Barry Reese

Pulp Writer Extraordinaire

Mat Nastos has reviewed the second book in the Lazarus Gray series, Die Glocke. Here’s what he had to say:

I am a fan of Reese’s work, having read a number of his “Rook” collections and the previous volume of “Lazarus Gray,” and generally like his style of writing, which is fairly straight forward action without a lot emotional bits bogging it down. “Die Glocke” was a little different than the previous books I’d read in that it only featured 2 stories, one of which took up most of the volume and was longer than anything else I’ve seen from Reese. Because of that – being used to a lot more stories in a Reese book – this “Die Glocke” felt very short to me.

The only downside for me (and the reason I’m giving it 4 stars instead of 5) is because of the second, much shorter story that starred the public domain character, Black Terror. It read very rushed and almost unfinished, like it was tossed in as an after thought or filler. However, the quality and fun of the main story more than made up for it.

“Die Glocke” is a great offering for fans of neo-pulp and readers of quick action stories. 4 out of 5 stars.

Thanks for the review, Mat! I’m glad you enjoyed Die Gocke — I wish you’d gotten as much enjoyment out of the second story. I’ve gotten pretty good feedback on the Black Terror/Lazarus Gray team-up so I’m surprised to see your comments. Of course, you can’t please everyone all of the time. The important thing is that you liked the book overall. Hopefully you’ll find volume 3 to be just as entertaining — and it will be another novel-length, plus short story.

One thought on “A New “Die Glocke” Review

  1. Mat Nastos says:

    Barry:

    I enjoyed the first volume, but really didn’t warm up to the characters. That changed for me in the second one. I loved the addition of the German and Abby…there’s a lot of potential with them in the mix. The main story was a lot of fun to read. The Black Terror back-up wasn’t bad, it just seemed like a lot was cut out (I know it wasn’t) – kind of like it was the synopsis of a longer story where a lot more happened.

    Also, my “felt very short to me” comment shouldn’t be taken as a bad thing. It’s just that when I got to the end of “Die Glocke,” I wanted more because I was used to getting more (although shorter) stories. I was definitely left wanting to read more Lazarus Gray adventures. Fun characters.

    For me, the most important thing is that I don’t feel like I wasted my time (or cash) reading your work — and I never have. While every story may not be a winner (again, for me), you’ve got a pretty high batting average in terms of quality.

    Can’t wait for more!

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