Monday, February 28, 2011

Book Review of 'Dying Light' by D. Scott Meek

Dying Light was written by D. Scott Meek and published by Canonbridge, LLC, in July, 2010. You may purchase this book at http://www.amazon.com/
In this story of an apocalyptic world set in 2412, a reversal of roles between humans and vampires has taken place. The Blood Virus has caused a radical change in the vampire/human relationship and now, vampires are hiding in plain site, trying to live secretly among humans. But the humans are hunting them down with a shoot-first-no-questions-asked agenda to eradicate them all.
The ruling Vampire Lord intends to make sure that vampires clean up their own messes and Charlotte is the most skilled hunter of them all. Bound by the word of the Vampire Lord, Charlotte is most adept at shadowing and killing vampires who have gone too far. One of those vampires is her beloved, Michael and Charlotte knows that one day she will be sent to kill him.
D. Scott Meek has envisioned an incredible, post-apocalyptic world filled with futuristic technology, holograms, global warming and utter chaos, and he has done it in a unique way. His characters are believable and compelling, while his attention to detail makes the story unfold with extreme realism.
Dying Light is the first in a new sub-genre of science fiction called 'post-dystopia' and it brings the reader into a new world where vampires are the hunted and humans are the ruling entities.
This story is entertaining and thought provoking in it's realism and detail and D. Scott Meek has penned a thoroughly enticing read.
I am giving Dying Light a 4 spider rating and recommending it to all of you who appreciate a great sci-fi winner.
DJ Weaver

Monday, February 21, 2011

Book Review of 'Beyond Justice' by Joshua Graham

Beyond Justice was written by Joshua Graham and published by Dawn Treader Press in 2010. It is available for purchase at www.amazon.com You can read more about this author and his published works by visiting his website at www.joshua-graham.com . Also, please see our interview with Joshua in the ‘Interview’ section of this site.
Sam Houston is an attorney living and working in San Diego California, when the unthinkable happens. After returning from a business meeting, Sam discovers the bodies of his wife and daughter, stabbed and raped and his 4 year old son Aaron, brutally beaten with a baseball bat. After watching his wife die in his arms, Sam is thrust even more deeply into his unimaginable nightmare. After the passing of his daughter, his son slips into a deep coma. The investigation and subsequent trial net only circumstantial evidence until, Sam’s DNA is matched with that recovered from his daughter’s mutilated body. The prosecutors call it a ‘slam dunk’ and Sam is sent to Death Row in one of the country’s most notorious prisons. But, Sam is innocent and it will take years for the truth to emerge. What comes to light is more sinister than even Sam could have imagined.
Beyond Justice is an extraordinary read with highly investable characters. The storyline is taut and fresh and the ending will send you reeling… you will never see this one coming. I am giving Beyond Justice a 4-spider rating because of its strong spiritual undertones which may not appeal to all readers. For me, it was a story so gripping and moving, I could not put it down until the very last word had been read. If you are searching for a brilliantly crafted Christian thriller with an edge, Beyond Justice is the book for you.
CK Webb

Friday, February 18, 2011

Book Review of 'When Blood Calls' by JK Beck



When Blood Calls was written by JK Beck and published by Bantam Books in August, 2010.
Sara Constantine is an attorney, but instead of the usual human suspects, her new job is to prosecute vampires, werewolves and other shadowy entities she’s only heard about. The first case on her agenda is convicting Lucius Dragos of murder. Lucius; the same gorgeous man she met in a bar only two nights earlier and shared a steamy, sexy night with… the same man that it now seems, is a Vampire.
Lucius is accused of murdering a judge, and if convicted, would be facing the death penalty. Sara is determined to win this case even though she is extremely drawn to Lucius. What ensues is an all out race by Lucius to prove to Sara that he is not a monster, while Sara must find a way to protect and defend this vampire who has stolen her heart.
JK Beck has written a decidedly taunt thriller with a twist, and has done it a manner that keeps the reader on the jagged edge. The characters are true-to-life and dangerously realistic, while the action moves ahead at mind-bending speed. Add in a large helping of sex, deceit, jealousy and things that go bump in the night, and you have When Blood Calls.
I am giving When Blood Calls a 4 spider rating, and recommending this cool thriller to any who like vampires, werewolves or other strange creatures. Pick up this winner.
DJ Weaver

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Book Review of '8 In The Box' by Raffi Yessayan


8 In The Box was written by Raffi Yessayan and published by Ballantine Books in 2008. It is available at www.amazon.com
Newly appointed detective Angel Alves wants to prove his worth as a homicide detective on the streets of Boston. While juggling family and an over dedicated partner, Alves’ world is about to get a lot more complicated and the women of Boston are about to become targets of a serial killer.
As ’The Bathtub Killer’ begins collecting victims and apparently, keeping their bodies as souvenirs, Detective Alves and his partner are put on the case and the race is on to catch a lunatic. The clues in the case… missing women, no signs of forced entry and bathtubs full of the victim’s blood.
This taut crime novel is a police procedural wrapped with thrilling suspense that puts the reader behind the crime scene tape right along with the cops and investigators. A tightly woven, intense storyline propels the characters along as they sprint one step behind a twisted psychopath. With an ending almost as twisted as its killer, 8 In The Box is the type of novel you won’t want to put down until it has shared all of its secrets. Think you know who the killer is or how this one will end… Think again.
Yessayan pulls the reader along through every turn while he keeps you on the very edge of your seat, then blows your mind with an ending that hits you hard, fast and out of the blue. I am giving 8 In the Box a 4 spider rating and recommending it to the not-so-faint of heart. Beware of The Bloodbath Killer and remember… trust nobody!
CK Webb

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Book Review of 'Tir Na n'Og: Journal One' by Marni L.B. Troop


Tir Na n'Og: Journal One was written by Marni L.B. Troop and published by CreateSpace in 2010.
The Princess Casey has a gift of hearing the thoughts of others, but more importantly to her People, that of remembering everything that has happened in her world since her birth. Casey is not human, but Faerie.
Casey has had visions of the mortals for much of her life, and on her 100th birthday, the man in her vision finally sees her also. This brings the mortal 'others' to the Island, land of the Faerie and so begins the story of Ireland as we know it today
Because of Casey’s special abilities, she is given the job of writing the history of her People and this is the first journal of that history. Throughout this magical story, Casey learns more about her people, the Faerie, who live under the island in Tir Na n'Og, or the Land of Eternal Twilight, and the mortals, or 'Scots' as they have come to be known, who live above. It is here that Casey learns the written language and begins to chronicle the history of her People.
This is a wonderfully, magical story that captures you from the very beginning. It is easy to read, well written and the reader becomes engrossed in the story of Casey and the friends she makes along the way. The history of the island, now known as Ireland, as told by Casey, is a beautiful story of the Faerie People who love the island and live as part of it. I definitely recommend this book be added to your 'to read' list!
Tir Na n'Og: Journal One gets a 5 spider rating from me. Bravo to Ms Troop on this wonderful book.
SB Price

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Book Review of 'Promise' by Kristie Cook


Promise was written by Kristie Cook and published by Ang'dora Publications in 2010.
Alexis Ames is attacked by strange creatures that, in her mind, she knows cannot be real. She is so astounded that she decides she must know who she really is and what secrets her mother is hiding about her family.
Then, Alexis meets Tristan Knight, an insanely handsome and talented man who seems just a bit strange to her. As she hides behind her seemingly normal life, she soon discovers that Tristan is by no means, a normal man and secrets begin to unravel.
Alexis and Tristan find love and their union is praised by her family, until Tristan's creators find out and begin to pursue the couple in order to destroy them.
I found this book to be well written and easy to read. I was drawn into the story and the unique mix of mystery and the supernatural
Ms Cook has written a wonderful love story but at the same time, has managed to write in a manner that keeps the reader turning the pages and reading into the wee hours.
I am giving Promise a 5 spider rating and recommending it to anyone who enjoys a good love story sprinkled with chilling, paranormal entities and lots of mystery.
T Lane