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review 2017-08-03 23:39
Review – The Ghost King by Jeff Altabef @JeffAltabef @novelpublicity
The Ghost King (Red Death) - Jeff Altabef

 

An Ancient Prophecy foretold.
An Evil haunts the land.
A battle looms against overwhelming odds.

 

Led by a powerful witch, a wild invading army threatens to tear the Soulless lands apart. To survive, the three tribes must join together, but old grievances and hatred divide them. Only Wilky can unite them, but when he glimpses the future, he sees only a glimmer of hope; too much of the future remains veiled in darkness.

 

As the battle approaches, King Dermot orders his brother, Eamon, to stay behind at the Stronghold and defend against a possible siege. Eamon, who took an oath to fight the invaders, defies his brother, risks everything, and plunges into a desperate race with Aaliss and Wilky to unite the tribes.

 

Enemies from all sides conspire against them. Only together can they hope to succeed against the witch who will stop at nothing to destroy them. Yet even united, they will need magic to defeat this enemy at their door.

 

As the battle looms, only one chance at survival remains–the Ghost King–but who is he, and what will be the price of their redemption?

 

MY REVIEW

 

I am so happy to be back in Jeff Altabef’s magical world of danger, treachery and betrayal, greed and power, good and evil…

 

We start with Wilky, and what he sees in the future makes him more determined than ever to change it. He will not lose Aaliss, his sister.

 

In this complex world of different ‘tribes’, a war is on the horizon and the misfit group will have to learn to pool their resources and work together to defeat the evil coming at them.

 

OF COURSE, my favorite is Aaliss. I can’t imagine any hot blooded man not falling in love with this badass warrior.

 

The cutest one is Pryluck. Love this odd little man, but he is so innocent I can’t help but want to protect him, find him a home.

 

Jeff Altabef has built a fabulous magical fantasy world with characters that had me eating out of their hands gasping when they are attacked, melting with a gently loving touch, yet cheering when they deal evil a violent deadly blow.

 

I think The Ghost King can stand alone, but to get the most out of this wonderful story, I don’t know why you wouldn’t want to grab Red Death too.

 

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of The Ghost King by Jeff Altabef.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars

 

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review 2017-06-26 16:31
Review – The Future Is Now – Fracture Point by Jeff Altabef @JeffAltabef @novelpublicity
Fracture Point (A Point Thriller Book 1) - Jeff Altabef,Lane Diamond

Fracture Point by Jeff Altabef is not my first foray into his worlds and I can say for a fact that it will not be my last.

 

Fracture Point made me feel as if our future was held be

tween the pages…and it is frightening.

 

The release date is set for June 26, 2017.

 

Cover by D Robert Pease

 

Fracture Point

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MY REVIEW

 

 Let me start by saying, make sure you have no plans…nowhere to go, nothing to do…because once you start reading, Fracture Point will take you down a path that will not let you go until the last word is read.

 

Is this what the future holds for us?

 

Warren Scott, well, he got my attention from the opening chapter and I felt nothing good was going to come from knowing him. He has a secret and he won’t share…yet. There is nothing he won’t do to win and revels in the evil he doles out to anyone who crosses him…or sometimes just because it feels good. Psychopath is too nice a word for him.

 

Jack is working a banquet for the richy rich and was hooking up with one of their wives. He was after info, but got more than he bargained for when he found a flash drive.

 

Once their paths cross, others become involved in the race to save Jack’s life and their own, running at a frenetic pace, making me worry and fret, wondering who will survive.

 

Fracture Point is a frightening glimpse into America’s future…voters rights taken away, the poor are discounted as lesser human beings, and terrorism is used to create fear and manipulate the people. Does any of this ring a bell?

 

They are at a Fracture Point, the point where a spark can set their world ablaze.

 

Fracture Point hits all the buttons for a heart pumping, blood boiling, terrorizing suspense thriller that smacks of realism, with big business and the 1% taking everything and leaving nothing for the 99% struggling to survive.

 

Is this what OUR world is coming to? Will it take a Civil War to wake up the leaders? What happens when the American Dream is dead, there is no hope left and we feel backed into a corner with nothing to lose?

 

CAUTION – Kindle is at risk of being thrown.

 

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of Fracture Point by Jeff Altabef.

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 5 Stars

 

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A mysterious scarlet haired jazz singer.


A rebel on a motorcycle.


And a killer with a penchant for torture.

 

Food is scarce, good jobs the rarity, and big brother is watching everyone. Will Jack and Tom’s family be torn apart in the mayhem, and how far will one brother go to save the other’s life?

 

In 2041, America is rife with ghettos and armed checkpoints, and poverty runs rampant.

 

A bloody civil war is brewing, and everyone will be forced to take a side. Education is the only way out of a life where you’re never sure where your next meal will come from, or what you’ll have to do to get it. Tom aced his assessment tests and scored an education contract, giving him a way out of poverty. Jack isn’t so lucky.

 

When Jack, a spy for a rebel fraction, goes missing, only his brother Tom can unravel the mystery of his disappearance. He will risk everything to save his brother from Warren, a killer who enjoys torturing his victims and making them beg for mercy. On a mission, Tom plunges into a world filled with mystery and danger. When he also discovers that his family has been keeping secrets from him—secrets that threaten to doom them all—he doesn’t know whom to trust.

 

Tom must break every rule he’s lived by, and go head-to-head with a psychopath if he’s to have any chance of saving his brother—and just maybe, keep America from reaching the fracture point.

 

ABOUT JEFF ALTABEF

 

Jeff Altabef is an award-winning author who lives in New York with his wife, two daughters, and Charlie the dog. He spends time volunteering at the writing center in the local community college. After years of being accused of “telling stories,” he thought he would make it official. He writes in both the thriller and young adult genres.

 

In the Young Adult genre, Jeff co-authored the Chosen Trilogy with his teenaged daughter, Erynn. The Chosen Series has won multiple awards including the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal for Best Coming of Age Novel, the 2015 Beverly HIlls Book Award for Best YA Fiction, and a Mom’s Choice Award.

 

As an avid Knicks fan, Jeff is prone to long periods of melancholy during hoops season. Jeff has a column on The Examiner focused on writing and a blog designed to encourage writing by those who like telling stories.

 

You can connect with Jeff on his website, Facebook, Twitter & Newsletter.

 

MY REVIEWS FOR JEFF ALTABEF

 

Red Death

 

 

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text 2016-12-26 17:52
Reading progress update: I've read 25%.
Red Death - Jeff Altabef,Lane Diamond

Having problems getting into this book as well. The last couple of books I tried to read, I have really been trouble with. The one book I didn't care for the heroine or her love interest at all. And with this one, there are to many characters that have their point of views. One chapter is in someone's point of view, the next one is someone else's, etc. 

I think this is another book I will have to set aside and try again later on. Maybe it's just me and not the book itself.

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Tour Stop for Red Death by Jeff Altabef with Excerpt, Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway

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Today we have a jam filled post for Jeff Altabef's Red Death. We will have info about the book and author. A great interview with Jeff, an exclusive excerpt form the book and lastly but not least my review of Red Death. Plus an awesome giveaway. Make sure to check everything out and enter the giveaway.

Happy Reading :) 

 


 

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Every child of Eden fears the Red Death. All those afflicted with the plague die young, their souls stripped away as punishment for ancient sins long forgotten. For centuries, Guardians have protected Eden from the Red Death by killing outsiders who stray too close. They must keep Eden a secret if they are to survive.

Seventeen-year-old Aaliss is a highly-trained and dedicated Guardian, but when her rather odd thirteen-year-old brother discovers a cure to the plague, her world is turned upside down. The discovery is a miracle, yet miracles are dangerous in Eden.

The corrupt, all-powerful High Priest brands Aaliss and her brother Wilky as traitors, forcing them to run. They seek refuge in the last place Aaliss thought she’d ever go—beyond the boundaries of Eden, and into the land of the Soulless. Here they must navigate a medieval world filled with witches, magic, and warrior kingdoms run by Elders who are only a few years older than her.

Aaliss yearns to return home to Eden, but she must protect Wilky at all costs. And when her heart tugs her deeper into the world of the Soulless, she questions everything she once believed, everything the Priests had taught her about those who live outside Eden—they are forever cursed, savage, soulless.

Has her soul been taken? Will she and Wilky fall victim to the Red Death, or might they die sooner in the center of a battle that threatens to tear apart the Soulless world? Or... might Aaliss finally find, against all odds, what her heart has yearned for all along?

 

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 Thanks for offering some extra questions for our bloggers Jeff! First, what’s your favorite meal and drink?

 

 Coffee and chocolate! I'm not sure what that says about me. My favorite time to write is in the morning so coffee is a no-brainer. My mind can't start to function without my first cup of Joe. I also like to write in coffeehouses from time to time when I need a little more energy and can feed off of those around me. So when in Rome!

I have a pumpkin stuffed with tootsie rolls on my desk. It's a terrible habit that I quit from time to time, but it keeps coming back. I just grabbed another one! I'd like to say my favorite writing food is something healthy like kale, but I won't lie, and I hate kale!

 

 

 Some of our staff have a love hate relationship with chocolate and coffee too! I bet that’s pretty common with our bloggers too. Now, the next question is tough, but do your best! Who was your favorite Character to write in Red Death?

 

 This is such a hard question to answer. I really feel such a close connection to all of these characters, that choosing one is a bit of a "Sophie's Choice." I loved to write Piers. I thought he was such a deep character and certainly Aaliss was a lot of fun. She's a really strong character that most people love. The Viper and the High Priest were also a lot of fun. I always love dwelling on the nasty characters, but my favorite character to write was probably Wilky. I did a bunch of research before starting to make sure I captured someone with his condition just right. In many ways, he's the real hero of the series. Now I feel bad that I didn't mention Eamon or P'mina. Argh!

 

 

 

For such a tough question you did a really good job of explaining why so many characters in Red Death are loveable. Last but not least, and it may be another head-banger...who are your favorite authors?

 

 This is a tough question too! I love a wide variety of genres. Really everything from thrillers (Dean Koontz), to historical fiction (Bernard Cornwell), to mysteries (Jonathan Kellerman) and even horror (Steven King). In the Young Adult genre I really like the characters Sarah J. Maas writes in the Glass Throne series. They come across as strong and memorable. I absolutely loved the End of Days series by Susan Ee. Her dystopian world and the use of angels was totally brilliant. I love the first person voice Joelle Charbonneau writes in the Testing Trilogy. She was a huge help when writing the Chosen Trilogy. Still, if I had one writing wish and could write like anyone, I'd choose Christopher Moore. He makes writing funny characters and situations seem effortless. I love his books!

 

 

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Chapter 5 – Eamon

Eamon studied the faces around the campfire, worry etched on his own as he wondered whether this would be the last time they would all gather together. He sat between his two older brothers, King Dermot and Prince Fintan. Dermot had lived six winters more than Eamon had, and Fintan one, yet he was the planner and worrier. Often he wished he could be more like them, but he never stopped fretting about tomorrow, the next season, the next winter. All the council members, twelve in total, joined them this night, forming a loose circle around a campfire that had started to lose its intensity. They met in the Courtyard, in the middle of the Stronghold, a small city protected by a sturdy stone wall. The Stronghold stood in the center of Dermot’s kingdom between the Outpost to the north and the Settlement to the south.

When Eamon realized everyone had stopped talking and were looking at him, he remembered what they had been discussing. “We’ll have to slaughter more cattle this year. The tribe’s grown since last winter.” The answer was obvious to him.

“The herd’s also added numbers this year, my Lord,” added Keenan, the Cattle Master. Built broad and strong like a steer, he had been Cattle Master for three years, and Dermot trusted him. “I reckon we could cull the herd by another twenty over last year and still maintain the size.”

All eyes turned toward Dermot. His reign had already lasted six years, almost an eternity. The Sword of Power lay across his lap, a long sword so heavy that it required two hands to wield it in battle. Its blade gleamed in the firelight, and the many rubies in the gold and silver hilt sparkled brilliantly. An inscription, written in a language no one understood, ran down both sides of the blade and glimmered in the firelight. The smithies could no longer make a weapon like the Sword of Power. That knowledge had been lost. They made other swords, fine ones, victorious ones, but none so grand. Only the King could wield the Sword of Power, the tribe’s finest.

 

 

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I really didn’t know what to expect or if I would like it going into this book. But I really enjoyed it. We get a colorful and complex dystopian world that is really well written and easy to dive into. The characters were great and had a great backstory and were easy to relate to. Far in the future the world is divided into groups or tribes. One major one is the people in and controlling Eden. A religus group that are govern their people with religion and fear. But they also have secrets. Big Secrets. Secrets they don’t want people to know. Outside Eden we find kingdoms and tribes that are run by magic and witches. We also have the Red Death, a disease that has wiped out a big part if mankind. And is still a great danger. The book is multiple point of view, which is nice because we got to see everyone’s going on, every tribe and group. Which made it so much easier to follow everyone and the story. Overall, great book and I had a hard time putting it down .I’m excited to see what happens next. I rate it 4 ★

 

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Jeff Altabef is an award-winning author who lives in New York with his wife, two daughters, and Charlie the dog. He spends time volunteering at the writing center in the local community college. After years of being accused of “telling stories,” he thought he would make it official. He writes in both the thriller and young adult genres.

In the Young Adult genre, Jeff co-authored the Chosen Trilogy with his teenaged daughter, Erynn. The Chosen Series has won multiple awards including the 2015 Readers' Favorite Gold Medal for Best Coming of Age Novel, the 2015 Beverly HIlls Book Award for Best YA Fiction, and a Mom's Choice Award.

As an avid Knicks fan, Jeff is prone to long periods of melancholy during hoops season. Jeff has a column on The Examiner focused on writing and a blog designed to encourage writing by those who like telling stories.

You can sign up to Jeff Altabef’s newselter and get a FREE short story at: http://www.jeffaltabef.com/

 

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review 2016-12-07 00:00
Red Death
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Red Death instantly grabbed my attention and didn't let go. Sounds corny and cliché, I know but that's the best way to describe it. It has classic dystopian elements and is a great recommendation for fans of the genre. You'll see some events coming in the beginning as it's all set up and follows the typical dystopian path. If you're an avid fan of the genre, you'll be able to spot more. For me, the characters and action made up for when I was being able to see what was around the bend.

There’s multiple POV’s that switch around and eventually converge. It saves on having to give back story once the paths cross. This is done very well. There’s no way to mix them up and was one of the best parts for me.

It’s full of action and adventure. Once Aaliss and Wilky get out with the soulless it picks up even quicker. I loved Aaliss in the beginning and the end, but in the middle, she’s dragged down by insta-love.

Can’t say I like or dislike Wilky as he isn’t a real person. He’s a plot device, trope, and stereotype. He’ll be catatonic and then pop up with whatever his companions need. If you’re sensitive to autistic portrayals in fiction, I’d steer clear. It’s highly annoying at the very least.

Piers, the oldest brother to Aaliss and Wilky, and Eamon, the brother to the king of the Butcher tribe, are the second-best characters. Eamon suffered the same fate as Aaliss with the middle drag. Piers however started meh and got better all the way to the end.

The rest of the cast is women, young and old, and a couple of Bad Guy villains. Not much time is spent with the Painted Ones, which I’d really like to know more of, or the tribe to the north of them or the rest of the damn world.

Now that the players are introduced and in place, the sequel will have war planning and Eden’s inhabitants to deal with. How it’s going to work out, I don’t know exactly.


Keep in Mind:
--Highly religious, would call it Christian fiction
--Dystopian world building in the past but the present focuses on paranormal souls and visions to move forward
--Small map is included to visualize the travels but there are no identifying marks where this takes place in the U.S.A.
--No idea about the rest of the world either.
--Plenty of graphic violence – fighting and murder but barely any romantic touching.
--Instalove
--Felt long in the middle
--What kind of fucking name is Wilky? Especially given to the autistic presenting kid? There’s no reason or meaning given, it just is. Also, he’s Magical™. And calling him “strange” makes it more problematic, not less.
--Appearance descriptions are mostly about faces, hair and eye color. The skin tone isn’t described but the people of Eden are white. There are several tribes of Soulless outside of Eden, but again skin tone isn’t described. I always buck the “white as default” bullshit in my mind’s eye but doing that in Red Death makes Wilky a white savior to native tribes. *sigh*
--Attempted Rape Scene early on. It doesn't get far beyond threats.


I did enjoy the ride, the actual characters are solid, and the plot has plenty going for it but it is problematic in several ways, the mystical religious part lowered it in my esteem (I’m not Christian so I would’ve skipped it had I known), and the instalove was annoying at first.

While I wouldn't say I regret reading it as it was easy, quick, and fun to read at the time but I wouldn't have chosen to promote or read it if other reviews had included this information.

It sucks not being able to recommend it more because of its issues as I'd get over the unexplained paranormal parts for the cast and plot but the more I think about Red Death the more uncomfortable I get with continuing the series.


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