‘The Will to Kill’ Book Review By Ron Fortier – The ESO Network

The Will to Kill Book Review By Ron FortierTHE WILL TO KILL (The Lost Mike Hammer Mystery) By Mickey Spillane & Max Allan Collins Titan Books 230 pages The release of yet another “lost” Mike Hammer novel by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins is always a cause for celebration among mystery lovers. In this case, Hammer discovers the partial remains of a corpse floating on a chunk of ice in the Hudson River. A quick investigation determines the dead man was the butler of a one time cop turned millionaire inventor who also died via mysterious circumstances. Thing is, this retired copper was a friend of Homicide […]

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‘Search for the Beast’ Book Review by Ron Fortier – The ESO Network

Search for the Beast Book Review By Ron FortierSEARCH FOR THE BEAST By Derrick Ferguson Based on the screenplay by Rick Montana Pro Se Press 169 pages This is a book we’ve been most anxious to get our hands on for multiple reasons. So here’s a question for all of you. What do you get when you adapt an hour long B horror movie into a full length novel? Well, if the writer chosen to do the novelization is competent, you’ll most likely get an okay prose version of the flick. Whereas if your writer is one of the finest, most capable authors in New Pulp today, what […]

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‘Envy The Dead’ Book Review By Ron Fortier – The ESO Broadcasting Network

Envy The DeadENVY THE DEAD By Robert Randisi Down & Out Books 273 pgs Sangster was one of the best killers in the death-dealing business until one day he woke to discover he had a soul. Translate to conscience and because of that unexpected epiphany, he retired immediately. Now, one of his few friends aware of his old career, Catholic priest Father Patrick, comes to Sangster looking for help. Years earlier, while assigned to a parish in Philadelphia, a young twelve year old altar boy committed suicide after claiming he had been abused by a priest. Father Patrick swore he was not […]

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‘Bootlegger’ Book Review By Ron Fortier – The ESO Broadcasting Network

BOOTLEGGER (An Isaac Bell Adventure) By Justin Scott with Clive Cussler Berkley Novel 435 pgs This is the sixth Isaac Bell thriller from writer Justin Scott. For the record, Clive Cussler created the characters and set up for the series in his book, “The Chase,” then handed it off to the Scott to continue. Which in our opinion is both genius and bothersome. Genius because Justin Scott is an amazing writer, bothersome in that for purely promotion purposes, the publishers always slap Cussler’s name over these books in a giant font with Scott’s shrunk down to near invisibility beneath it. […]

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‘The Winter Family’ Book Review By Ron Fortier – The ESO Broadcasting Network

The Winter Family Book Review By Ron FortierTHE WINTER FAMILY By Clifford Jackman Doubleday 329 pgs Any reviewer will tell you, the real joy of this job is being surprised by a new writer who puts forth something radically different from anything you’ve ever read before. Now we’ve read our share of western titles from traditional pulp oaters to the more sophisticated noir tempered offerings of the 70s and 80s. But none of them prepared us for Clifford Jackman’s “The Winter Family.” Imagine the history of the post Civil War era 1864 to 1900 as told through the eyes of Sam Peckinpah’s Wild Bunch. If you can […]

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