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SNAFU An Anthology of Military HorrorSNAFU is one of those special anthologies where very story fits the mould Each work has its own special hook or pull that keeps you reading and then wanting to read the nextThe only story without a direct focus on the military was the last Blank White Page Songs in the Key of White by James A Moore That said it fit well into the anthology and is an amazing haunting taleOverall I would rate this as one of the best horror anthologies I have Death in Mumbai ever readasily worthy of my 5 star review I await the next Baccarat : La lgende du cristal edition with barely contained anticipation as well as the recently announced SNAFU Heroes Disclaimer I received a courtesy copy of the book inxchange for a fair and honest review I went into SNAFU with high O Colégio de Todos os Segredos expectations and wasn t disappointed I am a huge fan of all things Maberry and had been following the release date of this book since he first announced his participation I never miss a chance to spend time with Joe Ledger and Echo Team and the short outing included in this anthology Bug Hunt was another stellar breakout That said the other authors both big names in miltaryhorror and the new recruits did a great job of bringing the heat from page to page There were stories that spanned from pre history to the future but a majority took place in post Civil Warra theaters be the World Wars 1 and 2 Vietnam or the near modern ops of Maberry s Echo Team I found Weston Ochse s Cold War Gothic Jeff Hewitt s A Tide of Flesh Neal Litherland s Blackwater and Walyand Smith s Special Operations Interview PTO 14 stood near the summit with Maberry s tale yet all the stories were worth the time to read Some stories had a little world building reuired to pay out the story and March Violets (Bernie Gunther, even the ones that weren t necessarily my favorites were still annjoyable rideI d like to see collections in this same vein from Zoete tranen editors Geoff Brown Little Johnny Jump Up by Christine Morgan4 stars FantasyExcellent beginning for this collection featuring a canon unit during the US Civil War This is a terrific ghost story that zips right along The only thing that keeps it from being a 5 star story is that it was pretty much on rails without surprises The writing isxcellent howeverCovert Genesis by Brian W Taylor3 stars FantasyThis is a decent first Water Music encounter story but it doesn t provide any answers or a realnding The open Revived endedness of it doesn t bother me as much but it just feels weird for weirdness sakeBug Hunt by Jonathan Maberry5 stars Science FictionThis is a Joe Ledger story where Ledger and his team from the Department of Military Sciences are tasked to recover a very bad weapon from some Russian mercenaries in the Pacific Northwest Then things get crazy when they allncounter giant spiders from outer space As with his other books I ve read this is a solid adventure story with a couple neat wrinkles It s not dissimilar to the movie Predator without being derivativeSpecial Operations Interview PTO 14 by Wayland Smith3 stars FantasyThis is in the form of a transcript of an OSS interview of a US Marine during WWII in the Pacific He witnessed a Japanese soldier battling a big blue demon It s an okay storyCold War Gothic by Weston Ochse4 stars FantasySet in 1969 San Francisco this one is about an undercover government bureau that specializes in occult creepies In this instance it s vampire geishas So that was funMaking Waves by Curtis C Chen5 stars FantasyA WWII story set aboard the submarine USS Bowfin This is a world where magic is an Student Research Projects in Calculus everyday thing as it begins with a spell to allow a specialist to teleport aboard I uite liked how Chen integrated magic into the world as well as how he makes you think this will involve Godzilla like kaiju but pivots instead view spoilerIt s actually Cthulhusue Elder Gods hide spoiler The fear of the unknown is what horror as a genre has always chosen to exploit and this anthology takes those fears and puts it down in a military landscape In other and this anthology takes those fears and puts it down in a military landscape In other it unleashes these horrors onto men and women trained for warThese are the stories and what I made out of them Blackwater A spec ops team faces off against monsters from the sea Not a very cohesive story although it does have a few moments 2 stars Little Johnny Jump Up The civil war ra and a benevolent little

This is no horror story one where the ghost ases out the horrors for the characters 3 stars Covert Genesis Here again it is spec ops but the monsters they face are rather uniue and different from all the others in this anthology A little high on the gore factor coupled with fast paced action 3 stars Bug Hunt I am not familiar with this character Joe Ledger so was not used to his staccato sentences and gung ho attitude Although making a guess about this character would be rather premature I did feel that he is yet another stereotype of the American GI that the media would have us believe The story was an interesting one but it did lack cohesion at uite a few places Some things did not sit too right and that affected the njoyment factor 2 stars Special Operations Interview PTO 14 A US marine on patrol in a Japanese island stumbles on a scene straight out of Japanese mythology Here again there isn t much of horror and comparably it is a bland story 2 stars Cold War Gothic Reminiscent Of Mike Mignola S Mike Mignola s placed in a cold war setting The Americans cross swords with the Russians and the weapons they use are all supernatural in nature An interesting addition into the mix was the box man a character worth remembering uite an atmospheric tale 3 and half stars Making Waves I knew there was a Ctulhu impostor in here somewhere and here it was WWII submarine warfare magic Americans Elder Gods and general mayhem Interesting twist to the Hiroshima and Nagasaki scenarios 3 stars The Fossil One of the longest stories in the collection and worth it The future coming back to haunt and terrify us was a new one for me The story moves swiftly and the buildup is uite brilliant 4 stars A Tide of Flesh Starts right in the thick of action and stops when it wanes The premise is very interesting with the British soldiers facing off the Indian undead The xecution however lacks the charm 2 stars Death at 900 meters Set in present day Ira with Marine snipers on a routine smash and grab mission ncountering vampires No surprises no plot twists and just your regular vampire tale 2 stars Holding The Line The smallest story in the collection and one without too much of a conclusion It is all over before you get into the thick of things High on gore For the interested it is the National Guard vs Sasuatches 2 stars Thela Hun Gingeet The favorite landscape of all military writers the American debacle in Vietnam An American team on an intel gathering mission goes deep into the jungles and gets caught up in a Taoist temple that fries their neural circuits The imagery is psychedelic and lavishes us with stunning visuals My contention however is with the fact that the story never xplains what all the noise is all about Everything is left hanging by the threads 3 and a half stars for the visuals 2 stars for the story The Shrine WWII again with the German Panzer division and the War is hell Soldiers fight to survive They fight ach other and they fight the demons inside Sometimes they fight real monsters This book collects stories of

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Esis about a C 17 brought out of the sky by a bright blue flash and what the survivors face is simply terrifying Lawson s never been the most sociable guy to begin with Throw in alien worms who take over people s brains and you can respect his crankinessThe Shrine by David W Amendola has German soldiers unearthing something that should be been left loneBetween the covers of SNAFU An Anthology of Military Horror are rescue missions fighting giant alien spiders Japanese vampires undersea lovecraftian horrors nemies from the far future bigfoot and the undead in the form of monkeys tigers Divertimento elephants and thousands of IndiansThere is so much goodness in SNAFU An Anthology of Military Horror that a seuel with four novellas of military horror will be forthcoming with stories from Jonathan Maberry Weston Ochse Joseph Nassise and James A MooreSNAFU An Anthology of Military Horror is available now in hardback paperback andbook through com from Cohesion PressHighly recommended I won t rate this as I am the publisher but damn there are some great stories in here Blank White Page by James A Moore Whatever makes you think a few buildings brings about a civilized human being I have a soft spot for weird westerns I Love Is a Fairy Tale enjoyed this story of mysterious monsters facing off against mysterious monsters The backstory of the albino mulatto cryptozoologist who is transforming into an unknown creature is a great story of its own And is Crowley some kind of Faust This story deserves a book or at least a novellaBug Hunt A Joe Ledger Adventure by Jonathan Maberry That wasverything I wanted humor action adventure combat an unexpected kinship It was cinematically Promise at Dawn entertaining Now I need to read some Joe Ledger view spoilerI subseuently read three Joe Ledger books but only liked the first one hide spoiler Vote 12 Blackwater by Neal F Litherland A spec ops commando on a mission to rescue a girl in a misty seaside town from Esoteric Order of Dagon cultists and the sea creatures they worshipA lovecraftian action packed pastiche with a few good momentsLittle Johnny Jump Up by Christine Morgan When Soldiers in an artillery detachment start seeing a kid previously trampled and killed by panicked mules they became accustomed to it and the boy becames a mascot of sortsEssentially Casper the friendly ghost on a Civil War battlefield but it was a touching and deliciously creepy taleCovert Genesis by Brian W Taylor A Delta Force suad on a mission to recover and repair a downed C 17 is hit by something and falls down from sky too Sgt Watkins finds himself fighting for his life against alien worms taking over people s brains and turning them into screaming bluyed mind controlled freaksA nice gory action packed story but it was like reading first chapter of a longer taleBug Hunt A Joe Ledger Adventure by Jonathan Maberry 12Predator meets X Fikes when spec op Joe Ledger and his team are caught between serbian mercenaries looking for a bioweapon and giant spiders from outer space or mars if you are a David Bowie s fanA not bad at all novella and it reminded me I purchased a Joe Ledger book years ago that s waiting to be read somewhere on my library s bookshelvesSpecial Operations Interview PTO 14 by Wayland Smith A nice tale about american and japanese soldiers against Oni on a Pacific island in WWII if you are an anime and japanese folklore fanCold War Gothic by Weston Ochse A nice supernatural Cold War tale set in 69 San Francisco with spies ghosts and vampire gheishasNot bad at all and the Box Man was a deliciously creepy character but I m not too much a fan of first person pov narrative storyline was far from interesting and in the nd Special Unit 77 was just another Hellboy s BPRD or Brian Lumley s E Branch from Necroscope sagaMaking Waves by Curtis C Chen Submarine USS Bowfine s mission to wake up a kaiju and unleash it against Japan nds with two Elder Gods destroying Hiroshima and NagasakiA up a kaiju and unleash it against Japan nds with two Elder Gods destroying Hiroshima and NagasakiA little gem of an alternative history tale and the setting with magic using people and lovecraftian monsters reminded me a lot the Cast a Deadly Spell 1991 movie a fan favourite of mineThe Fossil by Greig Beck A nice tale spanning from pre history to the future with neanderthals time travellers little people and men in black with an hilarious Predator aster The Right Sort of Man (Sparks Bainbridge Mystery egg in thending Sooner or later have to read its Darkmere expanded version later released from the author as a stand alone novellaA Tide of Flesh by Jeff Hewitt Historical fiction meets zombie apocalypse genre in an action packed gory tale about british soldiers on garrison in colonial India defending a fort against waves of walking dead corpses monkeys tigers andlephantsAlmost five bloody stars for me but the feeling of reading someting like an xtract from a longer novel was a real disappointing oneDeath at 900 Meters by Tyson Mauermann American Sniper meets 30 Days of Night when an american snipers team chasing their kill record in Ira clashes against 30 Days of Night when an american snipers team chasing their kill record in Ira clashes against vampiresNo twists and characters needed fleshing but it was not bad at allHolding the Line by Eric S Brown Three men in a National Guard unit fight for their live in a Sasuatch Apocalypse when swarms of no hidden Bigfoot Bigfeet declare war against humanityLoved the gory nding but this was probably the shortest and weakest tale collected in this anthologyThela Hun Gingeet by David Benton and WD Gagliani Green berets jungle combat trained Bushmasters team is looking for missing soldiers and Charlie s nests along the border between Laos and Thailand They Den of Shadows (Gamblers Den end finding oit something better left hiddenEssentially a mix of Predator Jacob s Ladder a d Groundhog Day with asian ghosts and a strong lovecraftian vibeThe Shrine by David W Amendola A Nazi German Panzer division and some SS scavenging inside an old russian churchnd up awakening an Scraps Of The Untainted Sky elder lovecraftian thing fallen from stars One of best stories collected in this anthologyPtearing All Before Us by Steve Ruthenbeck 12A party of US cavalrymen hunting Indians Native Americansnds up meeting a creature out of mythA not bad weird western tale but spoilering the monster s identity in the title was not a good move at allA Time of Blood by Kirsten Cross Her Majesty s Bravo Unit of Parachute Regiment Pathfinders is having a night training on Salisbury Plain but things go not as planned and they nd up awakening an angry god slumbering and starving for slaughterA creepy bloody short gem Blank White Page Songs in the Key of White by James A Moore A soldiers versus apaches fight blows in full rage around Silver Springs town in Colorado because ofa bunch of US cavalrymen trying to have their fun with some
suaws and their officer closing ye a couple of pale riders Huguenot Prophecy and Clandestine Worship in the Eighteenth Century enter the frey bringing death with themWeird western at its best with gunshots Indian Wars a secret conflict between Skinwalkers and a sorcerer wiho can speak with ghosts Former undertaker Lucas Slate an albino turning into something monstrous and his pard Jonathan Crowley an immortal sorcerer talking with dead people and drawing his powers from supernatural beings are an hell of a duo and I just have to read about them as soon as possible. Ludes works from Jonathan Maberry Weston Ochse Greig Beck and James A Moore who lead the way with a contingent ofmerging authors to back them up Fight or die. S trying to pull out something from the foundations of an old church What comes out of the pit is a homage to a monster of the Lovecraftian genre The buildup in this story is pretty solid and the characters are pretty well sketched 4 stars Ptearing All Before Us I have always wondered what a Thunderbird in the Indian myths could be all about This story offers a wild guess at that and builds a story around a group of soldiers out hunting Indians in the wilderness More than horror this is a tale of greed and avarice I uite liked it Here too gore is rather high 3 stars Blank White Page Two gentlemen a certain Mr Slate and MrCrowley ride into the town of Silver Springs in the days of the wild west They remind you of the horsemen of the apocalypse for one rides a pale horse and the other man iswell he really is something to behold In they ride and all hell breaks loose no pun intended The storytelling moves at breakneck speed and it really is a brilliant piece of work amalgamating Mexican standoff s supernatural incursions and good old firefights This certainly is my pick as the best in the anthology The only thing to note is that this is the only tale which is not directly set in a military backdrop 5 starsThis is one of those rare anthologies where none of the stories are bad They all Fashion Design Course either fall into the category of good or strictly average Worth a read Recommended Good book of short stories The Greig Beck story was my personal favorite like all of his work I also liked the Jonathan Maberry Joe Ledger adventure and will be finding his other books Alsonjoyed Blackwater by Neal Litherland Cold War Gothic by Weston Ochse A Time of Blood by Kirsten Cross and Blank White Page by James Moore Military fiction of any sort is not really my go to whatever the genre it is part of I find that very little of it is of the standard of The Forever War or Life During Wartime or the Regeneration trilogy It s far too often war porn all about the deadly toys and full of characters from a bad John Wayne movie However I m glad I joined in with the group Space Spells Screams monthly read of SNAFU Blackwater by Neal F Litherland is a great opener wonderful cinematic action and I m a sucker for decently written Lovecraftian horror I thought the Aeralis (The Frost Chronicles, ending a little hysterical after the tension andmotion of the Alternatives Chapter 2 (The Chronos Files; The Shattered Saga escapeI loved Little Johnny Jump Up by Christine Morgan I thought it gave a lovely insight into both the American Civil War and the soldiers mindset of superstition and an acceptance that any success or survival today may have to be paid in full tomorrow uite affectingSaying I hated Brian W Taylor s Covert Genesis would be putting it too strongly but I thought it was pretty terrible Awful cliched dialogue and generally badly written Everything that makes me so often avoid military fictionBack on form with Bug Hunt from theditor Jonathan Maberry a great little action story tightly written with really strong characters I ll definitely be looking up the rest of the Joe Ledger series One slight annoyance is that Maberry misuses some weapon terminology a soldier would not call an AK47 a machine gun it s an assault rifle or just a rifle and he uses small arms fire to refer to pistols as though it s the opposite of long arms almost anything that isn t a heavy weapon is a small arm A minor uibble but an author should get the professional terms correct and it s Cincinnati and Other Plays easy to research As someonelse pointed out spiders are also referred to as insects but I can let that go as it was said by a characterI liked Wayand Smith s Special Operations Interview PTO 14 but I m not sure it counts as a fully realised story a vignette I m a table top roleplayer and this is the kind of thing you might have in a character s background to flesh them outSpeaking of my hobby Cold War Gothic by Weston Ochse is right in my wheelhouse A super secret military unit battling both the Soviet threat and the incursion of monsters from other dimensions Sounds like my kind of party I ve got a Weston Ochse collection and some stories in anthologies on my Kindle mostly from Humble Bundle I think so must look them upI really njoyed Curtis C Chen s Making Waves both the Mythos yumminess of realising the Things they are about to wake aren t what they d thought and the hint of the wider world of military magic Also the protagonist hiding her gender although I m not sure she d be able to get away with that on a sub ven with the glamourGreig Beck s The Fossil was a fun one pitting a recovery team from the far future against an anti intrusion Special Forces team in Berlin when they are sent to recover an I Like You the Best energy weapon A fun action packed cross time tale A Tide of Flesh from Jeff Hewitt wasxcellent possibly the only story in the book other than Little Johnny Jump Up so far that is about than just the story dealing as it is with the atrocities of colonialism as a British garrison in the Indian Raj defend a fort from horrorWhat is not to love about a Delta Force commando team in Ira unexpectedly coming up against some vampires Death at 900 Metres by Tyson Mauermann checks that boxAfter a run of generally high uality the collection takes a dip for a while Holding the Line by Eric S Brown a thoroughly forgettable war story Thela Hun Gingeet by David Benton WD Gagliani a potentially interesting tale of a US military action SE Asia that isn t well written The collectors encyclopedia of antique marbles enough to go anywhere The Shrine by David W Amendola started off by thoroughly annoying me as the author is doing that teenaged boy thing of showing off his knowledge or research by givingvery piece of The Philosophy of Giambattista Vico euipment its correct nomenclature We don t need the specs ofvery vehicle in the convoy or be told the model of radio being used Slogging through that however this actually became a decent little horror story Ptearing All Before Us by Steve Ruthenback is a solid tale of some US story Ptearing All Before Us by Steve Ruthenback is a solid tale of some US in the Indian Wars Lone Star Standoff encountering something weird the nature of which is unfortunately given away by the titleKirsten Cross s A Time of Blood features some suaddies on a wargame capturing perfectly soldierly banter in anxcellent horror story as they ncoun Review copyMy xpectations were not that high for this anthology Although I love horror in all it s many forms I ve never been that big a fan of the military story Well I needn t have worried at all SNAFU An Anthology of Military Horror delivers Every story killed pun intendedSixteen tales of terror from the battlefield wherever that battlefield may be Just about very war over the last millennium and beyond is covered in this collectionSNAFU An Anthology of MILITARY HORROR FEATURES GREAT STORIES FROM ESTABLISHED NAMES LIKE Horror features great stories from stablished names like Maberry with a Joe Ledger novella Weston Ochse and James A Moore with a story featuring his characters Jonathan Crowley and Lucas SlateYou ll also find some writers you may not have read before but don t let that keep you away Some of the best stories are from authors I wasn t familiar with Christine Morgan s Little Johnny Jump Up is one of those stand out tales A ghost story set on the battlefield during the Civil War Brian W Taylor has a very cool story called Covert Gen. Ncient myths time travelers horrors in the old west and the soldiers who fight them Featuring some of the best writers working in the field today this book inc.

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