Category: Book Reviews

Review – “The Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses” by Ty Drago

Review – “The Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses” by Ty Drago

I’ve read an underground bunker full of zombie books in my day: some of them good – many of them dreadful.  Many of them have blindly followed the path set down by George Romero in “Night of the Living Dead” – slow shambling zombies intent on eating brains – without even attempting to advance the genre.  Many of them have been nothing more than poorly written scenes of blood and gore strung together by tenuous plotlines and cardboard thin characters.  Nary a one of them has been for young adult readers.  I’m happy to say, “The Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses” is none of those things.

I challenge you to walk the aisles of your favorite bookstore today without tripping over the mountains of young adult Vampire books that have flooded the market. Good vampires, bad vampires, teenaged vampires, tragically misunderstood vampires – it’s all a bit much.  What has been missing is a serious (and seriously good) young adult zombie novel to even the odds a bit.  Ty Drago has delivered just that with “The Undertakers”.

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Review – “alt.punk” by Lavinia Ludlow

Review – “alt.punk” by Lavinia Ludlow

I waited a good while to write this review after I finished “alt.punk”.  I needed time to process it, to tuck it away and let my subconscious work on it for a while.  It was a tough call to make – my inclination is to dive straight in to a review while the experience of reading the book is still fresh in my mind.  I take notes as I read; I jot down ideas for the review and highlight passages I want to revisit; things that resonated with me.  When I first finished “alt.punk”, I crafted the following to sum up my thoughts:

“The story didn’t so much end as it simply bled out, lying in a pool of it’s own vomit on the cheap linoleum bathroom floor of a mobile home.”

I still like the visceral imagery of that critique – but as I contemplated the book more, I realized it would have been a gross disservice to the story to leave that as my final word.  In many ways, I found myself mirroring the comfortable acceptance of first impressions that plagued a few of the characters in the book.  So, I took a step back and gave the tale time to marinate.

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Review – “30 Pieces of Silver” by Carolyn McCray

Review – “30 Pieces of Silver” by Carolyn McCray

Sometimes you find books in the most unusual ways – a suggestion from a friend, a good review online, a random search on Amazon.  I’ve discovered books in all of those ways, and many more, but “30 Pieces of Silver” is the first book I’ve ever found because of Twitter.    It was a good find.

One of my favorite authors is James Rollins.  At the end of February, he tweeted a recommendation for a book he had just provided a blurb for.  That book was “30 Pieces of Silver” by Carolyn McCray.  Having enjoyed Rollins’ work in the past, I decided to head over to Amazon and download the first chapter to see if the book was worth reading.  It hooked me right away and I quickly found the full-length book hurtling towards my Kindle through the ether.

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Review – “The Twelfth Imam” by Joel C. Rosenberg

Review – “The Twelfth Imam” by Joel C. Rosenberg

Outside of LaHaye and Jenkins, there is perhaps no more successful author of contemporary Christian thrillers than Joel C. Rosenberg.  His “Last Jihad” series was a frightening, yet ultimately uplifting addition to the “end-of-days” canon of apocalyptic fiction.  Through the skillful balance of bible prophecy and real world events, Rosenberg creates characters and stories that ring with the future echo of a world that could very well be our tomorrow.  This masterful blend of reality and speculative fiction has served to transcend the Christian niche and brings a mainstream audience to the table.

In his latest book, “The Twelfth Imam”, Rosenberg departs from the world he created in “The Last Jihad” to ask a different question about how the world might face Armageddon.  In the Book of Revelations it’s predicted that an “antichrist” will come into the world before Jesus returns.  Made popular in both fiction and film over the years, that antichrist is, more often than not, portrayed as a politician or world leader.  The foundation of Rosenberg’s story explores this prophecy from another angle – what if the antichrist appeared in the figure of the fabled 12th Imam found in the Islamic faith?  A figure promising a one-world government under the guise of Islamic law.  A man who could perform miracles as foretold in the Quran.  It’s an interesting and disturbingly plausible path that leads quickly from where we are today to the end of the world.

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Check out – Wag The Fox

Check out – Wag The Fox

I love meeting new people who share some of the same passions as I. It’s great to connect with people who love to discuss books, movies, comics, and just plain old cool stuff. It’s even better to then share those connections with all of you.

To that end, I want to ask you all to give Wag The Fox a read. Billed as “A Den for Dark Fiction”, it’s chock full of great book reviews, movie reviews, and discussions. It’s well worth a read, and a great way to find a few hidden gems you may have missed in the bookstore. I know I did.

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