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review 2017-02-23 04:19
Gun
Gun (Gun Apocalypse Series Book 1) - Lee Hayton

Title: Gun
Author: Lee Hayton
Publisher: L. H.
Series: Gun Apocalypse Series # 1
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
Review:

"Gun" by Lee Hayton

My Thoughts....

What a captivating suspenseful thriller read that is fast paced definitely keeping your attention till the end! Even though you may have seen or even heard of violence but it is really something as you read from this 'apocalyptic horror.' This author really puts together such a read of this virus epidemic that has sweep through leaving quite a bit of disruption and chaos making people do some horrible things in some kind of twisted minded situations. I will say this isn't my kind of read but I wanted to see how this author would present this story and all I can say is that the author did one heck of a job as I kept on reading. I found this quite one thriller mystery....as I found myself holding my breathe at different times in some of the chapters but reading through it all! Be prepared...there will be lots of violence in this read. So, if you like fiction based on apocalyptic events with its aftermath for survivors you have come to the right place for one intriguing story about 'Gun.'

‘Seven customers shot dead in a coffee shop. Thirty shoppers cut down by an assault rifle at the mall. One hundred and eight pupils killed by high-school students on a rampage. It’s just reached 10:00 a.m. on a beautiful spring day. When a neurological virus triggers an epidemic of gun violence, a modern US city fractures into chaos. Annie’s husband shoots at commuters while his son is buckled in a car seat. Frankie and Becca desperately try to hide from a deranged shooter at their school; Robert runs headlong into the midst of a lopsided gun battle; and Blain…? None of them know Blain’s true story. Thrown together—their families dead or missing—these survivors struggle to escape the newly dangerous city. Hoping to find a place of safety. Somewhere they can bide their time until the violence subsides, the authorities seize control, and good once again triumphs over evil. They’re in for a long wait.'

As the reader will see from this read of how this virus makes its sufferers lash out and then shoot randomly triggering quite a story of survival of how different survivors, victims and even innocent bystanders' lash out and shoot randomly at people. This was quite to read of how this author presents these stories of survivors, victims and innocent ones and even more interesting the take on gun violence. Who will one side with, how do you even survive all of this and most of all is their a cure of the sick who are causing all of this mess? Yes, these are ill people but what should be done with them? I liked the 'empowerment that this author gives the women in this read...shooting, fighting and trying to help each other out! 'How these people come together in all of this conflict' is the really core of this story. I found the characters [Annie, Becca, Frankie, Robert, Blain, Mikey] to name a few for the most part well developed helping give this story a good plot in this apocalyptic survival novel.

In the end will good triumph over evil? Well. I guess you will have to pick up 'Gun' to find out. Oh, there will be another series..Gun 2.

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-02-23 01:34
Cat O' Nine Tales
Cat O' Nine Tales - Krystal Lawrence

Cat O' Nine Tales is a collection of nine (plus one bonus!) stories in the horror, thriller and suspense genres. The stories cover a wide array of topics in the horror genre. From blood and gore, planning the perfect murder, the supernatural and animal attacks, you will find it in here. Each story was short enough that I could read in one sitting, but absorbing enough that I felt connected while reading.

Some of my favorite stories were those where humans had a deep connection to animals. As the Crow Flies, Let Sleeping Cats Lie and The Dogs of Riverview Estates all used animals as a protector of those that treated them well, but something much different to those that threatened the people they trusted. These stories all had a eerie and gory feeling, but as someone who loves and protects animals, they were also reassuring.

Another story that captured me was The Eternal Sheriff. I have always loved the idea that a book could come alive; but for Grant Hudson, author of the Sidewinder series, that is truly a nightmare. After a good run, he needs to kill of his sheriff character, only the sheriff refuses to be killed. This story, while keeping an apprehensive atmosphere, also showed a bit of humor as the characters played with their creator. I would have loved to see this story as a longer version.

Overall, a good set of horror novels that will appease a wide variety of tastes. With all short story collections, I like some better than others. Some of the stories were very predictable for me, however the characterization was done well.

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review 2017-02-22 18:27
Not quite what i was expecting
Shadowland - Peter Straub

Shadowland was a surreal book right from the offset. It start's when Tom Flanagan now an adult tells a tale of his youth to someone. That tale is woven with magic, and fantasy and adolescent Adventures. I'm not going to lie I found this book a struggle by the time I got to the middle of it, I had totally forgotten what the start was! So this review is going to be a struggle.

 

A person meets the now adult Tom Flanagan in a bar on the sunset strip. From there Tom gives the guy what as the reader finds out involves a strange surreal tale of Adolescent reminiscence . That starts in a private posh school for boy's were he meet's a boy called Del nightingale. From there we find out that Del has a knack for magic. Both him and del strikes up a friendship. But sadly there school life bliss doesn't last long at all when Steve Ridpath is introduced, his nickname by the boy's is skeleton. And this character set's an uneasy tone to the tale.


This wasn't an easy read I didn't at once feel I was into the tale in all it switches and pull's it wasn't until the very end of the book that I got the gist of it, I didn't even feel an emotional pull towards the Character sadly at the best of times, I try to understand peter Straubs written work's but you can't always find an Author whose every single novel you click with. I wouldn't say it was a horror theme but much more of a thriller.

 

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review 2017-02-21 08:20
Von der Wahrheit
DIE WAHRHEIT: Thriller - Nina Kunzendorf,Melanie Raabe,Florian Lukas

Sieben Jahre ist es her, dass Sarahs Mann in Südamerika verschwunden ist. Sieben Jahre lang hat sie gehofft, gebangt und mit dem gemeinsamen Sohn dahingelebt. Nach sieben Jahren ist es an der Zeit loszulassen, doch genau jetzt taucht Philipp wieder auf. Aber was, wenn der angebliche Ehemann ein Fremder ist?

Von einem Moment auf den anderen war Sarahs Mann in Südamerika verschwunden. Der wohlhabende Geschäftsmann ist auf dem Weg zu einem Kundengespräch gewesen und wurde seither nicht mehr gesehen. Es gab keine Lösegeldforderung und es wurde auch keine Leiche entdeckt. Nach jahrelanger Ungewissheit wird Philipp in einem Lager voller Entführungsopfer aufgefunden, doch was, wenn dieser Mann nicht Philipp ist?

So ergeht es Sarah als sie sich auf Philipp am Flughafen freut. Journalisten drängen zuhauf, die zuständigen Behörden sind vor Ort, ihr kleiner Sohn schmiegt sich verunsichert an sie und plötzlich steht sie vor diesem Mann, der nicht Philipp ist.

Äußerlich wahrt sie den Schein, weil sie nicht alles verlieren will. Denn es gibt nicht nur ihren Mann, sondern auch ihr Kind und ein Leben, das nach Außen perfekt zu sein scheint.

Mit dieser Vorstellung hat Melanie Raabe mal wieder einen Nerv getroffen. Jahrelang sieht man seinen Mann nicht und hat keine Ahnung, was damals geschehen ist. Wurde er in Südamerika verschleppt, ist er bei einem Unfall gestorben, oder hat er sich einfach abgesetzt? So viele Fragen gehen einen durch den Kopf und plötzlich ist da dieser Mann, der behauptet, Philipp zu sein.

Zu Beginn lernt man aber erst einmal Sarah kennen. In groben Zügen bekommt man ein Bild von ihr, wie sie versucht ein neues Leben zu beginnen, wie sie nach all der Zeit von Philipp Abschied nimmt und endlich wagt, nach vorne zu sehen. Dann geht es Schlag auf Schlag. Ungläubig und dennoch voller Freude erfährt sie, dass ihr Mann auf den Weg zurück nach Deutschland ist. Etwas nervös, kann sie es kaum erwarten, ihn daheim zu begrüßen. Bis sich am Flughafen herausstellt, dass dieser Mann nicht Philipp ist.

Hier hat mich lange Zeit gestört, dass dieser Mann Philipp angeblich zum Verwechseln ähnlich sieht, und deshalb nicht entlarvt werden kann. Auf alle Fragen hat er eine Antwort. Jahreszahlen hat er scheinbar auswendig gelernt. Es sind nur Kleinigkeiten, die Sarah sofort ins Auge springen. Das war für mich lange Zeit nicht recht nachvollziehbar, dass niemand außer Sarah ihren Mann kennt. Man hat doch gemeinsame Bekannte, Freunde oder wie in Philipps Fall sogar Angestellte. Da müsste es doch etliche Möglichkeiten geben, um der Wahrheit auf den Grund zu gehen.

Allerdings droht ihr dieser Mann, dass er ihr angenehmes Leben aus den Angeln heben wird, wenn sie nicht die Vorstellung des zurückgekehrten Ehemanns nach Außen gibt.

Es handelt sich dabei um einen ruhigen Thriller, der mit Kontrollverlust und Verwirrungstaktik spielt. Sarah muss sich mehr oder weniger auf den Fremden einlassen, obwohl sich ihr ganzes Wesen dagegen sträubt. Allerdings hat sie ein Geheimnis, das eventuell dahinter steckt. Somit gibt es den Thrill auf mehreren Ebenen. Einerseits die bekannte Situation mit dem Fremden, Rückblenden auf Sarahs Vergangenheit mit ihrem Ehemann, und ein furchtbare Tat, die ihr auf’s Gewissen drückt. 

Mittendrin fand ich die Handlung ziemlich konstruiert und hatte schon mit einem allzu unglaubwürdigem Ausgang gerechnet. Doch dann hat Melanie Raabe ein großartiges Ende herbeigeführt, mit dem ich so nicht gerechnet hatte, und dass dem Thriller einen nachvollziehbaren Abschluss gibt. 

Insgesamt habe ich mich von Melanie Raabes „Die Wahrheit“ gut unterhalten gefühlt. Zwar hat sie mich oft an der Handlung zweifeln lassen, aber mit dem Schluss noch richtig schön die Kurve gekriegt. Wer sich also fragt, was denn nun wirklich die Wahrheit ist, sollte nicht zögern, sondern zu diesem Buch greifen. 

Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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review 2017-02-20 22:01
Audio/Book Review of The Healer by Christoph Fischer
The Healer - Christoph Fischer

When advertising executive Erica Whittaker is diagnosed with terminal cancer, western medicine fails her. The only hope left for her to survive is controversial healer Arpan. She locates the man whose touch could heal her but finds he has retired from the limelight and refuses to treat her. Erica, consumed by stage four pancreatic cancer, is desperate and desperate people are no longer logical nor are they willing to take no for an answer. Arpan has retired for good reasons. casting more than the shadow of a doubt over his abilities. So begins a journey that will challenge them both as the past threatens to catch up with him as much as with her. Can he really heal her? Can she trust him with her life? And will they both achieve what they set out to do before running out of time?

 

Review 4*

 

This is an intriguing psychological/medical thriller. I really enjoyed it!

 

I received a complimentary gift copy of this book in audio format from the author with no expectation of a positive review. This is my honest opinion.

 

This audiobook is narrated by Georgina Tate. She has a clear reading voice. Unfortunately, I was not keen on her reading style. She read the story in a jerky fashion in my opinion, taking unnecessary breaths in the middle of a sentence where no comma should be, and her pacing was a little too slow for my taste. She also did not modulate her voice or change her tone often, which made some sections rather monotonous. She also didn't even attempt to give the characters different tones or accents. This, in itself is not necessarily a bad thing, as not many people can do accents. Nevertheless, it made me feel a little bored at times and I considered switching over to a different story. However, I persevered right until the end.

 

Erica Whittaker is an interesting character. She is a woman who has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. After a course of chemo that leaves her feeling extremely ill, she turns in desperation to a faith healer called Arpan, who has retired to the wilds of Wales, in an attempt to cure it.

 

I found myself intrigued with the storyline, which is told through the eyes of Erica. I also found some of the dialogue a bit clunky and repetitive, especially in the beginning where Erica first meets Arpan and tries to convince him to heal her. Arpan is an interesting character. He has retired from the limelight as a healer after a healing went wrong and his client died, which created a media circus. He is extremely reluctant to heal Erica and it's not until later in the story that one discovers the reason why. He also has an apprentice called Anuge (sorry, not sure of spelling). What got me curious about this situation is that if he's not practicing healing, why did he have an apprentice? Anyway, as the story unfolded, the mystery and suspense surrounding Arpan's apparent retirement comes to light when a drug company comes calling. I must admit there are several twists to this story that I didn't see coming, though I did have suspicions about a few things that I deduced correctly when they were revealed. The ending, however, left me feeling with a blend of surprise and disgust at how an innocent person can have their life ruined by either a potentially deadly mistake or a deliberate scam. The author has left the ending a little vague so a reader can make their own conclusion on this point.

 

Christoph Fischer is a relatively new author to me in that I've only read some of his short stories in an anthology he contributed to. Nevertheless, I love his writing style and, if I had read this book rather than listened to it, I think I would have enjoyed it better flow-wise. I would definitely read more of his books in the future.

 

Although there are no scenes of a sexual nature, violence or profane language, I do not recommend this book to younger readers due to the dark subject matter. I do, however, highly recommend this book if you love psychological or medical thrillers. - Lynn Worton

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