Provender Creed is something of a renegade and outlaw. He lives in the town of Rookwood, a place that doesn’t cotton much to strangers, but he keeps pretty much to himself. Then, a strange group, led by The Deacon, sets up a tent city near town at the mouth of Dead Man’s Gulch, and life changes for everyone—but most importantly, life changes for Creed.
Rookwood was strange before the strangers came, but with them came death and the Devil. Hallowed Ground by Steven Savile and David Niall Wilson is not your typical western. In fact, it’s not your typical story of any genre, containing as it does a bit of everything.
Tight, eerie writing, characters you’d expect to encounter in nightmares, and goings-on that will chill you to your marrow. The Old West was never like this—or was it? Five stars for this story.
When billionaire Nicolas Sheridan survives a plane crash but has a near death experience, he becomes obsessed with the phenomenon. He sets about recruiting others with similar experiences to explore it further. In the course of the investigation, he discovers that the door between life and death swings both ways, and that there’s something on the ‘other’ side with an insatiable hunger.
Steven Savile and David Sakmyster have created a chilling tale in Lazarus Initiative that will keep you on the edge of your chair glancing furtively over your shoulder. The key to good fiction is its ability to get the reader to suspend disbelief. By that standard, Savile and Sakmyster have done a first rate job. After reading this book, I’m not sure I’ll sleep tonight.
Four stars for a well-told tale.
Jack Stone, an ex-soldier turned private investigator, is back in his old Newcastle neighborhood. Things have changed, but most of the people from his past remain the same – complete with all the old grudges and hatreds. When a questionable hood named Lenny Parker makes a deal with Jack; Jack finds a woman from the past in return for forgiveness of an old man’s debt; the troubles of the past rise quickly to the surface.
Northern Soul, written by Steven Savile and Steve Lockley, is British mystery at its modern, gritty best. Follow Jack through the gritty, soot-filled streets as he tries to save his friend and keep from getting himself killed. Hard-core dialogue and grimy descriptions plunge you headlong into a story that will keep you turning pages until you reach the end, drained of all emotion but the desire for the next Jack Stone mystery.
I received a free copy of Northern Soul for review. A total five-star story!