Archive for July, 2011

Rise Again by Ben Tripp

Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Rise Again
Author: Ben Tripp
Genre: Horror
URL: Gallery Books
Price: US$ 15.00
Other Information/warnings: explicit violence
Summary [from the publisher]:
Forest Peak, California. Fourth of July.

Sheriff Danielle Adelman, a troubled war veteran, thinks she has all the problems she can handle after her kid sister runs away from home. But when disease-stricken refugees from Los Angeles overrun her small mountain community, Danny realizes her problems have only just begun—with the end of the world.

When the streets are choked with dead, the living grieve. When the dead begin to move, the living hope. And when the dead begin to feed, the living fight to survive. Because if you die…

You rise again.

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Boystown: Three Nick Nowak Mysteries by Marshall Thornton

Rating: 8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 
Title: Boystown: Three Nick Nowak Mysteries
Author: Marshall Thornton
Genre: Detective/PI
URL: Torquere
Price: US $5.99
Other Information/warnings: Violence, explicit sexual material
Summary [from the publisher]:

A former police officer turned private investigator, Nick Nowak is haunted by his abrupt departure from the department, as well as, the traumatic end of his relationship with librarian Daniel Laverty. In these three stories set in Chicago during the early eighties, Nick locates a missing young man for a mysterious client, solves a case of arson at a popular nightspot, and goes undercover to prove a dramatic suicide was actually murder.

When he isn’t detecting, and sometimes when he is, Nick moves through a series of casual relationships. But his long suppressed romantic side surfaces when he meets Detective Bert Harker. Will he give love another chance? Or, will he continue to bury himself in the arms of strangers?

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Deconstruction by Kit Zheng

Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Deconstruction
Author: Kit Zheng
Genre: mystery, erotica
URL: Aspen Mountain Press
Price: US $6.99
Other Information/warnings: violence, domination, humiliation, explicit sexual content
Summary [from the publisher]:
Escort Tomas and homicide detective Vic have been together three years and expect many more–until Vic’s case, a string of hustler murders, hits too close to home. While Vic grows more tense and distant, Tomas finds himself increasingly tangled in the erotic games of a client, Jon, who plays on Tomas’s most secret needs. When the killer strikes at the club where Tomas works as a dancer, everything spins into a dizzying mix of sex and love, miscommunication and murder.

Can they stop the killer before things go horribly wrong? Or are they already too late?

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Tinseltown by Barry Brennessel

Rating: 7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 
Title: Tinseltown
Author: Barry Brennessel
Genre: Humour/romance
URL: MLR Press
Price: US $6.99
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Summary [from the publisher]:

Film student Micah Malone learns the hard way that when life sucks, you can’t just yell “Cut! Let’s do another take!”

His grades are a box-office bomb. His friends create more drama than a soap opera. And his love life needs a laughtrack. While there’s no script to dictate what happens next, can Micah find the direction he needs? Life, after all, is no film school project. But it is great source material. The only source material.

Let the cameras roll. Micah’s quirky story has begun filming.

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