The Sacrifice Game by Brian D’Amato

The Sacrifice Game by Brian D’Amato Release date: July 2012 Review copy provided by Penguin/Dutton Amazon blurb: The mind-bending, stunningly inventive sequel to Brian D’Amato’s In Courts of the Sun, in which one man holds the key to saving the world from the 2012 apocalypse foretold by the Mayan Prophecy. In Brian D’Amato’s cult classic, In the Courts of the Sun, a team of scientists sent math prodigy and Mayan descendant Jed DeLanda back in time to... Read more

Book review: Dark Magic by James Swain

Book review: Dark Magic by James Swain, published May 2012 by Tor Books Note: The review copy was provided by the publisher. Blurb: Peter Warlock is a magician with a dark secret. Every night, he amazes audiences at his private theater in New York, where he performs feats that boggle the imagination. But his day job is just a cover for his otherworldly pursuits: Peter is a member of an underground group of psychics who... Read more

Book review: Endworlds by Nicholas Read

Note: My review copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. I can no longer seem to find the publisher’s website, so unfortunately I can’t link to it. Another note: This is actually a series, so “book 1.1” won’t get you the whole story. Amazon blurb: Billionaire industrialist Raef Eisman loses his daughter on an airliner in midair after flying through a strange electrical storm. With no body, no ransom and no explanation, he embarks... Read more

Book review — Plan and Prep: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse by Alex Newton

Disclaimer: While the author and I are Twitter acquaintances, I did not receive compensation for reviewing this book, nor did I receive a free copy for review. This review was first published on my blog. The link to the original review is here. This book is available from Amazon in both ebook and print formats. Amazon blurb: Plan and Prep: Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse is an introductory guide to emergency and disaster planning and preparation.... Read more

Book review: The Zona by Nathan L. Yocum

Publisher’s blurb:1 It started with the Storms. The world got too hot too fast. The weather wrecked Hell on man’s shiny, pretty civilization. With the heat and wet came bugs, with bugs came new diseases, and man’s numbers and sanity dwindled. The survivors reformed governments like petty shadows of the world’s old empires. They sought answers and justifications, they sought redemption for what they perceived as man’s holy smiting. Welcome to the Arizona Reformed Theocracy,... Read more

Book review: Zia’s Path by David W. Small and Debra L. Martin

Amazon blurb:1 In this novelette featuring crippled teenager, Abraham “Ham” Jones, and his tomboy partner, Zia Slate, the stakes are even higher. They have agreed to accept the memory weapons from their new guardian, Henry Lloyd, but with the power of the weapons comes the responsibility to follow “the right path.” It’s suppose to be simple: help one person at a time, but nothing in this harsh world is ever simple. It’s a dog-eat-dog world... Read more

Book review: The Last Condo Board of the Apocalypse by Nina Post

Publisher’s blurb:1 Kelly Driscoll tracks down monsters for a living, but the job isn’t what it used to be. Vampire hunters are the new big thing, but Kelly doesn’t swing that way. When a reclusive client hires her to locate a rival angel, Kelly’s search takes her to a downtown highrise that has become home to hundreds of fallen angels and dimension-hopping monsters. As the fallen angels take over the condo board, argue over who’s... Read more

Book review: How to Make a Golem and Terrify People by Alette J. Willis

Book blurb from publisher’s website:1 “You think you’re a fairy godmother or something?” I asked. “Or something,” Michael agreed. Edda is tired of her nickname, ‘Mouse’, and wants to be braver. But when her house is burgled on her twelfth birthday, Edda is more afraid than ever. That is until new boy Michael Scot starts school. There’s something peculiar — and very annoying — about know-it-all Michael. He claims to be a great alchemist who... Read more