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Saturday, August 11, 2018

This Week
I Shall Mostly Be Reviewing...

Imagine living in a post apocalyptic world where nobody has ever touched another person. Never felt the wind in their hair or felt the warmth of the sun on their face. Imagine living in a sterile, computer controlled environment where everything you do is controlled by a schedule, and your only interaction with others is via a sophisticated TV screen.

How on earth is boy supposed to meet girl, fall in love and live happily ever after?

That’s the conundrum facing Jerome Cooper. For as he soon discovers, love finds a way. . . .

If you enjoy snacking on shorter reads, you really need to tuck into a slice of Reality Sandwich. It'll tickle your post-apocalyptic urban fantasy taste buds in just the right way. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and am sure YOU will too.

I Kill Giants is an American comic book limited series published by Image Comics in 2008, featuring Barbara Thorson, a young girl struggling with the pressures in life by escaping into a fantasy world of magic and monsters.

I’ve got to say, I caught a trailer for this and was hooked. Barbara is obsessed with Dungeons and Dragons and keeping the town safe from what she believes are evil outside forces. Needless to say, she doesn’t have a lot of friends and is so geeky, she’s something of a social misfit who’s convinced only she can protect the townsfolk from harm by wielding a mythical hammer. 
(Get the ‘Thor-son’ reference now?)

Fantasy aspect apart, as the film progresses, you see she’s an incredibly loyal and brave little soul who rarely lets her guard down. Not surprising when you see what she has to contend with in the ‘real world.’

In a nutshell, I Kill Giants is a strange, compelling and darkly beautiful tale, and while it was made for youngsters, I’m sure the film will prove essential viewing for rundown world-weary adults who need to escape from their own realities every now and again.
Go on . . . treat yourself to something quirky J

Saturday, August 4, 2018

My Review of...

King of Ashes
Raymond E. Feist

The long anticipated return of Raymond E. Feist was well worth the wait!

A despot, hell-bent on extending his domain through tyranny and religious persecution. A hidden nation with a finger in every pie across the known land. Faceless killers focused on their own mysterious agenda. A lost heir to a shattered kingdom. And a secret order determined to see justice done.

With the main thread quickly established in retrospect at the beginning of the book, there are plenty of subplots and counter conspiracies to keep you entertained. Yes, all the ingredients are there for the beginning of what I’m sure will prove to be another epic saga, this time in the world of Garn.

I loved it, and can’t wait for the next installment.

Truly, a feast of Feist!

The IX Series

Have YOU availed yourself of the critically acclaimed and internationally bestselling IX Series?

The Story so far:

The IX

Roman legionaries, far from home, lost in the mists of Caledonia.

A US cavalry company, engaged on a special mission, vital to the peace treaty proposed by Presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln.

A twenty-first century Special Forces unit, desperate to prevent a nuclear catastrophe.

From vastly different backgrounds, these soldiers are united when they are snatched away from Earth at the moment of their passing. Thinking they may have been granted a reprieve, imagine their horror when they discover they have been transported to a failing planet on the far side of the galaxy, where they are given a simple ultimatum. Fight or die. Against all odds, this group of misfits manages to turn the tide against a relentless foe, only to discover the true cost of victory might exact a price they are unwilling to pay.

How far would you be willing to go to stay alive?

The IX. 

Sometimes, death is only the beginning of the adventure.

Exordium of Tears

Fight or die.

A brutal tenet by which the refugees from Earth - including the lost 9th Legion of Rome, the 5th Company, 2nd Mounted Rifles, and the British Special Forces anti-terrorist team - were forced to endure while the Horde menace existed.

Thinking that the threat is over, the survivors long to settle down and reclaim the lives stolen from them. However, such aspirations remain beyond their reach, for a shadow looms on the rose-tinted horizon of new beginnings that not only threatens the future of Areden, but the universe too.

Worlds are torn asunder. Suns destroyed. Star systems obliterated.

Yes, tragedy is forged anew un a universe spanning conflict which proves once again that. . .

Death is just the beginning of the adventure.

Prelude to Sorrow

For the People of Earth & Arden

The task force dispatched from Arden to eradicate the Horde menace failed, and for those few left alive, the tenet by which they have survived for so long resounds as never before. . .

Fight or Die!

Now marooned, out of time and out of place, the survivors lick their wounds and struggle to recover while the Horde gather their strength for a final strike that will change the course of history forever. The fate of the galaxy – and more – hangs in the balance.
But fate, it seems, isn’t done with the Ninth, and our heroes find themselves forced to mount a last-ditch attempt to end the threat once and for all.

Will the darkness be vanquished, or will our heroes’ efforts finally signal the beginning of the end of their adventure?

Find out in – Prelude to Sorrow – the stunning conclusion to the IX saga.

The IX Series

Military science fiction as it should be!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Hell Hounds
Black Gate Fantasy Review

The fine team over at Black Gate Fantasy have been kind enough to take a look at Hell Hounds, the latest adventure dealing the exploits of Satan's Reaper- Daemon Grim - and his pack of bounty hunters.

You can see what they think

As one of the leading lights in speculative fiction, Black Gate certainly know their stuff...
So its rather gratifying to see how much they enjoy Grim's latest outing.


If you'd like to find out more, take a look at the side bar where you'll find further details about the wonderful world of hell, or delve into Black Gate's main site, where you'll surely find something to pique your interest...

You might even like to find out what Black gate thought about Daemon Grim's first novel-length adventure...

Why not dip your toes in the lake of fire?
There's always room for more.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Its Always Darkest Before the Dawn

Warriors brought together from different eras and by loss & circumstance.

A relentless foe determined to eradicate all life.

A hopeless task, perhaps?

Not for the IX!

neither the beginning nor the end...
But the adventure in between.

Witness for yourself military science fiction as it should be, when the prelude to all the Ninth's sorrows are decided forever.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Reasons to Consider the IX Series

Since it's release in 2015, the IX Series has gone from strength to strength.

Critically acclaimed by Nebula award winners, vine reviewers, and the leading lights of speculative fiction (Amazing Stories and Black Gate Fantasy included), the IX series still holds the #1 slot on Goodreads in 13 - Yes, thirteen - different categories.

And the reviews for the latest chapter of the saga have begun to roll in.
Look what readers are saying:

I enjoyed 'The IX: Prelude To Sorrow, Book 3' in this awesome “The IX” Trilogy. No spoilers here. It’s very well written and I couldn’t stop turning those pages. A wonderful addition to my e-library. Highly recommend for sci-fi action lovers.
I give it five stars!

Action, action, action. This is a stunning saga both in its story and quality of writing. "The IX: Prelude to Sorrow"
by Andrew P. Weston, is a strong follow up to books one and two of the IX series, Impressive wrap up.
Wow. Five Stars.

Thank you to those reviewers, whoever you are.

And to the rest of you who might not yet have heard the call to arms.
Why not give The IX a try?


Death is only the beginning of the adventure

Friday, February 2, 2018

Prelude to Sorrow

So, here it is. The critically acclaimed story of what really might have happened to the infamous "Lost" 9th Legion of Rome comes full circle with yet another fine cover by the talented 
Roy Mauritsen.

If you want to discover more about the evolution of the IX Series, make sure to flip over to the IX Blog (Link at the top of the page). 

You know it makes sense: