‘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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‘The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Vol 2’ Book Review By Ron Fortier – The ESO Broadcasting Network

The Adventures of Lazuras Gray Book Review By Ron FortierTHE ADVENTURES OF LAZARUS GRAY Vol 2 Die Glocke By Barry Reese Pro Se Press 169 pgs. This is the second collection of stories featuring the reborn hero, Lazarus Gray. A one time member of the all powerful secret cabal known as the Illuminati, Gray arrived in Sovereign City washing up on the morning tide with no memory of his past. Volume One told of his struggles to uncover that mystery at the same time introduced us to the amazing trio that would become his partners in Assistance Unlimited; lethal lovely Samantha Grace, former con-artist Morgan Watts and Korean martial […]

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‘Amazing! Astonishing! Weird!!’ Book Review By Ron Fortier – The ESO Broadcasting Network

AMAZING! ASTONISHING! WEIRD! Book Review By Ron FortierAMAZING! ASTONISHING! WEIRD! The Complete Pulp Covers Vol. 2 By Todd Frye Self-Published Mail@ToddFrye.Org Also available at Amazon. Having come to pulp fandom via the comic book route, we’ve always had a strong appreciation for the art of the pulps. From their being filled with beautifully rendered pen and ink illustrations to their dazzling, colorful covers. One of the real tragedies we learned long ago was how undervalued these covers were at the time they were created. It was not unusual for paintings to be trashed seconds after an issue had been published. Thus over the years the actual number […]

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