Reviews and Recommendations by Mel Odom, Professional Writer

Archive for the ‘Outstanding New Writers’ Category

I AM THE WEAPON by Allen Zadoff

September 1, 2014

Allen Zadoff has dug into the YA suspense/spy market that has gone largely untouched. Since Anthony Horowitz stopped writing the Alex Rider novels (why, Anthony????), there exists a vacuum in this area that needs filling. Zadoff comes close with his Boy Nobody series, now called the Unknown Assassin series. This first book is a zinger […]

CHEKHOV’S GUN by Vin DeLoach

March 23, 2014

Chekhov’s Gun by Vin DeLoach is a novella based in the new Kindle Worlds licensed franchise of Veronica Mars. I was a fan of the television show, and am currently aggravated that the movie has not shown up yet in my hometown. So when I heard that there would be new Veronica Mars stories I […]

THE HOUSE ON THE CLIFF by Charlotte Williams

January 7, 2014

With the positively creepy Gothic cover on the front of The House on the Cliff by Charlotte Williams, I was expecting a creepy, delightful read. Even reading the synopsis on the back of the book didn’t put me off of that expectation. What I got, and what you will get if you pick up this […]

POE by J. Lincoln Fenn

November 29, 2013

Poe is a mesmerizing novel on two fronts. First, it presents an entirely sympathetic character that I loved getting to know. Dmitri Petrov is a smart guy, and he’s irreverent of the world around him as well as expectations of bosses and circumstance. Even though he’s not an action hero, as he will attest, he’s […]

THE SEANCE SOCIETY by Michael Nethercott

October 1, 2013

Michael Nethercott is a new mystery writer to me. I got my hands on an ARC (advanced reviewer’s copy) of The Séance Society and was intrigued by the 1950s background, the séance component of the plot, and the description of the two main characters – which are definitely in Holmes and Watson territory. In fact, […]

ANGEL BABY by Richard Lange

June 24, 2013

Richard Lange is new to me, and Angel Baby is his second novel, though the first one of his books I’ve read. A lot of readers are making comparisons to Elmore Leonard, and I think I have to agree, but I could also throw in Don Winslow and Dennis Lehane. There is a small, defined […]

DEAD THINGS by Stephen Blackmoore

February 24, 2013

Dead Things by Stephen Blackmoore was recommended to me by an editor friend who not only reads my books, but also reads a lot of the same stuff I do. So I have her to thank for this one. After I saw the cover and read the description, I ordered the book immediately. I’d been […]


January 4, 2013

Hopefully this first review is a sign of interesting things to come for the year. This novella, an original ebook of 40,000+ words, is the start of an interesting sojourn across an apocalyptic world. We seem to have plenty of those types of books out there these days, but this one is special to me […]


August 5, 2012

“That Thing At The Zoo” is a novella about occult bounty hunter Deacon Chalk. Chalk is a man that won’t be stopped, a warrior of Herculean proportions who has been forged in the fires of personal loss, a man that has nothing else to lose and lives for the enemies that fall within his grasp. […]

RIP TIDE by Kat Falls

May 10, 2012

Rip Tide is the second book in Kat Falls’s action-packed science fiction young adult series. I’d been blown away by her first book, Dark Life, and my son had been too. My expectations for this second book were high, and I was afraid that I’d been expecting too much. But that was a needless worry. […]