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Review: “The Black: Arrival,” Paul E. Cooley

Pros: LOTS of tension Cons: Still that one niggly lost plot thread… Rating: 4 out of 5 Paul E. Cooley’s The Black: Arrival (Volume 2) occurs semi-simultaneously with the original The Black. In that story, a sample barrel of the

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Review: “Final Scream,” David Brookover

Pros: The beginning, when things were still being newly discovered Cons: Go find a tabletop gaming rules lawyer to fix the gaping plot holes Rating: 2 out of 5 David Brookover’s Final Scream is about a TV reality show in

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Review: “Super Apex,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Good characters; fascinating story Cons: Could have used a little more clarity Rating: 4 out of 5 In Ike Hamill’s Super Apex, a boy (Zack) out hunting with his dad, gets separated… and hunted down. They were never seen

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Review: “The Black,” Paul E. Cooley

Pros: Good female character; fascinating backdrop; scary enemy Cons: That good ol’ “Chekhov’s Gun” problem Rating: 4 out of 5 In Paul E. Cooley’s The Black: A Deep Sea Thriller, a team with new and advanced equipment heads off to

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Review: “THEM Book Two: Counteraction,” M.D. Massey

Pros: Nice seeing trickery used instead of always brute force Cons: I want to understand the bad guys a bit more–especially the monsters Rating: 4 out of 5 PLEASE NOTE: It’s nearly impossible to write this review of “book two”

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Review: “THEM Book Zero: Invasion”, M.D. Massey

Pros: Some interesting new twists Cons: Definitely need to know more! Rating: 3 out of 5 I don’t know why I’m so hooked on zombie fiction and post-apocalyptic fiction right now. I guess I’m going through a phase. As you

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Review: “The House that Hell Built,” Shaw, Keane, Bray

Pros: Well, it is a horror novel, which was what I wanted to read at the time Cons: Time-bounced excessively; many misused words Rating: 2 out of 5 Shaw, Keane, and Bray’s The House That Hell Built is a moderately

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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: “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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