Blood Desert

Blood Desert

Reviewed by Demetrius Svette

*This book was provided for an honest review

When we first met the wonderful and comedic personality of Penny Miller, one of the strongest main female characters ever to exist in my opinion, it was in a book series titled The Hungry– an intriguing take on the zombie apocalypse. I was thrilled and excited to see what lies ahead for Penny, so I sat anxiously waiting for something new in Penny’s world to come out… I guess you could say that Penny is like a book girlfriend to me; her badass-ness and take charge but no bull attitude makes me eager to see what she has to endure next. Finally, Steven Booth and Harry Shannon gave us what we’re looking for- only, this time we get to experience events that happened before the zombies broke out. I have to say that the times that I went through with Penny in action, the humor and numerous insults and phrase with the zombie apocalypse, I had to question what else she could face that would be on par or even worse than that. Booth and Shannon answered that very question with Blood Desert, a prequel of sorts to The Hungry.

In Blood Desert, we meet Penny Miller in the not too distant past before the zombies ever turned into their undead status and we get to see more of Terrill Lee, the conspiracy freak- or otherwise known as Penny’s ex-husband. It all starts with the theory of a rancher dying suspiciously and the town is introduced to two newcomers, Dorinda McMaster and Cheryl Smith. McMaster and Smith open up shop in Miller’s town, drawing new business from different kinds of places and with that, bringing a completely new type of crowd. With drugs, motorcycle gangs, and an annoying Mayor who is always on her back, Penny is forced to have to trust in her crazed, conspiracy nut ex who is convinced that the mysterious death of the rancher was only the first to transpire amidst the chaos that has come to town.  His theory is that the ruckus is coming from vampires but can she really believe Terrill lee on what is happening in Flat Rock- even if there’s proof? Will it be too late for the residents of Flat Rock (and Penny’s loved ones) to be able to fight the undead bloodsuckers off? You’ll have to find out for yourself.

If you haven’t read The Hungry, you should check it out as I think it gives you more that you need to know to understand a bit more of Penny and Terrill Lee’s relationship. This one digs a bit deeper, than in the first book for The Hungry– although I have yet to read the others in the series (there’s six altogether). What Booth and Shannon bring us in Blood Desert is a new fear in Flat Rock that you will be frightened to come across. Their take on the vampire genre is kind of like The Lost Boys, which excites me more than ever because I thought those type of vampires were long dead- excuse the pun- and forgotten. Booth and Shannon risked it and they did not disappoint with bringing a new type of monster raging around in Blood Desert.

I have to applaud Steven Booth and Harry Shannon yet again for another fascinating novel featuring the kick-ass Ms. Miller. They brought us the same quirky attitude, comedic scenes that we will never forget and the foul mouths that we’ve come to love. They also brought us the inner workings of a new- or would it be old since it’s in the past? – development that will be the next great series of what happened before the flesh eating zombies that we have already been introduced to. Booth and Shannon are a talented writing duo that is a force to be reckoned with, we are never aware of who wrote what, which is exactly how it should be. They made a beautiful and attractive novel that will get the eyes of many readers that will hopefully get those film directors and producers to make the Penny Miller novels into epic films because to see Penny on the big screen would be every guys wet dream come true. Booth and Shannon are masters of their craft as they keep us hooked by reeling us in and shocking us until the end as we suddenly dive off a cliff, waiting for the next installment.

You can pick up more information on where you can get Blood Desert at Genius Book Publishing.

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Sin City Angels

Sin City Angels

Reviewed by Demetrius Svette

*This book was provided for an honest review

We were first brought into the wonderful world of Sin City with Succubus created by C.S. Anderson; a city where the wonder is never in short supply. Sin City Succubus saw a half human/ half warlock dabbler by the name of Robert Jones thrown into a dimension where werewolves, vampires, warlocks and goblins not only exist but are governed by the Grand Council. Sin City Angels brings angels and gods into the mix, including one angel that you should never betray. I don’t really read this genre much but C.S. Anderson continues to surprise me. In Sin City Angels, we go on another adventure and find ourselves tested with Robert Jones and other characters.

To the readers of the realms of action/adventure and mythical alike, you will enjoy this as much as the next game of Dungeons and Dragons… just minus the dragons. I can’t get into too many details with this one because it’s a lot shorter than Succubus, but be prepared to go through a lot of epic changes. Mr. Anderson combines a great sense of humor, non-stop action, a lot of magic and a bit of violence topped with a major surprise that is heart stopping in the much-anticipated sequel in the dabbler series. Robert Jones is back and something keeps coming after him for the things he has done in the past. But will it be enough to stop him from protecting the one he loves? Pick up a copy of Sin City Angels, book 2 in the Dabbler series today and find out!

The only thing I can say is that book two was too short for my liking, as a fan of the Sin City series; but it does make me anxiously wait to see how far Anderson will take it in the next installment, as he left Angels with a tease of what’s to come. C.S. Anderson is talented in many ways and I know that we will continue to see more magic, more surprises and much more devastation to come in the future of the Sin City books. I look forward to seeing more from Anderson and seeing where Robert’s journey leads to next.

Sin City Succubus

Sin City Succubus

 

Reviewed by: Demetrius Svette

*This book was provided for an honest review

Sin City Succubus had me intrigued from the title itself, if only I knew the magic this tale holds within. Magic has a purpose in the dark fantasy world and then you have the characters that make it whole, the scene immersing them completely.  I am glad to say that I had this opportunity to connect with the personalities that are created by Mr. Anderson; the detail and relationships are presented to develop the action, adventure and very realistic fantasy world that lives in Las Vegas.  In this world created by C.S Anderson, it is original with very little influence from anything else in my eyes of past imaginings; he combines humor, action, a little bit a violence, and a lot of magic with some mythical creatures, then mixes it all together as a cocktail to serve to the hungry world of dark fantasy and action/adventure fans.

Normally, I watch this type of genre on the television set or play these words in games, so regrettably I have not read more in this genre to compare this dark fantasy adventure to but as I opened the pages and read a little in I realized ‘Wow, this book is incredible.  I never in my life read anything like this.’  A dabbler named Robert Jones- a half human/ half warlock- finds himself submerged into a world filled with werewolves, vampires, warlocks, goblins, imps and more, with little protection from his untrained magic or the Grand Council.  He will be faced with challenges- going against other who are powerfully skilled in the art of magic on the mean streets of Vegas where you never quite know who- or what- you’ll meet.  The way that all the personalities interact with each other is perfect; be it friends, enemies or debts to be re-payed.  Experience the world yourself as it comes alive in C.S. Anderson’s story, Sin City Succubus.

C.S. Anderson is a master at building characters and a world filled with magic.  Action packed with a little bit of humor brings you a long way in this crazy world.  Anderson is creative and brings his writing skills to the world like he has done this for years.  I would love to see a world filled of mythical creatures done by him one day; we will wait and see what happens.  I will be keeping my eye real close on him, C.S. Anderson has given me a reason to start reading in this particular genre now.  Though Sin City Succubus may be the first, it certainly will not be the last that I read from Mr. Anderson- at the end of this fascinating read, it seems as if the story will continue on into a second, Sin City Angels.  Knowing there will be more action and adventure with the continuation of this series, excites me to the fullest as I can’t wait to see what level things are taken to next.