The Creation Series — Available on all Devices

Excited to share that The Creation Series is now available on all major eBook retailers! This is the first time the series has been available on Barnes & Noble’s NOOK, Apple’s iBooks, or Kobo, as well as a few other sites, and it will continue to be available on Amazon as well for Kindle.

Creation Series

If you haven’t yet had the chance to check this series out, I’ll be giving out a free copy of Book One in the series to all newsletter subscribers. Sign up with a quick email address and your copy will magically appear (or maybe it’ll arrive by email, still working out the logistics to this whole “magical” element).

And here’s a little synopsis, for those of you who prefer knowing what you’re about to read . . . 🙂


“One of the most gripping, original apocalyptic stories I have ever read.” — Horror After Dark

“Perfect suspense . . . This is a thriller of the highest order.” — Confessions of a Reviewer

This is a writer that you need to be acquainted with ASAP.” — Horror Talk

Deep in the jungles of the Amazon Rainforest, a dying botanist has begun a search that could change the fate of humanity forever. Joining depraved scientists and ruthless mercenaries, he seeks to overcome humanity’s one common enemy: Mortality.

Meanwhile, plans have been laid by an eco-revolutionary group, led by rebel Faye Moanna, to put an end to the illegal deforestation taking place in the Amazon. But her true motives may compromise much more than their sociopolitical agenda.

Because a frightening power is stirring, an event beginning that only occurred once in the history of the Earth — during its process of Creation. And it will take more than tenacity and ingenuity to survive the coming seven days. For in order to Create . . . One must first Destroy.

THE CREATION is a dark apocalyptic thriller series that explores the end of one world . . . and the start of another. Begin your journey by signing up for Behrg’s newsletter today and receive a FREE COPY of book one, The Creation: Axis Mundi. Or check out the series from your favorite eBook retailer.


Hope you enjoy this series! And, as always, thanks for the support.

–Behrg

Book Review: “The Institute” by Stephen King

I’m not sure if The Institute reads like Orson Scott Card trying to write a Stephen King novel or Stephen King trying to write an Orson Scott Card novel, but the end result is as captivating as you might hope for. While the themes and even ideas behind this novel have certainly been explored before, like anything put into the hands of a master storyteller, it’s spun in a way that makes you believe it’s wholly unique. We’re watching a magician at the top of his game with this novel, and though you know you’re being deceived, it’s impossible not to grin and find yourself believing in magic after all.

Beautifully drawn characters, complex moral dilemmas, and underdogs you just want to root for. This is a novel that will stay with you long after you finish its final page. King in top form. 

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Book Review: “My Pretties” by Jeff Strand

Jeff Strand is a master at telling stories, and in the storyland hotel he lives in–which we can only occasionally visit–there are many floors to explore, each one as diverse and unique as the next. Some are deceptively dark and foreboding, others have clown music and bright lights (though there are still creepy things lurking around corners), but no two novels will ever be exactly alike.
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This is a good thing. Too often, successful authors fear straying from the mold they’ve created as it might alienate the audience they’ve tried to build. But Strand’s okay with alienation. In fact he might just string you up in a cage in a quiet suburban basement and simply watch you there for some time. Eventually, though, he’ll deliver that special type of novel that you really connect with, the one that shrieks at you as loudly as you scream back. Oh, wait, I don’t talk to the novels I read either, I mean, that would be crazy . . .

All this to say, I dug My Pretties. It might not have hit as hard as Pressure did for me, or wow me the way Blister did in a–how is someone in Hollywood not picking this up and making it into a movie immediately–way, but it still was a floor worth exploring.

Now back to that clown music . . .

Book Review: “The Ritual” by Steve Stred

Reading The Ritual is like being invited to an exclusive party, only after arriving you realize you’ve stepped into the inner circle of a cult on a night you might only remember as your last. And yes, you will be praying you get out alive.

Stred’s approach to the subject matter is quite unique, taking us into the normal-seeming world of Brad, a character who has an ordinary job he suffers through, who deals with relatable issues, and is, on almost all accounts, the epitome of normal.

Except for that one thing.
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The writing style is different than most reads you’ll encounter, but suits the story and its take well, disarming the reader with its simple approach, allowing the darker moments–of which there are plenty–to really take hold. And let’s get one thing straight, when Stred explores those darker corners, he makes sure the reader comes face to face with everything you were hoping, and simultaneously fearing, you would encounter. This tale does not shy away from uncomfortable material. The finale is both extreme and utterly satisfying, and though it hits the points you expect it to, it does so with an added measure of gusto. Oh, and a lot of blood.

I love finding emerging and new authors who aren’t afraid to swing for the fences and will do so while developing their own style rather than trying to imitate those they admire. If this is the start of where Stred is willing to take us at this point early in his career, I can’t wait to see where his writing and stories will eventually lead.

The Ritual will be available for sale this October. I received an advanced reader copy from the author, and decided to post my thoughts and review. This in no way influenced my rating.

Amazon on Fire

It’s shocking to see that coverage is finally being offered on the horrendous fires taking place in the Amazon rainforest . . . only three weeks after they’ve begun in force. With some sites stating deforestation is estimated to be up almost 90% year over year, it’s impossible not to have the consequences to our future in mind.

Having lived in Venezuela and having spent some time in parts of the Amazon rainforest, as well as having done some heavy research on the subject of deforestation and the Amazon in general for my Creation series, this is a topic I follow with some passion.

Let me first state it is impossible to describe the awe-inspiring beauty and sheer immensity of the Amazon. Trust me, I’ve tried in three books, and though I considered the setting almost a character in and of itself, words fail to fully capture the majesty of that land. It really is like stepping onto another planet, and is such a reminder of what a small part we play in the grand scheme of things. It’s hard not to stare out at a sea of trees and not feel insignificant in some small way.

And yet despite our insignificance, we’re certainly capable of screwing things up. Greed, food, lumber, money–the reasons for deforestation are many. And though it may seem so far away, like something that’s happening on another planet, the consequences have a far reaching impact and WILL affect you and me.

Creation Series.jpegWhile my books in The Creation Series are certainly fictional, I was reminded of a section I wrote in the concluding book that feels far too close to the truth. In a fictional article at the start of the book, a researcher explains how deforestation has altered the Amazon’s climate, causing lengthened dry seasons:

As more tributaries dry up in the Amazon, researchers fear the rainforest will suffer ‘mega-droughts’ that could last years, tipping the delicate equilibrium of vegetation and climate over an edge to which there may be no end . . . Imagine the consequences should such an occurrence spread throughout our Amazon basin; a rainforest without the ability to replenish itself through rainfall. The end of the world might not be that far off after all.

Hopefully not a prophetic statement.

So what can we do?

First, educate yourself about the topic. Research ways you can make an impact. I’ve donated proceeds from my first book in The Creation Series to groups looking to protect and reverse trends in the Amazon. We can also call on our local leaders and politicians to act and raise awareness. And, of course, we can reduce our consumption as stewards of the planet we’re all a part of.

This article on CNN has other great ideas of ways you can get involved or groups you can donate to (though you’ll have to scroll to the end of the article for that info): https://www.cnet.com/how-to/amazon-rainforest-fire-whats-happening-now-and-how-you-can-help-update-g7/

The important thing is to start by doing something. Just one thing more than you would have otherwise done. And if we can all get just one more person to do one more thing, imagine the collective power we can truly achieve.

So start today, whether it’s just reading up on what’s really occurring or researching groups that have a positive environmental impact. One small yet positive change can have a lasting impact.

 

 

Book Review: “Floating Dragon” by Peter Straub

Floating Dragon feels like what you’d get if Robert McCammon and Nick Cutter decided to ghostwrite a Stephen King novel together, switching back and forth between sections without anyone going back to revise. It’s dense and absurdly overwritten, the individual scenes are often fantastic, but trying to pick up the bread crumbs from start to finish leads you on a winding road that not once gets you anywhere close to grandmother’s house.

floating dragon.jpgThe story follows a band of characters who discover their ancestors formed a band of characters to fight off an evil that plagues the town of Hampstead, Connecticut, and who must now fight off an evil that plagues the town of Hampstead, Connecticut. An evil in the form of a floating poisonous gas that escaped from a government facility, and also a mass murdering psychotic doctor, and also the reincarnated spirit of the previous mass murderer who their ancestors had to defeat, who may or may not be possessing the psychotic doctor and may or may not have been responsible for the spilling of the government gas. And also in the form of the hallucinations that plague the town (along with the evil) causing fires that aren’t really there but that still burn down houses or cause kids to go drown themselves in the river. And also there’s a mirror and creepy things happen around and in it. Oh, and did I mention that some of our band of heroes have telepathy or can see back into the past, if only to allow us to read in real time everything that happened to those former band of characters?

I’m not sure I would have made it through this labyrinthine novel without having committed to a buddy read with Mr. E. Lorn, but as chaotic and downright frustrating as this book can sometimes be, there are also spectacular moments with some of the finest writing you’ll ever read. It is Straub, after all. At times it feels like you’re the only sober one listening to a drunkard’s rambling tale and then in the next moment you feel those jaded little heartstrings being pummeled, emotions pulled from you you had no plan on revealing. I will say, as tumultuous of a flight “Floating Dragon” was, Straub completely sticks the landing. It almost makes that drunkard’s tale worth listening to.

One of those books I’m glad I tackled but will never return to. As one of the characters says near the final showdown, “If we’re going crazy, at least we’re doing it together.” I’d recommend this one only if you have someone to go crazy with too.

Book Review: “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” by Iain Reid

“Something that disorients, that unsettles what’s taken for granted, something that disturbs and disrupts reality—that’s scary.”

40605223._SY475_I’m not sure I’ve ever finished a novel before and immediately turned to page one to start the story again. I’m Thinking of Ending Things is my kind of story–unique, well-told, with a quiet tension that hangs over the narrative, darkening every scene. This in and of itself is an accomplishment, considering the novel’s themes of mental illness, and adds another layer that becomes an almost invisible metaphor for depression. There are a lot of layers to unpack in this story, and as that’s half the fun I’ll be careful of not sprinkling in any spoilers.

The storyline is intrinsically yet deceptively simple. A road trip with a girlfriend going to meet her boyfriend’s parents for the first time. A girlfriend who suffers from depression and is “thinking of ending things.” One of the highlights of Reid’s work is the uncomfortable awkwardness that exists in certain moments with this couple and how relatable this makes them. As the story progresses and things begin to unravel, that gap only widens until the reader is the one questioning what’s real rather than just the characters.

One of the smartest novels I’ve read tackling the subject of mental illness, I only wish I had read this one sooner. Looking forward to more of Reid’s work.