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review 2018-08-12 04:46
The Jekyll Revelation
The Jekyll Revelation - Robert Masello,Christopher Lane

 

This is a historical horror/thriller story revolving around Robert Louis Stevenson, the story of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and Jack the Ripper. It alternates between 1880's London and "present day" California. My favorite parts were in the 1880's where Stevenson creates the story of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde and deals with the consequences. The present-day story revolves around Rafe, an environmental scientist who is working to save the coyotes and stumbles across a mysterious steamer trunk.

 

The part with Stevenson is intriguing and suspenseful and was hard to put down. But, the present day part with Rafe is a bit tedious and took a while to get going. I kept trying to figure out how it connected with the Stevenson story but was more interested in getting back to the 1880's. The narration is well done even though the accent irritated me a bit.

 

This is a brilliant premise for a story but lacks a bit in the execution. Overall I enjoyed it and recommend it to fans of history and horror (as combining the two is a bit unusual).

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review 2018-03-03 15:28
THE REVELATION Review
The Revelation - Bentley Little

I think this is the scariest Bentley Little novel I’ve read. The Mailman was scary, too, though; it is a hard call. Regardless, Little’s debut novel is a shocker, almost sure to rattle the nerves of even the most jaded horror reader.

 

A wave of crime is hitting the small town of Randall, Arizona. Churches are desecrated. A local minister and his family have gone missing. Fires are set. Over the course of only a few days, this town goes straight to Hell and it’s up to a handful of people to save it. Perhaps this is not the most original plot, but it is fun — and herein can be found a few excellent twists.

 

I could not put this one down, and I defy anyone to do so once this book is begun. One of the finest horror debuts I’ve had the pleasure of reading, Bentley Little’s tale of a small town’s destruction is a corker.

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review 2017-09-02 21:16
The Prophecies of Daniel and the Revelation
The Prophecies of Daniel and the Revelation - Uriah Smith

The prophecies of Daniel and Revelation have been a long studied by Seventh-day Adventists and their precursors for almost 200 years; one of the most prominent writers was Uriah Smith during his long tenure with the newsmagazine Advent Review and Sabbath Herald.  Smith’s major contribution to Adventist theology was his verse-by-verse commentary of the books of Daniel and the Revelation.

 

This book is the most in-depth explanation of Seventh-day Adventist thought on end-time Biblical prophecies from the turn of the 20th Century, yet even though it’s mostly over 100 years old—there are some publisher insertions here and there—it is mostly what Seventh-day Adventist still believe today.  However, the biggest difference is the focus of the Islam and Ottoman Empire—referred to Turkey—as being a major prophetic “player” in the past in particular in relation to Revelation 9 though in other places as well.  While today Adventists do see the rise of Islam as playing a role in the prophetic past, it is only in affecting the Church at a particular time and nothing more.

 

Though Daniel and the Revelation is not an up-to-date book on what Seventh-day Adventists believe about those prophetic books, the great majority of Uriah Smith’s text is still relevant today.  The only significant change has been an even more focused look at the history of the Church in prophecy than on another religion.

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review 2017-07-21 00:00
Revelation
Revelation - Carter Wilson Revelation - Carter Wilson Is [b:Revelation|29382108|Revelation|Carter Wilson|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1466014273s/29382108.jpg|49630910] a character-driven novel or a plot-driven suspense thriller?

I would tend to the first one. But it is also a gripping psycho-drama in the fast-paced thrills and exciting action, with unexpected twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Some violent scenes are very graphical, see it as a warning.

It was without doubts a 5 stars read through and through up to the end, but the VERY ending was slightly overloaded for my taste.

Still an excellent book that I would highly recommend to all fans of the genre.



***Copy provided kindly by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***
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review 2017-05-16 00:00
Revelation Space
Revelation Space - Alastair Reynolds Well, given that I tried to read Pushing Ice and ended up DNFing it, I liked Revelation Space a lot more than I expected to.

Which isn't to say, mind you, that I particularly liked Revelation Space.

Oh, I liked the core of it well enough. Alastair Reynolds has one heck of an imagination, that much is clear. The worlds he imagined, the Amarantin, the Inhibitors, even something as simple as the Assassin game that Khouri played in early on... all absolutely fascinating.

...and all mostly crushed under the man's inability to stop repeating himself and to not spew forth of a river of verbiage when a mere trickle would do.

I don't regret reading it, but I won't be picking up any more works from him. I'd rather read KSR instead. He's got a bit of extra weight around his middle too in his books, but I don't mind it quite as much.
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