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Book Review: Urban Enemies
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Urban Enemies
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
Written by Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Kelley Armstrong, Seanan McGuire, Jonathan Maberry, Steven Savile, Carrie Vaughn, Caitlin Kittredge
Edited by Joseph Nassise
Published by Gallery Books
Release Date: August 1, 2017

Here I am again, late to the party. I could give you a myriad of excuses but at the end of the day, I am still delivering this to you a little later than I should. However — and it is a huge however, mind you — I cannot just let this one pass me by. Urban Enemies was wicked fun. Yeah, I did say wicked fun.

I have always been told there are two sides to every story, as I am sure you have. But in this case, these sides, these stories are just plain dark. Because, my dear reader, some characters are meant to be bad, with no hope of redemption. And for the ones that embrace their darker side, it apparently can be quite exhilarating. Or that is what the writers of these short stories have led me to believe. So, while late I might be, this was definitely worth the wait!

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Book Review: Dead Souls: A Novel By J. Lincoln Fenn
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Dead Souls: A Novel
Paperback | Kindle
By J. Lincoln Fenn
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release date: September 20, 2016

School shootings, terrorist attacks, mothers who murder their children … this is the Devil’s work. But the Devil has some help on Earth from his selective, yet ever-increasing group of “Dead Souls” — people who have sold their souls and now owe a favor to the lord of the underworld in exchange for having their greatest wish granted.

In J. Lincoln Fenn‘s Dead Souls, Fiona Dunn is one of those Dead Souls.

Before signing away her soul, the young woman had been a successful marketing manager at a high-end backpack company. She had joked that the third level of Hell was reserved for marketers, never suspecting that she’d soon put herself in a position to eventually find out if that’s true.

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Book Review: The Map of Bones by Francesca Haig
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The Map of Bones (The Fire Sermon #2)
Hardcover | Kindle Edition
Written by Francesca Haig
Gallery Books
Release Date: May 3rd, 2016

In the dystopian future, mankind turned his Earth to ash. Once the radiation had dissipated, civilization began to multiply once again. The human body found its Darwinian way to ensure survival. How? Every birth resulted in twins – one, a perfect specimen, better than any humans who had come before. The other had a deformity – some obvious and grotesque, and some hidden. It is now a world of Alphas and Omegas. The perfect Alphas could reproduce (twins, always), and the Omegas were barren. And the biggest catch of them all? If one twin died, so did the other. Their mortality was inexorably tied together. Cass is an Omega psychic who wants to bring down her twin Zach and the Alpha council, before they destroy what’s left of the Omegas and of Earth. Francesca Haig‘s new novel, The Map of Bones, is the 2nd installment of this incredibly unique premise.

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Contest: ‘Halo: Last Light’ Book With ‘Halo 5: Guardians’ REQ Pack Code
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Today marks the release of the video game Halo 5: Guardians for Xbox One. In conjunction with this release, we’re giving away a copy of the Halo: Last Light, an original paperback novel by Troy Denning set in the Halo that contains a free downloadable “REQ Pack” code for the Halo 5: Guardians video game.

TO ENTER

Follow @GeeksOfDoom on Twitter, then send us a Tweet using @GeeksOfDoom in it with the hashtag #halobookgod.

One (2) winners will each receive the following:

  • One (1) paperback copy of Halo: Last Light with Halo 5 REQ Pack Code

Tweet us anything you want about the book, the game, or life in general — or, say nothing, it’s up to you. Just as long as you follow the Rules. If you want to unfollow us after the Contest, that’s OK, but we hope you stick around.

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Book Review: Brother by Ania Ahlborn
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Brother
Paperback | Kindle Edition | Audio CD
Written by Ania Ahlborn
Gallery Books | Simon & Schuster
Release Date: September 29, 2015

Young Michael Morrow has a brother Reb, and a sister Missy, and two parents, Claudine and Wade. Their idea of family time is to snatch a girl, and torture her to death. They live out in the boonies, so the girls can scream all they want, but no one can hear them. Michael gets to take care of the bodies after his family is done. He also takes care of his sister, Missy, who doesn’t partake in this family bonding. Michael is adopted and feels bad about the girls, but his family loves him, or they would not have taken him in, right?

Ania Ahlborn, author of such horror tales as The Neighbors and The Shuddering, frightens us with her new tome, Brother.

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Book Review: The Drafter by Kim Harrison (Peri Reed Chronicles Book 1)
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The Drafter
The Peri Reed Chronicles Book 1
Hardcover | Kindle
by Kim Harrison
Gallery Books | Simon and Schuster
Release date: September 1, 2015

Bestselling author Kim Harrison steps away from urban fantasy and the witches, vampires, and other supernatural creatures that inhabit the world of her bounty hunter Rachel Morgan in The Hollows series to take a stab at a futuristic time-travel action-thriller with The Drafter, the first book of her new Peri Reed Chronicles series.

Peri Reed is a drafter, which means she has the ability to time-travel and alter history, an uncommon and valuable skill to have in the year 2030. Peri uses her rare gift to protect others while working as an operative for Opti, a top-secret government agency. Unfortunately, each trip back in time causes memory loss, and even a quick jump of 30 seconds can yield six weeks’ worth of amnesia, and sometimes even more. That’s why each drafter is teamed up with an anchor who can help retrieve some of those lost memories. For that, Peri has Jack, her anchor of three years and also her live-in love.

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Book Review: The Fifth House Of The Heart By Ben Tripp
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The Fifth House of the Heart
Paperback | Kindle
By Ben Tripp
Simon & Schuster | Gallery Books
Release date: July 28, 2015

“When you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back at you.” – Asmodeus “Sax” Saxon-Tang

Ben Tripp‘s The Fifth House of the Heart is an intelligent new twist on the old vampire myth. It’s common knowledge that vampires are blood-feasting undead repelled by garlic who, while they can be staked to death through the heart and harmed by fire, are basically otherwise immortal. But in this tale, the science behind the supernatural creatures’ existence and vulnerabilities is revealed, while new characteristics are introduced.

Asmodeus Saxon-Tang, better known as “Sax,” is a highly sophisticated, wealthy antiques dealer. The septuagenarian has traveled the globe to acquire his rare treasures, and while it’s apparent that he’s a master in his field, what’s lesser-known is how he came upon some of his rarer acquisitions — by raiding vampire lairs. Because vampires must hide their immortality from the world, it can be difficult for them to maintain ownership of their possessions century after century, leaving these heirlooms free for the taking by a person like Sax. Since vampires typically hoard their valuable possessions — items whose value increases over time — anyone who manages to kill one, would also be able to take the hoard for themselves. Though burglarizing vampire domiciles is not Sax’s specialty, he has done it enough to be set financially for life. But, the undead don’t take too kindly to these trespasses, and with nothing but time on their hands, they can be very patient and wait to take their revenge upon thieves.

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Book Review: I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus: A Breathers Christmas Carol
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Written by S.G. Browne
Gallery Books
Release Date: October 30, 2012
Hardcover | Kindle

Okay, let me preface this review of I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus with the statement that I’m really not a fan of zombies. *Pauses for gasps and looks of shock* I am a huge fan of that popular zombie comic and the television series upon which it is based. Maybe a few of the movies over the years have entertained me, but for the most part…nope, couldn’t care less. Let the Facebook unfriending begin!

Now, having said this, I went into this book with zero expectations and not a little apprehension. I am not normally known for finding entertainment in silly stories but luckily this one surprised me from start to finish. I Saw Zombies Eating Santa Claus was a fun novel from the get go. A real eye-opener to what I might have normally passed off as not worthy of my attention. I laughed so much while reading this novella that I woke my wife up twice that night with all the noise. On top of it all, there was a really great story to be found here, wrapped up in some well laid humor and morals.

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Book Review: This Dark Earth
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This Dark Earth

This Dark Earth
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By John Horner Jacobs
Gallery Books
Release date: July 3, 2012

Once in a great long while, a book that you absolutely cannot put down upon pain of death comes along. All the stars and planets align. The Universe is in agreement that you do, in fact, need to read this book from start to finish. It creates things like a sinus infection to keep you curled up in your Lay-Z-Boy, thunderstorms to keep your 60 pound normally active dog stuck to your chest on said Lay-Z-Boy and better things for your Facebook friends to do. This is precisely how I spent two days with John Hornor JacobsThis Dark Earth.

While there are countless zombie novels on the market (half of which I may have read) you’d be hard pressed to find one that’s utterly unique in its approach to the end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it theme. This Dark Earth is really no different in that respect. The world falls apart; a virus is mysteriously unleashed that turns normal dead people into the shuffling, moaning, hungry undead; survivors are wary of each other but a tentative trust forms desperately out of the sheer mutual will to live. But what makes Jacobs’ book such a worthy read is how sparklingly, refreshingly, goddamned good the writing is.

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Book Review: Jane Slayre
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Jane SlayreJane Slayre
Trade Paperback
By Sherri Browning Erwin
Original Story by Charlotte Bronte
Gallery Books
Release Date: April 13, 2010

Jane Slayre takes the approach of books like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and takes a classic piece of literature and adds a supernatural twist to it. The original story Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bonte follows the interesting life of Jane Eyre as she grows up and falls in love. Sherri Browning Erwin puts a twist on this story by asking what if Jane had to do this while protecting the world from vampires, voodoo priests, zombies, and werewolves? Well, I say yes please!

The orphan Jane Slayre starts off her life by being raised by her Aunt Reed and living with her three cousins, John, Georgina, and Eliza, all of whom had been turned into vampires. Jane was terrorized by John, which lead to her being able to leave the house to be sent away to school. At this school called Lowood, Jane realizes that the world is filled with these supernatural beings and that her family isn’t the only afflicted ones. As with the classic tale, t first she spends time at the school as a student and then later as a teacher, but eventually she realizes it’s time for her to move on, so she takes a position as Governess at a place called Thornfield. Through her experiences, she founds out what love is and that she feels it for one man. She also discovers that she actually does have a real family that isn’t evil and might even have the same Slayre instincts that she does.

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