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Yesterday's Gone: Season Six
Yesterday's Gone: Season Six
Price: $5.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yesterday's Gone: Season 6"... The Pros and Cons... 4 Stars, July 7, 2015
"Yesterday's Gone: Season Six" contains the final six episodes in the sci-fi/horror serial by authors Sean Platt and David Wright; edited by Jason Whited.

This Kindle e-book was approximately 415 printed pages and sold for $5.99 at time of writing this review.

Please Note: I was provided with a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

General Theme (minor spoilers)

This entire final season takes place 3 1/2 years after the end of Season 5. Early on in this season finale, we discover that the aliens, with the exception of a few small pockets of rebel resistance, have pretty much taken over the world as we knew it. So we begin to sequentially visit all the original characters (Boricio, Mary, Brent etc.) and learn their present circumstances... and needless to say, most of them are facing dire predicaments.

Some thoughts on "Yesterday's Gone: Season 6"...

1.) superbly written and edited. Prose that was easy to read and understand.

2.) action... a ton of it. Encounters that were often horrific in nature and graphically described. There were some events that were not for the faint of heart.

3.) there was little down time and no 'fill'. The sense of pace and timing was spot on.

4.) some jaw dropping chapter endings. e.g. the ending of episode # 31.

Concerns:

1.) swearing... there were chapters involving Boricio (in particular the last Episode # 36) that, to me overdid the use of swearing (using the f word). Now I have nothing against use of 'off-colored language' in novels' when the situation calls for it AND I'd never have a problem with any scenes that partake in dialogues with Boricio; simply because swearing was an integral part of his character. But what struck me as odd and out of place was the intensity of the 'off language' throughout the narrative descriptions (not dialogues) of chapters involving many Boricio chapters (but in particular Episode 36, chapter 28).
a few examples of many....

<Bushy Eyebrows looked up, startled, wondering why the f*** Boricio wasn’t falling. Boricio grabbed the gun, snatched it from his old f***ing hands>

<A bright-yellow spark of lightning shot from his hand and fried the f***er.>

<The landing was hard, but not enough to hurt the f***ers. Just momentarily disable them.>

Swearing in dialogues as part of a character's personality... well OK; but swearing in the narrative portions, I'm just not sure about.

2.) the end sequence... I'd hopes for a truly great and memorable ending when I began the last Episode, # 36. But of all the possible conclusions, the authors decided to use one that while not exactly deus ex machina (as there was some vague foreshadowing of events to come), but there were several/many incidents that one could definitely be call deus ex machina-esque. Happenings that were both improbable and implausible... stretching any sense of believability (i.e. believability within the context of this sci-fi/horror setting) to the max. I'd just love to go into the details of my concerns, but this would result in major spoilers. Readers will judge for themselves as they start the final chapters.

Impressions:
Loved the decisions to make a clean break from the end of Season 5 for this finale. The 3 1/2 year separation between seasons gave all the characters a fresh start. This also eliminated any confusion that might have occurred with the time lag between Seasons 5 and 6. (remembering the story flow, dates and events has always been one of my personal shortcomings caused by of the often lengthy time between the end of one season and the start of the next).

I also really liked the individual stories involving specific people or, in some cases, groups.
These tales were often horrific and intense in content... enough to give you nightmares, but to a one, superbly done.

And finally, I thought Borico's Epilogue at the end was a brilliant and most appropriate ending.

Conclusion:
Overall serial of stunning and epic proportions. A tale with a fabulous story-line that saw the development of many new and intriguing characters; but none more memorable and fascinating than Boricio Wolfe.

<SPOILER> But for all the brilliance of the first 35 episodes, this entire series was shaken mighty by several events that occurred in the final chapters that made up the bulk of episode 36. I'll just say that with this being the last season of this epic adventure, I figured that the good guys would likely eke out a win in the end... but what I never expected was a scenario where the previously omnipotent bad guys never stood a chance.
To me it seemed to be a quick and a little too convenient solution for what could/should have been a potentially very intricate and compelling ending... especially when you had an enemy that up until the very end, appeared to have everything stacked in its favor.
I came away, wondering what the Beta readers felt about Episode 36. Surely someone must have some niggling concerns about the direction taken and how things finally unfolded here.

Rating...
For the first 35 episodes and first 5 episodes of Season 6... for the terrific story, for the unforgettable characters and the stunning and unexpected twists and turns, it's an easy 5 Stars.
For the last episode, # 36... David and Sean I love your writing and your stories, but honestly I'd hoped for better here... 2 1/2 Stars.

Overall... 4 Stars.

Ray Nicholson
raynicholsonsreviews@hotmail.com
@ralannicholson


Into the Nanten - The Record of My Exile (Season 1)
Into the Nanten - The Record of My Exile (Season 1)
Price: $2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars "Into the Nanten"... the Pros and Cons... 3 1/2 Stars, July 4, 2015
"Into the Nanten - The Record of My Exile" is the first book in a series by author Jay Swanson with illustrations by Nimit Malavia.
This Kindle e-book was approximately 467 printed pages and sold for $2.99 at time of writing this review.

Please Note: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

General Theme (minor spoilers)
Marceles na Tetrach is sent into the uncharted jungles of Nanten to try to find the previously exiled, Brin Salisir. This book is literally a series of daily entries in a journal, detailing his experiences in his search for any clues that may lead him to the missing exile... clues that are already 20 years old. Thus begin Jay Swanson's own version into the heart of darkness.

Some thoughts on "Into the Nanten"... the Pros and Cons

1.) well written, edited and accompanied by many superb illustrations.

2.) many encounters, graphically described. Many of which are not for the faint of heart.

3.) a persistently dark and foreboding atmosphere, that after a while, may weigh heavily on the reader's psyche... I know it did mine.

4.) some magic was involved... featuring some unique and intriguing variations of the occult arts.

5.a) maps... there were a couple small area maps that our heroes came across while on their quest, and were subsequently displayed at the end of the same chapter (journal entry).
5.b) if I had a wish it would have been for these maps to be centrally located at the beginning of the book. I did not bother to bookmark the smaller maps when I came across them, so I felt continually lost in this expansive and diverse geographic landscape.

6.) in all honesty, despite this novel being well written, I struggled mightily to maintain my interest is this work and often found myself skimming... especially towards the end when I simply wanted to be finished. I found the narrative had a repetitious quality to it, there was a lot of introspective and repetitive nasal gazing, and for some reason the protracted lack of a sense of direction by our protagonists gave me an uncomfortable feeling of claustrophobia.

Impressions:
I think most readers of will enjoy this work; I, simply put, did not... and I can honestly say that this was the first Jay Swanson book that I have felt this way that about.

As it is...3 1/2 Stars. (rounded up, as most concerns were of my own personal, subjective feelings)

Ray Nicholson
raynicholsonsreviews@hotmail.com
@ralannicholson


The Riyria Sampler
The Riyria Sampler
Price: $0.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MJS sampler... go ahead and get it; you've nothing to lose... I doubt you'll be disappointed, June 28, 2015
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This small 63 page sampler is a great place for readers to meet and get acquainted with Michael J. Sullivan's two likable, but roguish heroes, Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater. Two unlikely misfits who through strange circumstances have thrown their lot together and formed a shaky but a-protect-each-others-back alliance. Not withstanding the times of course, when they've liked to have killed each other.
In addition, Michael J Sullivan is a superb writer of fantasy adventure

The four works here include...
1. )The Thieves
2. )The Viscount
3.) The Jester
4.) The Death of Dulgath

The first three are complete short stories, the last is an excerpt from a full length novel due for release this fall.

Hey... this sampler is free and your going to be immersed in a world of high and intriguing fantasy that just happens to have two larger than life heroes.

Go ahead; get it; you've nothing to lose... I doubt you'll be disappointed.

Ray Nicholson
raynicholsonsreviews@hotmail.com
@ralannicholson


KitchenPRO Stainless-steel 5-Attachment 8-Piece Mandolin V-slicer
KitchenPRO Stainless-steel 5-Attachment 8-Piece Mandolin V-slicer
Offered by Deal Republic
Price: $37.99

3.0 out of 5 stars The "KitchenPro V-Slicer... The Pros and Cons... 3 1/2 Stars, June 28, 2015
A review of the "KitchenPro V-Slicer".
This device is sold by Deals Republic (fulfilled by Amazon) and sold for $29.99 at the time of writing this review.

Please note I was provided a free device in return for an honest review.

In the package...
1.) the V-Slicer Main Frame
2.) Blade Storage System
3.) Safety Holder
4.) instructions booklet

Some thoughts on the "KitchenPro V-Slicer"...

The Pros and Cons...

"The Main Frame"

1.) it has rubberized non-skid footings on the bottom to prevent slipping when used on a flat surface.
2.) one end has a rubberized grip allowing you to pick up the Main Frame and use it on an tilted angle. (see photo)
3.) the individual blades snap into place when inserted... this seems quite secure when blades are in use. There is a small tab on the bottom back section of each blade that allows for release of that blade from the Main Frame.

The Blades Storage System

1.) the blades snap in for secure storage (released with the tab on the bottom back section of blade).
2.) the Storage device must be assembled... a picture in the instruction manual is adequate.

The Safety Holder

1.) can be used to hold smaller bits of veggies, so as to protect your fingers.
2.) has a plunger that can be 'pushed-down' on vegetables to pick them up. Similarly the plunger can be 'pulled-up' to release small remnants of vegetables too small to slice.
3.) this unit is a rectangular shape so it has directional arrows to help to ensure the proper orientation when using this holder.

The Blades

1.) one of the blades allow you to cut two different thickness in a single plane (e.g. onion rings).
2.) the other 3 blades allow you to cut three variations of thickness for julienne cuts and dicing.
3.) when using the cutting blades (3) the sharp edges are always exposed, so care must be used when handling these particular blades

The Manual

1.) gives only the bare basics can of instructions. If your unfamiliar with this type of device then the proper and safe usage of this slicer might be difficult to grasp if only referring to this manual. I was surprised not to find more detailed instructions in the booklet OR at least a reference to an on-line tutorial. Here is a YouTube site that will help considerably... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAlUaDVNMlY
2.) stresses safety, but misses some important points. (see Cons below)
3.) the booklet shows both the 5 piece and the 10 piece units.
4.) it does not mention about using a cut resistant glove when working with this device.

The Cons: The Main Frame
1.) the blades on the Main Frame are complete exposed at all times. However the 'grater blade' has a overlapping edge that covers the V-blade of the 'Main Frame', so this grater blade could be used when storing this device away. (see the last 3 photos below)
Despite all the 'safety' talk in the manual there was not a mention of using this blade as a guard for the V-blade on the Main Frame cutter.

Impressions:
A great device for doing fancy things with sliceable fruits of vegetables. Especially useful if your doing larger amounts. However this in not a toy... it should be used with great respect; kept out of the reach of children and used with caution by anyone not use to working with a slicer device or who is inherently klutzy.

Also, a word about CLEAN UP... it should be done immediately and with great care. I say immediately because if you let the juice dry on the blades, they will be that much harder to clean. The instructions say to rinse under warm or cold water... and this will probably do in most cases. However, DO NOT LEAVE THE V-BLADE MAIN FRAME OR THE CUTTING BLADES IN A SOAPY DISHPAN, where they may become hidden and forgotten.

Conclusions:
Overall a useful kitchen aid that is reasonably priced and is very useful, especially if preparing larger amounts. A better thought out and more complete instruction booklet, plus an on-line tutorial reference should have been included. (Improving these deficiencies will garner a higher rating from me)
I'd highly recommend a cut resistant glove when using this product.

As it is... 3 1/2 Stars

Ray Nicholson
raynicholsonsreviews@hotmail.com
@ralannicholson
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Swarm II - A Zombie Series
Swarm II - A Zombie Series
Price: $2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars "Swarm II"... a good follow up, but a few concerns. 3 1/2 Stars, June 21, 2015
"Swarm II - A Zombie Series" by author Alex South.
This Kindle e-book was approximately 208 printed pages and sold for $2.99 at time of writing this review.

Please Note: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

General Theme (minor spoilers)
The small group of survivors continue to look for any signs of non-infected life while dealing with a dwindling supply of food.
Their story continues.

Some thoughts on "Swarm II"...

As I mentioned in my review of 'Swarm I' this novel had the feel and atmosphere of an episode of 'The Walking Dead'.

I generally liked this second book but with some reservations. As one other reviewer mentioned the dialogues seemed very repetitive and at times, contrived. Initially I thought this may have been a way of showing some depth of character but these strangely similar and recurrent conversations become annoying after a while.

My other concern was <SPOILER> Laura's extended battle near the end. Only partially recovered from a serious injury she seem to be able to accomplish the impossible against a steady stream of stronger adversaries.

Impressions:
I thought this was a good book... good enough to make me want to read the next installment. But there were a few areas where (IMHO) the writing was a bit weaker than in book one... especially with the dialogues.
The end sequence was tense and exciting although somewhat improbable, given the circumstances.

As it is... 3 1/2 Stars.

Ray Nicholson
raynicholsonsreviews@hotmail.com
@ralannicholson


Banana Sandwich
Banana Sandwich
Price: $2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A small masterpiece from Steve Bargdill... 5 Stars (despite the cover art), June 21, 2015
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This review is from: Banana Sandwich (Kindle Edition)
"Banana Sandwich" is an urban thriller by author Steve Bargdill.
This Kindle e-book was approximately 152 printed pages and sold for $2.99 at time of writing this review.

Please Note: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

General Theme (minor spoilers)
Twenty-two year old Christmas Carol Madison suffers from a harsh upbringing, a shady background and a severe case of bi-polar disease. Fortunately for her, the little white pill she takes every day keeps things under control... most of the time. Well... sometimes.

Some thoughts on "Banana Sandwich"...

The Pros:
1.) superbly written and generally well edited (there was the odd spelling error).

2.) a likable main character that does whatever is required of her to grind out a meager existence in the seedier side of town.

3.a) a tale that initially seemed quite superficial and even, you might say, floundering... looking for direction, until things took a darker turn.
3.b) the transition into a more sinister latter section was so smooth as to go almost unnoticed... until you suddenly realized the entire atmosphere of the novel had shifted to a different tact.

My only concern for this book would be the cover art. The image is almost cartoonish and the figure appears to be much younger than the young woman portrayed within the pages. (at least in my minds eye)
This is one of those covers that if I came across in a bookstore or on Amazon.com I'd dismiss it immediately... never give the book a second thought.

Impressions:
Brilliantly written... this in not a genre I normally read, but once started the quality of the prose and the story-telling skills of the author had me hooked.
The author does an incredible job of getting into the mind of his bi-polar heroine. The bizarre thought patterns, the hallucinations, the difficulties of just functioning and existing on a day to day basis. Especially when you know (as Carol) there's something wrong; your just not like everyone else but your powerless to correct it.

A small gem... don't let the cover art turn you away.

As it is... 5 Stars.

Ray Nicholson
raynicholsonsreviews@hotmail.com
@ralannicholson


The Chalice of Sorrows (Covenant Book 2)
The Chalice of Sorrows (Covenant Book 2)
Price: $3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The strange tale of Jacqueline Talbot continues... 5 Stars, June 20, 2015
"The Chalice of Sorrows" is the second book in the 'Covenant' series by author Robert J. Duperre.
This Kindle e-book was approximately 301 printed pages and sold for $3.99 at time of writing this review.

Please Note: I was involved in a Beta read of this book.

General Theme (minor spoilers)

The strange Young Adult (YA) tale of sixteen year old Jacqueline Talbot continues. Along with her aunt Mitzy and her ka-tet of school chums (the Otakus group) she proceeds to try to unravel some of the unusual occurrences that have dominated her life of late. She even finds a smidgen of love with one of her fellow students, Jordan, a young black man. But things are never straight forward for Jacqueline, and this brief glimpse into her life is no exception.

Some thoughts on "The Chalice of Sorrows"...

1.) well written and edited. Prose that was a pleasure to read and easy to understand.

2.a) lots of action. Featuring some underground tunnels and mazes filled with some horrific creatures.
2.b) several intriguing encounters that resulted in many graphic and gory descriptions.

3.) the author continues to develop his main characters from the first book, while bringing in some new individuals that appear set to take a prominent role in subsequent books in the series.

Impressions:
A book geared to a YA audience and maybe zeroing in on the mid-late teen group, as there are some mildly sexually related scenes, as well as some graphically described, violent situations.
That being said I think most lovers of serious, Adult oriented fantasy/adventure will find some here to capture their interest as well.

IMHO, Robert Duperre is a writer of outstanding fantasy/horror. In fact, one of the best I've had the pleasure to read. His stories move along, have plenty of action and are plausible and believable within the context of the setting... and this book in no exception. And really, what more could a lover of this genre ask for.

As it is... 5 Stars.

Ray Nicholson
raynicholsonsreviews@hotmail.com
@ralannicholson


Soundpeats A1 Bluetooth 4.1 Headphones with Built-in Mic and 12 Hour Battery (Black)
Soundpeats A1 Bluetooth 4.1 Headphones with Built-in Mic and 12 Hour Battery (Black)
Offered by SoundPEATS Audio
Price: $39.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Soundpeats A1 Bluetooth Headset"... great value for the money, June 12, 2015
A review of the "Soundpeats A1 Bluetooth 4.1 Headphones with Built-in Mic and 12 Hour Battery" (Black)
This device is available from SoundPEATS Audio (fulfilled by Amazon) and was priced at $39.99 at the time of writing this review.

Please Note: I was provided with a free device for the purpose of writing an honest review.

In the box...
a.) the Bluetooth Over-the-Ear Headset
b.) 3.5mm connectors for non-Bluetooth devices
c.) micro/USB charging cable
d.) soft carrying pouch
e.) instruction manual

Weight: 6.98 oz (197.8gm)

Some thoughts on the "SoundPEATS Bluetooth Headset"...

1.) came securely and professionally packaged.

2.) these headphones are Over-the-Ear so the discomfort from pressure or heat build-up is delayed significantly.

3.) easily paired with both my IPad mini and my IPhone 5. (found on your device under settings>bluetooth > A1.

4.a) has an Li-ion battery which will (reportedly) give 13- 15 hours of listening.
4.b) range from device before breakup was approx. 30 ft.

5.) Buttons on the headphones... the perfect size. Small enough to be inconspicuous but just large enough to be able to discern with your finger tips. The buttons include the following...
a.) on/off which also functions as answer/make calls (when paired with a smartphone) AND also serves as your pairing button.
b.) micro/USB charging slot and a separate 3.5mm in-line audio port
c.) volume + -
d.) separate buttons for skip tract and previous tract... a wonderful feature. Bravo!
e.) play/pause

6.) the headband is full adjustable as it can both expand and collapse, allowing about an inch of play on either side.

7.a) the earphones themselves have a flexible range of motion to allow for individual comfort adjustments on your ears.
7.b) in addition both headphone swivels to about 90 degrees to allow for easier storage. (see Photo)

8.) these are NOT noise canceling headphones.

Impressions:
Two things... the comfort while wearing AND the audio quality were exceptional for this price.
The sounds from the mid and high range was full and pleasant to listen to, even at increased volume. The bass was very good. I played some music that I know had prominent bass sections and these H-phones preformed admirably.

Comfort... the ear-cushions were soft and comfortable, as was the padding on the top of the head-band. I was able to wear these for an extended period of time.

The Sound... the audio was very good from these headphones. Were they in the class of Bose?... well no, of course not, but the quality was very good at about 1/7 of the price

Phone Calls... I was able to make outgoing calls from these headphones by pressing the on/off button (I was connected to my Iphone) and similarity I was able to receive incoming calls. The voice reception was crisp and clear. The call was ended by pressing the on/off button again and then your music reassumed playing automatically.

Overall a terrific set of over-the-ear, Blurtooth headphones... great value for the money.

As it is... 5 Stars.

Ray Nicholson
raynicholsonsreviews@hotmail.com
@ralannicholson
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Power Bank, Eachine 10000mAh X7 Portable Charger External Battery Fast Charging for iPhone 6 6 Plus 5 5S 5C 4 4S Samsung S6 S6 Edge S5 S3 S4 I9300 I9500 Note 3 LG HTC Most Smartphones and Other Usb-charged Devices (Red)
Power Bank, Eachine 10000mAh X7 Portable Charger External Battery Fast Charging for iPhone 6 6 Plus 5 5S 5C 4 4S Samsung S6 S6 Edge S5 S3 S4 I9300 I9500 Note 3 LG HTC Most Smartphones and Other Usb-charged Devices (Red)
Offered by Eachinedirect
Price: $85.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Eachine 10000 Power Bank"... the Pros and Cons... 4 1/2 Stars, June 5, 2015
A review of the ”Eachine Power Bank, Eachine X-power X7 10000mah Power Bank with Power Indicator". (Red)
This device is available from Eachinedirect and was priced at $23.99 at the time of writing this review.

Please Note: I was provided with a free device for the purpose of writing an honest review.

Dimensions:
Size: 8.9 x 2.8 x 5.6 cm
Weight: 249.8 gm (8.81 oz)

In the package:
1.) the power bank
2.) a short Micro/USB charging cable
3.) instruction manual
4.) warranty card

Some thoughts on the "Eachine 10000mah Power Bank"...

1.) arrived securely packaged.

2.) had a solid, hefty feel with a smooth surface and rounded edges.

3.) features...
a.) has a off/on power button
b.) 4 LED lights to indicate remaining power
c.) the input/output charge rate is 5V/2A

4.) the only negative, would be its weight of 8.8 oz (249gm)... this little unit is over 1/2 lb and is noticeably heavy (1/2 Star loss)

Impressions:
This is an small, attractive power bank coming in an array of colors. It charged both my IPhone and earbuds quickly and efficiently. NB... you must supply your own charging cables for your devices.
.

As it is... 4 1/2 Stars.

Ray Nicholson
raynicholsonsreviews@hotmail.com
@ralannicholson
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The Circle (Full book): A Dark Psychological Thriller
The Circle (Full book): A Dark Psychological Thriller
Price: $2.99

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2.0 out of 5 stars "The Circle"... the Pros and Cons... 2 Stars, May 31, 2015
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"The Circle" is a modern day "A Dark Psychological Thriller' by author Mario Escobar with Gretchen Abernathy (translator).
This Kindle e-book was approximately 145 printed pages and sold for $2.99 at time of writing this review.

Please Note: I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

General Theme (minor spoilers)
This story takes place on Christmas eve in London (UK) as the city braces for the onslaught of a massive winter blizzard. Dr. Solomon Lewin, a world wearing and discouraged psychiatrist has just inherited a new patient, Maryam Batool, who's been held at the high security area of the local psych hospital for several years.
At home, just before the festive Xmas eve supper is about to be served he gets an emergency call from the her unit... something horrible has happen and he feels obligated to brave the storm and go back in and check on the situation. Little does he know but this decision will impact his world in ways he could not have possibly imagined.

N.B. As there was a translator converting Spanish to English I'll assume there might have been some subtle meanings and nuances lost in the conversion.

Some thoughts on "The Circle"...

The Pros:
1.) a well written and intriguing beginning (first third).

2.) fast paced... almost non-stop action once things start to unravel.

3.) after the amazing start the story began to lose its sense of realism and believability as details of Maryam's amnesia were discovered. (see impressions below)

4.) cover art... a stunning image; but it didn't correspond to any area in the book.

The Cons... (see impressions below)

Impressions: <spoilers>
After a beginning where I couldn't put the book down or turn the pages fast enough, this book started to lose some of its luster and appeal. At first, some discoveries were made and things happened that seemed unlikely, but I read on... giving the author the benefit of the doubt, especially after the fabulous beginning. However this trend to the unbelievable maintained its momentum through to the very end. From there, many happenings and discoveries seemed forced and contrived to fit into this increasingly unlikely and bizarre tale.

In addition, the final third of the book was filled with a degree of mindless slaughter that I've seldom encountered. If you like lots of over the top action and don't mind descriptions of brutality and gore, then you may like this tale. Just be prepared to suspend your sense of the probable and the plausible while reading the last half of this novel. This was a book where no one, absolutely no one was sacrosanct. Even G.R.R. Martin would have be stunned and taken aback at the casualty rate in this novel... lol.

I even began to wonder if this novel was written by two different people... one that could write and had some well developed story-telling skills; while the other seemed to pull increasingly questionable scenarios out of thin air and then incorporating them into this plot.

And finally, I guess as readers we've all encountered books that started well and then went on to disappoint. I went from where I couldn't wait to turn the page to where I couldn't wait to finish.

As it is... 2 Stars for the great start.

Ray Nicholson
raynicholsonsreviews@hotmail.com
@ralannicholson


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