Bond Unknown #1
April Moono Books

reviewed by Barbara J. Rearick

James Bond vs. Cthulhu? Bond Unknown pits Ian Fleming’s superspy creation against threats from the Mythos of HP Lovecraft in two novelettes, ‘’Mindbreaker’’ and ‘’Into The Green’’. This first of a proposed series of fantasy Bond adventures from masters of the pulp-fiction macabre from Canadian publisher April Moon Books.

 


In ‘’Mindbreaker’’, British agent James Bond 007 finds himself seconded to a classified subsection of MI6, assigned to track down a pair of missing field agents and stop a sinister occult organization from using the blood of a kidnapped royal to activate an ancient weapon of mass destruction.
A royal princess is kidnapped from her private school in the English countryside and 007 is seconded to a classified subsection of MI6, headed by the enigmatic D. He is ordered to Egypt to locate two missing field agents on an archaeological dig along the First Cataract of the Nile, but soon finds himself in a race across the Mediterranean to stop an ex-SMERSH double agent and a dark occult organization from using the blood of a royal to activate a long dormant antedulluvian weapon left over from the ancient conflict between two unimaginable ancient civilizations. It’s a mission that will test Bond’s mind and body, and bring him into contact with old friends and new, terrifying enemies. Mindbreaker, a royal princess is kidnapped from her private school in the English countryside and 007 is seconded to a classified subsection of MI6, headed by the enigmatic D. He is ordered to Egypt to locate two missing field agents on an archaeological dig along the First Cataract of the Nile, but soon finds himself in a race across the Mediterranean to stop an ex-SMERSH double agent and a dark occult organization from using the blood of a royal to activate a long dormant antedulluvian weapon left over from the ancient conflict between two unimaginable ancient civilizations. It’s a mission that will test Bond’s mind and body, and bring him into contact with old friends and new, terrifying enemies.

‘’Into the Green’’ Bond must stop a power made cult leader from harnessing a colourful energy from the Earth’s atmosphere in order to unleash it’s amazing brainwashing powers on the whole planet. His quest takes him to Vancouver, London, Alaska and Scotland, Bond fights not only the vicious cult members, but the all-consuming green glowing force that they have released.

 

The Sicilian

by Gary Lovisi

TJust out! AUGUSTUS THE UNDEFEATED: The Sicilian Book #1 by Gary Lovisi, (Wildside Press, tpb, $12.99 + postage), is book #1 in a new adventure series set in Ancient Rome. This exciting action-packed war and sword fight novel continues the story of the first Roman emperor Augustus after he defeats Cleopatra and Mark Antony -- at a time when he was the sole ruler of Ancient Rome and expanded the Empire as first emperor for the next 43 years!

The story is told through the words of one of his most trusted agents, Gaetano Salvidienus Rufus, aka The Sicilian, a fighter specially raised to serve Augustus and new Rome, who finds himself involved in many battles, intrigue, betrayal and more. It is an action-packed battle-drenched story of the war in Hispania. Cover art by Marcus Boas.

You can order copies now on Ebay, Amazon, ABE, and from me through Facebook via Paypal. I will gladly sign copies for anyone interested. I hope you will give this book a try, I am sure adventure and pulp fans will enjoy it!



Chasing the Trickster is a uniquely original horror/fantasy tale combining the mythologies of the Southwestern United States and Central Europe. It's crafted wityh believable characters that you actually care about. Aprtil Grey came up with a great idea, to take an old European Pagan minor god made christian serf who finds himself in the New World and exercises his considerable power with surprising results.

The book advertizes - One Man, Two Women, Two Gods...who will survive the Trickster's snare? Ghostly images materialize in Nina Weaver's photos. Goons try to kidnap her. When her photographs are stolen and her best friend is shot, she realizes that she has no one to turn to but her ex-lover, Pascal "Goofy" Guzman. Together they go on a desperate road trip in search of answers. The truth is darker and more terrifying than Nina could ever have imagined. After their love re-ignites, they fall into the Trickster God's trap.

And it delivers over and over on that hype. Grey keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Chasing the Trickster has a lot of twists that just keep your head spinning from front cover to back cover. Grey keeps you on the edge of your seat and takes you on a real wild ride right up until the end. You think you know what is going on, then you turn the corner and WHAM!

Biography

April Grey writes urban fantasy novels such as Chasing the Trickster and St. Nick's Favor. Fingering Perdita is her most recent novel soon to be published by Damnation Books. Her short stories have been published in such print anthologies as Demonmind's Halloween 2010, The Best of Everyday Fiction 2, Northern Haunts, Ephemera, Love Hurts and Terrible Beauty, Fearful Symmetry. Her work also can be found in many of Rayne Hall's Ten Tales anthologies. Her collected short stories can be found in The Fairy Cake Bake Shoppe and I'll Love You Forever. She is the editor of the anthology Hell's Garden: Bad, Mad and Ghostly Gardeners. She and her family live in Hell's Kitchen, NYC in a building next to a bedeviled garden. Gremlins, sprites or pixies, something mischievous, lurks therein. Someday she'll find out.


 



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