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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Zombie Bigfoot by Nick Sullivan [4.5 stars]

 
 
From the Description
 
The truth is out there... and it will eat your face.

"Bigfoot is real." That’s what Sarah’s father told her before his academic disgrace and untimely death.

Now, primatologist Dr. Sarah Bishop is eager to restore her father’s good name. Survival show host Russ Cloud is just as eager to boost his plummeting ratings. They’ll both have a shot at redemption when they find themselves hired by eccentric billionaire Cameron Carson. After a series of his publicity stunts end in spectacular failure, Carson has a plan to redeem his tarnished image: capture a live Sasquatch.

Sarah and Russ join an expedition with an eclectic crew: an Afrikaner safari hunter, a ‘roided out former wrestling star, a Shoshone master tracker full of surprises, a heavily tattooed Russian warrior woman, a pair of wise-cracking nerds, and a cute gum-chewing intern with some hidden skills. Will they find Bigfoot?

There’s something in the woods… but it’s not what they’re expecting.
 
 
 
 
Publication Date: September 1, 2016
Publisher: Wild Yonder Press
Publication Length: 299 pages
 
 
I received a copy of this book from the author for review purposes. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel. I did not receive any form of compensation for my review.

Do you wanna know the recipe for a ton of fun? You start out with a group of 'squatch hunters looking to finally prove that Bigfoot exists. Some good and some with nefarious purposes in mind. Then you add a group of elusive cryptids and a zombified geologist. Mix well with action packed adventure and terrifying narrow escapes well seasoned with just the right amount of gory goodness. Slow roast over a campfire and don't worry about those sounds you hear coming from the darkness,,,, Zombie Bigfoot is a super fun book that moves at a pace that will leave you breathless. This story is everything that I loved about the late night creature features I used to watch on the late night horror shows of my youth. A highly recommended 4.5 star read.
 
 
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About the Author
 


 
Born in East Tennessee, Nick Sullivan has spent most of his adult life as an actor in New York City, working in theater, television, film, and audiobooks. After recording hundreds of books over the last twenty years he decided to write one of his own. Zombie Bigfoot is his first novel. And yes, there is an audiobook version. Matt Damon wasn’t available so the author recorded it himself. Find out more on zombiebigfoot.com or on nicksullivan.net or follow him on Twitter and GoodReads

Praise
 
 
"No one can shift from gore to guffaws like Nick Sullivan!" - Michael Reisig, author of the Road to Key West series.
 
 
"Zombie Bigfoot is one of those stories that will stick with me... I would put this up with the adventure greats Preston & Child and David Wood." - Brian Krespan of Brian's Book Blog.
 
"Imagine a zombie stumbling through the woods of the Great Northwest, where dozens of campers are enjoying nature. Now imagine it to be ten feet tall, with the strength of a lowland gorilla. Fantastic story telling from a very gifted writer." - Wayne Stinnett, Down Island Press: author of the Fallen series.
 
 
"Zombie Bigfoot is a thrill ride from beginning to end. It delivers laughs and shivers in equal measure. I predict that Nick Sullivan has begun a franchise that will have fans panting for more." - Tom Alan Robbins, playwright of The Amish Girl's Guide to Armageddon.
 
"Great fun and highly recommended...wonderfully wacky characters." - Bill Pronzini, author of the Nameless Detective series.
 
 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love by Mercedes M. Yardley [5 stars]

 
 
From the Description
 
Streetwise Romeo and Juliet meets Stephen King’s Firestarter.

HER MAMA ALWAYS SAID SHE WAS SPECIAL.

HIS DADDY CALLED HIM A DEMON.

BUT EVEN MONSTERS CAN FALL IN LOVE.

Montessa Tovar is walking home alone when she is abducted by Lu, a serial killer with unusual talents and a grudge against the world. But in time, the victim becomes the executioner as ‘Apocalyptic’ Montessa and her doomed ‘Nuclear’ Lulu crisscross the country in a bloody firestorm of revenge. Montessa carries on the proud tradition of Joe Hill, Clive Barker, and Laird Barron.
 
 
Publication Date: February 26, 2016
Publisher: Crystal Lake Publishing
Publication Length: 168 pages
 
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novella. I did not receive any form of compensation for my review.
 
When I received a challenge from a reading group to read a book by a woman author for Women In Horror Month I thought 'Let's kill two birds with one stone' and pulled this one out of my review queue. I'm so glad I did because this novella blew me away! Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love is a love letter between a serial killer and his victim/trainee. The love story between Montessa and Lu is heart-felt and touching, while their killing spree is gory and twisted. I found myself caring for them and rooting for them to get away instead of relishing their bloody end the way I would with most serial killer books. Not an easy thing to accomplish! By the time I finished the last page of this brilliant story I had added all of Mercedes M. Yardley's books to my wish list and become a die-hard fan. I can't recommend this one highly enough!! A fast paced and phenomenally written 5 star read.
 
 
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About the Author
 
 
 
Mercedes M. Yardley is a dark fantasist who wears stilettos, red lipstick, and poisonous flowers in her hair. She is the author of the short story collection Beautiful Sorrows, the novellas Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love and Little Dead Red, and the novels Nameless: The Darkness Comes and Pretty Little Dead Girls: A Novel of Murder and Whimsy. She often speaks at conferences and teaches workshops on several subjects, including personal branding and how to write a novel in stolen moments. Mercedes lives and works in Sin City with her family and menagerie of Strange and Unusual Pets.
 
You can reach her at abrokenlaptop.com or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and GoodReads
 
 
Praise
 
"MERCEDES WRITES WITH SUCH POWER, CONVICTION, BEAUTY, and sadness that as you read her work you will experience one of those rare occasions where the pillars of your soul begin to shake, and as frightening as it will be to lose yourself to her talents, it will also be heavenly and unforgettable, and so, so, worth it..." - Lee Thompson, author of When We Join Jesus in Hell
 
"Quite possibly the best book I've read all year." - MAJA, THE NOCTURNAL LIBRARY on Pretty Little Dead Girls
 
"Mercedes writes with a fluidity and accessibility that instantly draws you in. The characters are by no stretch heroes, and this makes them all the more compelling to the reader. The story plays out like a gleefully twisted dear diary, and moves along at a pace which makes turning the pages almost effortless. There's an intimacy to this book that makes you feel like you're being spoken to individually, and a turn of phrase which is simultaneously dramatic, witty and poetic in equal measure." - James Walley
 
"Praise for her earlier work compared to favorably to Joe Hill and, with Nameless, she proves again why this is. Mercedes has a strong, unique voice that brings her brand of dark fiction straight into the reader's mind. She has an effortless, dynamic turn of phrase which feels natural at all times." - Jay Faulkner
 
"This is a book that doesn't shy away from the dark and disturbing choices that we, as humans, make. Life is precious, and yet sometimes we seem to accept our own mortality far too easily. Suicide is not an easy subject to write about, but the author writes about it with sensitivity as it's a pivotal moment for so much that happens in this story." - LITERAL ADDICTION's Vivacious Valkyrie - Marta
 
"Fans of Mercedes M. Yardley's work will have no trouble gobbling up her first novel-length work, and it is definitely good news that there will be two more books forthcoming in the series. Although it's an urban fantasy novel, it involves demon hunting, and there's plenty of action and fight scenes to go around, the novel is inflected with Mercedes's unique voice, which shines through in each of her works, and sets this one apart from the pack." - Reviewed by Hellnote's Dark Eva
 

 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Nest by Terry Goodkind [4.5 stars]

 
 
From the Description
 
#1 New York Times bestselling author Terry Goodkind reinvents the thriller with a provocative, page-turning walk among evil.

Kate Bishop thought she was an ordinary woman living and working in Chicago. But when she unexpectedly finds herself in the middle of a police investigation into a brutal murder, Kate makes a shocking discovery: she has the ability to identify killers just by looking into their eyes.

Trying to grasp the implications of this revelation, Kate is drawn deep into a world of terror. She is tracked down by Jack Raines, a mysterious author with shadowy connections to those who share her ability. He tells Kate that her unique vision also makes her a target, and only he can help her.

Now, hot on Jack and Kate’s heels are a force of super-predators, vicious and bloodthirsty killers who will stop at nothing until Kate is dead. But even as she fights for her life, Kate still isn’t sure if Jack is really her salvation, or another killer coming to slaughter her.

An explosive mix of action and suspense, Nest is a landmark new novel from worldwide bestselling author Terry Goodkind, and a complete reinvention of the contemporary thriller. Travel with Goodkind on a dangerous journey to the back alleys of the darknet, to the darkest corners of our minds, and to the very origins of what it is to be human.
 
 
 
 
Publication Date: November 15, 2016
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication Length: 432 pages
 
 
I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel. I did not receive any form of compensation for my review.
 
Nest is a gripping race to escape a group of serial killers. I found the theory behind the root of evil presented in these pages to be an interesting one. Jack and Kate are easy to root for as they struggle to stay a step ahead of the killers hunting them. The action is fast paced and at times terrifyingly brutal. The ending left room for a sequel but wasn't a cliff hanger. I hope that there will be a part two of this totally engrossing story, especially since I was hooked from the very beginning. I highly recommend this edge-of-your-seat thriller. A solid 4.5 star read.
 
 
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About the Author
 
 
 
Terry Goodkind is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author and the creator of the most controversial new thriller of our lifetime. His work is often called "provocative", "courageously original", "terrifying", and even "dangerous".
More than anything; Terry Goodkind's books are character driven stories that take a brutally honest inward look at ourselves. With a focus on the complexity of the human psyche, Terry Goodkind has an uncanny grasp for crafting compelling stories of people like you and me, trapped in terrifying situations.
With his latest novel, NEST, readers will be drawn into an original story of the driving forces behind those who take lives and those trying to save them, a struggle that will take readers into a dark world as we search for the origins of evil.
As a resident of Nevada, Terry Goodkind deeply appreciates the rights and freedoms of the United States, although worries about how quickly those rights are eroding. His passion for writing is a parallel to his passion for life.
Terry Goodkind is a part-time race car driver, a devoted husband to Jeri, the love of his life, and is a friend to animal-kind.
 
"My privilege in life is the joy of writing books and telling stories about people who fascinate me, the good and the bad. I am grateful to all of my readers for the critical role they play in making these books possible. Your passion is my passion, and I thank you." - Terry Goodkind
 

 
You can find out more about Terry Goodkind and his books at terrygoodkind.com or follow him on Twitter and GoodReads
 
 
Praise
 
"Fast paced, riveting, and scary. It will leave the reader breathless." —Nelson DeMille

"Astonishing." Kirkus Reviews

"Richly detailed . . . complex characters." Library Journal

"Eminently readable." Booklist

"A tour de force of mesmerizing storytelling." RT Book Reviews

"Near-perfect pacing." VOYA

"A gripping ride." Publishers Weekly

"Outstanding . . . highly recommended." San Diego Union-Tribune