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Review - Jackalopes & Woofen-Poofs by Angel Martinez

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 31, 2017

Jackalopes & Woofen-Poofs

Volume 5 of Offbeat Crimes

Time once again to check in on the offers of the 77th precinct in this fifth installent of the Offbeat Crimes. The focus this time around remains on Officer Alex Wolf and his new boyfriend, Animal Control Officer Jason Chen. The squad is still dealing with the fallout from their last encounter with the strange feral dust bunny creatures and the increasing suspicion that someone is targeting the officers with black magic. To compound the team's woes, the activity has come to the attention of the state paranormal agency, a group that considers the officers of the 77th as sub-normal rejects. More

Review - Feral Dust Bunnies by Angel Martinez

Posted in Book Reviews on Jul 25, 2017

Feral Dust Bunnies

Volume 4 of Offbeat Crimes

This fourth book of the Offbeat Crimes series puts the focus on Wolf, the 77th precinct's not-werewolf. Although raised by humans, Wolf still has a hard time understanding the subtilties of the world he was thrust into, especially relationships. He is effectively pansexual. Like most canids, Wolf follows his nose, and animal control officer Jason Chen smells good enough to make Wolf forget how to human. The two are thrown together frequently on Wolf's current case, which involves the discovery of several desiccated small animals around town. Their only clue to the mystery is the lone survivor: a small kitten that seems to have imprinted on Wolf. More

Review - Skim Blood & Savage Verse by Angel Martinez

Posted in Book Reviews on May 23, 2017

Skim Blood & Savage Verse

Volume 3 of Offbeat Crimes

The latest installment of the Offbeat Crimes series switches the focus from Kyle and Kash to the squad's dysfunctional vampire Carrington. ‘Carr’ has a history of rather unfortunate choices in boyfriends, which in large part is how he got to be a vampire that can't stomach whole human blood. In his latest case, Carr learns that words can hurt you, at least when they take physical form and are hurled at you with great force by possessed books. More

Review - The Pill Bugs of Time by Angel Martinez

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 18, 2016

The Pill Bugs

Volume 2 of Offbeat Crimes

In this sequel to Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters, the budding relationship between paranormal police detective Kyle and his partner Vakesh is facing a few stumbling blocks, mainly in the form of Vakesh's inability to be open about it. More

Review - Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters by Angel Martinez

Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 06, 2016

Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters

Volume 1 of Offbeat Crimes

Kyle is a policeman in a most unusual precinct. His squad is made up of men and women with paranormal capabilities, although they're not exactly X-men. Everyone's powers are a little ‘off’. There's a firestarter who can't spark if it's wet, and a vampire who gets sick on whole blood, just to name a few. Then we have Kyle's new partner Vakesh, who seems unflappable, but it turns out you don't want to make him angry. More

Review - Beside A Black Tarn by Angel Martinez

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 01, 2016

Beside A Black Tarn

Volume 4 of Brimstone

The adventures of the demon prince of thieves Shax, his fallen angel lover Ness and their ragtag crew continues in the latest installment of the Brimstone series. Things get off to a rocky start when Shax bumps into an old flame, who also happens to be a spy. Soon after, he hears about a fantastical, yet apparently abandoned, experimental house that seems to have the ability to make dreams come true, or at least appear to. Naturally, Shax wants to steal it. And, naturally, things go wrong. More

Review - Brimstone: Demon Owned and Operated

Posted in Book Reviews on Sep 23, 2014

Brimstone: Demon Owned and Operated

Volume 1 of Brimstone

Shax, the demon Prince of Thieves, had a bit of a falling out with Lucifer, so now he, along with his best friend and partner in crime Verrin, Lord of Impatience, have left earth to seek their fortunes among the stars. They've acquired a cargo ship, appropriately named Brimstone, which Shax captains and Verrin pilots. They'll take almost any job, even, or perhaps especially, legally questionable ones.

This omnibus edition of three stories recounts several of the pair's escapades. Along the way, they pick up an angel, a cowboy from earth's past, and assorted other creatures, some of whom join the crew. More

Review - Sub Zero

Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 24, 2014

Sub Zero

Major Aren Dalsgaard died on the planet Drass more than a hundred years ago. Or at least that's what everyone thought. The military had other ideas. They retrieved his body and put him in cryogenic suspension. Now, for reasons never made clear to him, they've thawed him out, reversed the poison that killed him, and are sending him back to Drass to investigate a series of settler murders apparently carried out by the ‘goblins’, a race of genetically engineered humans adapted to live on the icy planet. More

Review - Rarely Pure and Never Simple

Posted in Book Reviews on Dec 10, 2013

Rarely Pure and Never Simple

Volume 1 of Variant Configurations

In the not too distant future, a new genetic breakthrough has eliminated most diseases and congenital disorders. But in an unanticipated side effect, some children are born with special talents, like the ability to find people or create fireballs. Many of these ‘variants’ join The Guild, which cultivates and makes use of their powers. However, these powers also seems to come with their own drawbacks, from psychological to political.

Damien Hazelwood is an extreme example of the double-edged sword of being a vari. His special talent is being able to find people, especially lost children. But he was so traumatized in his youth that he has a severe case of OCD, which is so bad he can't stand to be around people. He refuses to be part of the Guild, but he still agrees to work for them from time to time. More

Review - Gravitational Attraction

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 09, 2013

Gravitational Attraction

Isaac dreamed of being a starship pilot, part of an elite force in the galaxy. Unfortunately, the brain implant required to interface with advanced ships failed, leaving the young man subject to massive migraines and unable to even be trusted to fly less advanced ships. Discharged from the military, Isaac is lucky to find a job as communications officer on the small courier ship Hermes, which is where the story really begins. Responding to a distress call, the Hermes finds a disabled ship with everyone on board torn apart, except one man, a huge warrior called Turk.

Isaac finds himself strangely drawn to the mysterious giant, who has been severely traumatized by his ordeal. Turk is also drawn to Isaac, but he has commitments to fulfill as part of an agreement between his secretive people and the military powers. Despite Turk's efforts, Isaac is drawn into the intrigues which surround the warrior, and now both of their lives are in peril. More


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