Blood Skies by Steven Montano REVIEW

11439413Over the past few years, Post-Apocalyptic novels, shows, and films have captured many people’s’ imaginations. Though the usual cause has always been the same: man mistreating the environment , nuking everything , et cetera. But what if the calamity was magic entering our world ?

Sounds like a cheesy concept, but Montano makes it work. He also combines the military fiction and horror genres, with fantasy but it doesn’t feel out of place. The characters are an absolute treat to read. The villains aren’t too bad either.

Also no whiny kids in the plot is a plus! (Looking at you Divergent !) I really hope more post-apocalyptic tales follow suit.

Overall , I give it 4 stars. If you like The Dark Tower series, and novels like Starship Troopers, Blood Skies is for you.

Thr3e by Ted Dekker REVIEW

I’m a big Ted Dekker fan. But I didn’t start with Thr3e. I first read Showdown, and fell in love with the quick paced, and thought provoking writing. Then I burned through Blink and The Circle Trilogy. (All amazing in there own right.)

I’ve been itching to read more of Dekker’s books, so I decided to start with his first novel Thr3e. It had a great suspenseful first few chapters, but by the time I got to the middle, it became an extremely slow read. Too many unnecessary scenes, and clunky descriptions and dialog.

It didn’t get good again to close to the end… But the end wasn’t too satisfying, and I felt like my time was wasted.

If you’reTedDekker_Thr3e reading Dekker for the first time, skip this book and read Showdown or Blink instead. His writing has improved greatly since Thr3e was released.

Overall, I give the book 3 out of 5 stars.

‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King REVIEW

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With books & shows like The Vampire Diaries, and True Blood dominating pop culture, (And that book about sparkling vampires everyone talks about. I don’t know what it ‘s called… 😉 )  people have forgotten what a Vampire book should be about.  And it’s not books for angst filled  teenagers, or old cat ladies. Thankfully, true Vampire books that actually scare people are around…you just have to look around. ‘Salem’s Lot is one of those books.  It’s Stephen King’s take on the Vampire story.

In the sleepy Maine town of Jerusalem’s Lot, an evil lurks below the surface of a seemingly charming small town. Then, when strange new visitors arrive, nothing will ever be the same. And not all of the monsters are of the blood sucking variety…

As with most good books, I don’t want to spoil the plot anymore. Other than the book is a modern-day retelling (When it was written that is, which was 1975. It was King’s 2nd novel.) of the first and one of the best Horror novels Dracula. So, it’s definitely worth it if you read Dracula  first before you touch this book.

As for the character’s , they aren’t cardboard cutouts. They are all deep. And the amazing thing about King’s writing ability, is that he is able to have a big cast of characters, and make them all deep, and make you empathize, and he is even able to make the  horrid characters believable, rather than clichéd caricatures. This reason is just one of the many than make ‘Salem’s Lot brilliant,  and relevant today.

This book should not be missed.

Overall, I give this 4 out of 5 stars! 

Note: This book is not for the squeamish.

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Origin by J.A Konrath REVIEW

Premise

In 1906, people working on the Panama canal find a mysterious tomb, and inside is a creature, a creature not human that is asleep. The U.S government takes the creature, and puts it in a secret facility to study it.  100 years later it wakes up…and all Hell literally breaks loose.

Review

I love suspense books. Especially ones  like Jurassic Park and The Sphere.  Imagine a suspense novel that combines the fear of The Exorcist fused with the technical knowledge of Jurassic Park.  These two totally different styles and genres collide and stick together like peanut butter and jelly. Or ice cream and pickles….totally kidding about the pickles.

The plot starts off as a classic science fiction novel, thick with top government secrets, and secret facilities. And also, with the monster in a cage. The only difference is it’s not a dinosaur, or alien race. It’s the Devil. I’m not being metaphorical, it actually is the Devil.

It was refreshing to have a life form that isn’t a smart and quiet creature. It is a creature very smart , cunning, and a creature that can speak English. The thing actually has a personality, and is a fun villain. Konrath will have a hard time topping this baddie.

And as usual, its a dirty job, and some heroes have to stop the monster.

The heroes are a neurotic bunch. All of them have done something that got them in trouble with the government or the world, and were given a second lease on life, to study the demon. The characters are all likable, and have feelings. It’s like watching a very thrilling Alfred Hitchcock movie.

Writing was top notch for the most part. Short and crisp, just how I like it.And no errors that plaque many a book. Konrath has an awesome gift.

Verdict

I give the book 4 out of 5  stars! If you have a queasy stomach, or puked watching a modern horror flick, stay far away.

Note: available on Nook, and available in print.

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