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review 2016-06-05 09:09
Bare Bones Book Review: The Fireman by Joe Hill
The Fireman: A Novel - Joe Hill
The fireman is coming. Stay cool.

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it’s Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies—before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

Harper Grayson, a compassionate, dedicated nurse as pragmatic as Mary Poppins, treated hundreds of infected patients before her hospital burned to the ground. Now she’s discovered the telltale gold-flecked marks on her skin. When the outbreak first began, she and her husband, Jakob, had made a pact: they would take matters into their own hands if they became infected. To Jakob’s dismay, Harper wants to live—at least until the fetus she is carrying comes to term. At the hospital, she witnessed infected mothers give birth to healthy babies and believes hers will be fine too. . . if she can live long enough to deliver the child.
Thanks to Hachette Australia for my review copy. 
The Good:
  • Fantastic supernatural element in Dragonscale. 


  • Great cast of characters. Harper is not only intelligent, astute, and hard as rocks - she's also incredibly likeable. The Fireman gives both comic relief, and relates emotional backstory amazingly well. 


  • A nicely diverse cast - a pregnant woman, a deaf boy..  different races, ages, genders. It's great to see an author embrace a real assortment character types, that barrel through the book using their own appropriately believable strengths and weaknesses.


  • (ok ok there's the fire thing, but it's not overused, or overpowers the character's regular human abilities) 


  • Hill paces this thing like a master. Ebbs and flows perfectly, keeping the thrill on, without making it a constantly stressful experience. 


  • Simple, easy, slipstream prose, that allows readers to fly through this behemoth. (1 kg of book!). However, it still produces beautiful wordery throughout.


  • Mary Poppins songs :)  




The Not So Good:

  • Unfortunately, a fairly predictable plot line. 


  • The expectation that The Fireman might kick some old thriller conventions, didn't eventuate. 



Another fantastic tome from Joe Hill! Incredibly enjoyable, even if slightly predictable. Definitely worth picking up if you're a supernatural thriller fan, or have enjoyed Hill's work in the past. 
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review 2015-12-03 10:34
Turning Silver to Gold by Chris James
Alchemy: turning Silver to Gold - an historical psychological mystery thriller - Chris James
T I T L E: Turning Silver to Gold
S E R I E S: Alchemy (Nº 2)
A U T H O R: Chris James
P U B L I S H E R: Globe Literary
P U B L I S H--D A T E: December 14, 2015
Supernatural Thriller

After finding Jacob Silver's body missing from his grave at Pentonville Prison, Lizzie Weston battles to prove he is immortal - and clear his name.
Detective Inspector George Neville searches for Jacob's missing remains and learns that Nicolas Flamel is not only alive but cooking another brew - and leaving dead bodies wherever he goes.
Portraits and heads in jars, exhibits from Jacob Silver's "trial of the century" cause havoc as Jacob's murdered victims seek revenge.
Sir Robert Weston is honoured by Queen Victoria for services to medicine - after stealing with Jacob's discoveries.
But where is Jacob Silver?
A new trial, the sensation of the next century, reveals all.


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Source: www.wordgurgle.blogspot.com
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review 2015-09-16 00:00
The Waiting: A Supernatural Thriller
The Waiting: A Supernatural Thriller - Joe Hart *Audio version*

After his wife succumbs to cancer, Evan and his son Shaun take a sabbatical to recuperate while housesitting at a friend’s place on a small island in Minnesota. Unfortunately, while the seclusion is good for Evan’s writing and for getting some time with his son, they soon realize that they are not entirely alone. Ghosts of the past resurface and have set their sights on Evan and Shaun. With the help of a pretty psychiatrist they will need to track down the history of the place and solve its mysteries before all of them are lost forever.

The narration for this one was very good and the pacing was perfect for the story line and really added to the creepy, dark atmosphere. The characterization was well thought out and the relationship between father and son was spot on. There were also a few twists that I didn’t see coming and I thought they were smartly done and not clichéd as they may have been with a lesser storyteller. A well done supernatural chiller. 3+ Stars
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review 2015-08-19 11:14
Mother of Demons by Maynard Sims
Mother of Demons (Department 18) - Maynard Sims


T I T L E: Mother of Demons
S E R I E S: Department 18
A U T H O R: Maynard Sims
P U B L I S H E R: Samhain Publishing
P U B L I S H--D A T E: August 5, 2015
I S B N: 9781619229822
Supernatural Thriller

The hunt is on!
Alice Logan has gone missing, and Harry Bailey and Department 18 have been called to help find her. The main suspect is Anton Markos, a satanic cult leader who has a predilection for young women like Alice. Members of Markos’ cult start turning up dead—shredded by what seems to be a wild animal. Is there a madman within the cult? Or is it something far more horrible?
Can Department 18 discover the impossible truth and end the spree of murder, insanity and carnage? Or will they become the prey?


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review 2015-02-06 23:18
Innocents Lost by Michael McBride narrated by Nick Russo
Innocents Lost: A Supernatural Thriller - Michael McBride,Nick J. Russo

4.5 stars! This audiobook was brutal! Seriously, when I say that, you know it's brutal.


Setting that aside for a moment, this book was extremely well written. There were a few times I wished that I could highlight certain passages. I also thought the narrator was good, though I was not fond of the voice he used for the first villain. Other than that I enjoyed his performance.


Back to the brutality, It's not torture porn, (because I mostly avoid that type of thing), but brutal as far as children are concerned. Violence towards children is very hard to read about and, as it turns out, it's even harder to listen to. A few times I was extremely surprised that the scenes turned out the way they did. REALLY. There were some jaw dropping moments. In spite of the sometimes difficult scenes, the narrative was fantastic.

As far as villains go, this book contains the best I've seen, (heard?) in quite some time.


To summarize, this audiobook was very, very good. It's brutal, but well written and fast paced. The author deftly handles a few different viewpoints and the reader is compelled to finish the book and finish it NOW. I think this book would work well in print or as I "read" it, in audio.


Highly recommended to horror readers that can handle this type of violence.


*Michael McBride provided a free copy of the audiobook through Audible in exchange for an honest review. This is it.*

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