Book Review: Relic by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

This book is the first of the Pendergast series, and it was initially published in 1995 by Tor Books. According to several sources, this book has sold over a million copies to date.

This book isn’t just about Special Agent AXL Pendergast of the FBI New Orleans Office. There’s a small cast including a Journalist for the Times, a graduate student working at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, and several others. I especially like Lieutenant Vincent “Vinny” D’Agosta of the NYPD and the very interesting Pendergast.

The story is about an ill fated expedition into the rain forests of the Amazon Basin where one of the researchers was looking for a tribe said not to exist. Finding signs of them, he and several of his party members followed the signs and, things didn’t go as planned.

Fast forwarding to the present, the American Museum of Natural History is preparing for a huge exhibit called “Superstition” to open in grand style. Unfortunately, two young boys are found dead in one of the many stairwells in the museum, and the place is locked down by Lt. D’Agosta. Not long after, a very singular man appears dressed in a black suit, and he eventually introduces himself as Special Agent Pendergast of the FBI.

With a distinctly Southern accent and gentlemanly manners more suited for the late 1800s than for modern New York, Pendergast is interesting, amusing and irritating in turns – both to the reader and to his fellow cast in the story.

“You see, when someone says “it’s impossible,’ I have this very bad habit, I can’t help myself, I immediately contradict that person in the most positive terms possible. A very bad habit, but one that I find hard to break.” – Special Agent Pendergast The Relic.

I won’t spoil the book for you – I have better manners than that. I do recommend this book highly, and I ask that you don’t take my word for it. Check the book out at the library or find a copy cheap at a thrift store(you can always donate it back or give it away later) and read it for yourself.

This is a well paced story with the right blend of thriller, horror and murder mystery with some history thrown in to spice things up a bit. The cast of characters have their own little side stories as well, and I think this adds to the story rather than detracting as many critics have claimed. There is a reason for all the little side trips, but I’ll leave that for you to figure out for yourself.

I give this a 5 out of a 5 rating.

Also, this book is available in all forms including audiobook so I hope you find a way to enjoy it.

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EBook Review: The Moonlight Hauntings: A Riveting Haunted House Mystery Boxset by Mason Dean

The Moonlight Hauntings: A Riveting Haunted House Mystery Boxset

I’ve only had a chance to read the first book in this set which is all about Gabbington Mansion in Glenmont Maine, and I can’t wait to read the rest.

I think this story is really great, but it did seem a bit pat in places. I did like the mystery and suspense of finding out who the killer was. The ghosts weren’t spooky, but I guess I’ve watched too many horror movies as well as “reality” ghost hunting shows because they weren’t all that interesting either.

It was a nice story thought, and I am eager to read the next story in the set all about Quenby Mansion in Georgia.

I do recommend this if you’re looking for a light read. Don’t take my word for it, check it out yourself on Amazon!!

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Gotham Ghosts – Audio Book Review

This story was written by Craig Schaefer, and the audio book was narrated by Susannah Jones. It was originally released in April 2019.

I got the book because I thought it was going to be a really good ghost story, and I didn’t stop to read the description. It wasn’t what I thought it was, but I’m glad I didn’t read the description before I bought it. If I had, I would have missed out on a really good story.

This is a story about Lionel Page, a reporter who makes a living debunking everything from faith healers to pet psychics, and he has no limits to how far he’ll go to get the story. He gets a tip from a mysterious woman named Regina Dunkle about a supposed lost manuscript written by Edgar Allen Poe. Is it real, or is it fake? Regina will pay Lionel to find out, and he gets the scoop no matter which way it goes.

Madison Hannah is also on the hunt for the manuscript, and she finds Lionel a willing partner, once she decides not to kill him.

This book is a supernatural thriller with a thread of romance woven through it. It’s done tastefully and feels almost natural. This is a welcome change from the blatant, in-your-face romance a lot of books are full of these days. Even when it doesn’t really fit the plot of the story, authors seem to think romance should be in there somewhere. In this story, the pair becoming a couple seems to be a natural thing and doesn’t interfere with the rest of the story.

I really enjoyed it, and I recommend it to anyone who likes stories with magic, mystery and a bit of romance thrown in. Warning: there are some death scenes a sensitive person might not want to hear about. I’m a horror far so, it didn’t bother me.

As always, don’t take my word for it, give the story a listen. I am on the hunt for the written book to add to my library.

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Maximum Ride – Movie Review

Released in 2016 by Paramount Pictures and now available on Amazon. Films stars Allie Marie Evans as Max, Patrick Johnson as Fang, Lyliana Wray as Angel, Gavin Lewis as Gazzy, Tetona Jackson as Nudge, Zayne Emory as Iggy, and Luke Gregory Crosby as Ari.

This movie is supposed to be based on a series of books about a group of human/avian hybrids created in a lab who were removed from the lab when they were all very little and are now trying to make their way in the world without being captured and returned to the lab.

Right off the bat, the film differed from the book. Max has breasts. She’s not supposed to have breasts as she oviparous, and in the book she has a breast bone, not breasts. All they had to do was bind the actress or give her some to wear to cover it up. It’s not a small issue – it’s part of the Max character.

Iggy is blind, but he’s not skinny like he is in the book. He’s built. He makes for nice eye candy for the younger generation, but he doesn’t fit the character. His thinness is talked about in the series to some extent and while it’s not a health/performance issue, it does add to the fact he’s a bird person.

The rest of the cast is pretty decent though I don’t remember Gazzy being so into bombs.

A major thing is none of them have visible wings!! In the books, their wings are on the outside, part of their skeleton! They can’t pull them in, and Iggy actually wears an overcoat(missing in the movie) to cover his. This last part might be a misremembrance on my part – please correct me if I’m wrong. I am not wrong about them never pulling their wings into their bodies or having weird slits in their backs for their wings to come out of.

What made me stop watching not even a third way through the film was when Max’s wings emerged. They were tiny!!! Not only than, they weren’t even proper wings! In the book series, the wings are huge with the kids’ having around a 6 foot wingspan each! On the younger kids this is most likely smaller, but the older ones would have wings this size. The fact these wings were so ridiculous and unrealistic was a slap in the face, I think.

The fight scene that followed right after was sheer stupidity with the stop action I couldn’t watch a second more. Yes, it was 2016, but we had some kick ass movies come out that year:

  1. Captain America: Civil War
  2. Rogue One
  3. Deadpool

That’s just three, but they all had great fight scenes! Paramount should be ashamed of themselves for turning a great series into a crap film.

I don’t recommend watching this movie. Read the books by James Patterson instead, you’ll like them a great deal more. Of course, you don’t have to take my word for it, I’d never tell you what to do. I can only offer my opinion. Check out the movie, and the books, if you like and please, if you do, feel free to share. I’d love to hear what you think.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

Book Review: The Blackstone Chronicles by John Saul

Published in 1997 by Random House Publishing Group. this is the complete six part series based on the fictional city of Blackstone as imagine by John Saul. This is a horror series so be warned.

While Stephen King is my favorite horror writer, I like John Saul as well. He slowly builds up the horror using things like dolls and handkerchiefs to scare the pants off the reader. This use of the mundane is very like King and thus, helps to sell the scare.

While I like the plots, and the stories in general, his writing style is awkward reading for me. He mixes action in with his dialogue, often burying dialogue in a short action scene. I find this makes the flow jerk a bit, but that’s just me.

So, here are the short stories in this series, all in one convenient book:

Part 1 An Eye For an Eye: The Doll

This is pretty self explanatory – it’s about a cursed doll. It’s a lot like Annabell, and it’s a girl doll. While not quite original, the way the characters react to the doll as well as the actions of the doll itself make this story unique and quite creepy.

Part 2 Twist of Fate: The Locket

This is a heart shaped locket like one used to give to daughters and girl friends. It opens, and you could put something inside like a picture or a lock of hair. The one in the story has a lock of hair in it. I won’t spoil the story for you, but it made me rethink wearing any type of jewelry for a while.

Part 3 Ashes to Ashes: The Dragon’s Flame

This one is about a lighter that was shaped like a dragon’s head. The story is a bit gruesome so fair warning!

Part 4 In the Shadow of Evil: The Handkerchief

This is another one that’s self explanatory. I can’t say much more without spoiling the story.

Part 5 Day of Reckoning: The Stereoscope

A stereoscope is like a ViewMaster but much, much older. It uses two pictures of the same scene only slightly different which, when you look at them together through the scope, makes the picture look 3D. It came to being about 1830-40,and it was made to be a toy, to amuse people – like the ViewMaster. In the story however, it’s not that amusing.

Part 6 Asylum

This is where all the things in the other stories had come from, where their evil had been born. This asylum was back in the 1940s or therebouts, and it wasn’t the nicest place in the world to be committed to. I can’t say much else, but I’m sure you’ve seen enough horror movies about asylums to know how this series is going to culminate and end.

I recommend you read this book. I enjoyed it myself, but not everyone likes the same things I do. If you do read the book, let me know. I’d like to talk to someone about it.

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Book Review: Shadows in Death – J.D. Robb

Copyright 2020

Published in the U.S. by St. Martin’s Paperbacks an imprint of St. Martin’s Publishing Group

This is the latest title in the series starring Lieutenant Eve Dallas, her partner, Detective Delia Peabody, and Civilian Consultant(aka Hubby) Roarke. Secondary characters who have helped round out the series and make it even more relatable include Peabody’s beau, Detective Ian McNabb, EDD lead Captain Ryan Feeney, Mavis Freestone, Nadine Furst, Dr. Charlotte Mira, Chief Medical Officer Morris, Lawrence Charles Summerset, and Galahad.

This novel is as action packed and suspenseful as all the rest in the series. Robb keeps death and sex scenes minimal yet impactful so those who are easily triggered may take care just in case. Keeping the blood and gore details just to what is needed to make the scenes believable is a nice change from a lot of books in this same genre. Romance is part and parcel with this series and allows the reader some breathing room while showing the softer side of the main characters, especially Eve. It makes them more relatable. Sex scenes are not graphic and are described with a romantic tinge rather than a carnal one.

J.D. Robb weaves her way through a plot from start to finish with flare, throwing in a twist here and there. She keeps the energy up where it’s needed and slows things down a bit where it makes sense so there’s no jarring. There’s no filler or fluff just to fill pages, every scene has a purpose – to further the story.

Eve Dallas open the story investigating a murder that happens as she’s out with her husband, Roarke. Roarke, a former criminal, sees someone from his past, a murderer nicknamed Blade, in the crowd surrounding the murder scene. Blade had been a bane of Roarke’s existence while Roarke had lived in Europe to the point of attempting to kill Roarke twice. Linked to hundreds of crimes in Europe but never caught, Blade has come to the States to try yet again to end the other man’s life while getting away with a murder for hire plot – or so he thinks.

He hasn’t taken into account Lieutenant Eve Dallas being assigned the case, as well as being the wife of Roarke. Both make her a more than formidable foe, and with her team fully behind her from the Police Chief on down, it’s only a matter of time before Blade is in a cage.

I really enjoyed this novel, and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes murder mysteries.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

Golden Knave Update: Vice’s Story is Done!!

Yep, I’ve finally finished the second draft of Vice’s story. It ended up being oonnly about 30,000 words, but that’s okay. I can now begin the end when both characters’ stories merge. I am a bit scared now because I’m completely rewriting the original ending. I just didn’t like it so, I’m changing it.

Wish me luck and lollipops with this part because I’m going to need it!! I plan for it to be at least 20,000 words too so I really need to think out the scenes and keep the ball rolling so you’ll want to read the my next book: Ebon Angel.

I’ll keep you posted on when the second draft is done and then, I’ll need to type it up and get it to Beta Readers. If you’d like to be a Beta Reader, let me know! The more, the merrier!!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Rare Edition of Crimson Knight – Get Yours NOW!

That’s right, the current edition of Crimson Knight, my first published fantasy novel is rare, and you really need to get yours right now.


Currently, Crimson Knight has formatting issues. The edition being released on Valentine’s Day will be the corrected version. This means the current edition will never be available from me or my publisher. It won’t exist except for those fortunate enough to have bought one. This will make it ideal for the book collector as well as the book fan.

You can get your copy on Amazon: Crimson Knight

Be sure to post a review as well as I could really use the feedback!

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Audiobook Review – Serpentine by Laurell K. Hamilton

This book was released in all forms in 2020. It was written by Laurell K. Hamilton and narrated by Kimberly Alexis. This is the first audiobook I’ve listened to by both women.

Laurell K. Hamilton writes thrilling whodunits with an erotic supernatural twist. Anita Blake is a Marshall with the Preternatural Branch and engaged to be married to three men. She also raises zombies for a living though it’s been a while since she’s actually done that.

In this story, it’s another marshall, Marshall Ted Forrester better known to Anita as Ed, who is the one getting married. As best man, she’s in charge of the bachelor party and securing the location for the wedding. Things go awry when the other guests have issues with some of the preternatural wedding guests. Just when things couldn’t get any worse, a shifter unlike anything Anita has ever seen starts abducting young women.

It’s a fantastic story that my recap can’t begin to properly describe. I have been an avid fan of Laurell K Hamilton’s writing and recommend her with five gold stars. As for the narrator, I think she did a fine job even with the male voices. I think, however, I won’t be getting any more audiobook versions of Hamilton’s work – I enjoy actually reading a book.

Still, don’t take my word for it, try it out yourself! Serpentine by Laurell K. Hamilton

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30 Days of Golden Knave – Day 28 – Finished!!

Yes, FINISHED!! The entire piece is done!! I did another big push and got the final scenes done!! I’ll compile the entire thing into a word doc.file so it can be shared and then, after the new year, I’ll send it out to Beta readers.

I’m happy I’ve gotten this draft done finally! It seemed to take me forever, and it did take me almost two years. I didn’t realize I’d taken so long until it was done, but I did. I would like to have it published by my birthday in 2021, but that will depend on the Beta readers so, we’ll see.

Ebon Angel will not begin right away. I am putting the finishing touches on my supernatural thriller, The Between, and it should be published in February 2021. Once it’done, I’ll be back to work on Golden Knave, or hope to be. I don’t foresee starting on Ebon Angel until June 2021, at the earliest.

I’m also planning to rerelease Blood of a Friend, but it’s going to need some reworking first so it won’t be coming back out until late 2021 to early 2022.

Time to start compiling!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!