#BookReview: Blood Kin by Matt Hilton

Tess And Po With Elements Of Reacher And The Lottery. This is only my second Tess and Po book, but I’ve quickly fallen in love… and noticed the basic pattern. (Which is the same basic pattern most books of this type have. Brief interlude of “normal life” leads into some inciting incident – in this case, Tess and Po stumbling into a mother and child in peril – leads to an investigation which leads to action. It is a successful pattern given how often it is employed across so many books, and it is well executed here.) When we get to the investigation/ action stages is when this book evokes one of the more memorable Reacher tales due to the similarity of the enemy faced (controlling militia type). And then we bring in elements of the ultra-creepy The Lottery to boot. Completely a Tess and Po story, but the common elements serve to enhance it even more (assuming you’ve read those tales, anyway :D). A final note: This *is* deep in a series of investigative/ police procedurals. It can work as a standalone/ entry point as long as you don’t mind seeing more advanced stages of the investigative team’s life together, but if you’re a reader that doesn’t like any level of spoiler of previous books, you’re going to want to start at Book 1 and get to here. Because if you do start at Book 1… just go ahead and buy the entire series. You’re going to want to have them on hand as you finish each one anyway. Hell, I’m already wishing I had Book 9 in my hands, and this one doesn’t even release to the public for nearly a month! Very much recommended.

This Review of Blood Kin by Matt Hilton was originally written on July 7, 2021.

#BookReview: MirrorWorld by Jeremy Robinson

Jeremy Robinson has long been rumored to be building towards a world-spanning crossover event, and in this book he gives himself potentially his most powerful weapon yet for such an event.

The Dread are among us, but we can’t see them unless they *really* want us to. They are the unspeakable horrors we feel, even the uncomfortableness we feel when nothing seems to be amiss.

Crazy is also among us. Crazy claims he can see them, and even fight them. Crazy just might be right.

You see, Crazy doesn’t realize who he is or why he became what he is, but he *is*, in fact, the only person who can naturally fight the Dread on their own turf – a parallel dimension to ours, occupying our same physical realm but on a different frequency.

How can Crazy fight the Dread? Why do the Dread even want to fight at all? And who, actually, is Crazy? Well, for those answers and one of Jeremy’s wildest rides yet – which is saying quite a bit – you’ll just have to pick this book up!

This review of MirrorWorld by Jeremy Robinson was originally published on May 5, 2015.