Dead Men Tell No Tales – skitter (Ezekiel Boone)

Ahoy there me mateys!  I know that I just reviewed the first novel of this series, the hatching, yesterday.  But I just couldn’t help but need more of the swarm of massive creepy flesh eating spiders.  I had to know what happened next!  This review won’t contain spoilers but well it does talk about a sequel so if ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . .

So first of all, this is a series where ye should definitely read book one first.  Secondly I did not know this series was a trilogy.  I thought it was a duology.  So yes this book does have a middle book feel but not in a bad way – not at all.

The first book was action packed and the spiders were nasty.  That book would be what I call the first wave.  This book is what I would call the calm before the storm at high seas.  Ye know that hurricane is coming but all ye can do is batten down the hatches, hunker down, and prepare fer the worst that mother nature has to offer.  And the glimpse of the skittering that mother nature may have to offer in the next book is terrifying indeed.

Book two had a completely different feel as the first but was just as awesome.  It has action, politics, revisiting old acquaintances (hello spider scientist!), some new characters, some new characters that become spider food, and above all – a building of tension.  The fear in the air is thickening, the skies are growing dark, and the hurricane headed yer way might not just be a solitary storm on the horizon.  Prepare to die and meet Davy Jones!

Of course despite the odds, I want to always go down fighting.  I cannot wait to see if the world is going to survive day zero with the spiders.  It’s looking grim.  Sadly I will have to wait until book three comes out on February 27, 2018 to watch it all unfold.  Good news is that ye can catch-up on the story in the meantime.  Arrr!

Check out these reviews by me crew members:

drew @ thetattooedbookgeek – whose fault it is I am discussing spiders!

kate @ forwintersnights

I usually put the synopsis of the novel here but this one was too spoilery fer me tastes.  So ye will have to read this novel to find out what happens fer yerself.  Arrrr!

To visit the author’s website go to:

Ezekiel Boone – Author

To buy the book go to:

skitter – Book

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the hatching (Dead Men Tell No Tales – Sci-fi Horror)


Dead Men Tell No Tales – the hatching (Ezekiel Boone)

Ahoy there me mateys!  Now if spiders be creepy creatures to ye and make yer skin crawl and yer pulse run then understand that drew @ thetattooedbookgeek is to blame fer me just giving ye the shivers in yer timbers by mentioning ’em.

Why, ye ask?  Because he be a salty cad and self-described “Fantasy fan, reader, poet, British gentleman and sarcastic degenerate.”  In other words: a right good pirate.  It was his delightful review that led me to this fabulous Halloween read.  He is much funnier than I am and even had lovely poems and creepy gifs for this book so mehaps ye should check out his review and skip mine!

However, me ship’s log must be kept to date and accurate so I record me thoughts below . . .

If ye thought a nuclear disaster is the first step to the end of the world as we know it, then ye would be dead wrong.  Try creepy crawly flesh-eating swarms of spiders.  Arrrr!  Gives this here Captain the willies.  And yet I devoured this novel in one sitting, spiders and all.  I thought this book was an excellent sci-fi horror.  In this story 10,000 year old spiders emerge from hibernation with an insatiable hunger and a penchant fer flesh.  And to think landlubbers be scared of sharks!  Ha.  I’ll tackle those over these spiders any day.  At least I can defeat a shark with me wits and cutlass!

The writing, characters, and plot are solid and the readin’ was a great bit of fun.  I loved in particular the FBI agent, the spider scientist, and the doomsday preppers.  The horror aspects weren’t too gruesome but definitely gave me some interesting mental images.  And this story is just the first stage.  There is a sequel that I going to capture next in me web . . . I mean net.  Stay vigilant and look for me the review of that novel soon.  Arrrrr!

The author’s website has this to say about the novel:

There’s no waking up from this nightmare. . . .

Deep in the jungle of Peru, where so much remains unknown, a black, skittering mass devours an American tourist whole. Thousands of miles away, an FBI agent investigates a fatal plane crash in Minneapolis and makes a gruesome discovery. Unusual seismic patterns register in a Kanpur, India, earthquake lab, confounding the scientists there. During the same week, the Chinese government “accidentally” drops a nuclear bomb in an isolated region of its own country. As these incidents begin to sweep the globe, a mysterious package from South America arrives at a Washington, DC, laboratory. Something wants out.

The world is on the brink of an apocalyptic disaster. An ancient species, long dormant, is now very much awake.

The worst thing is that this is only the beginning.

To visit the author’s website go to:

Ezekiel Boone – Author

To buy the book go to:

the hatching – Book

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Yer Ports for Plunder List

Dead Men Tell No Tales – reboot (Amy Tintera)

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reboot (Amy Tintera)

I heard about the book from fellow blogger Stefanie @ yourdaughtersbookshelf.  The premise sounded super interesting so I immediately e-booked it from a local library.

So basically a virus called KDH has swept across the country.  It kills almost everyone but some come back to life i.e. “reboot.”  The longer the person was dead, the stronger they return.  But the less human-like they are.  Less emotions to get in the way.

The main character, Wren 178, is the strongest Reboot to have ever come back.  She is fierce, deadly, and barely human.  She follows along with everything HARC (the ruling body) has her do with no complaint and very little thought beyond being the best at what she does.  Then one day she makes a decision to train Callum 22 and her life as a Reboot will never be the same.

I actually adored the idea of people rebooting.  The Reboots are controlled and used in an army like atmosphere.  Regular humans are terrified of them and even HARC personnel have weapons trained on them at all times.  Disobeying = death.  I enjoyed the enhanced features of the Rebooted especially.

But I have to say that while I enjoyed the concept in particular and reading the book overall, I did have some problems with the novel.  The relationship between Wren 178 and Callum 22 annoyed me quite a bit.  Callum 22’s influence causes Wren 178 to rediscover her humanity and feelings.  That part was interesting.  However the actual interactions between the two of them left something to be desired.  Lots of kissing and not enough thought provoking conversation or really psychology even.  Wren 178 rediscovering her feelings just seemed to leave her confused and unable to do anything most of the time.  Not necessarily an illogical choice.  I guess what I am saying is that their relationship seems too bound by their sexual feelings for each other and not enough through actually knowing each other.  I mean sometimes it just seems like Callum 22 is just a cute puppy that Wren 178 has to save.

Oh and the experiments on the Reboots were just weird and to my mind could have been taken out of the book altogether.  Seemed like a convenience of the plot to get Wren 178 where she needed to be.  Though again, I did enjoy the novel.  I might even read the sequel.

To get a different perspective from mine, read the review of Stefanie @ yourdaughtersbookshelf that started this all by clicking here!

Amazon has this to say about the novel:

In this fast-paced dystopian thrill ride . . . a seventeen-year-old girl returns from death as a Reboot and is trained as an elite crime-fighting soldier . . . until she is given an order she refuses to obey.

Wren Connolly died five years ago, only to Reboot after 178 minutes. Now she is one of the deadliest Reboots around . . . unlike her newest trainee, Callum 22, who is practically still human. As Wren tries to teach Callum how to be a soldier, his hopeful smile works its way past her defenses. Unfortunately, Callum’s big heart also makes him a liability, and Wren is ordered to eliminate him. To save Callum, Wren will have to risk it all.

Wren’s captivating voice and unlikely romance with Callum will keep readers glued to the page in Amy Tintera’s high-stakes alternate reality.

To visit the author’s website go to:

Amy Tintera – Author

To buy the novel go to:

reboot – Book

Dead Men Tell No Tales – magic bites (Ilona Andrews)

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magic bites (Ilona Andrews)

So this novel is an urban fantasy which normally I don’t read much of.  I have no idea who recommended this to me.  But I have to say that I rather liked it.  This novel has a kickass main heroine, shapeshifters, vampires, and magic orders.

One of the best aspects for me was the world building. The book takes place in an Atlanta where magic is present.  But magic does not always work and there are “downs” when the magic fluctuates and stops.  For example the main character, Kate, owns two cars.  One for when magic runs and one for when it doesn’t.  But the magic does not fluctuate on a set schedule.  So occasionally she will be in a car and magic changes and she has to leave the car and find alternate transportation.  Also magic seems to have a price and is not easy to come by.

I loved Kate.  She is a mercenary who refuses to work with the traditional departments dealing with magic.  She is fierce, loyal, takes crazy risks, and has a smart mouth.  There is a mystery to Kate’s magic and her background that is hinted at but not fully explained.  Also how she deals with the romance in the book is also not typical.  I mean, it ends with hints as to what might happen later but was still fun.

The plot itself was good but nothing amazing to me.  It reminds me of other urban fantasies that I have read in the past.  But if you like urban fantasies then you should like this one . . . just note there are currently at least 9 books in this series!

The author’s website has this to say about the series:

The world has suffered a magic apocalypse. We pushed the technological progress too far, and now magic returned with a vengeance. It comes in waves, without warning, and vanishes as suddenly as it appears. When magic is up, planes drop out of the sky, cars stall, electricity dies. When magic is down, guns work and spells fail.

It’s a volatile, screwed-up world. Magic feeds on technology, gnawing down on skyscrapers until most of them topple and fall, leaving only skeletal husks behind. Monsters prowl the ruined streets, werebears and werehyenas stalk their prey; and the Masters of the Dead, necromancers driven by their thirst of knowledge and wealth, pilot blood-crazed vampires with their minds.

In this world lives Kate Daniels. Kate likes her sword a little too much and has a hard time controlling her mouth. The magic in her blood makes her a target, and she spent most of her life hiding in plain sight.  But sometimes even trained killers make friends and fall in love, and when the universe tries to kick them in the face, they kick back.

To visit the author’s website to go;

Ilona Andrews – Author

To buy the book visit:

magic bites – Book

Dead Men Tell No Tales – hitchers (Will McIntosh)

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hitchers (Will McIntosh)

Yet another wonderful sci-fi novel by this author.  I just loved the whole scenario that has been set up.  A terrorist attack with major unintended consequences.  The main character, Finn was just fabulous.  I have to admit that the idea having my dead alcoholic grandfather hitching a ride in my body and taking over completely creeps me out.  But that is one of the best parts of the novel – the different personalities of the hitchers and how their hosts react.  The ending of the novel was unexpected and thought provoking.  I didn’t really care about the Toy Shop and comic part of the plot but it didn’t detract from the story for me.  I won’t get into more details cause that would spoil the fun.  Read it for yourself . . .

The inside cover of the novel says:

Two years ago, on the same day but miles apart, Finn Darby lost two of the most important people in his life: his wife Lorena, struck by lightning on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, and his abusive, alcoholic grandfather, Tom Darby, creator of the long-running newspaper comic strip Toy Shop.

Against his grandfather’s dying wish, Finn has resurrected Toy Shop, adding new characters, and the strip is more popular than ever, bringing in fan letters, merchandising deals, and talk of TV specials. Finn has even started dating again.

When a terrorist attack decimates Atlanta, killing half a million souls, Finn begins blurting things in a strange voice beyond his control. The voice says things only his grandfather could know. Countless other residents of Atlanta are suffering a similar bizarre affliction. Is it mass hysteria, or have the dead returned to possess the living?

Finn soon realizes he has a hitcher within his skin… his grandfather. And Grandpa isn’t terribly happy about the changes Finn has been making to Toy Shop. Together with a pair of possessed friends, an aging rock star and a waitress, Finn races against time to find a way to send the dead back to Deadland . . . or die trying.

To visit the author’s website and blog go to:

Will McIntosh – Author

To buy this book visit:

hitchers – Book

Dead Men Tell No Tales – xom-b (Jeremy Robinson)

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xom-b (Jeremy Robinson)

My first mate recommended this one. This book made my head want to explode. In a good way. This was one of the best zombie books I have read in a long time. And I have read lots. I seriously loved it. It reminded me a lot of the Windup Girl. But different. The Forest of Hands and Teeth. But different. Sort of like 1984. But different. It is about zombies and so much more. You have to experience it for yourself.

The main character, Freeman, is just plain awesome. He is constantly learning about the world as he has been taught and adjusting his viewpoints with what he learns. He is loyal. He is intelligent. He is kick-ass. The reader experiences the story with Freeman in a visceral way. The other characters are wonderful too and all are integral to the story that is being told. That is rare from my point of view. While Freeman has the main focus as the protagonist of course, the other characters are vital to his interpretation of what he is learning. Besides the character of Harry is just plain endearing.

The post-apocalyptic setting is like a lot of other popular novels. It is what the author does with it that is so wonderful. It has teeth. While this novel is extremely enjoyable and easy to read from a writing standpoint, it also asks deeper questions about being human, love, loyalty, and above all purpose. It seems like a simple fun twisty plot but has a bite to it for those who want to delve deeper. I just adored this book and gobbled it up. Go forth, find a copy, and enjoy.

And awesome fact – did you know that the author is actually three authors in one? Jeremy Robinson and Jeremy Bishop and Jeremiah Knight. This man has superpowers.

The author’s website has this to say about the novel.

Freeman is a genius with an uncommon mixture of memory, intelligence and creativity. He lives in a worldwide utopia, but it was not always so.  There was a time known as the Grind—when Freeman’s people lived as slaves to another race referred to simply as “Master.” They were property. But a civil rights movement emerged. Change seemed near, but the Masters refused to bend. Instead, they declared war.

And lost.

Now, the freed world is threatened by a virus, spread through bites, sweeping through the population. Those infected are propelled to violence, driven to disperse the virus. Uniquely suited to respond to this new threat, Freeman searches for a cure, but instead finds the source—the Masters, intent on reclaiming the world. Freeman must fight for his life, for his friends and for the truth, which is far more complex and dangerous than he ever imagined . . .

XOM-B is a wildly inventive zombie novel with a high-tech twist that will keep readers guessing until the very last sentence.

To visit the author’s website go to:

Jeremy Robinson – Author

To buy the book visit:

xom-b – Book