Malicious Mysteries

Malicious MysteriesMy friend and fellow author compiled a (primarily) crime/mystery anthology. All proceeds will go to the Funeral Fund of his mother, Patricia Ann Davis. Please consider purchasing the digital copy of “Malicious Mysteries” to aid in this cause.

Stories contain Metahumans, CSI agents, historical-esque characters, and even one with a unique, bizarre Sci-Fi setting.

Authors involved: Jeffrey Allen Davis, Samuel E. Sam, Jim Robb, Stephanie Welch, Brian K. Morris, Brandy Goodman, J.L. MacDonald, and myself.

As of now, Malicious Mysteries can be purchased here:

http://www.amazon.com/Malicious-Mysteries-Jef…/…/ref=sr_1_3…

And here:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/612226

Centralia by Mike Dellosso

Peter Ryan has an idyllic life: a beautiful, loving wife and daughter, and a dream home for the three of them. But why is he so troubled? After an in-depth therapy session, followed by a nightmare, Peter finds himself on the run, not knowing who to trust, while traversing an insane road trip that’s just as cloudy as the corridors of his mind. All answers to his puzzling ordeal lie in wait at journey’s end. But those answers can only be found in a town that’s fallen prey to time…a place called Centralia.

—Review by T.W. Johnson

The Ultimate Failure by Jeffery Allen Davis

I’ve watched plenty of TV shows and movies in my life that either were true stories or based on fact, but I’ve never read about any until now. The Ultimate Failure by Jeffery Allen Davis actually occurred, though if one were oblivious, the short story would merely read as a nicely crafted piece of fiction. At first glance, one might perceive the plot as specific actions (or inactions) producing specific results, yet there’s much more here than meets the eye.

—Review by T.W. Johnson

Mech Apocalypse by A.P. Fuchs

Exo-suits, mech-bots, and sophisticated vehicles crashing and bashing! Gatling guns, missile launchers, and lasers spraying and blazing—and in the far future to boot! That’s what to expect from A.P. Fuchs’ latest military sci-fi epic, Mech Apocalypse. The action never stops, and only becomes more intense with each turn of the page. The fate of the past rests in the hands of a group of soldiers whose resolve is tested again and again as they confront high authority, go behind enemy lines, and even into the unknown in an attempt to unravel a threatening mystery that’s sure to spell doom for all if not stopped in time. Brace yourself for gut-wrenching super warfare of titanic proportions.

—Review by T.W. Johnson

Hitmen: Four Tales of Magick, Monsters, and Murder by Greg Mitchell

With a tremendous depth of character, rich, dark mythology, and a storyline brimful of consequences, loss, and love, Greg Mitchell’s HITMEN should appease any fan of 1980s horror. This yarn is a bit heavy with mild profanities (and other things), which I have a personal aversion to. But to be fair, HITMEN was not written for someone like me (and I’ll not elaborate any further, lest I ruin the story’s intent). One can easily become sucked into this shadowy tale, though, and the vast majority of readers should have no problem with every morsel it has to offer.

—Review by T.W. Johnson

Gateway to Thera by Jeffrey Allen Davis

It’s Like Dungeons & Dragons: The Animated Series

It truly is.

There’ve been many times when sequels were unable to surpass what came before, but that’s just not the case with this. Jeffrey Allen Davis has managed to rev up his ninja stories by adding a huge fantasy element to an already rich, action/adventure series.

If you’re a fan of 80s/90s martial art movies, and/or appreciate classic fantasy tales like Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, or even particular titles from the famous Dungeons & Dragons line, then you’re certain to enjoy Davis’s installment of Gateway to Thera.

—Review by T.W. Johnson

Klandestine Maneuvers by Jeffrey Allen Davis

With a huge cast, deep characterization, a sensitive theme, and a confrontational scenario that has more than likely never been written about until now, Klandestine Maneuvers, the sequel to Jeffrey Allen Davis’s Invasion of the Ninja, delivers another well-placed kick for his continuing Adventure Chronicles. It’s a smorgasbord of clans (er…klans), costumes, and charisma!

—Review by T.W. Johnson

Axiom-man No. 1 (Comic Book) by A.P. Fuchs

When I was a kid, I loved watching any superhero-themed cartoon or show that came on TV. Strangely enough, other than coloring books, I never actually saw them in print. The only comic books I remember seeing were about Archie and his friends. I didn’t even know about comic book stores or hobby shops for that matter. They just didn’t seem to exist in the area where I lived. For some reason, I don’t remember seeing them in retailers like K-Mart, either. Of course, that was long, long ago, so maybe they just eluded me. Either that or I wasn’t looking in the right places. However, in 1993, I begin collecting mainstream comics at a little convenient store every now and then for about a year or so.

These days I’ve been reading A.P. Fuchs’s Axiom-man novels, and this indie-created character has now easily replaced Superman, Batman, and Spider-man, who were once three of my all-time favorite characters. Were A.P. Fuchs a superhero himself, one of his powers would probably be vast fortitude, because that’s what it takes to single-handedly run a company that not only has published for others, but for himself as well. This Axiom-man comic is just an example of one person’s determination (and love of the art) to make his creation available for others to enjoy.

—Review by T.W. Johnson

Ordinary Folk by Kat Heckenbach

As most always, my review will be brief with no spoilers (I personally hate spoilers—reading or writing them—and try to avoid them like the plague. When I want info, I’ll read a book’s summary, which is enough for me; unless, say, it’s a book about reviews, which is different). Anyway, for part of my Halloween reading list, I gave Kat Heckenbach’s Ordinary Folk a shot and found it quite intriguing. She managed to put a new, unique twist on a classic horror character. Packed within this little yarn, one will find a good dose of mystery, suspense, and spooky delight…and that’s all I’m going to reveal. Alexa Williams did a nice job on the cover too. One final thing: this book deserves a five-star rating, but I couldn’t give it one due to a couple of instances of mild-to-mediocre profanity. Some probably won’t mind the colorful language, I’m sure, and that’s fine, everyone is different.

—Review by T.W. Johnson

Getting Down and Digital: How to Self-Publish Your Book by A.P. Fuchs

A.P. Fuchs is literally the “Bruce Lee” of indie publishing. His new how-to book will steer aspiring do-it-yourselfers down the road of self-publishing via the correct, quickest, smartest route. After years of learning what works best, and what doesn’t, Fuchs has created a solid method, and now shares it with those eager to join the book publishing pilgrimage. He gives it to you straight: the ups, the downs, the in-betweens—the truth. If you’re willing to walk the path, this book will guide you in the right direction, every step of the way.

—Review by T.W. Johnson

Axiom-man: City of Ruin by A.P. Fuchs

Readers have fun…it’s looking bleak…for Axiom-man and the turf he protects, that is…and that’s a good thing. Because within A.P. Fuchs’ Axiom-man: City of Ruin, it couldn’t get any bleaker. This story is a non-stop thrill ride of action and horror. You’ll literally grind your teeth as the hero dives, dodges, and zips about Winnipeg—each scenario more deadly than the one before. How will The Cobalt Crusader overcome a villain made of pure darkness, and the insurmountable odds that await him? Can the love of Gabriel Garrison’s life survive her hasty decision? The answers, of course, are just a click away.

—Review by T.W. Johnson

Metahumans vs Werewolves by A.P. Fuchs

Praise for volume two of the ongoing Metahumans Series with Metahumans vs Werewolves.

Quite some time ago, when I read the enjoyable Metahumans vs the Undead, I figured that it was just a one-time, stand-alone anthology. Boy was I wrong…and I’m glad I was wrong, too.

Metahumans vs Werewolves delivers action, mystery, and horror, via diverse storylines. No two werewolves are alike, either: they’re ghostly, furry, white, silver, brown, black, large, larger, and largest; feral, clever, and cerebral; new, old, and ancient.

The same goes for the heroes. All types are present: the dark vigilante (with and without powers), the subhuman-like, the mutant, those with gadgets, those with magic (those with both), the supernatural, the futuristic and technological, the afflicted, the golden age, and the mild-mannered, super-gifted.

Something else I noticed about the Metahumans Series didn’t come to me until after I’d purchased volume two. These stories (these books), in my opinion, seem to be like a new era of pulp…maybe a revival…a sort of tribute to yesteryear, possibly. Even something about the wonderful artwork makes me think of those now priceless covers from long ago. Maybe it’s just me, I don’t know…but, if I’m right about the tribute, then it is a tribute done well. Congratulations to the artists, writers, editors, and all who were responsible for putting together such a nice piece of treasure.

—Review by T.W. Johnson

Lengthening Shadows by Greg Mitchell

This is a well-crafted, eerie-filled treat, reminiscent of the classic monster genre. That, along with nice pacing, deep, cared for characters, and dark, ambient backdrops make the Lengthening Shadows by Greg Mitchell a must-read before deviling into his Dark Hour installment. Mitchell has poured years of passion into his storytelling, and it shines through. If you’re a fan of TV shows like Supernatural and Grimm (or just a big monster fan, period!), then Mitchell’s The Coming Evil trilogy and connecting material should please plenty. They are gems you don’t want to miss.

—Review by T.W. Johnson

Flowers for Shelly by Greg Mitchell

An exquisite, bittersweet account of life, love, and the apocalypse all rolled into one, tightly woven book, laced with morsels of dark humor. Within its pages, one can find an equal amount of genuine sentiment mixed with the kind of terror only undead legions can summon. Greg Mitchell’s Flowers for Shelly is sure to satisfy horror fans of various degrees, and maybe even the non-horror crowd—if they are willing to relinquish a Pollyanna ending. After all, true horror seldom contains optimism, for understandable reasons.

—Review by T.W. Johnson

Invasion of the Ninja by Jeffrey Allen Davis

When I was a kid, all cinema experience happened via television, because—for the most part—I lived in the middle of nowhere. During the early 1980s, I became entranced with the world of martial arts, and Saturday morning re-runs of the 1970s TV series, Kung Fu, started that journey for me. Next was the mid-1980s TV series’, The Master, Sidekicks, and then Ohara, which continued to fuel part of my destiny. It wasn’t until 1989, however, at age sixteen, that I graced a movie theatre (for the first time in my life) about thirty miles from my hometown, which just happened to be playing The Karate Kid: Part III (a coincidence, yes), and by then I was already a 1st dan (degree) black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Other than purchasing Black Belt Magazine throughout the 1980s on a regular basis, I never even remembered reading or seeing a fictional book about the martial—arts except for Chuck Norris’ The Secret of Inner Strength: My Story—which was autobiographical, until I bought a copy of Jeffery Allen Davis’ Invasion of the Togakura, published in 2003.

Now, ten years later, the author has re-released his 80s-90s martial art tribute, re-titling it, Invasion of the Ninja: Book One of the Adventure Chronicles, with a great deal more content, and in my opinion, superbly written. If you’re looking for an action-packed story with lots of character depth, and an endless supply of ninja, then look no further.

—Review by T.W. Johnson

Enemies of the Cross by Greg Mitchell

Greg Mitchell has done it again—more Christian horror for you Christian horror lovers out there. But don’t assume his book is just for Christians, by no means, because you’ll miss out on a truly terrific and terrifying tale. Just when you knew it wasn’t safe to enter the town of Greensboro…everything becomes a whole lot worse. Those poor souls need to open their eyes because the Strange Man is settling into the neighborhood, and he’s bringing a throng with him. Lock your doors and windows, close the curtains and turn on the lights, for a storm is brewing…The Coming Evil.

—Review by T.W. Johnson

Frantic by Mike Dellosso

This novel goes from 0 to 60 in the first sentence and only gets faster. Frantic (aptly named) by Mike Dellosso is a tremendous psychological horror thriller held in check by the author’s deep understanding of faith (which he knows about first-hand) and charity. Why is it so difficult to find content with this level of quality and morality all rolled into one? This book needs to be made into a movie.

—Review by T.W. Johnson

Metahumans vs the Undead

It’s always a joy to discover new superheroes and read about their exploits. These writers/creators have done an excellent job at bringing their characters to life. This collection should please any comic book aficionado (or reader looking for some fast, well-written, page-turning thrills and chills). Brace yourself as a variety of super-types (both new and familiar) battle an overwhelming darkness.

—Review by T.W. Johnson

Dark Hour by Greg Mitchell

Greg Mitchell’s meticulously written epic has an epic ending. As a world-changing event is about to be set loose on the sleepy town of Greensboro, a small resistance force, led by a former local pastor, frantically prepares for a counteroffensive.

It’s more than rare for me to write a long review. It’s just not my style because I want the whole story to be a surprise for the reader. Nevertheless, there’s a lot one can say about this enduring work of Mitchell’s. Here’s my attempt, though, at summarizing it in a single sentence:

The Coming Evil series is not only a fictional, monster lover’s extravaganza, but also a strong, realistic narrative about life, relationships, sacrifice, and the actual triumph of good against evil.

—Review by T.W. Johnson

Magic Man Plus 15 Tales of Terror by A.P. Fuchs

This is a great collection of creepy stories by A.P. Fuchs, which grants the reader a strong taste of those age-old consequence scenarios. A person might think twice about uttering, “If only things were different,” or, “If only things were better than they are now,” after trekking through these delightful little chillers.

—Review by T.W. Johnson

Resurrection by Mike Duran

Urban legends, hodgepodge religion, visions, ghosts, demons, warlocks, witches, and curses! Enter a town laden with ceaseless brooding skies, age-old secrets, and antediluvian gods of bloodlust. Did I miss anything? Without a doubt, Mike Duran’s Resurrection is filled to the brim and running over with line after line of the darkest portents. Brace yourself for this American gothic delight.

—Review by T.W. Johnson

Darlington Woods by Mike Dellosso

Better get plenty of batteries, too, because Mike Dellosso has envisioned an ocean filled with overwhelming shadows of malevolence within the pages of this novel. Welcome to a creepy town with offbeat denizens, black-hearted beasts, and an endless woodland world of woes. Turn off the horror movie; stop playing the horror game, for this read is guaranteed to give you an abundance of nail-biting terror. Got flashlight?

—Review by T.W. Johnson

The Strange Man by Greg Mitchell

As far as I know, one would be unlikely to find a veritable Bogeyman story suitable for all readers who yearn to be frightened by the macabre. Never fear, Christian HORROR writer (yes, you read correctly), Greg Mitchell has crafted a first-rate suspenseful and terrifying tale. This book is filled with memorable characters, conveys a deep, foreboding atmosphere, and leaves you wanting more. But don’t worry, there’s more on the way…

—Review by T.W. Johnson

Axiom-man: Black Water by A.P. Fuchs

Here’s one A.P. Fuchs concoction you don’t want to miss: a story where a genuine superhero takes on a tentacled, Lovecraftian horror. But this is no ordinary superhero. This is Axiom-man, and his powers come from an extraordinary source, which in turn comes from…well, you’ll have to read the earlier books to find that out. I’ll not say any more about this wonderful little tale. So sit back, relax, and let Axiom-man shine his unrelenting light on the dark corners of this world, and those unseen.

—Review by T.W. Johnson

Axiom-man: The Dead Land by A.P. Fuchs

Just when he thought it couldn’t get any worse, lo and behold, the blue guardian of justice finds himself in a cold, gray world, filled with the undead. No problem, however, Axiom-man can fly far above any number of shambling flesh-eaters, right? Let’s hope so, because now he’s going to have to contend with a unique enemy that knows him from the inside out. Ready yourself for an intense ride of suspense and horror from the mind of A.P. Fuchs.

—Review by T.W. Johnson

Axiom-man: Doorway of Darkness by A.P. Fuchs

Arch-nemesis, Redsaw, has dire plans for Winnipeg and the rest of the world, but his protagonist, Axiom-man, stands ready to defend. A.P. Fuchs ushers the reader on a nonstop thrill ride, where the forces of light and darkness collide in epic proportions. This time around, Axiom-man will face his greatest foe, but will his greatest foe be too much to handle? There’s only one way to find out.

—Review by T.W. Johnson

Axiom-man: First Night Out by A.P. Fuchs

Imagine having super-human abilities. Certainly many have fantasized about it at one time or another—maybe even you. What type of power did you desire: the ability to fly, to shoot energy beams from your eyes or hands, exhibit super-strength, speed, or agility? And where (or from whom) did the power(s) come from? Were they gifted, innate, or accidentally obtained? Well, while waiting for your own super-transformation to occur, you can always delve into another exciting Axiom-man adventure. Once again, follow the mysterious-looking man in blue as he learns to control his newfound powers. Discover how it all began as author A.P. Fuchs takes you on Axiom-man’s First Night Out.

—Review by T.W. Johnson

Axiom-man by A.P. Fuchs

Axiom-man by A.P. Fuchs sparked in me a “sense of wonder”, reminding me of those experiences when I first encountered superheroes as a child. A great deal of care went into the creation of this particular mythos. I cannot stress this enough: Axiom-man is a must-read for anyone that loves superheroes, or for anyone who just wants to be entertained by a superb story from a superb writer.

—Review by T.W. Johnson

Lily’s Redemption by Jeffrey Allen Davis

Yet another wonderful story by minister/writer Jeffrey Allen Davis. In his newest work, Lily’s Redemption, the belief that “one person can make a difference” shines through; and that the promise of forgiveness is not barred from a particular sin. One can expect richness aplenty, with intense portions of intrigue and action at such a level of realism the suspension of disbelief is not necessary.

—Review by T.W. Johnson