Day: January 13, 2016
In book 2 of the Forced to Serve series, The Demon Master’s Wife by Donna McDonald, Liam Synar and Ania Looren try to come to grips with the fact that Liam has made Ania an unwilling host to the demon, Malachi.
As Ania develops communications with the demon, she learns to trust him, and comes to terms with her own violent past. Meanwhile, Liam works hard to win back her love and trust. In this story, we’re also introduced to Dorian, Liam’s ship’s counselor, and Gwen Jet, a hybrid earthling, who are both drawn to and repelled by each other. Overlaying the complex couple relationships is the specter of Liam’s brother, Connor, who continues his quest to take control of Malachi.
This is a fascinating series; part fantasy, part sci-fi, and part interstellar romance, it contains action, explicit physical encounters, and a large dose of humor, setting it apart from most stories in any of these genres. A delight to read. The cliffhanger ending was a bit of a disappointment, but it has me itching to read the next in the series—so, I guess the author has achieved her goal with that tactic.
I give it four stars.
Still working hard to uncover the truth about the origins of the zombie virus that is threatening the world, journalist Hunter Morgan gets an unlikely ally when Mark Chen, youngest son of the co-owner of Chen-Zamora Pharmaceuticals provides him with information showing that his father has been part of a long-standing plan to cull the earth’s population.
Moving from the desert at the Texas-Mexico border to a remote bunker in China, Mutation Z5: The Dragon in the Bunker by Marilyn Peake continues the saga of a secret government plan to create an army of zombies that backfires as the zombie virus gets out of control and threatens to destroy life on earth.
The story focuses on Morgan’s quest to get his information out to the public while at the same time evading a worldwide manhunt and protecting his newborn daughter, saved from the ambush that killed his wife and older daughter.
Chilling suspense from the first page to the last, it unfortunately does not come up to the quality of the first three in the series, being a bit too choppy in places, and seems to be rushed as the author gets closer to the end. A slower pace would enhance the horror the author describes. Hopefully, the next in the series will moderate the pace a bit to allow the reader to get deeper into the story. My criticisms notwithstanding, this is still an interesting read.
I’m giving this one three and a half stars, but hopeful the next will be better.