Monthly Archives: July 2013

KM-Apparition – Michaelbrent Collings

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Title: Apparition

Author: Michaelbrent Collings

Series: No

Category: Drama / Action / Supernatural

Length: Approx. 425 pages

My Rating 9/10

 

Apparition is the story of two children, Ella and Matthew Wills, who face one of the most horrific instances that any child could ever fear to encounter. Their loving, normal, sane  mother, one night decides to attempt to kill both children, and gravely wounds the father in the process. They are attempting to move on, when the same horror faces them yet again. They seem to sense something strange in their new house, and a simmering anger boiling underneath the surface of their usually mild, adoring father.

What causes parents to kill their children? It’s an all-too-common occurrence, although it goes completely against human nature. Everyone knows a parent’s first instinct is to automatically protect their children, even above themselves, so what could possibly possess a mother or father to want to harm the ones they should treasure and protect above all others? Is there a gene, a level of insanity that they’re pushed to, or is it something worse…something that can’t be escaped?

Another outstanding novel by Michaelbrent Collings. I couldn’t put it down. I was gripped in the throes of horror, enchantment, and complete fascination through the entire thing. It was definitely a one day novel, since I couldn’t bring myself to put it down!

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KM-Forever After – David Jester

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Title: Forever After

Author: David Jester

Series: Yes

Category: Drama / Action / Supernatural

Length: Approx. 259 pages

My Rating 5/10

Forever After follows Michael Holland, a grim reaper, through his adventures in the drug ridden, prostitute-filled town of Brittleside. His roommate, a gross, ill-mannered, and yet somehow entertaining tooth fairy named Chip, along with their mutual friend Naff, who works in the records department of “purgatory” are chasing down a deranged demon who thinks he is Santa Claus. Several other adventures intertwine to form a decent read, from how Michael became a reaper, his first love in his new life, and the people who help him along the way.

For me, this book was somewhat disappointing. I felt as though the idea that David Jester had was brilliant, although the delivery was lacking. Jester often jumped from story line to story line within this book, and it was sometimes difficult to keep up with what was current and what was a flashback for Michael. It seemed a bit unorganized and spontaneous rather than well thought out. However, I found it just interesting enough that I will follow up on the sequels to see if (and hope) the story lines improve, because I felt like there was a great premise, good character development, just lacking in organization.

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KM-The Stranger (A Novella) – Chris Martin

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Title: The Stranger

Author: Chris Martin

Series: No

Category: Drama / Action / Psychological Thriller

Length: 76 pages

My Rating 8/10

In a small coastal town called Seal Bay, the residents are still emotionally recovering from a horrific incident where 6 innocent high school girls are murdered. Suddenly, the man charged, indicted, and had been serving 8 years for the crime, shows back up in town, dredging painful memories and shocking the residents. A slightly predictable ending, in my opinion, but nonetheless a nice, quick read.

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KM-The Loon – MichaelBrent Collings

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Title: The Loon

Author: MichaelBrent Collings

Series: No

Category: Drama / Fiction / Supernatural / Action / Thriller

Length: 374 pages

My Rating 9.5/10

The Crane Institue, a high security, isolated place for the most criminally insane, is often commonly referred to by staff as “The Loon”. There is a white out coming, a Montana storm that will knock out all communications, television, etc. The staff is preparing for a lockdown and putting their faith in a generator in case of power outage, which would back up the electromagnetic locks on the cells for 127 of the worlds most awful criminals. One of my favorite quotes,

“of the one hundred twenty-seven men at the end of this corridor,

one hundred twenty-six of them would be more than happy to pull your

eyes out with their fingers and eat them.”

“What about the last one?”

“If the others are evil, that one is the devil.”

The story follows the turmoils of Dr. Paul Wiseman’s past and the convergence of several lives who all end up, for one reason or another, taking shelter at the Loon at one of the most dangerous times in the history of the institute. While the doctor, the unexpected visitors, the guards, and staff fight to survive, there is unleashed a horror more awful than any of the inmates of the institute, and secrets unravel about the truth about what the owner, Dr. Crane, is really working towards by running the institute.

This was an amazing read, in my opinion. I was highly impressed, as I’ve never read anything by MichaelBrent Collings before, and had heretofore never even heard his name. However, just from reading this one novel, I have purchased several of his others, and am grouping him with The Greats (Stephen King & Dean Koontz). It seems as though my two authors to watch have become a trio!

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KM-Berserk – Tim Lebbon

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Title: Berserk

Author: Tim Lebbon

Series: No

Category: Drama / Fiction / Supernatural

Length: 337 pages

My Rating 7/10

As a first time reader of Tim Lebbon, I was cautious as always with a new author, unsure if I would like the writing style and story line. Not to mention that the Amazon description was pretty vague. I was pleasantly surprised.

You follow the main character, Tom, on his journey to find the grave of his ten-year-dead son, Steven. He was killed in an Army “training accident”. Little does Tom know, digging up old graves also digs up secrets, unknowns, and unimaginable horrors. Natasha is a character that, by human nature, you want to dislike, but you cannot  help but sympathize with the 10-year-old girl-turned-monster.

The action begins fairly quickly in, and it’s quite the thrill ride as you find out secrets that the British Royal Army attempted to cover up from a secret facility called Porton Down, and the horrors unleashed by digging up on single mass grave.

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