Book Review: No Hero

No Hero, by Jonathan Wood

Police detective Arthur Wallace is hunting a bizarre serial killer, when he stumbles upon a murder in progress. But the murder he witnesses turns out to be a strange tentacled being. Then, a secret government agency inducts Arthur into their small group of world-defenders against the parasitic Progeny. Overwhelmed and out of his element, Arthur doesn’t think he has what it takes, so his mantra becomes “What would Kurt Russell do?” But Arthur will have to step up and become a hero if he wants to stop the Progeny and uncover the mole in the organization.

Arthur is an average guy, but a good detective. His teammates have exceptional gifts, but he’s thrust into the leadership role. Wood creative world blends science fiction and fantasy with the tentacled Progeny race from another dimension. His characters are mysterious without a lot of background. The focus is all on the fast-paced, action-packed, storyline. Packed with humor and excitement, it reads like an action film. Like a British, science fiction version of a Kurt Russell action film. No Hero is highly imaginative and entertaining, with plenty of twists and surprises.

Book Review: Conspiracies: A Shadow Grail Novel

Conspiracies: A Shadow Grail Novel, by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill

Only days after defeating the Wild Hunt that had been attacking Oakhurst Academy students, Spirit and her friends think everything has quieted down. But suddenly magical attacks begin happening in the school among the entire student body, causing widespread, overwhelming fear. And when former alumnus Mark Rider arrives with an army of friends to help protect the school and train the students for war, Spirit seems to be the only one who distrusts them. Something is wrong with Doctor Ambrosius. And Spirit’s friend Muirin begins to get too close to the newcomers. Her friends begin to think Spirit’s concerns are just wild conspiracy theories. But the group must work together to stop the attacks and unravel the deeper mystery within Oakhurst Academy.

This is the second installment in the Shadow Grail series. Relationships within Spirit’s circle of friends develop and change. And a new student is introduced – the only one who may be more frightened than Spirit about their situation. With good reason. As Spirit and her friends begin learning more about the school and its hidden history, even more questions arise.

Conspiracies is a well-paced adventure with plenty of drama, angst, and suspense. The Shadow Grail series is a developing, complex, over-arching story that seems to be slowly unraveling in each installment. As the intensity builds to an exciting conclusion, it’s apparent that many questions still linger. And there are more than a few twists and surprises along the way. This is a spellbinding series for fantasy fans that enjoy intrigue, mystery, and a bit of romance.

Received in July

The following are the books, DVDs, and Blu-Rays I received in July for review and/or giveaways:

Angry Robot:
Dark War by Tim Waggoner
Hard Spell by Justin Gustainis

Random House/Crown Publishing:
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Simon Teen
Star Trek: Starfleet Academy: The Gemini Agent by Rick Barba

Harper Teen / Katherine Tegen Books:
Alex Van Helsing: Voice of the Undead by Jason Henderson
The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore
Dark Eden by Patrick Carman

BBC Books:
Doctor Who and the Crusaders by David Whitaker
Doctor Who and the Daleks by David Whitaker
Doctor Who and the Abominable Snowmen by Terrance Dicks
Doctor Who and the Cybermen by Gerry Davis
Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion by Terrance Dicks
Doctor Who and the Cave Monsters by Malcolm Hulke

Penguin Teen/ Philomel:
Z. Raptor by Steve Cole

K Teen:
Torn by Erica O’Rourke
Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep

Orbit Books:
Germline by T.C. McCarthy
Blood Rights by Kristen Painter

Roc Books:
Dead Iron by Devon Monk
Working Stiff by Rachel Caine
Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
Dead Mann Walking by Stefan Petrucha

Pocket / Gallery Books:
Alterant by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Gears of War: Coalition’s End by Karen Traviss
Beauty Dates the Beast by Jessica Sims
Star Trek: Cast No Shadow by James Swallow
Bound By Moonlight by Nancy Gideon
Shadow Fall by Seressia Glass
Kindling the Moon by Jenn Bennett

Penguin / Viking:
The Magician King by Lev Grossman

Harper Collins / William Morrow / Voyager / Avon:
Overbite by Meg Cabot
Aloha from Hell by Richard Kadrey
The Fire King by Marjorie M. Liu

Ace Books:
Heroes at Odds by Moira J. Moore
Theirs Not To Reason Why: A Soldier’s Duty by Jean Johnson

Daw Books:
The Diviner by Melanie Rawn
Path of the Sun by Violette Malan
Omnitopia Dawn by Diane Duane
Water to Burn by Katharine Kerr

Tor Teen / Fiewel and Friends:
Enclave by Ann Aguirre

Tor / Forge:
The Unincorporated Woman by Dani Kollin
The Watchtower by Lee Carroll

Solaris Books:
Sympathy for the Devil by Justin Gustainis

Hodder & Stoughton:
Bricks by Leon Jenner

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