Weston Ochse won the Bram Stoker Award for his first novel, Scarecrow Gods, in 2005. In 2008, his novella Redemption Roadshow was a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award for Best Long Fiction. His work has also appeared in comic books, professional writing guides, magazines and anthologies. He currently lives in Southern Arizona with his wife, and fellow author, Yvonne Navarro.
"A wild blend of nail-biting thriller action and out-of-the shadows horror... Perfect!" (Jonathan Maberry) "I raced through this novel and when it ended, I wanted more." (Peter Straub, New York Times bestselling author of In the Night Room)"
This cleverly titled "military supernatural thriller" seems to be aimed at capitalizing on the popularity of the real-life SEAL Team Six, the U.S. commando team that raided Osama bin Laden's hideout in May of 2011. Ochse, winner of the Horror Writer Association's 2005 Bram Stoker Award for First Novel (Scarecrow Gods), spins a tale of an even more secret commando team, which deals with supernatural threats to the United States and the world. The author, a military intelligence officer, is clearly familiar with military terminology and enjoys describing the disciplined chaos of a commando raid against a formidable and mysterious target. Unfortunately, the characterization of the protagonist and his teammates is not up to the standard of Ochse's award-winning first novel, and the story lacks the sardonic wit of Charles Stross's similarly-themed "Laundry Files" series (The Atrocity Archives) or the strongly-defined personalities of John Ringo's "Special Circumstances" series (Princess of Wands). A murky subplot involving one character's personal history with demonic possession remains unresolved, presumably to be dealt with in a sequel. Verdict This is a fast-paced and action-packed military adventure with a supernatural twist, but it is unlikely to make a lasting mark in the genre or remain in the reader's mind after the last page is turned. [See Prepub Alert, 5/12/12.]-Bradley Scott, Corpus Christie, TX (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.