that looked like artwork, her and closest friend Ten get embroiled in what they think is a bit of fun, but not long after Brigitte comes to realise how serious the posts are.
Brigitte was likeable from the start, she wasn’t one of those cocky spies that you usually read about. It was hard for her as she could not tell anyone about her job and her relationship with her sister was a bit strained. Her love of goth style and music made her an unlikely spy, but that is what I liked about her, as she was easily overlooked as non threatening. She was happy to have a desk job and spent a lot of her time trying to stop them sending her back in the field. But after losing her friend she knew that she had no choice and become the spy she was. As the story progressed you also get to know about Brigitte’s fatal mission which is written as a number of flashbacks, but it is not near the end that we get to know the full story.
The author has a way of leading you down the wrong path and there was many a time that I thought I knew where the story was going and who the mole was. However, when the mole was revealed, I got it completely wrong, but that was only the beginning. The story gets more intense and you get to see just how good Brigitte’s skills are, but she does not do it alone. Like all good spies she has a good team working with her and as a threat becomes more imminent she gets help from MI5 and GCHQ. This book is full of action, fast paced and I was hooked from the beginning. This is a standalone story and I hope there will be more Brigitte Sharp.

Tip of the Iceberg by Ash Hartwell

March 31, 2018 - 11:15 am No Comments

Tip of the Iceberg by Ash Hartwell
Published by Stitched Smile Publication LLC on 6th September 2017
231 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Whether it be via the film or a history class, we all know what happened on to the Titanic on its virgin voyage to America, but could there be an alternative theory why the Titanic was hit by an iceberg.
The story mainly follows Esme, a newly hired chambermaid. Patrick and “Sir Bernard Astor” both wanting to make a fresh start in America, Pandora the monkey brought on board by Patrick, Mrs Bridget Grafton, newly wed to Captain Grafton a manipulating bully and the crew of the RMS Titanic.
The first part of the book really sets the scene. You get to know about all the major characters and as I knew the history of the Titanic, I was making a mental note who I wanted to meet their end and when you read this book I am sure you come up with one character in particular.
The story was well planned the start of the virus was not your usual zombie bite. If you have seem the film Outbreak then you know what I mean. Having the horror on a ship afloat, made it more intense as you know that there was nowhere to go. From the initial attack the action was non stop but whilst panic was aboard, people still went on with daily business eating, drinking and socialising. The story was well descriptive and you could picture yourself being on board, as you followed the lives of the first and second class passengers. The horror element was full on showing how serious the situation was and as the story was coming to an end you could understand the Captain’s desperation to sink the ship.
This is the first story I have read from this author and I will definitely read more. Whilst we all know what happened to the Titanic, we do not know what happened to the survivors but I hope that will be another story. A must for horror lover who love an alternative history.

Frostbite by Dave Jeffery

March 30, 2018 - 9:27 am No Comments

Frostbite by Dave Jeffery
Published by Severed Press on 8th June 2017
140 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Hastings, a washed up special forces was hired by Appleby a man of means. All he had to do was to rescue his son from the Himalayas after he went in search of the Yeti. Armed with his old troop, Hastings thought how hard would it be. How wrong was he.
When you are introduced to Hastings, Knowles and Vine, they are stuck in a rut. Hastings is in a dingy B&B feeling sorry for himself, Vine and Knowles are stuck in jobs going nowhere. When an “easy” mission comes their way, its a chance of them getting out. Whilst reading this story you get to know more of their past, the reasons they joined up and what made them the soldiers they became.
This starts out as typical monster hunt, but as the story progresses you know that these monsters are not from this world. The sci-fi element came as a complete surprise as I was expecting Yeti rampage. The friendship with Knowles and “Sully” made him more humanised and as you find out what happened to his family, you can understand why he was in the caves. The villains had a James Bond feel to them and whilst I had my suspicions I still not get the reason why they where there.
This book is full of action and with plot twists throughout made me want to know what was going to happen. The story is well plotted and flows smoothly, the major battle scenes were full on and even when there was a lull, you are always expecting something to happen. The style of this author’s writing makes you appreciate reading this in the warmth of your home as the descriptive scenes in the Himalayas made me feel cold.
If you like your monster stories with a difference then pick up this book

Zomcats by Jack Strange

March 29, 2018 - 8:41 am No Comments

Zomcats by Jack Strange
Published by KGHH Publishing on 1st October 2016
252 pages
Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Having not read any of this authors work before, I went into this book not knowing what to expect.
President Doughnut has an outbreak of zombies in his country, he seeks help from Prime Minister Camemblert who eradicated the zombies. Unbeknown to both of them Henderson, the first zombie cat is building up his gang and goes on an attack in Huddersfield and the surrounding area.
There are quite a few characters in this story and some are larger than life. The illustrative description of each character gave you a clear picture of what they were like and you will recognise some of them straightaway. One of my favourite characters was Macho Havoc, an over-exaggerated one man killing machine. He was a man of few words, but always got the job done.
When I started reading this book I did not realise that this followed on from Celebrity Chef Zombie Apocalypse, but the story is easy to follow, There are explanations throughout so you knew what had happened . Even the minute details are described in detail and I was trying to stop laughing as I was guessing what was going to happen. This book had a feel of an 80s comedy sitcoms, I used to see on TV, and the Prime minister reminded me of Jim Hacker from Yes Prime Minister .
I am glad I read this book at home as I would have got some looks from the commuters on the train when I kept laughing out loud. A hilarious read, an unexpected ending and it enforces my decision why I am a dog lover.