*Audiobook Review by Greig Beck
Don't you just love monsters? Creatures that are not out to take over the world but simple survival? They're the beasts of nightmares, parasites, slithering things and those with venom. But what happens when cave explorers in the Arctic find something intelligent, something god-like... and hungry? Beneath The Dark Ice, by Greig Beck, is the telling of such a thing. I love Beck's work, the few I've read, but stories like this are going to lure me into expanding my library a bit more!
A Novel, ebook & Audiobook Review
This story strikes close to home, thanks to the main character being a struggling author. Peter Martell needs a break. A break and a good story that offers a cure for his failing marriage. He's depressed from an accident very parents dreads and his excessive drinking with only exacerbates the near toxic situation. Just when there seems to be nothing that can raise him from his never-ending plunge into chaos he finds Gilchrist. A simple, little town.
Or is it?
*Horror Movie Review
Any time you have a movie where someone's watching over a building that's been practically abandoned, you know there's trouble. Brett should have known that if it sounded too good to be true, it was! But he was carrying a lot of pain and needed a break. He didn't get one. Welcome to Nightworld...
Novel by Lou Yardley
Hellhound, by Lou Yardley, is not like your usual werewolf tale. There's a a sort of chaotic organization that reminded me of the Underworld movie series. Except this book carried a theme that made you remember monsters aren't restricted to the night time. Hellhound carried a backstory that brought you into the current situation, providing all the information you needed to know!
This story isn't about one person and their trials to the end. It's about a huge conspiracy amongst the werewolves. You think it's about a young man, down on his luck, looking for a job. You think it's about a girl who sees something shady activity in a pub trying to be a Good Samaritan. NO. You may also think it's about a collective, called The Six, doing their best to keep a tight reign on a group of wildlings out to create names for themselves... No. You could assume a great deal with Hellhounds. I won't say what it's truly about, but I can tell you that it's a fun ride and right before you get to the huge fight at the end, you understand that there's more to come!
The story is great and I'm a fan of the author. The story went in the right direction, by going in all sorts of directions- but that's what kept me. The story is rich and original in the origin of things too! I'd never have imagined the true beginning of werewolves were from ***NO SPOILERS***. Sorry folks; you'll have to read the book. Just know that it's pretty cool.
The only thing I'd have to say was a bit off for me (and not in a terrible way) was the story's pretty wordy. There were a few times where I though "Huh... that could have been said differently." No big because it's the author's voice and if that's how it was supposed to have been brought across- who am I to really judge. It drew things out a bit, but not enough for me to skip ahead to what was coming.
I enjoyed Hellhound and I think you will too. Yardley also has two other books I'm thrilled for. I read the first one, but I'll be rereading it again, as a refresher before reading the follow-up tale. Check out her books, her website and even her social media while I move on to the next read. Cheers!
Written & Published by Lou Yardley
Released April 2018
Novel by Andy Weir
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