on Sep. 27, 2013 :
I was browsing for a horror story and came across a post from Reed offering a coupon so I feel I need to be up front about that to begin with.
There were a couple of typos and yes, the formatting was not typical but these paled into insignificance for me. The story starts with a real buzz and it continues that way throughout. There are several main characters from different types of horror fantasy genres and the action takes place across the world.
Characters are drawn quickly and have definite personalities, depth is added with their experiences ... I found myself disliking some and warming to them later and vice versa.
There are violent episodes and some references to torture and S&M, however I would say everything is relevant and in context and that most adults who have read anything involving vampires, were creatures or end of world scenarios will have come across something similar previously.
Dare I say this is a very ambitious book which almost hits the spot aimed for. I think a good editor could tighten this and make it a great book, in the meantime, it is a VERY GOOD BOOK, an enjoyable read, a page-turner and difficult to put down.
Now all I want to do is find out what happens next!
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
on Sep. 19, 2013 :
Is the reader living a "life of quiet desperation?" Is he unhappy with classes, dull jobs and TV soaps? Then Reed Bosgoed gives him an escape hatch. The reader may fight in the Purging Wars, face Kagan and Creatures of legend. Bosgoed is a wordsmith, and weaves a spell of power. Bravo!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Sep. 14, 2013 :
Before I started, I had in mind it would be one of those horror books, with lots of gory descriptions. However, to my surprise it was much more than that. It tells you of an apocalyptic war started by the sups (vampires, werewolves, elementals etc.) who want nothing more than to destroy human kind and return to the top of the food chain. Along the way, you meet people (and other sups) who are fighting back, determined not to let that happen.
I love the way Mr. Bosgoed introduces the characters. They have all their own stories, and you get to know them as the attacks are launched in the cities. Some even gained new powers! I can't wait to read the sequel and learn how Jean, Mo, Yvette, Ben, Natusko, and company will fare against the growing numbers of their enemies.
Although Mr. Bosgoed has a slightly different ways of presenting dialogues and doesn't use the usual formatting, it did not deter me from the story. I was sucked in from the first page where he introduces the head of the foes, Kagan, and he kept my interest high right until the end. I loved the story and I would recommend it to anyone who likes the superhero kind of story/movie.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on July 22, 2013 :
An exciting read with non-stop action and great characters! Mr. Bosgoed utilizes a writing style that buckets along at a dizzying pace, carrying the reader with him as he pits man against a pantheon of evil. He rapidly establishes the threat to mankind and weaves characters that are friend and foe in quick succession. I highly reccomend this book if you are ready to experience a world where it truly is "dog eat dog" and only the strong survive.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)