A Million Ways To Die In The West by Seth MacFarlane
A Million Ways To Die In The West begins with a bang. The story establishes Albert Stark as a self...more A Million Ways To Die In The West by Seth MacFarlane
A Million Ways To Die In The West begins with a bang. The story establishes Albert Stark as a self made coward living in the old west. His occupation as sheep herder has brought him to a deadly gunfight which begins Chapter One. A history of hatred for sheepmen among cattle ranchers began as a result of sheep grazing close to the ground and ruining pastures. This, among other contributions to the well being of the main character, leads to hilarious misfortunes that only Seth MacFarlane can conjure. Although Albert denies being chicken hearted, his profound negativity towards life and his contorted view of common sense screams otherwise. His bravery and good will are continually being tested when notorious outlaws and female counterparts cross his path. Comedy wraps around Alberts mission to leave his isolated western town and head to civilization where the belief is you no longer have to take your life in your hands through every day living. Finding his happiness and niche in life among the old Wild West develops into a high noon comedic romp. Seth MacFarlane has become a prominent force in humor. His achievements include animator, producer, director, and of course creator of the television show Family Guy. Now he has written his first novel. Capitalizing on his strong wit, sarcasm, and jokes, Seth has used his comedic genius to explore this frontier. Fans of his style will thoroughly enjoy the quick come backs and banter that winds its way through the adventures of all the colorful characters written page after page. Readers will get to meet Doctor Harper, a medicine man whose backwoods methods are to say the least questionable, to Ruth, a talented brothel working girl who considers her a job a difficult nine to five career choice. Her understanding boyfriend provides much interesting 'how was your day at work' dinner conversations in the evening. Readers need entertainment. A Million Ways To Die In The West is a pleasant distraction from everyday life and will guarantee to put a delighted grin on your face.
The foundation of this futuristic thriller begins with an island arrangement appropriately named "Island Rehabilitation Pro...moreThe Detainee by Peter Liney
The foundation of this futuristic thriller begins with an island arrangement appropriately named "Island Rehabilitation Program", where unwanted troubled children, prostitutes, traffickers, and the forgotten elderly that seem to stop the progress of society, are sent as their permanent home. These people have become prisoners with no moral compass and are forced to live on a offensive pile of filth until the day they die. The only law and order kept on the island comes in the form of a man made object installed by a democratically elected government, which makes up a small portion of the population. These authorities only solution arrive in the form of punishment satellites. These satellites rain down lasers that punish the guilty perpetrators committing crimes from attempting to escape the isle, to violent beatings or far worse. These are considered "Crimes Against the State". However these devices are not 100 percent reliable. Many times nights of heavy fog cause malfunction. This defect allows a group of dwellers known as Wastelords to rule and control the island by committing crimes of maiming and murder. This gang of berserkers are drug feed diseased kids who thrive on pain, fear and torture. Determined to not only survive but to also make a difference, a small group consisting of a blind woman, a bent old man with a stick, and a spent heavy intend to go down in history on the most dangerous place on earth.
Peter Liney writes his novel through a trio of loyal friends who inhabit small self made lean-to's and sympathetically live day to day on the rubbished piled isolate. A captivating rich history is told by Liney describing the stream lined school system that causes the accelerated juvenile crime to exist. This places the reader directly between a kind of church vs state struggle. A quick introduction to the distorted values and corrupt business become a main hurdle to overcome by our protagonists. The thrill ride really begins as a logical undertaking that requires the utmost bravery, skill, and intelligence is put forth into motion by our heroes. Understanding that the human race has sunk to an all time low, and the inner struggle between politics and moral judgement exists, the novels plot becomes character driven and is guaranteed to whittle away at heart strings chapter by chapter until the explosive ending. (less)
Scoutmaster Tim and his scouts of Troop 52 relish their yearly trip coinciding with the pioneering badge. Falstaff Island, a g...moreThe Troop by Nick Cutter
Scoutmaster Tim and his scouts of Troop 52 relish their yearly trip coinciding with the pioneering badge. Falstaff Island, a government-owned dwelling that hosts as an emergency shelter, as well as home to marine and insect life, has been chosen for this years site. Absent of full-time human occupation it is the perfect location for the five boys last hurrah, as they are getting older and ready to exit the Scout life. Once settled in, the arrival of an unidentified man with abnormal physical attributes is in obvious need of medical attention. An unusual sickness radiates from the stranger as the young men notice the devastation of his body. Not knowing that secret agencies were pursuing, sanctuary and medical treatment are given to the foreigner. Forced to perform a minor procedure, a disturbing discovery is made. A white thick tube inside the mans stomach begins flexing, constricting and eventually emerging from the body to morph itself into something appalling that couldn't be identified. As the horror unfolds before the onlookers a disease begins to spread. What begins as a routine three day camping trip now becomes a horrifying extreme need for survival for each individual. As the Scout handbook says : always be prepared. Nick Cutter paints a terrifying picture by using his main characters as a brush in his novel The Troop. With a limited amount of people on a confined isle, the tone is a bit claustrophobic, as is the fear of the unknown. Moments of transformations become pure horror and will cause unavoidable queasiness for the reader. These transmutations are directly related to worms, the oldest species on earth that become nightmare houseguests within the human body. With the ability to lay eggs in their own skin and detachable segments, the worm is capable of having endless self-creation. The concept of human kind attempting to save others they love and care about only to acquire the contagious infection themselves, become a social obstacle that the inhabitants must conquer. From the mind deteriorating to physical strength no longer existing, the progression of the metamorphosis is described with a ghastly edge and a chilling flair. It's a pleasure to know Nick Cutter is not only a obviously talented author in the horror field, he is also a self proclaimed fan of the genre.(less)
This book is an extreme horror story about a small group of frat brothers from Sigma Alpha Epsilon that adjudicate to spend the nig...moreCarlton Mellick III
This book is an extreme horror story about a small group of frat brothers from Sigma Alpha Epsilon that adjudicate to spend the night in an unexplored deserted cave. The "Bros" convince several dorm girls to accompany the trip for entertainment purposes only, and once the party arrives at their destination, the madness begins. Throwing caution to the wind, the group enters to explore the vast integral cavern and attempt to create untouched discoveries. The purpose of the mission stems from a folk lore myth involving alchemists attempting to discover a chemical recipe for immortality, a belief that there existed a powerful mineral inside the mountain which was the key component. Once found, disaster struck and the whole town was swallowed by the ground never to be heard from again. The band of present spelunkers soon find themselves in jeopardy and must rely on odd strengths each behold, such as a nice middle-class girl who happened to be raised by satanists. A common household occurrence for her would include completing homework, brushing her teeth for bed, and sacrificing Mr. Floppy Ears to the Dark Lord. Who would have thought having connections to Satan would come in handy. Carlton Mellick's gore filled creation pops with gaudy colorful characters such as Extreme Dean, whose only concern is himself and how he can transmit to others how awesome he is. Or Lauren, whose obsession is to cook for people, yet wanting her food to be special, personal, and more intimate than any other. To achieve this goal she includes a piece of herself in every dish created, such as sweat, blood, spit, and of course feces. An explained required skill is introduced to the reader to mask favors of urine and vomit in the way only Carlton Mellick's mind can produce. The unusual balance of horror and comedy conceived by Mellick lead to a non stop imaginative storytelling that the reader won't forget. Descriptions of confined crawl spaces and small cave entrances are bound to cause feelings of tense claustrophobia throughout. The reader will be educated and entertained by rules and regulations Mellick includes in each chapter called Bro Codes. Such as Bro Code #76 - A bro always has his bros back, especially when being hunted by subterranean cannibal mutants, or, Bro Code #145 - A bro never touches another bro's muscle no matter how impressive. Along with these amusing surprises, a bonus section that is a self drawn comic strip by the author is included in place of the usual afterword. These are wonderful discoveries waiting to be explored, lead by the captain in the genre of Bizarro Fiction.(less)
It is 1850, Mr. Saxby has been hired by influential acquaintances to venture out on a merchant ship that ma...more The Collector Of Lost Things by Jeremy Page
It is 1850, Mr. Saxby has been hired by influential acquaintances to venture out on a merchant ship that makes routine trips to the Arctic to deliver supplies and trade with Esquimaux groups. The purpose for Mr. Saxbys participation is to collect eggs and natural artifacts from a rare and extinct bird. He finds himself isolated on the craft with men driven by profit only. The journey quickly turns horrific as the crew begin their obsessed greedy actions of slaughter upon seals, walruses, and whales for their valuable animal parts. The expedition becomes one of great imbalance by filling the ships hull with skins, feathers, and bones against the belief all animals have a soul and are connected by a continuation of life that man has little understanding of. A struggle between guarding the legacy of the scarce bird species and selfishness of the Captain to capitalize on the rarity of the breed escalates into a deadly feud that will surely end in tragedy. This story is written with a heavy hearted important message. The difficult task of protecting natural wildlife and their habitat is a constant underlying idea that is told brilliantly through characterization that is guaranteed to move the heart and emotions of the reader. The shroud of doom that follows the vessel from island to island destroys everything Mother Nature has built with one objective, wealth. Mankind's failure to be anything other than a beast of greed and its desire for possessions results in destruction and heartlessness that will be repeated time and time again across decades upon all creatures. Having the courage to stand and make the effort to fight will save the Arctic along with its habitat before its too late. The significance and commentary to this tale is that perhaps one day man will save the Arctic and all of its extraordinary life before further nature is undone. This has been laid out in a wonderful piece of fiction entitled The Collector Of Lost Things written by Jeremy Page. (less)
Unusual adventures along with hazardous action are narrated centering the brave Lord Uhtred in this newest novel fro...moreThe Pagan Lord by Bernard Cornwell
Unusual adventures along with hazardous action are narrated centering the brave Lord Uhtred in this newest novel from Bernard Cornwell. From saving his own proud name by rescuing his son from white robed churchmen who serve God and are attempting to enlist the offspring to become part of the pack of Christian priests, to a clash with old rival Cnut Ranulfson, a Lord that kills, burns, and raids communities for declaration. This man is calculating, clever, and does not give in to idiotic risks. He has become a legend of the land. Cnut has captured those people that are closest to Uhtred and has held them for ransom. The Danish Lord of Northumbria has now summoned Uhtred for a meeting at Fortress City to discuss details of the demands. Uhtred gathers a small band of warriors that include soldiers, clerics, and experienced seamen. Armed with chain mail, helmets, shields, and various weapons, the assembly travel with passion, bravery, and intellect behind the imposing banner of the wolf to confront the unyielding Cnut Ranulfson that will result in an unforgettable showdown. Bernard Cornwell has perfected historical fiction based around 910 AD and forward, when King Edward and his army invaded and slaughtered many of the Danes. The historical descriptions of battle scenes are depicted with warfare strategies, the sense of fear among combatants, and the bravery of the victor. Cornwell pronounces the bellow of onslaught noises such as when two shield walls collide like thunder and fight to the death, and the shrieks of death that flow across the battle field. The two singled out forces in The Pagan Lord are represented by swords owned by each, Lord Ranulfson - Ice Spite, and Lord Uhtred - Serpent Breath. These become iconic through out the story along with valiant names and flying banners in which armies choose to follow and serve in order to gain power through reputation. The art of war is taught in this gritty but classic novel, along with his New York Times Bestsellers 1356 and Agincourt. (less)
The latest novelization of Dexter brings the heroic serial killer directly in the spotlight and in front of a televi...moreDexter's Final Cut by Jeff Lindsay
The latest novelization of Dexter brings the heroic serial killer directly in the spotlight and in front of a television camera. Plans are made for a t.v. program based on a murder investigation. The actors are to study all aspects of the real deal and follow professionals as they go about their daily routine. As Dexter is assigned an actor to follow his very move, a more than real murder investigation happens that is associated to the main actress involved in the production. Dexter finds himself not only heavily involved in the case but a main player and bodyguard of the leading lady. Struggling with inner demons, Dexter commits himself as protector, family man, and to solve the mystery alone, while combating his killer instincts that desire to surface the whole way.
Jeff Lindsay returns with Dexter's Final Cut, a voyeuristic adventure into the mind of a serial killer that constantly struggles between the balance of a normal nine to five working family man and a haunted internal being that lives within the mentality of a murderous machine. Once again Lindsay evokes emotion from the reader by lending to the kindness of Dexter then divides it with the vengeful violence that he is only capable of hiding. Surrounding the core of seriousness with the slight humor of his co-workers, then adding torment of his relationship with his sister, Lindsay's uncanny ability to capture intriguing characters balanced with emotional progression throughout his novel results in a "can't put down" book. The Dexter books continue to be an intensifying read for return fans, and for those new to the series...definitely take a stab at them. (less)
On a remote island it seems Mother Nature has lost her sanity. A combination of deadly flies and an unfamiliar species of s...more Violet Eyes by John Everson
On a remote island it seems Mother Nature has lost her sanity. A combination of deadly flies and an unfamiliar species of spider that wear a violet mark upon its back have united and committed to breed and prey upon the living. This creepy crawly tale introduces the reader to Rachel Riordan, a single mother, and her ten year old son Eric. Residing in the sleepy town of Passanattee, the two are devoted to begin a new life following an abusive relationship with Anders, the father. Rachel soon meets Terry, a Forest Ranger and begins a hopeful bond along with finally succeeding at a stable and happy life for herself and her son. However Anders has a mission of his own, which is to travel to his ex wife and son and force them into his warped idea of a relationship. Soon the town begins experiencing odd circumstances involving the flies and spiders inconceivable gestation ability, where eggs are laid and hatched inside a living host. The outcome of this evolution will be one human kind will never forget, if they survive.
Just in time for Halloween, the release of Violet Eyes by John Everson brings a menacing sensation to the reader that is bound to leave a mark on the fear gland. Harkening back to human kinds common fear of spiders, John uses his familiar creativity and writing talent that won him a Bram Stoker Award to weave this web of terror. Beginning with bone jarring moments of horror, the story quickly unfolds into a "fear of insects" worst nightmare. Continuing with many squeamish moments of gruesome fear, the plot steamrolls to a nonstop page turning conclusion. So, when settling in at night with this skin tingling read, be sure to look under your comfy chair for tiny violet eyes glowing in the darkness that are attached to a small hairy legged spider. Avoid the scurrying beast at all cost, but most of all...Beware The Bite!(less)
Stork ***** A woman believes in a child hood fairy tale that has been groomed from an abusive parent figure cau...moreDrawn & Quartered by Shane McKenzie
Stork ***** A woman believes in a child hood fairy tale that has been groomed from an abusive parent figure causing a slow madness that builds from the past and introduces itself to the present. Mutt ***** Patrick falls for a cute Mexican girl only to find himself deep in the confounds of a territorial gang. After a detestable initiation he soon discovers there is only one way out of his asperity, which will lead to the most terrifying challenge of his life. Fairy ***** A jealous woman makes a deal with the devil to produce an offspring. After performing the unspeakable, the miracle occurs, only to unveil the sick and twisted product to its brand new world. The Bingo Hall ***** A new Bingo Hall has its grand opening. The rumors become true of heavy handed prizes given away each and every night. These winnings grow in value over time as does the desperation to win. Before long, the whole town plays the ultimate game of Bingo where the prize is the ability to live through the night. Shane McKenzie has gathered four tales of terror under one binding entitled Drawn & Quartered. His talented writing skills have broadened in this collection, from the all to real gang ridden streets, to the over the top flesh feast, to the forming of his own sickening mythology. This assortment gives the reader a variety of horror in different shapes and sizes. Along with the main four titles are some small tidbits he has added to satisfy the hunger of the reader. These include an overweight Fit Camp that has its own secret formula for weight loss, a purchased Tongue which inhabits all that is desired, and a gruesome preparation for the dead that only the Egyptians could call their own. These among others will guarantee to chill the spine.(less)
Marta and Felix were in a relationship that had its problems, yet Felix was bound and determined to solve them in hi...moreMuerte Con Carne by Shane McKenzie
Marta and Felix were in a relationship that had its problems, yet Felix was bound and determined to solve them in his own way by proposing marriage. Marta however, known for her mood swings, had an agenda of her own. After explaining to Felix her mission to prove and expose the way the Border Patrol mistreats immigrants they take into custody from Mexico, and the treatment by La Migra which includes beatings and horrific imprisonments where even worse occurs. Felix sees an opportunity to prove his love and reluctantly agrees to follow Marta on her calling to allow both of them to be caught trying to cross the border. In a secluded area located among the border lives a dysfunctional twisted family. The large household includes a demented mother, a family cook, a small troubled boy named Rogelio, and a man of great size and power called El Gigante who has been inspired by The Mexican Wrestling Federation to provide a distorted bloodthirsty form of entertainment for his clan. El Gigante steps into a homemade ring and battles his kidnapped opponents in a wrestling match to the death. Once the carnage is completed the remains of the adversary is then made into appetizing Mexican delicacies. As Marta and Felix begin their self appointed journey they soon realize there is more than one kind of menace that awaits them at the border.
With his latest release, Shane McKenzie tackles the controversial subject of illegal immigration. However, it seems any issue he covers quickly becomes warped and morphs into an unstable nightmare that one cannot wake from. Combining the up close and personal migration of people from Mexico with a terrorizing family resembling the Texas Chainsaw Massacre brood, Shane introduces each vulgar character without kid gloves, and in a way of giving his readers that no-nonsense, guilty pleasure entertainment they desire. The expressive settings flow together nicely, but it's the tiny disturbing details that surround these ghastly scenes that will brand an imprint into the mind of the reader. This book includes a heavy, unsettling story line, unforgettable individuals that are both colorful and gruesome, the best author photo hands down, and an ending that will leave a long lasting delectable taste in one’s mouth that will surely result in wanting more.(less)
Operation Kings Deception rose from evidence that Henry VII had hidden his abundance of wealth in a secret location...more The King's Deception by Steve Berry
Operation Kings Deception rose from evidence that Henry VII had hidden his abundance of wealth in a secret location before he died. On his death bed, Henry VIII indulged the information on the whereabouts of the insurmountable treasure. This information has recently surfaced in the form of a flash drive which contains clues and broken codes. A fifteen year old boy named Ian Dunn had witnessed the murder of the man with ownership of the drive and has unintentionally ended up with the valuable item in his possession. Now, former hotshot with the Justice Department Cotton Malone, has the duty to escort young Ian to the Central Intelligence Agency in England and hand him over to the Metropolitan Police in London. The discovery that the Henry VIII monument had been ransacked and plundered for information leads to the appearance of an antiquated society created in 1605 named Daedalus, whose sole purpose is to be the keepers of secrets, and protectors of Kings and Queens. Their new mission is to ensure Operation Kings Deception is a failure. With a cast of ominous characters and secretive agencies the engagement of deadly wits begins.
Cotton Malone returns in Steve Berry's latest achievement entitled The King's Deception, a well written piece of historical fiction that only he can conjure up. The novel is rich with characters and has a solid foundation of relationship development. This holds within espionage and endangerment that the historical legacy of England has left behind. From the beginning, the reader will face the all too real perils of the main players and follow the paths of others to witness how successfully Berry interweaves plot points. Once again fiction and fact are superbly meshed together with a heavy dose of espionage. With a constant underlying history lesson in his books one can say the reader gets a return on investment when purchasing a Steve Berry novel, which is one reason many return to his unique writing style. Undoubtedly The King's Deception will become a favorite among Berry fans, and new readers will discover the talents of this New York Times Bestselling author for the first time.(less)