Leave My Ashes on Blackheart Mountain by Dave Matthes – Review

Leave My Ashes on Blackheart Mountain by Dave Matthes explores what is sacred to a murderer.

Rancid Mahoney works for Gunther Ostrander, Head Prospector of New Canterton, a mining settlement in what was once, a long time ago before civilization ended, “the heart of American Northwest”. Mahoney’s task is to find out the Blackheart Mountain which is the source of “Blackvein”, a miracle mineral rumored to cure even grievous injuries to the human body. Mahoney has failed to discover it so far.

Until now.

Before he sets out on yet another expedition, Ostrander asks Mahoney for a favor: hand over the prisoner Til Drange to the settlement of Vermont so that Mayor Kenroy can punish Drange for killing his brother. Along the way, they encounter scouts of the Tuskatawa tribe who believe it is now time for them to take back the land of their native ancestors.

Now, add Mancino Rolandraz, the leader of the savage Crimson Collars gang, who wants Drange dead at any cost to the mix, and Mahoney has got a powder keg in his hand. He soon realizes it is going to blow up no matter which side he takes. What he must decide is which side to fight for to make it worthwhile. Read Leave My Ashes on Blackheart Mountain by Dave Matthes to find out.

Leave my Ashes on Blackheart Mountain by Dave Matthes Book cover & Review
Leave my Ashes on Blackheart Mountain by Dave Matthes – Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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The 19th Bladesman by S.J. Hartland #BookReview

Kaell is a swordsman bonded to the ancient gods and can fight for them alone. Bonded warriors are doomed to die young as they are trained to fight the monstrous, blood-sucking ghouls.

But Kaell doesn’t fear for his life.

All he wants is his Lord’s love. However, Lord Vraymorg is unwilling to acknowledge his feelings towards Kaell for love means pain. But Kaell is also the “19th Bladesman” prophesied to bring down a banished God.

When this foul god escapes from his prison, what havoc shall he wreak? Can Kaell thwart him? Because “if Kaell breaks, the kingdom breaks with him”. The 19th Bladesman, the first book in the Shadow Sword series, by S. J. Hartland is a remarkable fantasy novel.

The 19th Bladesman by S.J. Hartland - review & book cover
The 19th Bladesman by S.J. Hartland – review

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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The Shining by Stephen King – Review

The Shining by Stephen King - review & book cover
The Shining by Stephen King – review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I read a remarkable novel titled The Shining by Stephen King. I am a big fan of the horror genre but was generally dissatisfied by the lame horror tales that the new age movies deliver.

So, this book proved to be a jolt of awakening for me.

I had never imagined that simply flipping through the pages of a book could spook me to such an extent that I would continuously open my eyes after every five minutes or so to check the presence of any ghosts. (Trust me I am not exaggerating). 

I was browsing through the Internet to look for good horror novels. Almost every page that I surfed overwhelmingly suggested this book (albeit on one condition: do not read it at night). So I set out to read it.

King has delivered a masterpiece with this book. He not only succeeds in creating a haunting atmosphere, which gradually closes upon Danny (and the reader), but also delves into the dynamics of relationship in a family. The Shining refers to the psychic telepathic abilities of five year old Danny Torrance who has ‘visions’ of the future. When his father becomes the caretaker of The Overlook Hotel, the Torrance family has to move into the hotel for the winter. However, as winter becomes severe and they are secluded from the rest of the world by blizzards, strange and out-of-the world events occur that seem to hint that the hotel has a life of its own.

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Author Q&A – Pete KJ

Today, I am interviewing Pete KJ, author of the novel, Black Volta. This book, based in Ghana, with its well-developed characters and a rich story has impressed me so much that I could not help but interview Pete and ask him some pertinent questions.

Without further ado, let’s get started.

But first, feel free to check out my review of Black Volta.

Author Interview with Pete KJ
Author Interview with Pete KJ
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Pernicious Pursuit by Gary D. McGugan – Review

McGugan’s Pernicious Pursuit is an action-packed, thrilling tale of survival where the odds are stacked against the bad guy with a good heart.

After spilling the beans against the criminal outfit, The Organization, for whom he used to previously work, Howard Knight is under the FBI’s witness protection. However, The Organization’s reach is far and wide. It does not take long to find out his hiding spot in the Netherlands from where goons kidnap him.

His lover and partner-in-crime, Janet Weissel, barely escapes. Now, what’s her next course of action? Whom should she trust? Where should she go?

As Janet tries to chart her future course of action, Howard, meanwhile, is doing everything to stay alive—barely. Will he survive The Organization’s brutal torture, or will he be another nameless victim of this nefarious criminal outfit? Read Pernicious Pursuit by Gary D. McGugan to find out.

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Pernicious Pursuit by Gary D. McGugan

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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5 Ghanaian Proverbs That Will Powerfully Influence Your Life

Proverbs are pearls of wisdom about life handed to us by our elders. They hold generations of wisdom within them, waiting for us to imbibe their meanings. Proverbs are mostly specific to a culture, but their meanings can be universally understood.

A few days back, I had the pleasure to read a book, Black Volta by Pete KJ, which is based in Ghana. The richly woven story with its exceptionally well-developed cast of characters and vivid descriptions of Ghana left a deep impression on me.

Moreover, the author, Pete KJ, has occasionally used Ghanaian proverbs in the novel. This piqued my curiosity and prompted me to learn more about them.

We are all familiar with the English proverbs. Now, let’s have a look at some Ghanaian proverbs.

Presented below are some of the Ghanaian proverbs that resonated with me. Many of these proverbs are specific to Akan, a southern group of Ghana.

5 Ghanaian proverbs to powerfully influence your life
5 Ghanaian proverbs to powerfully influence your life
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