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Honor at Stake has almost 40 Amazon reviews at this time.
I think my favorite review was one I was given directly....
"OM... you did NOT do that! You did NOT just leave it at that! I think I hate you! Gaaaaahhhh!!! I still can't believe you did that!! *thud* I was just sitting here, into the home stretch, telling my husband, "You know, I don't like vampire stories much, but this one is so different... the action, the theology even, and the romance is so... so... NOOOOOO!!!!" Can't wait for the sequel and I'm highly recommending it when it's released!"
From Karina Fabian, who I think is getting back at me for something...okay, she's not, she sort of does puns on a reflex.
"When Vampires try to take a bite out of the Big Apple, they'd better watch out. From street gangs to the Mafia to Vatican ninjas, the best and the worst of humanity bond together to save their city. Finn is a master of the fight scene and nonstop action - Honor at Stake will leave you feeling sucked dry."
From The Catholic Geek. As of this minute, the full review is on Amazon.
"Honor At Stake is what happens when a monster-killing action flick meets a solid romance and a compelling character study in a world where "good vampires" actually make sense. It is thoroughly enjoyable, and I can't wait for another installment."
"The closest thing you could describe me as in high school was a Goth .... then there was Twilight. Sure, an enthused friend handed them to me. She did a fine job of convincing me they were awesome. They weren't. Then Declan Finn comes out with Honor at Stake. Dammit, I thought I was over this. I'm even hauling out my Rasputina and Black Tape for a Blue Girl thanks to his guy. He already knows he's responsible for all the Cruxshadows appearing in my playlist. And, he's not sorry at all. That's a good thing. It will be all his fault if I start wearing black lipstick again, I swear. Okay, I'm joking about that last part. No, seriously, this guy writes about... ahem, real vampires, not the sparkly fucked up Jar Jar Binks of the vampire world. They are deadly hunters, with vestiges of humanity that make them more frightening."
This book was so very, very good. I love the characters, especially Marco and Amanda; they were both complex and strong characters .... The action scenes were impressive - I could clearly picture what was happening. Finn’s take on vampires was unique in a genre that can feel flooded with the same kind of character, just with different names. The snark and humor made me laugh, the world-building and well-developed characters held me in awe. I would definitely recommend this book to someone who does not mind violence, a unique take on vampires, and a lot of action with a bit of awkward romance thrown in
The Otherwhere Gazette called it a "Gripping Read."
"Mr. Finn delivers one of, if not the most unique and plausible explanations of the vampire mythos that I have ever read. The plot is interesting and engaging, with more twists and turns than the New York City neighborhoods and trains that the tale winds through. This is not a story where you can read a quarter of the way in and figure out how it will play out, which can happen all too often in urban fantasy. The main characters are both well developed and believable and the budding relationship works despite the age difference, because they are emotionally about the same age. in fact, this books works both as urban fantasy and Young Adult without insulting an older audience."
If you'd like to check out the Amazon.com reviews of A Pius Man, click here.
If you'll search this issue of Small Press Bookwatch, you'll find that " A truly riveting read from first page to last, A Pius Man offers a suspense thriller replete with unexpected twists and surprising turns. A deftly crafted novel from beginning to end, A Pius Man certifies author Declan Finn as a master storyteller of immense talent and imagination. "
Karina Fabian, of Mind Over Mind and Live and Let Fly posted a mini review on her website. She liked it.
Oh, you want someone else? Well, I'm told I have "out-Dan Browned Dan Brown." No, I can't make that one up.
And CatholicFiction.net finally got around to reviewing it.
And there was another glowing review, this time by Daria Anne DiGiovanni. Though she did kind of tease how her review would go. And THEN she interviewed Declan Finn for her radio show (at the 65:30 mark).
To read the interview with Stuart West, click A Pius Man: Popes And Explosives!
More to come.
To read the reader reviews of Codename: Winterborn on Amazon.com, click here.
Reader's Favorite liked Codname: Winterborn.
To read the interview with Declan Finn and Allan Yoskowitz on Indie & Debut authors, click here.
And Rabid Readers really liked Codename: Winterborn.
To read the interview with our antagonist, Mandy, try here.