Reviews and Recommendations by Mel Odom, Professional Writer

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THOR: THE GODDESS OF THUNDER by Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, and Jorge Molina

August 6, 2016

  I remember all the hoopla that went along with the debut of the female Thor. There were arguments on all sides, that it was just a gimmick, that it was to build onto the diversity package Marvel was hoping to bring to the brand. I didn’t buy into any of it. I figured it […]


July 31, 2016

Peter Brandvold has a new Western series out, which is nothing new for him because he is a prolific writer and loves telling stories. This time his hero is Bear Haskell, a US marshal operating out of Denver. His beat ranges from Minnesota to Texas. With over a hundred Westerns under his belt, Brandvold knows […]

WHERE IT HURTS by Reed Farrel Coleman

July 31, 2016

I hadn’t read Reed Farrel Coleman before, although I was aware of his Moe Prager books and the fact that he is currently continuing Robert B. Parker’s Jesse Stone novels. However, I was given a copy of Where It Hurts, his first Gus Murphy novel, and I opened it up, feeling immediately as though I’d […]

SLOW BURN by Ace Atkins

July 31, 2016

I’m glad Ace Atkins was picked to carry on the Spenser novels. I grew up with that character and I don’t want him to ever disappear. Atkins comes really close to mimicking Parker’s style with his dialogue and observations (so different from Atkins’ Quinn Colson character), but I noticed in Kickback that the storylines were […]

THE FORSAKEN by Ace Atkins

July 31, 2016

  At first glance, Ace Atkins’s Quinn Colson books look like a series, but as I’ve read into them, the books have become more of a continuing saga. Quinn Colson, the hero of the books and the (sometimes) sheriff of Tibbehah County in Mississippi, has a deeper, richer history than most series’ protagonists. The South, […]

THE LONG WAY DOWN by Craig Schaefer

August 12, 2015

I try to keep up with everything being published, but it’s gotten harder with all the ebook publications that have sprung up. One of the series I missed when it first debuted is Craig Schaefer’s Dan Faust fantasy series, but I’m catching up. Dan Faust is an interesting character, a real-live mage who sometimes does […]

COFFIN HILL VOL. 1 FOREST OF THE NIGHT by Caitlin Kittredge & Inaki Miranda

July 24, 2015

Caitlin Kittredge’s graphic novel Coffin Hill Volume 1: Forest of the Night reads like a movie. As I turned the pages and absorbed the story and images, the film unspooled in my head. There was even a soundtrack—I don’t remember what it was, but it was definitely something with one of those beats that keeps […]

SOMETHING WICKED by Kerry Wilkinson

July 24, 2015

Until I read Something Wicked, I’d never heard of Kerry Wilkinson. Then, amazed at how good the book was and wondering why I’d never heard of him, I did some research. It turns out that Wilkinson’s personal successes in the writing field are just as exciting and surprising as the novel. Wilkinson self-published his first […]

THE SINISTER SHADOW by Kenneth Robeson

July 23, 2015

Will Murray has taken up the reins of the Doc Savage series quite well with his “Wild Adventures.” He’s given Doc fans new adventures with a definite nostalgia spin, and he’s twisted Doc’s life into new horizons (that still make sense). The pairing of Doc and King Kong was very well done and I enjoyed […]

A Plug For the Rancho Diablo Series!

January 4, 2013

The Hold Up (Rancho Diablo)