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Monday, May 20, 2013

Gideon Cain

Gideon Cain (Adventure)
Various Authors
Airship27 Cornerstone Books  
ISBN #978-193435743
Price $21.95
182 Pages
Rating 5-Stars

Gideon Cain is modeled after Robert E. Howard’s Solomon Kane. He is a 1600s Puritan, attempting to find and destroy the demon, Azazel. This volume contains seven stories by varied authors: The Girl In The Glass Coffin by Ian Watson; The Scrolls of Destiny by K.G. McAbee; The Shadow of The Valley of Death by David Wright; The Cave of Ssesaterus by Scott Harris; The House of The Witch by James Palmer; The Work of The Devil by Brian Zavitz; and The Red Flame of Death by Van Allen Plexico; plus a poem, Gideon Cain, by David Wright.

This was a nice production, well edited, and all the stories were highly enjoyable. In picking a favorite I was tied between The Scrolls of Destiny by K.G. McAbee and The Work of The Devil by Brian Zavitz. Actually, both had Krakens, a plus for any story. The winner was The Scrolls of Destiny by K.G. McAbee. But great stories all. The interior art by Rod Davis was also fantastic. Highly recommended.

Tom Johnson
Echoes Magazine

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