It is sometimes nigh impossible to review a novel like "This Darkness Light" without sounding like you're getting paid to review it, which I was not. This was the first and latest novel by Mb Collings I've read. June of 2018 was the first, just finished the second. Yes - it's that good.
Several have gone into detail concerning the plot and characters, so I won't repeat those insights. I read This Darkness Light the second time because the first left me mentally shell-shocked. I was new to Mr. Collings as a reader. My intro to him was via Fivver and a search for a cover for my first novel. Mb won the competition, so I decided by way of gratitude I would give a couple of his books a read.
Damn good call on my part. The prose in this particular novel is a well-woven as the plot. The characters well-defined in a manner rarely matched. Good vs. evil. Unsung heroes and heroines. Unlikely alliances and unexpected turns.
The first novel I read twice was The Lord of the Rings at the age of 15. I can count on one hand the books I love enough to read time and again. I have now added This Darkness Light and Mr. Collings along side of works by Tolkien, Stephen King, Anne Rice, James Clavell, Alexander Dumas and T. H. H. White which I will never tire of re-reading.
If you've read other works by MC, you'll want to add this one. If you've never read anything by this author - this is the perfect place to start.
Another 5-star psychological horror thriller by Mb Collings. It may remind you of other horror stories about creatures in the fog - forget them. This is more about the individuals trapped in a bus terminal, by an impenetrable fog that teems with life. The eclectic gathering of souls are forced to decide which one will live, while the other captives all die.
I found it captivating and challenging as I read along, trying to determine the forces within the fog while studying the characters thrown together by chance. The story flows well as Mr. Collings makes the characters come alive. I won't say more or this will become a spoiler.
This is my first read of a work by Author Scott Thurman, a talented writer with a knack for historical fiction.
"Suicide by Everest"; a title that catches you eye and curiosity - it did mine. I am somewhat familiar with the Prestige which comes from scaling her, and the exceptional risks.
"Suicide" is the story of Brigham Young VIII, son of Brigham Young VII and what I perceive as the struggle to wear such a famous name. The pressure, the expectations, the life of privilege tempered by the expectations of such a legacy in the Mormon community.
It also deals quite well with the loss of a parent - the different effects on siblings and others left behind.
I am not a "spoiler" reviewer. I read it - you should, too. It may help you understand the reality of growing up with a "famous" name draped over you like a mantle.
Good character development - meaningful dialogue - unique story line.
"Suicide by Everest" is out of my preferred genres in reading - but well worth the side-trip.
Put it on your want-to-read shelf today.
The Story gets better
I don't give 5 stars to many novels. I'm a late life writer with 3 novels of my own. Ambush earned them. I was entertained, stressed out, drawn completely in and fought back tears more than once. I could go on about the plot and characters, but I won't. It's not my style of reviewing.
I only have one thing to say. "Ambush", should be read by every veteran, peace officer, dog lover and anyone with a pulse which increases when faced with the exceptional.
All Ace wants to do is sell the black pearls he got from the ghost ship. Why does it have to be so complicated?
After surviving the an up-close encounter with a shark, Ace heads back to the hidden fortress in the Sierra Madre Mountains where he grew up. Little does he know that a war is about to break out, a war that threatens the very existence of his clan.
Two Mexican generals have joined together in rebellion against the government. They have the soldiers. They have the money. They just need to rid themselves of a pesky band of Apaches--Ace's clan.
Teaming up with Tom Jeffords, the former Indian agent who was blood brother to Chief Cochise, Ace has to find a way for his people to survive. Even if it means allying with the hated Yaqui tribe.
(Based on actual events.)
While not in my wheelhouse as a general rule, I found "Prey for the Dead" a good change of pace. I'm not much for spoilers in reviews, so you won't get a of of detail. The characters are well defined, and their interactions intriguing. This is a story with a supernatural side, where mortals mix with Vampires in a fairly symbiotic relationship. I would strongly suggest you read the first book by the author in this series. It will definitely assist you in "Prey for the Dead."
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