Guns of Perdition (The Armageddon Showdown Book 1) – A Review.

In one word – WOW.

So, here’s a book review. I don’t think I’ve ever done one of these, although maybe I should more often. Because sometimes I come across books that simply rock.

And this book has pretty much everything that rocks. Gunslingers, Indians, Shape Shifters, Demons, Booger Monsters, and Poker Hands.

Did I mention Biblical Prophesy as the book name implies? Should have… because the FOUR HORSEMEN of the APOCALYPSE are in this book! And they carry guns!

As for characters – First off, we’ve got Grace, the anti-heroine. She carries a pair of guns named Justice and Mercy, and isn’t afraid to put a bunch of holes in things that get in her way. She’s callous, hardened, and chasing after the Darksome Gunman who murdered her parents, leaves a stack of bodies everywhere he goes, and is more than he seems. Then we got Jessie. The poor, shy, naive, innocent kid that gets picked up at the beginning like a stray puppy and attempts to restore some humanity to Grace. The story is told from his point of view.

The closest thing this book reminds me of is the Dark Tower series by Stephen King, which I personally couldn’t read. Because the first time I ran into lobster people I thought it was so freaking weird that I put it down and never picked it back up. And honestly, Mr. Stephen “Aww screw it, it was ALIENS ALL ALONG!” King doesn’t do it for me anyways.

But Guns of Perdition – Yup. It rocked my eyeballs.

The plot twists are fantastic, and the final twist, oh man… The book was good, real good. But once you hit that final twist, it solidifies the book as one of my favorites. (Now I’m going to re-read it to apply what I know to see the trail of breadcrumbs I missed all along.)

The only con that I came across, is the lingo. The first couple of chapters tripped me up trying to adjust to it. But the story was good enough that I pressed on and I’m glad I did. Because it didn’t take to long to get used to the way the characters spoke and enjoyed the rest of the book.

If you need something to read, and love westerns and horror, I highly recommend Guns of Perdition.

A vote for Biden is a vote for…

Saw this on Instagram from a family member and it ticked me off.

Well here’s what I believe:

A vote for Biden is a vote for drag queen story time, cop killing, rioting, destruction of black communities, infanticide, and pedophilia.

And yes, I’m going to vote in the election.

For Trump.

How? How can I, a Christian, vote for a three times married, twice divorced, adulterous, woman mistreating dirt bag like Trump?

Easily:

First Week After Publishing – An After Action Report.

The response to my book going to print has been overwhelming and humbling.

Just, wow.

I don’t know exact sales numbers, and won’t for some time. But they seem phenomenal so far coming from a basic nobody-newbie author using a few internet forums and word of mouth.

For a cool example, my dad took a copy to read while waiting for his dental appointment and the dentist asked about it. After reading the back cover the guy was so intrigued that he snapped a picture of the front with his phone so he could order a copy after he fixed my old man’s teeth.

Then from the forums, people bought multiple copies for themselves and others. A couple people bought THREE COPIES EACH! Other folks wanted signed copies. Luckily, I’d ordered a stack of books for myself but the day I received them I had to sign and ship them all out the next morning. That’s crazy.

I’m kind of egotistical, but it’s humbling that people would actually want my autograph on something. All I can say in return is that I promise to try and make it big so these will be worth something one day.

And the reviews have already been rolling in. Slowly though, because Amazon is kind of weird… I’ve been told by people that they left a review, only for it to show up a few days later while others show up seemingly immediately. But that aside, it means people are opening my book, getting sucked into the story, and finishing it within a couple days.

Feedback like this is incredible. That was the goal all along, to tell a story that draws folks in, entertains them for hours, and leave them wanting more.

And I have more. The sequel is ready and waiting.

All I need are enough sales to convince the publisher to pick it up.

So buy more copies, send them to your friends and family. If they like dinosaurs and/or cowboys, I promise they’ll like this book because it’s got both. Tell them it’s a mix of John Wayne, Jurassic Park, and John Wick.

If you want a signed copy, shoot me a message using the Contact Page. They are $14 plus $3 for S&H. $17 total. If you want a message written in it, I can do that. If you want me to show off my amazingly lacking but still astonishing art skills, I can draw you a picture in the cover as well. Whatever. So long as you’re happy and you tell your friends about the book and leave an honest review on Amazon and/or Goodreads!

And FB reminded me via Memories, that Oct 5th was two years ago to the date that I posted on FB that I’d written a book. Yeah, it was a rough draft with a rough title, but it still counted. 🙂

How crazy that two years later I’m holding a finished copy in my hand.

Well, I would be holding it, if I had any left over from signing. :/

Anyways, here’s the link. Buy away!

EDIT – Amazon is now sold out. It looks like they won’t be shipping anymore until Oct 19th. That’s a pretty amazing feat! Thanks for all your support! (Oooh, it does look like Barnes&Noble has some copies still available though on their website!)

The Death of Terry Goodkind

I read his Sword of Truth series way back when in the early 2000’s until I caught up to where he was writing then pursued other books. Fast forward over 15 years, and a couple of months ago, I decided to start re-reading them as I’d heard much more had been written. So I started over with the first book, Wizard’s First Rule, and carried on from there. Now I’m on the 7th book, The Pillars of Creation.

Then, this weekend, I heard about his death. Man, what a shame. The guy was an amazing writer, sold something like 25 million books, and did it with a strong touch of Ayn Rand guiding his hand. The philosophical commentary he implemented into his writings was superb, especially about individual freedom.

Ok, yeah it also has a great love story and icky stuff like that. But there’s also some awesome BATTLES and of course, wisdom such as this:

“Cut. Once committed to the fight, cut. Everything else is secondary. Cut. That is your duty, your purpose, your hunger. There is no rule more important, no commitment that overrides that one. Cut. The lines are a portrayal of the dance. Cut from the void, not from bewilderment. Cut the enemy as quickly and directly as possible. Cut with certainty. Cut decisively, resolutely. Cut into his strength. Flow through the gap in his guard. Cut him. Cut him down utterly. Don’t allow him a breath. Crush him. Cut him without mercy to the depths of his spirit. It’s the balance of life: death. It is the dance with death.” – Faith of the Fallen.

I highly recommend reading his books. They are fantastic. (If a bit…. verbose in their descriptions.)

And for fun, here’s a few more great quotes:

“Charity, if you have the means, is a personal choice, but charity which is expected or compelled is simply a polite word for slavery.” – Pillars of Creation.

“Pity for the guilty is treason to the innocent.” – Faith of the Fallen.

“Not everyone is willing to embrace liberty; liberty requires not just effort, but risk. Some people choose to delude themselves and see their chains as protective armor.” – Chainfire.

“Wrong doing must be punished. If not, it will proliferate until anarchy wears the robes of tolerance and understanding.” – Blood of the Fold.

“If something is wrong, it matters not if a thousand men are for it; you must still oppose it. If something is just, no amount of popular outcry should stay you from your course.” – Naked Empire.

“Laugh all you want. I know my own worth and don’t need to prove it to someone who doesn’t know theirs.” – Faith of the Fallen.

“Culture carries no privilege to exist. Cultures do not have value simply because they are. Some cultures, the world is better off without.” – Soul of the Fire.

“Enemies,’ the wizard said, ‘are the price of honour.” – Debt of Bones.

Rest easy Terry Goodkind. You’ll be missed.