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Review: “The City of Mirrors,” Justin Cronin

Pros: The worldbuilding and characterization are wonderful Cons: Pacing suffers Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Justin Cronin’s The City of Mirrors: A Novel (Passage Trilogy) is the sequel to The Passage and The Twelve. In book one, scientists created a

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Review: “The Twelve,” Justin Cronin

Pros: Such an intricate world Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Justin Cronin’s The Twelve (Book Two of The Passage Trilogy): A Novel picks up five years after the end of The Passage, in 97 A.V. Amy, Alicia, and

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Review: “The Passage,” Justin Cronin

Pros: LONG and fascinating tale Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Justin Cronin’s The Passage: A Novel (Book One of The Passage Trilogy) covers a lot of genre background, from paranormal to horror, sci-fi to bio-thriller, apocalyptic to post-apocalyptic.

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Review: “The Cyanide Process,” Jennifer Rahn

Pros: Interesting worldbuilding; some good characters Cons: Boring in places Rating: 3 out of 5 Jennifer Rahn’s The Cyanide Process is about genetics researcher Gina Delgado, who has been disgraced and sent to work on a mining colony. Her new

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Review: “Kingdom of Needle and Bone,” Mira Grant

Pros: Wonderful plot and characters Cons: Some readers will feel preached at Rating: 4 out of 5 Mira Grant’s novella Kingdom of Needle and Bone introduces us to eight-year-old Lisa Morris, who has gone to a theme park with her

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Review: “Year One,” Nora Roberts

Pros: Combines several now-popular end-days structures and takes them further Cons: Jonah should have seen an attack coming Rating: 5 out of 5 When Ross MacLeod pulled the trigger and brought down the pheasant, he had no way of knowing

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Short Take: “Last Another Day,” Baileigh Higgins

Pros: New venue; decent characters; good writing Cons: It’s good but not great Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Baileigh Higgins’s Last Another Day (Dangerous Days – Zombie Apocalypse Book 1) stands out among the other Kindle Unlimited zombie firsts I’ve

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Short Take: “Outbreak,” Joshua C. Chadd

Pros: There is an audience for this; some good action scenes Cons: Everything else Rating: 2 out of 5 Joshua Chadd’s Outbreak (The Brother’s Creed) (Volume 1) exists to please a very specific kind of audience, and that audience has

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Review: “Bag Men,” Jackson and Traas

Pros: I like the variation in virus mutation; I also like one of the two PoV characters Cons: Weird setup Rating: 2 out of 5 Silas Jackson and J.R. Traas’s Bag Men is a zombie apocalypse novel that is kinda-sorta

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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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