Sunday, July 16, 2023

 A Multiverse of Suspense!

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This is the first book I’ve read by Fred Wiehe, and I have to say from the outset, it won’t be the last. And really, for those who know me and my background, it’s easy to see why. As a former cop and astrophysics geek, this story has my name written all over it.

And the blurb helps you see why I’m so excited:


Do multiverses exist? And if they do, does a duplicate of each of us exist in every reality? These are questions Lieutenant Sean (Mac) McGrath and Sergeant Randy Dexter must come to terms with to solve a murder and stop the widespread use of a new psychotropic drug dubbed Bloodshot. 

Almost simultaneously, a young woman is murdered in Haight-Ashbury and this dangerous drug hits San Francisco’s streets. Taken through the retina and optic nerve, Bloodshot degrades and disrupts the neural network and central nervous system, turning people into crazed killers and bloodthirsty cannibals. Their investigation quickly takes them down a strange path that borders on science fact and science fiction, a path that reveals horrors more akin to nightmares than the real world, a path where they both begin to doubt their own already fragile sanity.

For if they are to believe the mounting evidence before them, they must also believe their prime suspect invented a device that can open portals to parallel universes, a device that enables him to travel from one realty to another and murder his ex-girlfriend time and time again—because apparently once just isn’t enough.



So, what did I think?

Well, first off, I loved it! Bloodlust is built on a great premise; it’s skillfully executed; the characters are as flawed as they are relatable; the action is delivered in wonderful energetic pulses that keep you tuning the page; and the plotline is liberally sprinkled with clues that allow you to anticipate how the story might develop. It’s superb!

It reminded me is some respect of David Walton’s Superposition, a story where advanced physics and multiverses go awry, and I can’t wait to see how things develop in the next story.
(And YOU should get to know this story too).

Thursday, July 6, 2023

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Dark Sins

In this final book of Marcus Abshire’s Ways of the Warlock series, it looks as if Jakobus Shaw has finally bitten off more than he can chew.
As the blurb highlights:


 I’m not proud of my past, and I’m done running away from it.

The dark elf D’oreal, Lord of Endless Night and my ex-girlfriend’s father is trying to unleash a hellish nightmare on the entire world. I have to say, I don’t think that’s a good idea.

He wants my help and he’s threatening to kill my friends if I don’t give it to him. Shareal, the dark elf from a past I can’t remember, wants to stop her father’s mad scheme but trusting dark elves isn’t something a sane person would do.

I’m used to working alone, but if I want to keep a dark god of madness and death from plunging the world into the black void of insanity, I’ll need to call in a few favors.

Elder gods don’t like it when a mere human not only forsakes their power but escapes their punishment for doing so. I’ve pissed off a lot of people, monsters and creatures born from darkness, but spitting in the eye of a god is damn foolish, even for me.

My past is clouded, my future unclear, yet one thing I know for sure is that I’m not going to let anything happen to the people I care about, even if it kills me.


Yes, the past seems to have caught up with Jakobus, culminating in the mother of all stand-offs. One that nobody will walk away from.

But as we’ve come to learn, this former warlock has something of a stubborn, defiant streak. And he didn’t survive – and indeed escape – from the deep by giving up when all seems lost. Perhaps his tenacity will see him through?

One thing’s for sure, this final chapter of the series is highly entertaining. Once again the cast comes together to deliver a high-octane performance where the dialogue, humor and action all combine to set your world on fire and keep it burning to the last page. But as to who lives and who dies? Ah, you’ll have to find out for yourselves. But it truly is an epic conclusion.

I’ve really enjoyed reading this series and will be sorry to say goodbye. And isn’t that what we all want from our readers?

Amazon Review

Saturday, July 1, 2023

 If You Build It - They Will Come

(And They Do . . . You'll See)

I’ve been a fan of Jeff Crawford for a few years now. I’m particularly drawn to the mood he manages to encapsulate within whatever topic he writes about. So, when I spotted this recent release, I just had to check it out. And I was glad I did.
Apart from one of the best openings scenes I’ve ever read, the blurb only hints at the malevolence, simmering away beneath the surface. . .

See for yourself:


Appearances can be deceiving. One of the most serene and idyllic settings houses a secret that is nearly unthinkable and unimaginable.

Rob knew something was wrong, had known it for a while, but even though he waited to be told of it, his wife wasn’t saying anything. Jennifer knew why she was acting as she had been, but she was keeping it to herself, just as she had been for nearly two years.

In an effort to put things back to right, Rob shows uncharacteristic initiative and plans a three-day weekend for his wife and himself. It is his hope and prayer that the peaceful and gentle surroundings of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley will lend themselves to be the help he needs in repairing whatever has gone wrong between them. Assuring his wife’s happiness is all he’s ever wanted to do. Now, he just needs to know how. But a much bigger problem lies in front of them. There are secrets in the valley, secrets that no one outside the small community that Rob and Jennifer find themselves stranded in are remotely aware of. Beneath the pastoral setting lies something dark and sinister that has been growing and evolving for more than a century and a half.

Relying on the kindness of strangers is all well and good, unless no kindness abides within those strangers. Little things that claw and scratch at Jennifer’s mind tell her continually that all is not as it appears to be, but when the pieces start to come together and make sense, it is already too late. The rot that surrounds the small community has, without Rob’s and Jennifer’s knowledge, already enveloped them, and made its plans for the couple.

Every detail must be taken note of, every word has to be paid attention to if an escape is to ever be possible, but more than that, trust in each other becomes a necessary evil. But can they ever trust each other ever again, after Jennifer’s own dark secrets are revealed?

Fields of Ghosts exposes things that were never meant to see the light of day. Secrets that the community kept, secrets that Jennifer kept. Coupled together, will it prove to ruin completely everything that all within the small community, including Rob and Jennifer, have ever known?


In keeping with the blurb, I will also do my best to give nothing away regarding the plot. That’ll be for you to work out as you read along. And you will. Believe me, as Crawford sprinkles the breadcrumbs for you to follow, and in doing so, not only sets the scene for what’s to come, but allows a brooding menace and an ever-present sub current to begin building and bugging away in the back of your mind. Something that calls to that part in all of us, and warns us . . . Hang on, something’s not right here.


Rob and Jennifer are an average couple, whose marriage has lost some of its original spark. In an effort to remind each other that they have something worth working for, Rob decides to plan a romantic weekend away. Something, he hopes will revive their flagging spirits.

But the thing is, he never actually gets to find out if it will work or not, because they get lost on the way there, and, the car breaks down.


What follows is the stuff of creepy nightmares. You know the kinda thing; it’s an iron fist in velvet glove scenario, where those who seem to be helpful and friendly, aren’t. And it all starts out so amicably and insidiously pleasant.

And that’s where Crawford comes into his own, for he takes that seemingly innocent situation, and adds a sickly-sweet, too-good-to-be-true tickle that warns you from the outset. There’s an agenda here. An agenda so well hidden, that its development and revelation are all too plausible.

You can’t quite believe it. It’s repulsive, yet at the same time, strangely hypnotic. You just need to test the water that little bit more – just to see if your suspicions are true – and then you’ll walk away. . .

Only to find out, too late, you’re in a web from which you’ll never emerge.


And that’s what makes reading Field of Ghosts so darn enjoyable: The tone is outstanding. The sense of hidden menace is tantalizing. And you end up wanting to know, just what the heck these people are up to?

And the superb twist, right at the end? Absolute magic.


Dare you miss it!

Amazon Review