Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Demiurge Blood Of The Innocent by Michael R. Hagan [4 stars]

From the Description:

The renowned archaeologist, James McKenzie, has uncovered many prophecies, each with a mysterious symbol accompanying their inscription. Now, edifices of this symbol are reappearing, not engraved in aged rock, but painted in blood above the victims of a serial killer, and the fanatical cult he serves. Detective Hassom is charged with the task of making sense of this slaughter and capturing the perpetrators.

Corruption, collusion and the discovery that Lucas, a strangely gifted eight year old orphan, is the primary target of the murderous cult force Detective Hassom and Professor McKenzie to work together to solve the murders. In their efforts to protect Lucas and reveal the ultimate goal of the cult leader and how this relates to the final, revelatory prophecy discovered in Iran, they unearth a truth, more terrible than anything they could have feared.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel.

Demiurge Blood Of The Innocent is not a light book it is however a good one. I had to give it all of my attention while I was reading it but I'm glad I did. Every time I thought I knew where the story was going something happened to take it in a different direction. The story moves from present day to ancient times telling the story of an entity that wants to bring about the end of mankind and the people who are trying to stop it. The action scenes were very well done and some were horrific. It reminded me of a cross between Indiana Jones and The Omen. The characters were realistic and complex. I loved both Hassom and McKenzie but my favorite was Jock. I could have a drink with him and hang out awhile. This isn't the book to read if you're looking for a light and fluffy bit of horror. But if you want a story you can sink your teeth into pick up this thought provoking 4 star read. You'll be glad you did.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Sketches Of The Wigwam by Mack Moyer [4 stars]

From the Description:

Part-time artist, full-time smartass and gleeful drunk Billy thought his childhood memories of the skeletal entity called the Wigwam were just his imagination. But when Billy returns to Indian Hills, he discovers the Wigwam is real–and he remembers Billy very well.

What was supposed to be just a weekend with his girlfriend turns into a nightmare for Billy as repressed memories of his youth come storming back. Soon Billy is isolated on the haunted mountainside that the Wigwam calls his home. Mutilated figures appear in a sudden fog engulfing the mountain. A pair of missing twin boys, presumed dead, appear.

Armed only with sarcasm, a pack of smokes and all the beers he can find, Billy needs to remember how he defeated the Wigwam as a boy if he wants to survive the next round.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel.

When I was asked to review Sketches Of The Wigwam my first thought was that a wigwam is a shelter not a monster, but the blurb sounded interesting so I took a chance on it. I'm glad I did! This is a fast paced and fun story. Billy, the main character is an unapologetic drunk and slacker with anger issues. George, his cousin, is a typical country boy who loves guns, hunting and can be an ass. The Wigwam is a horrifying entity that is relentless in its pursuit of Billy. Combine these characters with the Pennsylvania backwoods and you get a story that is at times hilarious and terrifying at others. I can't wait to see what Mack Moyers comes up with next! A really good 4 star read.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Unworthy by Michael LaPointe [5 stars]

From the Description:

"Ask me terrible questions, and I will tell you terrible things."

Unworthy is the story of Ezra Kale, the twisted offspring of thrill killers, born into a world of depravity, bloodshed, and cannibalism. From the Dustbowl of the Great Depression to a notorious lunatic asylum, Ezra reinvents himself as a revival preacher, traveling the American South and using his calling to conceal his true nature, leaving a trail of ruination and death in his wake. At Ezra's side is Sister Randa, a deeply damaged woman with an unthinkable past, who finds in Ezra the only person she has ever trusted, and for whom she would gladly kill.

Only Danny Bloom, a retired carnival performer with a yearning for a more fulfilling life, realizes there may be more to the self-proclaimed Savior than anyone would dare imagine and, in uncovering an unspeakable horror, finds his destiny. Unworthy is a thriller both timely and timeless, a savage journey into the darkest heart of evil perpetrated in the name of faith.

I received a copy of this eBook in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel.

Have you ever read a story so engrossing that you are a bit surprised when you look up from the page and find yourself back in the real world? Unworthy is that kind of story! I was completely captivated from the very first paragraph. It's easily one of my top 5 best books of the year so far, and I don't think it's going to move off that list any time soon. The storyline is dark and very disturbing. I was extremely impressed by the way Michael LaPointe captures the hopelessness and despair of the depression era migrant workers and the fanaticism of Ezra's followers. The characters are completely believable. I loved Danny's character. He was easy to care about and root for. Unworthy is the kind of novel that stays with you long after the last page is read. This is Michael Lapointe's first novel, I can't wait to see what he does next! Do yourself a favor and read this fantastic 5 star read!!