Ninetoes Book of the Week 10/21/2018

Face Off

Mrs. Ninetoes highly recommends this book and that is good enough for me to name it the Ninetoes Book of the Week.

“Tortured and left for dead at sixteen, Evelyn Talbot turned her personal nightmare into her life’s work—studying the disturbing psychopathy of some of the world’s most vicious serial killers. Now a leading psychiatrist at Hanover House in a small Alaskan town, she tries to believe the past will never come back to haunt her—until a woman goes missing from a cabin nearby, and every clue points to the man who once brutalized her…

As her boyfriend, who is the area’s only police, begins to investigate—and finds not one but two bodies—Evelyn can’t forget that her would-be killer, Jasper Moore, was never caught. But there are no new faces in tiny Hilltop, no one who seems suspicious or potentially violent. In this twisted game of cat and mouse, Evelyn is certain of only one thing—Jasper must be hiding in plain sight. And if she can’t find him before he comes for her, she won’t be lucky enough to survive twice…”

If she had more than two thumbs, Mrs. Ninetoes assures me they would be up as well. I might just have to look into this one!


Kids Friday Fun Read 10/19/2018

Rot & Ruin (Rot & Ruin Series #1)

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry is my pick for Kids Friday Fun Read.

In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half. Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice. He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.


Your Friday Fun Read 10/19/2018

Patient Zero (Joe Ledger Series #1)

Patient Zero: Joe Ledger Series #1 by Jonathan Maberry is my pick for Your Friday Fun Read 10/19/2018.

When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills… and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good, and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective that has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new taskforce created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle. This rapid response group is called the Department of Military Sciences or the DMS for short. It’s bad because his first mission is to help stop a group of terrorists from releasing a dreadful bio-weapon that can turn ordinary people into zombies. The fate of the world hangs in the balance….

This book is an excellent blend of horror and techno thriller. It moves with the speed and force of an out of control locomotive!


5 Questions With Terrence McCauley

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It has been said that to be a good writer, you have to be a good reader. With that in mind, please answer the following questions.

-What book got you interested in reading?

Unlike many writers, I wasn’t a big reader as a kid. I fell in love with television and especially the old movies my parents liked to watch on PBS every Saturday night. My father was a huge reader and always had a book or two going at the same time. It wasn’t until late in high school where I found my love of reading by trying an epic called TAI PAN. It was a mammoth book and I wanted to see if I could get through it. I soon found that I couldn’t put it down. I was enthralled by the way Clavell was able to paint pictures with words and show depth of character by consistently changing points of view. I also loved the way he layered the plot that built up to an exciting conclusion. I also read CATHEDRAL by Nelson DeMille and learned how to create a tense atmosphere in a tight setting. I just re-read that book earlier this year and it still holds up well. I know you only asked for one book, but both books influenced me in my life-long addiction to reading.

-Do you have a favorite genre to read?

I love crime novels and spy thrillers. Westerns have also become my favorite to read because there’s so much variety in the genre; far more than people may think. I have a particular weakness for zombie novels that are well done and span several books. There’s a surprising amount of quality writing in that space, too.

-Is there a book you have read more than one time?

Sure. I’ve read CATHEDRAL several times over the years. I’ve also read L.A. CONFIDENTIAL several times, as well as LAURA by Very Caspary.

-What got you interested in writing?

I come from a long line of storytellers. I had two uncles who were Catholic priests with the Archdiocese of New York, one of whom was a chaplain in a women’s prison. I grew up hearing about human frailty from an early age. My early exposure to classic movies also helped me appreciate quality story-telling not only through special effects, but through characters and setting and dialogue. As an only child, I was always making up stories in my head and attempted to draw them rather than write about them. When my drawing potential topped out in my early teens, my desire to tell stories remained, so I switched my focus to writing. I’ve been hooked ever since.

-Was there a book of yours that was difficult to write? Which one was it and what made it so difficult?

SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL took me only six weeks to write, but it was the toughest book I’ve ever written. Until then, I had carved out something of a niche for myself in writing novels and short stories set in the 1930s. I enjoyed the time period and the challenges of writing novels set in the past. I was intimidated about writing a novel set in the modern day because I wasn’t sure I could do it justice. It’s one thing to change someone’s perceptions about an era they most likely hadn’t experienced, but it’s different when you’re writing about the era in which we all live. I was worried about getting it wrong. I was worried about having too much of my own world view reflected in the story and having it come off as flat. It took me a while to get comfortable with the idea and, as with all of my novels, I did a lot of research. I took some of the revelations that were published as part of the Snowden leaks and made them relatable to the reader – by making the protagonist’s most important weapon a cell phone. Once I decided to craft a spy world of my own devising, the dam broke and the words flowed. We’re three books into the series and I hope to continue the adventures of James Hicks and his colleagues at The University very soon.

I also hope to be able to continue my new venture set in the Old West and Sheriff Aaron Mackey. WHERE THE BULLETS FLY was just released in September and the sequel, DARK TERRITORY will be published in 2019.

Sympathy For The Devil (James Hicks Book 1)Where the Bullets Fly (A Sheriff Aaron Mackey Western Book 1)

Ninetoes Book of the Week 10/14-20/2018

Starship Troopers by [Heinlein, Robert A.]

Robert A, Heinlein’s Starship Troopers is my pick for The Ninetoes Book of the Week.

It is a classic in science fiction literature and pretty much required reading for those who enjoy military science fiction. Also, if you stepped on bugs and dreamed of power overwhelming, then this is the book where the bugs get revenge and we need powered armor to beat them!

I read this one almost forty years ago. I think it is time to give it another look!

Kids Friday Fun Read October 12, 2018

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series #1)

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan is my pick for Kids Friday Fun Read.

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse-Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends — one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena — Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

Your Friday Fun Read October 12, 2018

Straight Outta Tombstone

Straight Outta Tombstone edited by David Boop is my pick to Your Friday Fun Read for October 12, 2018.

This is a collection of tales of the Weird West,  it is my current read, and it is pure fun to read. In this collection, you will find stories by some heavy hitters from the science fiction/fantasy and horror genres as well as some lesser known authors.  It is a perfect book to read in this Halloween season!