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The Veil (Testaments I and II) by Joseph D’Lacey

January 10, 2017 - 7:29 pm No Comments

The Veil (Testaments I and II) by Joseph D’Lacey

Published by Horrific Tales Publishing on 26th November 2016

144 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

I bought a hardback copy of this book at the launch party, but for convenience I also downloaded it on kindle unlimited.

Set in a world where everything mechanical stops. Cars don’t run, mobiles are silent The Veil is split into 2 parts or testaments, each one telling the story of a survivors set in 2 countries trying to escape the Stricken/Commuters

Testament I: A group of survivors are trying to stay alive. In a block in America these survivors are up against The Commuters. What was different about this disaster was it only changed white collar workers, the working class were left alone.  We follow Sherri, a hairdresser in her former life but now an integral part of the Kill Crew, she spent her days looking after Trixie a young orphan and her evenings killing The Commuters. This story was full of suspense which only built when Sherrie and her 2 fellow member left their sanctuary.

Testament II: Set in the Cotswolds UK, Rob and his family try escape the unrest, they find themselves in an isolated farmhouse. The longer they stay together, cracks start to appear in their relationship. On one of his many travels to get food, Rob makes a fatal escape, which will change all their lives for ever.  I read Rob’s captivity with unease thanks to the descriptive way the author wrote these scenes.

Both stories had one thing in common, the main characters had the need to survive and to protect their family.

This book is completely different to anything I have read before. I enjoyed reading both experiences of the same horror and although I had no idea what attacked the planet and what the creatures were, this did not spoil my enjoyment and my imaginative went into overdrive trying to work out what they were.

A great post-apocalyptic story that has it all.

A Path of Ashes (The Path of Ashes Book 1) by Brian Parker

August 30, 2016 - 8:40 am No Comments

A Path of Ashes (The Path of Ashes Book 1) by Brian Parker

Published by Muddy Boots Press (29th May 2015)

326 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

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The majority of the Dystopian books I have read start after the event, but this story was about the event its self.

The book starts off 150 years after the event with a grandad telling his grandchildren the story about their ancestor Aeric and how he survived the nuclear war.

Aeric an 18 yr old, was at college miles from his over-bearing parents when the riots began. his roommate Tyler had moved to Austin, hoping there would be more understanding over his sexuality. After the riots started they both knew that they needed to get out of Austin and check on Aeric’s parents. So they both embark on a long tiring journey all the way realising that they need to survive whatever the cost.

At the start of this story Aeric was a timid guy, who had never had to look after himself, Tyler was laid back. By the end they had become hardened and more mature. The way the author wrote this book you felt that you were going on the journey with Aeric and Tyler and you were willing them to survive. Throughout their journey, they both had to do things that they were not comfortable with, but if your life was in danger then you do what you need to do. Like all dystopian stories there are good and evil people in the world, but Justin the leader of the Vultures was one on his own. To do to the world what he had done just to get revenge on someone who ruined his career was unbelievable. Even though Aeric and Tyler were hardening up on their travels they still showed compassion to people, and them rescuing a young child showed this.

Yes, there are some graphic scenes in this book, but this is life, this made the story. Full of action, it kept me awake as I wouldn’t put it down, I wanted to finish this book. A great read and now I want to read book 2