The Jersey Devil by Hunter Shea-Book Review

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“If it can bleed, it can die.” ~The Jersey Devil by Hunter Shea

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I’ve read and reviewed a plethora of books, but not many make it to my blog.  Before I post one, I ask myself the following questions:

  1. Was the writing fantastic?
  2. Did the plot keep me excited and reading without skipping pages?
  3. If it is horror, did it make me turn on the lights?

If the answers are yes to all of these questions, I consider the book a 5 star novel, and The Jersey Devil is definitely one of those books.

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Old man Willet had a secret; a secret he and his family hid, and a secret they didn’t fully understand.  After years of lying dormant, The Jersey Devil decided to make a reappearance.  Sightings became more frequent and turning violent where they hadn’t  before.  Somehow tied to this creature, the Willet family, along with cryptozoologist Norm Cranston,  set out to find the Devil with the intent to destroy him, and hopefully sever all ties with the monster.  Read to find out if the Willets succeed, or if the Jersey Devil lives to terrorize another day.

I’ve been looking for a great horror book and definitely found it in this one.  The Jersey Devil kept me awake every night reading in the dark, sometimes forcing me to get up and roam through the house turning on the lights.  It did what I’d hoped.  It kept me up, made me paranoid, and afraid to turn out the lights.  Great work Mr. Shea!

I give this one 5 stars!

 

 

Review of Waking Wolfe by S.L. Shelton

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I picked up this book a while back and I am so glad I did.  It didn’t take me very long to figure out why it’s a best seller.  It really is an awesome novel.

Scott Wolfe, a computer geek, security specialist and average Joe, finds himself knee deep in a quagmire of kidnapping, organized crime, murder, and international espionage when his ex-girlfriend is kidnapped abroad.  Instead of fiddle-farting around and waiting for the CIA to find her, Scott Wolfe avoids them altogether, and with the help of some old friends and a gorgeous new friend, he sets out to find her himself.

Will he succeed?

This book rolls like a locomotive.  Once it gets moving, it’s fast and non stop and all you can do is hold on and enjoy the ride.  I loved the detail Shelton put into this story and am very impressed with his computer, military, and geographical knowledge.  All of these things along with the ability to weave a fantastic plot, enhance the story and make this book a great thriller.

The characters feel real and are well developed, even the mysterious heroine.

The switch from first person to third person is difficult to pull off, but it worked quite well for this story and the author did a fantastic job.   I really enjoyed this book and plan to continue reading the series to find out what happens next.

Overall, Waking Wolfe is my top read of 2015.

I give this one 5 stars!

You can learn more about S.L. Sheldon on his blog.

You can also find his books on his Amazon author page.

Twitter:  @SLShelton

Happy Reading!

K.R. Rowe

KRRowe.com

Review of Deadfall Lane by Israel Finn

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In a rage, Pete Denning commits an unspeakable act while in a desperate attempt to keep that which he loves –his son. But eliminating his problem doesn’t solve anything. It only breeds and nurtures his worst nightmare.

I’ve read Deadfall Lane twice and yes, it is that good.   It is a very short story that took me only about twenty minutes to read.

Finn weaves a chilling and gripping tale that left me thinking about it long after I finished reading it. This story has it all: love, hate, rejection, betrayal, murder and a deep, heavy creep factor to hold it all together.

Finn is an excellent author and I’ve read a few of his other stories, such as No Such Thing as Monsters and Stones. All are beautifully written and I recommend any one of Israel Finn stories.  If you have a few spare moments and want to fill them with something great to read, grab one.

Deadfall Lane gets 5 stars.

You can find all of Israel Finn books on his author page at Amazon.

Learn more about Israel Finn by following his website Israel Finn.com and follow him on twitter @Israel_Finn

Israel Finn

Israel Finn  is a horror, dark fantasy, and speculative fiction writer, and a winner of the 80th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Story Competition. He’s had a life-long love affair with books, and was weaned on authors like Kurt Vonnegut, Ray Bradbury, Richard Matheson, Arthur C. Clarke and H.G. Wells. Books were always strewn everywhere about the big white house in Indiana where he grew up. He loves literary works (Dickens and Twain, for instance), but his main fascination lies in the fantastic and the macabre, probably because he was so heavily exposed to it early on.

Later he discovered Robert McCammon, Dean Koontz, F. Paul Wilson, Dan Simmons, Ramsey Campbell, and (God help us, everyone) Stephen Edwin King, as well as several others, and the die was indelibly cast.

Right now he lives with his wife in southern California.