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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: “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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Short Take: “Beneath the Cut,” Ike Hamill

Pros: Loved this tale. Plenty of mystery and strangeness Cons: Not everyone will want the murky turn into what is death? Rating: 5 out of 5 Beneath the Cut measured up to what I expect from Ike Hamill at this

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Review: “Monsterland,” Michael Phillip Cash

Pros: Fascinating concept Cons: Some definite plot holes Rating: 2.5 out of 5 In Michael Phillip Cash’s Monsterland the tone of the tale starts out… overwrought. Purple. Melodramatic. Thankfully this improved over the course of the story. The melodrama is

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Review: “Deadline,” Mira Grant

Pros: In love with this series Cons: … Rating: 5 out of 5 In Mira Grant’s (Seanan McGuire’s) Newsflesh series, Deadline (Book two of Newsflesh) the Zombie apocalypse has changed the world–although not entirely in ways you might assume. What’s

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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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