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Return to Woodbury

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Return to Woodbury (The Walking Dead – 8)

by Jay Bonansinga & Robert Kirkman

She has weathered over four years of the apocalypse. She has done things that she would not have dreamt of doing in her darkest nightmares. But she has survived. And now, she has staked a claim in the plague-ravaged city of Atlanta. It is a safe haven for her people, rising high above the walker-ridden streets.

But for Lilly Caul, something is missing . . .

She still dreams of her former home, the little village known as Woodbury – a place of heartache as well as hope. For Lilly, Woodbury has become a symbol of the future, of family, of a return to normal life amidst this hell on earth. The call is so powerful that Lilly decides to risk everything in order to go back . . .

Against all odds, Lilly leads a ragtag group of survivors across the impossible landscape of walker swarms, flooded rivers, bands of murderers and untold dangers. Along the way, she discovers a disturbing truth about herself. She is determined to return to Woodbury. No matter what the cost.”

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 Jay Bonansinga

Author’s Bio – Jay Bonansinga

The national best-selling author of ten acclaimed books – both fiction and non-fiction — Jay Bonansinga has been called “one of the most imaginative writers of thrillers” by the Chicago Tribune.

Jay is the holder of a master’s degree in film from Columbia College Chicago, and currently resides in Evanston, Illinois, with his wife and two sons. He is also a visiting professor at Northwestern University in their Creative Writing for the Media program.

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Robert Kirkman

Author’s Bio – Robert Kirkman

Robert Kirkman is an American comic book writer best known for his work on The Walking Dead, Invincible for Image Comics, as well as Ultimate X-Men and Marvel Zombies for Marvel Comics. He has also collaborated with Image Comics co-founder Todd McFarlane on the series Haunt. He is one of the five partners of Image Comics, and the only one of the five who was not one of the original co-founders of that publisher.

Robert Kirkman’s first comic books were self-published under his own Funk-o-Tron label. Along with childhood friend Tony Moore, Kirkman created Battle Pope which was published in late 2001. Battle Pope ran for over 2 years along with other Funk-o-Tron published books such as InkPunks and Double Take.

In July of 2002, Robert’s first work for another company began, with a 4-part SuperPatriot series for Image, along with Battle Pope backup story artist Cory Walker. Robert’s creator-owned projects followed shortly thereafter, including Tech Jacket, Invincible and Walking Dead.

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My Review

5 stars

It is four years into the zombie apocalypse and Lilly Caul has a group of survivors staying at an Ikea in Atlanta. Although this seems like the perfect place to be, Lilly is restless and dreams of Woodbury. Using the argument that the Ikea is a giant target for those wanting to stay, Lilly is pushing to return to Woodbury. Not wanting to split up, most everyone decides to pack up and head out. The problem is there are in the middle of one heck of a monsoon and will have to fight rains and rising waters.

But this is not the only problem. Ash, who has gone missing a while ago, is still alive along with several others. They are the victims of a crazy man that wants to create the perfect family. You also have another man that is intend on finding his missing wife. He finds a new friend from a prison in Cuba but they both have a lot of trouble ahead of them.

This is a great story that started out with a bang and a prisoner in Cuba making a dash for a helicopter to try and get to America just as a hurricane is hitting land. From there you hit the ground running as Lilly is nipping at the bit to get to Woodbury. You also have Ash who is about to escape a crazy man that is trying to make a perfect family and is willing to kill Ash to save her kids.

I have not read a lot of the books in the Walking Dead book series although I love the television series. I live how we are getting a glimpse of the world outside of what we see in the television series. I admit that Lilly left a perfect location with the Ikea store. If you have everything I would think you would want to build up your fortress then run off to a town that might not even be there.

Overall I really like this story. Fred Berman does a great job narrating this story. I had no trouble keeping up and figuring out which character was speaking. I love how clear his narration was, I didn’t have to turn up the volume really high just to understand what was being said. This is one to check out.

I received Return to Woodbury from MacMillan Audio for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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There Be Demons

Fantasy / Paranormal
Date Published: September 26, 2017
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Heroes come in all shapes.
The war for Andor has lasted a century. Humans and their allies, the Angeli, fight demons from another plane who need a warmer planet to hatch and raise their young.
Trebridge becomes Ground zero when Abraxas, a minion of the demon Prince Vetis, opens a secret portal into the city. The demons’ goal is to build an army to subjugate the city before the humans realize they are under attack.
Standing in the demons’ way are two disparate groups: the humans of Andor and their Angeli allies who command gargoyle warriors.
Leading the four gargoyles guarding Trebridge is Gillen, a proven war hero who uses Grace to fight demons. But Gillen is an outcast, mocked for his tuft of hair that normal gargoyles lack. It’s up to him to prove once and for all that he’s worthy of his command, in spite of dissention in his ranks. When Gillen asks the Angeli Commanders for reinforcements to fight the growing demon menace in Trebridge, headquarters send four human teens from the projects.
The leader of the humans is Britt, a 14-year-old half-Hispanic girl who is one of the four magic-possessing Chosen. But Britt was never trained in the art of Grace, and like most girls her age, spends her days preoccupied with school and romance. Like Gillen, she must rise above her station in life–if she is to save the ones she loves.
But Gillen and Britt are facing formidable demon foes, Abraxas: a chicken-headed demon who possesses several humans as part of his plan to build the demons’ base in Trebridge and power-hungry Prince Vetis who is his commander. Neither will let the deaths of expendable humans get in their way of the conquest.
At the same time as she is suppose to learn how to fight demons, Britt has to juggle the mundane problems of school and parental custody battles. She doesn’t realize her danger until she confront the demon Prince Vetis in a battle for her soul as a human being.
About the Author

Who am I? Bottom line: I’m an old lady who amuses herself writing. But, since writing stories is twined up with reading, my journey has been a long one.
My adventures in reading/writing started with comic books. You can blame them for my fascination with the fantastic. I fondly remember spending hours reading and trading them.
But I was weird, too. My favorites were the Classic Comic series. I didn’t trade them. All those pre-Silver Age Supermans, Batmans, and Tales from the Crypt etc. disappeared into the mists. My favorite character? Scrooge McDuck. Swimming in a pile of money intrigued me. But never could figure out the diving thing.
The Oz books by L. Frank Baum introduced me to fantasy proper. My first impression when I saw my first Oz book in fifth grade? I couldn’t imagine reading such a thick book…even though the pictures looked interesting. I didn’t actually read the Wizard of Oz until the city children’s librarian recommended it in seventh grade. I thought Dorothy was a pretty neat character; she had gumption.
I was hooked on fantasy after I discovered A. Merritt’s Ship of Ishtar at the used hardware store. I still have my 25c A. Merritt and Andre Norton paperbacks and read them, even though the paper smells.
The realization that real people could write stories came in the sixth grade. Duh.
The teacher assigned writing a short story to the class. Everyone wrote 2-4 pages. I wrote an unfinished 25-page Nancy Drew clone, The Clue of the Clay Cats. The effort got me a “C” because it was unfinished, but I finished it the next summer on my mother’s typewriter. The children’s librarian said it was pretty good. I’ve been a chronic, if haphazard, writer ever since.
My current “writing career” started after I had heart surgery. I got bored sitting around. While dozing, I had this vision of this girl standing on bluff overlooking the ocean, her long red hair streaming behind her in a gale. She was incredibly lonely, and I wondered why. Discovered she was 400 years old and…
While I dithered around with my Half-Elves, I tried improving my fiction craft skills writing short stories. They ended up with a theme: humans fighting demons. My world of Andor was born [from the country Andorra, if you’re a stamp collector]. One of the stories, Night for the Gargoyles, made me wonder about how Gillen got rid of the demons. Four untrained teens from the projects didn’t seem like effective back up to me.
Writing moves in mysterious ways. Another story, Noticing Jamilla, launched On the Run, though the original main character disappeared. There Be Demons and On the Run did get written. If I get my act together, there should be a third book where Britt and Pillar meet and take care of the demon army Grylerrque gathers to conquer Andor. I keep wondering what will happen when fiery Britt meets cool Pillar.
So, here I sit with a computer full of unedited stories–including novels set in our world–still amusing myself writing. Jotting down notes and bits of dialog and transferring them to my computer.
Oh. Yeah. I’m married, have three adult kids who live away from home, and indulge two cats who sleep a lot. I can be found via my website and on Facebook.
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My Review
4 stars

Demons have invaded Trebridge and it is up to Gillen and the Gargoyle Guardians to protect the city. But they cannot do this alone, Gillen is going to need back up. What he gets is Britt Kelly, a 14 year old girl with magical abilities that she would rather not have. Britt just wants to be a normal teenager and adjust to her new school. But Britt and three other teens are going to have to learn how to use their abilities to fight the demons and imps.

You don’t have that many books that have gargoyles in them but I have to say that I think they are one of my favorite mythical creatures. Gillen is a great leader and I love how he works with the kids training them. Britt is a great, strong character for being 14 years old. I understand how she just wants to be “normal” but I enjoyed watching her grown into her role.

There is a lot of action and a bunch of mistakes as the kids learn their limitations the hard way. This is a great story that is easy to get into and hard to put down. This is my first book of MK Theodoratus but it will not be my last. I do hope this becomes a series because I would love to follow more of Britt and Gillen’s adventures.

I received There be Demons from Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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Return to Lan Darr

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Return to Lan Darr (Heroes of Distant Planets – 2) by Anderson Atlas

Surviving Lan Darr not only changed Allan’s life, it rocked him to his bones. On Earth, he’s simply a boy in a wheelchair who got lost in the woods, but across the galaxy, Allan is a hero. He must find a way back there.

Returning to Lan Darr might just kill him. Though Allan’s learned the hard way that he does not die easily.

Back on Earth, Allan’s uncle and his best friend race after Allan without an inkling of how deadly Hubbu travel can be. Chaos ensues, spawning disorder, confusion and panic as the travelers end up on different worlds at different times and face extreme ecosystems, mysterious enemies and push the clock of death to the absolute breaking point.

The second book of the Heroes of Distant Planet Series cranks up the excitement, the mystery and even the humor. A perfect and inspiring story for 12 and up.

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Anderson Atlas 

Author’s Bio

I live in the hot Sonoran Desert among scaled survivors, steely eye hawks and majestic saguaros.

I’m inspired by crowded malls, streams that barely trickle, patches of moss, charred forests, and distant mountain ranges. The clacking of keys can be heard throughout my home late at night and I’m always drawing, inking or painting.

To date, I’ve written 4 books and illustrated a handful more, and I’ve only begun to speak.

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My Review

5 stars

Allan Westerfield has just returned from his adventures in Lan Darr where he is a hero. But when he tells his friends and others at school they think he is making it up for attention and needs to go to a therapist. Then he is ultimately betrayed by a friend and he decides to go back to Lan Darr. But when he spreads the pollen he lands in Peebleland and with a bat like people. He learns of a path to Lan Darr but he is going to have another adventure getting there.

I really like Allan as a character. He has grown so much from the first book but after Laura steals his journal I don’t blame him for wanting to run away. Of course he is not going to just show up in Lan Darr, what kind of adventure would that be.

Then there is Rubic. He is actually trying to be a father for Allan and I give him kudos for that. Of course when he learns Allan has disappeared, then Laura too, he goes with Jibbawk to search for the both of them. They have their own adventure while trying to find the kids.

This is a great story and could be read as a stand-alone although I recommend the books in order to get the full immersion of the stories. I do love how Allan has learned not to let his disability stop him. He has grown so much mentally from when I first read his story.

If you are looking for a great young adult fantasy adventure look no further. This is an amazing series and one that I strongly recommend.

I received Return to Lan Darr from the author for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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2036 The Proof

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2036 The Proof by Zvi Speiser

Can Heller and Thorne figure out why scientists keep getting involved in accidents?What do a huge asteroid rushing into earth, human DNA going crazy in a lab, exploding stars and an ancient sect have in common? All have been ingeniously woven together in this riveting science fiction thriller. Join Chicago police Detective Rick Heller and investigative journalist Will Thorne as they try to figure out why scientists connected to these discoveries are almost killed and a security guard is murdered.

Can the US president marshal covert scientific knowledge to safeguard the world?When Will Thorne discovers a mysterious link among the asteroid, the DNA, the exploding stars and the ancient sect, US President Emily White tries to use this top-secret tinder box, revealing the discovery of the most profound secret of the human race, seeded millions of years ago, for a peaceful message to humanity. Her initiative ultimately results in aggressive religious riots that threaten human security throughout the world.

Can an ancient, secret sect be the key to human salvation?In 586 BCE, soldiers of the Sect of the Guardians gave their lives to secure the hiding place of the Ark of the Covenant, which they had removed from the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. What is the ancient secret, more than 3,300 years old, that the Guardians are ordered to hide at any cost?

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 Zvi Speiser

Author’s Bio

As a kid, Zvi Speiser was fascinated with electronics and science fiction stories. He received his BSC in Electronics at the beginning of Israel’s Yom Kippur War (1973). As a pioneer in computer graphics he developed state of the art devices that were in the forefront of this emerging market. His electronics hobby gave way to radio controlled, aerobatic model airplanes that later developed into flying sports planes. The basic idea for 2036 The proof arose some 20 years ago and finally materialized when Zvi left his day job.

2036 The proof is Zvi’s first of two consecutive books and his first full-length science fiction novel. He previously wrote short stories for his two daughters when they were young, which he now enjoys reading to his grandchildren. Zvi is 69 years old and married with two daughters and four grandchildren.

My Review

4 stars

While working on a drug for longevity, a scientist notices a strange pattern in a petri dish. New telescopes have surpassed the Hubble telescope. They have seen stars further than they have before and watched them explode. They have also identified an asteroid approaching the Earth. The question is how do these even relate to each other and what does the Sect of the Guardians have to do with keeping information hidden?

This book is a race against time to connect the dots before the possibility of the world ending. Scientists have been turning up dead and Detective Rick Heller has been called in to investigate. Initially things don’t really seem to be connected until investigative journalist Will Thorne finds a link to all of these events. Then there is the Sect of Guardians. They have hidden the Ark of the Covenant and have been protecting a secret for 3,300 years that has a huge impact on the human race.

This is a great, action packed thriller. With the advancements of science, more dangers have risen. With a security guard and several scientists being killed clearly someone is trying to keep something quiet. The question is what. Rick Heller and Will Thorne rush to connect the dots and save humanity.

I like how this story comes together with a bang. I love how science come into play to make this book feel more realistic in the chase. I was easily drawn in to this story and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.

If you like Clive Cussler or Dan Brown you will like this story. It is well written and definitely work checking out.

 

I received 2036 The Proof from Ari at Candid Book Reviews for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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Skeletal

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Skeletal by Emma Pullar

Gale City is the last city in the world and under the strict control of the illusive Centrals.

When females reach adulthood, they’re given the chance to compete at Showcase for the honour of becoming surrogates for the Morbihan – a highly intelligent, obese race of people, unable to procreate naturally. All the other girls are excited to become hosts, all except Megan Skyla.

Convinced there’s more to life, Skyla teams up with an unlikely friend and they go in search of a cure for the Morbihan condition. Things don’t go to plan and their journey becomes a harrowing quest fraught with danger and deceit.

How can Skyla discover the truth when everything she’s been told is a lie? Can anyone in Gale City ever really be free?

Skyla is about to discover that freedom has a price and she’s going to have to fight to survive.

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Emma Pullar 

Author’s Bio

As a writer, I love to please readers, so… if you enjoyed my work, yay! If not… remember, I write more than one genre and hopefully, the next story I write will be just for you!

If you’re anything like me, you like nosing around author’s websites to find out what makes them tick. I also have a facebook page called: Emma Pullar Storyteller. Drop by and give me a wave.

I have three children, a husband and a naughty cat called Rupert.

I was born and raised in London, England then moved to Christchurch, New Zealand when I was sixteen, where I met my Kiwi husband. I currently live in Kent, England but who knows where I will end up next. I’m a British and New Zealand citizen and I feel fortunate to identify with both cultures. I love travelling and hope to visit more countries and meet more people and learn and grow and share stories!

Writing has always been my passion.

I have a theory that everyone knows what they want to do in life by the age of seven. I wanted to be a dancer, a writer and Prime Minister. Having checked off the first two, I can tell you that I have no desire to do the last one. I prefer to be ruler of my fictional worlds and even then the characters end up ruling me and doing whatever they like!

I started writing stories as soon as I could pick up a pencil and I’ve never stopped.

The first picture book I ever wrote was called ‘Attack of the Killer Wheelie Bins’ and was about wheelie bins getting sick of people stuffing them with rubbish and so they started eating people! Another story I remember writing at primary school was about two kids who fell down a pit and were eaten alive by a beast. It was graphic, the teacher was concerned and called my mother in. It was decided I had a wild imagination and no intervention was needed. Phew!

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My Review

5 stars

The world has been destroyed; all that is left is Gale City. The city is under the strict rule of the Central. This world is divided between the Skeletal and the Morbihan. The Morbihan have everything they could want, are obese, and infertile. The Skeletal resemble their name and are the slaves and workers for the Morbihan.

It is time for Showcase where Skels are lined up and chosen to bear the children for the Morbihan. This is the only chance the Skels have a better life. But Skylar is different; she questions her world and wants out. She is going to learn more about this world than she ever thought and will open more than just her eyes.

This is an amazing dystopian story. The world has become deeply divided between the haves and have nots. Skylar is a have not and does whatever she can to survive. But she wants out of this world. With her invitation for Showcase she thinks that she has found the way out. I loved Bunce, he is that opposite view point that Skylar needs and she is the breath of reality he needs.

This is a great story. It has one heck of an ending and makes it feel like the first in a series. I hope it is, I would love to read more about Skylar.

I received Skeletal from Bloodhound Books for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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Rememdium Series

Tainted Cure
The Rememdium Series Book 1
by Ashley Fontainne
Genre: Post-apocalyptic, SciFi
Scientists attempted to find a cure for addiction. They failed.
Dr. Everett Berning, a leading researcher into the causes of addiction in
the brain, spent ten years of his life dedicated to one thing:
finding the cure. Recruited after a strange encounter with the
enigmatic Dr. Roberta Flint, Director of Research on Code Name:
Rememdium, Dr. Berning is sent to work in a secret lab as part of the
research team.
When the moment the scientists waited on for years arrives, Dr. Flint
and her team are ecstatic.
Unfortunately,
not everyone in the world feels the same way.
Benito San Nicholas isn’t ready to give up his lucrative business. When the
news of a cure arrives on his doorstep from a crooked informant,
Benito enlists the help of other drug lords from around the world to
stop the cure from hitting the streets and destroying their
livelihoods.
What happens next ends up uniting the globe–just not the way society
ever intended or hoped.
Tainted Cure is a huge success on different levels. First, the story is
original, well thought-out, and brilliantly accomplished. It’s not
unusual to read books with dangerous products falling into the wrong
hands, but what happens when a good product falls into the wrong
hands? The characters are lovely and engaging, and readers will feel
inclined to connect with Dr. Everett Berning and the enigmatic
Roberta Flint. Benito is the epitome of evil, a greedy character that
readers will hate. Third, the pace is fast and there are so many
surprises and twists to keep readers turning the pages. Ashley
Fontainne has crafted an intriguing story that starts with a bang and
ends on a very high note. You can’t help but fall for this author’s
beautiful prose, her complex characters, and the oh-so-entertaining
read.” – Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite

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My Review

5 stars

Scientists are working on a cure for addiction. After years they have found a way to alter an addict’s brain. But this leads to a revolt from the drug industry. But there is so much more happening than drug dealers being out business. The cure also alters the body and its ability to stay dead. No one is safe and everyone has secrets from the government all they was to the dealers.

I have to say that I didn’t quite know where this book was going but I loved the whole ride. You have those that want to help addicts and have struggled for years on a cure. You have those that don’t want to lose their power and wealth. Of course if you get zombies involved you know that this is going worldwide.

I loved the action and the story. Fontainne has created a great zombie story with a new twist on the beginnings, how people are trying to stay in control or get control, and how something so innocent gets twisted in the worst way. I love this book and can’t wait to dig in to Tainted Reality.

Tainted Reality
The Rememdium Series Book 2
DR. EVERETT BERNING achieved his life’s work by discovering a cure for
drug addiction. Unfortunately, the formula was stolen and fell into
the hands of the enemy.

DRUG LORDS from around the world unknowingly released the altered, deadly
formula into their supply, affecting millions across the
globe.
WITHIN FORTY-EIGHT HOURS, the entire planet is thrown into chaos as the
disease spreads.
REGINA PARKER, Chief of Police of the tiny town of Rockport, Arkansas, isn’t
willing to let the military kill thousands of innocent people in a
rush to contain the outbreak. She leads a small contingent of
survivors on a dangerous quest to keep her town safe from the
soldiers and the dead.
WILL DR. BERNING be able to isolate the contagion and find a way to
reverse it, or is it too late to save humanity from the tainted cure?
How far will Chief Parker go to save the lives of others as the world
collapses around them?
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My Review

5 stars

This story jumps right into where we left off in book 1. Dr. Everett is in the lab being pressured into making a cure to the zombies. You have the military that have discovered that shooting the zombies in the head stops them but has decided to shoot everyone to be doubly sure that the zombies are eradicated. Then there is Regina. She is trying to keep her little band of survivors safe and alive.

Dr. Everett is underground in the Ozarks and being pressured to make figure out what went wrong with the cure and if they can fix it. You also have Regina Parker and her little group of survivors. They think they may have a little rest at a Walmart but nothing is this new world is going to be safe for long. I really enjoyed following Regina, she is such a strong woman and determined to try and save her little group. Of course the odds are stacked against them.

I recommend reading this series since this book follows closely on the heels of Tainted Cure. It’s so easy to get into this action packed story. And the ending, OMG!! Talk about a shocker and cliff hanger. Thank goodness I have Tainted Future to get right into.

Tainted Future
The Rememdium Series Book 3
Everything they know is gone. The old world obliterated in less than forty-eight
hours. They soon discover they aren’t alone, and other dangers
besides the undead lurk in the forests. The new law of the land: kill
or be killed

Dr. Everett Berning and his team seek refuge in the underground lab in
the Ozark Mountains. The first week after the collapse of
civilization, those who made it out alive struggle against the odds
to survive.
Only a handful escaped the devastation in their hometown of Malvern,
Arkansas, and they grapple with the new reality. Tired, frightened,
and mourning the loss of loved ones, they attempt to regroup and cope
with the life-altering changes.
When one suffers a debilitating injury, they are thrust into a tenuous
relationship with Dr. Berning’s group. Other survivors battle the
odds as they flee treacherous cities destroyed by the government and
crawling with reanimated corpses.
Unfortunately, they all are about to discover the roaming dead aren’t the only
threat they face. As the world plummets into darkness, things will
never be the same. Ever.
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 My Review

4 stars

The groups of survivors are going to have to work together if they are going to survive this zombie filled world. It’s not just the zombies they have to worry about. You have a government and military that is running around with the last orders of leaders that have disappeared and may or may not still be alive. They you have the worst of people that do whatever they please.

The groups are going to come together and power is going to shift through them. Some people are going to rise to and others are going to be left behind. I had some questions that were answered in Tainted Future but then I was left with new ones. I was left reeling after the end of Tainted Reality and with the group dynamics I was still off balance.

I really like this series. It’s a fresh twist on a zombie story yet the same when it comes to the trials survivors face. I admit that I’m so used to trilogies that I didn’t expect another book to come. But with the ending of Tainted Future I can’t wait to see what Ashley Fontainne is going to put her group of survivors through next.

Award-winning and International bestselling author Ashley Fontainne enjoys stories
that immerse the reader deep into the human psyche and the monsters
lurking within each of us. She writes in numerous genres including
mystery, suspense, horror, sci-fi and sometimes poetry.

Ashley lives in Arkansas with her husband and is the proud mother of
one son and three daughters.
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 I received Tainted Cure, Tainted Reality, and Tainted Future from Silver Dagger Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of these books.

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Three Days and a Life

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Three Days and a Life by Pierre Lemaitre

Three days at the edge of the new millennium, one moment of madness and one young life’s course altered forever. A dazzling new thriller from the master of noir.

Antoine is twelve years old. His parents are divorced and he lives with his mother in Beauval, a small, backwater town surrounded by forests, where everyone knows everyone’s business, and nothing much ever happens. But in the last days of 1999, a series of events unfolds, culminating in the shocking vanishing without trace of a young child. The adults of the town are at a loss to explain the disappearance, but for Antoine, it all begins with the violent death of his neighbour’s dog. From that one brutal act, his fate and the fate of his neighbour’s six year old son are bound forever.

In the years following Rémi’s disappearance, Antoine wrestles with the role his actions played. As a seemingly inescapable net begins to tighten, breaking free from the suffocating environs of Beauval becomes a gnawing obsession. But how far does he have to run, and how long will it take before his past catches up with him again?

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 Pierre Lemaitre

Authors Bio

Pierre Lemaitre (born 19 April 1951 in Paris) is a Prix Goncourt-winning French author and a screenwriter, internationally renowned for the crime novels featuring the fictional character Commandant Camille Verhœven.

His first novel to be translated into English, Alex, is a translation of the French book of the same title, it won the CWA International Dagger for best crime novel of 2013.

In November 2013, he was awarded the Prix Goncourt, France’s top literary prize, for Au revoir là-haut, an epic about World War I. The translation of another of his French novels, Camille won the CWA International Dagger in 2015.

My Review

4 Stars

It’s 1999 in the little town of Beauval, where everyone knows your business. Antoine is twelve years old and just lost his friends to the mayor’s son and his Play Station. His mother has forbidden him from playing the games so Antoine spends his time in the woods working on a tree house with the neighbor’s dog. Then the dog is injured and need to be put down and Antoine is devastated.

From there, little Remi Desmedt is six years old and idolizes Antoine. But Remi ends up dying and Antoine decides to hide the body. We watch how Antoine won’t admit to the death. The town’s people are coming up with all kinds of theories and accusations. Then the town butcher, Monsieur Kowalski is blamed for the disappearance. We then meet up with Antoine years later on and we see how this secret has shaped his life.

I’m sad to admit that I didn’t recognize the author’s name until I looked up his other books and realized that he is the author of Alex. That was one heck of a mind tweak. Once I saw that I can’t wait to see what he was going to put Antoine through. Antoine agonizes over Remi’s death but is so afraid to admit what really happened. I could feel for him as a kid. I grew up in a small town and I can relate to a lot of what happens.

This is a great thriller. It is slow paced and it does tend to drag. But it is a good story. Antoine has to live with his choices and doesn’t always make good ones but you can still see how one even can affect you for life. I do recommend this book. It is a good read and I think many will like it.

I received Three Days and a Life from Quercus for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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