This is collection of short stories have death and loss as the main driving force of the story. He has written these so well not one story lacks in ex...moreThis is collection of short stories have death and loss as the main driving force of the story. He has written these so well not one story lacks in excellence. Stories that deliver with content that are Haunting, visceral, thought provoking and poignant.
Walking With the Ghosts of Pier 13 A thought provoking deep sense of feeling story. One brother visits a virtually abandoned amusement park, a Pier that has witnessed mass murderer and death including that of his brother. This is a post 9/11 story, in a world where many more incidents and deaths have spread across the U.S.A. Written well, descriptive and really a good story.
"I didn't really think the park would even be open, let alone with the coaster running." "You heard the President, didn't you?" "Go on living, right?" "Like nothing has changed," the girl said."Like there's nothing to fear." "You scared?" "Out of my mind."
Running Rain A story of a couple coming to terms with the loss of their son. Eight teenagers have been murders in the area, there is no body found of their Ron but they know he's dead now. They struggle, the husband has persistent nightmares and takes up running near where his son was last seen near a river. He was always running by the river trying to forget and shake off the eight names of the dead but it's hard for him. This is a good short read of loss and love.
Answering The Call Original creative story of a man who entraps, it seems, souls of the dead in a phone answering device. A sort of ghostbuster. He visits the departed's home and removes the ghosts.
The Punishment Room The story is as the title describes, a punishment room where you are tortured and people killed. It seems it's government run and the torture only stops when the deceased innocent victims family say so.
What They Left Behind There is a presence of pure evil in the generator room. There are others.
A Dreamlike State In this tale a brother is haunted by his sisters death, many years ago, nightmares and visitations of her and the dead.
When The Sunlight Sleeps A widower is coming to terms with death of his wife and he is trying to deal with his sons hurt and make him accept she's dead. Every week they do a tour a visit the locations of how where they first meet mother and father, the sons wants it.
I interviewed Jonathan Maberry recently here. He talks about writing, favorite books, Bram Stoker Awards and Martial arts.
A military bio-weapon could...moreI interviewed Jonathan Maberry recently here. He talks about writing, favorite books, Bram Stoker Awards and Martial arts.
A military bio-weapon could be the most dangerous weapon to us all. Maberry takes you back through the turning process to where it all started with the first host. Homer Gibbon was the states most notorious serial killer others watched and saw him be killed via lethal injection or did they? There is death and then life again well kind of, the undead shall walk upon the earth and Jonathan Maberry is you tale conjurer. His dialogue, and sequences of events are all written spot on and carve out a zombie dilemma of sorts a literal version of the Walking Dead right from the first infection. All that makes good reading is here likable characters, element of surprise and the bad guys.
“Homer Gibbon was a legend at Rockview. A convict’s convict. They called him the Angel of Death. Some of them had Gibbon’s face tattooed on their arms.”
“This is a serum transfer pathogen,” he said in a ghostly voice. “It lives in any body fluid. Blood and sputum would be rife with newly hatched larvae. The logic inherent in parasites would cause the host to transfer the larvae through the most efficient possible means. Spitting into the eyes, nose, or mouth of a target host would work well. The parasites would be absorbed through the mucus membranes. But the most efficient and direct way to guarantee infection would be to forcibly introduce the parasites directly into the bloodstream.”
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The song track 'Highway to Hell' by AC/DC comes to mind and as I am singing this chorus I think of the band featured in this novel The Five and their...moreThe song track 'Highway to Hell' by AC/DC comes to mind and as I am singing this chorus I think of the band featured in this novel The Five and their very rocky journey in a kind of hellish circumstances. This is an excellent rock and roller story that is fully of high quality storytelling that should be absorbed in small doses. Within you will find characters that have some good old rock and roll demeanour with some darkness. Writing with a quality of excellence that really makes you forget time and feel that you want the story to be even more longer. The five are about to be catapulted to stardom due to unconventional occurrences, that they could never fathom to occur. They find that hits of their YouTube views and other media outlets rise due to a death toll rise. This story does cover a lot to do with rock and roll and all that comes with it and also you will find the story covers a journey of resolution and discovery. The author Robert hits the cords right and strings out a melody that touchs the heart with themes of pain, loss and survival. He really is an masterful writer and communicates here about the horrors of war, the delight of human struggle and the love of music.
This novel would definitely appeal even more to fans of music bands, artists and also veterans of war. Without giving too much away there is an element to this story, that Robert is known for, involving that which the human eye cannot see. Due to the length of the novel and a band being the main feature of the story, at first I was wondering how he was going to make it an interesting read. Once I started and embarked upon this journey of The Five I was really in praise of awesomeness! Definitely one to remember, that lurks behind in the mind for a time.
"He is proficient with his rifle, but a pistol is a different animal. You have to be close. You can easily miss with a pistol, unless you're really close. He has always thought of a pistol as a defensive weapon, a rifle as offensive."
"Business was booming among this demographic. He saw blue,red and purple flames tattooed on bald heads. He saw faces transformed into Escher artwork. He saw the calligraphy of a hundred hues written across shoulders and chest and breasts and stomachs, each man and woman their own Book of Life. Here, dancing and capering, was a bearded figure whose original colt of birthflesh had disappeared beneath the new skin f blue ink and black proclamations; there whirling 'round and 'round was a topless female with red pigtails and an intricate painting of a multicoloured dragon clinging to her back, its arms extending down across her shoulders and the black tails of its claws circling her nipples. Technicolor serpents coiled around throats, arms, thighs and calves. Flowers grew from navels and foreheads were crowned by shooting stars and pentagrams. Marilyn Monroe, Charlie Chaplin, Alice Cooper and Hitler pushed their faces forth from sweat-glistening meat. And there in the crowd...and there...and over there....stood in this blur of constant motion the few motionless figures who stood staring at the performers on the stage with eyes in a visage no longer recognisable as being earthly; they were creations from another realm, a strange and frightening beauty of human matter craved upon and recoloured by needles both the insane and awesome. The was a face made of layered scales like the gray hide of a desert lizard; there was a face created from a dozen interlocking other faces like a grotesque human jigsaw puzzle; and there was the face that was none at all, but rather a pair of eyes, nostrils and a mouth suspended against a bruised-coloured, crackled parchment of indecipherable markings. It seemed to Nomad to be a document of rage."
A taken brother and a brave girl Saba and her sister Emmie in pursuit of his rescue. This is a good story taking place in the desert dust lands with c...moreA taken brother and a brave girl Saba and her sister Emmie in pursuit of his rescue. This is a good story taking place in the desert dust lands with cage fighting, escapes and killer worms thrown in. It delivers with hours of thrills and adventure. I felt I was there with them in the story . These gals are tough and have heart. The story does mellow down near the last half, but hey it can't all be perfect. I am left with a promising expectation in reading the books to come in this series, I looks to get even better. The setting and characters are there I don't see it failing. Review also over here (less)
Hap a tough country boy with iron foundry muscles just spent eighteen months in prison, during this time his wife Trudi was filing for divorce. Leonard...moreHap a tough country boy with iron foundry muscles just spent eighteen months in prison, during this time his wife Trudi was filing for divorce. Leonard a Vietnam vet and a certified hardhead. His expertise is Martial arts, boxing, kenpo and hapkido. Trudi ruled men with brains, passion and her downy triangle. Hap a bird lover. Leonard a dog lover. An inseparable duo of characters. On his release from prison Trudi temps Hap into a money making deal or shall we say money finding. A bank job money stash needs to be recovered and she wants Hap to to find it and get a cut. Thing is, its an idea coming from Trudi's other lover. Things don't pan out as they should. Along down the line Revolutionaries and gun deals come into the picture and matters get a whole lot more complicated for Hap and Leonard. This was a good promising starter to a series of books involving the characters Hap and Leonard. They are fun guys to be around and when they need to be serious and get the job done they get it done properly. Also on my Blog Here. (less)