Sunday, December 30, 2012

Black Sun Reich Book Review

Black Sun Reich: Part One of three in The Spear of Destiny, the first novel in a new steampunk, horror, alternate history, action-adventure series set in a 1920s where the Nazi’s have begun their subjugation of the world using the occult, advanced science, and a holy relic with awesome powers.
And don’t miss the other parts of this serialized novel - Part Two: Death’s Head Legion and Part Three: Shadows Will Fall.

Trey Garrison recaptures the unapologetic adventure, wonder and excitement of the classic pulp fiction of the 1930s and 1940s, blending elements of steampunk with deeply-researched historical fiction and a good dose of humor. The novel also explores major philosophical and moral issues relevant to our contemporary world: the trade-off between security and liberty, the morality of pre-emptive war, and what fundamentally separates good from evil.

The North American continent is made up of several rival nations, and a Cold War is building between them. The Nazis rose to power a decade earlier. People travel by airship and powerful organizations calculate with Babbage’s Difference Engine. The Nazis have hatched a plot to raise a legion of undead soldiers.

Enter Sean Fox Rucker, Jesus D’Anconia Lago, two Great War veterans and freelance pilots who are pulled into the quest. They are joined by a brash Greek merchant, a brilliant Jewish cowboy, and the woman who once broke Rucker’s heart. This ragtag band of reluctant, bickering, swashbuckling heroes soon is locked in a globe-spanning race against Nazi occultists, clockwork assassins, and a darkly charismatic commando. In a world where science and the supernatural co-exist, and the monsters of legend are as real necromancers who summon them from dark realms, our heroes alone stand before the rising darkness. But all their efforts may not be enough.

 My Review

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.  This was an amazing steampunk novel.  I love books like this, ones that have people hunting for some powerful ancient artifact.  Yes, this is like reading an Indiana Jones adventure mixed with a bit of horror.  It was a fun novel for me, I honestly couldn’t put it down down and it’s also a quick read.  If you like adventure, science fiction, or a mix of both genres, this is the book for you.  I can’t wait for book two to see what happens next!

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Mistaken Book Review

Tyler Karras is an honest man, a transplanted Brit living the American dream, but his charmed life takes an unexpected turn when his brother, Nick, is coerced into joining ranks with San Francisco’s Russian mafia.  Ty intervenes to secure Nick’s freedom, yet only succeeds in incurring their wrath.  With no choice but to accept Nick’s new life, Ty returns to his own, but his dreams are dashed when his wife—pregnant with their first child—is killed, the victim of a reckless crime. 

Despondent and bitter, Ty macerates his grief in alcohol.  From the depths of the bottle screams a voice, howling for vengeance.  His target is a stranger, the woman who drew his wife toward her death.  He doesn’t know her, but he’ll find her, and when he does, he will make her pay, for a deal has been struck with Nick’s Russian associates, enslaving her into a life of bondage.  But as Ty moves forward in a cloud of alcohol, he mistakes the wrong woman for his intended victim and now all his plans have gone straight to hell.

With his eyes made clear by the stark reality of his mistake, Ty is driven, compelled by remorse and a relentless sense of guilt to make amends and protect Hannah Maguire, the innocent woman whose life he has derailed.  He vows to keep her safe and out of the Russians’ hands, but they’re holding Nick as leverage to force Ty to complete their deal and turn over the girl.  Once again, he must fight to free his brother, miring all three lives in further jeopardy.  But Ty can’t do it all:  Save the girl, his brother and his own soul.  One of them must make the ultimate sacrifice.

My Review 

I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.  Tyler Karras, adjusts to being in America and begins living the “American Dream”.  Until his parents and his sister are tragically killed in a car accident, his brother Nick, who was driving the car survives but with injuries.  Riddled with guilt for forcing Nick to pick up the family from the airport knowing he was hung over and tired, Ty takes him in and stays by his side during every step of his recovery.  Nick drowns his guilt and grief with drugs and alcohol and Ty tells him it’s time to leave.  Shortly thereafter, Nick gets mixed up with the Russian mafia, unable to intervene, Ty focuses on Jillian, the love of his life.  Tragedy hits home once again when Ty loses his wife and unborn child.  Ty bent on vengeance makes a deal with the devil…The Russian mafia.  With a case of mistaken identity this story puts you on a suspenseful rollercoaster ride of a lifetime.  This book far surpassed my expectations.  I was also intrigued by the little twist in the end, it was an awesome book.  This was definitely one of my top ten best novels of 2012!
About the Author

Nancy Thompson makes her fiction debut with The Mistaken.  She is an interior designer and California transplant, currently living with her husband near Seattle, WA.   

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