The Book of the Dead is the second adventure in which Professor Matt Kearns finds himself thrust out fOriginally published at West Coast Book Reviews.
The Book of the Dead is the second adventure in which Professor Matt Kearns finds himself thrust out front and caught in the middle. I read The First Bird: Omnibus Edition, Kearn's first all-by-himself adventure, before starting this one and found I didn't have to. I enjoyed it too.
I decided to make a list of the top ten things (in no particular order) I love to see in a book like this. To me, The Book of the Dead fits neatly as a horror, supernatural thriller, adventure and an action story. The Book of the Dead covers all ten items on my list and turns them into something delicious and unexpected.
1. Believable threat to the Earth. Not a part or just a few people, all of it. I don't want to root for the evil underdog. 2. Smut, smexy or at least some good flirting. 3. Supernatural/superpowered beings capable of chewing up, consuming, devouring or otherwise sucking the life from everyone. Extra points for doing this without vampires. 4. Unexplained slime. 5. Strong characters of both sexes. 6. That moment when "going in there" is the only part of the plan the characters need to reconsider. 7. Affectionate insults such as numb nuts, asshat or douche bag. 8. Ominous bad smells. 9. THE MILITARY! 10. You don't have to read previous books in the series. I did. You should.
Add this one to your to read list if you haven't already.
Thank you to Momentum and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book. I received my copy in exchange for my honest review....more
Down is my first Ally Blue novel and I'm now a fan. I will definitely read more.
Down takes us deep, very deep, to a place where sunlight is no more than a memory and the ocean pressure will crush a person beyond recognition. For the men and women of BathyTech, however, much more waits.
I like Armin and Mo very much, particularly together. Theirs is a story of romance under pressure.
I also really liked that in addition to excellent suspense and tension pulling me through scenes, we also see so many things only by discovering the aftermath. I found this well done particularly since in many cases the unknown action is so much more scary than if the action had been laid out. We don't know who did it or how but it was bad and frightening.
The whole sense of being trapped deep below the surface added even more delicious scariness. The author is subtle about it, which I really enjoyed. The characters don't fear living underwater, they don't fear the ocean. They come to fear the people they live with, however, and for me setting the action underwater gave a whole other layer of creepy.
Definitely recommended to anyone who likes the feel of movies like Leviathan and Event Horizon.
I received a copy from Riptide Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review....more