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The Devil’s Country

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The Devil’s Country by Harry Hunsicker

Former Texas Ranger Arlo Baines didn’t come to the tiny West Texas town of Piedra Springs to cause trouble. After his wife and children were murdered, Arlo just wants to be left alone. Moving from place to place seems to be the only thing that eases the pain of his family’s violent end.

But a chance encounter outside a bar forces him to rescue a terrified woman and her children from mysterious attackers. When the woman turns up murdered the next day—her children missing—Arlo becomes the primary suspect in exactly the same type of crime he is trying desperately to forget.

Haunted by the fate of his family, and with the police questioning the existence of the dead woman’s children, Arlo decides it’s his duty to find them. The question is, just how deep will he have to sink into the dusty secrets of Piedra Springs to save them and clear his name?

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Harry Hunsicker 

Author’s Bio

Harry Hunsicker is the former executive vice president of the Mystery Writers of America and the author of seven crime thrillers. Hunsicker’s work has been shortlisted for the Shamus and Thriller Awards. His story “West of Nowhere” (originally published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine) was selected to appear in The Best American Mystery Stories 2011, edited by Otto Penzler and Harlan Coben. Hunsicker lives in Dallas with his wife, Alison.

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My Review

4 stars

Arlo Baines was a Texas Ranger that lost his family and travels around Texas to deal with their loss. He gets off the bus in Piera Springs and comes across a woman and her two children being harassed by two thugs. Arlo steps in and saves the woman but the next morning he discovers that the woman has been killed and her kids are missing. Of course Arlo is the main suspect and he decides to take the investigation into his own hands.

Arlo has his own troubles but when he is accused of the murder of the woman he decides to step up and investigate since no one else really is making any moves too. It seems the woman was involved in a local cult that owns half of the town. But he gets a break when he meets a journalist with a sister in the cult.

This is a great thriller with lots of action and a one man army. As you follow along on the present day investigation you get some flash backs and learn what happened to Arlo’s family. If you love high action, kick butt thrillers, look no further.

I received The Devil’s Country from Little Bird Publicity for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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Piercing the Veil

Piercing the Veil
by Guy Riessen
Genre: Horror, Supernatural Occult Thriller

What do flesh-eating cell phones, brain-enhancing tacos, and a real live
dead foot have in common?

They’re all tools in the destruction of our world, and a weapons-grade team
of heavily-armed Miskatonic University nerds may be humanity’s last hope.

Something is ripping holes in the Veil of energy that separates our world from
that of the ancient evils writhing just beyond what we think is
reality. Time is running out for Professors Derrick LeStrand, Howard
Strauss and their team of researchers as they race to hunt down a
mysterious Frenchman who wields Necromantic Death Magic unlike
anything they’ve seen before.
Tearing open psychological wounds from Derrick’s past, the cabalistic
sorcerer is gathering ancient icons of power to pierce the Veil and
bring down the only thing shielding mankind from the relentless
horrors beyond.
If they fail, the only questions that will remain are who will live in
servitude to the Great Old Ones and who will die…and who will
supply Derrick with tacos?
Set against the backdrop of a world where H.P. Lovecraft was not a
fiction writer, but a Sweep, a special operative trained to protect
the collective sanity of the human race with misinformative blends of
fact and fiction … where the Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual is
little more than a slightly skewed Audubon Field Guide, and the
monster movies you grew up with are more documentary than not.

 It’s Nerdthulhu Lethal Weapon cranked to eleven.

**Release sale- only .99 cents!!**
Guy Riessen is an American author of contemporary dark fiction spanning
the science fiction, horror, fantasy and crime genres. Born in South
Dakota, he grew up in the Southern California beach town of
Huntington Beach. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, graduated
with a degree in English from UC Berkeley, and has been living in the
wild lands north of San Francisco ever since. After nearly two
decades of creating artwork in the visual effects industry for
feature films, he returned to his first passion: writing speculative fiction.
He’s been published on Under the Bed, Near to the Knuckle and Shotgun
Honey, and in the anthologies Urban Temples of Cthulhu, Dreams of the
Miskatonic and It’s All Trumped Up.

My Review

5 stars

An evil sorcerer is gathering minions to start a war on our realm. Of course as the veil between both realms starts to fall these creatures sneak through and create havoc here. Thankfully we have some people here to stop them. Enter Derrick, Howard, Mary, and Sarah from Miskatonic University. Each has a special skill that is going to help them come together and stop the sorcerer.

The world is going to hell and it’s going to be up to the geeks to save it. Thank goodness there was all this brain power to save the rest of us. This was a great ride from the beginning. It is the perfect fantasy world, one heck of an invasion, and a killer group that steps up to save those that never thought of them before.

If you are looking for a great fantasy story, look no further. This story will suck you in and leave you wanting more from Guy Rissen.

I received Piercing the Veil from Silver Dagger Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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