Book Review; The Minders- John Marrs

Five strangers guard our secrets, only four can be trusted.

Page Count 433

Publication date September 2020

Publisher Del Rey

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Synopsis

Everyone has secrets. They know yours…

In the 21st century information is king. But computers can be hacked, files can be broken into. So a unique government initiative has been borne. Five ordinary people have been selected to become the latest weapon in thwarting cyber terrorism. A revolutionary medical procedure has turned them into the ultimate secret keepers – the country’s most secretive information has been taken offline and turned into genetic code implanted inside their heads.

Together, the five know every secret – the truth behind every Government lie, conspiracy theory and cover up. Only somebody has discovered who the secret keepers are. And one by one, they are being hunted down..

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Mini Book Review; Burning Roses- S.L Huang

Page Count 156

Publication date September 2020

Publisher Macmillian/Tor

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Synopsis

When Rosa (aka Red Riding Hood) and Hou Yi the Archer join forces to stop the deadly sunbirds from ravaging the countryside, their quest will take the two women, now blessed and burdened with the hindsight of middle age, into a reckoning of sacrifices made and mistakes mourned, of choices and family and the quest for immortality.

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Book Review; Mondo Crimson- Andrew Post

Blood full of adrenaline, that’s worth killing for.

Publisher: Flame Tree Press

Publication date: November 2020

Page Count: 304

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Synopsis

When Melanie, a car thief, is sent to find a certain vehicle only to discover it’s owned by dangerous hit-woman, Brenda, the two begin to wonder if their fateful encounter wasn’t just pure coincidence. It turns out they both work for a man named Felix Eberhart, who may or may not have had the hopes that Melanie and Brenda opened fire the second they laid eyes on each other. Melanie learns that Felix’s network of car thieves, fixers, and drug runners have all been set against one another. But why? Business was going so well..
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Review

As with his previous novel Chop Shop, Post doesn’t hold back when it comes to violence. Ideal for those that like to hear the bones crack in their horror movies, he paints a stunningly accurate picture of blood and gore inflicted by humans, on humans.
No fanciful terms or metaphors to soften the blow, just a second by second account of a man sifting his wife’s brains through his fingers.
If you have a sensitive stomach you won’t make it far in Mondo Crimson.
I for one LOVED it.

Its easy to believe the characters Post creates. Dragged into the most dangerous parts of the criminal world through pure desperation. His horrors are human and though we may not see anything quite like this in our real lives, you don’t have to look far to see people like this exist all over the world.

What I really enjoy is the way he can make you almost empathise if not sympathise with the predicament his characters are in. You understand how and why they came to this life and the futility of it all.
For Mel a few poor financial choices and she’s trapped by debt.
Brenda was more complicated, her enjoyment of killing versus the pure love for her husband and children made it a fascinating read.
Merritt is the ever present insidious creep, the mentally disturbed man child with the overbearing mother we expect to find in such tales.
I was also thrilled to discover Amber resurfaces from Post’s previous novel Chop Shop, I love when authors tie their work together in this way.

Each character was drawn into Felix’ criminal network for differing reasons but all will end up in the same predicament once his deadly game of dominos begins… just wait til you find out what ‘Mondo Crimson’ really means!

The synopsis doesn’t do justice to Mondo Crimson, prepare yourself for an insane and gloriously barbaric ride!

Massive thanks to Flame Tree Press once again.

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Book Review; The Nesting- C J Cooke

Lexi knows she needs to protect the children in her care.
But protect them from what?

Page Count 400

Publication date September 2020/ Publisher Harper Collins

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Synopsis

It was like something out of a fairytale…

The grieving widower.
The motherless daughters.
A beautiful house in the woods.
And a nanny come to save the day.

So what if Lexi isn’t telling the truth about who she is? Escaping to the remote snows of Norway was her lifeline. And all she wanted was to be a part of their lives.

But soon, isolated in that cold, creaking house in the middle of ancient, whispering woods, Lexi’s fairytale starts to turn into a nightmare.

With darkness creeping in from the outside, Lexi’s fears are deepening. Lexi knows she needs to protect the children in her care.

But protect them from what?
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Blog Tour; After Sundown- Mark Morris@ Flame Tree Press

Publication date Oct 2020/ Publisher FlameTree Press

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This new anthology contains 20 original horror stories, 16 of which have been commissioned from some of the top names in the genre, and 4 of which have been selected from the 100s of stories sent to Flame Tree during a 2-week open submissions window. It is the first of what will hopefully become an annual, non-themed horror anthology of entirely original stories, showcasing the very best short fiction that the genre has to offer.
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