Book Review: “Pigeon-Blood Red” by Ed Duncan

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Goodreads Synopsis

For underworld enforcer Richard “Rico” Sanders, it seemed like an ordinary job. Retrieve his gangster boss’s priceless pigeon-blood red ruby necklace and teach the double-dealing cheat who stole it a lesson. A job like a hundred before it. But the chase quickly goes sideways and takes Rico from the mean streets of Chicago to sunny Honolulu, where the hardened hit man finds himself in uncharted territory when a couple of innocent bystanders are accidentally embroiled in the crime.

As Rico pursues his new targets, the hunter and his prey develop an unlikely respect for one another and Rico is faced with a momentous decision: follow his orders to kill the couple whose courage and character have won his admiration, or refuse and endanger the life of the woman he loves?

 

Bookworm1102’s Review

Rico is a hit man who travels to Honolulu, seemingly to do what should be an easy job. Retrieve his boss’s necklace and get rid of the liar who stole it. From there, things go downhill quickly, and what should have been an easy, quick job turns into a trickier situation when an innocent couple gets caught up in the kill. Rico, who prides himself on not killing anybody innocent, has to figure out how to get the necklace back, ideally without killing anybody innocent.

I went into this book slightly apprehensive, purely because this is not the type of book that I usually read. I am so glad that I gave it a chance, I thoroughly enjoyed it! The first part of the story was mostly background and world building, getting to know (and mostly like!) the characters. Rico, despite being one of the ‘bad guys’, was very likeable, as were the main two characters, Paul and Evelyn. There were a few twists and turns that I did not see coming, and these kept me on the edge of my seat, and made me want to keep reading the next chapter to find out what would happen next.

I am looking forward to reading the second book in this series!

Thank you to Book Publicity Services and the author for the complimentary ebook copy.

I rate this book 5/5 stars!

 

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Guest Post: The Tomb of the Primal Dragon by Will Ruff

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Goodreads Synopsis

Arthur Biers never knew he’d come face to face with unwritten history.

In 1974 two farmers digging a well outside of Xi’an, China, discovered a clay statue and a pot that belonged to China’s first Emperor. The site they discovered was the second pit of his mausoleum, and is one of the most interesting historical finds of the 20th century.

But the Emperor’s Tomb has yet to be excavated as claims have arisen from conspiracy theorists that the site is a fraud. The Tomb of the Primal Dragon tells the story of a group of researchers vying for the inside scoop on the tomb’s excavation as each source they investigate suggests there’s much more going on at the Museum than the excavation of historical relics.

Led by worldwide bestselling pseudo-historian, Bruce Philips, and technologist, Wyatt Waller, Art embarks on a journey across mainland China as they hunt down every lead to show the world what deadly secrets are buried inside the tomb.

If you want to learn more about the technology featured in the story, check out an interview the author did with a drone software expert here, and a podcast interview he did in which he discusses the book, how storytelling is about to take over technology, and his love for history here.

 

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About The Author

Will Ruff is not a lawyer, or television producer, or any veteran of the entertainment industry. He is a fan of the written word, and a storyteller at his core. Will earned his B.A. in history at Syracuse University where he studied Chinese history, and he spent his final semester in Beijing at Tsinghua University. He previously authored two shorts in a series called World Gone MAD that follows regular people as a nuclear war breaks out. The Tomb of the Primal Dragon is his first full length novel, and is now available on Kindle and in paperback. His Facebook page can be found here.

Guest Post: Westward, Tally Ho! by Milo James Fowler

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Goodreads Synopsis

How are your survival skills?

It’s the late 19th century, and you’re a young English aristocrat lost in the American Southwest. A lynch mob is after you for horse theft. Irritable natives are on your trail. And the woman with you is not the type you’d bring home to your mother. Would you survive long enough to find safety? Or would you curl into a fetal position and cry?

This is where Clarence Oliver Edwards finds himself in Westward, Tally Ho! Bored with his privileged life in England and weary of the relatives who share his family estate, Clarence follows his recently dismissed butler, Guthrie, on a non-stop adventure from the busy streets of Boston to the dusty trails of Santa Fe. What begins as Guthrie’s search for his long-lost daughter becomes a shocking introduction to the American West for Clarence. His idea of proper etiquette is stretched to the limit as he’s bombarded with characters of all types: tough gunslingers, seductive saloon girls, crafty frontier traders, an eccentric Zuni Indian chief, and a wild hermit.

Through it all, Clarence realizes the value of loyalty and the cost of redemption. But most importantly, he discovers a degree of inner strength he never knew he possessed. Will Guthrie find his daughter? Will Clarence survive unscathed? Take a wild ride through the Old West and find out!

 

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About The Author

Milo James Fowler is a teacher by day and a speculative fictioneer by night. When he’s not grading papers, he’s imagining what the world might be like in a dozen alternate realities. So far, his short fiction has appeared in more than 150 publications, including AE SciFi, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Cosmos, Daily Science Fiction, Future Affairs Administration, Nature, and Shimmer. Find his novels, novellas, and short story collections wherever books are sold. If you would like to visit his website, click here.

Guest Post: The Legends of Aeolyne by B.P. Baggett

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The legends of Aeolyne is a story of a family that is separated by war. The first and only child, Drecue grows up without a father. Raised by his grandfather. There he learns how to act, and talk like royalty. He witnesses a kidnapping of his betrothed and us drawn into an age old conflict. To protect his grandfather’s honor he races after the kidnappers.
And there is an assassin that was ripped from his mother’s arms as a boy and turned into the Red Horde factions hidden blade. He escapes and finds his mother but she didn’t tragically taken from him.
The main Antagonist is an elf that has learned to morph into a Dragon. This Dragon has caused wars and destruction on the world in search of an item that can bring his love back to life.

 

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Guest Post: Happyland: A Fairy Tale in Two Parts by Tes Mekonnen

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This book is authored by Tes Mekonnen and illustrated by Anthony Resto

Synopsis

“Would you like to court me to Happyland?” Prince Gobbledygook asks Lily Marshmallow and himself. Therein the journey begins to find Happyland. Follow him as he tries to define happiness with a little help from his friends, Big Wig Sophisticated Pig, Brutus Beaujolais and Cornelius Wordbook, a book-for-a-head English gentleman. Prince Gobbledygook duels, loses his ladylove, regains his original name and gains a friendship that will last forfourforevers. Will they make it to Happyland?

 

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Characters from Happyland

The characters from the book (from left to right)

1.Lily Marshmallow. 2. Prince Gobbledygook. 3. Big Wig Sophisticated Pig, Brutus Beaujolais. 4. Cornelius Wordbook. 5. Prince Hobo, Leopold Balthazar II. 6. Adolfo Dumfries.

 

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You can find Tes on Instagram with the username @TesMekonnen and the website is here.

Giveaway

The first person to email Tes on the following email will receive a copy of this book for free. Only available within the US, not internationally. The email is: tesfahmekonnen@gmail.com