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Short Take: “The Demon and the Witch,” Charles E. Gray

Pros: Interesting haunting tale Cons: Chidren’s dialogue Rating: 3 out of 5 Charles E. Gray’s The Demon and the Witch (Guardians Book 1) pits a young woman named Tara and a 15-year-old Michael against not just a magical enemy, but

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Review: “The River Is Dark”, Joe Hart

Pros: Great plot Cons: Some stereotypes Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Joe Hart’s The River Is Dark (A Liam Dempsey Thriller) definitely makes me want to read more of his work. In this volume, Liam Dempsey, who used to be

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Review: “Beautiful Lies,” Lisa Unger

Pros: Riveting, complex Cons: Breaks the fourth wall in odd places Rating: 4 out of 5 Lisa Unger’s Beautiful Lies (Ridley Jones) (also available in a set with three other novels: Four Thrillers by Lisa Unger) is a thriller about

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Review: “My Dead World,” Jacqueline Druga

Pros: Finally, a zombie story with some differences Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Zombie and survivalism tales such as Jacqueline Druga’s My Dead World are becoming more and more ubiquitous. I’ve see a number of zombie tales that

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Review: “Adrift Two: Sundown,” K.R. Griffiths

Pros: Interesting group of characters; fascinating developments Cons: There seems to be a big ol’ plot hole hanging out in the parlor Rating: 4 out of 5 Please NOTE: I can’t describe the setup for book two without dropping spoilers

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Review: “Adrift,” K.R. Griffiths

Pros: Fascinating premise Cons: An 80s depiction of military Rating: 4 out of 5 K.R. Griffiths’s Adrift (the first book in the Adrift series) is quite good. I wasn’t as fond of his Wildfire series, but I expect I’ll read

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Review: “Machinations,” Hayley Stone

Pros: Fantastic worldbuilding and wonderful characters! Cons: I need to understand more about the machines Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Hayley Stone’s Machinations brings us into the world of a robot apocalypse. While there are traces of the Terminator story

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Review: “Little Killers A to Z,” Howard Odentz

Pros: So much wonderful variety! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 When I saw the concept of Howard Odentz’s Little Killers A-Z: An Alphabet of Horror, I was thrilled. Of course my mind immediately went to Edward Gorey, and

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Short Take: “The Dunewalkers,” Ron Ripley

Pros: Interesting new themes Cons: Weird that Paul showed up at a new place Rating: 4 out of 5 Ron Ripley’s The Dunewalkers is book two in his Moving In series. (Here’s my review of book one, Moving In.) In

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Review: “Cold,” by John Sweeney

Pros: Came together very well Cons: Starts out a bit confusing; why is Joe so dense about Reilly? Rating: 4 out of 5 John Sweeney’s Cold (A Joe Tiplady Thriller) started out with enough plot threads and parallel subplots that

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