Tag Archives: Steven Bird

The Hills Have Secrets

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Them

Jesse Townsend has made it to Tennessee from Colorado where he hopes to locate his sister, Molly. Without the benefits of the internet, her exact location is unknown. Jesse, like so many others, never committed addresses to memory or paper. Will those he encounters be trusting enough to help him find her?

Bird’s fourth novel in the Society Lost series, Them, interwinds with The New Homefront Series. He seamlessly blends the two series while maintaining the integrity of both stories and each of the personalities. There’s plenty of hard-hitting action with a few tender moments sprinkled within.

Looking at the cover and title I had expected a sci-fi horror story. And, there are certain aspects of the book that fulfills that description. I am thankful that Bird kept it realistic, so much so even that I still shudder thinking about what happened.

It will be interesting to see where the story goes from here.

5 out of 5 stars.

Paying For Your Sins

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The Tree of Penance cover

Jesse Townsend has made it as far as Arkansas on his trek from Colorado to Tennessee in his search for his sister, Molly. Trouble has found him once again and delayed his journey. His sense of justice puts him right in the middle of a power struggle. Which side will prevail? And, at what costs to both sides?

Bird’s third novel in the Society Lost series, The Tree of Penance (A Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian Thriller) is full of nail-biting action. The book is so smoothly written that you don’t realize how far you’ve read until you are finished. It’s an interesting read with both heartbreaking sadness and satisfaction.

If you are fond of tales from the old West, you will certainly enjoy the feeling that this story brings. Jesse is reminiscent of Josey Wales whose character was made famous by Clint Eastwood. I believe Jesse is more of a gentleman than Josey and more willing to help others.

5 out of 5 stars.

It Came From Below

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Erebus cover

Dr. Linda Graves, a forty-four-year-old astrobiology researcher with the University of Washington, falls down a previously undiscovered fumarole on Mt. Erebus. Mt. Erebus is an active volcano in Antarctica. Her research partner, Brett Thompson, a Homer, Alaska native and the team’s mountaineer and safety specialist, repels down to her. While at the bottom of the fumarole Dr. Graves collects eukaryote specimens to ship back to the university. At the shipping dock, there is an accident and the container with the eukaryotes is ruptured. And, that is when the horror begins.

It is the end of the season and winter is fast approaching. The researchers are packing up to go back home leaving only a skeleton crew remaining at McMurdo Station, also known as Mac-Town. When the transport never arrives to take those remaining at the Lower Erebus Hut, part of the Mount Erebus Volcano Observatory (MEVO), to Mac-Town Dr. Nathan Hunter, the Principle Investigator for the expedition and a professor of geochemistry at NMT, has Brett lead them via snow machine down the mountain. Upon arriving they come onto a scene that can only be described as straight out of a horror movie. There are dead bodies everywhere and a person running at them with a crazed look in their eyes.

Once they realize that there is no one there to help them leave they seek refuge anywhere they can. But, each noise they make brings out more crazed people intent on killing them. These people resemble zombies even though they are still alive and are easily killed. The group stumbles upon Dr. Graves who has been in hiding since the epidemic broke out. She fills them in on what has happened and they conclude that they are alone in fighting this. No one is coming to help.

Bird’s novel, Erebus, is a frightening look at being left alone with a killer at the bottom of the world. He has done quite a bit of research to make the characters and the location as realistic as possible. The suspense is palatable. The horror is unimaginable. Bird has done an excellent job of telling this story.

I am not a horror fan and I hate zombie stories. This book is so well written that I forgot all about that and thoroughly enjoyed it. Bravo, Steven Bird, bravo.

5 out of 5 stars.

Would You Do The Same?

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Jake Turner is trying to do the right thing. He wants to have a good life with his wife and children. Since being released on parole, Jake has turned his life around. But, no matter how hard he tries, it seems that the fates conspired against him. By the time he has a run-in with the Fletchers on Dunham Road, Jake is no longer the law-abiding citizen he so desperately wanted to become. His looks and his actions earn him the nickname “Manson”.

Bird’s Kindle Worlds Novella in The Perseid Collapse Series, The Edge of Civility, has got to be the saddest story I’ve ever read. My heart broke while reading this fast-paced tale of strife. I could feel Jake’s pain.

All Jake wanted was to provide for his family and keep them safe from the Jakarta flu virus. What would you have done in similar circumstances?

5 out of 5 stars.

Vigilante Justice Served

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Betrayal

Jesse Townsend has lost everything and wants nothing but to find his sister in Tennessee. On his trek from Colorado he encounters injustices that he cannot ignore. It is the right thing to do and JT would rather die helping than walking away.

Bird’s second novel in the Society Lost series, Betrayal, JT travels alone lost in dark thoughts that have all but broken him. Willing to be a lone vigilante if needed JT sets out to rescue those imprisoned at the hands of despots. His spirit is renewed once he finds others that will stand along his side against the evils this new society has unleashed.

This book takes good look at how a man can find new purpose in his life. I look forward to reading the next installment of JT’s adventure. It’s a long way to Tennessee.

5 out of 5 stars.

Refuge Lost

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The Shepherd

Jesse Townsend is a former sheriff who now lives up in the Rocky Mountains with his family. He sought refuge once he lost the election and saw what appeared to be the coming downfall of society. Raising sheep is the family’s main food source which has increasing been threatened by wolves. Now it seems that man may be an even more formidable predator.

Bird’s first novel in the Society Lost series, The Shepherd, follows JT as he tries to keep his family safe in a post-apocalyptic world. This new world was brought about by a greedy bunch who aligned themselves with the worst of society to reshape it into a one world society. JT thought his preparations and seclusion in the mountains would spare them from the effects of this unholy alliance.

This book had a twist in it that slapped my upside my head. I was totally unprepared for it and quite heartbroken over it. It is a darned good story and I highly recommend it. Can’t wait for the next book in the series.

5 out of 5 stars. I wish I could give it 6.

Terror at sea

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Viking One

Jim Rutherford and a close circle of his friends are as prepared as anyone could be for a disaster. Once it hits they find themselves with limited options once Delaware City becomes overrun by terrorists. Thanks to Judith Hoskins, they have a small boat to carry additional supplies when they head out to sea. But, the ocean is not immune to criminal behavior.

Bird’s fifth novel in The New Homefront series, Viking One, can be read as a stand-alone novel. It steps away from the story of Evan and Jason while keeping to the same universe. The two stories dovetail into one another. The escape to the ocean was a nice change to the overland adventure.

I don’t know if Bird plans to continue their story and have them meet up with the folks in Tennessee, but I certainly hope he does. I have loved every moment of this series.

5 out of 5 stars.