Book Reviews from Brusimm

Welcome to BOOK REVIEWS on BRUSIMM! For me, book reviews are the hardest experience to write up. I don’t have actors to talk about or directors to ponder. I have authors I read, stories I digest and my own imagination being whisked away by a good tale or slammed into the ground because of horrible writing. (Those, I try to avoid, but every now and then, I get a doozy!)

Breakers Book Review

Breakers needs a special kind of suspense of logic, but overall, the story is a fantastically woven tale of the fall of man and what comes for man once he has fallen.

The opening description of the story reads,

In New York, Walt Lawson is about to lose his girlfriend Vanessa. In Los Angeles, Raymond and Mia James are about to lose their house. Within days, none of it will matter.

When Vanessa dies of the flu, Walt is devastated. But she isn’t the last. The virus quickly kills billions, reducing New York to an open grave and LA to a chaotic wilderness of violence and fires. As Raymond and Mia hole up in an abandoned mansion, where they learn to function without electricity, running water, or neighbors, Walt begins an existential walk to LA, where Vanessa had planned to move when she left him. He expects to die along the way.”

When I picked up Breakers, I did not know what I was in for. It came as a recommendation and I snagged it.

To be honest, the opening sections were written so well that they defined some seriously down and out people and if you think you have it bad, reading about the primary characters will make you feel a ton better about your own situation. To be honest, they depressed me so much, I wasn’t sure if I could carry on.

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Breeds, a book review

In a near deserted coastal village, odd things are happening.  Strangers are asking questions about the town’s recluse. A local hunter discovers naked footprints in the snow. The stray dog population has ceased to exist. And with winter’s most powerful weapon bearing down, things are about to become much, much worse.

A werewolf book. Not a romance. Not at all.”

Above is the pitch for the book and I love it. Additionally, in the first page, the author, Keith C. Blackmore, warns you that if you don’t like bad things happening to dogs, go away.

Breeds is a werewolf story that takes place on an isolated island, in an isolated town populated by tough, simple country folk. It starts out innocent enough, as we are introduced to a few characters, but as the story develops along, we are given a fun werewolf tale of survival and secret organizations.

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NEMESIS GAMES (The Expanse) Book Review

August 15, 2016

A quick disclaimer: I NEVER pay full paperback book prices for Kindle versions. Except for this book series, The Expanse. – I just had the fun opportunity to read one of the latest chapters in the James S. A. Corey series, The Expanse, titled Nemesis Games. In this latest chapter, we’ve seen how in the […]

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FLASH CRASH by Denison Hatch, A Book Review

July 16, 2016

Flash Crash: A Jake Rivett Heist Thriller, is the debut novel for author Denison Hatch and to be honest, what a debut! Check out what I had to say

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VIGILANCE By Ray Kelly, A Book Review

June 7, 2016

If you want to see how a top-tier law enforcement boss tackled with, and defeated 13 different terrorist threats to the city of New York, and learn about the man behind it all, Ray Kelly, this is the book for you. – – – Ray Kelly was the commissioner of the NYPD for two different […]

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EXTINCTION END by Nicholas Sansbury, A Book Review

April 28, 2016

Extinction End is the fifth and final title in the Extinction Cycle series by Nicholas Sansbury Smith. – You’ve seen my take on the first four books in the series, as Sansbury doled out a tale of scientific horror stemming from the military’s desire to get the upper hand on our enemy by trying to […]

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THE LAST SURVIVORS, A Book Review

March 7, 2016

The Last Survivors, written by T.W. Piperbrook and Bobby Adair is yet another post-apocalyptic tale told in the time after a great infection takes humanity and converts people to hungry, stinking, rotting human eaters. But it’s been such a long time (300 years) since, that humanity has devolved beyond all technology as we live off […]

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Book Review, AFTER THE CURE, by Deirdre Gould

February 17, 2016

After The Cure is a post-apocalyptic story written by Deirdre Gould. In this particular story I finally found a new twist of sorts in how humanity failed while being told this tale in a seemingly different style than most writers practice. – Imagine if you will a deadly virus that removes your predatory filters, making […]

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Book Review, EXTINCTION CYCLE Series by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

January 18, 2016

The Extinction Cycle series, written by Nicholas Sansbury Smith chronicles the tale of when man tinkers a little too much with the nature of the beast and pays an ugly price for it. That price being a predatory plague set upon the world that threatens all of humanity. – The story starts in book one, […]

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‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker; A Book Review

January 5, 2016

This is one of the least timely reviews I’ve ever written, but I have been reading some classic books on and off, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula is one of them. After seeing so many movies about a subject, I get curious about the source or original material.  And face it, Dracula has spawned one of […]

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Book Review, HANDRO, by Travis Mohrman

December 14, 2015

Reading the tale of Handro is a fairly smooth read, nothing too technical nor too simple, but just right, like a good mattress. It is like reading about the classic hero character who has a bit of a journey with mystery, intrigue and outright confrontation once he gets to it. As a child I loved […]

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MY SWEET SATAN Book Review

October 30, 2015

Don’t be fooled by the title. It has a meaning, just not what you think. But it keeps you thinking all throughout the read… why this title? When will the impact or meaning of it going to hit the reader? It has been a long time since I read a book that I call a […]

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Book Review: THE LAST VOLUNTEER, The Doomsayer Chronicles

May 4, 2015

I just finished up a book by Steve Wetherell called the The Last Volunteer, the first in a series titled The Doomsayer Chronicles. In it, we follow the happenstance iffy luck-filled life of Bip, who has been chosen for a great task at hand, that of saving the planet. But during Bip’s tale, we are […]

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THE ATLANTIS PLAGUE Story Review

March 13, 2015

The Atlantis Plague by A.G. Riddle is the second book of a trilogy where we learn that the evolution of mankind is nothing but an experiment and the manipulation of our genetics for someone else’s purpose. How’s that for happy? In this second chapter of “The Origin Mystery” series, author A.G. Riddle cranks up the […]

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Matthew Mather’s DARKNET, A Review

February 12, 2015

Darknet is written by Matthew Mather, who also authored Cyberstorm. Darknet is a tale of financial trading automation taken to an entirely new level, akin to Skynet, but just not so nice. (Speaking of Cyberstorm, now THAT is an exciting read!) – The story opens with a man named Sean running for his life, knowing […]

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THE ATLANTIS GENE, by A. G. Riddle

January 16, 2015

The Atlantis Gene (The Origin Mystery, book 1) clocks in at 144 chapters and is an easy read with a fascinating premise underneath it all. And for an author’s first book, it has some flaws, but overall it’s not bad. – The story within The Atlantis Gene starts out introducing the reader to an evolutionary […]

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CIBOLA BURN (The Expanse) Review

November 24, 2014

–Cibola Burn is the fourth book in “The Expanse” series by James S.A. Corey. (A pen name for a pair of writers, Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.) In this fourth chapter of The Expanse, we find that humanity has rushed through the gates (If you have read the book series, you already know that the […]

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Review of Peter Cawdron’s ‘Xenophobia’

January 27, 2014

Xenophobia, by Peter Cawdron, is the tale of first contact and just how well or poorly humanity handles the situation.  And to be honest, I see this tale from Peter Cawdron as a pretty insightful prediction of just how first contact could go down, if it were to happen. In Xenophobia, Earth is visited by […]

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