Review of Treed by Craig McGray

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McGray hacked open the pages of this short story, shoved in a load of gore and depravity, and sewed it up tight with the threads of freakin’ awesome.

Treed is a mini story with maximum punch. When a deal between two psychopaths goes sour, the deadly duo find themselves stuck in a twisted alliance and haunted by the same gruesome specter.   While in the forest attempting to cover up their latest despicable deed, the two men find that this time, they are not the ones creating the nightmares, but in fact they are forced to face the demons of their own.

This story took me about an hour to read.  It is well written, well thought out, and very descriptive.  It was gross, disturbing, and a little stomach turning–as it should be.  The dialogue was very nicely done and refreshingly foul, the story original, and I enjoyed the slight touch of humor here and there.

One line I particularly enjoyed was, “… moving her was like moving a plank of wood-a bloody, sticky plank.”  I have to admit, that gave me bit of a chuckle.

I’m looking forward to reading more of McGray’s work.  I have no trouble recommending this one.

I give this one 5 stars.

You can buy Treed at:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Learn more about Craig McGray at:  http://craigmmcgraywrites.blogspot.com/

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It grows within, each heartbeat feeds

Controlling thoughts, distorting needs

Sanity, the first it takes

The choice of will, the first it breaks

Digging in, it gains control

The parasite consumes your soul

-KRRowe

Review of Sam by Darlene Purcell

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Sam is a touching tale of love, compassion, deceit, and survival. Set in the old west, we meet Sam Johnson, a dying man, whose sedated thoughts take us back to relive his unusual life. Sometimes hilarious, and always heartwarming, we get a glimpse of his poor but happy childhood.

The story then shifts to Violet. Desperate, crying, and nowhere to go, Sam takes pity on her and offers her a job and a place to live. Although Sam is not a good-looking man and his hygiene is atrocious, eventually Violet falls in love with him—but the feeling isn’t mutual. In a selfish act of deceit and betrayal, Violet tricks Sam into marrying her, forever destroying their friendship.

About half way through the story, we find that Sam has a secret.

Take a peek and find out why Sam can never love Violet the way she truly wants to be loved. I really enjoyed reading Sam. It was a very well written novel and I found myself reading every chance I had.

Some of the dialogue was a little hard to understand but once I got accustomed to it, it was fine.

I do not hesitate in recommending this book. I loved it!

I give it a five star.

You can buy Sam at:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

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Review of Pilgrimage of Angels by Raymond Sardella and J.D. Rice

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The endless fields of heaven burned for days on end …

The first line of this book hooked me instantly.  After I finished the first chapter, I couldn’t stop reading.

The mixture of mythology and religion is ingenious.  The descriptive scenes are so nicely done that I felt like I actually woke in a field of new born Angels.  I could almost smell and feel the scorched lines of the earth as Hermes followed the smoking paths of the fell-beasts through the green fields of Heaven.  I felt Greagian’s pain from the loss of a friend in battle and his overwhelming emotion as he stood at the throne of our Father.

If the vivid descriptions are not enough, there is plenty of fast paced action and fighting to keep you occupied as you read.  This is a very nicely written book and I’m very impressed.  I do need to point out that this is not a religious book.

The only negative was that it ended, but it really hasn’t.

The war has only begun …

I give this one a 5 star.

You can find Pilgrimage of Angels at:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

You can find Raymond Sardella at:   http://raymondsardella.com/

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