Now reading: Robert Sheckley | The Journey of Joenes (1963)

Tomorrow…and the day after. Citizens worship the Almighty Machine. Passion is a beatnik, love the new frontier. Both God and Satan have been driven underground. The insane are treated by making their delusions real. Jail is a place to break into. Government is lost in the mapless Octagon. And science has given birth to superstition. Where? In America. When? Less than forty years from today.

Now reading: Robert Sheckley | The Journey of Joenes (1963)

Tomorrow…and the day after. Citizens worship the Almighty Machine. Passion is a beatnik, love the new frontier. Both God and Satan have been driven underground. The insane are treated by making their delusions real. Jail is a place to break into. Government is lost in the mapless Octagon. And science has given birth to superstition. Where? In America. When? Less than forty years from today.

Now reading: Ryan C. Thomas | The Summer I Died (2006)

When Roger Huntington comes home from college for the summer and is met by his best friend, Tooth, he knows they’re going to have a good time. A summer full of beer, comic books, movies, laughs, and maybe even girls. The sun is high and the sky is clear as Roger and Tooth set out to shoot beer cans at Bobcat Mountain. Just two friends catching up on lost time, two friends thinking about their futures… two friends suddenly thrust into the middle of a nightmare. Forced to fight for their lives against a sadistic killer with an arsenal of razor sharp blades and a hungry dog by his side. If they are to survive, they must decide: are heroes born, or are they made? Or is something more powerful happening to them? And more importantly, how do you survive when all roads lead to death?

Now reading: Ryan C. Thomas | The Summer I Died (2006)

When Roger Huntington comes home from college for the summer and is met by his best friend, Tooth, he knows they’re going to have a good time. A summer full of beer, comic books, movies, laughs, and maybe even girls. The sun is high and the sky is clear as Roger and Tooth set out to shoot beer cans at Bobcat Mountain. Just two friends catching up on lost time, two friends thinking about their futures… two friends suddenly thrust into the middle of a nightmare. Forced to fight for their lives against a sadistic killer with an arsenal of razor sharp blades and a hungry dog by his side. If they are to survive, they must decide: are heroes born, or are they made? Or is something more powerful happening to them? And more importantly, how do you survive when all roads lead to death?

Now reading: Ryan C. Thomas | Salticidae (2013)

When the Beaudette mining company blows open a mountain deep in the Congo, they release something that puts man on the bottom of the food chain. Salticids, more commonly known as jumping spiders, mutated and enlarged to staggering sizes through millennia of underground chemical anomalies. With eight massive legs, eyes that can see 360 degree, and the ability to leap thousands of feet at once, there is no escaping these dangerous hunters. Which is a very bad thing for Janet Beaudette and her mining crew, now forced to escape into the mountain itself, all the while chased by these nightmares. The only way to escape is to make it down to the river below where they can be reached by helicopter, but first they must traverse the dangerous tunnels and pits, which are crawling with more giant spiders. Meanwhile, travel journalists Jack and Derek are also deep in the jungle writing a story about the Congo. Accompanied by a native guide with a dark past, they soon stumble onto a mystery involving giant webs and missing wildlife, only to realize they are being hunted. But of course the Congo holds many terrors, and giant spiders, horrendous as they are, are merely instinctual creatures. Even more dangerous is the Snake Man, who controls the Lost Boys. When this murdering, kidnapping, raping, black magic-practicing leader of the local militia hears that the Beaudette Mining Company is excavating mountains without his permission, he decides it’s time to teach Janet and her people a lesson in local politics. He won’t stop until he drinks their blood and wears their bones.

Now reading: Ryan C. Thomas | Salticidae (2013)

When the Beaudette mining company blows open a mountain deep in the Congo, they release something that puts man on the bottom of the food chain. Salticids, more commonly known as jumping spiders, mutated and enlarged to staggering sizes through millennia of underground chemical anomalies. With eight massive legs, eyes that can see 360 degree, and the ability to leap thousands of feet at once, there is no escaping these dangerous hunters.

Which is a very bad thing for Janet Beaudette and her mining crew, now forced to escape into the mountain itself, all the while chased by these nightmares. The only way to escape is to make it down to the river below where they can be reached by helicopter, but first they must traverse the dangerous tunnels and pits, which are crawling with more giant spiders.

Meanwhile, travel journalists Jack and Derek are also deep in the jungle writing a story about the Congo. Accompanied by a native guide with a dark past, they soon stumble onto a mystery involving giant webs and missing wildlife, only to realize they are being hunted.

But of course the Congo holds many terrors, and giant spiders, horrendous as they are, are merely instinctual creatures. Even more dangerous is the Snake Man, who controls the Lost Boys. When this murdering, kidnapping, raping, black magic-practicing leader of the local militia hears that the Beaudette Mining Company is excavating mountains without his permission, he decides it’s time to teach Janet and her people a lesson in local politics. He won’t stop until he drinks their blood and wears their bones.

Now reading: Michael Bray | Echoes (2014)

Seven years have passed… …since the fire at Hope House. Despite surviving, the lives of Steve and Melody Samson have changed for the worse. Steve has become a virtual recluse, while Melody is consumed by guilt, and sees in their son a constant reminder of the man Steve used to be. The town of Oakwell… …has become a tourist hotspot for paranormal enthusiasts, eager to learn more about the ‘Hope House Haunting’, becoming everything the residents of the once sleepy town fought so hard to prevent. Ambitious town councillor… …Henry Marshall has an idea to turn the unwanted attention on the town to his own advantage, by building a hotel on the site of Hope House. As construction begins… …the evil within Oakwell forest stirs. Influenced by the powerful Gogoku, Marshall becomes consumed with the need to draw Steve & Melody back to Oakwell, no matter the cost…

Now reading: Michael Bray | Echoes (2014)

Seven years have passed…
…since the fire at Hope House. Despite surviving, the lives of Steve and Melody Samson have changed for the worse. Steve has become a virtual recluse, while Melody is consumed by guilt, and sees in their son a constant reminder of the man Steve used to be.

The town of Oakwell…
…has become a tourist hotspot for paranormal enthusiasts, eager to learn more about the ‘Hope House Haunting’, becoming everything the residents of the once sleepy town fought so hard to prevent.

Ambitious town councillor…
…Henry Marshall has an idea to turn the unwanted attention on the town to his own advantage, by building a hotel on the site of Hope House.

As construction begins…
…the evil within Oakwell forest stirs. Influenced by the powerful Gogoku, Marshall becomes consumed with the need to draw Steve & Melody back to Oakwell, no matter the cost…

Ich sollte Sonntagmorgens nicht nach eBooks stöbern, da fehlt mir regelmäßig die eigentlich vernünftige Kaufhemmung…

Der ist aber auch wirklich klasse, der Inspector Carlyle. Weder beziehungsgestört noch Suff und/oder Drogen verfallen, keine dunkle Vergangenheit, die ihn verfolgt, sondern einfach nur ein Londoner Cop, der seinen Job macht. Der dabei nicht nur mit Gezücht und Gesindel im Untergrund, sondern erst recht in Politik und vorgesetzten Stellen zu kämpfen hat. Ganz fiese Pageturner sind das!

Now reading: Robert Sheckley | The Game of X: A Novel of Upmanship Espionage (1965)

From the very beginning of his career, Robert Sheckley was recognized by fans, reviewers and fellow authors as a master storyteller and the wittiest satirist working in the science fiction field. E-Reads is proud to re-publish his acclaimed body of work, with nearly thirty volumes of full-length fiction and short story collections, all with striking new covers. Rediscover—or discover for the first time—a master of science fiction who, according to the New York Times, was “a precursor to Douglas Adams.”Say “gesundheit” to the spy who came in from the cold & get set for the intrigue novel to end all. All secret agents need to look out for William Nye, now known as Agent X. His recruitment was simple and his legend is brilliant but un-earned. Somehow, he thinks he’s the best there is and we all know how pride goeth before a fall. The master of SF hilarity and biting social satire creates a spy world that has gathered praise from the greats of the genre.

Now reading: Robert Sheckley | The Game of X: A Novel of Upmanship Espionage (1965)

From the very beginning of his career, Robert Sheckley was recognized by fans, reviewers and fellow authors as a master storyteller and the wittiest satirist working in the science fiction field. E-Reads is proud to re-publish his acclaimed body of work, with nearly thirty volumes of full-length fiction and short story collections, all with striking new covers. Rediscover—or discover for the first time—a master of science fiction who, according to the New York Times, was “a precursor to Douglas Adams.”

Say “gesundheit” to the spy who came in from the cold & get set for the intrigue novel to end all. All secret agents need to look out for William Nye, now known as Agent X. His recruitment was simple and his legend is brilliant but un-earned. Somehow, he thinks he’s the best there is and we all know how pride goeth before a fall. The master of SF hilarity and biting social satire creates a spy world that has gathered praise from the greats of the genre.

Now reading: James Craig | London Calling (2011)

In the middle of a General Election, someone is targeting former members of the ultra-exclusive Merrion Club - youthful hedonists addicted to excess metamorphosed into pillars of the political establishment.
Next in the murderer’s sights is charismatic, ruthless Edgar Carlton, the man poised to be the next Prime Minister. But, with power almost in his grasp, Edgar will not stand idly by while his birthright is threatened.
When Inspector John Carlyle finds a body in a luxury London hotel room he begins a journey through the murky world of the British ruling classes which leads all the way to the top. Operating in a world where right and wrong don’t exist and the pursuit of power is everything, Carlyle has to find the killer before Carlton’s people take the matter into their own hands.

Now reading: James Craig | London Calling (2011)

In the middle of a General Election, someone is targeting former members of the ultra-exclusive Merrion Club - youthful hedonists addicted to excess metamorphosed into pillars of the political establishment.

Next in the murderer’s sights is charismatic, ruthless Edgar Carlton, the man poised to be the next Prime Minister. But, with power almost in his grasp, Edgar will not stand idly by while his birthright is threatened.

When Inspector John Carlyle finds a body in a luxury London hotel room he begins a journey through the murky world of the British ruling classes which leads all the way to the top. Operating in a world where right and wrong don’t exist and the pursuit of power is everything, Carlyle has to find the killer before Carlton’s people take the matter into their own hands.

Now reading: James Craig | The Enemy Within (2012)

Yorkshire, June 1984: War is raging between the police and striking mine workers. New recruit John Carlyle is sent up from London to man the picket lines. But when seventy-eight year old rose grower and political activist Beatrice Slater is found dead, the young constable’s tour of duty takes a dramatic turn. With the internal security service watching his every move, local police chief Rob Holt is under pressure to make a quick arrest. Carlyle finds himself drawn into a murder investigation that gets more complicated by the day. Was Slater’s death a robbery gone wrong? Or was she silenced because of her support for the strike?

Now reading: James Craig | The Enemy Within (2012)

Yorkshire, June 1984: War is raging between the police and striking mine workers. New recruit John Carlyle is sent up from London to man the picket lines. But when seventy-eight year old rose grower and political activist Beatrice Slater is found dead, the young constable’s tour of duty takes a dramatic turn. With the internal security service watching his every move, local police chief Rob Holt is under pressure to make a quick arrest. Carlyle finds himself drawn into a murder investigation that gets more complicated by the day. Was Slater’s death a robbery gone wrong? Or was she silenced because of her support for the strike?