This was my first read of Mark Billingham's novels and his character Detective Inspector Tom Thorne. Nearly ten years on now when this debut was launc...moreThis was my first read of Mark Billingham's novels and his character Detective Inspector Tom Thorne. Nearly ten years on now when this debut was launched and I am guilty of not reading many British authors when it comes to crime and thrillers, I have loved John Connolly and his character Charlie Parker and read quite a few in the series and read maybe one Ian Rankin. I am impressed, the was pace was good and he got me on the perpetrator of the murders I did not see it.This was my first read of Mark Billingham's novels and his character Detective Inspector Tom Thorne. Nearly ten years on now when this debut was launched and I am guilty of not reading many British authors when it comes to crime and thrillers, I have loved John Connolly and his character Charlie Parker and read quite a few in the series and read maybe one Ian Rankin. I am impressed, the was pace was good and he got me on the perpetrator of the murders I did not see it. When it comes to reading this genre I have tended to lean more to across the shores and to the U.S.A talent of writers, the U.K novels have increased in number over the years since Ian Rankin and Billingham's and their are plenty of tastes to satisfy. I wanted to get a taste of Tom's debut appearance before I jumped in to a recent release Bloodline which I received via the publisher's galley pre-release. Tom is a DI(detective inspector) who has his own regrets and has skeletons in the cupboard. He's failed in the past to act swiftly on a case and prevent a murder that haunted him for years that followed it. He has been divorced now five years and finds new love in this story. As he is one the chase of a murderer who's tends to want to inject his victims and drug them his life becomes more complicated and things get personal on this case. So far he is a clean DI no drugs, or excesses in alcohol or bribes. It's refreshing to read about my own turf roads and points of interest I know well compared to reading about the states from their writers which I have yet to visit. Just realized that a British TV drama was made of Sleepyhead i am looking forward to seeing it.
"He looked out of the window as the train rumbled across the Blackfriars rail bridge. If it was a different world south f the river, it was one with it's own dividing line. South-west was definitely the more gentrified, Clapham and Richmond and, of course, Battersea. There were nice areas of South-East London- he was fond of Greenwich and Blackheath- but, on the whole, that part of the city was a close as London got to a war-zone. south-east..... sarf-east London didn't need coopers, it needed United Nations peacekeepers. At that very minute in Bermondsey and New Cross there were characters propping up bars in dodgy boozers that would have made Slobodan Milosevic shit himself."
"Margaret Byrne's house was a five-minute walk from the station. He didn't know the area well but it seemed amazingly calm and suburban, considering that Brixton was two minutes away. Thorne had been on the streets there in 1981. He had never felt so hated. He and many fellow officers had comforted themselves with the thought that it was no more than police bashing. An excuse to torch some flash cars and nick a few TVs. Events since then had made him realise he'd been wrong. Stephen Lawrence had changed everything."
"He'd been at many such scenes in the past, far too many, but this was like watching the A-team work. There was a determination about the entire process that he'd seen only once before. There was no gallows humour. There wasn't a flask of TEA to be seen anywhere."
One of the most twisted,screwed up stories of horror you would probably find to read out there. If this was another year back in time another century...moreOne of the most twisted,screwed up stories of horror you would probably find to read out there. If this was another year back in time another century this would likely be banned for good. Laden with blasphemy and talk of a higher species, master species called the trans-human species. They have telepathic abilities and masters of illusions. They plunder peoples thoughts and memories. The are vile they eat meat raw flesh quivering with life. There are two women who are obsessed with Satan and the occult and embark on calling on Satan the devil and get in return more than they can handle. They are really asking for trouble on the offset as they do the most vile and outrageous acts to summon up the devil. "They have interest in occultism they studied stolen texts on Satanism, chaos magick, and the dark litanies of dangerous gods" stated in the story.
This story is full of talk of occult and other histories and dark forces. The author seems to be well read in this field as "Mirabello's area of expertise is the "outlaw" history on the "frontiers and margins" of human civilization. He lectures on Alternative Religions and Cults, Secret Societies, Terrorism and Crime, "Banned Books," Intellectual History, and other subjects."This story is way out there into the weird Lovecraft sense and bare no truth but after all this is a work of fiction and provides very different outlook on the world bizarrely bloody and grotesque. This story hits all the extremes in violence and sex and warn many readers to tread carefully, if they want to not have grave and obscene images stay with them in the back of their minds. This story with all its strangeness keeps you turning and is creatively written.(less)
'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' that’s how I describe this story it all unfolds like a Wild West Battle. The GOOD is Tom Imura and his band of warrio...more'The Good, The Bad and The Ugly' that’s how I describe this story it all unfolds like a Wild West Battle. The GOOD is Tom Imura and his band of warriors Benny, Nix, Lilath and Chong. THE BAD is White Bear and other bad zombie hunters. THE UGLY of course are the Zoms (zombies).
I have said it before Jonathan Maberry is really a masterful storyteller packing a punch across genres. Genre for genre a pound for pound a heavyweight contender for book awards. He has really knitted together a thrill ride of a story that is about more than zombies keeps you engrossed right to the end with love and war. Benny is maturing and becoming a warrior he was no longer the skinny kid that he once had been he has muscle definition and six-pack abs. He has an eye also on one girl, will he be able to express his love to her? Tom the powerful warrior equipped with his kami Katana, Tom the Swordsman, Tom of the woods, Fast Tommy. Tom the Killer. Lilah is another hero fast efficient and ruthless she grew up out in the Ruin, she was raised by a man who helped her during the First Night and then was living on her own for years after. Lived alone in the woods spoke to no one. Learned from books and learned the art of making weapons. She became a hunter and a killer. She is quiet and very beautiful with eyes the colour of honey. They called her the Lost Girl on the Zombie cards. She was merely a legend or myth until Tom and Benny brought her out into the public eye. Together they destroyed Charlie Pink-eye and the Hammer. But did they really destroy Charlie? That’s what they thought but a figure appears amongst the zoms that looks like Charlie from the distance, is it him? If it is how could Benny tell Nix, a girl he loves, that her mothers murderer is still out there, still roaming the world free? The band of warriors lead by Tom the hero Zombie Hunter set out on a journey to the Ruin in search of a Jet a mode of transport. They leave Mountainside and head for the Forest along there journey meet The Bad and the Ugly, they also meet many of their good friends, good Zombie Hunters. The Greenman is one of them a hunter who literally looks like a tree, he wears a leafed mask and has cones and leafs pinned to his coat, a camouflage amongst the forest in which the zoms cannot see him. One good weapon to have against the zoms, is cadaverine. Consists of a mixture of cadaverine, putrescine, spermidine, and other vile ptomaines. They will not eat you if you have it smeared on you.
The journey places them into what could be debated as the greatest test some of their friendships have been under. A real nail biting experience as they become divided and some captured, love also flourishes in a story that really entertains with ingredients of courage and bravery.
White bear The Bad has a bounty on the heads of the good band of zombie hunters the four of them Nix, Benny, Lilah and Tom.
The Hunger Games is over for now until the movie is released and The Dust and Decay and The Gameland is a rightful dose of the same entertainment. If you think all this is not enough to get you to read this novel, then hold on because Carpet coats, Football Helmets with Plastic Visors and a Pit in the ground are signs of danger! An event of gruesome violence pitted against zoms in a pit they call it ‘Gameland’ The bets are on who will survive? Gameland was a place that Lilah escaped in the past and was eventually closed down but now it has been reopened by White Bear and other Bad Zombie Hunters.
“Now Benny was fifteen and a half, and First Night was a million years ago. This world was no longer that world. On First Night the old world had died. As the dead rose, the living perished. Cities were incinerated by the military in a futile attempt to stop the growing armies of the dead. The electromagnetic pulses from the nukes fired all electronics. The machines went silent, and soon, so did the whole country. Now everything east of the small town of Mountainside was the great Rot and Ruin. A few other towns littered the foothills of the Sierra Nevada north and south of Benny’s home, but the rest of the old world had been consumed.”
“Before First Night the United States Census Bureau estimated that there were 6,922,000,000 people alive on planet earth. Tom said that news reports claimed that more than two billion people died in the first two days after First Night. By the time the internet went down, the estimates of the global death toll were at four billion and climbing. People in town believe that following first night more than six billion people died. Most people think the whole rest of the world is dead. We know that the total population of the nine towns here in central California is 28,261 as of last new year’s census.”
“It was like a plague, but different from the one that had destroyed the world. This was an emotional pandemic that blinded the eye and deafened the ear and darkened the mind so that there simply was no world other than what existed inside each fenced town.”
Preacher Jack shrugged. ”This world may be paradise for the Children of Lazarus, but to snot-nosed little sinners like you…this world is hell. How’s that for a cosmic paradox? Heaven and Hell coexisting out here in the Rot and Ruin, and the two of them forming a brand-new Eden. The towns-why, you might consider them limbo, where souls are just waiting for judgement. As for Gameland….now it would be God’s own truth to say that Gameland is purgatory. It’s where you have a chance to expunge your sins.”
“He took her hand, and they walked under the canopy of cool green leaves. Birds sang in the trees, and the grass beneath their feet glistened with morning dew. The first of the day’s bees buzzed softly among the flowers, going about their ancient and important work, collecting nectar and taking pollen from one flower to another. Cyclones of gnats spiralled up from the grass and swirled through the slanting sunlight. The loveliness of the forest was magical and fresh, but it was also immense. Neither of them spoke, unable to phrase their reactions to the rampant beauty and unwilling to trouble the air with the horrors that haunted their hearts. Despite the warm reality of each other’s hands, they felt incredibly alone. Desolate. Even though they knew that Tom and Lilah and Chong were somewhere in this same forest, it was as if everyone else was on a different planet. Mountainside-home-was a million miles away. The jumbo jet could well have been on the far side of the world, or something from an old dream.”
If you ever happen to want to befriend a Bigfoot/Dweller there are rules. 1)You must not run away from the animal when you first sight it out of fear. 2...moreIf you ever happen to want to befriend a Bigfoot/Dweller there are rules. 1)You must not run away from the animal when you first sight it out of fear. 2)Make sure you have no stings attached, no family and no women. 3)Relocate the beast miles from humans. 4)Cover your tracks and make sure it's not following you home and you are not leading people to it. 5)Never trust anyone with you're secret. 6)Never get personal, when push comes to shove and things don't go by the the rules you need to execute the beast swiftly and efficiently. 7)Last point from the time of befriending and until execution of the beast do not consume intoxicants or drugs, You must be in control!
This was a coming of age and a coming of retirement story. Boy and beast wonderful, there are a few nice stories and movies out there, The Bfg by Dahl and the movies Bigfoot and the Henderson's and recently Where The Wild Things Are. Hold on let me rewind what I said a second and there are also stories of The Boy and Beast that are scary stories, where the beast kills and things turn tragic. We watch Toby the boy grow through his youth to a man and deteriorate through old age. We follow him receiving brutal beating from school bullies and loosing his virginity to his first Love quite late in his youth. This story follows his rather complicated friendship with the Bigfoot kind of beast friend of his. Jeff Strand the author, has written a engrossing plot that hooks you in and keeps you turning pages. This was a Bram Stoker award nominee and has got loads of great feedback from friends. The boy/man and beast story not made for Disney but created for an adult audience, Strand serves up plenty of blood and love. He defines the story in being a dark poignant story of friendship and horror instead of becoming just another boy and beast Disney-like story of friendship. This story is one that stays with you thoughts and is written well.
One lesson you can take away from this, or maybe a few lessons, tread carefully in dangerous relationships, how long can you keep it a secret? When matters get beyond your control how are you going to end it? If you happen to befriend any beasts tread carefully and during and until the end of the friendship, do not consume alcohol or take drugs you must always be in control! There is also a little country song for Dweller on a book trailer showing here. (less)
A poignant story written in the form of a boys journal. He writes of his arriving in a boys boarding school, all that occurs there and the behaviour a...moreA poignant story written in the form of a boys journal. He writes of his arriving in a boys boarding school, all that occurs there and the behaviour and emotions of himself and other boys particularly his main friend Willy. The story was engaging at times but I was expecting some more horror in the environment. As it's written in a style of a journal by a child, in first person account, it does not have chapters and the writing prose is not purposely of a high standard. It was put together well and just missing few things to make me like it that extra bit.(less)
We have had before in the likes of the story The Shining things going wrong evil forces at play in the Hotel in this story you have terror and hauntin...moreWe have had before in the likes of the story The Shining things going wrong evil forces at play in the Hotel in this story you have terror and hauntings of a similar kind that occur in a Castle. This castle has a history dark and bleak it was once a place for the insane and also a temporary mortuary and has been used over time for various purposes, there have been deaths due to more than the natural causes since the land existed. Beth the main protagonist a theater director does the unhealthy action of moving into the Castle that comprises of Artists lofts and the theater. She wants to put on a new play, she writes and directs it and as the show hits it's premiere things go wrong gradually. From the offset of her moving in there is a sense of dread and dark force at work the situation worsens to point of people dying. There is an artist who takes an interest in Beth for peculiar reasons to name a few she is trying to teach her about the Kabbalah but Beth has not time and is too busy getting the play ready. This was an enjoyable read and really keeps you in the expectation of an answer to what the hell is going on? There is no gore, this story returns to the traditional sense of an atmosphere of terror. One that won her a Bram Stoker award. http://more2read.com/?review=the-castle-of-los-angeles-by-lisa-morton(less)
An engrossing story that starts with a married couple caught up in an avalanche. From the cover and title you get the impression this is a post apocal...moreAn engrossing story that starts with a married couple caught up in an avalanche. From the cover and title you get the impression this is a post apocalyptic story, the only similarity to being that kind of story is that they are the only ones who seem to survive an incident in the whole village. All the holiday reps and tourists gone but everything seems eerie and strange. One strange occurrence is that there is an abundant supply of food in the stores and the meat does not go off. They try to ski and find help from outside the area but find themselves traveling in circles like they are in some sort of prison. With loads of shops stocking all you desire and free to take within reach what else is there to do except enjoy your stay drink and love. It turns out to be a period of time that they enjoy but soon the cracks show and things fall from their reach. The only contact they make is with a French man who calls her mobile and just gets to say a few words and then the mobile cuts off. Slowly as her mobile battery dies down chances of reaching help seem to become even more thin. The whole driving questions of the story are, how will it end? what will happen to them? Things are not what they seem and there is greater forces at work in this story. This is a very well plotted story of love and destiny. My first read from this author which is an impressive example of story telling. With a story consisting of only a few characters the writer has done well in crafting a memorable story.
The premise of the story is good, a cure for ageing and the whole futuristic world presented here can be some interesting reading. Saying that the plo...moreThe premise of the story is good, a cure for ageing and the whole futuristic world presented here can be some interesting reading. Saying that the plot needed more attention I found the story as it progressed did not engross me the reader enough. The story has a lot going for it the inventive storyline but just missing some key basics that made this read drag on for me which I did not expect.(less)
As graduation slowly approaches one girls honor is about to be humiliated and breached. Two football players the pride of Sloane High, worshiped and d...moreAs graduation slowly approaches one girls honor is about to be humiliated and breached. Two football players the pride of Sloane High, worshiped and desired by many have a dirty little secret. Abby the girl at the center of this assault tells us how embarrassed she felt allowing herself to be found in that situation and as this gives way to people to point the blame to her as she takes it to the courts. You find this problem a common occurrence in the hum drum of society and one that many women battle against proving the guilty and clearing their innocence. Will she have her Vengeance, Retribution , Wrath...and Justice! Time will tell. http://more2read.com/?review=the-fury-by-claudia-lefeve(less)
Before I begin what is your IQ rating? Is it important? These categorizations are important in our hum drum of life especially to the walks of life wh...moreBefore I begin what is your IQ rating? Is it important? These categorizations are important in our hum drum of life especially to the walks of life who have had shall we say a less exterior normality for instance one character in this story Wyatt Huddy. He has a facial disfigurement and disorder from birth. The grave truth of us the human race is we label, point, snicker and gossip. We discriminate for race, for abilities and disabilities, appearance and size. In this case this gem of a story you are put amongst the lesser fortunate they are not children but their brain functionality is hindered.
The forest is the setting for campers in one particular camping season they are 104 adults with mental disabilities including down syndrome. Wyatt is one of the forest camp complex workers and is put in charge of camp 2, a quite outrageous group of men that get up to no good with each other during the night. But Wyatt is more than capable and can handle the situations that arise in a good calm manner. He almost finds himself feel more accepted by the adults that have disabilities and recognized more than the workers. They notice him in distress and reach for his help but some new workers behave the opposite and mistake him for the campers due to his facial looks. This story is quite deep and poses many issues and dilemmas we face, i found the story quite heartbreaking and as I revisit the story writing this shed a tear. For we judge to quickly with appearance and first impressions, we give the supposedly able, sane, normal looking a free pass and find they become the ones that commit worst injustices and crime to people. This is story brings me back to Shelley’s novel Frankenstein and how the ugly creation just wanted to assimilate and the rejection he faced is what pushed to him to violent behavior. Repulsion causes reactions of a negative force at times.
Without giving too much away and spoiling the story if you want a touching, meaningful story where the less fortunate take the story to another platform then this is it, engrossing, shocking and a very human story.
“The displacement of his features-the left half of the face higher than the right, the eyes offset by nearly an inch, the nose a bit mashed, the right side of his mouth sloping down had a name, and that those unfamiliar with disorder always assumed its sufferers were mentally retarded, when, luckily or unlucky, they were often average intelligence.
He wasn’t retarded, a fact to be carefully and painfully imparted to every stranger he met. Not disabled. Not handicapped.”
“He attended every staff meeting. He wasn’t retarded. But what was he then? Disfigured maybe. He had a queerly shaped head, a sloping face. Each afternoon he’d guided his campers, one by one, down the pool steps and then sat cross-legged on the deck while they tottered around the shallow end. He wouldn’t take off his shoes and dangle his feet in the water. An odd young man hulking ad private. But he was as aware and capable as any other member of the Kindermann Forest staff.”
“You can’t pick and choose which kids come to your camp. You all sorts. All kinds of campers. All kinds of counselors.’ He shook his head, dismayed. ‘You can’t control it as well as you hoped,’ Schuller said.’After a while, it all gets away from you. It all goes….’ He held out his thin arms.’Beyond your reach.’”
Hell and Gone an apt title, Hell for a place comparable to hell, and Gone as in gone of the Grid a ghost vanished. Think in the lines of a rendition a...moreHell and Gone an apt title, Hell for a place comparable to hell, and Gone as in gone of the Grid a ghost vanished. Think in the lines of a rendition a removal of a subject/person and gone as-well as dead. There is a lot out there that we don’t know about, Ghost planes and Ghost prisons to name a few, locations unknown to but of few pen pushing top executives. Charlie Hardie the man who is the best at guarding Homes possessions and people now finds himself in the tightest jam to date prison guarding, but Where? And Why? And Who sent him there? You going to have to read this novel to find out. Yet again an explosive story from the likes of Duane Swierczynski the author. I loved the first Hardie installment, Fun and Games and this is another treat of a story intricate plotted and cleverly put together in the most interesting locations yet. We have all heard of Alcatraz, Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib prisons. There are psychological experiments out there that studied the way humans behave in captivity and how power control shifts amongst prisoners and prison staff. Someone is pressing the buttons in this prison that Charlie Hardie finds himself in and playing one against another. The problem with these hard ass guys like Charlie is that they have baggage, strings attached a weak spot, with family in the balance he is going to have to tread carefully.
Check out thefirst and third installments, all great thrillers.
A woman in her 80's found found raped, sodomised, kicked, then burned and shocked with wires. Why? The story opens with this heinous crime and the sea...moreA woman in her 80's found found raped, sodomised, kicked, then burned and shocked with wires. Why? The story opens with this heinous crime and the search commences for a serial killer that gets called The Bay Killer who is he and what is his next move? The FBI Behavioural Analysis Unit headed by Profiler Karen Vail, need to find out. This story runs with chapters that go back to 1950's and the story of a man whos a father and a husband his wife has been killed and he becomes the main suspect. He gets released due to not enough evidence but still the finger gets pointed to him, with a son to care for the odds are stacked against him. You feel for him as life gets tougher and he finds it hard to get work and make ends meet, because of the accusations against him of murder. There are big choices to make, he makes the choice to make things happen and pulls off two armed bank robberies which in time will prove to cost him more than he bargained for. He finds himself eventually behind bars and with one failed escape he lands himself with a one way ticket to Alcatraz, thee maximum security prison. Who he was a year ago and who he was now were as different as summer in Spain and winter in Siberia. He has a son out there that he needs to take care of and by any means necessary needs to break free from the rock Alcatraz and tend to him, will he make it?
He Walton MacNally was pegged as a very bright guy, scored a 135 on a prison IQ test. Resourceful, motivated, hard worker. Did fifteen months at Leavenworth Prison but was involved in two escape attempts and was suspected in the violent assault of two cons. After the second attempt he was transferred to Alcatraz, where his history of violence continued. Behind bars makes you or breaks you Walton really finds himself backed against the bars from the offset and as they take their pickings the sodomizers unleash a fury and vengeance that become the source off his violent escalation. The heinous murders pile up and the investigation team try to find the killer. Why visit the past and Walton MacNally is there a link? This was an informative and tense story that keeps you hooked.
"Behavioural analysis was a science yes, but it was also dynamic, based on the totality of what you know at the time. You took the information, compared it to what you knew of other crimes and behaviours and killers, analysed the psychology behind the actions taken by the killer and the victimology of your victims, and drew conclusions based on your assimilation of all those factors."
"Murderers, sex deviants, rapists, child molesters, kidnappers, drug addicts, armed robbers, mobsters, bikers. Bad shits gonna happens when you put crap Iike that under one roof. All trying to prove how tough they are, who's go the most power."
"MacNally would soon find out, his failure to heed the wisdom Officer Voorhees had given at Leavenworth-the part about making the correct choices in life-would once again have catastrophic effects."
Joe Ledger and the DMS on another mission. This time it involves a neo-Nazi, eugenics, pathogen,twins and genetics. As the clock counts down to a dead...moreJoe Ledger and the DMS on another mission. This time it involves a neo-Nazi, eugenics, pathogen,twins and genetics. As the clock counts down to a deadly weapon being released the team is on the search for the source. The story is well researched with many military specifics. It's written well. I preferred Patient Zero the first Ledger book, when it comes to stories involving combat and espionage I tend to struggle in keeping interest. This is not a short read and just found myself wanting it to end if it was shorter I might have liked it even more.(less)
Pound for pound the boxer Sugar Ray Robinson was a champion across weight divisions his skill and class was unmatched. In writing you could say there...morePound for pound the boxer Sugar Ray Robinson was a champion across weight divisions his skill and class was unmatched. In writing you could say there are pound for pound or should I say Genre for Genre writers that hit home runs and pack a punch with stories across different genres. Writers such as Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Dan Simmons and I must say also with Jonathan Maberry. He is writing top notch novels with the likes of The Pine Deep trilogy, The Joe ledger Series and Benny Imura series and now we have a short story of the Urban Fantasy genre.
Sam Hunter is a Private Investigator, his new client wants him to take the heat off from and ex-husband who’s making death threats. This ex-husband has been said to have charisma and owns a groovy bat-like urban club down town. Sam pays him a visit to see what pedigree of heat he is dealing with and oh boy does Sam discover a whole new class of jackass. Sam is a P.I that has all the hallmarks of a character built to last and is going to take the investigation scene by storm. He has an extra edge a surprise weapon of defense that should help him through the rough and a charisma to deal with the smooth. This is story presents a taster of the man Sam Hunter and will leave you with a thirst for more of his stories. Maberry’s writing was sharp and packed a solid punch with a couple of surprises. Short and one not to miss. I am waiting eagerly for a novel length story with Sam the P.I as the main protagonist.