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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: “Counterpart,” Hayley Stone

Pros: Interesting world-building Cons: Still want more info on the difference in machines’ behavior, etc. Rating: 3.5 out of 5 In Stone’s Machinations, we discovered a world in which the robots we built are amassing against us. Now, in Counterpart,

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Review: “THEM: Gabby’s Run,” M.D. Massey

Pros: As a short story, it’s good Cons: … Rating: 4 out of 5 M.D. Massey’s THEM Gabby’s Run: A Them Paranormal Post-Apocalyptic Novel (Volume 4) is ‘volume four’ of the THEM series by publication order, but this short story

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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 One: Incursion”, M.D. Massey

Pros: New players in the game; gradual dissemination of more info Cons: Still need to know more! Rating: 4 out of 5 PLEASE NOTE: It’s nearly impossible to write this review of book one without giving away points from book

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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 Last One,” Alexandra Oliva

Pros: This is a debut novel?! Wow! Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 Getting books for review is a gamble–you never know whether you’ll be reading crud or a literary diamond. Most books fall into the middle ground, but

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Review: “Threshold,” Jeff Olah

Pros: A few neat details Cons: Stilted and inconsistent delivery Rating: 2 out of 5 I’ve developed a weird fascination with post-apocalypse or prepper fiction, particularly with a biotech twist. This means I read a lot of bad–and some good–zombie

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