Review: The Crowman by Gareth Clegg

The Crowman

Author: Gareth Clegg

Published: July 1, 2020

Publisher: Twisted Fate Publishing

Format: eBook

Source: Author Request

In a dying world, one lone rider is the only hope for salvation.

Some say the world is shattered, that our way of life is dying. Our sun fills half the sky and the scorched lands struggle to provide enough to sustain us. Still, there has always been hope. But as that fiery red orb descends below the rocky skyline, then comes the shadow: Dark spirits hell-bent on destroying what’s left of humanity, as if we needed any help.

My name is Cheveyo Santiago. I cheated death as a child, but that trauma marked me, and now I sense the evil in others. So here I am, drawn like a moth to the flame. Though I carry a revolver, I’m no gunslinger, there are plenty faster on the draw than me. My real edge is knowledge.

Old family recipes passed down through the ages – the secrets to banish the shadow back to the hells that spawned it. Salt, Brimstone, Silver and Tallow shall be my weapons.

So, hear this, all creatures and spirits of evil. I know you. I see you. Prepare yourself for judgement.

The Crowman is the first novella in a Weird West / Supernatural Western Horror series from Amazon best selling author Gareth Clegg. 

Enter:  Cheveyo Santiago.  Badass, lone wolf. 

Read the synopsis!  What can you not love about this novella!  This has all the markings of great science fiction, great fantasy, and great western.  Sometimes authors can try to mash up too many genres, but I think this was done expertly!

Cheveyo Santiago is such a well written character!  Not only is he super cool, he’s also a survivor.  He is a banisher of spirits and he wants to protect the last shreds of human life in an effort to attain salvation.  Not only is Cheveyo well-written, the personality that is infused into his character is witty, sharp, and interesting!  I’ve recently stumbled into this genre and I have really enjoyed it so far! 

The setting is lush with a ton of descriptive prose provided by the author.  Sweeping backdrops of almost post-apocalyptic scenery.  Reminiscent of Fallout or Mad Max, but infused with so many details and interesting plot devices.  Also, I loved the typesetting and choices for the chapter images!  I’m a suck for a gunslinging magical adventure through a crazy landscape.  Fantastically Monster Hunter International blended with a pulpy western novel!  I can’t say anything more because this was so good!  Please give this a go and check out more from author Gareth Clegg!

Thank you to Gareth for asking me to review this novella!  I truly loved it and will be looking forward to more  from him!


Blog Tour: Five Before Rome by Gabriel Valjan with iRead Book Tours

Join us for this tour from July 7 to July 27, 2020!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Five Before Rome: 5 preludes to the Roma Series by Gabriel Valjan
Category:  Adult fiction 18 yrs +,  215 pages
Genre:  International Crime Thriller
Publisher:  Wild Goose Publishing
Release date:   June 2020
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M. There is violence (not graphic) and mention of child abuse by the clergy. There are 4 instances of the F-Word.

Book Description:

These five novellas precede Roma, Underground, the first novel in the Roma Series. Meet the five men, who form the team around Bianca, and learn about their personal history, their respective parts of Italy, and why they each have a stake in the fight against organized crime.

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This is my first venture into a book(s) by Gabriel Valjan.  Five Before Rome is a set of novellas that serve as a prequel to his Roma series!  I was delighted to learn so much history and interesting information!  I’ve been reading a smattering of adult thrillers recently and these novellas did not disappoint!  This is something that is trendy now, to release a book in a  series followed by a novella or series of novellas.  I am loving it!

This set of novellas follows five different men who make up five different facets of the Roma series!  Each is different and each new story takes the reader deeper into the world of the Roma series.  I love a classic mafia/gangster story, which is exactly what this is!  It’s got distinct “old world” family ties with the modern mob.  I really enjoyed learning about the history of each character, from Alessandro to Silvio, Isidore to Gennaro and finally to Dante.  The final narrative of the novellas takes all of the characters and combines them into a team, which was exceedingly fun!  I loved all of the pop culture references and nods to the American gangster movies.

These were incredibly entertaining and so fun to read!  There is so much world-building and character development here that I feel like I already know these characters going into the series.  They are funny, sharp, and well written!  The plot of the narratives goes quickly and I didn’t have trouble reading the entire set in one sitting.  Buckle up and get ready to read about the original gangsters!  Having finished Five Before Rome, I am ready to start the Roma series! 

Thank you to Gabriel Valjan and iRead  Book Tours for the opportunity to read and review this book!  I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Meet the Author:

Gabriel Valjan lives in Boston’s South End where he enjoys the local restaurants. When he isn’t appeasing Munchkin, his cat, with tuna, he documents the #dogsofsouthendboston on Instagram. His short stories have appeared online, in journals, and in several anthologies. Gabriel is the author of two series, Roma and Company Files, with Winter Goose Publishing. He was nominated for the Agatha Award for Best Historical Mystery for Company Files: 2. The Naming Game in 2020. Gabriel has been a finalist for the Fish Prize, shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, and received an Honorable Mention for the Nero Wolfe Black Orchid Novella Contest in 2018. Dirty Old Town, the first in the Shane Cleary series, was published in 2020 by Level Best Books. Gabriel attends crime fiction conferences, such as Bouchercon, Malice Domestic, and New England Crime Bake. He is a lifetime member of Sisters in Crime.

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Tour Schedule:

July 7 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
July 8 – Book Bustle – book review / giveaway
July 9 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
July 10 – Viviana MacKade – book spotlight / guest post/ giveaway
July 13 – Pen Possessed – book spotlight / giveaway
July 14 – T’s Stuff – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 15 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
July 16 – My Reading Journeys – book review / giveaway
July 16 – Books for Books – book spotlight
July 17 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
July 20 – I’m All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway
July 20 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
July 22 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
July 23 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
July 23 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
July 24 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview
July 24 – Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway
July 25 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
July 27 – Adventurous Jessy – book review / giveaway
July 27 – On My Bookshelf – book review / guest post / giveaway

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Review: Vanishing Point by Vanessa Robertson

Kate Carpenter is part of the high-stakes art game with a dangerous past and a promising future.  With her ex-boyfriend in jail for assaulting her, Kate is on the way to Belarus in pursuit of a priceless Van Gogh. 

I absolutely loved the story and Kate’s character development.  This novella is a fantastic introduction to the world of high-stakes art!  This is a novel series I am already anticipating! 

Vanishing Point is a brand new novella from Vanessa Robertson that is sure to be a hit!  I think I found my new favorite thriller series?  As a long time fan of badass ladies as spies, enforcers, bounty hunters, detectives, and other equally as hardcore professions, this is a character I am eager to learn more about! 

Vanessa Robertson is the author of Death Will Find Me, a 1920s crime novel set in Edinburgh and featuring a former spy, Tessa Kilpatrick.  This novel sound equally as exciting and is already on my to be read list! 

Subscribe to Vanessa’s newsletter for a special gift (free copy of Vanishing Point) here:  Vanessa Robertson’s Newsletter

Pick up a copy of Death Will Find Me here:  Death Will Find Me

Don’t forget to be on the lookout for Vanessa’s next Tessa Kilpatrick novel, out in 2020!

Thank you to our friends at Love Book Tours for the opportunity to review and boost Vanishing Point!