Viper’s Bane Press Release

From WordFire Press…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

When an ex-lover from centuries back hires mercenaries to kidnap his friend, Marcus Barber must go to the rescue. But can he help an Aztec Ancient stop Apep’s essence from poisoning the Riverwalk in San Antonio?

Monument, Colorado. WordFire Press is proud to announce the release of Viper’s Bane, by J.T. Evans, the second book in the Modern Mythology Series!

Marcus Barber, the immortal Roman centurion, must rescue his friend, Eddie, from maniacal mercenaries hired by his former lover, Joelle.

In addition to saving Eddie, Marcus must also track down the location of the Egyptian Ancient, Apep, and rescue him from a cult attempting to use his essence to poison the Riverwalk area of San Antonio.

All the while, he continues his quest to find his father, and has a side gig of stealing corporate documents for a white-collar espionage job.

“A fine debut novel in the style of Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles, but with a gritty noir feel that punched me right in the gut. Xerxes is now on my list as favorite sidekicks. —Darby Karchut onGriffin’s Feather

About the Author:

J.T. Evans writes fantasy novels. He also dabbles with science fiction and horror short stories. When not writing, he performs techno-centric duties at the Day Job, home brews great beers, spends time with his family, and plays way too many card/board/role-playing games.

He originally spawned in the desert-ridden lands of West Texas but got out of there as soon as he could at the “tender” age of 23. After a year in San Antonio and a year in the northern tundra of Montana, he landed in the Colorado Springs area where he remains to this day.

Viper’s Bane

Trade paperback $14.99. ISBN 978-1-61475-978-2

Ebook $5.99. ISBN 978-1-61475-979-9

WordFire Press is a mid-size new-model publisher founded by New York Timesbestselling authors Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta. You can find us atwordfirepress.com. Tweet us @WordFirePress. Follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/WordfireIncWordfirePress.

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The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #33

Hey gang, welcome back for more questions about all things nerdy.
Let’s jump right into it.

This week, we want to know: What is your all-time favorite Movie/TV poster?

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The Incredible Hulk: Stalker From The Stars Review

Back in wild and wonderful 70’s, the Marvel Universe was still in its formative years.
16 years after The Incredible Hulk made his 4 Color Debut, the rage filled Jade Giant stars in his very 1st prose novel.
But at only 179 pages long, does this story delve any deeper into the character and his history than the low page count would lead you to believe?

As per usual, consider this your official ***41 year old Spoiler Alert***

I knew from the Stan Lee introduction that I would love this book.
You have to understand, this was Stan at the height of his comic ambassador powers, before Blade, X-Men, and Spider-Man made Marvel a beloved household brand.
In these few paragraphs you can see why everybody loved him, his energy and charisma seeps through the ink and paper.
His death was still incredibly fresh in my mind as I started reading this book and it ended up making for a great tribute to The Man.

As for the actual prose content of the novel, it did not disappoint.
A guilt ridden Rick Jones (the often forgotten kid that Bruce Banner saves, leading to the birth of the Hulk) makes his way to an idyllic small American town in search of renown gamma scientist Rudolph Stern’s help.
Once he gets to Crater Falls, a sinister plot of mind control and ancient extraterrestrial evil unravels and brings The Hulk, General Thunderbolt Ross, and a long buried beast to a climactic battle with Earth ending ramifications.

If you listen to the pod you have heard us bitch and complain numerous times about the overcomplicated nature of modern comics and their stories.
Well, this is a perfect encapsulation of what we keep saying we want.
The story has depth, detail, and a sense of history without bloating into a tale that’s mired in frustratingly unnecessary nonsense.
The overall vibe of the book feels like the perfect parts of the comics of the day mixed with the simplicity of what is probably still the most well known version of Hulk, the Bill Bixby/Lou Ferrigno show.

One of the problems with reviewing a book that has multiple authors like this is figuring out where to lay blame or praise.
Thankfully, I don’t have a single complaint.
Len Wein & Marv Wolfman are giants of comics (Len actually had a run on Hulk before co-writing this novel) and Ron Goulart (Joseph Silva) wasn’t a slouch.
I think Len brought the Hulk experience/knowledge and they all brought the writing skill and when it’s mixed this well you get a hell of an adventure.

To wrap up, I love the story of a lonely tortured man that the show did so well and is on display here.
I love the over the top feats of strength and heroics included that we never saw on screen until the movies.
This man, this monster, and this story are all so worth your time.
Reading this only makes me want more of those early Marvel novels, and the hunt is on, gang.
I really hope I can find them and tell you all about them soon.

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A Furnace Sealed: The Adventures Of Bram Gold Press Release

From WordFire Press…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Crazed unicorns, immortals, gods, vampires and werewolves turn up dead in the Bronx. Bram Gold, hunter for hire, investigates the events. Can he stop the destruction of New York?

Monument, Colorado. WordFire Press is proud to announce the release of A Furnace Sealed: The Adventures of Bram Gold, Book 1, by Keith R. A. DeCandido!

Bram Gold is a Courser, a hunter-for-hire who deals with supernatural creatures, mystical happenings, and things that go booga-booga in the night. Under the supervision of the Wardein—his childhood friend Miriam Zerelli, who is in charge of all magical activity in the Bronx, New York—he’s who you hire if you need a crazed unicorn wrangled, some werewolves guarded while they gallivant around under the full moon, or an ill-advised attempt to bind a god stopped.

The Bronx is the home to several immortals, who are notoriously hard to kill—so it comes as rather a surprise when one of them turns up murdered, seemingly by a vampire. In addition,binding spells all across town are either coming undone, failing to work, or are difficult to restore. As Bram investigates, more immortals turn up dead, and a strange woman keeps appearing long enough to give cryptic advice and then disappear. Soon, he uncovers a nasty sequence of events that could lead to the destruction of New York!

The first in a new series of urban fantasy thrillers taking place in the Boogie-Down Bronx from best-selling, award-winning author Keith R.A. DeCandido.

Keith R.A. DeCandido was born in what is now the Wakefield campus of Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx. When he’s not writing, Keith is an editor (for clients both personal and corporate), a martial artist (he achieved his third-degree black belt in karate in 2017, and he regularly teaches karate to kids), an avid New York Yankees fan, and probably some other stuff he can’t remember due to the lack of sleep. Find out less at his inadequate web site at www.DeCandido.net.

A Furnace Sealed

Trade paperback $14.99. ISBN 978-1-61475-946-1

Ebook $4.99. ISBN 978-1-61475-947-8

Hardback $25.99. ISBN 978-1-61475-984-3

WordFire Press is a mid-size new-model publisher founded by New York Times bestselling authors Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta. You can find us at wordfirepress.com. Tweet us @WordFirePress. Follow us on Facebook atfacebook.com/WordfireIncWordfirePress.

Shadow Warriors: Ambush Press Release

From WordFire Press…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The fate of an entire civilization is in their hands. The Shadow Warriors need a miracle…

Monument, Colorado. WordFire Press is proud to announce the release of Shadow Warriors: Ambush, by Nathan B. Dodge!


Cal, Letty, Tony, Opi, and Sasha were thrust together when they were kidnapped by the alien Molethan civilization and forced to become a fighting unit against The Horde, the most vicious, predatory enemy in the galaxy. At first, only Letty could get along with her fellow trainees, and largely due to her efforts, they became not only the top fighting crew in the Shadow Warriors, but also a close unit bound together with love and support. Thanks to Opi’s amazing strategic thinking, Letty’s organizational skills, Sasha’s unparalleled weapons ability, Tony’s crack talent as a navigator, and Cal’s icy nerve as a battle leader, they found a way to defeat a huge Horde invasion force. But since Molethians don’t fight their own battles, the High Command put no credence in the story of a small Shadow Warrior force destroying an enemy fleet fifty times their size. A bungling investigating committee wrongly, and vastly underestimated the enemy casualty total, and since the commanding officer T’Kell suffered many losses, she has been returned to the home world of Molethan and put on trial for incompetence. The Shadow Warriors are called to testify in their commander’s defense. Can they save her career? They’ll need to do it quickly, because The Horde has sent out a huge new invasion force. If our heroes can’t save their commander, the Molethan civilization will surely be destroyed. Even with Commander T’Kell back in command, can Opi and her crew pull off another miracle? Meanwhile, the incompetent High Command threatens to take over the defensive plans, and Molethan’s top navy commanders may snatch defeat from the jaws of victory!

Nathan B. Dodge began writing seriously in 2012 and has attended seven Superstars Writing Seminars. He has a story in the Purple Unicorn Anthology with daughter Sharon, and a short story sale to Mike Resnick’sGalaxy’s Edge. Shadow Warriors, the first of a young adult science fiction series, is his first book sale. He and Sharon will soon release an anthology of SF stories, To the Stars. He is married to Faye Lynn King, Ph.D., herself a long-time professor of Social Science in Dallas. She is Nathan’s copy editor, specializing in grammar and preventing the author from his most frequent bad habit of using too many commas. He has three daughters, the youngest of which, Sharon, is also an author.

Shadow Warriors: Ambush

Trade paperback $18.99. ISBN 978-1-61475-948-5

Ebook $4.99. ISBN 978-1-61475-949-2

WordFire Press is a mid-size new-model publisher founded by New York Times bestselling authors Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta. You can find us at wordfirepress.com. Tweet us @WordFirePress. Follow us on Facebook atfacebook.com/WordfireIncWordfirePress.

The Nerd Blitz Question Of The Week #27

Welcome back, gang.
For the 27th time, let’s have us some goood nerdy conversation.

Keeping with the 2018 in review trend, this week we ask: What was your favorite book or comic of 2018?

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The Shining Review

After years of watching and loving countless adaptations of his work (including the Stanley Kubrick version of this very book), this is my 1st dive into the prose of Stephen King.
I think it’s been made obvious by this point that if I’m reviewing a book I dug it, so no suspense there.
But, at this point, after hearing for decades that King is one of the greatest writers around, this is my chance to finally find out the answer to a question that has kept me from reading his work: Can he possibly live up to that mountain of hype?

Consider this your 42 year old ***SPOILER ALERT***

The first thing I was struck by while reading this is how different the movie is from this book.
Which is something I knew going in, but was still a bit shocked by.
It feels like somebody sat 2 writers down, gave them the same thin description, and had them craft their own versions of the same story.
The book is the story of a man on a sad & slow descent into sorrowful madness, while the movie is balls out batshit crazy almost from the start.
It’s strange and makes them feel like two entirely separate entities that have to be judged as such.
It feels a lot like Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince actually, with all of the backstory being savagely ripped out of the movie versions of both.
As far as The Shining goes, I only saw the movie once and I loved it.
I feel mostly the same about this book.

I say mostly for two reasons.
1. Would be because there are a few places in this book (specifically in the middle three hundred pages or so) that I feel dragged a bit because they got a bit too monologue-esque in the way he focuses on one character for such a long period before shifting to another character for a long period.
I feel these chapters would benefit from a bit of crosscutting between characters/storylines the way the chapters in the latter fifth of the book do.
In that last one hundred or so pages, I found it incredibly difficult to put this down, in fact I read the last seventy five or so pages in just about two hours while it took me three weeks to read the middle bits.

2. Being closely related to 1, chapter length.
Nothing slows me down like bloated chapters.
Once it starts hitting seventeen pages or there abouts, my focus starts to drift and it takes far more effort to concentrate on what I’m reading.
Thankfully, that last seventy five pages had quick and snappy chapters as well.
From what long time King fans have told me, that’s something I’ll have to get used to if I continue reading his work.
And make no mistake, I plan to read more of his work eventually.

To answer the question I posed at the beginning of this review: Yes, he can!
Which is honestly shocking, because few things can live up to that much hype.
I mean, for fuck sake, the cover has a pull quote from the LA TIMES calling him a master storyteller.
But he damn well earns the moniker.
The slow burn to madness in Jack Torrance is gutwrenchingly inevitable, but still amazing to watch unfold.
Danny growing in both age and ability over the course of the story is also smooth as silk, deftly handling what could easily come off hamfisted.
His bond with fellow Shiner, Dick Hallorann, also comes through the page with ease.

The bottom line is this was more than worth the wait.
I’ve said many time that I’m more into the journey than the destination, and I’m happy to report Stephen King sure knows how to spin a hell of a journey.
Given the detail he wove into this, it almost seems like his work should strictly be adapted into TV miniseries rather than movies.
The dozens of little seeds that are planted along the way and grow into wonderfully paid off moments make it all come together, to quote the LA TIMES, Masterfully.
I may need some time to catch my breath before I tackle another tome from King, but I’m definitely looking forward to the trek.
Who wouldn’t want to know how little Danny turned out?

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