Seize the Night (Moonlight Bay #2) ★★★☆½

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Title: Seize the Night
Series: Moonlight Bay #2
Author: Dean Koontz
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Paranormal/Thriller
Pages: 482
Format: Digital Edition

 

Synopsis:

It has been a month since the events in Fear Nothing. Chris Snow is just chilling in Moonlight Bay, waiting to see if the end of the world will come quickly or slowly. He’s out bicycling one night when he meets an old flame. She lost her husband 2 years ago and that very night her 6 year old boy has gone missing. Chris begins to track down the kidnapper and ends up at the Wyvern Base. He has a run in a psycho who tries to kill him and then in the process of leaving, has another encounter with the Troop. Also, Orson the dog has gone missing during the initial attack on Chris. While hiding from the Troop, he’s rescued by his surfer friend and they continue the hunt for Jimmy. They find a room that appears to take them somewhere else and they appear to see things that have happened in the past. They barely escape with their lives when some kind of monster infects a past researcher and they’re stuck with him. Thankfully, the “time machine” brings them back before they get axed.

Once home, before daybreak, Chris and Bobbie are confronted by the police and told to ignore everything, as “Higher Ups” are taking care of it. Considering the past track record of these “Higher Ups”, Chris and Bobby decide to ignore the cops and keep on looking for little Jimmy once night falls. They are told that the retrovirus burns itself out as the victims implode psychologically (ie, suicide) and that there are humans with natural immunity. Humanity is saved from the devastation Chris’s mom let loose. Hurray. They still have to find Jimmy and some other children who have gone missing.

Chris, Bobby, Sasha (Chris’s girlfriend), Mungojerrie (an intelligence enhanced cat) and some others all had to Wyvern to rescue Jimmy and the other missing children. Mungojerrie detects that the kids are beneath the time machine room and the machine is running while they make their rescue. Bobby is killed by security from the past and everyone sees into another dimension and a being comes through. It turns out that a murderous psycho who has been groups of children over the last 2 years is the head of the Mystery Train project and he wants to go to the other world so he can kill to his hearts content. It would appear though that he has tried to open a door to hell and something gets through. The group meets themselves on the elevator and Chris grabs Bobby and takes him with them. They escape and the time machine goes nuts. They watch it un-make itself, thus undoing the whole project but they still remember it.

Turns out the murderous psycho is still alive but now working on another project. Chris vows to stop him again and they all live happily ever after.

 

My Thoughts:

This was much more paranormal than the previous book. That just had a retrovirus turning everyone into bestial creatures who were just slathering to kill, pillage and rape. Here, the Mystery Train is a time machine only it turns out to “sidewise” in time and bad things have happened, hence why the project was shut down.

This book was only 48hrs and my goodness did Koontz pack in the thrills and chills. He’s very descriptive and I have to admit I wanted to skip it all but his descriptions really set the mood. Very atmospheric writing and downright creepy in place. I really liked it.

I also liked how Koontz unabashedly talks about the spiritual and how it is just as real as anything “scyenze” today can try to explain. In one paragraph Chris the main character is talking to his friend Bobby and Bobby says:

That doesn’t bother you like it does me, ’cause you’ve got God

and an afterlife and choirs of angels and palaces of gold

in the sky but all I’ve got is broccoli.”

It is kind of silly but it really got across the hope I have as a Christian. It’s refreshing and encouraging.

I think the only thing I didn’t really care for was how open ended the book was. Yes, the Mystery Train project is revealed, the retrovirus appears to be either burning itself out or a cure quickly on the way but with the whole Tornado Alley project throwaway line and the revelation that the murderous child burning psycho is still alive and working, well, it came across as Koontz leaving the door open for more books if he needed it. He didn’t have a definite “This Is the End” like he did for Odd Thomas.

And that reminds me of the only other nitpicky thing I can blab about. The recycling of ideas. Depending on how things continue in this vein, I might end up having to read these books a bit further apart than I have been. Time machines, evil materialized, calm and rational head character, creepy and spooky looks into a horrible dimension or the future, it all is extremely familiar. Now, Koontz does a fantastic job of not making the stories (so far) clones of each other but I’m leery of the same ideas being used in different ways. We’ll see what the future holds.

Overall, I’m pretty pleased and the taut thrill of reading this was just what my brain needed.

★★★☆½

 

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The Last Guardian of Everness (The War of the Dreaming #1) DNF@70%

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Title: The Last Guardian of Everness

Series: The War of the Dreaming

Author: John Wright

Rating: 2 of 5 Stars

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Pages: 333

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

Synopsis:  Spoilers

Galen Waylock, a spoiled young brat who is very talented, thinks he knows better than his grandfather. So when he receives a vision that he thinks foretells the end of the world, he charges in instead of investigating like his grandfather tells him too.

Which leads to Galen being possessed by his ever so great Grandfather, a malevolent magician working with the devil. There are other characters and it is obvious that a lot of various religious Ideas are represented.

 

My Thoughts:

Fairytales can be good. However, most of that is because they are short. Things happen, boom, Happily Ever After. If you take the time to think about them, then you begin to wonder just what in the world was going on and how did such stupid idiots survive to propagate?

This book was a 300+ page fairytale.

It was not written badly or unskillfully. There were no egregious errors. However, it bored me out of my mind and I couldn’t get past the style and the idiocy of some of the characters. It is a good thing this wasn’t my first book by Wright or I would have consigned him to the “Authors to Avoid” list and that would have been a shame.

On an unrelated note, I have about reached my limit with Booklikes. I can’t comment without going through hoops [thanks to you who did comment on my posts], I can’t load my dashboard and even this review took a couple of reloads to get all the parts of the page to appear. If things haven’t improved, site-wise, by the end of the month, I’ll be leaving. If things do improve, then the next goal will be staff interaction by the end of the year. Just wanted to give you all a heads up about where my thoughts are.

Stiletto (Checquy Files #2)

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Title: Stiletto

Series: Checquy Files

Author: Daniel O’Malley

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Pages: 585

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

Synopsis:  Spoilers

The Grafters have set in motion events so that they can join the Checquy. A Checquy agent, Felicity is given the job of being the bodyguard to a Grafter, Odette. Both have grown up with horror stories about the other’s organization.

Unfortunately, a small group of young Grafter’s doesn’t WANT join the Checquy and they are willing to go to war, and kill millions of normals, to keep the merger from happening.

Now Felicity and Odette must work together to stop this group while their bosses must work together to make sure the merger happens. Magic and Bio-Technology working together.

 

My Thoughts:

When I finished this, I realized it had been 4 [!!!!] years since I had read the Rook. Definitely worth the wait though. I was expecting another Myfanwy Thomas story and it took me a while to realize that this book was NOT about her. Took me even longer to realize that Felicity and Odette were the main characters and not just the openers.

The humor was just the same as the Rook. The action however had much more to do with genetic thingies than ghosties and goblins, even though there was an incident that involved a dead Checquy agent gone bad. The twisty-turny plot raced ahead at Formula 1 speeds. It felt like a Thriller, whereas the Rook definitely had that Mystery vibe going on.

O’Malley can write! I laughed, I got frustrated and I was triumphant. I can’t ask for much more than that. Of course, I hope it isn’t another 4 years before we get the next Checquy book. I also added this to my Best Book of the Year List.

Oh, does anyone know what Checquy means? I’m too lazy to look it up 😀

I Don’t Want to Kill You (John Cleaver #3)

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Title: I Don’t Want to Kill You

Series: John Cleaver

Author: Dan Wells

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Paranormal

Pages: 322

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

Synopsis:  SPOILERS

John Cleaver is doing A-OK. He’s getting semi-along with his mom, he’s going out with the hottest girl in school and the Demon Nobody is on her way to town. What more could a young psycho ask for?

Unfortunately for John, he’s not quite as smart as he thinks and when another serial killer shows up in town, he doesn’t know who is Nobody and who is just the “regular” killer. Can he afford to kill and maybe get it wrong or are the stakes too high? In the end, John’s selfish obsession, brain smarts and experience just aren’t enough and it takes his mom sacrificing herself to kill this new demon. And John and Brooke hook up as a new Demon Hunter Duo right at the end of the book.

 

My Thoughts:

Yeaaaahhhhh [said real slow and drawn out, not excitedly].

This book showcases the fact that John is still a teenager and as such thinks the world revolves around him and that only HE can do anything about anything. That thinking leads directly to his mother’s death. I hope it haunts him for the rest of his fictional life.

Beyond that, I don’t have much to say about the book. If you liked the previous 2 books, you’ll like this. If you didn’t like them, this certainly won’t change your mind.

I won’t be reading any more by Wells though. His sick fascination with serial killers might have a place in non-fiction, but to essentially “make it palatable” and present that interest to teens and young adults in that light is irresponsible. I ranted about Wells in my review of the previous book, so I all I have to say now is “Goodbye, you sick, sick man”.

Resurrection (Demon Squad #2)

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Title: Resurrection

Series: Demon Squad

Author: Tim Marquitz

Rating: 1 of 5 Stars

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Pages: 344

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

Synopsis:

Trig gets tricked, manipulated and whatnot into stopping a necromancer from raising Longinus, the soldier who stabbed Christ’s side. Only Longinus was a demon, so he got a butt load of power from that act. If he comes back, he’ll be top dog.

 

My Thoughts:

The first book was crass. I figured Marquitz was just seeing how this whole writing gig worked. This time around, his writing was just as crass, if not more and it is very apparent that this is a style choice by the author. So if you like your 500 year old half demon commenting on every pair of breasts and butt that he sees, running commentary on the state of his genitals at any given moment, and unrestrained lewdness and lustfulness, then this book is for you.

If, however, you have even an ounce of taste, restraint or class, this book will either secretly titillate you or disgust you. Considering the juvenile tone of everything, I’m betting on disgust.

The only positive is that now I can clear this series off my kindle and make room for another. That is damning praise indeed.

Mr Monster (John Cleaver #2)

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Title: Mr Monster

Series: John Cleaver

Author: Dan Wells

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Paranormal

Pages: 320

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

Synopsis:

John Cleaver can’t get over the fact that he killed. He’s not horrified, he’s fascinated and he wants MORE. He knows this though and is doing everything in his power to stop Mr Monster [his mental disconnect that is his inner psychopath] who wants to bathe in the blood of everyone he knows.

But when another serial killer shows up, following in the footsteps of the demon from the first book, John knows another demon has shown up. So it’s ok to unleash Mr Monster. But can John reconcile the fact that other people see him as a hero when he knows he’s unleashing Mr Monster?

 

My Thoughts:

This was just as disturbing as the first book. Wells has done his research and seems to revel in showing the struggle that John is going through in trying to control his killer instincts. I guess what bothers me the most is that John is shown as not having any choice, so far, in the matter. He fights against wanting to kill but it is presented as if it is a futile fight. I’m hoping the next book changes that.

Everyone has Choice. Not necessarily easy choices, or even one time choices, but they have Free Will.

The mind of a psychopath is a sick mind. Those interested in such minds are either trying to help heal those minds, or like this author in writing for profit about it, sick bastards themselves. As you can tell, I’m not a big fan of Dan Wells.

There were just enough touches of humor to keep this from being completely dark and horrible. I’ve got the 3rd book on my tbr list and I’ll read it, but after that, I’ll be avoiding anything, no matter the subject, by Wells. I don’t want to my mind contaminated by a mind like his.

Swords of Exodus (Dead Six #2)

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Title: Swords of Exodus

Series: Dead Six

Author: Larry Correia & Mike Kupari

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 608

Format: Kindle digital edition

 

Synopsis:

Valentine and Lorenzo are back in action. Of course, Valentine is being totally mind raped Majestic in a secret prison. Lorenzo is forced to rescue him, in exchange for information on his missing brother Bob.

Exodus recruits both of them to go after a new Warlord who enslaves whole village and then has the slaves become his devoted minions. Something otherworldly would seem to going on.

 

My Thoughts:  Spoilers

Sadly, this suffers not only from “middle book” syndrome, but also from the death of Lorenzo AND the fact that there is no book after this. It felt like a project that got cancelled.

That really skotched my enjoyment of this. I don’t mind when the good guys die or suffer a setback, IF they have the chance to come back and be victorious. But they didn’t here and it doesn’t appear they ever will. Also, I wish the supernatural element had played a much bigger part. Just like in the first book, this was a military escapade first with just a Hint of supernatural.

Meh…