Vinnie and Mook- Hitman for Horror: The Boss’ Cut


Vinnie and Mook- Hitman for Horror: The Boss' Cut

By: Mitch Hyman
Pages: 384
Published on: May 29th 2017
Vinnie and Mook- Hitman for Horror: The Boss’ Cut

Sunshine, ocean breezes, umbrella drinks...and voodoo, zombies, vampires and Hitmen. What more could you want?

Vinnie and Testeroni and Morris "Mook" Chichinski were two of the most respected- and feared- Hit men around. Vinnie: the proud Sicilanu (Sicilian). Call him and "Italian" and it was your only - and last- mistake. No questions asked. Mook: the son of a Jewish Miami hooker and a mob wiseguy. Call him a "bastard" and it would be your only - and last - mistake. One he had his long and painful "fun" with you.

Like ham on a bagel, they broke the rules - but that's what made them the only hope for a frantic New York mobster.

"Fat Shelly" Wasserman, a racketeer, whose daughter was gone and feared kidnapped. His last message from her was all he had to go on: a photo. One minute, she was a university student in the Big Apple. The next, she was being photographed deep in the West Indies-- a most unusual photograph. It was a new style Polaroid photo of the sun drenched girl looking like the hadn't a care in the world and of two men next to her. That was the unusual part -- either the sun was too bright or the camera was too old, because the men looked so ghostly, that they were almost blurs.

But the truth was far older - and worse- than just a photo taken with a camera of all things. Had Fat Shelly known it, he would have called his worst enemies, the authorities, instead of his biggest enemies, Vinnie and Mook.

From their aptly named shop they retired to as Key West fishing outfitters, 'Too Tough to Tackle', to a centuries-old New World horror, they would soon learn that not everything alive you kill stays dead- or was never alive in the first place.

And in this edition you also get the original popular "Vinnie and Mook" Novella, "Swallowed Hook, Line and..." which sets the stage and introduces the boys and some very unusual new friends for the full length Novel also contained herein.

 
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Vinnie and Mook- Hitman for Horror by Mitch Hyman is actually 2 books in one. It contains both Hitmen in Paradise and the novella Hook, Line, and Sinker.

 

Vinnie and Mook are totally different characters from what I’m used to reading. It seems like no matter what they do or where they go, they always run into something supernatural. They are just trying to do their “job.”

 

I really like Vinnie and Mook as characters. They are stereotypical hitmen who kill people, but they still have standards. They are easy to relate to and I became quite attached to them both. They are also quite funny. Their banter is very entertaining.

 

This is the first book I’ve read by Mitch  Hyman and it certainly won’t be the last. He is a great storyteller and writes in a way where the reader can see and follow everything in that world. I recommend this book to anyone looking for something a little different from your typical monster books.

 

 

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About Mitch Hyman

Mitch Hyman is best known as the creator and writer of "Bubba the Redneck Werewolf". He is well known in the Indie comic industry for his other comic book concepts and characters as well. Hyman is also a widely published novelist and short story fiction writer.
The characters from his “Hit Men” novels, Vinnie and Mook (two hit men dealing in supernatural threats), first appear in the Prequel novella “Hook, Line and Sinker” and then in the follow up full length adventure, “Hitmen in Paradise”. This concept is an on-going series and more novels are currently in the works.
Hyman’s short story endeavors include publishers Words Take Flight’s "Dr. Sarcophagus and his Carnival of Dark Desires” and Red Stylo Media's "Shakespeare Shaken" graphic anthology. He is also noted for his firing of Donald Trump in a parody of "The Apprentice" during his tenure as a freelance writer for the original CRACKED magazine. He is also the Executive producer of the recently completed motion picture comedy based on an adaptation of his Werewolf character “Bubba”.The film was done through his production company TWO RUBBING NICKELS LLC. The trailer for the film can be seen on-line at various web and review sites or at You Tube.
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Vamped by Lucienne Diver


Vamped

By: Lucienne Diver
Genres: YA, Paranormal
Pages: 157
Series: Vamped #1
Published on: May 8, 2009
Vamped by Lucienne Diver

Gina Covello's Perks and Pitfalls of Vamp Life
1. Hello?! Eternal youth and beauty!
2. Free. Designer. Clothes.

3. My hot new boyfriend Bobby went from chess dud to vamp stud.

4. No reflection! First order of business: turn my own stylist to stop the downward spiral from chic to eek.

5. Vampire vixen Mellisande has taken an interest in my boyfriend, and is now transforming the entire high school into her own personal vampire army. If anyone's going to start their own undead entourage it should be me.

I guess I'll just have to save everyone from fashion disasters and other fates worse than death.

Also by this author: Fangdemonium
 
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Vamped by Lucienne Diver is an easy and quick read. Her main female character, Gina, is a popular high school student turned vampire who is fairly annoying and immature. She is funny at times but is childish more times than not.

Despite Gina’s immaturity, I did enjoy this story. It moved along at a quick pace so I never had time to get bored. I can see Vamped appealing to teenagers. There isn’t any sex, but there is some making out etc.

Gina does seem to adapt to her new life very quickly. Her relationship with former nerd turned hot vampire, Bobby, is strange to me because it just seems wrong that she didn’t want anything to do with him before he turned into a vampire, but after, she spent time making out with him, which is how she ended up as a vampire.

This is a very fun book and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. I gave it 3 stars because while I enjoyed it, Gina was just so damn annoying I wanted to stake her myself.

 

 

Purchase Link

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About Lucienne Diver

Lucienne Diver is the author of Vamped young adult series (think Clueless meets Buffy) and the Latter-Day Olympians urban fantasy series from Samhain, which Long and Short Reviews called “a clever mix of Janet Evanovich and Rick Riordan”. Her short stories have appeared in the KICKING IT anthology edited by Faith Hunter and Kalayna Price (Roc Books), the STRIP-MAULED and FANGS FOR THE MAMMARIES anthologies edited by Esther Friesner (Baen Books) and her essay “Abuse” was published in DEAR BULLY: 70 Authors Tell Their Stories (HarperCollins).
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Feast by Thomas S. Flowers


Feast

Genres: Extreme Horror
Pages: 126
Published on: April 18, 2017
Feast by Thomas S. Flowers

What would you do for family?

Between the rural Texas towns of Bass and Sat is one of the most popular barbecue restaurants in America. Big Butts Bar-B-Que has been the seat of power for the Fleming family since the Great Depression, but when tragedy and scandal beset Titus and his surviving transgender son Lavinia, deals are made to keep control of the restaurant. An arrangement that will put a father at odds with his legacy. As the table is set, is it just the keys to the barbecue kingdom some are after, or something else entirely?

An extreme horror story inspired by Shakespeare’s play Titus Andronicus.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
 
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Feast by Thomas S. Flowers is a disturbing story centering around 2 families in Texas. It’s violent from beginning to end and I enjoyed it immensely. At just a smidge over 100 pages, it’s a quick and easy read, and it is the type of story that is difficult to put down because it moves so quickly.

 

This story is crazy. The son of one family wronged the daughter of another family. Her family is determined to ruin his family business, Big Butts Bar-B-Que despite the fact they had nothing to do with it and were trying to work with them.  Her mother is a horrible person and her brothers are just as bad if not worse. They are all seriously screwed up in the head.

 

The violence in Feast is quite gruesome. An extremely violent rape scene made me sick to my stomach but was, unfortunately, necessary for the story. This book is also quite gory. I hate that Titus’s family has been through so much but I really like how he handled things.

 

Feast is the first book by Thomas S. Flowers I have read and I look forward to reading more from him. I can see why this book is considered “extreme horror.” I recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick read and has a strong stomach. Be prepared for violence galore but if you are easily triggered you should probably skip this one.

 

 

Purchase Links

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About Thomas S. Flowers

Often called The Hemingway of Horror, Thomas S. Flowers secludes away to create character-driven stories of dark fiction ranging from Shakespearean gore feasts to paranormal thrillers. Residing in the swamps of Houston, Texas, with his wife and daughter, his debut novel, Reinheit, was soon published with Shadow Work Publishing, along with The Incredible Zilch Von Whitstein, Apocalypse Meow, Lanmò, The Hobbsburg Horror, and FEAST.

His military/paranormal thriller series, The Subdue Series, including Dwelling, Emerging, Conceiving, and Converging, are published with Limitless Publishing, LLC. In 2008, he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army where he served for seven years, with three tours serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2014, Thomas graduated from University of Houston-Clear Lake with a Bachelors in History. He blogs at machinemean[dot]org, where he reviews movies and books and hosts a gambit of guest writers who discuss a wide range of strange yet oddly related topics.

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Onyx Webb 10 by Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz


Onyx Webb Book 10 Episodes 29-32

By: Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 324
Series: Onyx Webb #10
Published on: July 24, 2017
Onyx Webb 10 by Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz

Welcome Back to the World of Onyx Webb! This is Book Ten. (Episodes 29, 30, 31, & 32) Haven't Gotten Entangled Yet? Please Start with Book One.
Book Ten is the end of the Onyx Webb saga with the final pieces of the web sewn together.

Onyx Webb is a complex multi-genre mash-up that combines elements of supernatural suspense, crime, horror, romance, and more. The Onyx Webb series follows the unusual life of Onyx Webb along with a central group of characters in various locations and times.

In Book Ten: The Mulvaneys deal with aftermath of the Solstice Eclipse Ball. Stan Lee and Spider Boy finally meet. Readers finally learn the fate of Onyx Webb.

Also by this author: Onyx Webb: Episodes 1, 2 & 3, Onyx Webb, Onyx Webb 3: Episodes 7, 8, 9
 
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Well, the web is finally complete. All the loose ends are tied up and the secrets have all been told. There are no more dots to connect. I’m sad that this series is over, but as they say, all good things must come to an end.

 

Onyx Webb is a difficult series to review without giving away spoilers or repeating myself. I truly love this series but to be honest, I didn’t love this book as much as I loved the previous books. I’m not sure if it’s because I knew everything was ending or maybe it was because Book 9 was so exciting it made Book 10 feel a little anticlimactic. There is some action, but not nearly as much or as intensely as in the last book.

 

Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a good book and a great series. There were several big surprises in book 10 that I didn’t expect, and a few surprises I wished would happen but didn’t. In my opinion Book 10 had a “wrap up” feel to it if that makes sense. It felt like this book was just everything settling into place so we could say goodbye to our favorite characters.

 

Overall, I really enjoyed the Onyx Webb series. Each book brought new surprises and answers to past questions. I will miss Onyx, Koda, Declan and all the other great characters in this series. I will even miss Stan Lee to some degree. If you haven’t read this series, you are missing a suspenseful and exciting series. Luckily for you, all 10 books are out and you won’t have to wait between books, which means you can read it straight through from start to finish!

 

 

 

Purchase Links

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About Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz

Richard Fenton & Andrea Waltz are professional speakers and authors of the #1 Amazon Sales Best Selling book, Go for No!® Go for No! has been among the top 20 Best Selling Sales Books on Amazon for over three years. They have also written several other business fables. Onyx Webb is their first fictional book series.

As Andrea likes to joke, “We decided to begin small so this series will just have 27 episodes, 10 total books.” Adds Richard, “Like any great series we wanted to create a world – and for us – a “web” of characters that people will get to become a part of and that is going to take many books.”

Richard and Andrea are married and yes they do spend each and every day working together. They live in Central Florida with their cat, Courage.

When they are not writing, they are traveling and speaking and also love reading, going to the movies, and working out so they can enjoy a great meal and a glass of red wine, guilt free.

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Creepy Crate Box #2

 

Well, this shipment wasn’t nearly as satisfying for me as the previous one was. It didn’t totally suck, the box contained some decent items, it just wasn’t as exciting as I was expecting. This box was inspired by “…bone chilling artwork: eerie photographs, serial killer paintings, and even macabre writing utensils.”

 

 

The “All my friends are Creepy” t-shirt was cool. It featured a picture of the black-eyed children of legend. Coincidentally enough, author Corey J. Popp released his new book “Curse of the Black Eyed Kids” within a week or so of my reading the review copy I received. It fits well and has yet to fade despite being washed numerous times already.

The only serial killer artwork featured is from John Wayne Gacy’s prison painting titled “Goodbye Pongo.” It is in the form of a travel mug, which I do like and have used quite a bit. So far, it seems to be holding up pretty well. I guess when the description said “serial killer paintings,” I expected there to be more than one serial killer featured.

This box also contained a set of female killer buttons. They are somewhat neat, but not overly exciting. There are old spirit photograph post cards with photos taken by William Hope. He was a photographer in the early 1900’s who claimed to be able to capture photos of spirits. Personally, I think he faked them. I think the people at The Line Up picked the cheesiest, most obviously faked pictures they could find. There was also a bone pen, coffee, and a 1-month subscription to Horror movie channel Screambox. I haven’t tried the coffee or Screambox yet.

In the last shipment, I discovered the “free download” of a featured book can only be read on my computer of phone. There is no way to download it to my e-reader. I feel this part of the offer is useless. It’s rather disappointing because I was looking forward to reading that first book, but I can’t read on my computer and my kids steal my phone all the time.

 

Overall, I’m not sure how I feel about this subscription box. The first shipment was so great but this one was more disappointing. I’m hoping the next one will be better. That will determine whether I renew my subscription or not. It’s supposed to be inspired by Horror movies, so we will see. Don’t forget to use discount code FFTREVIEWS if you decide to order your very own Creepy Crate.

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