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Hell Ship Hell Ship
By Philip Palmer

The Hell Ship hurtles through space. Inside the ship are thousands of slaves, each the last of their race. The Hell Ship and its infernal crew destroyed their homes, slaughtered their families and imprisoned them forever. One man refuses to accept his fate. Sharrock, reduced from hero to slave in one blow, has sworn a mighty vengeance.
But help is closer than he knows. Jak has been following the Ship for years. Battle after battle has left Jak scarred and broken, a mind in a starship’s body, bent on destroying the Ship for its crimes. Working together, can they end this interstellar nightmare?
Can’t wait for my TGT review? Read my NY Journal of Books review here.
Those Across the River Those Across the River
By Christopher Buehlman

Failed academic Frank Nichols and his wife, Eudora, have arrived in the sleepy Georgia town of Whitbrow, where Frank hopes to write a history of his family’s old estate — the Savoyard Plantation — and the horrors that occurred there. At first, the quaint, rural ways of their new neighbors seem to be everything they wanted. But there is an unspoken dread that the townsfolk have lived with for generations. A presence that demands sacrifice.
It comes from the shadowy woods across the river, where the ruins of Savoyard still stand. Where a longstanding debt of blood has never been forgotten. A debt that has been waiting patiently for Frank Nichols’s homecoming…
Can’t wait for my TGT review? Read my NY Journal of Books review here.
Empire of Fear: An Epic Vampire Novel Empire of Fear: An Epic Vampire Novel
By Brian Stableford

Imagine a world ruled by a powerful aristocracy of vampires: long-lived, extraordinarily handsome humans who are immune to pain but must drink the blood of their common subjects. The story begins in 17th-century London and spans three hundred years —- moving from England to the heart of Africa, to Malta, and finally to the New World. Edmund Cordery, Mechanician to the court of Richard Coeur-de-Lion, believes that vampire beings must have a natural explanation. But when his discoveries make him dangerous in the eyes of his masters, Edmund entrusts his learned secrets to his son, Noell, who in turn becomes a fugitive. When he returns to Europe he faces the awesome might of Coeur-de-Lion and the infamous Vlad the Impaler.
Dark Canvas Dark Canvas
By Jody Summers

It seems innocent enough at first … Kira McGovern mixes her dead mother’s ashes with paint to create a tribute painting. What a way to personalize and immortalize her mom’s memory! The idea so ensnares her that she forms a new business, Canvas of Life, to do just that for others. As she begins with her first clients, something inexplicable occurs: Kira experiences segments of the dead person’s life. In dreams and visions she begins to receive images, some are gratifying, some unpleasant and some of them are downright deadly.
Sean Easton is a Kansas farm boy with a special talent he is just beginning to understand. His father, too, has recently died, but something sinister still lingers on the farm. When he takes his father’s ashes to Kira as a pretense to meet her, he not only falls in love but makes some startling discoveries about his own life as well.
And as Kira begins to paint with Sean’s father’s ashes the real terror begins.
The Golden Staff Saga: The Pillar of Light The Golden Staff Saga: The Pillar of Light
By Christina Neely

The four gems have been stolen. El-Tepora is dying. The Gatekeeper is using the Pillar of Light to sustain the world. Elena an ordinary teen must embark on a quest to find the gems and save El-Tepora. In The Pillar of Light Elena and her friends must travel across the world, fight fierce enemies and find the Weapon in order o save El-Tepora. Will Elena find the courage within herself to face the pillar of light.
Johnny Paradise Johnny Paradise
By Robert Bernardo

The future looked bright for a guy who had already been there! Johnny didn’t mind one bit having the inside track on those big, clunky cell phones that were the size of a brick when they first came out. Knowing in advance that everyone would have one small enough to fit in his or her pocket one day. Yes, it was good to be in the know on a few things, but there was also the bad. Johnny dreaded the day he would get that call from his mother, telling him that his father had cancer. He knew it was coming, but he just didn’t know when.
Zombies vs. Nazis Zombies vs. Nazis: A Lost History of the Walking Undead
By Scott Kenemore

A collection of top-secret lost documents from WWII (originally intercepted by the U.S. Signal Corps in 1941 and presented to Franklin Roosevelt in a confidential memorandum) describe the efforts of the Nazi Sicherheitsdienst (or SD) to harness and weaponize Haitian Voodoo and zombie-creating technologies for military purposes. While the Nazis initially dream of creating an army of bloodthirsty, automaton super-zombies to march across Europe, they soon learn that the walking dead are not as obedient and malleable as they’ve been led to believe. In contrast, these Nazi agents quickly find that the walking dead of the Haitian backwoods are closer to brain-eating, flesh-rending dynamos that don’t respect a nicely pressed SS uniform, and instead just go for the jugular. Faced with Voodoo spells, dangerous flora and fauna, and their own naive assumptions about the dark forces with which they’re tangling, these Nazi SD agents learn the hard way that nobody bosses around a zombie.
The Tides of Avarice The Tides of Avarice
By John Dahlgren

It’s something all pirates are taught when they’re very young, but too many forget: never get on the wrong side of a librarian. Especially if the librarian is a lemming! Sylvester Lemmington used to read about cannibals, impenetrable jungles, lethal carnivores, mysterious fortune-tellers, voodoo magic, cutthroat pirates, shipwrecks, mutinies, spaceships and much else in his books, but he never thought he’d encounter them for real. Can Sylvester save his sweetheart, Viola, her tough-as-nails mom and the other friends he’s acquired along the way? Can he find his long-lost father, rescue his hometown of Foxglove from the murderous rule of its ruthless mayor and discover true happiness? Oh, did we mention that Sylvester has mistakenly received the most sought after treasure map ever? This means he also has to escape from the cruelest and craziest pirate captain who ever sailed the seas of Sagaria – the horrifying Cap’n Terrigan Rustbane who will stop at nothing to get his map back. A map that leads to a treasure beyond the wildest dreams of avarice. It’s kind of a tall order, but then, Sylvester is a librarian…and a lemming.
Tracking Terra Tracking Terra
By J.K. Scott

The surreptitiously placed note reads: “Billion dollar bounty on your life. David born in Scottsdale, Arizona, forty years ago.” With the note’s discovery, Sara Alessa Giustino feels threatened and knows what she must do. Her life depends on finding David, a friend from the past–someone she met over two hundred years ago in Paris.
Five hundred years ago, the Kryios, an advanced race from Andromeda, saved Sara’s life on Earth; they bestowed upon her the gift of longevity in return for accepting assignments to protect the evolution of mankind. She knows too much, and now she needs to protect that knowledge.
The search for David catapults her into discovering the whereabouts of the most sacred energy source on earth and the shocking revelation that the energy source has been contaminated by a cosmic colony that plans to overtake Earth. She is confronted with unimaginable peril: clandestine companies, untrustworthy rich investors, and cosmic alien interference. The journey leads her to the sacred sites in Sedona and Peru and through time travel to the present future in a race to ensure humanity’s survival.
The Medium Next Door The Medium Next Door
By Maureen Hancock

At just 5 years old, Maureen Hancock discovered her ability to communicate with the dead. Descended from a long line of legendary Irish mystics, she was no stranger to the spiritual realm, but for fear of being misunderstood by her friends and family she kept the otherworldly messages to herself, eventually suppressing them completely. She wouldn’t hear the spirits again until she was in a near-fatal car crash. Soon after, she had hundreds of voices in her head, many of which helped her crack cases and expose fraud in her role as a litigation paralegal at a large Boston law firm. Then, when tragedy struck on 9/11, Maureen was bombarded with messages from the spirit world. As each one made contact with her, she finally came to terms with her calling: to communicate with the deceased, assist the dying, search for missing children, and teach the living about life after death, all the while raising her children in her suburban home. In this book and through her stories of her encounters with the otherworld as well as guided exercises at the conclusion of each chapter, she offers the same comfort and wisdom she shares in her healing encounters and lectures about what is out there waiting for all who are open to its mysteries. . . .
Debris Debris
By Jo Anderton

After being exposed to radioactive particles as part of a clean-up gang in the depths of space, Tanyana is told she has developed a hitherto-unseen ability to understand the apparently sentient stuff. Powerless, penniless and scarred, Tanyana must adjust to a new life collecting magical garbage — “debris” — but starts to realize debris is more important than anyone could guess.
Can’t wait for my TGT review? Read my NY Journal of Books review here.
Breath of Angel Breath of Angel
By Karyn Henley

In the temple courtyard, Melaia witnesses the death of a stranger and finds herself in the middle of a blood feud between two immortal brothers who have destroyed the stairway to heaven, standing angels in the earthly realm. As the feud turns violent and Melaia becomes a target, she finds refuge with a band of angels attempting to restore the stairway. But the restoration is impossible without the repayment of an ancient debt — the “breath of an angel, blood of a man,” a payment that involves Melaia’s heart, soul and destiny.
The Damned Busters The Damned Busters
By Matthew Hughes

After accidentally summoning a demon while playing poker, the normally mild-mannered Chesney Anstruther refuses to sell his soul … which leads through various confusions to, well, Hell going on strike. Which means that nothing bad ever happens in the world -– and that actually turns out to be a really bad thing. There’s only one thing for it. Satan offers Chesney the ultimate deal –- sign the damned contract, and he can have his heart’s desire. And thus the strangest superhero duo ever seen –- in Hell or on Earth –- is born!
Can’t wait for my TGT review? Read my NY Journal of Books review here.
Dark Territory Dark Territory
By J. Gabriel Gates and Charlene Keel

When Ignacio Torrez moved from the rough streets of Los Angeles to a small town dead smack in the middle of nowhere, he never expected to find himself in the midst of a gang war. But, he soon learns, these are no ordinary gangs. The wealthy, preppie Toppers on one side of the tracks and the working-class Flatliners on the other adhere to a strict code of honor and use their deadly martial arts skills, taught to them by the wise Master Chin, to battle one another for pride, territory, and survival. When Raphael, leader of the Flatliners, falls for Aimee, a Topper girl, the rival gangs prepare for a bloody, all-out war. The only hope for peace between them lies within the dark territory of the abandoned train tunnels where the tracks cross. Under the direction of the mysterious and frightening Magician, the awesome power within the crossing sends the rivals on a terrifying mystical quest to fight the malevolent force that threatens the existence of Middleburg.
The Light Bringer The Light Bringer
By Chris Digiuseppi and Mike Force

Sixteen people will die on Police Officer Alan Crane’s watch. But while tragic and untimely death is no stranger to the jaded ex-Marine, his new-found supernatural ability to lead these people to their spiritual fates sends him on a sensational and frightening saga that will ultimately answer: Why these sixteen? What do they have in common? And why has Alan been chosen to bring them to the light?

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