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Review of Vine: An Urban Legend by Michael Williams.

Posted by Robert J. on Sunday, August 12, 2012,
Vine: An Urban Legend by Michael Williams
Blackwyrm Publishing
Copyright 2012 by Blackwyrm Publishing
ISBN: 9781613181256
184 pages
   Michael Williams said of himself recently that he had always wanted to write a Greek tragedy but he's not Greek, was born about 2500 years to late, and doesn't even read modern Greek much less ancient.  Nevertheless, he set forth recently to do something of the sort anyhow.  The result of those efforts is the novel Vine: An Urban Legend, which weds Greek tragedy t...
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Review of Sygillis of Metatron by Ren Garcia

Posted by Robert J. on Thursday, August 9, 2012,
Sygillis of Metatron
Ren Garcia 
Copyrigth 2009 by Ren Garcia
Loconeal Publishing 2011
Cover art and illustrations by Carol Phillips, Eve Ventrue, and Bea Matarredona-Garcia

I saw this book at Mr. Garcia's table at Fandomfest Louisville in 2011 and wanted to get it then.  I didn't have the cash to get all the books I wanted.  I never do.  I finally bought it from him at the same event in 2012.  One of the reasons I wanted it was that later in the series one encounters the best title ev...
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Review of The Exodus Gate by Stephen Zimmer

Posted by Robert J. on Monday, May 7, 2012,
The Exodus Gate
Stephen Zimmer
Copyright 2009 by Stephen Zimmer
First Printing 2009 by Seventh Star Press
Urban Fantasy
Cover Art by Matthew Perry

The Exodus Gate is the first in a trilogy titled The Rising Dawn Saga.  It is epic, urban fantasy.  It is an ambitious novel with a large cast of characters and multiple plot lines that slowly, elegantly are woven together as the story unfolds.  The plot is thick.  The characters are believable and sympathetic.  The language is sometimes heavy, eve...
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Review of High Kings, by H. David Blalock

Posted by Robert J. on Monday, May 7, 2012,
High Kings
H. David Blalock
Copyright 2011 by H. David Blalock
First Printing, May 2011
Sam's Dot Publishing.
Speculative Fiction/sci fi
Cover Art by Mitchell Davidson Bentely
Cover Design by Atomic Fly Studios

High Kings is a novella, a good, short, well-written read about a the "conundrums" which "abound in time travel."
It's entertaining and sophisticated with well-rounded characters and a plot not too complex but which can confuse those who don't pay attention.   
Dr. Marlene Sartor...
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Review: Ascendant by H. David Blalock

Posted by Robert J. on Monday, February 28, 2011,
    Title: Ascendant
    Author: H. David Blalock
    Publisher: Sam's Dot Publishing
    ISBN 9780981969602  470 pages

Ascendant is an epic fantasy novel written by H. David Blalock in his best, inimitable style.  In the fictional setting of Atlantis, a cast of memorable and sympathetic characters led by the protagonist, Andalarn Thran, vie for position, favor, power, and even the right to exist at all on the Island of Adylonis.  Full of suspense, epic sweep, political intrigue, romance, adventu...

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Review: Thomas Riley

Posted by Robert J. on Thursday, March 25, 2010,

TITLE: Thomas Riley
AUTHOR: Nick Valentino
PUBLISHER: Echelon Press, LLC, 2010
ISBN 978-1-59080-700-2 (282 pages)

Thomas Riley is a fun, fast-paced adventure in the "Steam Punk" genre.  Valentino's first novel, it is a satisfactory read with few of the rough edges that often characterize an opus one.  Thomas Riley, an engineer and alchemist who aids his country as a weapons developer, is thrust into the action and mayhem that he has so readily enabled for years.  In a desperate attempt to save ...

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