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Blog Tour Review | Johnny Lycan & The Anubis Disk by Wayne Turmel

Before I get started with this review, which I am terribly excited about,  I wanted to state that I was gifted a copy of the book to review and be part of this amazing tour.


Johnny Lycan & the Anubis Disk

Description

Johnny Lupul is riding high. He’s got a PI license, a concealed carry permit, his first big payday and a monster of a secret. After rescuing a bookie’s daughter from Russian mobsters, the newbie PI catches the attention of a rich, mysterious client.

At first, it’s easy money. After all, magic isn’t real and those “occult” objects have to be fakes. But while chasing an ancient relic, an obsessed enemy from his past emerges. Johnny learns that the world is much stranger—and more dangerous—than he ever suspected.

Malignant forces dwell in Egyptian artifacts, Romani superstition is fact, and being a werewolf may be the most normal thing he has to face on this case.

Purchase Links

Amazon (US): https://www.amazon.com

Indiebound (US): https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781684335763


What I Liked

One of the stand out things about this novel are the characters and the setting. I felt that while this is a fantasy novel, the way the characters carried themselves and how the settings were described felt like this was taking place in Chicago. The characters felt like actual people and the setting felt grounded, even with all of the fantasy elements. It managed a great balance between these two elements making this a wonderful example of urban fantasy. I normally don’t do well with urban fantasy, I am more of a high fantasy reader, but this really pulled me in.

Also, it is important to note Wayne Turmel writing is another high point of this novel. Everything in this novel was fast paced, but also very much to the point. I never felt like anything was pointless while reading this, which happens even to the best of writers. This just felt very cleanly written even with all of the adventures of our werewolf main character, Johnny. As I said earlier, urban fantasy isn’t really my thing, but this really pulled me in. The authors talent when it came to blending a modern urban setting with myths, legions and beliefs really set it apart.


What I Didn’t Like

Some things I would have enjoyed leaning more about, diving more into, but that just shows I just want more from the author. Which, I guess in a weird way is a compliment to this book. If you are left wanting more, it shows it is a thrilling fantasy.


Overall Thoughts

Overall, this was a wonderfully written urban fantasy mixed with a bit of PI work. The plot is constantly moving, but does not leave behind the characters or the readers. It was a wild ride and adventure that was an enjoyable to read. Not only did I enjoy the novel, I am curious to do a bit more research into the myths mentioned in this novel. I feel like if any of the things I mentioned or a part of the description interests you, you should give it a try.

4stars

About the Author: Wayne Turmel

Wayne Turmel

Wayne Turmel has been a stand-up comic, car salesman, business owner and now writes fiction to save what’s left of his sanity. Originally from a small town in Canada, Wayne now lives in Las Vegas.

After a career as a touring comedian, Wayne went into the corporate training world, eventually co-founding The Remote Work Institute. He’s the author of 7 non-fiction books including The Long-Distance Leader-Rules for Remarkable Remote Leadership, and The Long-Distance Teammate – Stay Engaged and Connected Working Anywhere.

Wayne’s short fiction has appeared in multiple outlets including Storgy, Twist in Time and e-Fiction. His pride and joy are his four novels. The first were prize-winning historical fiction, including The Count of the Sahara and the 2-part Lucca Le Pou stories, Acre’s Bastard, and Acre’s Orphans. His latest urban fantasy/ detective thriller, Johnny Lycan & the Anubis Disk is out in November of 2020.

He can be found on Twitter @Wturmel and online at his website, WayneTurmel.com

Online Links

Website: http://www.wayneturmel.com

Twitter: @Wturmel


Book Information

Publication Date: November 19, 2020

Publisher: Black Rose Writing

List Price: $18.95

ISBN: 978-1684335763

Pages: 227 pages

Genre: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy


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Book Review | Harlem Rhapsody by John Nuckel

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*Book given by the frolic blog tours in exchange for an honest review*

HarlemRhapsody-cover-flatDescription: In the days of prohibition and the Harlem Renaissance, Owney Madden, gangster and Cotton Club owner, has a plan to defeat the tyranny of Tammany Hall. He’ll whack mob kingpin Arnold Rothstein. Harlem Rhapsody follows this turbulent era (1927-1937), from Duke Ellington’s debut at the Cotton Club, to the unsolved murder of Rothstein, and the machinations of a secret organization, the Volunteers. Based on true events and real people (The Belle of Broadway; Titanic Thompson; Lucky Luciano) Harlem Rhapsody is the second book in The Volunteer series about Teddy Roosevelt’s band of men who, with financial assistance from J.P. Morgan and John Rockefeller, fight to take down corruption and Tammany Hall.

 


What I Liked

Before I get into this review, I just want to make sure you all know that Harlem Rhapsody is book two in The Volunteers book series. The first book in the series is called Drive by John M. Nuckel. I suggest you check that one out if this review sounds like something you might enjoy!

First and foremost, I loved how researched this book was. This book takes place during the prohibition era in the US, where alcohol consumption was against the law, unless you had a prescription. This book revolves around the corruption of the time period. Some of the themes include speakeasies, crooked cops and politicians, inequality, and organized crime. While reading this book, it was apparent that the author knew a lot about this time period as well as landmarks such as The Cotton Club, which I suggest you click through and learn more about. It is rare where an historical fiction leads me to research new topics and honestly, I felt the extra research added to my reading experience. Also, the references and appearances of historical figures is fun for someone who enjoys history.

As stated, this book showcases corruption during this time period. One of the things that stood out to me was the opening “scene” itself. It showed the political unease and “sneakiness” in not only the US, but also abroad. It showed how horribly people could have been treated. The corruption of the shown in this novel includes people in power being paid to look the other way, especially when it came to illegal alcohol consumption. Some even coming into the speakeasies themselves! But, this book took a look at those who were in charge, who ran the networks that fueled the illegal activities and how they were in a constant duel for power. This book really was filled with action and had a lot going on in it. It was interesting to see the inner workings of these “secret” organizations. I felt like I was reading the equivalent of a mob movie, which for me is good, because I have been on a true crime kick as of late.


What I Didn’t Like

The one fault that I found with this book was from time to time things dragged a bit, but I feel like that will not be the case for everyone. For me, when it did drag it was for a very short period of time.


Overall Thoughts

Overall, I felt like this was a really interesting historical fiction set in a very corrupt time period. If you like reading about the prohibition era, groups vying for power, corruption and even true crime I feel like this book might have something for you. Also, a nice bonus is the short chapters! I am a reader who cannot stop until they have reached the end of the chapter, so personally this was a huge plus!

4stars


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Book Information

Publication Date: December 20, 2019

Publisher:  Independently published

List Price: $11.99

ISBN: 978-1676954545

Pages: 220 pages


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