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Book Review: Contagion, Book Three of Toxic City

Contagion coverAuthor: Tim Lebbon

210 pages, Pyr

Hardcover $17.99, Kindle $8.69, Audible $17.95

ISBN 978-1616148218

London was attacked by terrorists two years ago—and the attack was more than a double-decker bus or Tube bombing. No, this attack devastated London. But not everyone died in the attack, and some of the survivors are changing in ways no one can fathom. These changes and the destruction of this once grand city have caused the government to cut London off from the rest of the world to keep those changed people from infecting the rest of England and possibly the world. So, now London is surrounded by a large force of well-armed soldiers know as the Choppers. The Choppers have established an exclusion zone, and they protect it with extreme force. Meanwhile, the general public has been led to believe that London is now a toxic city. What the people don’t know is that the Choppers are using London as one big test lab where they can figure out how to exploit the fantastic powers that Londoners are developing.

Jack and his friends have developed these powers, and their powers are growing. The mysterious woman who caused all of this trouble, called Nomad, is close by and still continues to influence activities in London. The Choppers, in the meantime, have decided that enough is enough, and they have placed a nuclear bomb in London that will truly finish the city. Jack and his friends are the only ones who can stop it, and they have only 17 hours in which to do it.

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Book Review: Buried in Angst

Buried in AngstBuried in Angst

David Pedersen

465, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Paperback $18.95, Kindle $3.99

ISBN 978-1484861899

Your dreams have come true, you became the knight and hero you always wanted to be, you saved the kingdom, and you have a child on the way. For most folks, this would be enough. For Angst, though, there is no happily ever after. There is just more . . . Angst.

They say be careful what you wish for, and it couldn’t be truer for Angst. He didn’t realize that being a hero is a full-time job. Just because you saved the kingdom once doesn’t mean you won’t have to do it again and again and maybe just once more after that—just to be sure. Last time around, Angst succeeded at his task by breaking the bond with the sword that made him a hero. This time, though, an entire coastal city has disappeared—I mean completely fallen into the ocean. Gone. Angst is sent away by the queen to determine what caused the city to disappear and finds out the elements are gearing up for their every 2,000-year version of family feud—only it is full contact and humans are in the way.

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Book Review: The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi (A Burton & Swinburne Adventure)

The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi (A Burton & Swinburne Adventure)The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi

Mark Hodder

290 pages, Pyr

Paperback $18.00; Kindle $8.69; Audiobook CD $10.11; Audible $25.95 or free

ISBN 978-1616147778

After the assassination of Queen Victoria, a cabal of important men whose names could easily fill the all-star team for their time (King George IV, Prince Albert, and others) have been getting advice from the afterlife. This advice isn’t just about how well their deceased loved ones are doing; this is the kind of advice that has vaulted the Empire into a new renaissance—a renaissance full of steam-powered inventions and peace. But all is not as it seems! On the eve of a groundbreaking alliance with a confederation of former German city-states, people are turning up missing. But these are not just normal people—the people who are missing are scientists, surgeons, and other key personages. To top it all off, Abdu El Yezdi has cut off communications with the living world. Enter newly knighted Sir Richard Burton, who discovered the source of the Nile River. Acting as the king’s agent, Burton is tasked with finding out what has happened to the voice from beyond and trying to re-establish communications with him. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, someone is trying to summon the Beast so as to bring about the end of the Earth.

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Book Review: The Scroll of Years: A Gaunt and Bone Novel

The Scroll of YearsChris Willrich

270 pages, Pyr

Paperback, $15.95, Kindle $8.69

ISBN 978-1616148133

Some people take being partners in crime to a whole new level, and Persimmon Gaunt and Imago Bone are “those” people. Gaunt is a bard. Well, she’s a poet (close enough) who craved adventure and was fascinated by the undead from a very young age (ye olde goth girl). Bone is a twice-cursed thief who is entering his nineties, but who appears to be young and spry—his body hasn’t aged in seventy years. Their natures and their jobs have taken them all over to places that polite people don’t talk about in public or even mention when they think people are not listening. They have beaten the odds and defied all laws of probability. And now this couple has decided to retreat to the middle of nowhere to settle in and have a family. Their plans would be great if they were not being hunted by two of the most effective and feared assassins in this world.

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Book Review: King of Chaos (Pathfinder Tales)

King of ChaosKing of Chaos
Dave Gross
400 pages, Paizo Publishing LLC
Paperback, $8.99
ISBN 978-1601255587

For the past century, a series of wardstones has imprisoned demons near an area named the worldwond, which is a gateway to places better left unvisited. Now those once-imprisoned demons are escaping and wreaking havoc wherever they roam. Count Varian Jeggare and his hellspawn bodyguard (ironic) Radovan are in search of a blasphemous text that opened the gates to the abyss in the first place. The problem is that to find it, they must search through the ruins of several cities in a fallen nation to try to find this text. As fate would have it, this dynamic duo isn’t the only team in the game, and before the novel is over, they join forces with pious crusaders, local barbarian warriors, and even what are known as god callers. Time is of the essence. To make matters worse, there is a vampire who is intent on making himself the god of blood. So the question is will finding this blasphemous text save the world or speed it toward demonic doom?

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