Book Review: When True Night Falls: Book 2 of the Coldfire Trilogy by C.S. Friedman

When True Night FallsTwo men, absolute enemies, must unite to conquer an evil greater than anything their world has ever known. One is a warrior priest ready to sacrifice anything and everything for the cause of humanity’s progress; the other, a sorcerer who has survived for countless centuries by a total submission to evil. In their joint quest, both will be irrevocably changed.

It’s not too often that I give up on a book but this was one of those times.

After getting about 3/4 of the way through this book I had to stop.

My biggest complaint about this book is about the characters. Tarrant and Vryce were fleshed out and I got to know them inside and out.

The other charters? Hesseth is a cat woman and there was a girl. That, honestly, is about as much as I can, or care, to remember about them.

My next complaint is with the moral conflict that Vryce is experiencing. Every decision that Vryce makes is punctuated by him whining about the moral implications of said decision. It became frustratingly monotonous.

My third complaint is the pacing of the novel. There were far too many lulls in between any kind of action. Near the end I found myself skipping and skimming over way too many paragraphs.

I can not recommend this book on the sole basis that I was unable to finish it.

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Book Review: Dead City: A Dead World Novel by Joe McKinney

Dead CityBattered by five cataclysmic hurricanes in three weeks, the Texas Gulf Coast and half of the Lone Star State is reeling from the worst devastation in history. Thousands are dead or dying—but the worst is only beginning. Amid the wreckage, something unimaginable is happening: a deadly virus has broken out, returning the dead to life—with an insatiable hunger for human flesh…

Within hours, the plague has spread all over Texas. San Antonio police officer Eddie Hudson finds his city overrun by a voracious army of the living dead. Along with a small group of survivors, Eddie must fight off the savage horde in a race to save his family…

If you’re looking for a predictable story that leads you step-by-step to an anti-climatic ending then look no further.

When I pick up a book I have a few expectations:

  1. A horror novel should have some elements of horror.  This book failed to leave me feeling scared, unsettled or horrified in any way shape or form.
  2. A book should be entertaining and leave me with some form of satisfaction that I had spent some time reading it.  This book made me wish for the 3 hours back that I had invested in it.
  3. The author will make the safe and simple assumption that I am smarter than your average rock and be able to follow a few twists and turns.  This novel was put into drive and plowed straight ahead from predictable moment to predictable moment.

The author insisted on driving me around San Antonio street by street and turn by turn.  I mean really?  Do I need to know that he turned left on such and such and then right on such and such before he turned his car around to try a different street?

The zombies in this novel were nothing more than a nuisance and the main character was never in any real jeopardy from them.  Every time the hero seams to be facing certain death someone pops out of the wood work to help him out.

I can not recommend this book to anyone except for maybe those of you out there that have an incessant need to read bad zombie apocalypse novels no matter what the cost.

Book Review: Countdown By Jonathan Maberry

CountdownA prequel to Jonathan Maberry’s Joe Ledger series.

Time is too short!

I found this to be a disappointing, mediocre, short story that failed in it’s attempts to hook me into wanting to read any more from this series or by this author.

Reading the dialogue was almost as pleasant as chewing on tin-foil and I found that I couldn’t bring myself to feel anything but boredom and indifference towards the main character.

The plot was the only redeemable aspect of this short work of fiction.

A new kind of global terror in the form of a Zombie outbreak…cool concept…poor delivery.

I may re-visit this series again after reading other works that seam more worth my time.

I can not recommend this book except to those of you who may be fans of zombie apocalypse fiction.