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The Brothers Bishop

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Okay, serious spoiler alert! OHMYGOD! Did Bart have to kill of my favorite character? Did he have to commit suicide? Did he have to run off to swim in the ocean and never come back? That sucks! But I guess Yates couldn't find any other way to get Tommy out of the rape charge, after he fell for one of his brother's students. I liked this one ALOT better than Yates last book (Leave Myself Behind). The characters were real and vulnerable and I easily pictured them in my head. They came alive. I gave his first book high marks, however, because it not only had a depth as far as characters, settings and feelings went, but also because it was an enjoyable book. It made me laugh. This one did no such thing. It's much darker. Much more serious. Of course, the story is being told by a very serious man, Nathan. The background on Nathan and Tommy's childhoods was just as vivid at the present day storyline.On a scale of 1 to 10, a 9.
Seize the Night

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The second book in the series about Christopher Snow, the 28-year old with XP. This book takes place a month after FEAR NOTHING. In some ways, it’s just as good, in others, it is not.I think the reason it is not as good as the first one is because with the first one, everything is still a mystery to you. Chris’ life, how his parents died, etc. By the second one, you at least know HIS background and where he comes from, so that takes away a little of the excitement of reading a new book for the first time and knowing nothing about what is happening.What makes this book better is that is picks up on what I thought was one of the best things about the first book, Chris’ relationship with his best friend Bobby. The dialogue these two partake in is BRILLIANT! And where Bobby was only in the first book a little bit, he is thru-out this book. Most of the book, in fact, is Chris and Bobby working together and the dialogue is top-notch. There are a few intense scenes I can so easily picture on the big screen, it’s amazing! My favorite 2 scenes being the scene with the birds flying into the building! Pock, Pock, Pock. I can see and hear that so clearly. And the scene when they first encounter the big monkey and they are in the jeep in the tall grass and the monkey screams. Bobby jumps out of the jeep, Chris jumps up in the jeep and they don’t see the monkey. Bobby says it was close and Chris say something like, "Yeah, up my ass!" and they both turn to look UNDER the jeep! Priceless scene! Those are two scenes I would have loved to have written!The disappointing thing is that they actually solved one of the many riddles of Moonlight Bay. Of course, that still leaves others, but one of the many mysteries from the first book is actually solved here. While others continued.The book ended with a setup for a third book, and I’ve heard recently it is supposed to be a trilogy and the third one is already underway and should be out soon! Awesome! But I want more than a trilogy!On a scale of 1 to 10, still a 10!! Still up there with the first book! I still love the character of Christopher Snow!
Luck in the Shadows

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I generally don’t go for these fantasy genre books and wasn’t sure why this book came up in my Amazon gay-lit searches. Since it’s a series, I decided to give the first book a shot and see if I liked it.Whereas I normally would have given up near the beginning of the book, not because the story isn’t interesting, but there’s just so much to learn, a new landscape, new geography, new people, races, culture, etc. I usually get tired of trying to figure out if some weirdly named something is a place or a person, or whatever. But this time I told myself to keep on reading.I was maybe only about a quarter of the way thru when I started to get the hang of the world the story takes place in and started to enjoy the tale. I guess you just have to get used to the world you’ve entered. I was still curious as to why it came up in gay-lit searches, but the story was still cool, and the lead character totally reminded me of Aragorn from Lord of the Rings. Any book where Viggo can star is a keeper!The queer storyline finally showed up and that made the story even more interesting. By the end, I was completely engrossed and looking forward to continuing the story.On a scale of 1 to 10, it’s a 9.8.
Fear Nothing

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Finally! The old Dean Koontz is back! This book reminds me of Lightning because both books were spooky and eerie and so well written to be that way. The type of books that make you shiver and look over your shoulder at night, if you’re up late reading.I LOVE the main character of this book! Christopher Snow, a 28 year old who has XP (the disease where you can’t be exposed to light). He is such a brave soul, and so full of life despite his condition. So smart, bright, determined. I’d go out with him!!His best friend Bobby is extremely cool, too. A very loyal friend. I’m too fond of Sasha, his girlfriend yet, but maybe she will grow on me.And Orson! Chris’ dog! Now he’s an awesome dog!When I first realized this book was written in first person, I groaned. I don’t like most books written in first person. Most authors don’t convince me they are someone else and that someone else is who is telling the story. It ends up being a story told by the book’s author instead of a character in the book. Koontz did not do that this time. He greated an awesome character in Chris Snow, and told the story as Chris would tell it, not as Dean Koontz would tell it. And Chris has an awesome sense of humor and was always thinking something funny in the face of terror! It was great reading! Very fun! He was one character who’s head I enjoyed being in!I loved the fact this entire book takes place 99% in a single night. What a busy night for Chris! That made it so unique! You see that a lot in movies and TV shows, but not so much in books.Koontz descriptions in this book were amazing. I feel like I’ve visited Moonlight Bay.Lastly, this book was just plain scary, in the way Halloween is supposed to be scary. Spooky! Since it takes place at night, that only adds to the spookiness.When I finished this book, I was really sad. I really enjoyed hanging out with Chris Snow. Then I read the author’s notes at the back of the book where Dean Koontz expressed his like for these characters as well and said he would spending more time with them in the future! "Could it be he’s writing another book about them?" I thought. Then I turned to last page in the book and read that on Dec. 29, a new book with the same main characters would be released! HURRAY! I hope he writes more!On a scale of 1 to 10, a definitive 10!! A bursting-at-the-seams 10!
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