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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Episodes Of Violence by David Bernstein [4 stars]




From the Description
 
Amber had been looking forward to college life. She loved high school and was certain college would be even better, especially since she pledged one of the sororities on campus. At least that was what she thought, until one night her soul was fractured and darkness awoke within her.
Unable to cope, she returns home hoping to heal. Unfortunately, her hometown is wrought with brutal violence. People are being slaughtered in random fashion. The police are clueless. Despite the surrounding chaos, she is still determined to thrive.
However, when the violence shows up at her front door and rips her life apart, she realizes that the darkness within her is the only thing that will keep her sane and alive.
From the storyteller mastermind David Bernstein, author of Witch Island and A Mixed Bag of Blood, comes one of his most gut-wrenching tales yet. You might not sleep after this one.
Publication Date: October 15, 2017
Publisher: Sinister Grin Press
Publication Length: 278 pages
 
I received a free copy of this book as part of the Episodes of Violence publicity tour, hosted by the wonderful Erin Al-Mehari over at Hookof a Book Media & Publicity and Sinister Grin Press. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel. I did not receive any form of compensation for my review. Follow along the tour with these hashtags: #EpisodesOfViolence  #SinisterGrinPress
 
 
 
Episodes of Violence starts out with a bang and never lets up. Consider this review a warning to those of a more delicate nature, this one isn’t for the squeamish. But if you’re anything like me, you won’t be able to put this fast paced book down until you turn the last page. I found it a bit disconcerting to sympathize with Sage, Daemon, and Bobby. It’s always weird for me to identify with the ‘Bad Guys’. Amber’s story is heartbreaking and far too common in the world today. When these characters finally come together the action is explosive. I highly recommend this gripping 4 star read.
 
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About the Author
 
 
 
David Bernstein is originally from a small town in Upstate New York called Salisbury Mills. He now resides in NYC and misses being surrounded by chainsaw-wielding maniacs and wild backwoods people that like to eat raw human flesh. He’s grown used to the city, though hiding bodies is much harder there. He is the author of Amongst the Dead, Damaged Souls, The Tree Man, Witch Island, Relic of Death, Apartment 7C and the forthcoming Episodes of Violence. David writes all kinds of horror, from hair-raising ghost stories to gore-filled slashers and apocalyptic tales of terror. He loves hearing from his readers. You can find him at his WEBSITE, email him at dbern77@hotmail.com , or find him on Facebook, Twitter, and GoodReads.
 
Praise
 
"David Bernstein delivers a fast-moving tale of desire and destruction that gives new meaning to the words, 'Be careful what you wish for.' Relic of Death twists reality and will leave you reflecting on your own personal Achilles heel long after you finished reading…" —Allan Leverone, author of Mr. Midnight
 
"A fascinating, unpredictable, ever-shifting tale of greed and desperation. Highly recommended!" —Jeff Strand, author of Pressure
“Fast-paced, cinematic, and excellent. Horror fans gather around, it’s time for another chilling tale from David Bernstein.”  —Keith Deininger, author of Within and Ghosts of Eden
"A harrowing, brutal thriller, Skinner is Bernstein at his best!" —Peter Giglio, author of Shadowshift


Thursday, December 14, 2017

Fury Of The Orcas by Hunter Shea [ 5 Stars ]


 

From the Description
They call them the wolves of the sea.

From marine parks to the deepest oceans, the world’s killer whale population has turned against man and beast alike. Orca show trainers are ripped to pieces before stunned audiences. Ships are capsized. Oil rigs are bashed without mercy. What has driven the apex predators stark raving mad?

Chet Clarke has dedicated his life to preserving the health and dignity of orcas in captivity. Along with orca trainer Rosario Benitez, he embarks on a whirlwind journey across the globe to witness unconscionable carnage and uncover the mystery for the sudden outbreak of mania. Is this the start of a catastrophic pandemic? Or do the clues lead to an enigmatic experiment in the wilds of Alaska and shadow operations in a Russian ghost town? Time is running out faster than the lives of those in the path of the orcas.
Publication Date: December 6, 2017
Publisher:  Severed Press
Publication Length: 150 pages
 
I received a free copy of this book from the author. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel. I did not receive any form of compensation for my review.
 
Hunter Shea has once again turned his twisted mind toward the sea and brought us another reason not to go into the water! Fury of the Orcas is filled with engaging characters and enough action to set your heart racing. The Orcas themselves are both heartbreaking and terrifying enough to scare the living daylights out of any creature feature fan out there. Chet and Rosario are fun to follow as they race to save both these remarkable sea creatures and the people in their path. Hunter Shea excels at writing characters that you can identify with and care about making the situations they find themselves in even scarier. I highly recommend this fantastic 5 star read!
 
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About the Author
 
Hunter Shea is the product of a childhood weaned on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. He doesn't just write about the paranormal - he actively seeks out the things that scare the hell out of people and experiences them for himself.

Publishers Weekly named THE MONTAUK MONSTER one of the best reads of the summer in 2014, and his follow up novel, HELL HOLE, was named best horror novel of the year on several prestigious horror sites. Cemetery Dance had this to say about his apocalyptic thriller, TORTURES OF THE DAMNED - "A terrifying read that left me wanting more. I absolutely devoured this book!"

Hunter is an amateur cryptozoologist, having written wild, fictional tales about Bigfoot, The Montauk Monster, The Dover Demon and many new creatures to come. Copies of his books, The Montauk Monster and The Dover Demon, are currently on display in the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, ME.

He wrote his first novel with the express desire to work only with editor Don D'Auria at Dorchester (Leisure Horror). He submitted his novel to Don and only Don, unagented, placed on the slush pile. He is proof that dedicated writers can be rescued from no man's land. He now works with Don, along with several other agents and publishers, having published over ten books in just four years.

Hunter is proud to be one half of the Monster Men video podcast, along with his partner in crime, Jack Campisi. It is one of the most watched horror video podcasts in the world. Monster Men is a light-hearted approach to dark subjects. Hunter and Jack explore real life hauntings, monsters, movies, books and everything under the horror sun. They often interview authors, crytid and ghost hunters, directors and anyone else living in the horror lane.

Living with his wonderful family and two cats, he's happy to be close enough to New York City to get Gray's Papaya hot dogs when the craving hits. His daughters have also gotten the horror bug, assisting him with research, story ideas and illustrations that can be seen in magazines such as Dark Dossier.

You can follow his travails at his WEBSITE or find him lurking about on Facebook, Twitter, and GoodReads
 
Praise
“Jaws on Steroids!!”—S.J. Larsson, author of Megalodon Apex Predator
 
“Old school horror.” —Jonathan Maberry
 
“A lot of splattery fun.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“Frightening, gripping.”—Night Owl Reviews
 
“Hunter Shea is a great writer, highly entertaining, and definitely in the upper echelon in the current horror scene. Many other writers mention either loving his work and/or having the man influence their own, and for just cause. His writing suits anyone with a taste for the dark and terrifying!” –Zakk at The Eyes of Madness
 
“Hunter Shea has his own style. It’s simple, yet well-written, stories that flow with ease. Mr. Shea graciously walks you through the adventure and mystery, all the while, tickling the hairs on the nape of your neck and filling the pit of your guts with lead.” –Glenn Rolfe, Author of Chasing Ghosts and The Haunted Halls