Review of ‘Drive-By Shouting’

From Goodreads: When Matt Mann grabbed success by the throat, he also trampled on the dreams of Gram Kane, his closest friend. Matt has ridden the gravy train for seven heady years, whilst successfully keeping a lid on his old friend’s resentment. That is, until now. Matt’s moral vacuum has now seen him betray yet another friend, but this time it’s one who has the power to ruthlessly punish him and take away everything that he’s achieved. Drive-By Shouting is an exhilarating showbiz ride, with a bitter comic edge and a palpable undercurrent of malevolence.

Small Beginnings

Look at her, so peaceful in her sleep, so blissfully unaware of her impending doom, Albert thought, she is a rather beautiful woman, isn’t she? Take in that flawless skin, those powder blue eyes, that long, slender, straight nose and those perfect teeth. Bask in her dazzling smile, and the inert dignity. Her beauty, if anything, is enhanced in repose.

Dark is the Night

Shuddering involuntarily, she opened a crack in the window and looked around the settlement. As she expected, not a soul was out in this wretched weather. As the sun began sinking into the horizon that evening, the elders in the village saw telltale signs of the coming storm. Everyone had taken shelter; all the hatches were battened down, all windows were boarded up and all doors, bolted shut.

The End

Homicide Detectives William Craig and Mitchell Tovey got into their unmarked squad cars, and fired the engine up. I barely had time to squeeze into the backseat before they drove off in a squeal of tyres. "That was close," I said, grinning. They didn't reply. Craig kept his eyes on the road in a grim manner while Tovey looked out of the car, frowning at nothing in particular.

A Cold Comfort

And there was the silence, washing over his ears with a nectarine sweetness, especially after the din and roar of forty submachine guns drilling holes in over 400 people. The length of time it took for those gunmen to kill those many people, and the dying screams of those getting riddled with bullets, followed by the moans of those in the throes of death made for an odd-sounding symphony.

Review of ‘Hero (Homecoming #3)’

From Goodreads: Something akin to “peace" has come to the Underdark. The demon hordes have receded, and now the matron mothers argue over the fate of Drizzt Do'Urden. Even so, it becomes clear to one matriarch after another that while the renegade drow may come and go Menzoberranzan, the City of Spiders will crawl forever on. And so Drizzt is free to return to his home on the surface once again. Scores are settled as lives are cut short, yet other lives move on. For the lone drow there is only a single final quest: a search for peace, for family, for home—for the future. Hero picks up where Maestro left off, in a sweeping climax to an epic tale.

Review of ‘I Shall Wear Midnight’

From Goodreads: It starts with whispers. Then someone picks up a stone. Finally, the fires begin. When people turn on witches, the innocents suffer. . . Tiffany Aching has spent years studying with senior witches, and now she is on her own. As the witch of the Chalk, she performs the bits of witchcraft that aren't sparkly, aren't fun, don't involve any kind of wand, and that people seldom ever hear about: She does the unglamorous work of caring for the needy. But someone or something is igniting fear, inculcating dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches. Aided by her tiny blue allies, the Wee Free Men, Tiffany must find the source of this unrest and defeat the evil at its root before it takes her life. Because if Tiffany falls, the whole Chalk falls with her. Chilling drama combines with laugh-out-loud humor and searing insight as beloved and bestselling author Terry Pratchett tells the high-stakes story of a young witch who stands in the gap between good and evil.

Review of ‘Promise of the Witch King (The Sellswords #2)’

From Goodreads: The book was hidden well. It's pages promised the power of the Witch-King himself. And now that it's been found, even the fact that it kills anyone foolish enough to crack its cover won't stop people from fighting over it. Welcome to the Bloodstone Lands! Human assassin Artemis Entreri and his dark elf companion Jarlaxle have come to the demon-haunted wastelands of the frozen north at the request of their dragon patron. It doesn't take long for them to find themselves caught in the middle of a struggle between powerful forces that would like nothing more than to see them both dead -- or worse. But Entreri and Jarlaxle aren't just any wandering sellswords, and the ancient evils and bitter blood-feuds of the wild Bloodstone Lands may have finally met their match.