Hell Holes: What Lurks Below Review by MJ Kobernus, Author of The Guardian: Blood in the Sand

Urban Fantasy? Science Fantasy? – 5 Stars

“A big surprise. Even though the premise is spelled out during the Prologue, what followed was consistently surprising, and constantly gripping. Furthermore, the underlying science that is described here is very well presented. Not overly didactic, but adding an interesting and useful dimension which helps add credibility to the story as a whole.

The book is short, which is probably my only gripe. I got ‘into’ it quickly, and I enjoyed my time in Firesmith’s world. I did not want to leave. Given that there appears to be more to follow, I have something to look forward to and will certainly keep an eye out for a sequel.

Urban Fantasy? Science Fantasy? I’m not sure how to label it. But whatever it is, I really got a kick out of it, and would happily come back for more. Recommended.”

MJ Kobernus

A Demon Bound (Imp Series – Book 1) by Debra Dunbar – 5 Stars

This is an interesting twist on the Angel/Demon dynamic. I really liked the idea of having a demon as the lead character and heroine. And the author did a great job of putting the reader into the head of the demon. And having the an uptight angel (who ordinarily would kill demons on sight) develop feelings for the demon was an interesting twist. (By the way, that definitely does not make this a romance novel). I look forward to reading many more books in this series.

The Guardian: Blood in the Sand by MJ Kobernus – 5 Stars

I recently read The Guardian: Blood in the Sand by Michael Kobernus. A historian researching the life of a semi-famous adventurer and thereby earn an assistant professorship enters an amazing world of djinn, witches, and the living memories of the man he studies. It is imaginative story-telling that leaves you wanting more. Koburnus does a great job weaving believable characters and plot twists into an exciting tale that will keep you hooked until the very end. He also masterfully writes one scene of such strong emotions that it will tug at your heart long after you’ve turned the final page. I for one am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, though this first book is so well-encapsulated that I have no idea where he will be going with the next one.

Unhappenings by Edward Aubry – 4 Stars

I just finished reading Unhappenings by Edward Aubry. Though definitely not a romance novel, this time-travel science fiction book is a love story, a tragedy, and the story of a man to whom things unhappen (i.e., the past changes and he seems to be the only one who notices). I think the best aspect of this book is its character development and the emotional attachment that you feel for the three main characters. Not to be a spoiler, but I think that one scene in the book is one of the saddest I have ever read. If you want a page-turner that will keep you enthralled to the very last word, this may well be the book for you. But be warned; this is not a “They lived happily ever after” fairy tale, no matter how much you might wish it to be.