The Bandwagon’s Books of 2016: David

2016 has been a fantastic year for books. We’ve been spoiled for choice here at The Bandwagon, with countless excellent review books and amazing debuts. Now it’s nearly over, so we’ve made a list of our favourite books of the year. Here are David’s picks of 2016.

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A Living Grave by Robert Dunn
The first in a gritty new series featuring sheriff’s detective Katrina Williams, as she investigates a-living-grave_final_smmoonshine, murder, and the ghosts of her own past…
 
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 Katrina Williams left the Army ten years ago disillusioned and damaged. Now a sheriff’s detective at home in the Missouri Ozarks, Katrina is living her life one case at a time—between mandated therapy sessions—until she learns that she’s a suspect in a military investigation with ties to her painful past.
 
The disappearance of a local girl is far from the routine distraction, however. Brutally murdered, the girl’s corpse is found by a bottlegger whose information leads Katrina into a tangled web of teenagers, moonshiners, motorcycle clubs, and a fellow veteran battling illness and his own personal demons. Unraveling each thread will take time  Katrina might not have as the Army investigator turns his searchlight on the devastating incident that ended her military career. Now Katrina will need to dig deep for the truth—before she’s found buried…

This book has great characters that you will love in an instant. It had me feeling so many emotions while reading this book. The mystery is very well done and not easily solved. All around great read.

Read my full review here.

Stone Work by Dominic Stabile

City stands in the irradiated dunes of America, nearly two centuries after the Final War. The wallstone-work-edit surrounding it is a buffer for the wasteland inhabitants who covet entrance, and a trap for the citizens smothering in its polluted air and drowning in its blood-filled streets. Stone is a criminal for hire. Robbed of his loved ones and scarred almost beyond recognition, he navigates City’s darkest corners, doing some of its darkest deeds. In this collection, he’ll pursue an elusive thief, bent on raising an army of juiced up mutants. He’ll break into the office building of a mysterious corporation, only to find the executives are less into sending faxes and more into performing hexes. In the final chapter, he’ll track a man through the Alleys of South City with the help of his tech savvy partner, Megan, and together they’ll face the sentient darkness of City’s deepest underbelly, and confront the violent potential of City’s most dangerous cults.

Part Blade Runner. Part Sin City. Stone Work is an action-packed ride through the rain-slicked streets of a dark, unforgiving urban landscape, rife with sadistic criminals, inter-dimensional abominations, and a creeping darkness that seeks to erase the last, now almost mythical traces of human goodness left in a world always teetering over the edge of its own extinction.

The main character, Stone, is funny and sarcastic. His adventures are crazy good and the pacing is excellent.

Read my full review here.

Storm Orphans by Matt Handle

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In 2011, a television reporter inexplicably started spouting gibberish in the middle of her on-air report. Five years later, what’s become known as the Babylonian Plague has killed 99% of the world’s population and turned virtually everyone else into raving cannibals that are more blood-thirsty zombie than man. These monsters are now simply known as the Afflicted. Storm Orphans is the story of a handful of survivors that avoided infection and now make their way through the dangerous ruins of Florida and Georgia in search of who caused this biological catastrophe and what, if any, future might be left for mankind.
This is an excellent apocalyptic story in every way. Great plot and character development with tons of action.

Read my full review here.

The Invasion by Brett McBean

It was supposed to be a quiet end to a long day: five close-knit family and friends settling in for 30138996
some much-needed sleep after coming together for an early Christmas party.

Instead, it’s the beginning of a shocking night of brutality when six intruders break into the sprawling residence of Debra Hillsboro, a middle-aged romance novelist with a fierce devotion to her loved ones and a strong kinship with her home of almost thirty years.

Armed with smartphones and a modern brand of madness, the intruders – an internet-age cult disconnected from humanity and addicted to causing fear and mayhem – have come to the secluded property for one purpose: to terrorize, and ultimately kill, everyone inside all while filming their heinous crimes.

Outnumbered and cut off from the outside world, the terrified occupants find themselves trapped in a fight for survival as a once place of safety is turned into a deadly maze of darkened rooms and forbidding hallways. On this sweltering summer night, they must somehow find a way to escape before the cult turns the beloved home into a house for the dead.

This book is so great it should be made into a movie. It had me on edge from start to finish.

Read my full review here.

The Monster Underneath by Matthew Franks

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Max Crawford isn’t a typical prison therapist. He uses his unusual psychic ability to walk with convicts through their dreams, reliving their unspeakable crimes alongside them to show them the error of their ways.

Max always has to be on his toes to keep himself grounded, but the FBI agent waiting for him in his private office immediately puts him on edge. The bureau wants Max to go way outside his comfort zone to enter the dreams of suspected serial killer William Knox.

To get a confession and secure the future of his prison program, Max must gain Knox’s trust by any means necessary—and survive the minefield of secrets waiting inside a murderer’s mind. Secrets that could turn Max’s reality into a living nightmare.

Great psychological thriller. Great character arc and full of twists.

Read my full review here.

The Eight day by Joseph John

National Indie Excellence Book Award Finalist. “Five compelling stars. An impressive debut novel 28114836that mixes action, adventure, mystery, police procedural, and science fiction. If you enjoy Michael Crichton, Philip K. Dick, or Robert Ludlum, you need to read this book.”

A warning from a stranger.
“Nothing you know is real. Your name isn’t Shawn Jaffe, you’re not an investment broker, and you’re not from Ohio.”
But the stranger is murdered before he can explain.
Now Shawn isn’t sure who he can trust.
Even his own memories are suspect.
Someone is watching him, controlling him, using him.
To survive, he’ll need to find out who and why.
But the stakes are much higher than one man.
Our humanity is on the line, and on the eighth day, it could be the beginning of the end.

This is a hell of a ride and straight up thriller. Action packed and fast paced. Twists and turns everywhere and a case that is not easy to solve.

Read my full review here.

Check out Vikki’s picks here and James’s choices here.
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