Reblog: A review and discussion of ‘Revolver’ by Michael Patrick Hicks

Many thanks to Tommy Muncie for this insightful and gracious review of REVOLVER! Some choice snippets follow, but please give it a read in full over at the link below.

What makes it so brilliant is that it stirs emotions in the reader that mirror the way emotions are stirred by the media within the story itself: a strong reaction and a response are what’s desired.

‘Revolver’ is a brave, powerful piece of writing that says ‘let’s not dress things up or put thin veils on the idea, let’s just shout about it and make it read like it’s a gun pointed in the reader’s face.’ It’s unapologetic, visceral, and the kind of story that would probably have sent the Clean Reader app into cyber meltdown. Give it a read if you like your stories to take you to the edge of your seat.

Source: A review and discussion of ‘Revolver’ by Michael Patrick Hicks.

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Review: Zer0es by Chuck Wendig

zero_HR_2About Zer0es

An exhilarating thrill-ride through the underbelly of cyber espionage in the vein of David Ignatius’s The Director and the television series Leverage, CSI: Cyber, and Person of Interest, which follows five iconoclastic hackers who are coerced into serving the U.S. government.

An Anonymous-style rabble rouser, an Arab spring hactivist, a black-hat hacker, an old-school cipherpunk, and an online troll are each offered a choice: go to prison or help protect the United States, putting their brains and skills to work for the government for one year.

But being a white-hat doesn’t always mean you work for the good guys. The would-be cyberspies discover that behind the scenes lurks a sinister NSA program, an artificial intelligence code-named Typhon, that has origins and an evolution both dangerous and disturbing. And if it’s not brought down, will soon be uncontrollable.

Can the hackers escape their federal watchers and confront Typhon and its mysterious creator? And what does the government really want them to do? If they decide to turn the tables, will their own secrets be exposed—and their lives erased like lines of bad code?

Combining the scientific-based, propulsive narrative style of Michael Crichton with the eerie atmosphere and conspiracy themes of The X-Files and the imaginative, speculative edge of Neal Stephenson and William Gibson, Zer0es explores our deep-seated fears about government surveillance and hacking in an inventive fast-paced novel sure to earn Chuck Wendig the widespread acclaim he deserves.


About the Author

Chuck Wendig is a novelist, screenwriter and game designer. He’s the author of many published novels, including but not limited to: Blackbirds, The Blue Blazes, and the YA Heartland series. He is co-writer of the short film Pandemic and the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus. Wendig has contributed over two million words to the game industry. He is also well known for his profane-yet-practical advice to writers, which he dispenses at his blog, terribleminds.com, and through several popular e-books, including The Kick-Ass Writer, published by Writers Digest. He currently lives in the forests of Pennsyltucky with wife, tiny human, and red dog.


My Thoughts

In short, I don’t give a damn what NY Daily News says, Zer0es is a sheer f-ing blast and might very well be my favorite novel of the year. Although, I do reserve the right to change this opinion after I finish reading Chuck Wendig’s next novel, Star Wars: Aftermath, due out in about two weeks, in which Mr. Wendig gets to play around in the SW universe. And that, my friends, could very well be the book of the decade century. But, for now, let us discuss Zer0es.

In case you can’t tell, I’m a huge fan of Mr. Wendig, and whenever his new titles release I make it a point to read/devour them immediately. I love his Miriam Black books, and The Harvest Trilogy, and am looking forward to meeting up with Mookie Pearl again one of these days, preferably with a plate of charcuterie between us. All of this is to say that I might be a bit biased, but I do honestly feel that Zer0es earns each of the five stars I’m giving it.

Also worth noting is that I have very little real-world knowledge of computers, programming, or hacking. Or really how much of anything technologically works beyond the knowledge required to start, shut off, or play video games or watch movies. I care little for the inner workings of these things, and most computer talk bores the hell out of me. I’m probably the last person you want to call for IT help, in other words.

So, is Zer0es technically sound and accurate? I don’t have a flipping clue. And I don’t care if it is or not. Because what it is is a rock-solid bit of entertainment filled with techno-thriller whizz-bang shenanigans, a terrific amount of wit, and a healthy dose of science-fiction. As far as Wendig’s skill in plumbing the dark shadow world of hackers goes, it’s good enough for me to escape into and provides enough plausible scary horrors to sink my teeth into. The more fantastical realms that these characters find themselves in as things progress are fun and makes for an action-packed, rapid-fire read — and frankly I wouldn’t have it any other way. This is a great big cinematic summer blockbuster set to prose, and it freaking rocks, man.

To his credit, Wendig casts as our lead, Chance, a guy who is basically a phony. His hacking skills are nill, and he’s caught up in a scheme far larger than his limited abilities can cope with. A real underdog, this guy, and it gives me, as a reader, the chance to enjoy the experience alongside him. He’s not some uber computer god who can algo his way out of any awful situation. In fact, he gets his ass handed to him more often than not. The real hackers he’s surrounded by are the real deal – there’s the troll Reagan who gets off on internet shaming her victims and possess snark to spare, DeAndre the credit card scammer, Earthman, who’s basically an old-school BBS-version of Edward Snowden, and Aleena, a hacker intent on bringing true democracy to Syria. Each of them are recruited by an FBI agent named Hollis Copper, Mr. Government himself, to become white hat (good guy) hackers in exchange for not spending at least a decade-plus in prison for their various crimes.

Each of these characters have their own quirks, personalities, politics, and culture to bring to the table. Some are fighting for social justice, others for government accountability, and some just for laughs. There’s elements of the hacking group Anonymous, coupled with the Arab Spring, fighting back against rape culture and the grotesqueness of the Stubenville events. (Even a bit of obsession with Greek mythology when it comes to the central antagonist, which is just darn cool.) In short, this is a cast of well-defined characters with different skill sets, abilities, and goals. Together, they’re a total band of misfits with little in common and even less of a reason to become friends. They spend a lot of time sniping at each other and arguing, yet they somehow mesh well together as each are put through their paces and become a unified team, made stronger by their differences and disparities.

Ultimately, I have very, very few quibbles about Zer0es. I found it to be a complete thrill-ride from start to finish, with little in the way of lag. And kudos to Wendig for taking a topic as dry as coding and hacking and transforming into something that’s as equally exhilarating as the violence and mayhem surrounding these characters and their antagonists (which is pretty damn exhilarating, by the way). Now, bring on the 0nes!

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Review: Zer0es by Chuck Wendig

Review: The Dover Demon by Hunter Shea

dover-demon-large-coverAbout The Dover Demon

The Dover Demon is real…and it has returned.

In 1977, Sam Brogna and his friends came upon a terrifying, alien creature on a deserted country road. What they witnessed was so bizarre, so chilling, they swore their silence. But their lives were changed forever.

Decades later, the town of Dover has been hit by a massive blizzard. Sam’s son, Nicky, is drawn to search for the infamous cryptid, only to disappear into the bowels of a secret underground lair. The Dover Demon is far deadlier than anyone could have believed. And there are many of them. Can Sam and his reunited friends rescue Nicky and battle a race of creatures so powerful, so sinister, that history itself has been shaped by their secretive presence?


About the Author

Hunter Shea is the author of the novels The Montauk Monster, Sinister Entity, Forest of Shadows, Swamp Monster Massacre, and Evil Eternal. His stories have appeared in numerous magazines, including Dark Moon Digest, Morpheus Tales and the Cemetery Dance anthology, Shocklines : Fresh Voices in Terror. His obsession with all things horrific has led him to real life exploration of the paranormal, interviews with exorcists and other things that would keep most people awake with the lights on. He lives in New York with his family and vindictive cat. He waits with Biblical patience for the Mets to win a World Series. You can read about his latest travails and communicate with him at http://www.huntershea.com.


My Thoughts

Over the handful of titles I’ve read from Hunter Shea, the man has proved to be an adept storyteller and is capable putting some clever twists in his ideas. He crafts fun little page turners, and over the last year several more of his titles have wound up on my electronic TBR list, with The Montauk Monster and his Jessica Backman books waiting on my Kindle.

When I saw The Dover Demon pop up on NetGalley, it shot up to the top of my reading queue. I knew nothing of the mythology surrounding the Dover demon, but when I saw the cover I was already sold. Here was Hunter Shea writing an alien book!

Thankfully, Shea delivers, as expected. There’s a nice bit of extraterrestrial mythology woven into the plot that takes alien conspiracy theories to the next level, and plenty of history on the allegedly real-life 1977 sighting of the titular creature. Even if, like me, you’d not heard of the Dover demon before, Shea brings the reader up to speed and turns this local legend into a strange and terrific pulpy adventure.

Here, Sam Brogna, his friend Tank, and their girlfriends, Kelly and Stephanie, were smoking dope and traveling down the Dover back-roads in 1977 when their car nearly hit a strange creature standing in the middle of the road.

Almost 40 years later, Brogna is now a comic book shop owner and most of his income is derived from selling Dover Demon paraphernalia. Kelly is a drunk and lives in a home outfitted with security cameras, her office study wallpapered in accounts of alien abductions, cryptid lore, and tales of missing people. Tank and Stephanie have married, with the former now an archeologist. During a massive winter snowstorm, each find mysterious tracks surrounding their homes but with no clear trail. They’ve simply appeared, as if out of nowhere.

The four are forced to reunite under the threat of the demon’s return, but their mission is given further urgency when Sam’s son, Nicky, goes missing.

I really liked the relationship between Sam and his son, and enjoyed the brief call-outs to current comic book pop culture. Their characterizations really helped solidify the human element, and I felt invested with the group as a whole and sympathetic with Kelly and the fashion in which her life has unraveled since their initial sighting of the cryptid.

I was also frequently surprised at the depth and sense of scope that Shea brought to the Dover demon mythology, and the way he connected it with ancient history using Tank’s archeologist viewpoint to great effect. There were a few times that I thought I’d figured out what was really happening here, only to hit another twist.

Fans of alien lore and The X-Files should find quite a lot to enjoy here, and I’d like to take a minute to implore Jonathan Maberry to include Mr. Shea in a future X-Files short story anthology, because the dude would fit right in.

[This review is based on an advanced copy received from the publisher via NetGalley.]

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Review: The Dover Demon by Hunter Shea

Review: Andersonville by Edward M. Erdelac

andersonvilleAbout Andersonville

Readers of Stephen King and Joe Hill will devour this bold, terrifying new novel from Edward M. Erdelac. A mysterious man posing as a Union soldier risks everything to enter the Civil War’s deadliest prison—only to find a horror beyond human reckoning.

Georgia, 1864. Camp Sumter, aka Andersonville, has earned a reputation as an open sewer of sadistic cruelty and terror where death may come at any minute. But as the Union prisoners of war pray for escape, cursing the fate that spared them a quicker end, one man makes his way into the camp purposefully.

Barclay Lourdes has a mission—and a secret. But right now his objective is merely to survive the hellish camp. The slightest misstep summons the full fury of the autocratic commander, Captain Wirz, and the brutal Sergeant Turner. Meanwhile, a band of shiftless thieves and criminals known as the “Raiders” preys upon their fellow prisoners. Barclay soon finds that Andersonville is even less welcoming to a black man—especially when that man is not who he claims to be. Little does he imagine that he’s about to encounter supernatural terrors beyond his wildest dreams . . . or nightmares.


About the Author

Edward M. Erdelac is the author of the acclaimed Judeocentic/Lovecraftian weird western series Merkabah Rider, Buff Tea, Coyote’s Trail, Andersonville, and the compiler of Abraham Van Helsing’s papers (in Terovolas).

In addition to short story appearances in dozens of anthologies and periodicals, he is an independent filmmaker, an award winning screenwriter, a game designer, and sometime Star Wars contributor.

Born in Indiana, educated in Chicago, he now lives in the Los Angeles area with his family.


My Thoughts

The Confederate-run Andersonville prison was a notorious display of horrors during the Civil War. Union soldiers that were captured and interred there were starved, beaten, subjected to harsh labor duties under the hot Georgia sun, and infected with lice and disease. A line of wooden rails ran across the prison, feet away from the stockade walls, and if the prisoners set so much as a hair over that dead line, they were shot by Confederate sentries manning the wall.  Trouble ran rampant within the Union ranks, as well, though, as the heavyweights formed a gang, the Raiders, and attacked, robbed, and killed their fellow inmates for food, clothing, housing, and tradeable goods. It was more concentration camp than prison, and Captain Henry Wirz ruled over the 20- to 40-thousand skeletal prisoners with an iron fist.

The harsh reality of Andersonville is enough to make most blanch and it is a very nasty bit of history in its own right, a grim reminder that oftentimes humans are the most frightening monsters of them all.

To take a subject like Andersonville prison and cast it through the prism of a horror novel, you have to be a very confident writer or else risk undermining that very real history as nothing more than tawdry spectacle.

Edward M. Erdelac, thankfully, is very much in the former category and treats the history respectfully, while also weaving in a solid dose of supernatural worries that prove captivating. He draws much of his story straight from time’s past, with Wirz the natural primary villain. Our hero is Barclay Lourdes, a freeman from New Orleans with a penchant for voodoo and a Union spy, who has snuck into the prison to suss out the evils that lie within.

And those evils? Well, they’re a doozy, but I don’t want to spoil much here. The horrors – both natural and supernatural – that are on display here are well drawn and convincing, at times bloodcurdling. Ederlac does not shy away from the atrocities that men inflicted upon one another in war, or the racist perspectives held by both sides of the Civil War. This is a dark and brutal read, but one that is very well executed and captivating throughout.

Those who have enjoyed Robert McCammon’s historical novels featuring Matthew Corbett should find quite a lot to enjoy here, particularly if they’re looking for a more straight-up horror-based historical read. There’s plenty of demons running amok in Andersonville, and not all of them are human.

[This review is based on an advanced copy received from the publisher via NetGalley.]

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Review: Andersonville by Edward M. Erdelac

Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Ready-Player-One-cover-by-Ernest-ClineAbout Ready Player One

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.


About the Author

ERNEST CLINE is a novelist, screenwriter, father, and full-time geek. His first novel, Ready Player One, was a New York Times and USA Today bestseller, appeared on numerous “best of the year” lists, and is set to be adapted into a motion picture by Warner Bros. and director Steven Spielberg. Ernie lives in Austin, Texas, with his family, a time-traveling DeLorean, and a large collection of classic video games.

For more information, please visit ernestcline.com


My Thoughts

Given all the hoopla, the insistence of several of my peers telling me, more than once, that I had to read this book, and the outpouring of fan-boy geekery surrounding the release of Armada, I thought it a good time to finally check out Ernest Cline’s debut, Ready Player One. I’m only four years late, which isn’t too bad all things considered.

However, that’s four year of praise, hype, and build-up, which can be a rather significant hurdle to cross. I’m pleased to say that, for the most part, I enjoyed Cline’s work here quite a bit. There’s a few small caveats that I’ll get to shortly, but this is a book that I largely enjoyed.

Ready Player One is infused with 1980s pop culture – I suspect that how well you are versed in the minutiae of 8-bit video games, John Hughes movies, Star Wars, Dungeons & Dragons lore, and so very, very many more things of the like will play a critical role in how much you enjoy this book. This is a complete festival of nostalgia, and if you scratch your head wondering “What the heck is Starlog” or completely miss the importance of why our main character, Wade (aka Parzival), stands outside his love interest’s moon base holding a boom box over his head and blasting Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” then you’ve got a fair amount of homework ahead of you.

But, you might protest, this book is supposed to be near-future sci-fi! And it is. You see, the story basically revolves a contest in which players compete in a massive, multiplayer gaming arena, called OASIS, to inherit the wealth of James Halliday. Halliday, the developer of OASIS, has not only left behind a massive pile of billions of dollars but is a total 1980s devotee. His career in game development was sparked by Atari, and he’s an enormous fan of movies like Ladyhawke and War Games (more 1980s history for you study, if needed).

The real-world setting is a dystopian mess. The world has been decimated by climate change, and Wade lives with his nasty aunt in the stacks. I really dug the idea of the stacks, which sees high-rise towers made out of motor homes for the poor and disenfranchised to live in. The corporate entity IOI is chasing after Halliday’s loot, and Wade and his top-scoring friends quickly becomes enemy number one.

I liked the 80s nostalgia and really enjoyed the trips down memory lane, even if, at times, it felt more like Cline was writing off a list of 80s references to incorporate. Some of them work, while others are mentioned just for the sake of it. I briefly wondered at the importance of Ecto-88, a souped up DeLorean modeled after the iconic time traveling car from Back To The Future with Ghostbuster and Knight Rider adds-on to accentuate it even further, which popped up ever so briefly being completely forgotten. We’re told how incredible this car is, how worried Parzival is that it could be stolen, and why he, thus, protects it with all kinds of crazy magic spells. And then it just disappears entirely. For a very brief moment, this is Parzival’s in-game hero car, but ultimately one of little consequence or importance as it’s really just Cline inserting more of himself into the narrative (go Google Ecto-88 and you’ll see). More interesting to me was his spaceship Vonnegut, a Firefly-class vessel (not a 1980s icon by any stretch of the imagination, but one that we’ll let slide, because Firefly) piloted by none other than Max Headroom! That one got my geek flag f-f-flying high.

Where Ready Player One stumbled a bit, for me, was in its depictions of life outside the immersive video game OASIS. Like Ecto-88 we get glimmers and flashes of interesting ideas, but not any that are suitably fleshed out nor explored as deeply as they should be. I wanted to know more about the run-down, awful world that Wade perpetually escapes from. I was genuinely curious about his self-image and why OASIS was his ultimate escape. Again, we get small tickles of insight, but they only ever barely scratch the surface. There are some truly deep and fascinating waters of the psyche to explore, and I wanted to know more about our narrator and the real-world, as opposed to the virtual-worlds, that he inhabits.

That aside, it’s rather difficult not to just simply enjoy the ride. Ready Player One is fun, even if it’s not quite as deep as it could be. It’s terrific brain candy and an enjoyable reminder of all those fun 80s games and gimmicks. For those who missed the 80s, your mileage may vary and you might even be asking yourself “Where’s the beef?” while not even understanding that reference at all. For the rest of us who remember Lloyd Dobler, cereal box surprises, Galaga arcade machines, phone phreaks, Ultraman, and Big Trouble In Little China with sincere fondness, this one’s for you.

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Review: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Review: Darkness Rising by Brian Moreland

darkness risingAbout Darkness Rising

It’s all fun and games until…

Marty Weaver, an emotionally scarred poet, has been bullied his entire life. When he drives out to the lake to tell an old friend that he’s fallen in love with a girl named Jennifer, Marty encounters three sadistic killers who have some twisted games in store for him. But Marty has dark secrets of his own buried deep inside him. And tonight, when all the pain from the past is triggered, when those secrets are revealed, blood will flow and hell will rise.


About the Author

Brian Moreland is the author of supernatural horror: DEAD OF WINTER, SHADOWS IN THE MIST, THE DEVIL’S WOODS, and THE VAGRANTS.

Kindle owners, download his FREE short story THE GIRL FROM THE BLOOD COVEN. The eBook sets up the mystery for THE WITCHING HOUSE.

Brian’s latest eBook DARKNESS RISING releases September 1st, 2015.


My Thoughts

Brian Moreland’s Darkness Rising sucked me in right from the very beginning, with a cold open revolving around the brutal murder of a couple by the lake. Their assailants are a trio of crazies clad in animal masks, a la You’re Next, armed with knives and a video camera to record their depravity.

Cut to: hapless, love-struck, and oft bullied Marty, a janitor at the local university who tutors his object of affection in Shakespeare and poetry. She’s way out of his league, and he confines his expressions of desire to the poems he writes in his private journal, reading them to himself at the lake. Ah, the lake…

All the pieces were there – poor Marty, his lover from a distance, Jennifer, and the mad sickos who use the lake as their twisted playground for depravity. I thought I knew where this story was going, thought I knew what to expect.

And boy was I wrong.

Moreland flips the script on its head rather nicely, shocking me out of my own complacency and delivering a ridiculously solid horror novella to while away the day with. I was more than a little disturbed at some of the character’s backgrounds and history, which is exactly what you want in this type of story, but there’s never an excess of detail or overwrought, trying-too-hard fumbling attempts to shock or turn the material toward the extreme (at least for my tastes).

Darkness Rising is a terrific, well-paced story of woe, revenge, and redemption that even manages to say and symbolically convey a few neat things about the act of writing, while delivering some satisfying twists and surprises. Read it!

[This review is based on an advanced copy received from the publisher via NetGalley.]

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Review: Darkness Rising by Brian Moreland

Review: The Killing Kind by Chris Holm

Killing+Kind+CoverAbout The Killing Kind

A hitman who only kills other hitmen winds up a target himself.

Michael Hendricks kills people for money. That aside, he’s not so bad a guy.

Once a covert operative for a false-flag unit of the US military, Hendricks was presumed dead after a mission in Afghanistan went sideways. He left behind his old life–and beloved fiancée–and set out on a path of redemption…or perhaps one of willful self-destruction.

Now Hendricks makes his living as a hitman entrepreneur of sorts–he only hits other hitmen. For ten times the price on your head, he’ll make sure whoever’s coming to kill you winds up in the ground instead. Not a bad way for a guy with his skill-set to make a living–but a great way to make himself a target.


About the Author

Chris Holm is an award-winning short story writer whose work has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, including Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Needle: A Magazine of Noir, and The Best American Mystery Stories. His critically acclaimed trilogy of Collector novels, which blends fantasy with old-fashioned crime pulp, appeared on over forty Year’s Best lists. He lives in Portland, Maine.


My Thoughts

Chris Holm knows how to put together a mighty fine thriller, and with The Killing Kind he’s at his frenetic best.

While dueling assassins are old-hat in the thriller genre, Holm taps into a quick and easy rhythm that will keep readers glued to the page throughout. If it weren’t for the day job, I could have easily plowed through this book in a day, the pages kept turning so easily. In fact, I’m not sure that I’ve read a game of cat-and-mouse this engrossing since Thomas Perry’s Pursuit more than a decade ago.

Holm ably crafts his chase story in triangular fashion, with Michal Hendricks, a hitman who targets other hitmen, Engelmann, the hitman hired to locate and kill Hendricks, and the FBI agents trying to drum up any lead they can on the killer ghost that is Hendricks.

Hendricks, an ex-Special Forces operator, carries around a good amount of emotional baggage and conflictedness over his actions, and although he murders for money he operates by a set of rules and basic morality. The sort of ‘do a little bad to do a little good’ bit. Engelmann, on the other hand, is a wonderfully odd duck defined by his contrary nature. European, well-educated, nicely tailored, and possessing all the affectations that go along with that, he’s a cold-blooded sort and brutal in his executions, yet intriguingly and scarily deft in his tortures of those standing between him and his target.

The world in which both men operate in is nicely defined, and Holm tackles the big questions surrounding Hendricks’s choice of employment – like how does he figure out who needs help and who helps him along the way – quickly and succinctly, guiding readers through the plausible steps that define how a killer of killers would operate. And rather than feeling bogged down by a series of endless chases between disparate groups all running toward the same goal, there’s a beautiful sense of energy guiding the story.

Equally important, Holm avoids some of the typical expectations of the genre that most readers would expect – there’s no burgeoning romance shoehorned in between Hendricks and the female FBI agent that’s been chasing his ghost for years. These characters are utterly professional and proficient in their aims, which is another aspect I appreciated here. The focus is on keeping the tension torqued and the action moving.

And the action – well, there’s plenty of it, and it’s apparent that Holm had a great time writing and constructing this book. The Killing Kind is as clever as it is enjoyable, and Hendricks lays out several well thought out traps to ensnare his quarry, with a finale that is both satisfying and more than a touch ingenious.

The Killing Kind is a seriously fun read, and more than a few scenes recalled for me the glory days of the TV show Burn Notice (which, if you haven’t watched, you need to!). It’s energetic, propulsive, and eminently readable. Fans of smart action-thrillers, you’ve got your next read right here.

[This review is based on an advanced copy received from the publisher via NetGalley.]

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Review: The Killing Kind by Chris Holm