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Review: “Devour,” R.L. Blalock

Pros: Likable characters that you come to care about; plenty of variety in action Cons: I probably would have shifted some of the end elements around. Maybe. Rating: 4 out of 5 R.L. Blalock’s Devour (Death & Decay) (Volume 1)

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Review: “Harvest of Ruin,” Arthur Mongelli

Pros: Plenty of survivalism to track Cons: Unlikable characters; plodding pace; repetitive TV style Rating: 2 out of 5 Harvest Of Ruin: A Zombie Novel is another entry (by Arthur Mongelli) that focuses on survival and survivalism more than the

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Review: “Side Effects: Book One: First Days,” Dusti Dawn Rose

Pros: Detailed prepper/survivalist tale Cons: Rough; slow; sometimes confusing or inconsistent Rating: 3 out of 5 Side Effects: Book One: First Days (Volume 1), by Dusti Dawn Rose, tells the tale of Em and Drew, along with Em’s roommate Anna,

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Review: “Earth Alone,” Daniel Aronson

Pros: Interesting start to a military sf story Cons: One big plot hole Rating: 3 out of 5 Daniel Aronson’s Earth Alone: Earthrise Book 1 depicts a dystopian future in which huge centipede-like aliens regularly try to invade earth. They

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Review: “Wired,” Douglas E. Richards

Pros: An interesting take on high intelligence Cons: Some of the hammered-in details weren’t ones I could agree with Rating: 4 out of 5 Wired is the first book in a series by Douglas E. Richards. In it, Kira, a

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Short Take: “Black and Blue,” James Patterson, Candice Fox

Pros: Decent detective story Cons: A lot of unlikable characters Rating: 3 out of 5 James Patterson and Candice Fox are the authors of Black & Blue (BookShots). The “BookShots” indicator means this is a novella, a short book meant

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Review: “Trapped,” Douglas E. Richards

Pros: I think it works as a children’s book Cons: Oops, didn’t see that it was a children’s book… Rating: 4 out of 5 I started reading Douglas E. Richards’ The Prometheus Project: Trapped (Volume 1) because I’d been intrigued

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Short Take: “Cross Kill,” James Patterson

Pros: I do like crime dramas Cons: But maybe not this one Rating: 2 out of 5 James Patterson’s Cross Kill: An Alex Cross Story (BookShots) has Alex Cross and his partner, John, helping with a before-school meals program; they’re

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Short Take: “Come and Get Us,” James Patterson and Shan Serafin

Pros: LOVE the main character’s narrative voice Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 “Bookshot.” What a great name for a type of book short enough to be downed in one quick shot, just like whiskey (especially in a season

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Short Take: “The Apocalypse Hive: Episode 2: The Armageddon Thrones: Season 1,” Sam Witt

Pros: I do have a soft spot for bio-thriller/horror Cons: The series is awfully bumpy so far Rating: 3 out of 5 Sam Witt’s The Apocalypse Hive: Episode 2: The Armageddon Thrones: Season 1 feels like a game of air

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