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BOOK REVIEW – God of War by J. M. Barlog

By Marty Mulrooney

God of War by J. M. Barlog

God of War is the official novelisation of the hit 2018 video game of the same name. Written by J. M. Barlog, the book follows the emotional and compelling story of Kratos – a god now living as a man – and his son Atreus as they journey through a realm of Norse gods and monsters.

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BOOK REVIEW – Nothing Left To Lose by Dan Wells

By Marty Mulrooney

Nothing Left To Lose by Dan Wells

Nothing Left To Lose is the latest – possibly final – novel in the John Wayne Cleaver series of books written by Dan Wells. Following on from I Am Not A Serial Killer (which was recently adapted into a wonderful feature film starring Max Records and Christopher Lloyd), Mr Monster, I Don’t Want To Kill You, The Devil’s Only Friend and Over Your Dead Body, Nothing Left To Lose finds John hunting down monsters in a small town in Arizona. With the FBI on his tail and the Dark Lady ready for a fight, it’s only a matter of time before the blood starts flowing…

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BOOK REVIEW – The Vinyl Detective: The Run-Out Groove by Andrew Cartmel

By Marty Mulrooney

The Vinyl Detective The Run-Out Groove by Andrew Cartmel

The Run-Out Groove by novelist and screenwriter Andrew Cartmel (Midsomer Murders, Torchwood, Doctor Who) is the second book in the ‘Vinyl Detective’ series. Published in May 2017 by Titan Books, it finds the Vinyl Detective and his friends searching for the lost child of iconic 1960s singer Valerian, who killed herself under mysterious circumstances…

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BOOK REVIEW – The Vinyl Detective: Written In Dead Wax by Andrew Cartmel

By Marty Mulrooney

The Vinyl Detective Written In Dead Wax by Andrew Cartmel

Written In Dead Wax by novelist and screenwriter Andrew Cartmel (Midsomer Murders, Torchwood, Doctor Who) is the first book in a brand new series featuring ‘The Vinyl Detective’. Published in May 2016 by Titan Books, it’s a tale of priceless records, mysterious women, jazz history… and murder.

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BOOK REVIEW – Defender by G X Todd

By Marty Mulrooney

Defender by G X Todd

Defender is the debut novel – the first of a planned four-part series – of British author G X Todd, a thirty-four year-old librarian from the West Midlands. Published today in the UK (12th January 2017) by Headline, it is set in a future where the majority of the population has gone insane due to the ‘voices’ in their heads. Following an unprecedented number of suicides and murders, the survivors have scattered across an American landscape gone to ruin. As the story begins, a young girl sits on the dusty roadside of this post-apocalyptic nightmare trying to sell homemade lemonade. She needs a ride. After days without luck, she’s close to giving up. Then a man with a gun comes along on a motorcycle and the voice inside his head suggests he should stop for a drink…

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BOOK REVIEW – Rehab Run: A Danny Cleary Novel by Barbra Leslie

By Marty Mulrooney

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Rehab Run: A Danny Cleary Novel is the second instalment of a thriller trilogy by Barbra Leslie that began with Cracked in 2015, which AMO described as “a cracking good read, mixing the violence and dark laughs of a Tarantino film with the conspiracy-fuelled page turning of a Michael Marshall mystery thriller and the neo-noir of James Sallis.” In Rehab Run (published today in the UK by Titan Books), Danny Cleary returns to find herself embroiled in yet another series of murders, each more gruesome than the last. She’s only been in rehab for two weeks and all hell has already broken loose. Can she protect her brother and solve the crime before she starts taking drugs again?

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BOOK REVIEW – Tales of the Peculiar by Ransom Riggs

By Marty Mulrooney

Tales of the Peculiar

Tales of the Peculiar is a collection of illustrated ‘peculiar’ fairy tales by #1 New York Times bestselling author Ransom Riggs, published in the UK by Penguin Books on the 6th September 2016. Set within the same universe as his popular Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children trilogy of books, Tales of the Peculiar is presented as being written by former Miss Peregrine ward Millard Nullings, an invisible boy who is also an accomplished philologist and renowned scholar. From wealthy cannibals to a lonely giant called Cuthbert, each story is part fairy tale, part history, and part moral lesson.

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