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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

Beatrice Beecham’s Cryptic Crypt by Dave Jeffery

March 3, 2017 - 5:51 pm No Comments

Beatrice Beecham’s Cryptic Crypt by Dave Jeffery

Published by Crystal Lake Publishing on 3rd March 2017

277 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

Dorsa Finn, has its secrets. A typical quiet coastal town where everyone knows each other. Mayor Codd wants to keep his town peaceful, so when the Blue Thunder Foundation wants to set up their new base, Mayor Codd jumps at the chance and wants every teenage boy to sign up to the project. Beatrice, Patience, Elmo and Lucas are The Newshounds; 4 teenagers who like nothing else but a good mystery but with strange tremors, re-educated boys and history resurfacing they get more than they bargained for.

It takes a skill to write from the POV of a teenager without it sounding annoying and immature and Dave Jeffery has nailed it. These 4 teenagers had a really great friendship and relied on each other for support. I did not find any of the characters annoying. I personally thought that the girls Beatrice and Patience was the brains behind the group. Beatrice was a great chef and I did smile to myself when to help her make decisions had an imaginary debate with her favourite chefs and Patience had a knack with languages and that came in useful when a new resident came to live in Dorsa Finn who was deaf. When the older generation were in trouble, the Newshounds were the ones they called. Talking about the older residents Maud and Agnes where my favourites characters as they reminded me so much of Cissie and Ada, and if you are too young to remember them, then google Les Dawson

Using the link between the Occult and the Third Reich as the base of the story added mystery and intrigue. This enabled the author to explain the history of some of the older residents of Dorsa Finn whilst adding a supernatural element to the story.

This book is not just for teenagers, as an adult I enjoyed reading it as there was enough mystery and intrigue to keep my interest. The author teased you throughout the book dropping hints about what the Blue Thunder Foundation were and what their beliefs were but it was not till the end of the book that the secrets came out. This is the 1st book that I have read by Dave Jeffery and although there are other books starring Beatrice Beecham, you do not have to read them to understand and enjoy this story. Move over Nancy Drew, watch out Mystery Incorporated there are a new gang of teenagers in town.