“It isn’t often that a sequel surpasses expectations, but this is a rare exception. Once again, Nassise has written a thoroughly engrossing story that blends supernatural terrors with heart-wrenching depth and narrative wizardry…”
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Found a nice review of Library of Gold today over at Critical Mass by Don D’Ammassa…
The Rogue Angel books are the only men’s adventure series I still follow. The protagonist is a female archaeologist armed with a magical sword who thwarts villains as she travels around the world uncovering ancient treasures, in this case a legendary library believed to be concealed somewhere inside Russia. Naturally the authorities don’t want her to take it out of the country and some are even more determined to stop her. The series varies a bit – it’s written by several authors under this house pseudonym – but this installment by Joseph Nassise is one of the better adventures. Formulaic, of course, but a successful formula.10/9/12
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The Sept 15th issue of Booklist Magazine contains a starred review of Eyes To See by David Pitt. I was very happy with the review – it was solid, spoiler-free, and contained this ending line:
“Those who give it a chance, who let Nassise’s persuasive style and eerily engaging characters work on them, will be rewarded with a rich, exciting, emotionally resonant blend of horror, thriller, and fantasy.”
Now that I can live with. Thank you, David, and thank you Booklist.
Erik Smith over at the Monster Librarian recently reviewed The Templar Chronicles Omnibus and had this to say:
Nassise blends action and character moments deftly, keeping a steady pace throughout. He writes with a clean style, never getting bogged down in overly descriptive passages, yet he doesn’t skimp on the details. This is Stephen King meets Tom Clancy, with military action and horror served up in equal portions.
The rest of the review is equally as good. Drop by and give it a read!
Peter Schwotzer over at the Literary Mayhem blog reviewed Lisa Morton’s HALLOWEEN SPIRITS: 11 Tales for the Darkest Night anthology, which contains my short story “Carrion Man” and had this to say about it…
“Carrion Man” by Joseph Nassise was exceptional, in fact I wouldn’t mind if Mr. Nassise wrote a full length novel about the “Carrion Man”, I feel there is a lot there to explore.
My thanks to Peter for his comments and suggestion. It’s not the first time I’ve considered featuring the necromancer Grayson Shaw in a full-length novel of his own and perhaps we’ll see that in the future…
The past couple of weeks have brought several reviews of The Heretic and A Scream of Angels, all of which have praised the books highly. Here are a few that you might like to check out:
Fellow Dead Man author James Reasoner recently said
“Nassise keeps the reader turning the pages (or the e-book equivalent) all the way to a spectacular final confrontation in the Louisiana swamps.” You can read the full review at the Rough Edges blog.
Vixen’s Daily Reads gave The Heretic a five star rating, saying
“This story moves supremely fast, holding the reader in its grasp, until the very amazing end. I cannot wait to read the next in the series, A SCREAM OF ANGELS and A TEAR IN THE SKY.”
At the BarnesandNoble.com digital store, Maedchen says
“Nassise’s ability to create scenes is masterful, giving vivid descriptions of natural and supernatural settings and beings alike. The story is fast-paced without feeling like pieces are missing. This story will draw you in from the start and will compel you to finish it as quickly as possible, simply to see what happens next.”
Sandra over at ThruDreamsgate’s Blog took on The Heretic and A Scream of Angels back to back and had terrific things to say about both.
“The Heretic is a well written, fast paced supernatural thriller that will leave you rapidly turning pages, (or in my case, clicking the next page button on my Kindle). When I finished reading it, my first thought was “Wow, damn good book!”, second thought was “I want more, NOW!”
“Scream of Angels was a good strong sequel that expanded on what the Heretic had started and paved the way for further conflicts and adventures in book three.”
I met Peter Atkins several years ago at the group signing event Del Howison put on in Burbank for the Dark Delicacies charity anthology FRAMED. I ended up seated next to Peter and as a result, spent an afternoon laughing my ass off thanks to his witty sense of humor. I’d never read anything of length by him prior to receiving my reviewer’s copy of MOONTOWN and so I was anxious to see if his writing lived up to his personality.
Happily, I can say without hesitation that MOONTOWN is a chilling little tale and one perfectly suited to be this year’s selection for Earthling Publications’ Halloween series. Even better, it is an excellent introduction to a fabulous writer.
MOONTOWN is the story of Shelley Campbell, a graduate student running a new type of group therapy program to help individuals get over their fears. Shelley also happens to be a pretty powerful empath and as her patients sink into a dream-state to experience and conquer their fears, Shelley’s right there with them; doing what they do, seeing what they see, experiencing it all for herself in an effort to guide them to recovery.
The trouble is, some things should simply stay buried. Exposing them to the light can have terrible consequences, as Shelley soon discovers.
I found the cast of characters that populate the book, particularly the villains, to be both interesting and imaginative. I mean, with names like the Ragman, Jimmy Midnight, King Shadow, and the hilarious duo of Mr. Sponge and Mr. Scrotum, how can you miss, right? Shelley herself is as wounded as her patients and it is her need for redemption that drives her on to help others, which I saw as plausible motivation. Atkins handles the set-up and validation of his characters nicely, especially when dealing with how childhood fears can linger on through the years and cripple us as adults.
There are some absolutely beautiful turns of phrase within MOONTOWN that bear noting, phrases that as a fellow writer I can envy for the success with which they evoke the emotions they are intended to. I found this to be one of the most enjoyable aspects of the book – Atkins has an excellent command of the language and knows how to use it to good effect. An example I particularly like was this one:
Taylor stood still for a moment, feeling the emptiness, listening to the silence, looking at the darkness. He understood something now.
When grownups talked about midnight, he’d always thought it was a time, a place on the clock like any other. But it wasn’t.
This was what they meant by midnight. This feeling.
There are plenty of others, but I’d rather you discover them yourself rather than having me spoil all the fun.
Now, MOONTOWN did have the occasional hiccup for me, including a minor character I felt to be entirely superfluous and an unnecessary final chapter that didn’t do anything to advance the story for me. However, those are minor quibbles and did not detract from my overall enjoyment of the work.
MOONTOWN was available in two states from Earthling Publications, a limited and a lettered edition, but I believe the slipcased lettered editions have already sold out. You can still get one of the 500 limited edition clothbound hardcovers signed by Peter Atkins by going HERE.
I give MOONTOWN a hearty four out of five stars.