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Vote 12 Blackwater by Neal F Litherland A spec ops commando on a mission to escue a girl in a misty seaside town from Esoteric Order of Dagon cultists and the sea creatures they worshipA lovecraftian action packed pastiche with a few good momentsLittle Johnny Jump Up by Christine Morgan When Soldiers in an artillery detachment start seeing a kid previously trampled and killed by panicked mules they became accustomed to it and the boy becames a mascot of sortsEssentially Casper the friendly ghost on a Civil War battlefield but it was a touching and deliciously creepy taleCovert Genesis by Brian W Taylor A Delta Force suad on a mission to ecover and epair a downed C 17 is hit by something and falls down from sky too Sgt Watkins finds himself fighting for his life against alien worms taking over people s brains and turning them into screaming blu eyed mind controlled freaksA nice gory action packed story but it was like eading first chapter of a longer taleBug Hunt A Joe Ledger Adventure by Jonathan Maberry 12Predator meets X Fikes when spec op Joe Ledger and his team are caught between serbian mercenaries looking for a bioweapon and giant spiders from outer space or mars if you are a David Bowie s fanA not bad at all novella and it eminded me I purchased a Joe Ledger book years ago that s waiting to be ead somewhere on my library s bookshelvesSpecial Operations Interview PTO 14 by Wayland Smith A nice tale about american and japanese soldiers against Oni on a Pacific island in WWII if you are an anime and japanese folklore fanCold War Gothic by Weston Ochse A nice supernatural Cold War tale set in 69 San Francisco with spies ghosts and vampire gheishasNot bad at all and the Box Man was a deliciously creepy character but I m not too much a fan of first person pov narrative storyline was far from interesting and in the end Special Unit 77 was just another Hellboy s BPRD or Brian Lumley s E Branch from Necroscope sagaMaking Waves by Curtis C Chen Submarine USS Bowfine s mission to wake up a kaiju and unleash it against Japan ends with two Elder Gods destroying Hiroshima and NagasakiA funny little gem of an alternative history tale and the setting with magic using people and lovecraftian monsters eminded me a lot the Cast a Deadly Spell 1991 movie a fan favourite of mineThe Fossil by Greig Beck A nice tale spanning from pre history to the future with neanderthals time travellers little people and men in black with an hilarious Predator easter egg in the ending Sooner or later have to ead its expanded version later eleased from the author as a stand alone novellaA Tide of Flesh by Jeff Hewitt Historical fiction meets zombie apocalypse genre in an action packed gory tale about british soldiers on garrison in colonial India defending a fort against waves of walking dead corpses monkeys tigers and elephantsAlmost five bloody stars for me but the feeling of eading someting like an extract from a longer novel was a eal disappointing oneDeath at 900 Meters by Tyson Mauermann American Sniper meets 30 Days of Night when an american snipers team chasing their kill ecord in Ira clashes against some vampiresNo twists and characters needed fleshing but it was not bad at allHolding the Line by Eric S Brown Three men in a National Guard unit fight for their live in a Sasuatch Apocalypse when swarms of no hidden Bigfoot Bigfeet declare war against humanityLoved the gory ending but this was probably the shortest and weakest tale collected in this anthologyThela Hun Gingeet by David Benton and WD Gagliani Green berets jungle combat trained Bushmasters team is looking for missing soldiers and Charlie s nests along the border between Laos and Thailand They end finding oit something better left hiddenEssentially a mix of Predator Jacob s Ladder a d Groundhog Day with asian ghosts and a strong lovecraftian vibeThe Shrine by David W Amendola A Nazi German Panzer division and some SS scavenging inside an old ussian church end up awakening an elder lovecraftian thing fallen from stars One of best stories collected in this anthologyPtearing All Before Us by Steve Ruthenbeck 12A party of US cavalrymen hunting Indians Native Americans ends up meeting a creature out of mythA not bad weird western tale but spoilering the monster s identity in the title was not a good move at allA Time of Blood by Kirsten Cross Her Majesty s Bravo Unit of Parachute Regiment Pathfinders is having a night training on Salisbury Plain but things go not as planned and they end up awakening an angry god slumbering and starving for slaughterA creepy bloody short gem Blank White Page Songs in the Key of White by James A Moore A soldiers versus apaches fight blows in full age around Silver Springs town in Colorado because ofa bunch of US cavalrymen trying to have their fun with some unwilling suaws and their officer cl. War is hell Soldiers fight to survive They fight each other and they fight the demons inside Sometimes they fight eal monsters This book collects stories of
Osing an eye a couple of pale iders enter the frey bringing death with themWeird western at its best with gunshots Indian Wars a secret conflict between Skinwalkers and a sorcerer wiho can speak with ghosts Former undertaker Lucas Slate an albino turning into something monstrous and his pard Jonathan Crowley an immortal sorcerer talking with dead people and drawing his powers from supernatural beings are an hell of a duo and I just have to ead about them as soon as possible I won t ate this as I am the publisher but damn there are some great stories in here Military fiction of any sort is not eally my go to whatever the genre it is part of I find that very little of it is of the standard of The Forever War or Life During Wartime or the Regeneration trilogy It s far too often war porn all about the deadly toys and full of characters from a bad John Wayne movie However I m glad I joined in with the group Space Spells Screams monthly ead of SNAFU Blackwater by Neal F Litherland is a great opener wonderful cinematic action and I m a sucker for decently written Lovecraftian horror I thought the ending a little hysterical after the tension and emotion of the escapeI loved Little Johnny Jump Up by Christine Morgan I thought it gave a lovely insight into both the American Civil War and the soldiers mindset of superstition and an acceptance that any success or survival today may have to be paid in full tomorrow uite affectingSaying I hated Brian W Taylor s Covert Genesis would be putting it too strongly but I thought it was pretty terrible Awful cliched dialogue and generally badly written Everything that makes me so often avoid military fictionBack on form with Bug Hunt from the editor Jonathan Maberry a great little action story tightly written with eally strong characters I ll definitely be looking up the est of the Joe Ledger series One slight annoyance is that Maberry misuses some weapon terminology a soldier would not call an AK47 a machine gun it s an assault ifle or just a ifle and he uses small arms fire to efer to pistols as though it s the opposite of long arms almost anything that isn t a heavy weapon is a small arm A minor uibble but an author should get the professional terms correct and it s easy to esearch As someone else pointed out spiders are also eferred to as insects but I can let that go as it was said by a characterI liked Wayand Smith s Special Operations Interview PTO 14 but I m not sure it counts as a fully ealised story a vignette I m a table top oleplayer and this is the kind of thing you might have in a character s background to flesh them outSpeaking of my hobby Cold War Gothic by Weston Ochse is ight in my wheelhouse A super secret military unit battling both the Soviet threat and the incursion of monsters from other dimensions Sounds like my kind of party I ve got a Weston Ochse collection and some stories in anthologies on my Kindle mostly from Humble Bundle I think so must look them upI eally enjoyed Curtis C Chen s Making Waves both the Mythos yumminess of ealising the Things they are about to wake aren t what they d thought and the hint of the wider world of military magic Also the protagonist hiding her gender although I m not sure she d be able to get away with that on a sub even with the glamourGreig Beck s The Fossil was a fun one pitting a ecovery team from the far future against an anti intrusion Special Forces team in Berlin when they are sent to ecover an energy weapon A fun action packed cross time tale A Tide of Flesh from Jeff Hewitt was excellent possibly the only story in the book other than Little Johnny Jump Up so far that is about than just the story dealing as it is with the atrocities of colonialism as a British garrison in the Indian Raj defend a fort from horrorWhat is not to love about a Delta Force commando team in Ira unexpectedly coming up against some vampires Death at 900 Metres by Tyson Mauermann checks that boxAfter a un of generally high uality the collection takes a dip for a while Holding the Line by Eric S Brown a thoroughly forgettable war story Thela Hun Gingeet by David Benton WD Gagliani a potentially interesting tale of a US military action SE Asia that isn t well written enough to go anywhere The Shrine by David W Amendola started off by thoroughly annoying me as the author is doing that teenaged boy thing of showing off his knowledge or esearch by giving every piece of euipment its correct nomenclature We don t need the specs of every vehicle in the convoy or be told the model of adio being used Slogging through that however this actually became a decent little horror story Ptearing All Before Us by Steve Ruthenback is a solid tale of some US soldiers in the Indian Wars encountering something weird the nature of which is unfortunately given away by the titleKirsten Cross s A Time of. Ncient myths time travelers horrors in the old west and the soldiers who fight them Featuring some of the best writers working in the field today this book inc.
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Blood features some suaddies on a wargame capturing perfectly soldierly banter in an excellent horror story as they encounter something ancient near StonehengeThe anthology finishes with one of its strongest stories Blank White Page by James A Moore is another post US Civil War tale of soldiers and Indians following the strange companions of Lucas Slate and Jonathan Crowley caught between a US Army detachment and the Apache that they ve been sent to emove one way or another A eally strong tale full of violence and magic the wider mythology hinted at but never explained left me wanting to ead and as Crowley is apparently something of a ecurring character in Moore s work give me a place to startDefinitely some authors I ll be looking up again which is what I want from an anthology35 stars The fear of the unknown is what horror as a genre has always chosen to exploit and this anthology takes those fears and puts it down in a military landscape In other words it unleashes these horrors onto men and women trained for warThese are the stories and what I made out of them Blackwater A spec ops team faces off against monsters from the sea Not a very cohesive story although it does have a few moments 2 stars Little Johnny Jump Up The civil war era and a benevolent little ghost This is no horror story but one where the ghost eases out the horrors for the characters 3 stars Covert Genesis Here again it is spec ops but the monsters they face are ather uniue and different from all the others in this anthology A little high on the gore factor coupled with fast paced action 3 stars Bug Hunt I am not familiar with this character Joe Ledger so was not used to his staccato sentences and gung ho attitude Although making a guess about this character would be ather premature I did feel that he is yet another stereotype of the American GI that the media would have us believe The story was an interesting one but it did lack cohesion at uite a few places Some things did not sit too ight and that affected the enjoyment factor 2 stars Special Operations Interview PTO 14 A US marine on patrol in a Japanese island stumbles on a scene straight out of Japanese mythology Here again there isn t much of horror and comparably it is a bland story 2 stars Cold War Gothic Reminiscent of Mike Mignola s BPRD placed in a cold war setting The Americans cross swords with the Russians and the weapons they use are all supernatural in nature An interesting addition into the mix was the box man a character worth emembering uite an atmospheric tale 3 and half stars Making Waves I knew there was a Ctulhu impostor in here somewhere and here it was WWII submarine warfare magic Americans Elder Gods and general mayhem Interesting twist to the Hiroshima and Nagasaki scenarios 3 stars The Fossil One of the longest stories in the collection and worth it The future coming back to haunt and terrify us was a new one for me The story moves swiftly and the buildup is uite brilliant 4 stars A Tide of Flesh Starts ight in the thick of action and stops when it wanes The premise is very interesting with the British soldiers facing off the Indian undead The execution however lacks the charm 2 stars Death at 900 meters Set in present day Ira with Marine snipers on a outine smash and grab mission encountering vampires No surprises no plot twists and just your egular vampire tale 2 stars Holding The Line The smallest story in the collection and one without too much of a conclusion It is all over before you get into the thick of things High on gore For the interested it is the National Guard vs Sasuatches 2 stars Thela Hun Gingeet The favorite landscape of all military writers the American debacle in Vietnam An American team on an intel gathering mission goes deep into the jungles and gets caught up in a Taoist temple that fries their neural circuits The imagery is psychedelic and lavishes us with stunning visuals My contention however is with the fact that the story never explains what all the noise is all about Everything is left hanging by the threads 3 and a half stars for the visuals 2 stars for the story The Shrine WWII again with the German Panzer division and the SS tryin Disclaimer I eceived a courtesy copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest eview I went into SNAFU with high expectations and wasn t disappointed I am a huge fan of all things Maberry and had been following the elease date of this book since he first announced his participation I never miss a chance to spend time with Joe Ledger and Echo Team and the short outing included in this anthology Bug Hunt was another stellar breakout That said the other authors both big names in miltaryhorror and the new ecruits did a great job of bringing the heat from page to page There were stories that spanned from pre history to the future but a majority took. Ludes works from Jonathan Maberry Weston Ochse Greig Beck and James A Moore who lead the way with a contingent of emerging authors to back them up Fight or die.
Geoff Brown aka GN Braun is an Australian writer and twice Australian Shadows Award finalist editor raised in Melbourne’s gritty Western SuburbsHe is a trained nurse and holds a Cert IV in Professional Writing and Editing as well as a Dip Arts Professional Writing and EditingAt graduation Brown was awarded ‘Vocational Student of the Year’ and ‘2012 Student of the Year’ by his collegeHe