Robin’s Review of The Resistance

The Resistance


by Daniel House

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Red Mud River: A Callow and Oakley FBI Thriller

Missiles strike Southern California, school is canceled—and the fate of society lies in the hands of seven kids…

13-year-old Elijah Samuel is normally concerned about his next karate kick, taking down the middle school football rival, Valley…and keeping Gordon—the goblin-looking bully—from hurting his friends. These worries are quickly replaced when his hometown, West Garden, is attacked by Leon Abel, the notorious terrorist leader from the Inferno Sanctum, who has declared war on any country known to have Throngorian—a new metal discovered on Earth with intriguing scientific potential.

Elijah and his friends are evacuated to a safe haven—where they inadvertently become vital to the war efforts along with three rival gang leaders. The three gang leaders must be convinced to work together while Elijah has to persuade his friends to join alongside them to drive Leon Abel’s influence out of town. If not, destruction is imminent, and all lives are on the line.
Robin's Review: Rick, Taylor, Josh, Camyrn, Greg, Trevor, and Elijah, aka the Seven, are Oak Grove Middle School students. They are protected from the local bully Gordon and his crew by Elijah, who is a natural-born leader. As protector over the "Neighborhood," school, and dojo, everything is tense when he is around. Still, soon enough, that would become the least of their worries as terrorist leader Leon Abel and his troops take over parts of California in search of Throngorian. This special metal can be undetectable. It is up to Elijah and the crew to stand up to him, but this is something that they can't do alone. They must team up with some rival gangs and the National Guard in the hopes of pushing back Abel and his troops.
This book has a wide appeal and is easy to read. It follows a coming-of-age story primarily featuring young characters and offers an exciting glimpse into a potential apocalyptic future. With elements from multiple genres, this is an excellent read for any audience.

Favorite Lines and Quotes:
It’s funny how the news people talk for instance. 
“This is Anchorman Guy and to my left is Anchorwoman Selena, and we have breaking news,” said Anchorman Guy frantically.
“The Missile Heard By None”,”
“One of the capabilities of Throngorian metal broadcasted here was that anything with Throngorian couldn’t be detected.”
“Leon Abel has also taken a stronger hold in the Inferno Sanctum. Northern Lowry and some parts of Mason have been forced to give their metal to him.”

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Robin’s Review of Red Mud River: A Callow and Oakley FBI Thriller

Red Mud River: A Callow and Oakley FBI Thriller


by DW Viergutz 

Red Mud River: A Callow and Oakley FBI Thriller

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Red Mud River: A Callow and Oakley FBI Thriller

First there was one. Then there were two. Now there is panic.

The latest victim was like the others — abandoned in the outskirts of El Paso. Exposed to the elements, they’re are left to die alone in the cold.

The FBI’s elite serial killer identification team, The Behavioral Analysis Unit, dispatches their top criminal profiler, Genevieve Callow and her esteemed partner, Marcus Oakley, to track down the elusive killer. The killer is crafty. Smart. Completely deranged.

In the midst of the investigation, another girl is taken, and the killer sets the countdown clock. People cower in their homes. Nobody feels safe.

What could drive someone to such violence? And why?

Unfortunately for Agent Callow, the trail is as cold as the victim’s bodies — sub-zero. The case proves to be the most difficult she’s ever worked, and the bodies are piling up.

If she fails, the mud will run red with more blood. He won’t stop.

Can Callow piece together the clues before the killer claims another life?
Robin's Review: Red Mud River is the gripping first installment in DW Viergutz's series of thrilling crime novels. Following esteemed criminal profiler Genevieve Callow, partnered with Marcus Oakley from The Behavioral Analysis Unit–the FBI’s elite serial killer identification team – readers are taken on a high-stakes mission to track down an elusive murderer. Filled with unexpected twists and fast-paced action, this book will leave you eagerly anticipating the next instalment! Well done DW Viergutz.

Series Reading Order:
Red Mud River: A Callow and Oakley FBI Thriller
May 7th 3 One More Victim: A Callow and Oakley FBI Thriller
June/July We’re Lost Forever: A Callow and Oakley FBI Thriller
August/September One More Body: A Callow and Oakley FBI Thriller

It was my pleasure to recive a free copy of this book but that doe not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaing story.

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Robin’s Review of Fear City Cop

Book two of the Legends of the NYPD. The incredible true events of highly decorated NYPD retired Sergeant, Greg Quinn


by Pete Thron

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Fear City Cop
by Pete Thron

During the 1970's and 80's the NYPD was faced with gang wars, violent crimes. The city was in a financial crisis which resulted in many police officers being laid off. NYC would become what was known as Fear City.

 Visitors entered at their own risk. Retired Sergeant Greg Quinn would become a one man army fighting criminals on and off duty. Sergeant Quinn was involved in several shootings, hundreds of arrests and thousands of assists, and received many medals for his bravery. This is his fantastic true story. Heroes aren't born, they're made on the battlefield.The streets of NYC were Sergeant Quinn's battlefield.
Robin's Review: Fear City Cop by Pete Thron is a gripping true story about NYPD Sergeant Greg Quinn, who has since retired. Thron takes us on a wild ride filled with compelling twists and turns that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

The writing is realistic and powerful, making it easy to sympathize with Quinn and feel like you're walking in his shoes. In addition, you'll get a glimpse of what it was like to wear the badge in the 70s and 80s and how much has changed since then.

Overall, this thought-provoking book is an exciting and engrossing read that keeps you hooked until the end. So, if you're looking for a page-turner that will keep you up at night, Fear City Cop is the perfect choice.

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Thron, a renowned author, at a signing event in Pennsylvania last year.

I discovered him to be a kind, articulate, and respectful author. Undoubtedly, he's one of the most amiable people you could ever encounter.

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Robin’s Review of The Kaleidoscope (The Horror Trove)

The Kaleidoscope (The Horror Trove)


by A.P. Royal

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Kaleidoscope 
The Horror Trove
by A.P. Royal

You peek through the kaleidoscope:
A town looks for answers from a mysterious woman on the verge of death.

A waiter works his way up the corporate ladder of a restaurant with compromising secrets. A man loses control as he struggles to cope with the truth about his wife's murder.

From the twisted mind of A.P. Royal comes a debut horror anthology filled with sinister twists and captivating storylines that promise to keep you guessing until the very end. The collection features twenty unique short stories sure to keep you up at night.

There are patterns to the madness, patterns we will never understand.

Take another look through the kaleidoscope...nothing is as it seems.
Robin's Review: Enter the twisted world of The Horror Trove with The Kaleidoscope, a collection of 20 short, creepy stories that will thrill your senses and leave you feeling unsettled. I know I was. These tales are quick, easy to read, and filled with freaky fun that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The Kaleidoscope offers something for every horror aficionado. I definitely recommend this collection and its author for anyone looking for a bit of freaky fun.
The Kaleidoscope:

Off the Coast of Nowhere
Abby's Little Tea Party
The Man at the Diner
Buyer's Remorse
Exotic Encounters
The Gully
Down the Spiral Staircase
The Crane Game
The Hand of the Devil
Azalea's Cookhouse

Lifeline Denied
Jimmy and the Flower Bug
The Vultures
Nanny Elda
Daddy was a Drifter
Prisoner 1N54N3

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Robin’s Review of The Brother’s Curse

The Brother’s Curse: Book 1 of 3: The Brother’s Curse Saga


by Christine M. Germain

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Brother's Curse 
The Brother's Curse Saga  
Book 1 of 3
by Christine M. Germain

A year after the brutal death of her parents, Crystal Francois moves back home to the eerie small town of Lakeview Falls.
When one of her neighbors goes away abruptly leaving his home to be watched by a young man named Jason Warwick, Crystal finds herself falling for him instantly because of his charming ways and dashing good looks. Two weeks before her 25th birthday, she receives a rare antique purple amethyst stone necklace that is left for her by her late mother; A necklace with a deadly past and horrible consequences when being worn. She finds out that wearing the necklace causes her and her friends to be the target for two sadistic tyrannical evil 18th-century old Shapeshifter brothers who will not stop till they find her and retrieve the chariot stone necklace that holds their father and 24 demonic Shapeshifters captive. When young men from town go missing, and bodies showing up eaten or skinned alive. Lakeview Falls is on high alert. It doesn't take long for Crystal to discover that the new guy in town isn't who he claims to be or if he is even human.
Robin's Review: "The Brother's Curse" by Christine M. Germain is a captivating story that will leave you spellbound. Crystal Francois has returned to the eerie town of Lakeview Falls after losing her parents and soon becomes embroiled in a dangerous mystery. Enter the charming and mysterious Jason Warwick, whose captivating presence challenges everything Crystal thought she knew. But as Crystal uncovers the mystery surrounding a deadly necklace left by her late mother, she realizes that danger is lurking around every corner. With her loved ones at stake, Crystal must find a way to break the curse and save herself from certain doom. Germain's thrilling voice and suspenseful storytelling will keep you on your toes right up to the very last page of this must-read novel.
Now I move onto more mysterious adventures and spine-tingling thrills in the "The Stone the Curse of Mastema."
Book Series Order:
The Stone the Curse of Mastema (The Brother's Curse Saga Book 2) 
Book 2 of 3: The Brother's Curse Saga
Christopher's Curse (The Brother's Curse Saga Book 3 
Book 3 of 3: The Brother's Curse Saga
Fazarell (The Brother’s Curse Saga Book 4)
Book 4 of 4: The Brother’s Curse Saga

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Robin’s Review of Manx-iety



by Daemon Manx

Rating: 5 out of 5.
A Collection of Disturbing Stories 
by Daemon Manx

The stories in this book were inspired by real-life events. Some are loose interpretations of my nightmares and experiences, and others are dark memoirs. 
All were designed to evoke emotion. Longing, fear, remorse, desperation, and of course, anxiety, are a few of the horrors we all face and the ones from which there is often no escape. These stories were written during the most difficult periods in my life. Addiction, incarceration, and depression are the demons of which I speak. Creating this compilation became the tool I used to overcome these demons. This is the product of that struggle. This is Manx-iety.
Robin's Review: I was captivated by the haunting tales woven together in 'Manx-iety,' this mesmerizing collection of short stories by Daemon Manx has elicited an incredible range of emotions, each story delves deep into the human psyche, leaving an indelible mark on the reader's soul. Manx's unparalleled gift for descriptive storytelling brings each character and setting to life in vivid, heart-wrenching detail, immersing readers in a world of dark, haunting nightmares. Pain and suffering are the haunting threads that bind each tale together, creating a chilling tapestry of horror that will leave you breathless. Don't miss this chance to experience the thrill of Manx's dark imagination in one spine-tingling anthology that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.

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Robin’s Review of Cadaverous



by Jay Bower

Rating: 5 out of 5.
by Jay Bower

When the sun went dark, it was only just the beginning…

Gaige Penrod yearns for the light of musical greatness. A self-taught metal guitarist with a dream of being the greatest, he finds himself drawn to a concert celebrating an eclipse, where he is overcome by an otherworldly presence that changes him forever.
As Gaige searches for answers, he becomes obsessed with the idea of fulfilling his musical destiny, and he sets out to reunite his band on his quest for glory. But in his pursuit of fame, he makes a deal with a shadowy figure, and unleashes a sinister force that threatens to consume him and everyone around him.
Cadaverous is a chilling tale of the dangers of unchecked ambition and the horrors that leave us questioning the true cost of our own desires.
Robin's Review: I was not ready to dive into the twisted world in "Cadaverous" by Jay Bower. In this chilling tale, the main character, Gaige Penrod, will stop at nothing to achieve fame - even if it means going to the darkest corners of the human psyche and finding the answers in the occult. Hold onto your seats because this story will take you on a wild ride until the very end. Bower's writing is impeccable, making it impossible to put this book down after just one page. 

This creepy tale is brought to life by Mr. Bowers' impeccable writing skills and accompanied by a Spotify playlist that adds extra vibes to every page. Cool songs Bro! A gripping story such as this one promises some sleepless nights but is definitely worth it!

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Robin’s Review of Vorodin’s Lair (The Warminster Series Book 2)

Vorodin’s Lair (The Warminster Series Book 2)

 by J.V. Hilliard

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Vorodin's Lair (The Warminster Series Book 2) 
by J.V. Hilliard
Ominous Omens 
Daemus, a low Keeper of the Cathedral of the Watchful Eye, isn’t the only one having visions. His nightmares speak of the ageless sorcerer, Vorodin, who may be able to help. But the answers he seeks may bring him—and the realm—to the brink of war.

Elven princess, Addilyn Elspeth, must discover why she’s receiving visitations from a mysterious creature that shouldn’t exist. She combines forces with Daemus on their harrowing journey to the scholar city of Abacus, where Vorodin’s Lair awaits.
A Plot of Revenge
Their powerful adversary and fallen Keeper, Graytorris the Mad, continues to chase the young Keeper throughout the realm, seeking vengeance against his order while trying to find a cure for his own affliction.
Explore the realm of Warminster, as fantasy and magic mixes with epic adventure and romance. Omens, battles and plot twists await you in the pages of Vorodin’s Lair.
Robin's Review: As the next book in this world which could possibly be called a sequel but also considered a stand-alone Vorodin's Lair, following the Last Keeper, Dameus Alaric, and Princess Addilyn Elspeth of the Vermilion elves. Lair is a great read that continues the journey started in the previous book. It's full of suspense and excitement. I really enjoyed it. It's a well-written fantasy/science fiction book with great world-building, characters, and battles scenes. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes these genres.

I was given a free e-copy of this book, but that has not influenced my opinion in this review. I enjoyed this story and would recommend it to others.

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Robin’s Review of Sacrifice (Apocalypse #4)

Sacrifice (Apocalypse #4)

 by Hayley Anderton and Laura Swift

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Sacrifice (Apocalypse #4)
by Hayley Anderton and Laura Swift

It's been over a month since the apocalypse began, and there are no signs of help on the way. While some are battling to stay safe and alive, others plot their path to power. With both rotters and humans to contend with, not everyone will survive this cruel new world.
The fallout has arrived.

Chaos has been unleashed.

Sacrifices must be made.

This is the apocalypse.
Robin's Review: I can’t believe how easily these kids have taken to the apocalypse. They just roll with the punches and plan for the long-term future. I love it. Oops not so fast.
I was going to write a long review, but I can't. I need some time to process the ending. I'm so invested in these characters that my heart is broken. This book is a more complicated story than the previous ones. It gets into the dirty, all-too-real side of life. It might not be as cozy, but I still loved it, except well, you know. Read it and you'll understand. Wow. Anyways, this is definitely a book series I recommend reading. And, um, authors, please hurry with the next book. Pretty please?

Here is the reading order so you can catch up:

Apocalypse: A Zombie Thriller
Fallout (Apocalypse Book 2)
Chaos (Apocalypse Book 3)
Great Quotes:
She would trade what was left of their humanity for her own in a heartbeat.

“Let’s squish them down and make some zombie soup.”

They’re just speed bumps, he told himself. Just speed bumps.

“Looks like you’ve got an uncontrollable pest problem now.”

“Then I guess we do shots of espresso and get on with it.”

“We’re not doing this again,” he hissed. “We don’t need any more newbies trying to get in our good books. Don’t we already have our hands full with Joe?”

“Pain is just weakness leaving the body,”

Apocalypse: A Zombie Thriller
Book 1 of 3: Apocalypse

Fallout: (Apocalypse)
Book 2 of 3: Apocalypse

Chaos: (Apocalypse)
Book 3 of 4: Apocalypse

Sacrifice: (Apocalypse )
Book 4 of 4
This title will be released on June 30, 2022.

#teen #youngadult #comingofage #horror #shortstory #postapocalyptic #sciencefiction #thriller #fantasy #cozyzombieapocalypse

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Robin’s Review of Master of Demons

Master of Demons by Jay Bower Master of Demons by Jay Bower Mike Vogel is a burned-out, washed-up janitor who turns to alcohol to quiet the voices of his failures. So did his father, and it ended up killing him. But one night, his drinking leads him to a hellish nightmare where he is forced … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of Master of Demons”

Master of Demons

by Jay Bower

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Master of Demons 
by Jay Bower 

Mike Vogel is a burned-out, washed-up janitor who turns to alcohol to quiet the voices of his failures. So did his father, and it ended up killing him.

But one night, his drinking leads him to a hellish nightmare where he is forced to confront his demons head-on.
Called by the adventure of a new life, Mike enters a landscape where he must face a new enemy determined to attack his very soul.
Can he survive this onslaught, or will he discover that there is a deeper place than rock bottom?
Robin's Review: Trigger Warning:  Alcohol Usage
This story had a lot of fascinating details and implications about the demons associated with alcoholism.  It's mind-bending, or should I say mind-blending, and opens up a whole new world. But is it time travel, a parallel universe, or just drunken madness?

I will let you figure that out for yourself. Nonetheless, this is a well-written, thought-provoking read that has stayed on my mind for some time. Mr. Bower has outdone himself with the writing and depth of this story. I highly recommend this book and its author. Mr. Bower did a great job with the writing and depth of this story. With that said, I highly recommend this book and its author.

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