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Where Heroes reside. Where Good always triumphs over Evil. 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. I do not join groups like Linkedin, Grouply, Grammarly, or other communities, so please, no invitations. 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

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Ammonite Planets Omnibus


Ammonite Planets Omnibus (YA SF)
Books 1 thru 3
By Gillian Andrews
Kindle Exclusive
BOOM7108QM
816 Pages
Price $6.99
Rating 4-Stars

This was an interesting science fiction adventure, containing the first three (of seven) novels in the Ammonite Galaxy series: VALHAI, KWAIDE, and XIANTHA. There are many characters introduced in the stories, but basically we follow teenagers, Six, Diva, and Grace. I read the pdf format of 816 pages, but the books would contain about a thousand pages.
VALHAI begins the series. Basically, children are being selected for an experiment/education on another planet (Valhai), and no one really knows why, but they think it is a family honor to be included. Unfortunately, the children discover the truth. Their reproductive systems are being harvested, and when they are no longer needed, they are killed. There is an entity in the lake where this is happening that awakens, and is disturbed by the murders. It wants to help stop the killing. Six and Diva, one a no-name, the other from a ruling family, clash at first, but then become partners in a daring escape, engineered by Grace, a teenage girl on Valhai and the entity they call Argon from the lake. This is their story of escape and survival.
Book #2, KWAIDE, takes off from there. The teenagers instigate a revolt on Kwaide, while Argon demands recognition from the planet Valhai as a higher intellectual species. When the ruler of Valhai sends space ships with nuclear rockets to kill the rebels on Kwaide, Argon helps the teenagers destroy the nukes without killing people. In the meantime, a new sentient from an unknown star has arrived, and uses a robot camera to meet Argon.
Book #3, XIANTHA.  Diva wished to go to Xiantha to see what has become of the children birthed through her reproductive system. First, though Arcon wished to travel to Pictoria, which he believes is where he originated. There they do find amorths that may be related to him. Stopping on Xiantha on their return they find another species that may be related to him, but also a lot of trouble as Grace’s brother and the ex ruler of Valhai want her dead, and have planned for her demise.
The three stories were a lot of fun. There is no sex or profanity, which I find refreshing. The author has good imagination, and the stories move well. The only problem I found with the series is the dialogue. We are on other worlds, light years in space, and possibly far in the future, yet the dialogue is that of teenagers at the malls on present-day Earth. Even the astrological alignment appears the same as here and now. And I felt like I was reading Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys in space. But considering my age, and growing up reading the great authors of the 20th century, I think today’s teenagers 14 to 18 will find the stories a treat. I highly recommend this series to young adults.

Tom Johnson

Author of WORLDS OF TOMORROW

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Tales of Masks & Mayhem V#4

Tales of Masks & Mayhem V#4, edited by Ginger Johnson. Contract ends in January, and will not be renewed.  If you’ve missed this 4th and final volume, now is the time to order it before it’s gone forever. Continuing in a great tradition, five stories in pulp action, adventure, and thrills are included in this anthology! “The Hooded Hunter” by Max Scarlatti, “Prophet of Peril” (a Masked Avenger story) by Lamont Wentworth, a new Crimson Mask story, “The Crimson Mask’s Justice” by Frank Johnson, Doc Atlas returns in “His Master’s Voice” by Michael A. Black and Ray Lovato, and Tom Johnson’s Black Cat story, “Partners In Crime” rounds out the issue. With a great cover by Matt Lovato. If you like PULP this is the place to be! Order it on Kindle or paperback here http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Masks-Mayhem-Tom-Johnson/dp/1937769119/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1419098650&sr=1-8


Friday, December 19, 2014

Animal Future

Animal Future

In a near-future Southern California full of mentally-enhanced animals, three unlikely companions— a Vietnamese-American policewoman, a well-dressed chimpanzee, and a fast-talking spy— find they have no choice but to combine their talents in order to stay alive. While being hunted by fanged assassins, corrupt officers, and some chillingly methodical robot snakes, the trio investigates what turns out to be a terrorist plot masterminded by unknown foreign interests.
This exciting, irresistibly quirky novel of action, comedy, and ideas features a remarkable cast of supporting characters, including a motel desk clerk with a prehensile tail, a poker-playing bison, an Aztec riflewoman, the irrepressible ferrets Larry and Leroy, and a large number of pandas in Bermuda shorts.
Since the mysterious Elevation began, San Diego has become the main port of entry for a flood of newly-intelligent animal species hoping for a better life in the United States. Interacting with these Provisional Citizens is just part of the job for Tactical Assault Officer Autumn Winn, of the White Knights police/security agency. Her more pressing problems usually involve dealing with her obnoxious supervisor and struggling to convince her Americanized family that their Vietnamese cultural heritage is worth preserving.
Autumn's life takes a bizarre turn, however, when she and her partner enter a tailor shop in search of an elusive animal rights activist. Instead, they meet a team of black-clad intruders armed with machine guns. After a furious gunfight, the intruders kidnap the wife of Mr. Brian, the immigrant chimpanzee owner of the tailor shop, arousing his determination to do whatever it takes to rescue her— even if it means taking off his cufflinks.
However, Autumn has a harder time getting along with handsome secret agent Mack Davis, a customer at the tailor shop who realizes the kidnappers have accidentally scooped up something he can't live without. To get it back, he is suddenly forced to rely on his new-found friends and his quick wit. At the same time, he must draw on his underworld contacts to learn the truth about the peculiar jade figurine he was smuggling in from Singapore for his old girlfriend, so that he can have a candlelight dinner with her without being ambushed by foxes with machetes.
Together Autumn, Brian, and Mack hide out in the San Diego Zoo; get into a Western-style gunfight in Old Town; visit the secret lair of a deranged intelligence broker whose fur could use a little brushing; and join a daring raid on the former UCSD Geisel Library building at the University of California, San Diego. Along the way they learn from each other new perspectives on life, culture, true love, tolerance, respect, and the importance of keeping your 9mm automatic pistol well oiled.
Depending on your species, you'll laugh, growl, purr, and/or think deep thoughts when you read this captivating adventure thriller for readers from YA to adult.

Animal Future (Futuristic YA/Adult SF)
By Robert & Darrin McGraw
Mondrian Books
ASIN #BOOPZL4OWS
300 Pages
Price $4.99
Rating 5-Stars

“Tongue-In-Cheek Thrills Every Page!”

When Officer Autumn Winn and her partner, Sergeant Carter enters a local chimpanzee-owned tailor shop after stopping for donuts near by, things go suddenly awry. While they’re checking IDs, baboons drop through the skylight and a gun battle ensues. The young wife of the tailor is abducted, and Sergeant Carter killed. Autumn doesn’t trust the customer, Mack Davis, but wants to help Brian, the chimpanzee tailor find his wife. Mack thinks it was a White Knight PoliSec operation in the first place, and since Officer Winn is a White Knight, well maybe they were trying to get rid of her and Carter. Winn sends a signal that she and her companions are crossing to another building, and then a missile destroys the building they were heading for, so now they are on the run.

This was a fun and unique adventure with all the packaging of a thriller aimed at YA and adult readers, but with a bit of tongue-in-cheek to keep the story from being too serious. It loosely shows our prejudice against those different from ourselves. Since animals suddenly became intelligent, the world has experienced a new flood of immigration – by sentient animals. In fact, the boss of the underworld is a genius cat in need of his fur brushed. The story flows easily, and the action is fierce. Readers of SF, mystery, or thrillers, will enjoy this yarn, and no matter what your age, it will leave you with a smile. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson

Detective Mystery Stories

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Unshakable Pursuit Review

Unshakable Pursuit (Romantic Suspense)
By Camy Tang
Kindle ASIN #BOOPHLAGAG
156 Pages
Price $0.99
Rating 5-Stars

"An Exciting Action Romance Thriller."

Doctor Geoffrey Whelan still feels survivor’s guilt after his grandmother and cousin were killed in the Japan tsunami. Now he's back in Sonoma to help his family. A mysterious young woman warns him that he and nurse Maylin Kinley are in mortal danger, however, throwing him and the nurse in close contact.
Asian hit men attack the clinic and they are forced to run for their lives. Now they must race to figure out how the threat is connected to a young teenager whose life they saved--before everyone they love is caught in the crossfire.

For a romantic suspense, this novel is filled with lots of action. Dr. Whelan is trained in mixed martial arts, and gives back as good as he gets. Both Geoffrey Whelan and Nurse Kinley are Christians, but are conflicted in their faith because of past circumstances. I laughed when Nurse Kinley finds herself in a captive situation, and thought it wasn’t as easy to escape as it looks in movies. The author is a Christian, and she shows us that Christians can also write good action yarns, as well as a fun romantic adventure. Highly recommended.

Ginger Johnson
Detective Mystery Stories

Monday, December 15, 2014

Unshakable Pursuit by Camy Tang

Unshakeable Pursuit by Camy Tang

Blurb

Doctor Geoffrey Whelan was in Japan when the tsunami hit, killing his cousin and grandmother. He has worked in medical missions for years to assuage his survivor’s guilt, and now that he’s back in Sonoma to help his family, he can’t figure out why he still feels so wounded and God feels so far away.
Then a mysterious young woman warns him that he and nurse Maylin Kinley are in mortal danger.
Maylin notices that Geoffrey is not the same arrogant doctor she met years ago in Los Angeles. Now that they are working together again in a clinic in Sonoma, she fights her attraction towards him because his confident, forceful personality reminds her too much of her abusive ex-boyfriend, who called himself a Christian. 
She has been steering clear of her handsome coworker—until Asian hit men attack the clinic and they are forced to run for their lives. Now they must race to figure out how the threat is connected to a young teenager whose life they saved—before everyone they love is caught in the crossfire.

** In Unshakeable Pursuit, those of you who have read Stalker in the Shadows will find out what happened to Monica and her Free Children's Clinic, and Liam, whom readers met in Narrow Escape, also makes an appearance. Look for Liam's story in Treacherous Intent, coming in December!

Excerpt

At that moment, one of the triage nurses, Felicity, appeared in the doorway to the break room. “Oh, good, you’re both here.” She lowered her voice. “There are two FBI agents who want to speak to the two of you.”
Maylin was so shocked she couldn’t speak for a moment, just staring at Felicity. Then she glanced at Geoffrey, who looked as confounded as she felt.
He asked Felicity, “Did they say what they want?”
She shook her head. “They seem pretty impatient. I put them in your office, Doctor.”
Geoffrey looked as if he wanted to ask her more, but Felicity was jiggling her foot, and Maylin remembered she was the only triage nurse on duty today. “Thanks, Felicity.” Maylin stood. “We’ll meet them there.”
Felicity nodded and hurried away.
Maylin’s stomach curled as she followed Geoffrey to his office. She’d spoken to some of the Sonoma policemen, but never to the FBI. Now, the girl’s words to Geoffrey about them seemed more ominous. But maybe the agents could clear up what was going on.
The two men seemed to fill the small office, with their broad shoulders and dark suits. They were the same Asian men in suits whom she’d seen talking to the policeman outside the clinic just a few minutes ago. But something about the way they stood seemed … rumpled. More casual than she’d have expected from FBI agents. Or maybe she had watched too much TV? But even the policemen who came to the clinic on special cases carried themselves with more uprightness. These agents seemed to almost slouch.
They both flashed their badges. The taller of the two said, “Geoffrey Whelan and Maylin Kinley?” He had a strong Chinese accent.
Maylin’s shoulders tightened. Her mom was from Hong Kong, and Maylin was almost positive the accent was Cantonese.
“What’s this about?” Geoffrey’s voice had a tightness to it. Perhaps he also could sense there was something odd here.
“You come with us. We have a urgent matter to talk about.”
Definitely Cantonese. FBI agents were supposed to be American citizens. If he’d earned his citizenship, would he still speak in such broken English? No, there was something wrong here. Should she just outright accuse them of posing as FBI agents? She looked to Geoffrey. He already seemed to sense something was not right, but he also seemed to be sizing up the strength of the two men.
“Why can’t you talk to us here?” Geoffrey said.
“Sir, it’s private topic.”
Geoffrey shook his head. “I’m the only doctor on call today. I can’t just leave.”
Without warning, the large agent attacked Geoffrey, slamming his head against the wall with a dull thud. Geoffrey crumpled to the floor and didn’t move.
Maylin was too shocked to scream. When she moved toward him, the shorter agent grabbed her arm in a painful grip.
He snarled at her, “You come with us now.”

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