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As a twenty-year Army veteran, I served on the Korean DMZ under fire, as well as Vietnam. I have always been a voracious reader of many genres, and review books for numerous publishers. The main goal of PULP DEN is not only to showcase my books, but also to promote other writers and their books. I review Mystery, Science Fiction, Action and Adventure – and most everything Pulp. I do not read, review, or promote erotica, alternative lifestyle books, horror, vampire, zombies, or werewolves. Warning, if your idea of good writing is an over use of profanity, you will not get a good rating from me. Please keep that in mind. As a pulp magazine collector, I have complete runs of the major character pulps, and have read them all. I have been in pulp fandom since 1970, though a fan much longer. I publish my reviews on this Blog, Amazon, and in a print magazine I also write for. If anyone would be interested in reviewing any of my books, most can be found on Amazon – see the Link to Tom’s Books On Amazon. And contact me for pdf copies at fadingshadows40@gmail.com

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Eleven Days Thriller

Eleven Days (Thriller)
By Stav Sherez
Europa Editions www.europaeditions.com
ISBN #978-1609452254
Price $18.00
281 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

“Spellbinding And Difficult To Put Down.”

Detective Inspector Jack Carrigan and his partner Detective Constable Geneva Miller are handed a case that at first looks like an accidental fire, but Carrigan believes it was arson. Ten nuns were burned to death in their convent, The Sisters of Suffering. They were each seated around their dining table, and had not tried to escape. Why? An eleventh victim is discovered below, in a confession booth, also burned alive. It’s this final victim that intrigues Carrigan. There were only supposed to be the ten nuns, so who was the eleventh woman? Clues point their investigation to Peru, following the nun’s background where they fought for the rights of the poor, even if it required violence on their part. And in London, the investigation unravels their activity helping young girls escape prostitution ruled over by the Albanian gangsters. Was the fire accidental, or was it set, and if so, who would have killed these eleven women?

This was another well-written story, with a horrific background for a murder mystery. The evil that men do can prove more monstrous than any horror novel, and leaves the reader wondering if our civilization has truly sunk so low, or is this mere fiction? Mystery readers will find this novel truly spellbinding, and difficult to put down. And the characters memorable. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson

Detective Mystery Stories

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fight Card

FIGHT CARD UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2014

Greetings,
         We have a special treat for this month’s Fight Card release.  Fight Card: Bareknuckle Barbarian features a one-two punch of stories featuring Robert ‘Bob” E. Howard himself as the two-fisted hero of his own pulp tales.
         Award winning author Teel James Glenn writing as Jack Tunney gives life to the wonder of what adventures Bob Howard might have enjoyed had his life not ended so tragically early.
         Fight Card: Bareknuckle Barbarian sports a beautiful painted cover by Carl Yonder with text by David Foster.

FIGHT CARD: BAREKNUCKLE BARBARIAN

Can a poor Texan pulp writer survive the bare knuckle brutality of New York? Robert E. ‘Bob’ Howard is forced to find out when he stumbles upon an impromptu match in an alley on his first day in the Big Apple. From there, it is a trip to the circus and a confrontation with a gambling overlord climaxing in a bloody fight to the finish in a squared circle of death…all before landing on the shores of old Ireland, where he will face a strange and ancient danger in a very different circle of bare knuckle justice.
        Two fisted tales straight from the days of the pulp excitement, served with a side order of ‘what might have been’ fantasy, as Robert E. Howard – the writer who gave us Conan and Solomon Kane – lives his adventures himself.
        Pulp Award winning author Teel James Glenn writing as Jack Tunney takes the readers back to a time that never was for adventures that should have been!
         Amazon Link: http://tinyurl.com/ofahgnh
         As always, any mentions on your blogs or social networking sites are appreciated.
         Next month will feature a new Fight Card novel, The Guns of November, from Joseph Grant (The Last Round of Archie Mannis), which mixes boxing with historical characters involved in the Kennedy assassination.
         The Iron Fists of Ned Kelly will debut in November from Fight Card stalwart David Foster (King of the Outback, Rumble in the Jungle), taking us back into the bush with Australia’s favorite outlaw. This novel will feature a stunning cover from new Fight Card contributor Mike Fyles.
         Andrew Salmon (Fight Card Sherlock Holmes: Work Capitol) will be giving us a new Fight Card Sherlock Holmes tale to celebrate the holiday season.
         We also have upcoming books from Tim Tresslar, Jason Chirevas, David White Tommy Hancock, and others…
         David Foster is hard at work preparing those Fight Card tales not yet released as paperbacks for publication.  Your patience is appreciated.  We will get there.
         Until next month…
         Keep Punching!

 Paul

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Deceitful Truths

He created a legacy that no one could imagine...

Tarin has lost a week of her life. She doesn't know what happened but not long after she returns to work she is suspended from her job. Confused and pregnant, she quits and agrees to marry Stephen, only to be thrown into a whole new nightmare. Desperate, she grabs her son and moves across the country to get away from her abusive husband and to avoid her unforgiving father. Thrilled at getting the job at Knights Associates, where she'll help them solve cyber crimes but also be able to use their connections and resources to find her own answers. Who stole a week of her life? And will they return to steal the secret she is now protecting?
Graham and his partner Guy, can't keep up with the demand. They are being flooded with requests at Knights Associates, where they offer a combined service of private investigator and that of solving cyber crimes. It appears that someone wants to get their attention as not only have they been hacked but Guy's family business, Caspian Winery, seems to be under attack as well. Hiring an assistant seems to be the answer but when Graham discovers she's been accessing their high-security accounts, he realizes the cause of their predicament might be closer then he thought. Is their new assistant behind the problems they're having? If she's so innocent why does someone want to abduct her?
Tarin and Graham discover that although they don't trust each other, they are forced to work together to solve several seemingly unrelated crimes that may lead to one disastrous conclusion. Can they figure it all out before Tarin's nightmare plays out? An eighty-year-old woman pays with her life? Or before Tarin learns a truth that may seal her fate and be the one secret that will keep her and Graham apart as neither one of them may be able to forgive or forget...


Deceitful Truths (Mystery Thriller)
Caspian Wine Book Series #2
By Maggie Thom
Quadessence Solutions
BOOISY1JS2
Price $4.99
246 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

“Mystery And Suspense Brings The Story To A Boiling Climax.”

After Tarin Madsen Roth escapes from her abusive husband she applies for employment at Knights Associates, hoping to uncover her own mysterious past. Accessing their high-profile accounts throws suspicion on her, however. Someone is out to destroy Caspian Winery, and they are targeting Knights Associates to stop their investigation. Tarin is suspected of being involved.

Stuck with an abusive husband, and a son born out of a missing week in her life, there are questions in her past that she wants answered. These are all made clear from the beginning. Her mother is also estranged, and her father lies about her mother’s death. Nor does she know her grandfather. So many parts of her life are missing, and someone wants something from her. Is it her son? Why was she abducted, and who is the father of her child? And what has the mystery to do with the Caspian Winery? The first half of the book is a merry-go-round of twist and turns, keeping the reader in suspense. The characters keep the reader involved, and all the players start materializing by the halfway mark. The action picks up even more speed once Tarin becomes connected with Knights Associates, a computer investigative firm run by Guy Turner and Graham.

This second entry in the Caspian Wine Series contains mystery and suspense that brings the story to a boiling climax. But there’s a lot left untold in the series, and I can guarantee there will be more stories set in the Caspian Wine saga. What is Bill’s background? Who is Tarin’s mother? Who is Carol? What else will we learn about LJ? Stay tuned folks, there’s more to come. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson
Detective Mystery Stories



Excerpt:
She was so riveted by his demented plan, she couldn't move. With more force than she'd have expected from someone his age, he grabbed her arm and yanked her to her feet. She stumbled over her shoes, falling to her knees. When she realized it had pulled him off balance. She dropped flat onto the floor and rolled away from him. Having no idea where he was, only knowing that she was free, she raced to the door. Her fingers scraped over the doorknob as there was a loud bang and something whizzed by her ear. She dropped to the ground.
"Damn you. You'll pay for that. Where's my son?"


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Apocalypsis: Season One

Apocalypsis (Thriller)
Season One
By Mario Girodano
Bastei Entertainment
BOOBZ3BCNO
545 Pages
Price $5.99
Rating 4-Stars

“Interesting Story And Characters.”

Based on Catholic belief that in the end times the Anti-Christ will destroy the Holy City in Rome, Franz Laurenz (Pope John Paul III) resigns and goes into hiding knowing the prophesy is coming to pass, and the Apocalypse is upon the world. Peter Adam, a journalist with the Hamburg news magazine, and Loretta Hooper, a reporter with the Washington Post are searching for the missing Franz Laurenz to find out what is going on. People that may know what is happening are being murdered, and Peter Adam is dreaming about a bomb destroying the Holy City.

I received this as an ePub, and not sure if it was just Season 1, or how many seasons. However, it was extremely long with 93 (XCIII) chapters and an Epilogue. Season One has 545 pages, and Season Two has 482 pages. It must have been Season One, but it felt like both seasons. This was an interesting story, with interesting characters. Not being Catholic, maybe I didn’t understand a lot of the religious angle, but the story kept me involved even if it did move slowly. Perhaps the reason for this is that it was written as a serial, and the story is slowly being drawn out. I think it would read better if tightened, and released as a shorter novel instead of in serial format. Still, end of the world enthusiasts should enjoy this thriller set in Rome during the last days.

Tom Johnson
Detective Mystery Stories