Thursday, March 24, 2016

Leviathan (Book One of the Antediluvian Legacy) [Book Review]

Genre - Fantasy/Biblical Fiction
Year Published - 2015
Length - 343 (epic!) pages
Written by R. M. Huffman

Rating: 5+ Skulls

Plot Summary:
More than a thousand years have passed since man's exile from Eden's garden.
The earth is cursed, humans scrape meager livings from the soil, and legendary beasts roam the wilderness.

When a fearsome leviathan threatens his homelands, Noah must find a way to defeat the monster. Desperate to discover its weakness, he journeys to seek the aid of the half-angel giants called the Nephilim.

Meanwhile, the angelic Watchers known as the Grigori have seized the great city of Enoch, and their powerful leader has become obsessed with Noah's bride-to-be.

Friendships and faith are tested, and Noah is thrust into the middle of an impossible revolution against the fallen Grigori. His Nephilim comrades must choose whether to fight on the side of humanity or the angels, and their decision may mean the difference between the earth's salvation. . . or its annihilation.

And just like that, I have a new favorite author!

When this book arrived in the mail, my 9-year-old son (who has yet to learn not to judge a book by its cover) immediately proclaimed, "that looks like an awesome book!" I am happy to say that my son was absolutely correct. Not only is it awesome, it is phenomenal!

This book is an epic in every sense of the word. It is full of intrigue, espionage, action, violence, treachery, as well as several twists and turns. It has everything one could ask for!

Huffman has written an ambitious, captivating, and richly-detailed tale that thoroughly brings to life the Biblical World.

The book begins 930 years after Creation, when Adam is on his deathbed. It then jumps ahead 206 years later with Lamech swearing to teach his son (Noah) to hold strong to his faith, even if the world turns against him. (and we all know how that turned out)

From there, the story hurtles at a break-neck speed, eventually building into an intensely gripping, emotional story that explores the depth and power of love and forgiveness.

In choosing to tell this "real-world" story, (albeit heavily fictionalized) Huffman stands above other similar genres as he has fleshed out a world and characters that at one time did exist! (and even if you know your Bible, that does not mean there are not going to be any surprises in store)

I am now eagerly awaiting, with bated breath, the release of Book Two. I have no idea when that is going to be, but it won't be soon enough!

I would be amiss if I didn't mention the publisher, Lampion Press, who did an outstanding job putting this book together - with its art, maps, glossary, pictures, etc.
You helped make the book even more enjoyable. Superbly done!


Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Joe Coffin (Season Two) [Book Review]

Genre - Crime Thriller/Horror/Suspense/Vampire
Year Published - 2015
Length - 385 (digital) pages
Written by Ken Preston

Rating: 4 Skulls

Plot Summary:
Joe Coffin is back, and he is madder than ever!

The vampires are increasing in numbers, but Slaughterhouse Mob boss, Mortimer Craggs, wants them all dead.
And Joe Coffin is just the man for the job.

Unfortunately for Coffin, vampires might be the least of his problems. There is a professional killer out there, and he's closing in on Coffin with murder on his mind.

Season Two is Episodes 5 - 8, picking up immediately after Season One (you need to read these books in order).

Episode 5 is mostly set-up (with some light re-capping), giving some backstory to familiar characters and introducing some great new characters.

This book is more crime than it is horror, and that isn't a bad thing!
Preston knows what he is doing, and I imagine that Season Three is going to be quite the wild ride!

Episode 7 is where Preston decides to ramp up the action, in this book, (the loft scene in "Angel's" is my favorite scene in this book) and it all leads up to an awesome ending!

Just when I thought that one of the characters was seemingly killed off  too easily. . .
this may not necessarily be the case!

Season Three should, hopefully, be released this summer, and I can't wait!


Tuesday, March 1, 2016