Month: May 2016

The 5-Star Reviews Keep Coming!

Joe Simon posted a new review of GOTTERDAMMERUNG on Amazon.com and he gave it a rousing 5 stars! Here’s what he had to say:

The previous positive reviews are excellent for those who have already been introduced to Barry’s Sovereign storyverse. I have read many of the stories from Sovereign and waited in anticipation for Götterdämmerung. As others have stated, well worth the wait.

What of those who are new to Barry’s stories, what might you think of Götterdämmerung?

Think: Dark super heroic adventures with a diverse and memorable cast of heroes and villains recalling both the past in being set in the past with World War 2 and pulp fiction writing ala a modern convention (or new pulp). While recalling the past, Barry always adds unique twists to everything he touches. Think of it more as starting in something that starts out familiar but turns into something far more interesting the farther you go.

While true,The majority of the cast has seen many adventures before Götterdämmerung, you can read the epic story without concern of being lost. Barry does a great job in making everything work for everyone who reads the story.

More so, Götterdämmerung fits in with the idea of a company wide mini-series that promises and delivers on change. After all isn’t that, in essence, what a story is! Change has to occur for a story to be a true story.

Better yet, Götterdämmerung succeeds with the concept of a universe changing crossover epic where many others fail. The trick that Barry pulls off is not only writing a universe changing crossover story and succeeding at doing so, he does it in a way that can be a starting on point for new readers while rewarding old readers. Knowing the characters previous stories, old readers will excite at developments that occur during the story and at it’s close. Its a win-win situation while both new and old readers will look forward to where this story is leads to.

Read the preview and other reviews and if what they say is something you are inclined to enjoy, you will.

Götterdämmerung serves as a great book to introduce to the Sovereign universe. As I mentioned before, if you are new to the series, to enjoy the story, you won’t need to search out the other adventures of the heroes featured in the book like Lazarus Gray, the Peregrine and the Gravedigger, you’ll want to. Which is perfect, the search of those tales and what you will find will hold you over until the upcoming books are released (which promises to be just as exciting and unpredictable as everything before it!)

Enjoy!

Thank you, Joe! I definitely wanted to make the book accessible to new readers and I’m glad you thought that effort will pay off for others. 

Another 5-Star Review!

black_terror_01_smallOur old friend Raven has reviewed Gotterdammerung and he gave it a full 5-stars at Amazon! Here’s what he had to say:

Evil such as the world has seldom seen strikes without warning. Adolph Hitler’s Occult Forces Project, overseen by Heinrich Himmler has succeeded in raising two beings that they cannot hope to control.

Darhoth, the Mother of Pus is the child of Shub-Niggurath, the Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young—one of the Great Old Ones. With her comes her servant, Vulthar, the Dark and Formless. The two possess the bodies of two members of an expedition to find Valhalla—a search that goes horribly wrong!

Now the Third Reich and the Cthulhu Mythos creatures join into one unstoppable force. But not if The Peregrine, The Gravedigger, and Lazarus Gray have anything to say about it! The heroes join forces, along with The Dark Gentleman and Andre Thierry. Thierry’s time as the Catalyst is technically over, but a new Catalyst has not yet been chosen, and Andre can still pack a wallop!

The battle will be fought on several fronts: Sovereign City. Washington, DC. Berlin. Hy-Brazil. What price will the world have to pay in this clash of Titans?

There are several things I have come to expect from Barry Reese. The first thing is non-stop action. The book starts much like the striking of a match just prior to tossing it into a flammable liquid. Just a touch and the fire explodes into life growing rapidly and engulfing everything. The story begins with a bang and grows until the final climax bursts into fireworks above a world forever changed.

The second thing is colorful heroes and sometimes even more colorful villains. Both are served up here with relish. Barry’s own creations join forces with such heroes as Black Bat, Black Terror, Doc Daye, Fortune McCall, The Heap, and many more. The villains are just as colorful. The Mother of Pus and Vulthar, two servants of the Elder Gods, are joined by Mr. Death, whom I would describe as a mix of Baron Samedi, the Grim Reaper, and the Joker from DC Comics.

The last thing I have learned to expect is to expect the unexpected. I will admit that this one took me totally by surprise. I don’t believe any reader will be really prepared for the twists in this story. You are going to love it!

I give this book five stars plus!

Quoth the Raven…

Thanks, Raven! I always appreciate what you have to say – Mr. Death really seems to have struck a chord with the fans and I’m glad to say that he plays a role in the sixth volume of the Lazarus Gray series, coming out later year!