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review 2018-06-02 06:33
A Place For Sinners
A Place for Sinners - Aaron Dries

Maybe I'm to blame for this one. It was a while since I got this book, and didn't remember what it was about any more and the cover is misleading. However, I don't believe it is just me, since the change in A Place for Sinners was so sudden, from a nice holiday in Thailand to doomsday kind of situations, that I actually had to go back and reread to make sure that was what was really happening.

It is also what continues on the second half. I like a good horror, and I understand there is some build-up where everything seems fine, but here it really was about half the book. With all the changing POVs (many of them delusional) and the non-stop action after the turning point I got lost and found it difficult to connect to the remaining protagonist.

Not for me, I'm afraid.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2017-02-12 00:00
Where the Dead Go to Die
Where the Dead Go to Die - Aaron Dries,Mark Allan Gunnells This isn’t how things were supposed to happen.
I was supposed to be me.
Not this.


I was caught a bit off guard by this one.
How good it was.
How good it is.
Awesome.
So very well done and original.
An extremely fresh look at a sometimes tired and overdone trope.
Damn. This was good.
This is how it’s done.
Love, loss, desperation and the FSU. Next stop, Corridor 3. The Ministry is watching and the Crowners have been summoned. It’s about to go down, in a big way.

5 Stars and the highest recommendation!
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review 2016-12-07 18:56
Review: Where the Dead Go to Die
Where the Dead Go to Die - Aaron Dries,Mark Allan Gunnells

 

I would like to thank Crystal Lake Publishing for providing me with an advanced reading copy of Where the Dead Go to Die.

 

I have to admit I was a bit apprehensive going into this one. I usually avoid zombie books as I feel it's been done many times before - and to be honest I'm really rather bored of them - but Where the Dead Go to Die is a unique take and I was pleasantly surprised. I was intrigued by the concept. A hospice for zombies is a fresh twist that had me going against my usual rule of bypassing any book that has to do with zombies, and I'm really glad that I decided to give this book a try. However, this is more than just a zombie novel, it shines a light on the bond between family members and explores the different ways that people cope with tragedy.

 

We have hospices that provide care for many different illnesses, so why not provide the same kind of care for victims of a virus that slowly turns your loved one into a cannibalistic killer? How would you cope should you find someone you love infected? Would you fear for your own life and turn your back on them, or would you make sure they had all the love and care that they need in the time they have left? This is just one of the dilemmas you'll come across in Where the Dead Go to Die.

 

The storyline switches between two different timelines, one being present day, and the other being an earlier timeline that slowly reveals the background of the main character. I found this odd at first because the earlier timeline started off with just a few lines of text and didn't really make sense, but the sections gradually got longer as the book progressed and I quickly realised what the author was doing.

 

Where the Dead Go to Die really packs a punch. I don't want to say too much in order to avoid spoilers, but this was quite the emotional roller-coaster. By the time the book was finished I have to say I was both delighted, and gutted, by where the story went.

I never thought I would be typing this, but I'm actually recommending a zombie novel!

 

Definitely one I would recommend.

 

 

 

 

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review 2016-04-04 00:00
Devourer of Souls
Devourer of Souls - Kevin Lucia,Aaron Dries Devourer of Souls

The book consists of two stories Sophan and The Man in Yellow
Sophan is told in the format of a journal that was written by a man who seems to have disappeared. The writer was one of the boys and tells the story of him and his friends, one summer break, an ancient Oriental game and a how a local boy went missing. At the start of the story it feels like a regular story of friendship but after they talk to an old Vietnamese man about an ancient game, it starts to get creepy. Whilst the story explains the older mystery it is left for you to wonder what happened to writer of the journal.
The second story The Man in Yellow is narrated by Father Ward after a crippled man confesses to him about what really happened in a nearby ghost town. The man in yellow is the nickname given to a travelling preacher, who turns up at the local church. He states that with faith he could heal the inflicted but at what cost. The ending to this book had a brilliant twist.
One question that was left unanswered and I would be curious to know is what the sheriff and priest do with this information.
I read this book in one sitting as both stories got me gripped and I didn't want to put it down. The book is great for your imagination as there are parts that will make you jump and are quite disturbing .
This is the first book I have read by this author and it will not be the last. If you like books that let your imagination go wild then this book is for you.
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review 2016-04-04 00:00
Devourer of Souls
Devourer of Souls - Kevin Lucia,Aaron Dries Devourer of Souls

The book consists of two stories Sophan and The Man in Yellow
Sophan is told in the format of a journal that was written by a man who seems to have disappeared. The writer was one of the boys and tells the story of him and his friends, one summer break, an ancient Oriental game and a how a local boy went missing. At the start of the story it feels like a regular story of friendship but after they talk to an old Vietnamese man about an ancient game, it starts to get creepy. Whilst the story explains the older mystery it is left for you to wonder what happened to writer of the journal.
The second story The Man in Yellow is narrated by Father Ward after a crippled man confesses to him about what really happened in a nearby ghost town. The man in yellow is the nickname given to a travelling preacher, who turns up at the local church. He states that with faith he could heal the inflicted but at what cost. The ending to this book had a brilliant twist.
One question that was left unanswered and I would be curious to know is what the sheriff and priest do with this information.
I read this book in one sitting as both stories got me gripped and I didn't want to put it down. The book is great for your imagination as there are parts that will make you jump and are quite disturbing .
This is the first book I have read by this author and it will not be the last. If you like books that let your imagination go wild then this book is for you.
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