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Hollownton Homicide
Anthony Hollownton Series Book 1
by Gretchen S.B.
Genre: Supernatural Suspense
322 pages
There’s more to the world than he has ever known…
When homicide detective Anthony Hollownton is called to the scene of his
latest murder case he quickly becomes aware that something isn’t
quite right.
It isn’t the gruesomeness of the scene.
It isn’t the symbols written on the wall.
It isn’t the image carved into the victim’s back.
It is something else, something he can’t quite put his finger on,
something he doesn’t understand.
Then his partner disappears, leaving Tony alone as the world begins to
unravel. As the body count rises Tony must scramble to adapt to this
new supernatural world. A supernatural world that wants nothing to do
with him and will shut him out at all costs. Until the killer’s
attention turns to Tony. Now he must work within the supernatural
community’s rules if he is going to come out of this case alive.
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My Review

4 stars

Anthony Hollownton and his partner Rick Nelson are called in to a particularly brutal murder that seems to have religious tones. Unfortunately the neighbors neither heard nor saw anything that could help Tony find the killer. Then there is another murder and Rick starts acting strange and disappears. Tony is getting frustrated with the limited information. Then Tony is visited in his sleep by a woman that died years earlier.

Tony doesn’t want to really accept the paranormal, even with a ghost trying to help him catch the killer. But there is more to Tony than he thinks and with Chris’ help he might just stop the killer. I really enjoyed the paranormal additions to the story. I admit that I was starting to get just as frustrated at Tony trying to figure out what the heck was going on. But that just lead to me up in the early hours of the morning just reading one more chapter.

This is a dark and gritty story. It has lots of action and great paranormal beings added in. I admit that I would have liked a little more about Chris but maybe that is explained more in the second book.

Hollownton Outsiders
Anthony Hollownton Series Book 2
Life was finally getting back to normal…almost
Two months ago homicide detective Anthony Hollownton was forcibly
thrown into the supernatural world.
A world that has been eerily silent ever since.
His partner is back but will never be the same. Talking about seeing
things Tony knows are real.
At least it is the Fourth of July and patrolling the festivities should
be a cake walk.
A mutilated body is stumbled upon and now it is all Tony can do not to
jump to supernatural conclusions. Is his jarring previous case making
him paranoid or is there more to this murder than meets the eye?
 My Review

5 stars

Tony Hollownton is still working through learning about the paranormal world that exists alongside of the one he has always known. His partner Rick Nelson is still having a hard time processing his kidnapping and possession by one of the Culeen and the murders then committed by him. He doesn’t want to talk about it and has clearly changed. Tony decides to pick up some extra time during the Fourth of July but then discovers a body hidden in some bushes. Instantly Tony flashes back to the paranormal.

I love this series. Tony has come so far since Hollownton Homicides. He seems to have accepted the paranormal but he is still trying to keep it at a distance. He really wants to know what happened to Rick and his wife but it is clear they are not ready to talk about it, if they ever want to talk about it. I was just as frustrated because I wanted to know what Tony was up against.

I love this series and can’t wait to get the next books. The Anthony Hollownton series is the first books that I have read from the author but I will definitely be checking out her other books. I just hope there will be a book three and that it will be out shortly.

Gretchen is a Seattleite that loves her home. She has a day job as a Program
Coordinator a local university. She loves to read, write and create
characters. As well as knit and binge watch Netflix. She is also on a
sporadic book blog and internet radio show with some of her college
friends. She currently lives with her husband and their mischievous
Rotti mix, who always seems to find something new she shouldn’t be
chewing on.
Gretchen loves to hear from her readers. So feel free to drop by!
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Hell Holes

Hell Holes: What Lurks Below
by Donald Firesmith
Genre: Apocalyptic, SciFi, Modern Paranormal
166 pages
It’s August in Alaska, and geology professor Jack Oswald prepares for the
new school year. But when hundreds of huge holes mysteriously appear
overnight in the frozen tundra north of the Arctic Circle, Jack
receives an unexpected phone call. An oil company exec hires Jack to
investigate, and he picks his climatologist wife and two of their
graduate students as his team. Uncharacteristically, Jack also lets
Aileen O’Shannon, a bewitchingly beautiful young photojournalist,
talk him into coming along as their photographer. When they arrive in
the remote oil town of Deadhorse, the exec and a biologist to protect
them from wild animals join the team. Their task: to assess the risk
of more holes opening under the Trans-Alaska Pipeline and the wells
and pipelines that feed it. But they discover a far worse danger
lurks below. When it emerges, it threatens to shatter Jack’s
unshakable faith in science. And destroy us all…

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My Review
4 stars

Jack Oswald is a geology professor and is asked to check out several large holes that have mysteriously appeared in Alaska that are threatening ExxonMobil’s operations. Jack gathers his wife, Angela Menendez, a climatologist and a couple graduates to investigate.

Then you have Aileen O’ Shannon has heard about the mysterious holes and Jack’s investigation. She talks her way into joining the group but she has more to add to this little adventure.

Of course there is death, very bloody and gory death, and a bit of paranormal. It seems these holes are a direct gateway to hell and all kinds of demons are coming out to rule Earth.

This story is a bit slow to start with the world building and all the science that goes into the investigation. You can really tell that the author has done a lot of research. I was worried that I was going to get lost with all the science, but this just drew me deeper into the story. Things quickly go to hell, quite literally.

This is a short read and ends on one heck of a cliff hanger. I didn’t want to leave this story but luckily I have the second book and can jump into it right away.

Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton
218 pages
When hundreds of huge holes mysteriously appeared overnight in the frozen
tundra north of the Arctic Circle, geologist Jack Oswald picked
Angele Menendez, his climatologist wife, to determine if the record
temperatures due to climate change was the cause. But the holes were
not natural. They were unnatural portals for an invading army of
demons. Together with Aileen O’Shannon, a 1,400-year-old sorceress
demon-hunter, the three survivors of the research team sent to study
the holes had only one chance: to flee down the dangerous Dalton
Highway towards the relative safety of Fairbanks. However, the
advancing horde of devils, imps, hellhounds, and gargoyles will stop
at nothing to prevent their prey from escaping. It is a 350-mile race
with simple rules. Win and live; lose and die…

My Review
5 stars

After learning that the holes that have mysteriously appeared are gates to hell, what is left of Jack’s investigation group decides to live to fight another day and heads to Fairbanks on the Dalton. But they seem to keep finding trouble in one way or another with flat tires, demons, and bathroom breaks. Thankfully they find the military and they have a plan.

Thank goodness Aileen is there to help save the group. They have faced so much loss so far but it is going to get worse before it gets better. I really enjoyed reading the narrative through Angela’s eyes. It gave this story a fresh spin. I really liked learning more about the Tutores Contra Infernum.

This story is a rush at break neck speeds as the group tries to keep ahead of the demons and is searching for a way to stop them. You have action, violence, and a great paranormal twist. I love this series and can’t wait for book three to get published.

A computer geek by day, Donald Firesmith works as a system and software
engineer helping the US Government acquire large, complex
software-intensive systems. In this guise, he has authored seven
technical books, written numerous software- and system-related
articles and papers, and spoken at more conferences than he can
possibly remember. He is also proud to have been named a
Distinguished Engineer by the Association of Computing Machinery,
although his pride is tempered somewhat worrying whether the term
“distinguished” makes him sound more like a graybeard academic
rather than an active engineer whose beard is still more red than gray.
By night and on weekends, his alter ego writes modern paranormal
fantasy, apocalyptic science fiction, action and adventure novels and
relaxes by handcrafting magic wands from various magical woods and
mystical gemstones. His first foray into fiction is the book Magical
Wands: A Cornucopia of Wand Lore written under the pen name Wolfrick
Ignatius Feuerschmied. He lives in Crafton, Pennsylvania with his
wife Becky, his son Dane, and varying numbers of dogs, cats, and birds.
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