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Book review: JB Michaels -The Castle

With his technology stolen and his robot beheaded, things didn’t seem as if they could get reviewany worse for Bud.  That was until the police arrested him, handing him over to FBI authority. The problem with being a genius, capable of amazing feats, is everyone wants your brain, especially the government. With promises of a lead on his grandfather Bud is tempted, however, soon more pressing concerns become paramount, concerns leading them to an ancient castle, and possibly their most dangerous challenge to date. A string of missing students, an ancient monster, and an abducted ally, Bud sure has his work cut out for him this time.

Our favourite fake-English boy genius is back, with his team of deadly beauties at his side in JB Michaels’ latest edition to Bud Hutchins Supernatural Thrillers, The Castle.I first picked up this series at The Elixir and straight away I have spotted growth in not only the characters but the author as well. This fun, tragically and deliberately comical tale is bound to keep you entertained. Bud is a good character, quirky, driven, and loyal, willing to push himself for those he cares for, a trait encouraged and enhanced by his supporting characters as they play the martyr to his eccentricities, but wouldn’t really change him. He may be stripped of his most renowned gadgets, but that’s not to say he’s out of tricks. With a bit of grace and the root of an old tree you’ll be surprised at how far he can go. I enjoyed The Castle, it has an air of classic charm to it and with no shortage of action, horror, monsters and mayhem it is bound to tickle the fancy of those who enjoy a well-woven tale with a promise of more to come.


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Book review: The Elixir by J B Michaels

The Elixir by J B Michaels is a paranormal urban paranormal fantasy tale. Bud worked as reviewa private investigator, but more recently his payments were going to other ventures. Maeve had been a gifted member of the Order of Saint Michael, she had been killed, her throat torn from her body by a werewolf. It was only thanks to her own skill she survived. If being a zombie, forced to live in a freezer, with an artificial throat and voice box could be called surviving. For some time now Bud’s wages have been going towards finding a means to reanimate her. However, there was a complication she got out. An escaped zombie-werewolf seemed the height of their troubles, until Al Capone rose from the grave as a poltergeist, or at least it appeared to be him. But there was something more afoot, a puppeteer, a larger scheme which grows more complex the further he probes into his latest investigation.

This is a really fun, action packed read. It touches on traditional, classical, and familiar paranormal lore in a way perhaps only seen in things like Scooby Doo and the first season of the tv series Penny Dreadful. I would class it as a hybrid of the two, making it fun, but appealing to a more mature audience. In The Elixir paranormal is a fact, not fiction, and the means employed by such creatures, and researchers can be utilised. From the diary of Victor von Frankenstein to the hidden traits of ancient artifacts. This book has some serious charm.

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