I’m woefully behind on posting reviews of books I’ve read, so I’ll start with Joseph Souza’s latest entry in the post-apocalyptic, horror genre. This isn’t a zombie novel, but the reader will detect (not so subtly) a strong influence from Souza’s The Living Dead Series. The Liger Plague entertains on a visceral level. If you’re a fan of relentless action, bio-conspiracies and devious villains, you feel right at home here. “Maine writer Joseph Souza knows a thing or two about horror. His Reawakening series put a new spin on the undead genre, and Liger carries on his tradition of redefining “everything apocalypse.” No zombies in this one, but you might not notice the difference when the Liger is unleashed on an unsuspecting island population. Once the action starts, Souza doesn’t pull any punches in this high-octane, race against the clock to stop a deranged bioweapons scientist. Cooke’s Island will never be the same again, and neither will any of its inhabitants. Not for the faint of heart, The Liger Plague is a blistering start to a promising high stakes cat and mouse” thriller/horror series.” Get The Liger Plague today on Amazon
I rarely post reviews of my own work here, but two writers have gone above and beyond the call of duty to bring The Perseid Collapse to life for potential readers. Joseph Souza (an award-winning writer and friend) and Devon Kodger (reviewer, blogger and writer) at triplemreviews have written, what I call “dream reviews.” The kind of review every author prays will materialize. Don’t let these two scare you. Any review is a dream come true—good or bad, because it means that someone has read your work and cared enough to express an opinion. It’s all good in my book. Joseph Souza’s review Devon Kodger’s review
Not that this comes as a big surprise. Still, it’s a little surreal to know that another book is out there, for anyone to read. It’s a little scary too, since this is what I do for a living now. Write books. I no longer have a convenient paycheck rolling into my bank account, on top of what Amazon pays me. It’s actually a lot more exciting than scary, and it couldn’t feel better. With that said, The Perseid Collapse is now available on Amazon. You can download the ebook or pre-order a hardcopy(will be shipped Dec 6th), or wait for the audiobook in January—can you really wait? Apparently, someone has already read and reviewed The Perseid Collapse. It’s an incredible review, capturing the essence of the story. Check it out: First Amazon Review for The Perseid Collapse. Another review just hit Amazon from award winning writer and apocalyptic author, Joseph Souza: Souza’s Review Welcome to The Perseid Collapse world!
I had been eyeballing R.E. McDermott’s Deadly Straits for far too long, before I finally jumped in. This is an eye-opening, intense read. High quality all around. I can’t sing R.E. McDermott’s praise enough. If you’re a fan of my Black Flagged series, you’ll sink right into this novel. You can find Deadly Straits on Amazon, at Barnes and Noble and other ebook sites. They are also available as audiobooks through Audible.com or iTunes. My official review: “There are few reading experiences more rewarding, than delving into a well-written novel, by an author who is a subject matter expert in the “fictional” world presented. R.E. McDermott’s Deadly Straights justifiably earns a place at the top of my list of rewarding reads. Having served in maritime and petroleum industries for over thirty years, he knows a thing or two about maritime operations, world-shipping trends and the vulnerabilities of sea-lane chokepoints (Strait of Malacca, Panama Canal, Bosphorus Strait)—and it all comes out in crisp detail, providing the framework for an intricately balanced, international thriller. Deadly Straits introduces the reader to Tom Dugan, a salty maritime executive, who prefers to spend more of his time in the field, inspecting ships, than managing shipping
I rarely read military science fiction anymore. It’s more a function of time than anything else. Beyond beta reading works by other indie authors, I barely have time for my “favorite” standbys of old (Stephen King). Put it on television, and I’m there. The remake of Battlestar Galactica kept us occupied for hours on end (awesome show)…and I still rewatch episodes while pounding the pavement on the treadmill. When Tony Faville announced that he had co-authored a military sci-fi novel, I made the purchase and put it on my Kindle. It sat there for longer than it should have…I really had fun reading HOMEWORLD. It was a guilty pleasure to say the least. My official review follows. If this is your genre, you can pick up a copy HERE. It’s well worth the price of admission. HOMEWORLD hits the mark on many levels, offering the military sci-fi reader the best of both “worlds,” in a near perfect blend of tactical and strategic action with a thoughtful, expansive plot. If this is your genre, the two authors’ collaboration will not disappoint. Reminiscent of Starship Troopers, Battlestar Galactica (the new version) and David Gunn’s Death’s Head, the gritty, often graphic detail brings
Richard Stephenson’s follow up to Collapse will be available Monday, July 15th. If you like epic post-apocalyptic thrillers, Stephenson delivers. Fast paced, dystopian fun…let’s hope his vision of the future never comes to pass. “Fans of Collapse will not be disappointed with Stephenson’s second installment to the New America series. Fast forward eighteen months after the Collapse of 2027, and Howard Beck, president of the Pacific States of America, is plotting to defeat the Unified American Empire and restore unity to a nation torn apart by the nefarious deeds of the Great Empire of Iran…and some particularly opportunistic buzzards in D.C. The author spells it all out in macro detail, then starts to dig in where his strength truly lies…with street level action, bringing along the exceptionally developed cast from Collapse and introducing the reader to new characters. I was particularly happy to see Benjamin Black return with a major role in Resistance. He’s come a long way from the charismatic leader and Walmart destroyer we last saw in Collapse. Black is by far my favorite expanded character, along with a nefarious mystery saboteur/assassin that I couldn’t get enough of. Stephenson treats the reader to just about everything in
Fans of Russell Blake have a lot to celebrate with this novel. The prolific writer has been relatively quiet lately, for good reason. His latest thriller sizzles with intensity and combines the best of Blake’s worlds in one, “must read” novel. This one will leave you questioning everything. Grab a copy HERE. “This is Russell Blake at his best. A perfect blending of Ludlum-esque international conspiracy, “The Firm” like intrigue and Crichton-level biomedical detail. Nobody can take a conspiracy theory and spin it into a convincing, high stakes “cat and mouse” game like Blake. If you think Upon a Pale Horse is just “another medical thriller,” you couldn’t be more sorely mistaken. Blake’s ambitious, finely executed story pits a resourceful attorney, Jeffrey Rutherford, against a ruthless cabal, in a race against time to stop a jaw-dropping plot to unleash the apocalypse and cleanse the world. The background conspiracy fueling Blake’s plot is exquisitely (and frighteningly) weaved, leaving the reader with a well-founded sense of urgency and dread. Tightly staged across two continents, Rutherford’s plight will keep you affixed to the screen, as David takes on Goliath in an unforgettable end game. The intrigue, deception, and twists alone are well worth
I’ll come clean on this one. Through the wonders of Facebook and the internet, I consider the reviewer and her husband friends…HOWEVER, I was biting my nails waiting for “Headshot Heather” to read and review Black Flagged. “Headshot” does not refer to photography (she’s a zombie genre fan…one shot, one kill) and I knew going in that she was a big fan of Jack Bauer and the series “24.” Big shoes to fill, or at least stand in. All of this produced a little “anxiety.” Headshot Heather is a straight shooter (bad pun…I know), so this could have gone sideways on me very quickly. Nothing risked, nothing gained. I’m breathing a little easier now. Check out Doubleshot Reviews’ take on Black Flagged.
Paul Antony Jones is the first “formerly” self-published author that I met when I started my own journey into writing. He has come a long way since then and serves as an inspiration. He truly defines the essence of a “successful” writer, having attracted the attention of Amazon with the self-publishes success of the first book in his Extinction Point series, Extinction Point. You can read my review of the first book in the series HERE. His model of success is simple. Write the best damn book you can, in a genre filled with hungry readers. He truly hit the mark. “Exodus, the long awaited second book in Paul Antony Jones’ Extinction Point series takes his sweeping apocalyptic vision to the next level. The reader catches up with Emily, as she heads north along the Hudson River, on the first leg of her journey to reach Alaska and rendezvous with the only other known group of survivors in North America. Guided by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station, Emily’s trip takes on sudden urgency, when she learns that a massive “red” storm rapidly approaches the eastern seaboard. With her trusty canine companion and an unexpected addition to her entourage, Emily
I’ll be the first to admit that the title is a little strange…purposefully. Anyone familiar with the hardboiled detective noire of the 50’s will get the play on words. While not a huge fan of the 50’s detective noir on paper, I have an affinity for modern adaptations. Think about the movie L.A. Confidential, and you’ll be headed in the right direction. This was a fun read, at a time when I had just started to dig into the zombie genre. Faville pulls this off brilliantly. “Easing into the Zombie genre is no easy feat. The sheer volume of books can be overwhelming, and like any genre, quality can run the the full spectrum. Most of these books are released by small press publishers and are relatively unknown outside of the Zombie-genre community. Fortunately for me, I had a shepherd, who regularly edits for these publishers…and has apparently read every zombie book on the market. As a disclaimer, I have read World War Z…which I thoroughly enjoyed, so this isn’t my first zombie book. Tony Faville’s Avery Nolan: Private Dick of the Dead came highly recommended as a primer, and based on the title, I was skeptical…but this novella exceeded