Robin’s Review

Robin’s Review of Gullonization

Gullonization: The Fight or Flight Collection

 by Sean P. Gibson

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Gullonization
(The Fight or Flight Collection)

by Sean P. Gibson
Part of: The Fight or Flight Collection (3 books)
What would happen if humanity came to an end? Who would rise to the top of the food chain, who would dominate Earth?
Follow the STE Space Team as they return to their base in Edinburgh, now abandoned. A hundred years have passed on Earth. It’s not what they remember. Neither is a certain, predatory species whose murderous welcome makes it clear that this Space Team no longer has a home… nor a right to live…If you thought seagulls were already cruel omens, then get ready to see them at their worst.This novella marks the second in the 'Fight or Flight' Collection. Be sure to check out the others too; "The Pigeon Detectives," and "The Crow's Vengeance".
Robin's Review: This is a well written, quick, and easy to read short story that was crisp and straight to the point. It has some creepy world building that totally amazed me. The main characters are complex but relatable. And the “bad guys” are freaking nasty. Oh, my I will never forget them. This is such an enjoyable read that I can’t wait to read the next book in the series, but I have to go back to read book 1 first. Sean P. Gibson thank you for this surprising story boy do you have a wild imagination. I encourage everyone to read this whole series.
Favorite Lines: “Get your Grav injections ready so that your body can handle the gravitational shift! I want you walking on your feet when we land, not kissing the floor like starfish!”

“Don’t tell me that we’re the aliens on our own planet.”

#shortstory #bookseries #dystopian #sciencefiction #horror #postapocalypse #monster #space

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Robin’s Review of Fallout: Apocalypse Book 2 of 3

Fallout: Apocalypse Book 2 of 3

 by Hayley Anderton and Laura Swift

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Fallout (Apocalypse Book 2)
Book 2 of 3: Apocalypse
by Hayley Anderton and Laura Swift

A week has passed since the world turned upside down. Help isn't coming, communications are down, and a group of young teenagers remain isolated on a farm, awaiting rescue.
As they adjust to their new reality, the group must learn to fend for themselves. But with trouble brewing all around them, they’re about to discover that humans might be just as terrifying as the rotters plaguing their new landscape.Tensions are rising.Alliances are forming and enemies are being made.Humanity is slipping through their fingers.The apocalypse is here to stay.
Robin's Review: This is the second cozy zombie apocalypse book in this series. It picks up a week after where the previous book ended. This is a quick read, but I took it slow because I didn’t want it to end. Luckily the next in the series is due out soon. This book is well written with an interesting and entertaining plot. The characters are well developed, relatable and you could just feel their anxiety. I really enjoyed this book. It is not graphic so it could be for teenagers and up. I highly recommend this series to all ages.
It was my pleasure and privilege to receive a free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.
Some of the characters: There is a group at the high school consisting of Fletcher, Patrick, Charlie, Nora, Collin, Zoe, and they let in Ross. The group at the farm are Cassie, Luke, Heidi, Eliza, Poppy, Rori, Eliza, Warren, Ginge, Hannah, Billy and Cara have come a long way in a short amount of time. They have also picked up Joe along the way.

Zombie Nicknames: Zeds, Rotters and Munchers
Some of my favorite lines:
“Rule one; aim for the head. It’s the only thing that stops them.” He listed this off on his fingers. “Rule two; whatever you do, don’t let them bite you.” “Rule three; no jumping out of windows.”
“It’s character developing, you know, surviving coffee withdrawal.” “If I develop any more, I am going to develop into a villain.”
“It’s an apocalypse; I’d be concerned if you weren’t having an existential crisis.”
“I’ve got to keep myself looking good. Otherwise, how will the rotters know I’m the catch of the day?”

Zombie Tips from the book: 
Use fencing masks to protect the face.

Use every tea bag twice to save on supplies.

“You think you’re just going to stroll into Tesco and grab whatever you fancy? Everyone is going to have the same idea. And a lot of those people are going to get themselves killed in the process. That means a buildup of rotters in areas of interest. And that is why it’s not a good idea.”

Learn to read maps and don’t rely on GPS.

“We do need to be careful. We can’t trust people the way that we have in the past. It brings out an ugly side to us all.”

Stay in the attic to sleep because it’s safe with only one way in. 

Could also be bad because of only one way out.

Better to be the predator than the prey.

“You should make a big pit all around the farm. And then If anything tries to get close, it just gets stuck in the pit. The monsters aren’t very smart, are they? Maybe they won’t be able to get out.”
Apocalypse: A Zombie Thriller
Book 1 of 3: Apocalypse

Fallout: (Apocalypse)
Book 2 of 3: Apocalypse

Chaos: (Apocalypse)
Book 3 of 3: Apocalypse
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 Hawk: Cross Security Book Two

Fate. Destiny. Karma…bring them back together five years later…

Robin’s Review of Hawk: Cross Security Book One

by Nancy Brown

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Hawk: Cross Security Book Two
by Nancy Brown


As a member of Cross Security, Mason Hawk is a tormented man on a mission…some might say he has a death wish. 
No case is too difficult. Nothing is off limits. He delivers his own brand of justice. Solitude is his only reward. For fifteen years he has hidden the secrets he ran from at age seventeen. He shut everyone out when he became a Navy SEAL and he honed his skills to become the monster he believes he is. He’s a man with demons that run deep and dark. No one gets in. That is until she walks into his life and brings him to his knees. She is beautiful, smart, and perfect. Like beauty and the beast, he believes she could never love a man like him.
Kai Wailani has lived the perfect life. She has a loving family, has surfed all over the world and is on top of her game at the U.S. Air Force, but she wants more. When she joins Cross Security, the only man stopping her from achieving her goal is a gorgeous wall of muscle who goes simply by Hawk. He’s dark, dangerous, and yet, he can make her smile with a single glance. He’s a force when he walks into a room and he wants nothing to do with her.
Like fire and ice, the dance begins. They are enemies. They are lovers. There are so many secrets. Can Hawk and Kai trust each other enough to find their happy ending or will their passion end them both?
Robin's Review: These complex but enjoyable characters are working at Cross Security. This installment revolves around Kai and Hawk and picks up where the previous book Luke left off. This was a fast paced, action packed romance story. This book pulled at my heart strings with everything that happened from Hawk’s background. I recommend this series to anyone looking for a thrilling romance story.
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 this entertaining story.
Next in the series:
Coming soon
Chris, Cross Security Book Three

#romance #action #adventure

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Robin’s Review of  Bright Eyes: A Kunoichi Tale

Bright Eyes: A Kunoichi Tale

 by David Kudler

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Bright Eyes: A Kunoichi Tale 
Book 2 of 2: Seasons of the Sword
by David Kudler


Can one girl stop a killer?
The future of Japan hangs in the balance, and it's up to a girl who likes to climb to save the day.


Two armies have descended on the Full Moon, and the war that has torn Japan apart for over a century threatens to destroy Lady Chiyome's school for young shrine maidens (and assassins).

In this thrilling sequel to Risuko: A Kunoichi Tale, Risuko must face warlords, samurai, angry cooks, a monster in the hills, the truth about her father, a spy among the kunoichi...

And a murderer.

Someone kills a Takeda lieutenant, staging it to look like suicide. Can Risuko figure out who would do such thing?

And can she keep it from happening again?
An exciting and imaginative story that continues to follow the main character, Kano Murasaki, called Risuko (Squirrel) in sixteenth-century Japan.

This is an entertaining coming of age tale with some lovable characters that you can’t help but root for and invest your time cheering them on. The world building is rich and thoroughly engrossing with such descriptive detail that you can just “see” everything so clearly.

I really enjoyed this book and Mr. Kudler’s writing style. I recommend this series whole heartedly.
It was my pleasure to receive a free advance review copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.

#teen #youngadult #asianfiction #comingofage #action #adventure #mystery

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Robin’s Review of Fright House

Fright House

 by Fred Wiehe

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Fright House 
by Fred Wiehe

Fright House is waiting to be unlocked. And she is the key. Penny Winters can see ghosts. Or she’s insane. Desperate and on the run, she lucks into a job at Fright House. 

But a one time insane asylum turned Halloween attraction is the last place she should be. Workers start disappearing. The walls move. And Penny's past comes back to haunt her as Fright House's tormented spirits awaken. Tory Jackson is obsessed with hunting ghosts. So when he and his ragtag team of Paranormal Scene Investigators are brought in to cleanse the old asylum of evil, it may finally be his chance to prove ghosts exist. But the evil within Fright House has plans of its own, and as the night devolves into chaos and terror, Penny and Tory will learn that the line between the living and the dead is one slice of a scalpel.
Robin's Review: Wow!!! I would like to say the only reason I didn’t get any sleep was because I was reading and finishing this book but no, I was kinda scared to be honest.

This is a fast paced no holds barred page turner. The world building of the asylum is so phenomenal that I really got creeped out. The story is descriptively written, and the “people” were downright terrifying. It has some twisty turns that kept me reading it all in one sitting. I really felt connected to the main character Penny Winters, and the other characters are great also.

All in all, a frightening but deliciously fun read. A masterpiece of thrills, suspense, and horror.

Fred Wiehe is now my go to author if I want to have the crap scared out of me. I will definitely look up his other books to read and you should too. I highly recommend this book and this author.

Amazing job Mr. Wiehe.
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 this entertaining story.

#teen #youngadult #ghost #paranormal #mystery #horror #urbanfantasy

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Robin’s Review of Juniper Rise

Juniper Rise

 by Anne Lucy-Shanley

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Juniper Rise
by Anne Lucy-Shanley

In a harsh world where everything of beauty has been destroyed… isn’t love worth fighting for?
Sofia Spenser, plus-size social media influencer with a popular online blog, has it all—a loving family, lots of admirers, and privilege that only money can buy. But when the Z virus snatches away everything she’s ever known in the blink of an eye, Sofia finds herself hopeless and alone. Yearning for an escape from her desolation, she prays for people. Community. A place to belong. Safety.

Then charismatic nomad Ben Cassidy and his ragtag band of followers show up, an antidote to Sofia’s soul-crushing loneliness, and a buffer against the looming threat of the ever-present Zs.

The group is heaven sent, although dynamics are at play that Sofia doesn’t understand. Still, there are worse things than holing up with hot-as-sin former defense attorney Ben—even during Armageddon, a girl has needs. When he proposes the unexpected, Sofia knows her heart already belongs to him, and she’s determined to give him her body too, all else be damned. Juniper Rise has the potential to change her life—it’s a chance at a real future—but will it be a future with Ben?
Author's Note:
This character-driven steamy romance offers a guaranteed happily-ever-after. Set during the zombie apocalypse, it focuses more on relationships than gore, nevertheless reader discretion is advised. Although Juniper Rise is an interconnected standalone, reading Mayfly Hollow first is highly recommended. Thank you for supporting indie authors!
Robin's Review: This is a well written and easy to read story with an entertaining balance of survival, action, drama, suspense, and romance. The world building is rich and descriptive as if you are there. The plot is a continuation of the first book but more focused on Ben and Sophia. The characters are relatable and interesting with a touch of quirkiness thrown in. Once again, an enjoyable read with an apocalyptic romance.

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 this entertaining story.
#action #adventure #romance #postapocalyptic #thriller #horror #suspense #zombies #zombie

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Robin’s Review of Damage in an Undead Age: A Zombie Apocalypse Survival Adventure

The Undead Age Series: Book 1

By A. M. Geever

Damage in an Undead Age: A Zombie Apocalypse Survival Adventure
Book 2 of 3: The Undead Age Series
by A.M. Geever
It’s what you don’t see coming...that kills you. 
Safely hidden from San Jose’s City Council, Miranda Tucci almost believes that life can be good again.

Reunited with Mario, and accompanied by her best friend Father Doug Michel, she has undertaken the hazardous journey to the Pacific Northwest. There, the trio of friends hope to recreate the vaccine for the zombie virus.
But danger still lurks in what used to be civilization…

...and hearts can still be broken.

If Miranda lowers her guard enough to nurture a small, soft dream, can she risk losing it without losing herself?

You’ll love this feast of undead horrors and broiling post-apocalyptic affairs of the heart.

Get it today.
This is the second book in A.M. Geever’s “The Undead Age” series. Boy did this book keep me on edge wondering what was going to happen next. This is a fast paced easy to read book but not your typical zombie apocalypse story. It is so much more than that, it has love in a time of uncertainty. The story has plenty of action, they are always dodging something, zombies, other survivors, and shady characters. There is betrayal in secrets that are unearthed. 
I enjoyed the writing style, the way that the characters grow, and interesting plot twists.
I highly recommend this book, “The Undead Age Series” and A.M. Geever’s other stories.
Love in an Undead Age: A Zombie Apocalypse Survival Adventure                                          The Undead Age Series										 Book 1 of 3
Reckoning in an Undead Age: A Zombie Apocalypse Survival Adventure
(The Undead Age Series)
Book 3 of 3: The Undead Age Series

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 this entertaining story.

#romance #zombies #action #adventure #dystopian #postapocalyptic #thriller #sciencefiction #fantasy #horror

Robin’s Review of Chambers of the Heart

Chambers of the Heart  by B. Morris Allen Chambers of the Heart: Speculative stories by B Morris Allen A heart that’s a building, a dog that’s a program, a woman who’s sinking irretrievably – stories about love, loss, and motion. A collection of speculative stories from author and editor B. Morris Allen. •Chambers of the … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of Chambers of the Heart”

Chambers of the Heart

 by B. Morris Allen

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Chambers of the Heart: 
Speculative stories
by B Morris Allen

A heart that's a building, a dog that's a program, a woman who's sinking irretrievably - stories about love, loss, and motion. A collection of speculative stories from author and editor B. Morris Allen.
Chambers of the Heart - it's hard, living in someone's   heart
•Building on Sand - how to choose between children
•Blush - when everyone else wears a mask, what's it like to bare your face?
•Minstrel Boy Howling at the Moon - magic, music, and ... buffalo?
•Fetch - she may be a simulation, but out on the edge, she's one man's best friend
•The Humblebract Expedition - even dying children like to play
•When Dooryards First in the Lilac Bloomed - a doorway to opportunity and change, if only humans can understand it
•Some Sun and Delilah - a sunny island, an abandoned temple, and though
•Crying in the Salt House - the house is built from tears, or so they say
•Full of Stars - jar half empty, jar half full
•Memory and Faded Ink - the aliens are perfectly human ... and just as flawed
•Fountainhead - arranged meetings never work, especially with different species
•Adaptations to Coastal Erosion - when your spouse is literally falling away from you
•Outburst - Earth is dead, except for a few teens on a decaying orbital
•The Irrigation Ditch - they came to hide, but didn't realize it was from each other
•Dragons I Have Slain - take hope where you find it
Robin's Review: Wow! This is an incredible collection of short stories of speculative fiction. B. Morris Allen has put together a combination of stories that show imagination and are extremely entertaining. Each story is beautifully written and thoroughly engrossing. 

I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag so I will say each story is unique and entertaining all its own, when it’s all put together, I can’t do anything but highly recommend “Chambers of the Heart”
It was my pleasure and honor to receive a free copy of this book from the author but that does not in any way affect my opinion in this review of these entertaining stories.

#fantasy #sciencefiction #literaryanthologies #speculativefiction

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Robin’s Review of The Rose Vol. 1: A Dystopian Science Fiction Thriller

The Rose Vol. 1: A Dystopian Science Fiction Thriller

by P.D. Alleva

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Rose Vol. 1
by P.D. Alleva

Sandy Cox believed WW3 was over. But for those Alien Vampires, war has just begun.

Forty-eight hours after a World War 3 treaty is signed Sandy Cox awakens in an underground compound unable to move. Tied to machines, she screams for help but no one answers. At least no one human.
And they’ve taken her unborn child.

Phil is a rebel freedom fighter who has had more than his share of Alien Vampires. Armed with The Blades, a sacred alien martial arts weapon, he enters the compound on a mission to find Sandy. But as he battles through the compound, Phil discovers Sandy has her own agenda. Finding her stolen child is all that matters.

But the Vampires have their own plan and Sandy’s baby is at the heart of their diabolical plot.

Joined by a crew of rogue soldiers, they must navigate the underground compound, combating genetically mutated humans, aliens, and monsters.

When battling Alien Vampires, one thing is certain…Get Ready To Bleed!

Fans of Jeff VanderMeer's Annihilation, Star Wars, The Matrix, and Ancient Aliens will be fascinated by this high-powered, edge-of-your-
seat action adventure.
Robin's Review: This was a fast paced, easy to read page turner. The world building was brilliantly done and quite scary.

The plot had many “evil” forces like the Russians and Chinese that were at war with the Americans. And if that’s not horrible enough you got freaking aliens who are actually in control. The characters are so real and well thought out that I was rooting for them. Well, the “good” guys that is.

I was having trouble getting through this book simply because I didn’t want it to end. It has crossed many genres and sub genres. I cannot put my finger on just one. It has action/adventure, horror because of the varied creatures, first contact because of alien beings, apocalyptic because of war in the form of WW3, Science fiction because again aliens, dystopian/apocalypse because of the survival aspects. Anyways all these genres and sub genres make for an outstanding read. I really really loved this book, and I am trying to pace myself before I read book 2. Since book 3 isn’t coming until 2023.

PD Alleva draws you into this new and scary world with such rich descriptions and likeable characters in a good versus bad scenario that made it into the perfect book.
Here are some of the players:

American scientist, Dr Blum and other scientists are from a branch of the Drac government called the “Commission of Ra.” They are working on DNA manipulation between humans and “Dracs.”

“Dracs” are alien beings consisting of groups called “The Nine.” there is Sanos; leader, Telas, Titus, Orion, Cade, Rygel, Jubal, Kaidan, and Moya
Zeta and Saiph

“Greys” are another alien species that are subservient to the “Dracs.”
Mono, leader; and the three witches are Mintaka, Alnitak and Alnilam.
Jayda and Moth

“Thorx” is yet another alien species subservient to the “Greys.”

“Lycans” yup you guessed it another alien species and considered as pets.

Chinese soldier: Admiral Lao
American soldiers: Cam and Corporal Grimes
Cameron, Annison, and Perseus

Sandy and Ben Cox

Robyn Winter was trained to use the “Akashi Record” to see the future. He sent Phil on a mission to rescue Sandy. His mission was to secure Sandy and bring her to Atlanta to train under Robyn Winter.

Awesome Lines:

“The “Akashi Record “and the “rose” are too very different things. The record is a recording of all events, pass, present and future. The “rose” is for protection. It is a meditative practice.”

“That’s right, human evolution will manifest through the rose according to the record, to usher in utopia for those who are left on the earth.”

“This place is worse than any level in hell. F$&@ing alien vampires, evil doctors and pills turning Americans into slaves. This whole damn camp needs to be blown off the planet.”

“But… They’re all down there. UFOs, cricket blood sucking creatures, and who knows what else. He shook his head. The odds are not on your side.”

“Transcendence hides within the Akashic Record.”

It was my pleasure and honor to receive a free copy of this series from the author but that does not in any way affect my opinion in reviewing this entertaining story.

#firstcontact #alieninvasion #sciencefiction #fantasy #horror #humorous #vampire #aliens #postapocalyptic #worldwar3 #akashicrecords

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Robin’s Review of Ten Years Gone

Ten Years Gone

by HP Newquist

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Ten Years Gone
by HP Newquist

Every November for nearly a decade, a body has been found hanging from a tree outside the town of Kerrville. As the tenth year approaches, the killer leaves clues that indicate there will only be one more murder. A reality show and its celebrity host decide that this last murder could be the ratings they've always wanted--and they are determined to find the murderer before the police do. But the police--and the killer--think that is a very, very bad idea.

Robin's Review: This was a creepy tale centered on murder that happens every year for the past 10 years and boy did it have some twisty turns. The characters were well thought out, although some were unlikeable at times. I really enjoyed this well written story, it was easy to read and has an interesting and entertaining plot. I will look for more of H P Newquist to add to my “want to read” list. I highly recommend this book.

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 this entertaining story.
#murder #suspense #horror #thriller

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