The Ivory Tower
Antoinette Corvo shows us that love can overcome all things, even a horde of undead cannibals, in The Ivory Tower! Cynthia Montgomery must overcome the living dead, surviving the apocalypse, and get past desperate and deadly humans in her search for her missing love and the ever elusive safety promised by the Ivory Tower. This has everything you can love from a zombie novel, but it’s the hope and determination Corvo packs into Cynthia that really drives the novel home for me! Aside from the great action, this is a very human novel making it a zombie apocalypse must read!
Astralia Dik takes us on a search for answers and a fight against darkness in Mystics! In her search for truth, Mary sets out to uncover the secrets of the world’s darkest city, a search that will pit her against a dangerous foe. Dik packs in a lot of great depth, mixing a bit of philosophy with a psychological thriller! I enjoyed uncovering the lore of the dark city and the essence of humankind’s enemy. If you like a bit of depth and supernatural elements splashed in your detective novel, come explore the world of Mystics!
Rob Dinsmoor gives us a smorgasbord of different stories in Toxic Cookout! You honestly never know what you’re going to get with each story, from futuristic to humorous. The variety is what makes this one so much fun and Dinsmoor impressively pulls off a whole range of styles! It really was like going to an eccentric neighbor’s cookout and finding a strange potluck variety that somehow works out in tandem. I found Dinsmoor’s out there ideas and humor to be a lot of fun, so if you’re looking for something fresh, grab some ketchup and hit up the Toxic Cookout!
Peter Taylor-Gooby gives us an intense modern political thriller in Blood Ties! After the loss of his wife, Ritchie struggles to find peace in the world, including the love and acceptance of his children. This is only complicated further as his family gets wrapped up in the political plot to reintroduce forced labor in a modern world. Taylor-Gooby doesn’t pull his punches, laying out several difficult moral dilemmas for poor Ritchie and his family! It’s this focus on morality, family drama, and a great bad guy that makes Blood Ties a wonderful emotional political thriller worthy of your time!
Don Sedei gives us an assassin’s tale with a twist in Day One! Kachada is a bit of a tortured soul since birth, always fleeing from a death that’s constantly stalking him. Kachada is a really interesting and in-depth character (and a kick arse assassin), but it’s the emotion and moral struggle Sedei packs into him that really brings him to life! This book can be heartwrenching, intense, and thoughtful, pumping some much needed life into the classic ‘assassin against all odds’ genre. If you’re looking for action with depth (and interesting twists), come chase the minutes in Day One!