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Book Review of Sha'Daa: Tales of the Apocalypse

Created by Michael Hanson

Edited by Edward McKewon

You may remember that AJ Brown did an interview with me for his NiNe QuEsTiOns series, and I talked about a group of writers that I met when I first started submitting my work for publication, during which time I found out and was operated on for Ovarian Cancer. I talked about how wonderfully supportive these writers were... many of them are Sha'Daa writers as they were writing this at that time, and I'm so proud of their work in this book!

Every ten thousands years the veils between the dimensions weaken for a 48 hour period and hellish monsters attempt to invade the Earth and transform it into their own version of Hell. This time period is known as the Sha'Daa. However, even between these times, agents and servants of the Sha'Daa exist on Earth, some human and some who have managed to crossover or even be trapped from the last time of the Sha'Daa occurred.

 

I read this book in two days, and it's the first time in years that I've experienced the kind of writing where you actually 'get away' and get into the story. This is the most incredible and interesting end of the world book I've ever read.

 

From the very beginning Edward McKeown grabs your attention with superb writing and believable characters. His chapter, 'The Dive' has sewer workers and a cop fighting the demons of the Sha'Daa when they try to cross over to our world. Here they encounter the character 'The Salesman' who is in almost every chapter. The Salesman is an endearing character in the stories and one I hope is in the next book.

 

Deborah Koren's "The Tunguska Outpact" With vivid descriptions of explosions and black bugs, Korens chapter starts out running and the action never stops.

 

Arthur Sanchez's chapter, 'The Way of the Warrior' is fabulous. His character has to fight other worldly 'The General' and as a little hint I'll tell you that the main character Shinzo loves video games. This is a very fun chapter, as Arthur is a master of fantasy.

 

Jamie Schmidt's "Breaking Even" story centers on a gambler. This story is set in an alternate Las Vegas where there are demons, intergalactic travelers, and immortals. The main character is completely believable.

 

D.R. MacMaster's "The Dixie Chrononauts" is a fun tale of a group of men who are on their way to the reenactment of the battle of Gettysburg when the road disappears and they find themselves in the period. So we have these reenactors dressed in Confederate uniforms, and a Homeland Security agent try to stop the Sha'Daa and find a way home.

 

Adrienne Ray's chapter "Nyuk-Nyuk" had me laughing out loud. This is a cute chapter with great characters.

Nancy Jaskson's chapter "Talking Heads" When professor Veronica "Ronny" Johns takes her class to Easter Island for archeology and a mission, she finds out that her grandfather was right about the Sha'daa' and she and the group of young people have to figure a way to stop it from coming into our world.

 

Wilson Marsh's "The Lava Lovers" has comedy, romance, and action. There is even some swimming with sharks.

 

Lee Ann Kuruganti's chapter "The Seventh Continent" is as Lee's stories always are, very imaginative and action packed.

 

Michael Hanson's chapter "Prana" is one I won't soon forget. You'll be amazed at where this creature comes from; Michael has a wonderful way with words, making the reader like the most unlikable of characters.

 

Rob Adam's "The Salesman" loved it, LOVED IT! Rob was able to stay true to this character that is in almost every chapter, he didn't miss a beat. Kudos to Mr. Adams for doing a wonderful job, and keeping true to the story! (Sorry, you'll just have to read the book to find out about the marvelous character 'the salesman').

 

I highly recommend Sha'Daa Tales of the Apocalypse and I can hardly wait to read the sister book- Sha'Daa: Last Call.

 

To the writers of both books, I'm so proud of you all, and it's great to be reading your work again. Wonderful job!