The Red Church / Project Maigo / H10N1 (books 65, 66, and 67)

The Red Church / Scott Nicholson

Synopsis – Deep in the Appalachians, a once-abandoned red church is showing signs of activity again. And the good, Abrahamic God-fearing people of the county are being called to serve the Son of God… again. Make that the second Son of God, ‘cause the first alleged Son was a dud, obviously. Or maybe this second Son is really a monster with wings and claws and livers for eyes. Or maybe He’s the true Savior of God’s children. Hard to tell, ‘cause a monster with wings and claws and livers for eyes had been spooking around the county, scaring people, and occasionally mutilating them to death. Coincidence? Maybe. But what else is a monster with wings and claws and livers for eyes gonna do?

Reaction – The phrase “wings and claws and livers for eyes” really stood out, because it seemed to be repeated every few pages. Really got a rhythm going… wings and claws and livers for eyes and wings and claws and livers for eyes… At the same time, I have to say that every time I read the “livers for eyes” parts, I wondered, “Livers for eyes? WTF?” I even googled “livers for eyes,” but didn’t find anything on it, except in reference to the book. But I enjoyed the campfire spookiness of this paranormal horror story. The characters were believable, and the action was spread evenly throughout the book, though the climax seemed to be in slow motion. Despite a heavy-handed Christianity theme, and a fizzle of an ending, this story was spirited and fun.

Recommendation – This book renewed my will to live.

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Project Maigo / Jeremy Robinson

Synopsis – Godzilla Nemesis wreaks havoc on Boston. Cue ragtag team of monster fighters to the rescue! Then more Godzillas Kaiju monsters show up to wreak havoc across America and beyond. Time for the monster ass-whuppin’ team to double, triple, and quadruple down! BIFF! POW! KA-BOOM! Will the underdogs save the day and the American way? Or will the Kaiju kill America? Could the world be so lucky?

Reaction – Most of this book is battle description. Crash bang boom. A chore to get through. The characters were flat, and the Kaiju were puzzling, with almost zero explanation. Almost no depth in this story. This is the written version the WWF, except with giant monsters. Go watch a classic zone-out Godzilla movie instead, unless you’ve always wished you could read a zone-out Godzilla movie instead of watching it.

Recommendation – I guess some people would find this book worthwhile in some universe somewhere.

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H10N1 / M. R. Cornelius

Synopsis – The H10N1 virus wipes out most of the American people. So of course, the remaining bad guys form rape and pillage gangs, and the remaining good guys alternately get pounded on and run away. A mismatched couple of good guys make a break for it, and accidentally end up in the same escape vehicle. On the long road to a safer place, they meet up with enemies, friends, and see a lot of death and destruction. Can they put their differences aside, fall in lust love, and live happily ever after?

Reaction – This story didn’t get into the specifics of the H10N1 virus. Rather, it focused on the couple escaping out west. So I thought the title was a bit misleading. The adventures the couple have seemed kind of random, all the characters were goofy and stereotypical, and the ending – predictable. But the scenery and the action changed enough through the story to keep things interesting. An easy adventure read.

Recommendation – You’re taking your chances with this hit and miss book.

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