Robin’s Review of Flower of Memory: An Amaranth Prequel

In a scientific and spiritual sense, humanity has its world ordered

Flower of Memory: An Amaranth Prequel Amaranth #0.5

 by David M. Snow

Flower of Memory: An Amaranth Prequel (Amaranth #0.5) Part of: Amaranth by David M. Snow

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Flower of Memory: An Amaranth Prequel

by David M. Snow

An underwater ark that shelters the last remaining survivors. A young doctor tormented by his past. A mysterious power that could drive them into madness.
A cataclysmic Flood has forced the survivors to retreat into an intergenerational ark, secluded from the world they have always known. But the wait is insufferable in the abyss of the Great Ocean. More than a century, heavy with silence, has passed.

The surface is but a timeworn dream. A forgotten memory.

But Skyler Goldberg is not ready to give up. Even if it means losing everything.

Can a single man show the Archeans the path to redemption in a world abandoned by its creator?
Flower of Memory is the prequel of the dystopian science-fiction series Amaranth. Fans of the TV series The 100 and the Snowpiercer will enjoy every page!
Robin's Review: This is such a freaking cool story. It's a refreshing change to the science fiction/post-apocalyptic genre. I loved every part of it, the plot, the world building, the characters, and the writing. It was a great read. 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.

Amaranth: Amaranth #1
Book 1 of 1: Amaranth
This title will be released on October 19, 2022.

#dystopian #sciencefiction #thriller #action #mystery #suspense

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Robin’s Review of Life After: The Line of Duty

In a scientific and spiritual sense, humanity has its world ordered

Life After: The Line of Duty

The Sixth Book in The Arising Series

 by Bryan Way

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Robin's Review of
Life After: The Line of Duty
by Bryan Way

In times of crisis, few bear a burden more demanding than local law enforcement, but even as a zombie apocalypse wreaks untold havoc, the undead are the least of their troubles.
Spread thin in the wake of a calamity, the remaining officers at the Broomall Police Department are faced with dwindling resources and manpower in a losing effort to contain the scourge. As state and government agencies fight to enforce a quarantine boundary prior to an impending evacuation, the station is mistakenly identified as a rescue center, forcing Lt. Arthur Gilchrist and a handful of cops to determine whether their new arrivals are trying to escape the mayhem or take advantage of it.Set during the events of Life After: The Arising, Life After: The Line of Duty examines the fortitude required to protect and serve the public in an unthinkable circumstance as well as what it means to maintain order when chaos becomes the status quo.
Robin's Review: I really liked this story. Bryan Way has come a long way no pun intended since I reviewed his first book in this series. His writing is tighter and more descriptive with deeper characters. He really nailed it with this one. Overall, this is a quick and satisfying read.

More is coming from this creative author with maybe another short story and a third novel sometime in the future. I can’t wait.

Books in this series:
Life After: The Arising (Book 1).
Life After: The Cemetery Plot (Short 1)
Life After: The Basement (Short 2).
Life After: The Phoenix (Short 3)
Life After: The Void (Book 2).
Life After: The Maze (Short 4)
Life After: Zugzwang (Short 5)
Life After: The Line of Duty (Short 6)

It was my pleasure to receive an advance free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.

#horror #shortstory #postapocalyptic #thriller #action #adventure #zombie

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Robin’s Review of Crimson: The Red Plague

Crimson: The Red Plague

by R.W. Fisher

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Crimson: The Red Plague
by R.W. Fisher
Learning to survive this fallen world, avoiding the mutilated corpses inhabiting interstate 5 and its surrounding cities, is a lot like surfing. Some learn slowly, first mastering the shallow waves, while others are thrown into the depths and forced to tread water.
Content Warning: This book contains violence, language, sexual assault, and stalking.
Eighteen-year-old Bobby Stratton will never forget his first encounter. He was rubbing the thigh of his longtime girlfriend, scratching up and down her distressed denim. The final minutes of their 4th period biology class was drawing near when the piercing sirens ensued. The door hinges snapped, and without warning, they became submerged in the blood of their peers. They were…eating each other. Entrails splashed upon whiteboards and innards covered their wooden floors like fresh chum.
Bobby peered from beneath his desk, unaware of what led to such mutilation, and was met with the unforgettable sight of his former teacher. His once innocent, blue eyes, now blanketed with a crimson sheet.
Carnage hit their school in a wave. Only the quickest and most adept were able to escape the bloody riptide.
Robin's Review: This is a fast paced thrill ride. In California is 18 year old Bobby Stratton, who leads a group with the help of Sean Reynolds. The group consists of brother, Marcus, friend Dante, girlfriend Chloe Reynolds, and resident Paul Goldean, all trying to survive. The world building is rich and descriptive. The characters were real and relatable. The plot is action packed with lots of zombie gore. I look forward to more from this author.
Favorite Lines: “They had places to be, and the longer they waited to embark on whatever cross-country trip they hoped would get them to that last distant family member known to have a heartbeat, the harder it was to carry on.”
“Jeez, yes. I’m freaking starving. Seriously, it feels like my intestines are dirty dogging each other.”
Interesting Observation: “Their weapons became someone else’s, then someone else’s, then someone else’s, until the ammo went dry, and a hodgepodge of fresh blood stained the trigger.”
“In this world, survival is a never-ending combination of killing, grieving, traveling, and foraging.”
And the best line of someone turning:
“Lisa’s sight bleeds into darkened crimson and she’s gone, emancipated from her earthly shell.”
#horror #postapocalyptic #sciencefiction #fantasy #action #adventure

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Robin’s Review of In The Dust Trilogy Book 1

In The Dust

 by K. A. Gandy

Rating: 5 out of 5.
In The Dust: Endless Desert Trilogy
Book 1
by K. A. Gandy

The year is 2399, and the earth has been damaged beyond repair. 
Desert is consuming the North American continent, Europe was wiped out by a cataclysmic meteor shower, and the world's oceans are unsalvageable poison. Those who could afford to flee to space are long gone, leaving the rest behind in the dust.Nyx is completely alone, scavenging the ruins of humanity to get by. With her brother suddenly missing, the only people she can trust are herself and her busted up Bronco. 
Robin's Review: This is an interesting post-apocalyptic story with a fresh and original plot. The world building is quite imaginative but felt real. The characters are well written and relatable. I enjoyed this book and look forward to the next one in the 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.
The next in this series: Finding the Bastion: A Scorching Dystopian Adventure (Endless Desert Trilogy Book 2) This title will be released on Feb 28, 2023.

#postapocalyptic #sciencefiction #fantasy #action #adventure #thriller #suspense #teen #youngadult #dystopian

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Robin’s Review of The Oath: Book Two of The Grey Tower Chronicles

The Oath: Book Two of The Grey Tower Chronicles

 by Jillian Bondarchuk

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Oath: The Grey Tower Chronicles

Book Two
Jillian Bondarchuk
He’s the chieftain of Clan MacKinnon; she’s the daughter of a powerful druid. When they are forced through magic into an arranged marriage, will it end in war… 
or passionate surrender ?Bound by a blood oath that feels like a curse, Malcolm MacKinnon quickly regrets the promise he’d made to Vanora, the witch who would save his brother’s life: protect her daughter… or die trying. He needs to collect her before the marsh violets bloom, but as winter thaws, Malcolm hesitates to fulfill his vow… and time is running out. Living on the fringe of her people, shunned because of the scars that mar her body, Coira always knew she’d die a spinster. 
Author's note: The Oath is stand-alone but I could not write Malcolm and Coira's story without revealing the ending of The Shield and the Thistle. The Oath can be enjoyed if read out of order, although I strongly urge you to read Meggie and Colin's story before you read The Oath for the best reading experience. xoxo!
Robin's Review: This is the story of Malcolm MacKinnon who is the brother of Colin from the author’s first book titled The Shield and The Thistle. I love the rich distinctive writing style of this book. The world building is imaginative and so realistic that I felt like I was there, living in that time. The characters are fully fleshed out and totally relatable even though it’s in the past. I love how Malcolm has changed since the first book and proceeds to protect Coira from many dangers. I empathized with Coira so much that she is hands down my favorite character, so far that is. I highly recommend this author and her books to anyone looking for an adventure. Once again, I will be buying my mother a signed copy. We are total fans for life. More please!
It was my pleasure to receive an advance free copy of this book but that does not in any way affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.

#scottish #historical #romance #paranormal 

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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 Run From the Dead Book 3

Run From the Dead 3 A Zombie Apocalypse Series

 by Joanne Nundy

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Run from the Dead: Book 3 
A Zombie Apocalypse
by Joanne Nundy 

Are there worse things to run from than the dead? Amy knows all too well about the evil that lurks behind closed doors and not just the flesh-eating kind. 
Kidnapped and traumatised by her ordeal, she is picked up by a group of survivors when she escapes. Estranged couple, Steve, and Anna are no longer fighting amongst themselves but have a common enemy fighting the dead. In this crumbled civilisation, they are accustomed to helping those in need, but helping strangers isn’t always the safest option. They are all realising there are worse monsters out there. Steve can fight the dead. But when the living becomes more of a problem, he must learn to overcome past traumas to protect his ever-growing family. How much do good people need to battle just to stay alive?
My Review: Wow! This was the third installment about a zombie apocalypse, but the real monsters were the people. It was darker than her previous books but maybe that had to do with the “monsters”.
Fast paced and a quick read made this continuation of this series a perfect book. Love love love this author.


Next in this series:

Run from the Dead: Book 4: A Zombie Apocalypse
This title will be released on Jun 30, 2022.

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.


#dystopian #sciencefiction #postapocalyptic #horror #fantasy #zombies

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Vancouver Vengeance

After Albertans defeat an overseas aggressor

Vancouver Vengeance The McKinley Chronicles 2

 by John Keillor

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Vancouver Vengeance: 
The McKinley Chronicles 2
by John Keillor


After a vicious series of battles, Alberta defeats an overseas aggressor. Abandoned combatants are to be repatriated, but who made their invasion possible?

Calgary's best young warrior's in charge of seeing them away. In seaside Vancouver, a Toronto agent assists him in searching for traitors. the two patriots discover a post-apocalyptic city, divided, where nothing is as it seems.

Zach McKinley, senior security operator and son to soon to be Mayor of Winnipeg, Abraham McKinley, is tasked with moving fifteen hundred unarmed Chinese soldier detainees, progressive nationalist, to Vancouver 12 hours away. Once there, the Vancouver City Council contracted “fishing magnate” Andre Keats to ferry the “progs” back to Vladivostok.

Seems like an easy mission but Zach walks into a political hot mess in Vancouver where there is a union war with businesses that are in support of the city council and want exclusivity on their trades. Progressive nationalists want to replace the current mayors of the four cities and create New Canada, with them in charge. So, there is little “friction fires” everywhere. Add in Rosemary Phillips, the mayor’s girl, is kidnapped by someone with Vancouver connections and Zach has his hands full.
Robin's Review:

Sometimes the dialogue was confusing to figure out who was speaking but it had a good plot. The main characters were thoroughly explained, and I enjoyed their storylines. I believe this is being called a western apocalyptic story and I would have to agree with its action, adventure, and gunslingers its sure to please.

Favorites:

"Hold My Beer" line

A young lady was walking a half dozen ferrets on leashes.

“Did you see him fight firsthand?” The agent nodded. “Characterize his performance.”
“Superhuman. He moved like John Wick.”
“He’s one of those guys the flash strengthened, isn’t he?”
“I’m right here,” said the cowboy. 
“He is, Mr. Star.”

“Council assistants waited at intersections in pairs, offering free advice or cannabis, telling smokers the VCC loved them. 

“The one beside the site had a working bubble machine, launching soap bubbles from its second-story window”


Albertan Apocalypse: The McKinley Chronicles 1
Book 1 of 2: The McKinley Chronicles

Post-Apocalyptic
Dystopian
Action
Adventure
Science Fiction
Fantasy
Mystery
Thriller
Western

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Life After: The Arising

In a scientific and spiritual sense, humanity has its world ordered

Life After: The Arising

The first book in The Arising Series

 by Bryan Way

Life After: The Arising
by Bryan Way
In a scientific and spiritual sense, humanity has its world ordered

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Life After: The Arising
by Bryan Way

In a scientific and spiritual sense, humanity has its world ordered, but that order slowly descends into chaos when something defies the tenets of both, leaving the events of human history divided into life before and life after the bodies of the dead began to reanimate. College student Jeff Grey comes home to be confronted by something he'd only read about in fiction and seen in movies: Zombies. Despite lungs beset by asthma and a total lack of survival skills, his lifelong desire to endure an undead apocalypse sees him unite a small group of acquaintances, but with the town quarantined as emergency infrastructure breaks down, Jeff and the rest of the survivors will have to grow up fast if they want to see a life after the arising.



Robin's Review:

Jeff and his girlfriend, Julia are survivors of an apocalyptic event that creates zombies. They and others are left to find their way in this new and dangerous dystopian world. This story take place over a 10-day period with the survivors moving from the high school they were hiding in, to different locations that are supposed to be Rescue Centers.


The plot was interesting and entertaining. It had a lot of good survival ideas.

Favorite Lines:

Becoming undead, by definition, is the removal of that soul, and your survival largely depends on how you cope with that concept.”

Smart Lines:

“Okay, keep breathing slow… we have three options… go back out, run, or stay put…”

“Okay… think about it this way…” I start. “Outside, you have no control other than where you plan on going and how you plan to get there. There’s no safe, just safer.”

“Light bulbs? “Shatter them… if anyone comes up the steps, we’ll hear the glass break.”

“Alright… no one ever goes anywhere alone, no excuses. There’s a lot of us up here, so if you have to go anywhere… groups of three.”

“Why would they go slow, they’re human beings who are like, sick or something, right?” Melody asks. “Rigor mortis? That’s my best guess…”

“So, it affects the brain, right? What if that’s all that happens? If you don’t actually die, there’s no reason for rigor mortis to set in.”


Next book in this series:

Life After: The Void
Book 2 of 2: Life After is available now

With the following Short Stories

Life After: The Cemetery Plot
Life After: The Basement
Life After: The Phoenix  
Life After: The Maze
Life After: Zugzwang


Life After: The Line of Duty
This title will be released on December 21, 2021.



Apocalypse
Post-Apocalyptic
Horror
Science Fiction
Fantasy


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Run From the Dead Novella

Run from the Dead: Novella Book 0.5
The Beginning: A Zombie Apocalypse
by Joanne Nundy

A Zombie Apocalypse Series (Book 0.5)

 by Joanne Nundy

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Run from the Dead: Novella Book 0.5
The Beginning: A Zombie Apocalypse
by Joanne Nundy


Dr Karl Becker ran for his life. The life he thought he still had. Injected with a virus after confronting the head of his company about immorality and insane experimentation, Karl escaped.

Left with only one option; RUN!

To solve the riddle of humanity’s worst enemy to date; a virus to create zombies and end the world as we know it, Karl turned to an old friend, Dr Maxim Ivanov; one of the world’s most brilliant minds. Teamed with an old flame, Dr Stephanie Simpson of Oxford’s Infectious Diseases Department, they got to work on the puzzle Karl had set before them.

As horrific changes begin, Karl unwittingly passes on the virus to other humans; the virus that transforms people into rage filled, flesh-eating monsters.

Can he save himself or simply hope to save the world instead?

Join Karl and Maxim in the race to stop the world’s demise.
My Review:
This is a fascinating zombie story. I enjoyed how It is told from the perspective of a human that becomes infected with a virus. I felt everything that the character felt because it was described so thoroughly. Highly entertaining and quite addictive. I am definitely going to continue to read this series.

Run from the Dead: Book 1: A Zombie Apocalypse

Run from the Dead: Book 2: A Zombie Apocalypse
This title will be released on Nov 30, 2021

Run from the Dead: Book 3: A Zombie Apocalypse
This title will be released on March 31, 2022

Apocalyptic
Horror
Zombie
Science Fiction
Fantasy

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