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The Tale of the Wulks By V.K. Green


“The Tale of the Wulks is remarkable début novel filled with fascinating creatures, well-developed characters, along with an epic adventure that will in no doubt leave fans of epic fantasy breathless.”

The story follows Rilk Wulk, an autistic young man who lives high in the mountains of California among a magical tribe that help protect Mother Earth. When The Dark Lord Vanko threatens to dominate the Earth, Rilk, and his tribe must band together to try and defeat Vanko and his relentlessly powerful army of monsters that will stop at nothing to achieve the Dark Lords mission.

Green has the unique ability to draw the reader into the middle of the intense action scenes, death-defying battles and has built a world that is so vivid and engrossing that I found it difficult leave. If you are a fan of fantasy of superbly written prose, than I highly recommend this book.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

A Deeply Touching Anthology: Pieces Like Pottery: Stories of Loss and Redemption: By Dan Buri


“Pieces Like Pottery, is a collection of heartfelt and enlightening short stories that deal with themes such as, loss, anguish, forgiveness and atonement.”

This anthology of short stories written by Dan Buri is a compilation of the diverse experiences that people experience in their daily lives. Each of these nine stories tug at the heart, the writing is insightful and provocative. The first and perhaps the hardest hitting story for me as a reader involves a couple that thought their marriage could withstand anything life threw at them, until their only child dies and it shatters both their worlds as they slowly drift apart. This story, like all the others is well-written and filled with experiences like my own and I could connect with the characters immediately. The other stories explore a number of themes, such as a single parent becoming widowed because of the weight of nature, one man’s insecurities and low self-esteem change his outlook on life and one young man’s need to find a place where he belongs as he struggles with his sexuality.

Although short stories are not something I read very often as the depth and dimension to the characters are sometimes lacking. I can honestly say I was pleasantly surprised with Buri´s fascinating group of characters, all of which handle grief and loss in their own different ways. I would highly recommend this anthology to readers who appreciate emotional and thought-provoking literature.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

RedEye: Fulda Cold: A Rick Fontain Novel By Bill Fortin



“RedEye: Fulda Cold is a suspenseful, hard-hitting and astonishing piece of military history that is set in 1969 West Germany and explores the reality of what happened on the border between the conflicting forces of East and West that I knew very little about until now.”

Rick Fontain tells us about his exciting adventures through a first person narrative that allows the reader to travel with Rick from his initial induction into the army, following him on his journey where he and his team are stationed near the Fulda Gap to prevent an invasion or attack from Russia.

As a reader, I felt that I could connect easily with Rick on his incredible journey as he takes you by the hand and doesn’t let it go until the last page. Fortin does a remarkable job of describing the people and the landscape of the late 1960s, while throwing more light onto the tactics that the American military deployed to contain Russia in the Cold War. I certainly hope that this isn’t the last we have heard from Rick Fontain, and do hope that there is a sequel in the near future, as I cannot wait to read more of this young hero’s adventures and more of his infectious good humour.

Finally, I would also like to add that Fortin has put together a remarkably well written story with a vast amount of meticulous research and footnotes that detail the timeframe of when and where things take place. I found this to be tremendously helpful as it strengthened my understanding and added to my reading pleasure.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

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PALE HIGHWAY: By Nicholas Conley



“Pale Highway is an ambitious, heartbreaking and out of this world Sci-Fi story of one man’s struggle to save humanity, while working against the clock to save his own mental degradation!” Catherine Rose Putsche Book Blog

Gabriel Schist, a rugged genius, who in his younger years developed the vaccine for AIDS is now spending his remaining years in a nursing home with few memories that Alzheimer’s have stole from him. However, when one of the residents comes down with a gruesome virus that nobody seems to want to find a cure for, only cover it up, Gabriel, tries to convince the heads of the nursing home that he is the only man who can find a vaccine/antidote to destroy the virus, unaware and unprepared that the virus may not be what it seems to be and that the threat to destroy humanity may soon become a reality if Gabriel cannot find a solution in time before his own mental and physical deterioration take place.

It is not often that my own words escape me as I try to recount the beauty, the true understanding of such a devoted man who struggles to hold off his own real-life manifestations to save everyone around him. Conley, has created a memorable, life-like and loveable protagonist who will stay with me for a long time and I have no doubt that this story will have an impact and raise awareness to each and every reader out there who has lost, or is losing someone in their lives’ to this despicable disease, as I and so many others have.

My Ranking: 5 Stars

Highly Recommended for Lovers of a Superior Horror Yarn! “Sterling Gate Books – 5 Star Reviews!”

Gracie Peterson

Not for the faint-hearted, The Surgeon’s Son is an aptly-named horror yarn guaranteed to keep you turning pages well into the night.

After four young ladies mysteriously vanish and one is found alive with gruesome wounds, it’s obvious a serial killer’s on the loose. Enter Detective Inspector Marty Bride and team who embark on a thrilling manhunt as they chase their target, a real nutcase who delights in leaving tantalizing clues as to his identity.

The storyline and accompanying tension build beautifully, aided in no small way by crisp narrative and clever dialogue. Highly recommended for lovers of the genre!

My Review: The Fisherman’s Lily By Suzanne Spiegoski

The Fisherman’s Lily is set deep in the heart of New York City. The story begins when the body of a young female Asian is discovered wrapped in an oriental rug. Detective Lily Dietz and detective John Fermont are called into investigate the gruesome murder and soon discover that the unknown victim had been tortured and died from several brutal and horrific sexual assaults. Lily also notices a distinctive beauty spot on the victim’s upper right cheek. However, before Lily can progress any further into the case she must wait patiently for the autopsy results and check the crime scene photographs. Impatient and anxious to find out what happened to the victim Lily appoints a close friend of hers, Dr Janelle Wopelle, to examine the victim’s body ASAP, only to find a number of cryptic clues in the preliminary evidence that provide a link back to Lily’s troubled past. Without further warning another young Asian female is discovered wrapped in an oriental rug by a tramp who manages to call the emergency services. However by the time the EMT arrive the young women dies. Lily notices that although the second victim shows no signs of malnutrition and that her nails are not worn down like the first victim there is however a manmade spot on the second victim’s upper right cheek and Lily is in no doubt that this is the work of the same serial-killer and it’s not long before the autopsy results find the same cause of death, both women died from internal bleeding. Victim number three is soon discovered in a children’s playground in the same fashion as the two previous victims and provides more vital clues as Lily discovers another cryptic message from the killer.
Lily convinces herself that the serial-killer who is responsible for the murder of these three young women is the man who once had raped her back in college and feels an overwhelming sense of guilt for never reporting the rape all those years ago. Lily is suspended from the case for withholding evidence and her boss orders her to go for psychiatric evaluation. Lily convinces herself that the killer will stop at nothing to capture her and will go to any extreme to fulfil his mission and becomes increasingly concerned for her high-profile brother and his family as she senses the killer closing in on them all. As the weeks turn into months and Lily’s suspension is lifted she wonders if the killer is just a figment of her imagination as everyone around her seems to doubt her claims as she has no evidence to back up her theories and senses the killer is having a cooling off period. She decides its high-time to turn the tables and goes in pursuit of the killer alone.
Will lily’s mission succeed? And if so, at what cost? Will there be anything left of her family, or the people who she cares about in this breathtaking, edge of the seat thriller?
The Fisherman’s Lily is a fast paced, exciting read and I would recommend it to anyone who likes crime fiction.
My Ranking:
4 Stars
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5 Star Review: I Truly Lament Working Through the Holocaust By Mathias B. Freese

I truly Lament is a unique and remarkable compilation of 27 Holocaust stories. Each story explores different points of view, concepts and theses all corresponding to the Holocaust. The stories take the reader on a deep, psychological and profound emotional journey into the stark reality of what it was like to live, exist or to die in the inhumane conditions of the concentration camps run by the Nazis. In the opening chapters the stories deal mostly with the plight of Jews in concentration camps that have no choice to endure the cruel and unjustified punishments of the prison guards who would decide their own type of weapon as they saw fit. Many of the men were ordered to dig trenches for hours on end, often resulting in their death as the Nazi ideology behind this cruel task was to wear the men out to a point where they evolved into Muselmänner (the stage before the ovens). Existence in the camps was short, nasty and brutish without meaning. The Nazis kept the men alive upon the barest thread of existence, teased individuality out of them as they wanted the men to loath themselves to their last dying moment. Most vile of all the Nazis wanted the men to willingly go along with their own extermination.
Perhaps the most harrowing of all the stories is “Hummingbird” where a Holocaust survivor tells us his own unique story at the age of 82. Part of him wants to live, and a part of him doesn’t mind dying as his life was so consumed by his existence in the camps that he doesn’t know what it was like to grow up without those horrors. He is damaged in so many ways and feels his life is in transit as he was made to slog through one camp to another in his younger years. He concludes that he now wanders the earth as an old man in search of a planet and the only reason he survived the camps was that his body desired to go on long after his mind had given up.
Mathias B. Freese has created a powerful thought-provoking work of fiction that cleverly examines a number of diverse perspectives on the Holocaust through several different writing styles, ranging from gothic, Utopian, romantic and chimerical. Each and every story will no doubt leave the reader speechless as we follow the few survivors that managed to outlive the brutality and starvation imposed by the Nazis, only to find their lives are full of insecurities and there is no escape from the torment they once suffered. All of which leads me to close and agree that we will never be done with the Holocaust and this book is living proof of that and I fully agree with other reviewers that it should be mandatory reading for all.
My Ranking:
5 Stars

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