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Starers
Starers
Price: £1.99

4.0 out of 5 stars The 'alternative zombies' are here, 18 Oct. 2013
This review is from: Starers (Kindle Edition)
Well, this was a pleasant surprise. Imagine, if you will, the usual zombie/ heroes under siege story.....then turn it on it's head!!

The heroes, such as they are, are Dylan Keene, his wife Kirsty, daughter Lucy and his brother Lennon. It starts, innocuously enough, with Dylan and Lennon heading home from a night in the local pub. What they do not notice is the guy at the bus stop who just sts and watches them......he is just the first.

By the morning there are more. Many more. They are on the lawn, they are surrounding the house. Throughout the town everybody seems to have just stopped to stare at the Keene house.

The 'family under siege' aspect of the story is one that has been done many times before but always, you know something is going to happen. The zombies, or whatever the threat is (and let's be honest, these days it's nearly always zombies), are going to attack at some point and start with the ripping and tearing and flesh eating. And that is where this story is different, the antagonists, the people outside, do..................absolutely nothing! They just stand outside the house and throughout the town, and just .................stare.

It really is quite unsettling for the family, they cannot leave, and the people outside continue to do......nothing!!

Something is coming, but no-one knows what and when the something arrives, things will surely take a turn for the worst.

This is a good turnaround for the genre, the unzombie novel and a good tale it is too. Nathan Robinson is certainly a name to watch for the future - you'll be hearing a lot more from him.


Six of the Best: A Hellish Half-Dozen
Six of the Best: A Hellish Half-Dozen

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sx wondreful short stories, 18 Oct. 2013
A couple of weeks ago I entered a competition on facebook, the prize was a copy of this book - thankfully I won. This is a really good collection!

As you would expect from the title their are six short stories in this collection, three zombie tales and three general horror.

The book opens with Mother's Milk, a truly disturbing tale of mother and child in the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse. I had become a little tired the whole zombie genre before reading this story but this author has really made me change my mind. It has moments that will truly set the reader on edge, horror as it should be.

Next comes 'The Shoot' where a wrestling fan gets to interview The Masked Marauder, the first interview the MM has ever done, and learns a secret he wasn't expecting.

Next up, '53 Minutes' another zombie tale, set in the same universe as Mother's Milk. The 53 minutes in the title is the time between death and reanimation. The story is set in what is left of a hospital and shows another angle to life after the apocalypse.

Roots, story 4 is set in the Old West with a father and two sons under siege from..........tumbleweed

The Wren is in the style of a folk tale set around Christmas but certainly not with a Christmassy ending.

The final story, Hooked, is another zombie tale but this time with a nautical leaning and set in the mid 19th century.

All these stories are of a very high quality. Horror, as a genre, can seem a bit overdone at times but this collection gives me hope for the future. I will certainly be looking out for more from this author and I suggest that, if horror is your thing, you do too, but for now I am heartily recommending this collection to you.


Congress of the Dead
Congress of the Dead
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4.0 out of 5 stars Topical, and a good laugh too, 18 Oct. 2013
What a brilliant idea....America was in shutdown at the time this short story was written, politicians bickering over the budget, people not being able to go to work in certain sectors. In a time of gloom and despondency one man set out to have some fun and put a smile back on peoples faces by doing what he does best.......sending the zombies to Congress.

What impressed me first and foremost was that although this is only a short story there is still time for the author to give a reason for the start of the zombie outbreak (so few zombie authors do that these days).

Timothy. W. Long is one of the leaders in the field of both zombie fiction and comedy zombie fiction. This falls firmly into the latter catagory and is a must read.


Friendship Cemetery
Friendship Cemetery
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautifully Told Tale, 6 Oct. 2013
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This novel is one of the most beautiful and ethereal stories I have read in a long while.

Emma Grace is an 18 year old girl living in Columbus, Mississippi with her over protective mother. Her artist father is dead after falling into the river in New Orleans.

Emma spends time in the local graveyard in the hope that she will see the ghost of her father and there she meets Princess Kamara (aka Pea), a young girl with arty qualities and Tyrone, a cheeky young scamp.

When Pea's and Tyrone's mothers come into the story secrets start to unravel about Emma's dad, all building to a final scene that will live in the reader's mind for a long, long time.

The storytelling is excellent, evoking a real feel for the american south, and characters with a sense of the fairytale.


End Storm (The End Storm Saga Book 1)
End Storm (The End Storm Saga Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good survival horror, 30 Sept. 2013
First off, I was given a copy of this in return for a fair and honest review.

The story starts with an 'apocalyptic event' which breaks down all electronic communications and turns a large portion of the population into bloodthirsty, ravening monsters. Robert is trying to get home from London to his family, while his wife Emma and young son Steven are trying to get to Devil's Dyke, a camp site where they hope they will find safety.

The landscape of England has become a dangerous place, with death, horror and monsters around every corner but there are also friends and allies to be found.

This is a promising start to the series


The Reckoning: The Day Australia Fell (The Unforeseen Duology Book 1)
The Reckoning: The Day Australia Fell (The Unforeseen Duology Book 1)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Australia falls.....and heroes rise., 17 Sept. 2013
It comes suddenly and unexpectedly, in a very short space of time Australia is invaded and things may well never be the same again. The fight back will involve military and civilian alike but the outcome is uncertain.

I really enjoyed this book. Even the 'Australianisms' did not take away from a good story, if anything they added to it even making a Pommie like me cheer for the Aussies. The action kicks off from the very first page and doesn't let up much until the last page is turned.

Good strong characters and a fast paced storyline make for a cracking read - highly recommended.


Beyond the Tempest Gate
Beyond the Tempest Gate
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quality Novella - 4 1/2 stars, 17 Sept. 2013
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This novella, telling the tale of The Holy Knight Gabriel and his quest to go beyond the elemental Tempest Gate to dispose of the demon Elezear really is a pleasant surprise.

The tale kicks off with Gabriel approaching the Gate by boat. The Gate was put in place by wizards after an earlier event (sorry if I seem vague here but I don't want to give spoilers). He is on a quest to rid the world of the demon Elezear, a quest that only he, as The Holy Knight, can complete.

The chapters flow well - current storyline / backstory / current storyline etc and there really is so much here that I really found it hard to believe it was only a novella (76 pages but worth every penny/cent/euro).

Some of the scenes later on in the story reminded me, in a way, of the films of the late Ray Harryhausen - and I do believe this story would benefit from being filmed by a quality effects studio.

So, all in all, a wonderfully told tale that will leave you wanting more from Mr.Suwak - I know I will be eagerly waiting for more from this promising young author


Devil Let Me Go
Devil Let Me Go
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cracking collection, 19 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Devil Let Me Go (Kindle Edition)
This set of 12 tales of terror is just the thing to showcase the talent of Nathan Robinson. There is variety a plenty from The House That Creak'd (Charles Broome is the last man alive on Earth but someone or something is haunting him), through Top of the Heap (don't cross the boss), If You Ever Meet A Girl Named Maisie Mae (Creepy but very relevent to this day and age) to Eat Your Heart Out Lorena (This set my teeth on edge and brought tears to my eyes) and seven other tales that take you to Fallen (is there such a thing as "feel good horror").

Really, not a bad tale among them


Turner
Turner
Price: £2.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror at it's best, 19 Aug. 2013
This review is from: Turner (Kindle Edition)
Three strangers on a remote Welsh island poulated by an insane Lord and a village full of creepy locals. They are running for their lives (and their sanity) and there is one hell of a storm coming. It's going to be a Hell of a night.......

A fantastic, atmospheric and truly scary debut from Karl Drinkwater that really raises the bar for other authors in this genre. Comparable with Richard Laymon, Dean Koontz and Paul Kane at their best.
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The Demi-Monde: Summer: Book III of The Demi-Monde (The Demi-Monde Saga 3)
The Demi-Monde: Summer: Book III of The Demi-Monde (The Demi-Monde Saga 3)
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4.0 out of 5 stars And I think to myself...what a wonderful world, 9 Aug. 2013
And the fun and adventure continue with Summer, the third book in Rod Rees' quite wonderful Demi-Monde series. For starters though, let me advise that you read Winter and Spring (books 1 and 2 in the series) first because, believe me you will be completely and utterly lost. This is a series that rewards you for sticking with it by opening up a new area of the Demi-Monde with each new book - this being the third we visit the area known as The Coven (Rangoon, Tokyo and Beijing) as well as the places we visited in earlier episodes.

The usual characters are here, but there are a bunch of new "figures from history" again, half of the fun is wondering who will make an appearance next. If you've got this far really you'll know what to expect - the humour and clever wordplay once again running strong throughout.

With Summer things are slowly starting to come to a head, ready for Fall, the fourth and final book in this thoroughly entertaining series. All the major players are starting to show their hands, things in The Demi-Monde and The Real World may never be the same again. It's going to be down to a small group of heroes to save both worlds.

In short, rip-roaring, non stop action in a cyber reality and the real world. Don't miss this series, it's a real treat.

Four and a half stars


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