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Place of birth: Exeter, Devon
Now living: Devon

Daniel Cann was born in Exeter, Devon. He graduated from University with a Law Degree and then achieved a childhood ambition of travelling around the World. His travels have so far taken him all over Europe, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Mexico and Canada.He is passionate about reading and the cinema. At his home county of Devon he enjoys walking on Dartmoor and visiting the coast. He writes book reviews, film reviews, sport and travel articles.

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Daniel Cann's 97 reviews

The Complete James Bond: Goldfinger by Various (The Complete James Bond)

The Complete James Bond: Goldfinger - The Classic Comic Strip Collection 1960-66Written by Henry Gammidge and Jim LawrenceIllustrated by John McClusky and Yaroslav HorakPublished by Titan Books The second volume of the classic comic strip collection sees Ian Fleming's James Bond travel to t...

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The Complete James Bond: Dr No The Classic Comic Strip Collection 1958-60 by Various (The Complete James Bond)

Before I get into my review of this collection, I must confess to being a huge fan of Ian Fleming's creation: James Bond. I was aware of the comic strip version of Bond, but, until now, had never come across it. After reading Martin Asbury's excellent and informative foreword, I was eager to delve into the treasures this collection promi...

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A Study In Sable by Mercedes Lackey (Elemental Masters)

One of ten novels in the series that looks at Dr. John Watson, who is an Elemental Master of Water and takes the sort of occult cases his dear friend, Sherlock Holmes refuses to even consider. Though Holmes appears uninterested with the occult and those cases, he does vet Nan and Sarah for him as he wants to work with them on difficult or near i...

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A Study in Brimstone by GS Denning

Sherlock Holmes is an unparalleled genius who uses the gift of deduction and reason to solve the most vexing of crimes.Warlock Holmes, however, is an idiot. A good man, perhaps; a font of arcane power, certainly. But he’s brilliantly dim. Frankly, he couldn’t deduce his way out of a paper bag. The only thing he has really got ...

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Ghosts of Karnak by George Mann

Things are quiet in New York. Unusually quiet. Gabriel – the Ghost – knows that something’s wrong. There’s a heat wave building for a start, and it feels as if the pressure’s getting unbearable. Something’s going to give.When an expedition returns from Cairo to exhibit their finds at the Metropolitan Mu...

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Medusa's Web by Tim Powers

"In the wake of their Aunt Amity’s suicide, Scott and Madeline Madden are summoned to Caveat, the eerie, decaying mansion in the Hollywood hills in which they were raised. But their decadent and reclusive cousins, the malicious wheelchair-bound Claimayne and his sister, Ariel, do not welcome Scott and Madeline’s return to the ch...

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The Night Clock by Paul Meloy

Phil Trevena's patients are dying and he needs answers. One of the disturbed men in his care tells him that he needs to find Daniel, that Daniel will be able to explain what is happening. But who is Daniel? Daniel was lost once, broken by the same force that has turned its hatred on Trevena. His destiny is greater than he could ever imagine....

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Foul Tide's Turning by Stephen Hunt (The Far-Called Sequence)

Jacob Carnehan rescued his son from slavery but he may have started a war - one in which he is hopelessly overmatched - and his wits and ruthlessness will only take him so far.Carter Carnehan has gone from slave to revolutionary - but what will his ideas be worth when they come under fire?The Carnehans are about to find out…...

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Valkyrie’s Song by MD Lachlan (Wolfsangel)

An immortal wolf and an immortal woman are on the run, fighting for their lives. They carry a magic within them, runes which flare with power when brought together. But others hold runes of their own, and the runes desire to be united. And when they are, Ragnarok will come.I was eager to read my first M.D. Lachlan novel as he has had prai...

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Radiant State by Peter Higgins (The Wolfhound Century)

Peter Higgins's superb and original creation, a perfect melding of fantasy, myth, SF and political thriller, reaches its extraordinary conclusion.The Vlast stands two hundred feet tall, four thousand tons of steel ready to be flung upwards on the fire of atom bombs. Ready to take the dream of President-Commander of the New Vlast Gener...

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Ghosts of War by George Mann

It is 1927, and New York City is under attack. Flying among the airships, strange winged creatures swoop from the sky and carry away its citizens, and only the Ghost can protect them. He is close to finding their origin: a deranged military scientist who is slowly rebuilding himself as a machine...The Cold War with the British Empire thre...

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The Lost Stars: Imperfect Sword by Jack Campbell

President Gwen Iceni and General Artur Drakon have successfully liberated the Midway Star System - but the former rulers of the Syndicate Worlds won’t surrender the region without a fight. The dictatorial regime has ordered the ex–Syndicate CEOs terminated with extreme prejudice and the system’s citizens punished for their defi...

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Sherlock Holmes: Gods of War by James Lovegrove

It is 1913. The clouds of war are gathering. The world’s great empires vie for supremacy. Europe is in turmoil, a powder keg awaiting a spark. A body is discovered on the shore below Beachy Head, just a mile from Sherlock Holmes’s retirement cottage.The local police are satisfied that it’s a suicide. The victim, a young ...

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In Dark Service by Stephen Hunt (The Far-Called Sequence)

Jacob Carnehan has settled down. He's living a comfortable, quiet life, obeying the law and minding his own business while raising his son Carter... on those occasions when he isn't having to bail him out of one scrape or another. His days of adventure are - thankfully - long behind him.Carter Carnehan is going out of his mind wit...

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Clockwork Lies: Iron Wind by Dru Pagliassotti (Clockwork Heart Trilogy)

Taya, the metal-winged icarus whose investigation helped defeat a plot against Ondinium and its populace, is assisting her exalted husband Cristof Forlore on his first ambassadorial mission. They must learn about Mareaux’s experiments in airship technology and determine whether the ostensibly scientific vehicles might be used for warfare -...

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It Takes a Thief to Catch a Sunrise by Rob J Hayes

We've updated the title of book. It was originally called The Northern Sunrise. The text in the review has not changed.The Northern Sunrise is a standalone book by the author of The Ties that Bind trilogy. Set in a new world of corruption, deceit and thievery; mixing magical fantasy and alchemy-punk with a healthy sma...

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Truth and Fear by Peter Higgins (The Wolfhound Century)

Investigator Lom returns to Mirgorod and finds the city in the throes of a crisis. The war against the Archipelago is not going well. Enemy divisions are massing outside the city, air raids are a daily occurrence and the citizens are being conscripted into the desperate defence of the city.But Lom has other concerns. The police are after ...

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The Quorum by Kim Newman

In 1961, Derek Leech emerges fully formed from the polluted Thames, destined to found a global media empire. In 1978, three ambitious young men strike a deal with Leech. They are offered wealth, glamour, and success, but a price must be paid. In 1994, Leech's purpose moves to its conclusion, and as the men struggle, they realize the truth of...

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On The Steel Breeze by Alastair Reynolds

An epic vision of our journey into deep space.  Hundreds of years from now mankind will finally inherit the stars. A fleet of holoships is heading towards the nearest habitable planet at 15% the speed of light. In massive asteroids turned into ships, tens of millions of people are heading towards a new home. A home that bears signs of an an...

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Proxima by Stephen Baxter

"The very far future: The Galaxy is a drifting wreck of black holes, neutron stars, chill white dwarfs. The age of star formation is long past. Yet there is life here, feeding off the energies of the stellar remnants, and there is mind, a tremendous Galaxy-spanning intelligence each of whose thoughts lasts a hundred thousand years. And this...

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The Ace of Skulls by Chris Wooding (Tales of the Ketty Jay)

“All good things come to an end. And this is it: the last stand of the Ketty Jay and her intrepid crew. They've been shot down, set up, double-crossed and ripped off. They've stolen priceless treasures, destroyed a ten-thousand-year-old Azryx city and sort-of-accidentally blew up the son of the Archduke. Now they've gone and st...

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Elves War Fighting Manual by Den Patrick

"A manual, complete with illustrations, that looks at the Elvish race and the way they fight war. With a history of the race, an assessment on how they, as immortals, face death, and accounts of famous engagements, this is the perfect companion for any fantasy wargamer or roleplayer, as well as being a door into a wonderful and original fan...

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The Raven's Shadow by Elspeth Cooper (The Wild Hunt)

Three moons are rising. They are rising over the snowy Archen Mountains, where Teia struggles through the high passes to carry her warning to the Empire: the Nimrothi war band is poised to invade and at their head stands Ytha. She means to release the Wild Hunt - and with it Maegern the Raven, the Keeper of the Dead. In the desert of Gimrael, th...

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Johnny Alucard by Kim Newman (Anno Dracula series)

"Fallen from grace and driven from the British Empire in previous instalments, Dracula seems long gone. A relic of the past. Yet, when vampire boy Johnny Alucard descends upon America, stalking the streets of New York and Hollywood, haunting the lives of the rich and famous, from Sid and Nancy to Andy Warhol, Orson Welles, and Francis Ford ...

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Orcs War Fighting Manual by Den Patrick

“Written in the form of a soldier's manual on strategy, tactics and weapons THE ORCS WAR-FIGHTING MANUAL is an innovative and fun way for readers and gamers to add colour and excitement to their knowledge of fantasy's premier villains.Translated from the original Orcish the book contains details on Orc strengths and weakness...

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Dragon Queen by Stephen Deas (Memory of Flames)

“In the years before the Dragons laid waste to man's empire, the fearsome monsters were used for war and as gifts of surpassing wealth to buy favour in the constant political battles that tore at the kingdoms.Notorious in these battles was the Dragon Queen. And now she is a prisoner. But no-one is more dangerous than when caged....

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Sherlock Holmes: The Stuff of Nightmares by James Lovegrove

It’s the autumn of 1890, and a spate of bombings has hit London. The newspapers are full of fevered speculation about anarchists, anti-monarchists and Fenians. But one man suspects an even more sinister hand behind the violence.Sherlock Holmes believes Professor Moriarty is orchestrating a nationwide campaign of terror, but to what ...

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Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch (Rivers of London series)

"A mutilated body in Crawley. Another killer on the loose. The prime suspect is one Robert Weil; an associate of the twisted magician known as the Faceless Man? Or just a common or garden serial killer?Before PC Peter Grant can get his head round the case a town planner going under a tube train and a stolen grimoire are adding to his...

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Evening's Empires by Paul McAuley

In the far future, a young man stands on a barren asteroid. His ship has been stolen, his family kidnapped or worse, and all he has on his side is a semi-intelligent spacesuit. The only member of the crew to escape, Hari has barely been off his ship before. It was his birthplace, his home and his future.He's going to get it back....

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Gallow: The Crimson Shield by Nathan Hawke

I have been Truesword to my friends, Griefbringer to my enemies. To most of you I am just another Northlander bastard here to take your women and drink your mead, but to those who know me, my name is Gallow. I fought for my king for seven long years. I have served lords and held my shield beside common men. I have fled in defeat and I have taste...

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Eliminating the Possible by Adrian Middleton (Moriarty Paradigm)

“Imagine the richly detailed Victorian London of Sherlock Holmes reinvented as a steampunk world created by the criminal genius of his arch-nemesis, Professor James Moriarty. Airships. Ray Guns. Moonshots. Tesla. Time Machines. Welcome to The Moriarty paradigm.Eliminating the Possible uses a remarkable series of excerpts, articles a...

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The Year of the Ladybird by Graham Joyce

“It is the summer of 1976, the hottest since records began and a young man leaves behind his student days and learns how to grow up. A first job in a holiday camp beckons. But with political and racial tensions simmering under the cloudless summer skies there is not much fun to be had.And soon there is a terrible price to be paid fo...

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Charm by Sarah Pinborough

Imagine an enchanted footman, two ugly sisters, a magical ball and a romance to remember... and now turn the page for the true tale of Cinderella, told the way it always should have been… It’s Cinderella, but not as you know her...Just as she did with Poison, Sarah Pinborough does the trick here, this time with the story of C...

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Terra by Mitch Benn

No-one trusts humanity. No-one can quite understand why we're intent on destroying the only place we have to live in the Universe. No-one thinks we're worth a second thought. And certainly no-one is about to let us get off Rrth. That would be a complete disaster.But one alien thinks Rrth is worth looking at. Not humanity, obviousl...

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The Good, the Bad and the Infernal by Guy Adams (Heaven's Gate)

One day every hundred years, a town appears, its location and character different every time. It is home to the greatest miracle a man could imagine: a doorway to Heaven itself. The town’s name is Wormwood, and it is due to appear on the 21st September 1889, somewhere in the American Midwest.There are many who hope to be there: trav...

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The Adjacent by Christopher Priest

Tibor Tarent, a freelance photographer, is recalled to Britain from Anatolia where his wife Melanie has been killed by insurgent militia. IRGB is a nation living in the aftermath of a bizarre and terrifying terrorist atrocity - hundreds of thousands were wiped out when a vast triangle of west London was instantly annihilated. The authorities thi...

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Beyond the Mists of Katura by James Barclay (Elves Trilogy)

This review deserves some context. It requires you to realise that for the past few months Tor.com has been releasing excerpts from the soon-to-be-released ‘Words of Radiance’ by Brandon Sanderson, the sequel to his massively popular ‘The Way of Kings’. I have received my copy already, and have had the opportunity to read...

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Deadbeat - Makes You Stronger by Guy Adams

Max and Tom are old, old friends, who used to be actors. Tom now owns a jazz nightclub called Deadbeat which, as well as being their source of income, is also something of an in-joke. In a churchyard one night they see men loading a coffin into the back of a van. But, why take a full coffin away from a graveyard and, more importantly, why is the...

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Tuf Voyaging by George RR Martin

Haviland Tuf is an honest space-trader (one of the few), and he likes cats. So how is it that, despite being up against the worst villains in the universe, he has become the proud owner of the last working seedship, pride of Earth's Ecological Engineering Corps?We'll leave that aside for now - just be thankful that the most powerf...

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The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr Spencer Black by EB Hudspeth

Philadelphia, the late 1870s. A city of gas lamps, cobblestone streets, and horse-drawn carriages - and home to the controversial surgeon Dr. Spencer Black. The son of a grave robber, young Dr. Black studies at Philadelphia’s esteemed Academy of Medicine, where he develops an unconventional hypothesis: What if the world’s most celebr...

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NOS4R2 by Joe Hill

Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she k...

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The Age of Scorpio by Gavin Smith

Of all the captains based out of Arclight only Eldon Sloper was desperate enough to agree to a salvage job in Red Space. And now he and his crew are living to regret his desperation. In Red Space the rules are different. Some things work, others don't. Best to stick close to the Church beacons. Don't get lost. Because there's somethi...

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The God Tattoo: Untold Tales from the Twilight Reign by Tom Lloyd (The Twilight Reign)

The history of the Land may remember the slaughter at Moorview or the horror of Scree's fall, but there were other casualties of the secret war against Azaer - more tales surrounding those bloody years that went unrecorded. In the shadow of memorials to the glorious dead, these ghosts lie quiet and forgotten by all but a few.A compani...

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Gateway of the Saviours by AJ Dalton

Jillan and his companions have won the battle of Godsend, and an uneasy peace has settled on their remote corner of the Empire. But the Saviours cannot allow such resistance to go unpunished, and embark on a series of punitive assaults on the few who have rejected their reign. With his friends scattered and his reason for fighting taken away fro...

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Poison by Sarah Pinborough

It’s Snow White, but not as you know her... Take a wicked queen, a handsome prince, a beautiful princess, and a poisoned apple... and now read the true story of Snow White, told the way it always should have been...This is Snow White for a new generation: the dwarves are no longer simply creatures of fun, but a hard-working race who...

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Wolfhound Century by Peter Higgins (The Wolfhound Century)

A thousand miles east of Mirgorod, the great capital city of the Vlast, deep in the ancient forest, lies the most recent fallen angel, its vast stone form half-buried and fused into the rock by the violence of impact. As its dark energy leeches into the crash site, so a circle of death expands around it, slowly - inexorably - killing everything ...

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Jago by Kim Newman

In the tiny village of Alder, dreams and nightmares are beginning to come true. Creatures from local legend, science fiction and the dark side of the human mind prowl the town.Paul, a young academic composing a thesis about the end of the world, and his girlfriend Hazel, a potter, have come to Alder for the summer. Their idea of a rural r...

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Wool by Hugh Howey (Wool Trilogy)

I kindled this based on a BBC web article about the author who wrote a dystopian short story, conversed with his wife after seeing it pass a 1000 purchases on Amazon, and then decided to write a full blown novel, with a second and third to come. One of those "electronic self publish" happy stories where skill at writing fiction shone p...

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Three Days to Never by Tim Powers

When twelve year old Daphne Marrity takes a film from her recently deceased grandmother’s house, neither she nor her father, Frank, realize what they now have in their possession. In an instant they are thrust into the centre of a world-altering conspiracy, drawing the dangerous attentions of both the Israeli secret service and an ancient ...

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Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula by Loren D Estleman (The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

A mysterious schooner runs aground in an English harbour. Its cargo is fifty boxes of earth; its only living passenger, a black dog. The captain’s body is lashed to the wheel lifeless, drained of blood.Soon, a rash of bizarre nocturnal crimes terrifies London. It can only be the work of Count Dracula, and only one man can save the c...

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Dracula Cha Cha Cha by Kim Newman (Anno Dracula series)

Rome 1959 and Count Dracula is about to marry the Moldavian Princess Asa Vajda. Journalist Kate Reed flies into the city to visit the ailing Charles Beauregard and his vampire companion Geneviève. She finds herself caught up in the mystery of the Crimson Executioner who is bloodily dispatching vampire elders in the city. She is on his tra...

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The Martian War by Kevin J Anderson

What if the Martian invasion was not entirely the product of H. G. Wells's vivid imagination? What if Wells witnessed something that spurred him to write The War of the Worlds as a warning? From drafty London flats to the steamy Sahara, to the surface of the moon and beyond, The Martian War takes the reader on an exhilarating journey with We...

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Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling by Michael Boccacino

When the nanny to the young Darrow boys is found murdered on the outskirts of Blackfield, Charlotte Markham, the recently hired governess, steps in to take over their care. During an outing in the forest, they find themselves crossing over into The Ending, the place for the Things That Cannot Die, where Lily Darrow, the late mistress of Everton,...

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The Games by Ted Kosmatka

Dr. Silas Williams is the brilliant geneticist in charge of preparing the U.S. entry into the Olympic Gladiator competition, an internationally sanctioned bloodsport with only one rule: no human DNA is permitted in the design of the entrants. But when his creation demonstrates monstrous strength, speed, and most disquietingly intelligence, scien...

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The Stress of Her Regard by Tim Powers

LAKE GENEVA, 1816As Byron and Shelley row on the peaceful waters of Lake Geneva, a sudden squall threatens to capsize their boat. But this is no natural event – something has risen from the lake itself to attack them.KENT, 1816Michael Crawford’s wife is brutally murdered on their wedding night as he sleeps peacef...

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The Hound of the D'Urbervilles by Kim Newman (Professor Moriarty Novels)

Fantasy Book Review Book of the Month, August 2012Imagine the twisted evil twins of Holmes and Watson and you have the dangerous duo of Professor James Moriarty – wily, snake-like, fiercely intelligent, terrifyingly unpredictable – and Colonel Sebastian “Basher” Moran – violent, politically i...

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Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers

London, 1862. A city of over three million souls, of stinking fog and dark, winding streets.Through these streets walks the poet Christina Rossetti, haunted and tormented by the ghost of her uncle, John Polidori. Without him, she cannot write, but her relationship with him threatens to shake London itself to the ground.Victorian Lo...

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The Army of Doctor Moreau by Guy Adams (The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

Following the trail of several corpses seemingly killed by wild animals, Holmes and Watson stumble upon the experiments of Doctor Moreau. Moreau through vivisection and crude genetic engineering is creating animal hybrids, determined to prove the evolutionary theories of Charles Darwin.In his laboratory, hidden among the opium dens of Rot...

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Spirit of Fire by Stephen Zimmer (Fires in Eden)

Battered by a massive invasion force from Gallea, the tribal people of the Five Realms and their Midragardan allies are being driven eastward, towards the sea, while the Saxan lines are wearing down ever thinner on the Plains of Athelney. Time is running out quickly, as an ancient creature of legend soars through the skies with a brave young Sax...

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Poseidon's Children by Michael West

After the ruins of a vast, ancient civilization are discovered on the ocean floor, Coast Guard officers find a series of derelict ships drifting in the current-high-priced yachts and leaking fishing boats, all ransacked, splattered in blood, their crews missing and presumed dead.And that's just the beginning.Vacationing artist ...

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Sela by Jackie Gamber (Leland Dragon Series)

Peace was fleeting. Vorham Riddess, Venur of Esra Province, covets the crystal ore buried deep in Leland's mountains. His latest device to obtain it: land by marriage to a Leland maiden. But that's not all.Among Dragonkind, old threats haunt Mount Gore, and shadows loom in the thoughts of the Red who restored life to land and love...

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Cinema of Shadows by Michael West

Welcome to the Woodfield Movie Palace. The night the Titanic sank, it opened for business... and its builder died in his chair. In the 1950s, there was a fire; a balcony full of people burned to death. And years later, when it became the scene of one of Harmony, Indiana's most notorious murders, it closed for good. Abandoned, sealed, locked ...

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Overkill by Steven L Shrewsbury

“Deliverance will come... A great flood once wiped clean the earth, destroying everything upon it. Before the deluge, in a time now forgotten, the world was a place of warriors and witches, conflicts between kingdoms, and, until their extermination, dragons. In this world, men may live centuries, fallen angels have begotten terrifying spaw...

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Angelkiller by H David Blalock (The Angelkiller Triad)

Why do bad things happen to good people? Simple. In the ancient war between the Angels of Light and Darkness, the Dark won. Now it is the job of an undercover force simply known as The Army to rectify that.Using every tool available, The Army has worked to liberate our world from The Enemy for thousands of years, slowly and painfully lift...

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The Bloody Red Baron by Kim Newman (Anno Dracula series)

This is the follow up to ‘Anno Dracula’ and like the first book it is filled with literary and historical characters, this time from the early twentieth century. In this alternate universe the War of the Great Powers in Europe is also a war between the living and the undead.‘It is 1918 and Dracula is commander-in-chief o...

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The Fall of Dorkhun by DA Adams (The Brotherhood of Dwarves series)

‘The Fall of Dorkhun’ continues the story of the dwarf Roskin. In the newest adventure of the series, Roskin returns home to a kingdom divided by war with the ogres.. On one side, his father desires to restore peace, but on the other, Master Sondious, seeking revenge for having been crippled, seeks to escalate aggression against the ...

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Red Sky at Dawn by DA Adams (The Brotherhood of Dwarves series)

This is the second in 'The Brotherhood of Dwarves' series and Crushaw, Molgheon, and Vishghu have liberated the Slithsythe Plantation, and now, they must make their way to safe lands before being caught and returned to certain bondage. Across the orc lands, they and Roskin recruit and train an army of freed slaves, for between them and f...

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The Brotherhood of Dwarves by DA Adams (The Brotherhood of Dwarves series)

The first in a series of novels by D.A. Adams finds Roskin, heir to the throne of a remote, peaceful kingdom of dwarves, craving excitement and adventure.Roskin is the son of King Kraganere and the heir of Dorkhun; he is also half dwarf and half elf. Hot-headed and impulsive he craves adventure and experience. The story follows him as he ...

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Burden of Proof by John G Hemry (JAG In Space)

The second entry in the ‘JAG In Space’ series sees a suspicious explosion on-board the space warship the USS Michaelson costing an officer his life, setting in train an investigation to discover why the dead man was working alone at the time of the accident.Legal officer Paul Sinclair risks everything to expose a cover-up... T...

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A Just Determination by John G Hemry (JAG In Space)

Ensign Paul Sinclair is assigned to the orbiting space warship the USS Michaelson as the ship’s lone legal officer. When the ship’s captain is accused of ordering the destruction of a civilian research vessel, and commanded to return to port for court-martial, Sinclair must testify at the hearing.With his own future and that o...

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The Breath of God by Guy Adams (The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

‘The Breath of God’ finds Sherlock Holmes up against it again when a body is found crushed to death in the London snow with no footprints anywhere near it. It is almost as if the man was killed by the air itself.Holmes and his loyal companion Dr Watson travel to Scotland to meet with the one person they have been told can help...

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Thrall by Steven Shrewsbury

Here is a novel set ‘in the mists of ancient times’ and sees an aging legendary warrior in Gorias La Gaul who has spent centuries battling monsters of lore. Shrewsbury’s novel takes place where demonic forces known as Nephilum walk the earth and dragons are creatures of reality not myth. On a journey to discover the whereabouts...

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The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz (Sherlock Holmes (Horowitz))

Endorsed by the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ‘The House of Silk’ has a fine pedigree with renowned author Anthony Horowitz taking on the world’s most famous detective: Sherlock Holmes.Here we learn that Holmes is dead and Watson has allowed this particular case to see the light of day after a period of one hundred ye...

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Blood and Steel: Legends of La Gaul by Steven L Shrewsbury

Steven L Shrewsbury is the author of two novels ‘HAWG’ and ‘Thrall.’ These two short stories see the central character of ‘Thrall’ the ancient hero and legendary warrior Gorias La Gaul in action. The first in this collection is Author and Finisher of our Flesh ISBN: 9781937929046 which sees Thynnes a soldier o...

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Chronicles of Ave and Annals of the Rising Dawn by Stephen Zimmer

For those who don not already know, Stephen Zimmer is the author of two ambitious and epic series of novels: ‘The Rising Dawn Saga’ and ‘The Fires in Eden’ series. Here he brings us a collection of short stories now available as eBooks.The first short story Into Glory Ride ISBN: 9781937929008 opens with a quote fro...

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The Wolf's Hour by Robert McCammon

Here is something that should appeal to fans of thrillers and horror. Author Robert R McCammon has masterfully blended the two genres by creating his central character Michael Gallatin, a Russian immigrant now living in Wales working for British Intelligence as an agent during the Second World War.The action moves from the theatre of war:...

8.8/10

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Stark's Crusade by John G Hemry (Ethan Stark)

The last surviving superpower on Earth, the USA is fighting a war to conquer the moon and obtain its riches. However, the American military has its own battles to fight before it can claim victory.In this final instalment in the ‘Stark’ series we see Sergeant Ethan Stark who was sent into space to protect the US Lunar Colony. ...

9.0/10

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Stark's Command by John G Hemry (Ethan Stark)

The sequel to ‘Stark’s War’ sees the beginning of the consequences of Sergeant (now Commander) Ethan Stark’s mutiny on the moon. For non initiates this series sees the USA as the last surviving superpower on Earth which is now determined to also conquer the colonized moon and claim it for itself.Stark has been plac...

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Stark's War by John G Hemry (Ethan Stark)

This Military Sci Fi novel from the author of ‘The Lost Fleet’ series sees the USA reigning over Earth as the last surviving superpower, economically and militarily supreme. Seeking to build a society free of American influence, foreign countries have inhabited the moon. Now America has raised its gaze once more, and the US military ...

9.0/10

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Beyond The Frontier: Dreadnaught by Jack Campbell (Lost Fleet)

If you are already familiar with Jack Campbell’s military sci fi ‘The Lost Fleet’ series you will know that his central character Captain John ‘Black Jack’ Geary has woken from a century of survival hibernation and found himself taking command of the Alliance Fleet in the final throes of a long and bitter conflict w...

8.5/10

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Victorious by Jack Campbell (Lost Fleet: Book 6)

Book six of ‘The Lost Fleet’ series sees Captain ‘Black Jack’ Geary finally back in Alliance space where he is promoted to fleet admiral – even though the ruling council are terrified that he may stage a military coup.Geary’s new rank means that he has the authority to negotiate with the Syndics, who ha...

8.5/10

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Captain Nemo: The Fantastic Adventures of a Dark Genius by Kevin J Anderson

This hugely ambitious project takes the reader behind Jules Verne’s enigmatic, mysterious loner Captain Nemo (called Andre Nemo here). Anderson provides us with an exhilarating tale that spans a lifetime from childhood dreams and fantasies with friends Jules Verne (a masterstroke by Anderson) and Caroline Aronnax, to life on the high seas ...

9.2/10

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Dream of Legends by Stephen Zimmer (Fires in Eden)

Book two of ‘The Fires in Eden’ series finds Janus and the other ‘exiles’ (people from our world) learning more about the fantastical realm of Ave.Unfortunately they have arrived at a time of great unrest and conflict. The assault upon the Kingdom of Saxany and the tribes of the Five Realms ignites as the Unifier&r...

9.0/10

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The Seventh Throne by Stephen Zimmer (The Rising Dawn Saga)

This, the third episode in the Rising Dawn Saga sees the stakes get raised higher. The quotes preceding the novel from historical figures are a chilling introduction to what one can expect from this outing.The story picks up with Friedrich continuing his journey into the Abyss with powerful Avatar Enki. Their quest takes them to the edge ...

8.5/10

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The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling

This collaborative effort from William Gibson and Bruce Sterling (the only to date) is a prime example of the ‘Steampunk’ genre and a bold, imaginative ‘alternate history’ novel.It is set in London in 1855 where the computer age has arrived a century ahead of time with the great steam-driven (Charles) Babbage Engin...

9.2/10

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The Seventh Bullet by Daniel D Victor (The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

This adventure is set in the spring of 1912 and sees a now retired Sherlock Holmes living a quiet life in Sussex bee keeping. He is now 58 years old and as faithful companion and chronicler Watson notes ‘the receding hair on his temples was flecked with grey.’Watson, who by now is himself 59, admits that they are a little too ...

8.0/10

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The Stalwart Companions by H Paul Jeffers (The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

This sees the world’s most famous consulting detective Sherlock Holmes in New York City before he met Dr Watson. In one of his earliest cases, Holmes who is travelling with an acting troupe is joined by the future President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. These allies are both in their twenties and it is years before either has a...

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Mortals & Deities by Maxwell Alexander Drake (Genesis of Oblivion)

The second book in the Genesis of Oblivion Saga picks off where we last found the two brothers Alant and Arderi Cor and the kith (lion man) Klain. The two brothers must come to terms with their new found powers and abilities, particularly Alant who has gained perhaps too much power for one person to have.Arderi is schooled by his mentor L...

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Farmers & Mercenaries by Maxwell Alexander Drake (Genesis of Oblivion)

The first book in the ‘Genesis of Oblivion Saga’ introduces the reader to a sleepy farming stead where a young man, Alant Cor, is found to be one of the few humans who can manipulate the magical force known as the Essence. Not only can he manipulate it he has more power over the Essence than any human in known history. His younger br...

8.8/10

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The Storm Guardians by Stephen Zimmer (The Rising Dawn Saga)

The second book in the Rising Dawn Saga sees storms breaking out across the world and the realms beyond, as the Convergence (a group of the financial and political elite attempting to bring the world under one authority) seeks to advance its agenda. Diabolos, the lord of the Ten-Fold Kingdom, unleashes great powers from the depths of the Abyss. ...

8.0/10

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Seance for a Vampire by Fred Saberhagen (The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

In the ‘Further Adventures’ series ‘Berserker’ author Fred Saberhagen tries his hand at writing a story worthy of the world’s most famous fictional detective: Sherlock Holmes. It is 1903 and wealthy British Aristocrat Ambrose Altamont hires Holmes to expose two suspect psychics. During the ensuing s...

8.9/10

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Heaven's Shadow by David S Goyer and Michael Cassutt

From screenwriter, film director and comic-book writer David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, Ghost Rider) and television producer, screenwriter and author Michael Cassutt (The Outer Limits, The Twilight Zone) comes this sci-fi novel: Heaven’s Shadow.In 2016 amateur astrologers spot an object in the sky, literally over the ...

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Stands a Shadow by Col Buchanan (Heart of the World)

The sequel to ‘Farlander’ sees the Holy Matriarch of Mann ordering a risky invasion of the Free Ports. Her plans are the complete conquest of the fortress city of Bar-Khos, whose walls have held the empire at bay for ten long years of siege.Ash is an ageing Roshun assassin who is determined to avenge the previous victims of th...

8.6/10

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Crown of Vengeance by Stephen Zimmer (Fires in Eden)

‘Crown of Vengeance’ is the first in the ‘Fires In Eden’ series and begins on an ordinary night in an ordinary Midwestern town in America. Here we meet Janus, Erika, Mershad, Lee, Ryan and many others. These are all ordinary people from different walks of life, students and workers who all share the same disillusionment w...

9.0/10

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Redheart by Jackie Gamber (Leland Dragon Series)

From Jackie Gamber comes this new fantasy novel, the first in a planned series of Leland Dragon series. Gamber transports the reader to the lands of Leland Province where dragon and human societies have lived uneasily together for a long time. Fordon Blackclaw is the brutal and despotic Dragon Council Leader who seeks to either subdue or eradica...

9.0/10

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Anno Dracula by Kim Newman (Anno Dracula series)

Anno Dracula is set in an alternative Victorian London where Dracula has become the consort of Queen Victoria and as such vampires are members of society. Charles Beauregard, an agent of the Diogenes Club, and Geneviève Dieudonné, an elder and very powerful vampire, are the protagonists who are thrown together while investigating t...

7.5/10

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The Exodus Gate by Stephen Zimmer (The Rising Dawn Saga)

Benedict Darwin, host of a popular late night radio show that deals with the paranormal, comes into possession of a virtual reality simulator that turns out to be something far greater and more powerful then he ever expected.Supernatural powers from the Abyss and their human allies are working tirelessly to bring about a One World Governm...

7.9/10

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