Review: Six Gun Shuffle (Black Sun #2) by David Dixon

Synopsis

Snake and the boss have made a lot of enemies, but up until their trip to Yaeger, they’ve never had any beef with Michael Ver, the galaxy’s most bankable popstar-mainly because they hadn’t met him before. After the boss teaches Ver a lesson about the difference between looking tough and being tough, he finds himself a minor viral video star and catches the eye of a gorgeous redhead named Kell.

Things are looking up.

That is, until Kell goes missing and the boss goes after her. After a shootout with Ver’s crew, things go from bad to worse-nobody can find Ver, and Snake and the boss are the prime suspects in his disappearance.

The next thing they know they’ve got a bounty on their heads and hardly a friend in sight. Carla and Kell are the only people they can count on, but has Kell been playing a different game all along? It’s a mixed-up tale of bounty hunters, crooked cops, popstars and… insurance agents?… in Six-Gun Shuffle.

Review:

Six-Gun Shuffle is all about this: Two worthless scallywags end up in a conspiracy that will have them rampaging through stealing hulking pieces of metal, money and gun chases. Oh, and there are plenty of gun-chase sequences and stupid cops that our two intrepid heroes, Snake and the Boss. This novel is really all about Snake’s poor attitude and his idea that the world revolves around him. Also, let’s add to the fact that while he’s a delightful companion to his boss, he always ends up sleeping with the Boss’s girls.

This is a sleek, cyberpunk style adventure set in space, add a dash of Star Wars, a dash of the Orville and elements of Farscape and you’ve got a rip-roaring adventure across the galaxy. You’ll go to bars, meeting plenty of bounty hunters who you don’t want to mess with. You’ll come across Snake’s wonderful and snaring narration while dealing with the Boss, who really from Book 1, has had a lot of improvement. His character shines through personally, with a ton of flair being added. You’ll end up like the Boss. But then again, you’ll end up disliking and liking Snake at the same time. Because he’s a dislikable asshole. He’s like Jack Sparrow in Space.

And this novel has strong female characters: Carla, the fierce bounty hunter that lives by her own rules, and Kell, who is not all who she seems to be. I don’t wish to spoil, but there are badass heroines in this novel too. They add so much freshness to the novel because they give an alternate perspective of how Snake and the Boss’s adventures through space cause so much trouble that they have the authorities, corporations, evil corporations, evil wealthy millionaires all hunting them down..

So why not pick up this book? You won’t regret it! It’s a 10/10 from me.

Review: Flames over Frosthelm (Inquisitors’ Guild #1)

Rating: 9/10

Book Information:

Flames Over Frosthelm by Dave Dobson
Series:
Inquisitors’ Guild
Genre:
Epic Fantasy
Intended Age Group:
Adult (13+)
Pages: 383
Published:
2019
Publisher:
Dave Dobson Books (Self Published)

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Content/Trigger Warnings:

Shown on page:

  • Occasional gore
  • Sword fighting
  • Injury
  • Two scenes where captives are caused pain by captors

Alluded to:

  • One comment about possible sexual harassment of a prisoner

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Book Blurb:

Sometimes, your case takes a left turn. Or three or four. Marten Mingenstern and Boog Eggstrom are provisional inspectors, fresh out of Inquisitor’s Guild training and eager to prove themselves. Assigned the mundane task of tracking down stolen jewels, they instead uncover a mysterious cult set on destroying the city. After a thief explodes, they earn the enmity of a vicious noble, the Chief Inquisitor gets bought off and goes rogue, they are seized by barbarians, and they are sentenced to death at least a couple of times. In a final, frantic race with prophecy, they face ruthless fanatics, a city turned against them, and terrible forces long buried.

Flames Over Frosthelm is the first novel about the Inquisitor’s Guild, the investigative arm of the government of Frosthelm, a medieval city-state where criminals thrive, nobles scheme, and dark secrets lurk. Expect intrigue, mystery, swordplay, adventure, politics, romance, and the strong bonds of friendship. And a little magic along the way. Described as Princess Bride meets CSI, this new novel is a tale of classic adventure with a healthy dose of humor.

Review:

Flames Over Frosthelm is a dark novel with gritty crime and a bustling underworld. Now from this description, you’d think it’s Cyberpunk or Sci-fi? Well no. It isn’t. Dave Dobson has set this new criminal world in a fantasy age of a medieval city-state that really, let’s be honest isn’t that great to deal with or even live in. Frosthelm’s a great city, sure. But underneath? It’s got more mysteries than anything else. It does live up to the comparisons made, however.

There is plenty of humour, as Boog and Martin discover that not everything they thought the city was shines up to be a paragon of justice. That’s the case of working in any state or institution. Corruption lies at the bottom of all this. I don’t want to spoil the story. But what I can say is Boog and Martin end up in so many conflicts, uncovering treachery after treachery that it becomes a search for the truth. This novel is a great mix of action and humor and stupid snarky cults that always want to manipulate the masses. (I am beginning to think they just want their way after all).

As the story goes, there are many twists and turns, plenty of well-written dialogue and well-written prose. It’s a fun story and I for one loved the way it was written. I wonder what else Book 2 will conjure up? This book combines a lot of astrology and magic, which astrology itself? I don’t know if I could ever learn it. But it is nice to see. The worldbuilding is immersive enough to make you forget the real world for that matter. I say, it’s a great novel and you need to check it out!

Book Links:

Universal Link: https://books2read.com/u/bOJaOK (audio and print accessible here)

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07T12STNY

Amazon Series Page: https://www.amazon.com/Inquisitors-Guild/dp/B087JHYHSB

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53099866-flames-over-frosthelm

Free Inquisitors’ Guild novella: https://books2read.com/u/bQV9xE

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Author Bio & Information:

A native of Ames, Iowa, Dave loves writing, reading, boardgames, computer games, improv comedy, pizza, barbarian movies, and the cheaper end of the Taco Bell menu. Also, his wife and kids.

In addition to his novels, Dave is the author of Snood, Snoodoku, Snood Towers, and other computer games. Dave first published Snood in 1996, and it became one of the most popular shareware games of the early Internet. His most recent project (other than writing) is Doctor Esker’s Notebook, a puzzle card game in the spirit of escape rooms.

Dave taught geology, environmental studies, and computer programming at Guilford College for 24 years, and he does improv comedy every week at the Idiot Box in Greensboro, North Carolina. He’s also played the world’s largest tuba in concert. Not that that is relevant, but it’s still kinda cool.

Series Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FlamesOverFrosthelm

Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DaveDobson

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GCDaveDobson

Author Website: http://davedobsonbooks.com

Review: Age of Ash (Kithamar #1) by Daniel Abraham

Rating: 9/10

From New York Times bestselling and critically acclaimed author Daniel Abraham, co-author of the Expanse, comes a monumental epic fantasy trilogy that unfolds within the walls of a single great city, over the course of one tumultuous year, where every story matters, and the fate of the city is woven from them all.

Kithamar is a centre of trade and wealth, an ancient city with a long, bloody history where countless thousands live and their stories unfold. This is Alys’.

When her brother is murdered, a petty thief from the slums of Longhill sets out to discover who killed him and why. But the more she discovers about him, the more she learns about herself, and the truths she finds are more dangerous than knives.

Swept up in an intrigue as deep as the roots of Kithamar, where the secrets of the lowest born can sometimes topple thrones, the story Alys chooses will have the power to change everything.

‘An atmospheric and fascinating tapestry, woven with skill and patience’ – Joe Abercrombie, author of A Little Hatred

‘This outstanding series debut… instantly hooks readers with dual mysteries… Readers will eagerly anticipate the sequel’ – Publishers Weekly

‘Kithamar is a spectacular creation, a city brought to life by dance, intricate worldbuilding and subtle magic. Fans of Scott Lynch… will enjoy this one’ – Django Wexler, author of Ashes of the Sun

Review


Something stirs dark in the Heart of Kithimar itself. An abandoned sister seeking revenge for the loss of her brother, a man that was respected in his community. Murderous Princes vie for the throne of Kithimar, and priestesses, monks and figured shadows all have a role to play in this world of treachery and deceit. Another woman makes her own path throughout this novel. This novel is a bit of a slow burn, but when it picks up the pace, it becomes really good.

Summarising this plot would take some time. But the gist is, that Allys embarks on a journey that changes her forever. It exposes the rot of Kithimar’s rich nobility, and that their ideas and ideals of the order are nothing more than devices meant to hold them forever in their power. Corruption runs deep in this city. I was impressed by Daniel’s ability to include a ton of worldbuilding for each region of the city that I went into. Be it Longhill, Greenhill and many such locations. I think this novel would have benefited from a glossary – which would be very helpful for the locations and names of other cities. There is a rich array of characters, a rich display of action, and sometimes, even fantastic moments of prose that is hard to replicate anywhere else.

What I liked about this novel the most is that each character has their own motives and their own agendas. And it doesn’t need to contrast with Allys’s personality. However, I did sometimes end up disliking Allys purely because her quest to discover the truth behind her brother’s murder lead her into dark avenues that made her eviler than anything else. But she is young, and at that age, grief can drive any person mad. Sammish was a terrific character that often was far more opportunistic, making her own moves, and driving the story forward. This story is so rich, deep, and complex that at times I am amazed it is has been amazingly written. Really, this is a great novel.