Robin’s Review of Cousin Calls

Cousin Calls

by Zeb Haradon

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Robin's Review of Cousin Calls
by Zeb Haradon
A college student reluctantly attends a family chili cookout that turns into a never ending nightmare. A man desperate for job skills uses a brain implant to help him learn, but it malfunctions and leaves him sexually attracted to shadows. A private investigator is hired to discover who keeps befouling the walls of convenience store bathrooms. Two deer engaged in combat find that they are unable to unlock from one another’s antlers after the fight is over. A single mother spends 2020 battling an evil landlord, a fascist neighbor, national political chaos, and a global pandemic. These are the strange stories told by regulars at the local bar on Christmas Eve, stories which each began with a phone call from someone who announced “you don’t know me, but we’re cousins.”
Robin's Review: These short stories were well written, witty and entertaining. I loved how original they are, and the endings were jaw dropping. I giggled through the stories even though they were unusual. Well done Zeb Haradon. I highly recommend this author and his books. I am going to read some of his other book this was that good.

Here are five freakishly weird and creepy stories all centering around a “cousin’s call”.

It is Christmas Eve and Harold gets a “cousin call” where he is to meet Ninkilita, his cousin at the Coffin Bar for drinks. Not realizing that the few regulars there have gone through similar calls. Annie, Ward, Gordon, Alex, and Jane tell their strange and embarrassing accounts
with their own “cousin calls.”
Cousin Call Stories:

World’s Greatest Chili

The Shadow Thief

The Mysterious Case of Who Was Wiping Sh&t All Over the Bathroom Walls

The Lucky Bucks

The True Story of Douchebag Dave
Famous Last Words:

“She just said she wants to meet up for a drink,” Harold said, somewhat defensively, “she said she knew my dad and felt bad about missing the funeral.” “Sure,” the woman said, “but it will lead to something.”

“You should never take a cousin call. It’s always bad news.”
It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of these entertaining stories.


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Robin’s Review of Faceless

Faceless

 by J R White

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Faceless
by JR White

The apocalypse wasn’t the end, not for those who survived.
Amidst the ruin of a crumbling world, Bash struggles to move on after the love of his life, Tempest, sacrificed herself to save him from the Inferus. When he discovers a blood-soaked note that could have only come from her, he begins to question whether she's actually dead. Fearing she’s been turned into one of the Faceless, a mindless slave to the Inferus, Bash is determined to uncover the truth and somehow, find a way to save her. The only problem is, there’s no known cure for the Faceless, save death.
Robin's Review: Because of floods, earthquakes and other natural disasters ravaging the planet and mutating pathogens with no cure humanity was almost wiped out. Then the aliens came and enslaved those that were left.

This was a multi genre story. It had action, drama, romance, dystopian and horror all wrapped up in a freaky package. The world building was described nicely to the point I was hot and itchy. The characters were complex and interesting. The plot was different and entertaining with it being post-apocalyptic and aliens thrown in. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more from this author.

It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book from the author, that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.

Epic Line: “We kinda deserved it—the end of the world. Humans were killing the Earth, ignoring its calls of distress, and still demanding more. It was only a matter of time before something drastic happened.”

The Reliquiae:
meaning in Latin for survivors, remnants...The last of mankind.

Characters: Zachary, the appointed ‘Leader’ of the Reliquiae and his wife, Deja and their twins Hades and Tempest. Along with Bash and his German Shepard, Skull Crusher, and several others.



The Monsters:

Inferus: Aliens that have landed and enslaved humans.

Faceless: Are slaves to the aliens. They are humans with their faces erased by masks the color of bone.

Rabids: Creatures with thick scaly skin covered in sparse hair and sores stretched tight over every bone.

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