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5 stars

Forgotten is a twisty, complex thriller, where family relationships add a complex layer of intrigue to the action. Claudia needs to figure out who she can trust – before it’s too late.

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A.I. P.I. is a beautifully crafted story in the style of a ‘50s crime thriller, set in a future society whose prejudices and reactions are stunningly plausible.

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Through the Hostage is the story of the only human to enter the world of the Cortiian mercenaries and leave alive…and still human. Full of fast-paced action and underlaid with a conflict of loyalties in a society where the wrong move gets you dead, this is adventure sci-fi at its best.

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Rabia Gale’s writing brings her story to epic life in the glare of gaslamps and the frenetic gaiety of a world clinging to survival by its fingernails.

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It’s a Nightmare peels back layers of complacency to reveal a disturbing alternate-universe view of how the gender biases ingrained in our society could play out, a chilling and brilliantly-written exposé on the danger of being different.

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The Enemy Within is a brilliantly written sci-fi thriller, with a plot twisty enough to keep you guessing all the way. Between the armed forces, the group of desperate teenagers on the run, and the mysterious Eye, the divergent interests in play kept the stakes and the tension high right through to the finale.

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Tales from Alternate Earths is a unique and well-crafted collection of alt-history stories, offering a series of ‘what-if’ snapshots ranging from how time travel contributed to the extinction of the dinosaurs to if China had converted to Islam and discovered South America.

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Phoenix Afterlife is a fast-paced, thought-provoking sci-fi thriller with a chilling twist – guaranteed to keep you thinking, and looking over your shoulder, long after you close the book.

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Conversations with Larry Xenomorph is a devastatingly, hilariously accurate commentary on every aspect of current society from Facebook to political correctness to the reason for the CIA, as told by a stock broker to an alien from outer space.

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Orion Rising is a unique science fiction adventure set on the oceans of Earth’s future, brought vividly alive by Chard Andrews’ knowledge of ships and the sea.

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Outland Exile: Old Men and Infidels opens in the Unity, a high-tech, totalitarian society where designer drugs are distributed by the government and computer-generated experiences and reality are interchangeable; a society where specialised training begins at thirteen and forcible retirement from society comes at forty.

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Kahtar: Warrior of the Ages creates a world within a world of Covenant Keepers, living beside the modern world, invoking touches of the folklore of the faery land of Underhill woven in with Christian mythology.

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A Mighty Rolling Thunder is a masterful blend of fantasy and dystopia, a fast-paced and original story of what happens when good and evil are quite literally unleashed in all of us.

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If there be Giants Giants is a story of archaeology and myths, giants and visions, set in Cornwall, the seat of all British legend. Ellison Blackburn has created a story richly woven with archaeological detail and Christian mythology, bound to keep you guessing.

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Playback Effect is a fantastic blend of sci-fi, romance, and detective thriller in this book. In a world where dreams have power and the Pandora’s Box of the virtual reality world is the legal and ethical nightmare of a moment of death recording,

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Her Last Breath is another twisty, intelligent mystery thriller from author J. A. Schneider, where the evidence coils and turns like an eel on a hook, and the suspense will keep you turning pages to the explosive finale.

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Stolen Ink is cynical, laugh-out-loud funny, and between tattoo magicians and exploding pixies, will drop you into a startling, unique world of magic guaranteed to keep you up way past your bedtime.

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In a setting with strong overtones of Mad Max, Salt in the Water is the kind of gritty, kick-ass sci-fi dystopia that punches you in the teeth to get your attention – complex, nasty, and well-thought-out.

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Dead Sea Games is a fantastic example of the action / horror genre, where the characters are unquestionably real and the action grabs you in a chokehold and never lets up.

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Stone and a Hard Place is a story of magic, academia, and a demon for good measure. Alastair Stone has a quiet job teaching Occult Studies, to classes mostly composed of would-be horror authors. Unlike his colleagues, Alastair actually knows what he’s talking about; he’s a mage.

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With excellent pacing and incredibly convincing characterisation, this book totally earnt its five stars. I Belong to the Earth is a complex story of family and tragedy, complete with fantasy elements that are solidly thought-out and woven into the plot with a realism that chills.

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With a plot where the supernatural blends seamlessly into a murder mystery, peopled with circus performers, murderous clowns, and the closed, ritual-bound community of the Skomori, Bloodwalker will suck you in from the first page and not let go until the last one.

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Vassal is a wonderful example of the epic fantasy genre. The storytelling is evocative, but the characterization is where the story truly shines. This story focuses on a group of people who won’t give up on what they believe in, no matter the dangers, and no matter the odds.

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Lightfingers is a thrilling debut novel, sketching a palimpsest London of back alleys, hidden secrets and magical beings.

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Jack Croxall’s Anchor Leg is a fantastic sci-fi novel, with a fast-paced plot, twisty intrigue, and incredibly well-developed characters. An incredibly satisfying read.

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The Fountain boxed set, Ellison Blackburn

The Fountain - boxed set The Fountain trilogy set is a highly worth-while read, peopled with strong, well-fleshed-out characters who will pull you into their struggles and demand your understanding of their points of view. I don’t usually consider myself a reader of...

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Beyond the Vale, Kerry Alan Denney

Beyond the Vale Logan isn’t sure if he’s dreaming, dead, or simply finally lost his marbles. There’s a woman he should know, a personal history he should know, and all he has is a blank in his head. There are doors that lead to impossible geography and photos that...

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Suzy Spitfire Kills Everybody, Joe Canzano

Suzy Spitfire Kills Everybody Suzy Castillo, better known as Suzy Spitfire, doesn’t have a lot of friends since she killed her uncle and ran away from her family and her father’s legacy. Aiko is one of them, so when he invites her to meet him in a seedy bar, she shows...

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Spellcaster, George Bachman

Spellcaster Spellcaster is an intriguing mix of fantasy and steampunk, opening in a Victorian-style London amid a group of debutantes from an eclectic mix of backgrounds. Christine, also called Ophelia or Tom-cat by her adoptive sisters, turns out to have a hidden...

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Jungle Eyes, Lindsay Marie Miller

Jungle Eyes (Stranded in Paradise Book 1) Set in the spring of 1899, Lindsay Marie Miller’s Jungle Eyes introduces us to Mr. Henry Rochester of New York, descendant of royalty and eligible bachelor, whose mother is unrelentingly anxious that he should make a good...

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Stone and a Hard Place, R L King

Stone and a Hard Place (The Alastair Stone Chronicles Book 1) Stone and a Hard Place is a story of magic, academia, and a demon for good measure. Alastair Stone has a quiet job teaching Occult Studies, to classes mostly composed of would-be horror authors. Unlike his...

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Lacy’s End, Victoria Schwimley

Lacy's End Lacy’s End, by Victoria Schwimley, paints a graphic picture of domestic abuse from the point of view of Lacy, the teenage daughter of the town sheriff. Her frequent injuries have been ignored for years by Lacy’s school and the town at large alike,...

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End of a Girl, Nia Sinjorina

End of a Girl (Folio 55 Book 1) Nia Sinjorina’s End of a Girl is the story of a teenage Molly Peterson, at school in an English comprehensive that she hates, told alternately from her own diaries and the point of view of one of her acolytes, tasked to write her...

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Trojan Nefra Contact, Brian Dingle

Trojan: Nefra Contact (Trojan Series Book 2) Brian Henry Dingle’s Trojan: Nefra Contact is a first contact story with a twist, between a pair of Nefra convicts and a UNSA team exploring a very new moon that appeared out of nowhere in Jupiter orbit. Mer, a Nefra whose...

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