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Wolf Blood

Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic fiction

Date Published: 1/1/2018
Publisher: Landmark Media
 
When a wave of vicious attacks sweeps across London, there are reports of a beast on the loose. There are fears of a ripper stalking the streets.
 
But the truth is more terrifying than anyone wants to admit.
 
Werewolves are prowling the city. Hunting and killing.
 
Lycanthropy, a disease as old as humanity, now threatens to destroy civilization. With no cure, no vaccine, and millions of potential victims, it’s spreading through the capital at exponential rates. And every werewolf bite has just two possible outcomes – death or infection.
 
Only a tiny number of people have the insight to realize what is happening. But what will a young police woman, a group of teenagers and a computer nerd have to sacrifice in order to survive?
 
The werewolf apocalypse is here. And it’s only just beginning …
 
WOLF BLOOD is the first in the LYCANTHROPIC post-apocalyptic werewolf series. If you enjoy the zombie apocalypse, dystopian science fiction, horror, grimdark, dark fantasy, or multi-protagonist sagas, don’t miss out on the next big trend in apocalyptic fiction.

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About the Author

Steve Morris is the author of the Lycanthropic series. He used to be a nuclear physicist, but now he writes books about werewolves. He lives in Oxford, England
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My Review

5 Stars

Professor Wiseman and three of his students are hiding out in the mountains after his discovery of lycanthropy. No one believed him but he is having the last laugh now. We follow along as the werewolves attack, bite, and kill humans. Of course humans have either one of two options, become a werewolf or die. The apocalypse is upon us and it is brought by a bite.

I love this horror story. It’s a fresh take since it seems everyone is into zombies and I really enjoy a good werewolf story. You have a great, dark and gritty creature killing humans and humans in denial becoming the snack every werewolf needs.

This is a great story and the start to a new series. I can’t wait to delve into the next volume. If you like werewolves, look no further. You have found the next book to add to your collection.

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

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A Matter of Love and Death by Caron Albright

Adelaide, 1931. Telephone switchboard operator Frances’ life is difficult as sole provider for her mother and adopted uncle. But it’s thrown into turmoil when she overhears a suspicious conversation on the phone, planning a murder.

If a life is at risk, she should tell the police; but that would mean breaking her confidentiality clause and would cost her the job. And practical Frances, not prone to flights of fancy, soon begins to doubt the evidence of her own ears – it was a very bad line, after all…

She decides to put it behind her, a task helped by the arrival of their new lodger, Phil. Phil takes her to a night club, where she meets charming but slightly dangerous club owner Jack. Jack’s no angel – prohibition is in force, and what’s a nightclub without champagne? But he’s a good man, and when Frances’ earlier fears resurface she knows that he’s the person to confide in.

Frances and Jack’s hunt for the truth puts them in grave danger, and soon enough Frances will learn that some things are a matter of love and death…

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Author Bio

Caron Albright fell in love with books as soon as she could read and never grew out of it. With one foot firmly planted in Fictionland ever since, she is moving from one adventure to the next (strictly on the paper of course).

She loves capers with feisty heroines, dashing heroes with a dangerous edge and thrilling locations and would gladly explore the world for the sake of research – preferably while tap-dancing, with a champagne glass in her hand.

Instead she spends her time in front of her keyboard, sipping herbal tea.

When she feels the need for a change, she switches to coffee and writing crime novels under the name Carmen Radtke.

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My Review

5 stars

It is 1931 and Francis works as a telephone operator. One day she over hears a conversation about a murder. But after seeing another operator being fired for talking about what was heard she is afraid to say anything. Initially she decides it is a bad line and to ignore it. But when she meets night club owner Jack, she thinks twice about the murder. It is during prohibition and Jack dances around illegal champagne so Francis thinks confiding in him will help whomever was to be murdered.

What follows is a whirlwind adventure as Francis and Jack come across a murder, a jewelry thief, and thugs willing to do what it takes to stop them to stay free and clear. I loved Francis. She is supporting her mother and adopted uncle on very little money, especially for the time. I can completely relate to her trying to do whatever to keep this job. But I’m glad that she told Jack about the murder. He is a great, strong character with a soft spot.

I loved this whole story from the time period to the mystery. I couldn’t put this book down. And that ending is perfect. Bloodhound Books has picked up another amazing author. I can’t wait to read more from Caron Albright/Carmen Radtke.

I received A Matter of Love and Death from Bloodhound Books for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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Heaven’s Crooked Finger (Earl Marcus – 1) by Hank Early

Earl Marcus thought he had left the mountains of Georgia behind forever, and with them, the painful memories of a childhood spent under the fundamental rule of his father RJ’s church–a church built on fear, penance, and the twisting, writhing mass of snakes. But then an ominous photo of RJ is delivered to Earl’s home. The photograph is dated long after his father’s burial, and there’s no doubt that the man in the picture is very much alive.

As Earl returns to Church of the Holy Flame searching for the truth, faithful followers insist that his father has risen to a holy place high in the mountains. Nobody will talk about the teenage girls who go missing, only to return with strange tattoo-like marks on their skin. Rumors swirl about an old well that sits atop one of the mountains, a place of unimaginable power and secrets. Earl doesn’t know what to believe, but he has long been haunted by his father, forever lurking in the shadows of his life. Desperate to leave his sinful Holy Flame childhood in the past, Earl digs up deeply buried secrets to discover the truth before time runs out and he’s the one put underground in Heaven’s Crooked Finger.

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 Hank Early

Author’s Bio

Hank Early spent much of his youth in the mountains of North Georgia, but he never held a snake or got struck by lightning. These days, he lives in central Alabama with his wife and two kids. He writes crime, watches too much basketball, and rarely sleeps. Heaven’s Crooked Finger is his first novel. He’s represented by Alec Shane of Writers House.

In a previous life, he published some books as John Mantooth. Check them out here.

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My Review

5 stars

Earl Marcus is the child of a fire and brimstone preacher in a small mountain town in Coulee County, Georgia. RJ Marcus is a Pentecostal preacher that strongly believes in the word of God. When Earl is bitten by a snake when he is seventeen he is essentially kicked out of church, his home, and hated by everyone in town. Thankfully a midwife by the name of Granny takes him in and finish raising him.

Year later Earl has moved on and now lives in North Carolina as a private investigator. He still has bad memories about his father and refused to return when the man died. But then he hears that Granny is dying from pancreatic cancer and wants to see him one more time, he returns to the little town. When he gets there he finds those that hated him still hate him. But then he sees a picture of his father clearly alive after he is supposed to be dead and hears about strange happenings with teenage girls. He decides to look into both events.

This is a killer start to a new series from a new author. You can’t help but feel for Earl. He’s stuck in a small town that is enraptured with his father’s preaching and has a certain small mindedness that you can only find in a small town. When Early clearly is not accepted by God, his is discarded. I don’t blame him at all for not going back for his father’s funeral but I understand sucking it up for Granny. As for the mystery, I really liked the twists and turns you follow along as clues are revealed and red herrings dropped around. I was kept guessing until the end and really liked the big reveal.

This is a first in the series and I will definitely be keeping my eyes out for the next book. If you like a great thriller with religious undertones and some paranormal added in, you need to check this book out.

I received Heaven’s Crooked Finger from Sami at Roger Charlie for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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Subhuman

Subhuman
Unit 51 #1
by Michael McBride
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Supernatural, Aliens
THEY ARE NOT HUMAN.
At a research station in Antarctica, five of
the world’s top scientists have been brought together to solve one
of the greatest mysteries in human history. Their subject, however,
is anything but human . . .
THEY ARE NOT NATURAL.
Deep beneath the ice, the submerged ruins of
a lost civilization hold the key to the strange mutations that each
scientist has encountered across the globe: A misshapen skull in
Russia. The grotesque carvings of a lost race in Peru. The mummified
remains of a humanoid monstrosity in Egypt . . .
THEY ARE NOT FRIENDLY.
When a series of sound waves trigger the
ancient organisms, a new kind of evolution begins. Latching onto a
human host—crossbreeding with human DNA—a long-extinct life form
is reborn. Its kind has not walked the earth for thousands of years.
Its instincts are fiercer, more savage, than any predator alive. And
its prey are the scientists who unleashed it, the humans who spawned
it, and the tender living flesh on which it feeds . . .
Praise for Michael McBride
A fast-paced and frightening ride. Highly recommended for fans of
creature horror and the thrillers of Michael Crichton.”—The
Horror Review
on PREDATORY INSTINCT
McBride writes with the perfect mixture of suspense and horror that
keeps the reader on edge.” —Examiner
Michael McBride was born in Colorado and still resides in the shadow of
the Rocky Mountains. He hates the snow, but loves the Avalanche.
He works with medical radiation, yet somehow managed to
produce five children, none of whom, miraculously, have tails, third
eyes, or other random mutations. He writes fiction that
runs the gamut from thriller (Remains) to horror to science fiction
(Vector Borne, Snowblind) . . . and loves every minute of it. He is a
two-time winner of the DarkFuse Readers’ Choice Award.
 

My Review

4 stars

In Queen Muad Land, Antarctica a new discovery has been made. Hollis Richards and Will Connor start putting together a group of scientists to work on this discovery. Together they find an unknown creature/thing. They team works together as a family to come up with possible scenarios for the discovery.

But things go terribly wrong and the scientists go from research to running for their lives. One test has awakened the creature and it is going to join with the humans to create something never seen before. The scientists have gone from the top of the food chain to food for a creature that is faster and more powerful than anything on Earth. Will they stop it?

Subhuman reminds me of James Rollins. You have a rich entrepreneur that really wants to help the world. You have a huge case of scientists that are working together to unlock the secrets of the discovery. Now the story bounces between the different scientists so this story does get rather expanded and slows down. The first portion of the story revolves around the science and the discovery. But when the creatures come out to play things go from bad to worse quickly.

Then it becomes a race to get away from the creatures that are going to destroy the scientists in the worst way possible. Classic horror story that will keep you on the edge of you seat hoping they stop the creature or if they are all going to die.

This is the first in a series so I am curious to see where it goes from here. This is a great horror thriller that will keep you turning pages late in the night.

Excerpt

Subhuman/McBride Blog Entry #2
in Conjunction with Business Insider Article:
“Scientists are closing in on warm caves under Antarctica which could support secret life”

(http://www.businessinsider.com/warm-caves-under-antarctica-which-could-support-secret-life-2017-9)

 

Life always finds a way. There’s no other rational explanation for how anything can survive in Antarctica, a continent where the winter is spent in total darkness and at an average temperature of more than fifty degrees below zero. We’re talking about an environment as barren and desolate as the surface of the moon, and yet trapped beneath the ice is an amazing biome unlike any other on the planet.

The world might be dead aboveground, but it is alive with volcanic activity below. Geothermal heat is responsible for keeping entire networks of lakes and rivers from freezing at depths of more than two miles beneath the surface and, as we’re only now learning, the formation of systems of caves warm enough to support higher orders of life. In addition to bacteria and fungi, soil samples have demonstrated traces of DNA from algae, mosses, and small animals, among them species of unknown origin not found anywhere else in the world.

While exploration of the caves has only just begun, some speculate that these warrens could potentially cover the entire continent beneath the ice, connecting them with the site of the recent discovery of a 13,000 year-old meteorite containing fossilized bacteria theorized to be of extraterrestrial origin. Combining an isolated subterranean ecosystem with organisms that shouldn’t have otherwise survived is a recipe for disaster.

It’s this precise scenario that forms the basis for the first book in the Unit 51 Series, Subhuman, in which a team of scientists discovers that something terrifying has survived beneath the ice, something that’s not entirely human. I challenge you to imagine the possibilities presented by this article and then read Subhuman—coming this November from Kensington Publishing, available wherever books are sold—and you’ll soon learn that far worse things than death await us below.

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Tatter and Shine

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Tatter and Shine by JW Troemner

Shine is running out of time.

She’s a self-taught sorceress in a kingdom that outlaws magic, and the witch hunters are closing in. If they catch her, she’ll face slow death by torture. If she turns herself in, the best she can hope for is a long life locked in a convent.

She takes a third option: she summons Tatterdemalion, the immortal sorcerer of legend, and offers herself as his apprentice.

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 J.W. Troemner

Author’s Bio

JW Troemner was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States, where she lives with her partner in a house full of pets. Most days she can be found gazing longingly at sinkholes and abandoned buildings.

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My Review

5 stars

Shine is a duke’s daughter that has taken to practicing magic. After the war with the Sorcerer Queen, magic is forbidden and Shine is on the verge of being discovered. She summons Tatterdemalion to be her teacher. Tatter has his own issues but decides to accept her. He wonders how long until she walks out the door like so many others. At first Shine feels like she is nothing more than a scullery maid but slowly starts to understand how she can make things bend to her will.

Then Shine learns more of Tatter’s history and who the Sorcerer Queen is to Tatter. She leaves and Tatter thinks of her for a year until he is summoned to a dungeon by someone that is barely alive from her torture. The Sorcerer Queen has gotten a hold of Shine and is draining her powers. But they cannot be safe for long, The Sorcerer Queen has not for gotten about either Tatter or Shine and is not going to let them get away.

This is a great, quick read. When you learn of Tatter’s past, you can understand why his is the way he is and you can’t help but having feeling for the guy. Shine is a proud duke’s daughter and clearly insulted to be cleaning the castle but something as simple as this gives her a new perspective with how to use magic. I loved the concept of how the magic you work can only be what you know. What a great concept that keeps limits on power.

This is a quick read and I loved every moment of it. I have read JW Troemner’s story Mark of the Dragon and have to say I love her books. She has many more that I need to catch up on. But this was a great read to wet my appetite for more of her books.

I received Tatter and Shine from Ari at Candid Book Reviews for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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World of Shadows

The Everett Exorcism
World of Shadows Book 1
by Lincoln Cole
Genre: Horror, Occult Thriller, Urban Fantasy
Something strange is happening in the city of Everett, Washington and Father
Niccolo Paladina is tasked with investigating possible demonic
activity. Nothing is as it seems, however, and things quickly begin
spiraling out of his control.

When his path crosses with that of an old rival, they discover that things
are worse in Everett than either of them could ever have imagined. As
his world collapses around him, Niccolo will be left with one
terrible question: what is my faith worth?
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My Review

5 stars

Father Niccolo Paladina has been sent from Rome to Everett, Washington to investigate demonic activity. Father Paladina is rather upset that he has to be troubled because someone doesn’t understand how these things are reported. He also feels that he is too important to be called to the middle of nowhere and deal with non-existent creatures.

But once he witnesses for himself different events along with the arrival of Arthur Vangeest, demon hunter, Father Paladina realizes that there is a lot more happening in Everett than he first thought. Although they are an odd couple, they work well together which is what they are going to need to stop the evil in Everett.

This is my second book from author Lincoln Cole that I have read. I loved Raven’s Peak and really enjoyed how easy it was to fall into this story. Father Paladina is such a pompous ass in the beginning that I couldn’t help but laugh at him want he gets a close brush with the truth. I loved Vangeest from Raven’s Peak and really enjoyed seeing him in this book.

This is a killer story that won’t let you go until the end. There were a couple times that I had the creeps and I enjoyed every minute of them. I can’t wait to get into The Vatican Children.

The Vatican Children
World of Shadows Book 2
After the events of in Everett Washington, Father Niccolo Paladina decides
to assist Arthur in hunting down the Bishop and bringing him to
justice for the crimes he has committed. He knows that the Bishop has
something big planned against the Church.

Arthur, on the other hand, is hoping to find some redemption for his actions
against The Ninth Circle and atone for his mistakes. Atonement,
however, can be difficult to come by…
Especially when the stakes are so high.

My Review

5 stars

Father Paladina and Arthur Vangeest are on the hunt for the Bishop. After The Everett Exorcism they are trying to get him to make him pay for his actions. They find a connection to the Bishop and learn that he has gathered an army of special children. Both men are going to learn more about themselves as they try to learn more about this world and their part in it.

I loved to see Father Paladina grow and realize how limited his knowledge of the world is. He understands his limits and knows that they are either going to help him or get him killed. Vangeest on the other hand is trying to turn a new leaf with not killing. But as a demon hunter this is going to be a lot harder than he thinks. Is this going to get him killed?

The Vatican Children follows on the heels of The Everett Exorcism so I strongly recommend reading this series in order. I liked the progression but do wish there was a little more to this story. Although it was still good, fast paced, and a quick read I felt like there could have been something more added in.

I really like where this series is going. I really want to finish reading the World on Fire series and The Ninth Circle. I want to see more of what is going to happen to both of these men. Plus I can’t wait for Lincoln Cole to finish writing The Bishop’s Legacy.

The Bishop’s Legacy
World of Shadows Book 3
Everything is falling apart for Niccolo Paladina as his mistakes come back to
haunt him. He’s been reminded once more that the shadowy world in
which Arthur inhabits is not his own.

He is ready to face the consequences for his actions, but not until he
has dealt with the threat he’s helped to create. Things are getting
desperate, though, and they are worried that more people will be hurt
before they can bring things to an end.
**Releases January 30th, 2018 – Pre-Order Now!**
Lincoln Cole is a Columbus-based author who enjoys traveling and has visited
many different parts of the world, including Australia and Cambodia,
but always returns home to his pugamonster and wife. His love for
writing was kindled at an early age through the works of Isaac Asimov
and Stephen King and he enjoys telling stories to anyone who will listen.
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