Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Dead Reaping by Ian Woodhead

This is a continuation of the 'Zombie Armageddon' series of books. While some mention is made of past characters and events, the book stands perfectly well on its own. set about a year after the original outbreak - some of the survivors have set up a community run by the enigmatic and tyrannical 'Magistrate', life is lived in fear of the 'hunters' and also from so-called 'tainted', a new enhanced human.

This was an interesting addition to the series. As well as the usual zombie action, there was a strong message running through about the dangers of bigotry and prejudice. The pace belted along and I was taken on the usual breathtaking ride to the end, it was also a nice easy read. The characters were solid and fitted in well with the story. I certainly enjoyed this and eagerly await the next instalment.

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Prodigal Son by Christine Sutton

This is the story of Tim Shively. Abandoned by his father and beaten by his drunk of a mother, his start in life was not the best. When he finds a letter addressed to his dad, he decides to open it and read it. It contains details to a lock-up. Tim decides to go and find out what is kept in the lock-up. What he finds there will change his life forever....

This was a brilliant book. Written by a woman, it is uncompromising in its brutality. It is fast paced, relentless and unashamedly graphic in the descriptions of violence. I applaud the author for breaking down those preconceived barriers and writing such an emotive story. I thoroughly enjoyed this and couldn't put it down once I started it. I totally recommend it.

Thursday, 17 January 2013

The Children Shall Be Blameless by W. Jack Savage

This is the story of Richard Smith. Raised in an Orphanage, his little sister dies there and his older sister went to live with relatives, or so he believed. As he grew up he joined the army, did a tour of Vietnam and garnered some medals. He went into Real Estate speculation on leaving the Army and it was in inspecting one of his properties that he suffered an electric shock. This brought to the forefront memories that refused to be quiet. With the blessings of family and friends he sets off on what should be a simple three day up and back journey. What transpires ends up being a adventure of epic proportions. Can Richard find the answers he seeks or is he fated to spend his life in the dark?

As I write this, I have just finished reading the book and I have tears rolling down my cheeks. It's been a long time since I read a story that felt SO real. As I read I felt I was living Richard's life with him, and everything he experienced. Jack's writing makes everything so vivid, and almost larger than life. The characters were all wonderful, and one or two were beautifully quirky. The mark of a good author is the ability to take you away and then when you are finished, leave you breathless and slightly disorientated. Jack certainly achieved that and more. I was sorry when it ended - and what a sad, but great ending to an amazingly special book.

Thursday, 3 January 2013

High Striker by G. T. Rigdon

This is the story of Amos Konklin. He is a gifted neurosurgeon who stands accused of a double homicide. Told in flashback for much of the story, it is set in a world of carnivals and the sideshow 'high striker' in particular. Amos tells his story to a local reporter, and the story that emerges is a story of serial killing, intrigue and suspense....

This was an interesting story. At first glance it appears to be a muddled mish mash of serial killing and carnival shows but stick with it and it will all come together and make sense in the end - trust me! It was a nice fast paced read and the characters were solid and well rounded. I really enjoyed this, it was unusual in its approach but it worked and I would be interested to read more from this author.