Kronos Rising review

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Goodreads: “Steve refused to surrender. Even though he knew the creature was right behind him, he wouldn’t quit. He would make it. Just as that beacon of hope began to shine down upon him, the bright sun overhead vanished from view. Confused, he gazed wide-eyed as the daylight grew dim. Then he realized the ultimate horror: the creature had overtaken him, its jaws opened wide.”

“He was in its mouth.”

This was a fun book – so fast paced that it was over before I knew it.  I have to admit, the 546 pages was rather intimidating – most stories start to bore me by page 350 so I stopped reading longer books (other than the ones I really liked like Supernaturals (1100+) and The Shining (600+)).

But I decided to give it a go because the cover caught my interest.  Well written and full of interesting tidbits about marine life, I have been glued to it until my eyes started hurting and went blurry.

I enjoyed the book and wonder if the author has written any others that are as good.  I wish more authors wrote this kind of fiction – it is fun and while, yes, a little gory, well worth the effort.  This is one I could see reading again.  I give the book an A+.

Death of a Ghost review

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Another Hamish Macbeth story. I enjoyed the story and following Hamish about again as he struggles to figure out the identity of the killer or killers. He is always a colorful character who tries to do what is right but has to dabble in the wrong now and then as well.

I found the ending rather vague – like a quick wrap up of information rather than storyline. But overall, I enjoyed it and look forward to the next one in the series.

I give the book an A – it kind of covers old ground but still, it kept me reading till the end.

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Well, I have nothing bad to say or complain about with this book. I started it at work and finished it last night. It spawned some amusing/scary nightmares which is always the mark of a good creature feature.

The writing was excellent – I had no trouble immersing myself in the story as if I was really there. The squid freaked me out sufficiently as well. Seriously, I don’t know that I will ever swim in blue water. Sharks had me freaked out enough, now I have to worry about squid too. 🙂

This book made it to my top ten for creature features. Great job! I will have to check out what else he has written. I give it an A+

Full Wolf Moon review

32336166Goodreads: Logan travels to an isolated writers’ retreat deep in the Adirondacks to finally work on his book when the remote community is rocked by the grisly discovery of a dead hiker on Desolation Mountain. The body has been severely mauled, but the unusual savagery of the bite and claw marks call into question the initial suspicions of a wild bear attack. When Logan is asked to help investigate, he discovers no shortage of suspects capable of such an attack–and no shortage of locals willing to point the finger and spread incredible rumors. One rumor, too impossible to believe, has even the forest ranger believing in werewolves. As Logan gets to know the remote deep-woods landscape, including a respected woman scientist still struggling with the violent loss of her father in these very woods, Logan realizes he’s up against something he has never seen before.

I started this book this afternoon around 1:30 p.m. at work and finished it a few minutes ago.  It kept moving and kept me guessing as the body count kept piling up.  Child sends you so far into the deep woods that I was wondering if I’d need a compass to get back.  Definitely had me looking up to check my surroundings a couple of times.

The pages flew by and then I reached the end.  Believe me, I was disappointed to see it end.  One of Child’s best, I’d say although “Terminal Freeze” will always be one of my favorites.

This was a great turn for Logan – I hope Child stays more with this line of supernatural in his future books.  After his last one, I debated buying this one for fear I’d be disappointed – but I’m not unhappy with my purchase at all and can see myself re-reading it in the future.

I give the book an A+ – thanks Lincoln Child for great read!

 

 

The Sinner review

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I’m a cemetery restorer by trade, but my calling has evolved from that of ghost seer to death walker to detective of lost souls. I solve the riddles of the dead so the dead will leave me alone. 

I’ve come to Seven Gates Cemetery nursing a broken heart, but peace is hard to come by…for the ghosts here and for me. When the body of a young woman is discovered in a caged grave, I know that I’ve been summoned for a reason. Only I can unmask her killer. I want to trust the detective assigned to the case for he is a ghost seer like me. But how can I put my faith in anyone when supernatural forces are manipulating my every thought? When reality is ever-changing? And when the one person I thought I could trust above all others has turned into a diabolical stranger?

OK, I am writing this review with a heavy heart.  I loved the Graveyard Queen series for the first three books – then I liked the fourth one but questioned the direction of the series.  Now I have completed book five and am not sure I will be proceeding with future books.

I love Amelia’s character but I liked how the first three books were more about the ghosts and helping them.  Now it is about some cults and sects that hold my interest not at all.  Who gives a shit about some secret societies and what they are doing in their bid to promote evil – or destroy evil by doing evil.

I am not one who enjoys conspiracy theories or that sort of thing so I found this book disappointing.  I wanted Amelia to go forward, help the ghosts and then move to the next graveyard.  But no, it all has to take a spin I care nothing for.  The author said she had changed her vision of the series with the fourth book that would continue with further books – I just didn’t realize the extent of the changes until this one.

How sad to me that this happened but I guess it is life.  I am so disappointed in this book that I’m not even going to rate it.  It could have been so good but yet, if you are into this kind of thing, you’d probably say it is so good.  Her writing and descriptive voice are still there in full force – she is very talented.

Northwoods review

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Some borders should never be crossed.  Ex–Delta Force Davis Holland, now an agent for the Customs and Border Protection, has seen it all. But nothing in his experience has prepared him for what he and the local sheriff find one freezing night in the Minnesota woods.

Investigating reports of an illegal border crossing, the two men stumble across a blood-drenched scene of mass murder, barely escaping with their lives . . . and a single clue to the mayhem: a small wooden chest placed at the heart of the massacre. Something deadly has entered Holland’s territory, crossing the border from nightmare into reality.

When news of the atrocity reaches wealthy cryptozoologist Richard Severance, he sends a three-person team north to investigate. Not long ago, the members of that team—Ben McKelvie, Lindsay Clark, and Alex Standingcloud—were nearly killed by a vengeful shapeshifter. Now they are walking wounded, haunted by gruesome memories that make normal life impossible. But there is nothing normal about the horror that awaits in the Northwoods.

OK, let me say up front that I didn’t think this book was as good as the first one, “Beast of Barcroft”.  Probably because that one was more personal to the characters and I could relate to horrible neighbors.

However, having said that, this book is a lot of fun and I thoroughly enjoyed it even though I thought it got a little overkill by the end.  Kept reading at work in between customers – which wasn’t hard considering we didn’t have a lot of customers today.

Loved the north woods of Minnesota and Lake Superior has always intrigued me.  Ben was his irritating self who jumps in without thinking things through which usually ends up with the rest of the group a bit miffed at him – but he always comes through in the end.  Alex was by far my favorite in this book.

Of course, having devoured the two books available from this author, I’m now left wondering what in the heck I’m going to read.  Don’t think this one will invade my dreams like the last one – hyenas have never been particularly scary to me…not that I’ve really seen any either.

I give the book an A and have to say I hope the writer is getting ready to release his next one because I am an impatient fan.

Beast of Barcroft review

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Ben thought he had the neighbor from hell. He didn’t know how right he was. . . .

Ben McKelvie believes he’s moving up in the world when he and his fiancée buy a house in the cushy Washington, D.C., suburb of Barcroft. Instead, he’s moving down—way down—thanks to Madeleine Roux, the crazy neighbor whose vermin-infested property is a permanent eyesore and looming hazard to public health.
 
First, Ben’s fiancée leaves him; then, his dog dies, apparently killed by a predator drawn into Barcroft by Madeleine’s noxious menagerie. But the worst is yet to come for Ben, for he’s not dealing with any ordinary wild animal. This killer is something much, much worse. Something that couldn’t possibly exist—in this world.
 
Now, as a devilish creature stalks the locals, Ben resolves to take action. With some grudging assistance from a curator at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and the crackpot theories of a self-styled cryptozoologist, he discovers the sinister truth behind the attacks, but knowing the Beast of Barcroft and stopping it are two different animals.

OK, this is more my speed.  This book started off with a bang and kept on delivering through the entire thing.  I started this last night but had to put it down because I was certain it was going to give me nightmares.  It did.  I finished it today.

I loved the mythology and lore surrounding the creature and it’s motives.  Really an improvement over serial killers who torture people.  This book also was more my speed when it came to gore.  You knew the creature killed people but there wasn’t the blood and guts that other books have lately.  The creature was scary and creepy – it made me think twice about going out the back door to let the dogs out to go potty.

Great descriptions, interesting characters, and smatterings of the supernatural…doesn’t get much better than that.  What fun! There is a sequel out, you know I’m going to be checking that out!  I give the book an A+ – it is one I have to own for sure.  🙂