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!)

Twice Dead, A Book ReviewTwice Dead is the first book in The Zombie Crises series by George Magnum, a New York based author.

In a nutshell, it’s hard to crank out a good story in a genre that is pretty full already, and populated with such excellent content as The Walking Dead and other top-notch offerings. This story does nothing to make the genre stand out any more than it already does, and comes away more as a fun but non-engaging read.

The story follows a Commander Peterson, who wakes up and finds himself in the middle of some strange, global spanning infection that seems to make the dead stand back up. He’s summoned to one of the last command outposts of the military, is given a top-notch mercenary team and given the task of retrieving a doctor from a top-secret facility, whose expertise could possibly save the world from this problem.

As the assignment gets underway, it predictably starts to fall apart, with supplies lost, people hurt, stray humans needing rescue and the loss of their transport, in a world gone mad.

I could not quite put my finger on it, but the way the story is constructed, we aren’t given a chance to truly care about anyone. Instead we’re told in a mildly repetitive fashion how deadly, or sensitive or malfunctioning the characters are. If we were given a chance to invest in the characters, we might have fallen for them. But instead, most of the heavy emotional lifting is done for us, so we don’t need to try. The reader is not trusted to develop connections with the characters.

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Babylon's Ashes Expanse series book reviewBabylon’s Ashes, by the writing team of James S. A. Corey, hits it out of the park yet again in this latest chapter of the The Expanse series.

Babylon’s Ashes, by the writing team of authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. picks up not long after Naomi got space ejected by her crazy ex, Marco, the asshat that started launching meteors at Earth.

This Free Navy crippled humanity on Earth in response to pioneers trying to take to the far stars through the gate that an alien species left in its wake. The Free Navy forces the rest of humanity to pull together to try and deal with this common threat, but the man who leads the Free Navy is a brilliant tactician, and when his tactics don’t work, he manipulates the situation to his advantage to make it look like that’s what he planned to do.

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And he’s not wrong in his nasty tactics, as it pulls the old political powers of the solar system apart.

The powers-that-be call upon James Holden and his crew of the Rocinante to help deal with the problem, but the problem hits multiple fronts with multiple resources.

It ain’t pretty. There are wins, losses and scenarios that come from events from this latest chapter, and worst of all, the new alliance that is forced to come together is tenuous at best.

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NEVER GO ALONE by Denison Hatch Book Review

February 24, 2017

Denison Hatch‘s latest book is titled Never Go Alone… A Jake Rivett Thriller. In Hatch’s last Jake Rivett novel, his first, we had a compelling bank heist with the bad guys being investigated by NYPD’s brash and daring detective, Jake Rivett. What I liked about that book was that we followed the characters involved in […]

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Colin F. Barnes CODE BREAKERS Book Review

February 7, 2017

Colin F. Barnes has made a world out of place in time in the Code Breakers series where the future has fantastic technology layered in the dust of a post apocalyptic world ravaged by narcissistic avarice and nuclear weaponry. I mean, what could go wrong there? It’s not a pretty world but as we are […]

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BREAKERS by Edward W. Robertson, A Book Review

October 8, 2016

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, […]

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BREEDS by Keith C Blackmore, A Book Review

September 8, 2016

“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 […]

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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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