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review 2018-06-23 14:15
Gypsy Blood
Gypsy Blood - Jeff Gunhus

by Jeff Gunhus

 

The very first chapter of this one had some attention-grabbing phrases that sucked me right into the story to see what was going to happen. A couple of chapters in and there was some graphic violence that challenged my squeamishness, but there was also a spooky aspect to the situation that made me want to know what was going on too much to let a little grossness put me off.

 

The story develops into a sort of supernatural mystery-thriller. Corbin Stewart is a writer having a hard time with finances and writer's block. He goes to Paris and finds himself caught up in some sort of war between a mysterious cloaked albino cult and the local Roma after his blood is tainted while trying to help an old man being attacked in an alley. A woman who says she works for his publisher is somehow involved.

 

There was a constant stream of surprises in this one. Just when I started to think I knew what was going on, another twist would throw a wobbler into the mix. It all became clear except which side certain characters were on. There was a certain amount of keeping the reader guessing on that one until the very end.

 

I can't help wondering if genuine Roma people might take offense at the way the group in the book are portrayed, but the story had plenty of action and a supernatural aspect that kept it interesting. The violence and grossness would return, but at least it wasn't a constant and only came in where the story was moved forward by it.

 

A couple of things were overly convenient but overall I really enjoyed the story and would definitely read more from this author.

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review 2018-06-23 05:09
The Policewoman by Justin W.M. Roberts
The Policewoman - Justin W. M. Roberts

The Policewoman by Justin W.M. Roberts is an interesting book. I gave it four stars. Sara Dharmawan is an ambitious and attractive, police Inspector in an antiterrorist unit. Her father is Indonesian and her mother is half English and Spanish. She has an older brother, Tony, in the Indonesian Air Force and a little sister, Cindy, in secondary school.

 

English is basically Sarah's first language. However, she speaks Indonesian, Spanish, French, Dutch and German. Foreign language proficiency is a career booster in government service. When asked what she usually uses those languages for she replies: "Oh, I usually pray in Spanish, speak French to my boyfriend, curse in Dutch, and talk German to her German Shepherd." She can also speak fluent Arabic but doesn't share that talent, yet.

 

She's meeting with her Interpol commander, Christopher Broussard. "'That explains your accent then,' says Broussard, smiling.

 

People from West Country usually don't pronounce the letter 'h,' which is known as aitch-dropping. Broussard usually associates the West Country accent with farmers...or pirates. But he has to admit that it sounds nice coming from the stunningly beautiful Indonesian policewoman in front of him, even if it's ever so slightly unnatural."

 

Sarah is in a briefing with her new associates to earn about the Irish Drug Cartel. "Niall is their chief executioner. In the Cartel, he's in charge of the torture and murder of police, politicians, and civilians who get in their way"...

 

I received a complimentary copy from the author. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Policewoman-Justin-W-M-Roberts-ebook/dp/B01MXHON0A

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review 2018-06-23 04:39
The Massacre of Mankind: Authorised Sequel to The War of the Worlds by Stephen Baxter
The Massacre of Mankind: Sequel to The War of the Worlds - Stephen Baxter

The Massacre of Mankind: Authorised Sequel to The War of the Worlds by Stephen Baxter is a detailed followup about the Martian invasion of England. It's a brutal story but easy to envision. It is a long book and I believe much of it could have been edited out. I still gave it four stars.

 

I received an advanced reading copy from Crown Publishing and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Massacre-Mankind-Authorised-Sequel-Worlds-ebook/dp/B014SV4TM6

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review 2018-06-22 19:42
Two Tocks before Midnight, The Agora Mystery Series 1 by Clay Boutwell
Two Tocks before Midnight: A 19th Centur... Two Tocks before Midnight: A 19th Century Historical Murder Mystery (The Agora Mystery Series) - Clay Boutwell
Two Tocks before Midnight, The Agora Mystery Series 1 by Clay Boutwell begins in 1889 in Boston. It is an intriguing book and I gave it five stars because it kept my interest from start to finish.
 
"I can't even say with certitude that the events of that date occurred exactly as I remember them. As time passes, so do the minute and myriad details; rough edges are made smooth and the inevitable romanticizing of the past plays havoc with true fact."
 
Thomas, a club member who arrived later was suspected of being the killer.
 
"He had become emotionally upset--as would I, had I been accused of murder unjustly. But if he truly was the murderer, the truth had to be fleshed out before another victim could be killed."
 
I received a complimentary Kindle copy in an Amazon promotion. That did not change my opinion for this book.
 
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review 2018-06-19 18:57
Servant of the Undead by Isabelle Drake
Servant of the Undead - Isabelle Drake

I don’t think this book is going to be a book for everyone but if you like a little monster mixed in with your erotica it may just be the book for you.

 

Hayden is a young guy doing a little zombie sex-cult research for a junk rag in the library when he is approached by a gorgeous woman wearing little more than a mini-skirt and a few scraps of rags. She’s dripping (it’s storming out, you pervs), she is icy cold and she smells weird. He knows deep down that something is not quite right here but he has sex with her anyway (hey, she offered!) and now he’s in way over his head. Turns out she’s the sort of zombie that he has just been researching. What are the odds, do you think?! She lets him know that he is her newest sex pet and he must perform whenever she feels the need to “feed” which is quite often, it turns out. She feeds off of sex, by the way, instead of brains and he has no way to fend her off because she easily compels him with her eyes and her beautiful body.

 

“You don’t understand yet, do you? Let me explain. You belong to me now. Until I’m done with you, that is.”


She chains him, she drugs him and, if you ask me, it serves him right! He has a girlfriend who he has cheated on and now because of his dick and his weakness, she’s caught up in all of this weirdness. He is one of the world’s worst boyfriends and feels bad for brief moments but not bad enough to figure a way out of the situation. And nearly not bad enough for me to feel bad for him as I reveled in his debasement!

 

This book is something else. I cannot honestly say that I liked any of the characters with the exception of Rachelle, the cuckolded but good-natured girlfriend, because they’re all pretty despicable creatures who do terrible things and think terrible thoughts but I couldn’t put it down. It’s a sexy, strange read with loads of dubious consent and a few humiliating episodes but nothing overly gross or truly disturbing (says me who has read some AWFUL stuff in the past, pee & poo stuff if you must know, so your mileage may vary). Be warned though, if dubious consent or the inability to consent scares you off because that stuff is here in several scenes. None of it gets too dark or disgusting and it’s not filled with angst and emotional despair. It was all rather amusing in a dark, dubiously sexy sort of way.

 

I’d give it a 3 1/2 because the story did get a wee bit convoluted towards the last half but it still managed to keep me entertained.

 

Thanks to Netgalley & the publisher for providing me with an ARC.

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