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Grief For Heart: The Vincent Du Maurier Series, Book 4 by K. P. Ambroziak

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Grief for Heart

Paige

Author K.P. Ambroziak

 

Genre – Paranormal Fantasy
Pages – 210

I was given the honor of reading “Grief For Heart: The Vincent Du Maurier Series, Book 4 by K. P. Ambroziak before its release on July 14, 2017. Thank you Paige for that privilege. With very few exceptions (Anne Rice, Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Clive Barker among them) I read mostly Independent and Self Published Authors. I have quite a lovely library (digital and physical) of some of, in my opinion, the finest literature available in that category. K. P. Ambroziak is among one of the finest of those authors in my humble opinion. I have had the opportunity to read all of K. P. Ambroziak’s books and I believe “Grief For Heart” is the crown jewel among them. I am so glad that Vincent Du Maurier spoke to her and gave her more wonderful words to pen. If words were a painting or a piece of beautiful music, this would be a masterpiece. She etches every word and phrase in just the right cadence and with so much feeling and care. In a place and time unknown, but painted as Icelandic or Norse in this chapter of the series, she has brought to life some of the most beautiful characters in some of the most enchanting, chilling and exciting locations in her imagination. The prose in this chapter of the series is pure poetry, and her style of writing is magical. This is the reason I read. Very rarely will you find an author that fits the reader like a second skin, but in K. P. Ambroziak I have found that perfect fit. For anyone who has taken the time to read my little scribe I beg, implore, and hope that you will give authors like K. P. Ambroziak as much attention as you would your favorite mainstream authors. You will find that some of the best literature you will ever read it amongst those authors. Let the story continue…and it will in the next chapter “Sorrow For Soul”. Until then, I sit with the memories of these stories and in wonderment as to where we will go next in this series. Well done my literary friend, well done indeed.

(From back cove and beginning of this chapter):

Dearest Saba,

You cannot know how proud you make me, how fierce you’ve become in your transformation. You are the one to raise men, to create the world I have quit. This narrative is only a snippet, your beginning, the impetus that set you on this course. But you must see it for what it is, too, a testament to whom you have become since. I may have fallen away, but I’m not gone from our world. Our forefather has seen to that, and in my place he shall stand. Honor him as you have done me. Love him as you have loved me. Be the daughter to him you have been to me, one no father can deny.

Don’t be surprised at the knowledge I’ve acquired, the things I’ve uncovered here, words and deeds I’ve recounted. As a mortal, as the first descendant of man, I was not privy to omniscience, but now …

My change brings many insights, gifts from beyond. As my eyes were opened, so too were the paths to other worlds. Know this, my daughter, you are and always will be a goddess, a being knit from celestial thread, forged in the fires of other spheres, equipped with a grace too great for mortal material. So, too, are you as they said. You are His. You now belong to Vincent Du Maurier.

Dag

Rough Draft by Michael Robertson Jr.

Rough Draft

Genre – Supernatural/Mystery/Suspense

Pages – 298

It was quite by happenstance that I came upon “Rough Draft” by Michael Robertson Jr.. I do love a happy accident. This was my first read by Michael and I was very happy with what I just read. An interesting and unique story line. This was tame as far as guts and gore go, that you  usually find in many horror reads, which was actually quite nice for a change. This is more of a ghost or a slew of ghosts story.  I’m not saying there was n0ne, but there was just enough to make the story a bit eerie.  The story moved along smoothly and was fast paced. A short list of characters with similar backgrounds, but with very different personalities. Putting these characters together made for a very interesting read. The only negative was that the editing could have been a little better. There were missing words and extra words from time to time which had an effect on the flow of the story. That being said, it was a well told and written story.  I have a few more books by Michael in my library and I look forward to reading more of this work.

Synopsis (from back cover): Three strangers. An abandoned cabin in the woods. And a chilling one hundred year-old mystery that doesn’t want to be solved.

When three of the world’s most prominent horror writers are viciously blackmailed, they are left with no choice but to abandon their comfortable lifestyles and take up seclusion in a tiny cabin in the mountains of Colorado, just on the outskirts of a mysteriously deserted mining town.

As the three trapped writers work together, struggling to understand and meet the demands of their blackmailers, they soon realize that they aren’t alone. Aside from the raging blizzard, there’s something else out there in the woods with them. Something that doesn’t like visitors. And soon these masters of the macabre are caught right in the middle of their own very real horror story. One in which they might not survive to the end.

Earned Innocence by C.M. Halstead

Earned Innocence

Genre – Military Fiction/Contemporary/Coming of Age

Pages- 260

Where does one begin to tell you about one of the most emotional books I’ve read in some time. I guess by telling you that “Earned Innocence” by C.M. Halstead is just an incredible, thought provoking and very moving and real piece of literature.  As a Veteran I want to thank Chris for writing such a moving story and allowing me the opportunity to read it before it’s release in September of this year. It was a pleasure and an honor. Also thank you for your ability to pen this story in such a way that makes the reader stop, think and reflect. I was transported back to my days in basic training and my time in the United States Air Force the entire time I was reading this book. Although I entered the military at the end of the Vietnam conflict in 1974, and never saw any kind of action, this book was still very relevant and comes as close to Non Fiction that fiction can allow. C.M. related that writing this Military Fiction was quite cathartic. I must say that that feeling came through in the telling of this story. I would also say that in categorizing this book it goes well beyond the “Military Fiction” genre. I would consider this a work of “Contemporary Literature”, and also a “Coming of Age” story. I highly recommend this read for any Veteran or non Veteran who has to deal with any kind of unresolved demons in their life. Brilliant…that about sums up my feelings.

Synopsis:

The protagonist at age 17, feed up with and bored with school, and having no desire to continue his education by going to college decides to join the military, as it is part of his lineage.  So he and a buddy from his hometown decide to join the United States Marines. He endures and completes boot camp and goes on to and completes Recon School. Soon after completion he and his unit go on their first mission. The location of the mission is unknown and on a need to know basis, so all he has to go by to figure out where they are at any point in time is their surrounding landscape. Although they are there to observe and report they are witness to carnage and genocide of civilians including children and women. This image will stay with him for some time…after the second mission he is injured and decides to be medically discharged opposed to taking a desk job.

Fast forward 20 years…the protagonist unable to deal with his demons makes his home in the wilderness, living in the deserts, forests or wherever he ends up. While in the wilderness hiking he meets a young lady who has fallen off a cliff. It turns out she’s a nurse and hikes the area from time to time. She comes and goes and on one particular hiking excursion she decides to try and get him to tell her why he lives in the wilderness.

Coming home in a physical sense doesn’t mean you are home. It’s going to take a battle with his demons to finally find a path home….

Kangal (The Tripper Series, Book Two) by C.M. Halstead

Kangal

Genre – Science Fiction/Fantasy/Time Travel

Pages – 171

The time traveling adventures continue with “Kangal (The Tripper Series, Book Two)” by C.M. Halstead. I would like to thank Chris for the e-copy of this book. As with book 1 the vivid imagination of C.M. Halstead works his magic through times future and past. We never seem to be in the here and now for some reason though. All the usual cast of characters and some new adventures which include meeting up with Mati Hari and some other evil beings from the World War I era. The pace was flawless, fast and intriguing. The characters had many layers to their personalities and the scenarios were unique, believable, and interesting. The only good bad thing I can say is that the book did not end with finality, so I expect we will be afforded the opportunity to a continuing story in the next chapter of the story in book 3??? This was my second read by C.M. Halstead and I found it to be entertaining and well thought out.  I highly recommend this read for you science fiction/ time traveling yearnings. I look forward to future reads by C.M. Halstead.

Synopsis (from back cover): Escape your grind by helping the world!

Once again Grey’s team of seven Trippers travel from 2114 to 2014, although it is only a layover, it is an important one, they would not have been able to complete their previous mission without it!

After a quick task, the Tripper team continues backwards in time; to a period that has them dealing with the spies, espionage and trafficking of the world war one era.

Europe is in turmoil, creating opportunities for those with an entrepreneurial mindset and a flexible moral system. All bets are off as the team does whatever it takes to accomplish a multifaceted mission the world will never know about, but will reap the benefits of, from now till the end of time.

Trip Walk (The Tripper Series, Book One) by C.M. Halstead

Trip Walk

Genre – Science Fiction/Time Travel/Action & Adventure

Pages – 200

Just finished “Trip Walk (The Tripper Series, Book One) by C.M. Halstead. I would like to say thank you to Chris for gifting me an e-copy of this book. This is my first read by C.M. Halstead, and I really was quite entertained. I don’t read a lot of books that deal with the subject of time travel, but this one will have me exploring that area of the science fiction genre more than I do. In C.M.’s bio he says “Free your mind to worlds that may or may not be reality and let your imagination be ignited…” and he sure does live up to that idea. The plot was original and fresh, the characters were interesting and well rounded. C.M. is very descriptive in his style of storytelling, which is helpful in the fantasy genre and creating unusual surroundings. There was some really funny (tongue in cheek) dialogue along with the more and in spite of the more  serious situations. Some characters take things lightly while others take a more professional and serious attitude. The juxtaposition of that was most entertaining and made things more believable and easy to realize. I was “transported” from page one to page two-hundred. Fast paced, lots of action and every bit an adventure. I am looking forward to “Kangal” which is the second book in this series, and my next read thanks to C.M’s generosity in gifting me an e-copy of that books as well. I highly recommend this read for your science fiction or action/adventure yearnings. Very entertaining and original.

Synopsis (from back cover): Grey walks back to his quarters. His rookies foremost in his mind; he has great confidence in his team, they not so much in themselves. This will have to change soon, it is key to their survival.

‘Trip Walk’ book one of The Tripper Series, introduces us to a team of seven people residing in the year 2114. Hand-picked from throughout time by the latest computers; they are tasked with the arduous and life threatening job of traveling back in time. Belonging to a clandestine organization whose job it is to serve the greater good by fixing or tweaking the past, they accomplish their missions with a do or die attitude knowing it is for the good of all mankind, or so they are lead to believe.

Time will tell…

Seyde In Blood (Consequences Within Consequences, 0.5, Prequel Short Story) by Derek Barton

Seyde in blood cover

Genre – Epic Fantasy/Short Story Prequel

Pages – 31

Just finished reading “Seyde In Blood (Consequences Within Consequences, 0.5, Prequel Short Story)” by Derek Barton. I would like to thank Derek for gifting me with an e-copy of this book. Having read “Consequences Within Consequences” earlier in the month it was nice to have this little read to tie things up a bit. As with the first book, the world building that Derek does is fantastic and the characters are vivid, strong and well defined. You do not have to use you imagination very much as Derek is very descriptive in his description of surroundings and what’s happening in each scene. It was a fast paced adventurous quest with nonstop action. I look forward to and will keep my eye out for more work by Derek Barton.

From back cover: With a devastating war looming on the horizon for Wyvernshield, can its people place their faith and fate in the hands of a ruler who cannot distinguish between reality and fantasy? How far into the depths of insanity would you go to prove your sanity?

A Messenger has come with the night’s maelstrom. He has a story to show Taliah, The Blind Seeress. Through her witness, the secrets of the Artadeus Family and the infamous Cros’seau Coup Attempt are laid bare for all!

Fireflies of the Dead by Eric Kapitan

Fireflies of the Dead
Genre – Horror Short Stories/Poetry
Pages – 73
 
“Fireflies of the Dead” by Eric W. Kapitan is 73 pages of pure no-holds-barred horror. Thank you Eric for gifting me an e-copy of this book. While this book can easily be read in a short, one time sitting, I decided, and made a conscious decision to delay getting to the end as each and every word, sentence and paragraph calls out for you to savor and devour them. From the Introduction to the last gorerific story this was one hell of a read. Eric has no boundaries, so be prepared to be shocked and awed by these horrific, psychologically unbalanced, dark, twisted and demented stories and poems. No matter the subject matter, Eric will take a stab at incorporating it into his stories. Eric is my new “Prince of the Horror Short Story/Poetry Dude”. There are not enough adjectives available in my vocabulary without the aid of a thesaurus to explain or understand the mind that is Eric Kapitan. It’s not an easy task to entertain with so few words, but Eric has the talent and ability to pull it off in a most spectacular way. If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading one of Eric’s stories you are missing out on an opportunity to experience a mental breakdown of words that you will not soon forget. This is my third read by Eric, and I intend on reading each and every one of his books more than once, and look forward to new work that I can add to my personal library. I highly recommend this or any of Eric’s books to satisfy your need for the macabre.
 
From the back cover: Fireflies of the Dead is a collection of poetry and short stories. Exposing images of the strange, the grotesque and morbidly macabre.
 
An alien from a distant world falls to earth with an insatiable craving for human flesh and something even more frightening, a desire to mate! Witness the tragic tale of a lonely man with an unhealthy affection toward the fire.
 
Seven short stories and poems that will take you on a blood-soaked thrill ride filled with mayhem and horrific images.
 
Fireflies of the Dead will chill your blood.

Blood Rage (The Blood Rage Series, Book 3) by Allan Walsh

Blood Rage
Genre – Epic Fantasy/Action Adventure
Pages – 294
 
Just finished reading “Blood Rage (The Blood Rage Series, Book Three) by Allan Walsh. Having read “The Crimson Guild (The Blood Rage Series, Book Two)” earlier in the month, I was pleasantly surprised and grateful to Allan for gifting me an e-copy of this book. The segue from book two to book three was quite smooth and continued pretty much where the other book left off. Allan builds an elaborate world with well defined characters. The pace of the story was steady, smooth and well written. The introduction of new characters was done in such a way that you thought you already knew them. Also we have a bit more magic, a vampire, goblins, Wicca, shifter, and a bit of coming of age for the main character Conall O’Lorcan in that he is learning about, and how to use his abilities and learns something about his lineage. I thoroughly enjoyed this work of escapism from Allan, and his ability to work words in the most skillful and sometime amusing way. Allan also leaves it open for a possible fourth book in this series in the ending of this book. A good solid ending, but possibilities exist for more. If you like fantasy, adventure, action, great world building and well defined characters this is a must read. “Every secret has a price”.
 
(From back cover): Conall O’Lorcan is a thief plagued by the secrets of his past – secrets people would fear; secrets he himself fears. When he accepts a commission from the mysterious Baron, his life spirals into turmoil and he is forced to face his fears head on as he tries to set things right.