|Suspense Central Selections for
*2017 selections for Suspense Central are
listed below by month. If you have difficulty
seeing a title and/or author, all selections are
listed on our Yahoo site and our meetup site.
|Hounded by Kevin Hearne
Monday, April 10, 2017 - 8p
Panera, 770 Rt. 17 North, Paramus, NJ
This group meets on the second Monday of each month to discuss a specific mystery, suspense or
intrigue novel. Join Moderator Aurelia Long as we discuss the month's featured selection.
Hounded is the first novel in Kevin Hearne's urban fantasy series, The Iron Druid Chronicles.
Atticus O’Sullivan has been running for two thousand years and he’s a bit tired of it. After he stole a
magical sword from the Tuatha Dé Danann (those who became the Sidhe or the Fae) in a first century
battle, some of them were furious and gave chase, and some were secretly amused that a Druid had
the cheek to defy them. As the centuries passed and Atticus remained an annoyingly long-lived fugitive,
those who were furious only grew more so, while others began to aid him in secret.
Now he’s living in Tempe, Arizona, the very last of the Druids, far from where the Fae can easily find
him. It’s a place where many paranormals have decided to hide from the troubles of the Old World—
from an Icelandic vampire holding a grudge against Thor to a coven of Polish witches who ran from the
Unfortunately, the very angry Celtic god who wants that sword has tracked him down, and Atticus will
need all his power, plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, a bartender possessed by a Hindu
witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish to kick some arse and deliver himself from evil.
|Who Wants to be the Prince of Darkness by Michael Boatman
Who Wants To Be The Prince Of Darkness? by Michael Boatman was our February selection. It was
chosen because the description of a reality show game seemed to fit the TV theme for the
month.Everyone who read the book was quite dissatisfied. The teaser stated there would be a game
show type atmosphere, which simply didn't exist. The battle for hell between Gabriel (the bad guy) and
Lucifer (the good guy) was confusing most of the way, and was decided that was what the "game"
show was - a real battle on Earth between the warring demons for control of hell. The ending tied
things together somewhat, but not enough. The general feeling was that an interesting concept lacked
execution. Grade: C.
|Plague Town by Ashley Parker
We continued our school campus theme with Plague Town by Dana Fredsti. Plague Town is the first of a
trilogy. The majority of the story takes place at a college campus, with zombies attacking. In a slight
variation from other zombie novels, Plague Town has the premise that some people, when bitten, don't
turn into a zombie. These people are called wild cards. The wild cards are needed to stop the
rampage. Plague Town's main character is Ashley Parker and she is the first person narrator. Most
found her self centered and snarky. Kathleen found her so obnoxious she felt it detracted from her
enjoying the book. Overall the book got grades of between C+ and B+, averaging a B. Fun discussion.