Robin’s Review of Stalin Gorilla

Stalin Gorilla by John Keillor STALIN GORILLA Book 2 of 4: The Shattered North by John Keillor Imagine the Deep State embodied in an American family of heroes. A semi-divine Islamic assassin ventures on a mission far from God’s Private Theatre after years of inaction, bringing his favorite slave who encounters a family pursuing a … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of Stalin Gorilla”

Stalin Gorilla

by John Keillor

Rating: 5 out of 5.
STALIN GORILLA 
Book 2 of 4: The Shattered North

by John Keillor

Imagine the Deep State embodied in an American family of heroes.

A semi-divine Islamic assassin ventures on a mission far from God’s Private Theatre after years of inaction, bringing his favorite slave who encounters a family pursuing a Russian death cult that has absorbed their mother.
 
This is the second book in The Shattered North series, so if you missed the first book, get on it. It has more meat to it compared to the last book. And I am told this will be a four-part series, with the next book coming out next month.  This is a continuation of Lucy's story. It's packed with action, adventure, suspense, and thrills, all set in a dystopian world.
Robin's Review: This was a quick and easy read with a continuous plot that was new and different. The characters were well-defined. The world-building was rich and descriptive. This book was a real page-turner that left me wanting more.


Reading Order for Book Series:

Assassin’s Secret
Book 1 of 4: The Shattered North

Stalin Gorilla
Book 2 of 4: The Shattered North

Four Cities
Book 3 of 4: The Shattered North

Coming next month
Northern Quartet
Book 4 of 4:  The Shattered North

It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book, but that does not affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.

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Robin’s Review of Camp Slasher Lake: Volume One

Camp Slasher Lake: Volume One by D.W. Hitz Camp Slasher Lake: Volume One Book 1 of 2: Camp Slasher Lake by D.W. Hitz A tribute to the glorious slasher movies of the 1980s Volume 1 Featuring: The Backwoods Decapitator by John Adam Gosham Tall, Dark and Rancid by Gerri R. Gray Camp Hell and the … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of Camp Slasher Lake: Volume One”

Camp Slasher Lake: Volume One

by D.W. Hitz

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Camp Slasher Lake: Volume One
Book 1 of 2: Camp Slasher Lake
by D.W. Hitz

A tribute to the glorious slasher movies of the 1980s

Volume 1 Featuring:

The Backwoods Decapitator by John Adam Gosham
Tall, Dark and Rancid by Gerri R. Gray
Camp Hell and the Hot Tub Hotties by Patrick C. Harrison III
The Children of Dagon by Carlton Herzog
Work Retreat by D.W. Hitz
The Faith by Derek Austin Johnson
A Love to Die For by J.D. Kellner
Bad Party by Brian McNatt
The Handyman by Nicholas Stella
The Deathless by Vincent Wolfram
Robin's Review: Wow, what a great and exciting collection of authors! As the blurb says, it's a tribute to 1980s slasher movies. I mean, who doesn't love the 80s and slasher films? They've got blood, death, gore, and stupid people. Typical 80s stuff. The authors added their own take to this slasher anthology, and it shows in their creepy tales. Each story was vividly told and so much fun to read. They all delivered a great story, and because of that, I can’t pick a favorite. The little Easter Eggs of the different bands had me feeling so nostalgic.

I'm looking forward to volume 2 in October.
#horror

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Robin’s Review of Illusion at Midnight

Illusion at Midnight by Ashley Brion Illusion at Midnight by Ashley Brion Andre Harcourt has spent each century searching for his reincarnated lost love. As a vampire, he can never be on his last death as long as Victoria keep coming back. After finding her as Lily Cordova, a millennial witch, it’s up to Andre … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of Illusion at Midnight”

Illusion at Midnight

by Ashley Brion

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Illusion at Midnight 
by Ashley Brion 

Andre Harcourt has spent each century searching for his reincarnated lost love. 
As a vampire, he can never be on his last death as long as Victoria keep coming back. After finding her as Lily Cordova, a millennial witch, it's up to Andre to woo his love all over again, and this time, they'll have to make a choice of turning her into a vampire or leaving her in the afterlife forever.
Robin's Review: This is a love story between Andre and Victoria through time. Haunting and sweet, this novel tells the story of two lovers who are forced to part ways but find their way back to each other through the power of love. Though short, this novel is an emotional rollercoaster that will leave readers feeling satisfied and hopeful. Ashley Brion's writing is truly unparalleled. I could not put this book down for a second, and I cannot wait to see what she comes out with next.

P.S. My Mom Approved


#urbanfantasy, #vampires

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Robin’s Review of Assassin’s Secret

Assassin’s Secret: The Shattered North by John Keillor Assassin’s Secret The Shattered North by John Keillor When a terrorist has something to hide, nothing else matters. The innocent and the sinful are equally in danger. Even the worst men on the planet cannot guess his secret.This is the prelude to a series featuring gunfights and … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of Assassin’s Secret”

Assassin’s Secret: The Shattered North

by John Keillor

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Assassin's Secret
The Shattered North
by John Keillor

When a terrorist has something to hide, nothing else matters. 
The innocent and the sinful are equally in danger. Even the worst men on the planet cannot guess his secret.This is the prelude to a series featuring gunfights and international intrigue and romance spanning continents and generations.
Robin's Review: Assassin's Secret is a short story or possibly a novella. Since it is so short, I will not go into the details. However, it was a quick and easy read with action and adventure. The characters are well-written and exciting. The plot was entertaining and different from John Keillor's previous books. I see this becoming a long series with many books, and I look forward to it.

It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book, but that does not affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.

 #thriller,  #horror, #sciencefiction, #dystopian, 

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Robin’s Review of Motel at the End of the World.

The Coffee Killer: A Cozy Apocalypse Novel by A.R. Shaw The Coffee Killer: A Cozy Apocalypse Novel Motel at the End of the World by A.R. Shaw Welcome to the Crescent Motel, a waypoint in a post-apocalyptic no man’s land. At the helm are Darrell, the middle-aged mustachioed manager, and his danger-sniffing dog Bruno. When … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of Motel at the End of the World.”

The Coffee Killer: A Cozy Apocalypse Novel

by A.R. Shaw

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Coffee Killer: A Cozy Apocalypse Novel  
Motel at the End of the World
by A.R. Shaw

Welcome to the Crescent Motel, a waypoint in a post-apocalyptic no man's land. 
At the helm are Darrell, the middle-aged mustachioed manager, and his danger-sniffing dog Bruno. When he and the motel's housekeeper, Nance, discover one of the guests dead, they decide to keep the body under wraps until they root out the killer. But before they have a chance, two mysterious men appear, looking for answers. When the first body disappears and is replaced by another, Darrell and Nance realize they're in over their heads.
Robin's Review: This is the first book in this series and I can’t wait for next one. It is a freaky and fun read centered around a hotel and it’s guests in a post-apocalyptic world. A well written and easy to read short story with a mystery to solve. It was quite entertaining and a different type of genre for A.R. Shaw but definitely worth the read. I highly recommend.
 #thriller,  #horror, #sciencefiction, #dystopian, #postapocalyptic

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Robin’s Review of Misfit’s Magic: The Last Halloween

Misfit’s Magic: The Last Halloween by Fred Gracely Misfit’s Magic: The Last Halloween by Fred Gracely When the world’s balance of magical power takes a sudden nasty turn, a lonely 13-year-old orphan boy who knows nothing about magic is called upon to save the town he’s been desperately trying to escape. Thirteen generations ago, Goff’s … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of Misfit’s Magic: The Last Halloween”

Misfit’s Magic: The Last Halloween

by Fred Gracely

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Misfit's Magic: The Last Halloween
by Fred Gracely

When the world’s balance of magical power takes a sudden nasty turn, a lonely 13-year-old orphan boy who knows nothing about magic is called upon to save the town he’s been desperately trying to escape.

Thirteen generations ago, Goff’s ancestor stopped a dark wizard from performing an ancient ritual to become invincible. Now, due to magical laws, Goff is the only one who can stop the present-day counterpart from performing the same ritual in Spraksville on Halloween night.
Robin's Review: Misfit's Magic: The Last Halloween is a coming-of-age young adult book that is an excellent read for all ages. It is a well-written story with fantastic world-building, extraordinary characters, and underlying life lessons. The story is easy to follow and very entertaining.

I highly recommend this book to everyone. Whether you're looking for an exciting story, some great life lessons, or just want to escape into a fantastical world, Misfit's Magic: The Last Halloween is the perfect choice for you.

#youngadult, #magic, #fantasy, #thriller, #occult, #supernatural, #horror, #sciencefiction,

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Robin’s Review of A Whisper In The Dark

A Whisper In The Dark by Guy Quintero A Whisper In The dark by Guy Quintero The Agency is recruiting brave souls to solve the murder of Sara Duncan. This mission has a high probability of vector contact. Survival is not guaranteed, and neither is your sanity. Welcome to the depths of shadow and madness. … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of A Whisper In The Dark”

A Whisper In The Dark

by Guy Quintero

Rating: 5 out of 5.
A Whisper In The dark
by Guy Quintero

The Agency is recruiting brave souls to solve the murder of Sara Duncan. This mission has a high probability of vector contact. Survival is not guaranteed, and neither is your sanity. Welcome to the depths of shadow and madness.
Ghost Team spearheads the operation, led by Emmerich Steiner. What was meant to be an investigation leads them into a web of terror run by demonically possessed individuals and their willing servants. Em, along with his brothers Badrick and Fredrick, his fiancée and second in command, Callisto, and the rookies Calvin and Evan, battle the forces of darkness in a brutal life or death struggle.
Robin's Review: Guy Quintero has done a great job integrating a ton of creatures into this story without making it feel overdone. Nothing is off-limits in this debut novel. The world-building is rich and descriptive, without any unnecessary words. There are a lot of acronyms, but they're easily explained through the rookie's eyes.

The plot focuses on Ghost Team, a badass team of soldiers who work for the USA - Unholy Slaying Agency. It's their job to eliminate supernatural monsters that plague the world. There are Lycanthropes, Ghouls, Zombies, and more – Oh My!

It crosses many genres and has everything you could want in a book. I loved the little Easter eggs he writes into the story, like, Roanoke.

The next in the series is Book Two: The Cannibal Peaks. This title will be released on October 18, 2022.

#youngadult, #military, #fantasy, #thriller, #suspense, #occult, #supernatural, #dystopian, #horror, #sciencefiction, #creature

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Robin’s Review of The Illiterate Daughter

The Illiterate Daughter by Chia Gounza Vang The Illiterate Daughter (The Young Guardian) by Chia Gounza Vang In war torn Laos, thirteen-year-old Nou daydreams of the legendary heroes and mythical beings who live in the folklore stories she loves to hear. Remembering them helps her ignore physical pain as she struggles through the endless chores … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of The Illiterate Daughter”

The Illiterate Daughter

by Chia Gounza Vang

Rating: 5 out of 5.
The Illiterate Daughter 
(The Young Guardian)
by Chia Gounza Vang

In war torn Laos, thirteen-year-old Nou daydreams of the legendary heroes and mythical beings who live in the folklore stories she loves to hear. 
Remembering them helps her ignore physical pain as she struggles through the endless chores expected of a dutiful daughter. Each night, she examines the two books given to her by her ex-soldier father and prays for an end to the Vietnam War. 
Robin's Review: The Illiterate Daughter is a well-written story about Nou and her family's life after escaping Laos and coming to America. This is such a thought-provoking story that needs to be told. What they went through was heartbreaking and took courage. It was a sad part of history and their story was horrific but there was hope and love amongst the family that helped them endure and stay together. They made such difficult decisions that it had me gripping my e-reader anxiously. I experienced so many emotions reading this story that I can’t possibly describe them. Words are not enough because they are just that, words. You have to read this book to truly understand what they went through to get out of their war-torn homeland. Also, what it was like to be a refugee in another country. I don’t know how they survived all their struggles, but they did. This is a fantastic story that I highly recommend.

It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book but that does not affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.
#youngadult

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Robin’s Review of Collapse: The Death of Friendship

Collapse: The death of Friendship by Angela D. Shelton Collapse Series The Death of Friendship by Angela D. Shelton Jan Worthington would give anything to be a normal teenager again… …going to school, hanging out with her friends. But it’s all gone.When the variant wipes out millions and devastates global resources, society collapses.In this new … Continue reading “Robin’s Review of Collapse: The Death of Friendship”

Collapse: The death of Friendship

by Angela D. Shelton

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Collapse Series 
The Death of Friendship
by Angela D. Shelton

Jan Worthington would give anything to be a normal teenager again...
...going to school, hanging out with her friends. But it’s all gone.When the variant wipes out millions and devastates global resources, society collapses.In this new reality, trust will be either her most precious resource or her greatest weakness.
Robin's Review: The Death of Friendship is book one of the Collapse series. It is a well-written and easy-to-read story. I found it entertaining that the main character, Jan, had pet dogs. I always worry when animals are written into books because they usually die but not here. The author has written this story cleanly and with a touch of spirituality about going through a Covid pandemic. It shows the trials and complications of living during this time.

It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book, but that does not affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.
Book 2, Collapse: The Death of Honor

#dystopian #sciencefiction #horror #middlegrade #youngadult #apocalyptic #action #comingofage #adventure #teen #youngadult

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Robin’s Review of Where The Devil Waits

Where The Devil Waits

by Wesley Southard and Mark Steensland

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Where The Devil Waits
by Wesley Southard and 
Mark Steensland

What would you do for all the money in the world? Or to get with the girl of your dreams? 
What if you could make other people do anything you told them? What if all this and more could be yours just for winning a race…against the devil? A long-abandoned church on top of a mountain in the Pennsylvania backwoods is where the devil waits for anyone brave enough to challenge him. The course runs from the gate, through the cemetery, to the church doors. If you win, the prize is yours. 
Robin's Review:
Where The Devil Waits is a short story and a quick read. It was exciting and suspenseful, so much so that it made me keep turning the pages to see how it ended. A deliciously creepy tale that entertained me immensely. Recommend.

#occult  #horror #suspense #thriller

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