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Review: “Black Out,” Lisa Unger

Pros: I can follow this one (mostly)! Fascinating characters Cons: PoV does weird stuff Rating: 4 out of 5 I recently read Lisa Unger’s Beautiful Lies and Sliver of Truth. The tales cavorted through a minefield of lies and deception

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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: “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: “A Time of Torment,” John Connolly

Pros: Wonderful characters; fascinating locale; I clearly need to read more about Charlie and his… associates Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 John Connolly’s A Time of Torment: A Charlie Parker Thriller is fantastic. It’s a comparatively long read,

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Review: “Sliver of Truth,” Lisa Unger

Pros: Continues Ridley’s story Cons: Too scattered and confusing; Breaks the fourth wall in odd places Rating: 3 out of 5 Lisa Unger’s Sliver of Truth (Ridley Jones) (also available in a set with three other novels: Four Thrillers by

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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 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,” 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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