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Fort by Mark Allan Gunnells

Dec 3, 2018 - 10:26 pm No Comments

Fort by Mark Allan Gunnells
Published by Sinister Grin Press on 19th November 2018
164 pages

As my daughter is at university and whilst I know her campus is safe, reading Fort made me wonder how safe will she be if there was a zombie breakout. With lots of people either living on campus or using the facilities, could she survive?
From the moment you start reading you are taken on a journey of survival. With students trapped all over campus, the story follows them from the start of the outbreak. Within the group, the author concentrated on a handful of characters, this enabled you to really get to know them and when a mix-match group get together, there will be some that you like instantly, whilst others you wish the zombies would eat quickly. With the help of the pre-zombie backstories, you get to find out how much the characters had changed.
This story does not romanticize a zombie outbreak, there are some emotionally charged scenes and your heart goes out to the ones they lost. There is one scene that I never saw coming and whilst I will not give it away, it was one of my favourite scenes of the story. This story was a quick read as there was always something going on whether they were planning their next forage for food or running from zombies. This story has it all love, action, tears and tantrums and a good read for zombie and horror lovers.

Unholy Land by Lavie Tidhar

Dec 1, 2018 - 8:17 pm No Comments

Unholy Land by Lavie Tidhar
Published by Tachyon Publications on 6th November 2018
290 pages

Living in Palestine is dangerous, even getting on a bus could get you blown up. A wall is being built to keep the Ugandans out, but there is a lot of unrest and the Ugandans want their land back.
Lior Tirosh is an author of detective novels that you normally see for sale at airports. Having moved to Berlin to escape the troubles, he has to return to Palestine to visit his sick father, but whilst there he finds out that his niece is missing. As soon as he starts his journey, he soon becomes a person of interest. Can he put what he writes into practice?
This is one book I will probably read again, as I am sure that I have missed something, which made the review quite hard to do. This book switches between 1st and 3rd person POV which I got into quickly as it was seamless, enabling the reader to follow Lior as he steps on the plane and the danger he is going home to and also following the watchers. One of my favourite characters was Special Agent Bloom, not from this world but a man of morals and always wanted to do what’s right.
This starts off as a mystery and whilst it was a slower pace, really held my interest as there was always something going on. The addition of the sci-fi element took the story in another direction and I did find myself re-reading parts so I could follow what was going on, although I was a bit confused at the end.
If you like alternative history than this is a good book to read as it does get you thinking what if with its mashup of genres it will attract a lot of readers.

Sextet by Mark L Fowler

Nov 21, 2018 - 10:13 pm No Comments

Sextet by Mark L Fowler
Published 21st November 2018
286 pages

A sextet is a formation containing exactly six members. It is commonly associated with vocal or musical instrument groups but can be applied to any situation where six similar or related objects are considered a single unit.
Talented musicians, Penny and Susan were twins and the apple of their parent’s eye. Unbeknown to their parents they used to play a dark and twisted game, that used their love of music. Now 17 Susan was in a psychiatric unit after suffering a horrific attack and Penny was trying to make amends. In Penny’s mind music was a great healer, but to enable her to compose a masterpiece, she had a unique way of doing it.
Penny was highly intelligent and knew how to play to her strengths to get what she wanted. She was good at manipulating situations and this showed with her relationship with her music teacher Marcus Redfearn. Whatever she did she could always justify her actions. Overlapping Penny’s story was Philip Waters and his harebrained scheme to get rich. Wanting to find the next music genius, he put an ad out for original music. Philip and his partner Olivie Roxburgh were two of the most self-centred characters I have read in a while and I couldn’t believe that were a couple
From the 1st graphic murder, I knew that I would enjoy this story. It was fast-paced as I wanted to know where the story was going. Throughout the story more about Penny and Susan’s younger years are revealed, but it is not until near the end do you find out what Susan has grown up to be like. It was hard to decide who out the twins were worse and how their parents were oblivious to the girl’s actions.
This was one psychological thriller that kept me in the dark right up to the dramatic ending, with its unique storyline is a must read for thriller lovers.
This was the first book by this author that I have read and I will definitely look out for more of this author’s work

The Girl in the Fort by Tracy Fahey

Nov 19, 2018 - 10:47 pm No Comments

The Girl in the Fort by Tracy Fahey
Published by Fox Spirit Books on 26th October 2017
230 pages

Vivian was a city girl born and bred in Dublin, she acted older than her age. When her dad had to go to America, he left her with her maternal grandparents. Not knowing anything about them and being stuck in the country with nothing to do, she hated everything about it. However, when she began to learn about the folklore and found the fort, her time there became more interesting.
Vivian was like a lot of young girls, living in a city there was always something to do. Staying in the country she had a lot of adjusting to do.
Set in the 80s I enjoyed reminiscing whilst I read this story, especially getting Smash Hits every week and using the family phone to make a call and not to chat for ages.
As the author is an expert in folklore, I knew that I would be transported into a magical read and I was not disappointed. A coming of age story, you follow Vivian as she makes new friends and starts to believe in magic. When there was trouble she showed a certain level of maturity which you would not expect in such a young girl. Scattered throughout the story was old folklore tales told by her Grandma, and I enjoyed reading her stories as it linked the past to Vivian’s present. This was an easy read as it was so beautifully written, the descriptive writing enabled you to imagine that you had found the fort and was exploring the countryside. As I was reading this I did wonder whether the author delved into her childhood for her ideas as I imagined her listening to tales told by her grandma.
This is a perfect book for any age and a book that you get so involved in that you can read it in one sitting. I am looking forward to reading more from this author and I hope that she brings out more novels.

Beatrice Beecham’s Ship of Shadows: A Supernatural Adventure/Mystery Novel by Dave Jeffery

Nov 16, 2018 - 7:07 pm No Comments

Beatrice Beecham’s Ship of Shadows: A Supernatural Adventure/Mystery Novel by Dave Jeffery
Published by Crystal Lake Publishing on 16th November 2018
307 pages

Beatrice and the rest of the Newshound had survived the Cryptic Crypt and now the darkening heart was lying dormant in Dorsal Finn. But like all evil entities, it won’t rest forever. Now on their school holidays, they are enjoying their freedom and looking forward to a celebrity party on The Spirit of the Ocean. But what they don’t plan for is revenge from a 16th-century witch.
Beatrice and her friends are a lot closer and you can tell that the prophecy of the Darkening heart is playing on their minds. Whilst Beatrice is still the star of the show, the story’s plot gave the opportunity for other characters to show what they are made of. One such character was Emily, being profoundly deaf did not stop her doing anything that she wanted, and when their lives were in danger she knew exactly what to do. She was confident and strong-minded, my only dislike was the football team that she supported, but I can forgive her for that. The other character that had matured was Thomas, Beatrice’s little brother, whilst he still annoyed her with his fixations you could see how much he cared for her and when they were separated, he put his fear aside to get involved in the fight.
From page 1 you are drawn into an action-packed adventure and with the magical element enables the author to introduce some very strange creatures. The story was a quick read as there was always something going on. The descriptive scenes enable your imagination going into overdrive. Scattered throughout are funny one-liners, usually down to Edna, Dorothy, Maud and Agnes, 4 old dears that like to put the world to rights and you will find yourself having a little giggle at their expense.
Whilst it is the 2nd in the series it can be read as a standalone as anything important is explained in detail. This is the perfect book for a youngster who wants a scary bedtime story or to encourage an older child to pick up a read. However, as an adult, I loved it as it reminded me of books like the Famous five or a Nancy Drew book. Another great addition to the Beatrice Beecham series.