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Review - HellboundHellbound: The Tally Man by David McCaffrey
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Chrissi has reviewed Hellbound: The Tally Man by David McCaffrey. His crimes - unforgivable. His death - inevitable. His suffering - just beginning. Obadiah Stark aka The Tally Man, is executed at ADX Absolom, his death sentence watched by the world's media, victim relatives and one investigative reporter, Joe O Connell. Penning an account of Stark's personal history and subsequent crimes in the hope of determining what elements make the sociopathic mind tick, Joe discovers clues and inconsistencies which cause him to investigate Stark's execution. While this is happening in the real world, Obadiah Stark awakens to an afterlife where he has a wife and daughter bound to his childhood hometown. Following his natural predatory instinct, Obadiah proceeds to torment the town, committing multiple murders before being gunned down by the police. He awakens to find that everything has reset, with no one recalling his murderous spree a reality which offers no escape. As the scenes repeat, he is forced to submit to emotions he has never experienced before… and with it, a poisonous dose of morality... more»»
Chrissi 31st August 2015 [8/10]
Review - Dark Suits and Sad SongsDark Suits and Sad Songs by Denzil Meyrick
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Ben Macnair has sent in a review for Dark Suits and Sad Songs by Denzil Meyrick. The third instalment in the bestselling DCI Daley series, packed with accurate police procedure and gritty, dark humour. The best of Scottish crime. When a senior Edinburgh civil servant spectacularly takes his own life in Kinloch harbour, DCI Jim Daley comes face to face with the murky world of politics. To add to his woes, two local drug dealers lie dead, ritually assassinated. It's clear that dark forces are at work in the town. With his boss under investigation, his marriage hanging on by a thread, and his sidekick DS Scott wrestling with his own demons, Daley's world is in meltdown. When strange lights appear in the sky over Kinloch, it becomes clear that the townsfolk are not the only people at risk. The fate of nations is at stake. Jim Daley must face his worst fears as tragedy strikes. This is not just about a successful investigation, it's about survival... more»»
Ben Macnair 31st August 2015 [7/10]
Review - The Occasional Diamond Thief The Occasional Diamond Thief by J.A. McLachlan
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Paul has sent in a review for The Occasional Diamond Thief by J.A. McLachlan. What if you learned your father was a thief? Would you follow in his footsteps, learn his ‘trade’? If you were the only one who knew, would you keep his secret? When Kia is training to be a universal translator, she is co-opted into traveling as a translator to Malem. This is the last place in the universe that Kia wants to be - it’s the planet where her father caught the terrible illness that killed him - but it’s also where he got the magnificent diamond that only she knows about. Kia is convinced he stole it, as it is illegal for any off-worlder to possess a Malemese diamond. Using her skill in languages - and another skill she picked up, the skill of picking locks - Kia unravels the secret of the mysterious gem and learns what she must do to set things right: return the diamond to its original owner... more»»
Paul Lappen 31st August 2015 [9/10]
Review - The Bookseller’s Secret The Bookseller’s Secret by Catherine Jordan
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Nigel has reviewed The Bookseller’s Secret by Catherine Jordan. Some secrets are meant to be shared; this magic book is one of them, and it will haunt you for the rest of your life. Mason Barry is an American reporter who has risked his life writing and whistle-blowing. His last venture ended with his friend and photographer murdered, and a bounty on his head. Regardless, he dives into the deep web, searching for his next great story. He catches a blurb about the anti-Christ, a woman alive and well, living in South Africa. Supposedly, she has written a magic book. Readers claimed the author’s words not only opened doors to the supernatural, but also compelled them to murder and suicide... more»»
Nigel 4th August 2015 [8/10]
Review - DrivenDriven by James Sallis
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Ben Macnair has sent in a review for Driven by James Sallis. Drive, James Sallis's critically acclaimed thriller about a movie stunt-man who moonlights as a getaway driver for the mob, became an award-winning film - this is the stunning sequel. Seven years have passed since Driver ended his campaign against those who double-crossed him. He has left the old life, become Paul West and founded a successful business back in Phoenix. But walking down the street one day, he and his fiancee are attacked by two men and, while Driver dispatches both, his fiancee is killed. Sinking back into anonymity, aided by his friend Felix, an ex-gangbanger and Desert Storm vet, Driver realises that his past stalks him - and will not stop. He has to turn and face it... more»»
Ben Macnair 31st July 2015 [7/10]
Review - The Heads of CerberusThe Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens
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Paul has sent in a review for The Heads of Cerberus by Francis Stevens. Written by the woman whose pseudonym was Francis Stevens, it has been hailed as the first alternate history novel. Fantasy master H. P. Lovecraft hailed Francis Stevens as among "the top grade of writers." The Heads of Cerberus tells of an alternate-world Philadelphia, reached by a handful of this-world people. This Philadelphia is one in which the political corruptors have become ruthless autocrats, ruling through phony civic service competitions which result in cynically brutal enslavement of the people. The name of William Penn has become, under the organizational label of ‘Penn Service’, the very fountainhead of viciously depraved, dictatorial government... more»»
Paul Lappen 31st July 2015 [8/10]
Review - Kill DecisionKill Decision by Daniel Suarez
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Nigel has reviewed Kill Decision by Daniel Suarez. Linda McKinney is a myrmecologist, a scientist who studies the social structure of ants. Her academic career has left her entirely unprepared for the day her sophisticated research is conscripted by unknown forces to help run an unmanned - and thanks to her research, automated - drone army. Odin is the secretive Special Ops soldier with a unique insight into the faceless enemy who has begun to attack the American homeland with drones programmed to seek, identify, and execute targets without human intervention. Together, McKinney and Odin must slow this advance long enough for the world to recognize its destructive power, because for thousands of years the "kill decision" during battle has remained in the hands of humans - and off-loading that responsibility to machines will bring unintended, possibly irreversible, consequences... more»»
Nigel 30th June 2015 [8/10]
Review - The Devil’s DetectiveThe Devil’s Detective by Simon Kurt Unsworth
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Ben Macnair has sent in a review for The Devil’s Detective by Simon Kurt Unsworth. Welcome to hell where skinless demons patrol the lakes and the waves of Limbo wash against the outer walls, while the souls of the Damned float on their surface, waiting to be collected. When an unidentified, brutalised body is discovered, the case is assigned to Thomas Fool, one of Hell's detectives, known as 'Information Men’. But how do you investigate a murder where death is commonplace and everyone is guilty of something? A stunningly original blend of crime, horror and suspense, The Devil’s Detective is a bold new thriller that will shock and amaze... more»»
Ben Macnair 30th June 2015 [7/10]
Review - The TrillionistThe Trillionist by Sagan Jeffries
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Paul has sent in a review for The Trillionist by Sagan Jeffries. Spurred on by a darkness residing within his brilliant mind, Sage Rogan, boy-genius and inventor, is relentlessly driven to bring modern advancements to his people. In fearing for his own sanity, he eventually discovers a part of his mind is, in fact, a shadowy ancient spirit with ulterior motives of its own. Realizing that the inventions he’s been coerced into creating could destroy his world, Sage yearns to make things right; clashing with the powerful entity to save his world from annihilation. Sage Rojan knows the truth, and it’s up to him to make things right. But before he can save the world, he must first save himself... more»»
Paul Lappen 30th June 2015 [9/10]
Review - Black RunBlack Run by Antonio Manzini
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Chrissi has reviewed Black Run by Antonio Manzini. Already an international hit, a sly, sizzling mystery set in the Italian Alps, the first in a sensational crime series. The dark flanks of the Alps tower over everything. Wind whistles through the fir trees. An expanse of ice and snow with no end in sight. A growing stain. A mess of flesh and blood. A corpse buried six inches under the snow. Enter Rocco Schiavone, Deputy Police Chief and a man who has more beautiful women in his bed than sensible shoes under it. He’s stuck in this backwards Alpine town after getting on the wrong side of the wrong people and longs for the fritto misto, cobbled streets and lucky breaks of his beloved Rome. He hates this place and the provincial locals almost as much as his superiors for their petty rules and for exiling him here. On top of that, he’s got a body to deal with and this mangled corpse is “a pain in the ass, number 10 on the scale, summa cum laude”… more»»
Chrissi 31st May 2015 [8/10]
Review - Malaformed RealitiesMalaformed Realities by Thomas M. Malafarina
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Nigel has reviewed Malaformed Realities by Thomas M. Malafarina. Hideous creatures and nightmarish situations abound in Malafarina’s horror short story collection Malaformed Realities. History tells us that on October 3, 1849 the great master of the macabre, Edgar Allen Poe, was found wandering the streets of Baltimore, Maryland delirious and in grave distress. He was taken immediately to the Washington College Hospital, where he died at 5 a.m. on Sunday, October 7. Poe never became coherent enough to explain how he wound up in such an abysmal condition. There are a lot of theories about his death but no concrete evidence. Maybe he simply lost his way back from those incredibly dark places his writing took him. Thomas Malafarina can only hope that his own numerous journeys into that land of darkness will not someday take its toll on him... more»»
Nigel 31st May 2015 [8/10]
Review - The Girl on the TrainThe Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
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Ben Macnair has sent in a review for The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. You don't know her. But she knows you. Rear Window meets Gone Girl, in this exceptional and startling psychological thriller. Rachel catches the same commuter train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She’s even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason’, she calls them. Their life - as she sees it - is perfect. If only Rachel could be that happy. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Now Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she’s only watched from afar. Now they’ll see; she’s much more than just the girl on the train... more»»
Ben Macnair 31st May 2015 [8/10]
Review - The Factory WorldThe Factory World by Joseph Edward Ryan
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Paul has sent in a review for The Factory World by Joseph Edward Ryan. Waking in a pipe in a silent forest, unable to remember how he got there or where he came from, Simon finds himself walking a rusting railway track with a mysterious stranger who cannot even remember his own name. Abandoned factories and eerie mannequins dot their path, falling stars lighting the night sky and searing holes through the earth to reveal a maze of pipes beneath. A dream, and a thousand miles away is their only way home. But they are not alone on this factory world, and soon realise that they are fighting for their lives... more»»
Paul Lappen 31st May 2015 [8/10]
Review - HauntedHaunted Edited by Alex Davis and Ryan Merrifield
Average Review Rating Average Rating [7/10] (1 Review)
Ben Macnair has sent in a review for Haunted Edited by Alex Davis and Ryan Merrifield. Spirits walk among us...  Ghosts can be found truly anywhere. It might be the quaint but abandoned village of Snap End, in the heart of the English countryside, or the beautiful but dilapidated Canterbrem home in rural Texas. Perhaps you’ll find these supernatural visitors in the heart of a suburban estate, or running through the forests of Muskogee country. Or maybe, just maybe, they’ll come strolling into your own home... Prepare yourself for five unique visitations in Haunted, where the dead return may return with a desire for revenge or the simple wish to continue making our lives better... more»»
Ben Macnair 31st May 2015 [7/10]
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