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Review of ‘Sheol: West of Hell 3’ (Plus 1st book FREE!)


Sheol by Jason Brant

(This for the third book in the series. If you have not read the first book, scroll down to the bottom for a FREE copy!)


Sheol is the third and last book in the West of Hell series. It was the perfect conclusion to a completely different and wild ride. Zombies, prostitutes, and the Wild West ended up being the perfect combination.


I do not even know how to start because I do not want to post any spoilers. The second book left off with McCall sending Karen and Stephen to safety, at the detriment to his own. The third book begins with a shock that makes you glad that the hero is still in the story.


Karen is in jail, with someone in a position of authority that she never would have imagined. Stephen has been taken from her and she is accused of heinous crimes. The town of Sheol has no idea what is coming and Karen is determined to tell them. The “moaners” are coming and this is going to be the fight of the town’s life. No one is safe and nothing is what it seems.


I really do not want to get into any more detail besides saying that this book blew my mind. McCall and Karen reach new depths in this book. It makes them come even more alive and it makes you connect with them in new ways. Jason Brant even brought a few awwww moments into the story. The biblical undertones leave you nervous and second-guessing everything you have thought about the previous books. There are so many clues and hints if you just open yourself up to them. The ending wowed me and I feel privileged to have gotten to read this series.


Quotes from the Book:


“Don’t you know? I’m nothin’ but a hooker. Keeping my mouth open is how I make money.”


“All your anger, all your hate, all your shame at the things you’ve ignored in this town… turn it into wrath and unleash it at the army knocking on your door. This is your chance at redemption – take it.”


“I walked across that fucking desert for you. I’m here, fighting for these people because of you. If you give up on me now, then you’re telling me that everything I’ve done has been for nothing. You were worth it, no matter what happens.”

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THE FIRST BOOK IN THE WEST OF HELL SERIES IS FREE

Amazon: Gehenna (West of Hell #1)
Smashwords:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/209687

Link for the second book, TARTARUS.

Amazon:
Tartarus (West of Hell #2)
Smashwords:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/237359

Link for the third book, SHEOL

Amazon:
Sheol (West of Hell #3)

Smashwords:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/258290

GET ALL THREE BOOKS IN THE WEST OF HELL SERIES FOR ONE LOW PRICE

West of Hell Omnibus Edition (West of Hell 1-3)

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Tartarus: (West of Hell Book 2) Review and SERIES Giveaway


(Giveaway details below: Please read review first)

Journeying back to the wild west…cowboys, prostitutes, and zombies (oh my). Tartarus starts off exactly where Gehenna left off. McCall and Karen boarded a train to escape the hell of Gehenna, which was full of “moaners”. Moaners are the living dead, infected people that are eating other people…zombies. Once aboard the train they learn that some of the moaners have made it on and are infecting the other passengers. Throw in a couple of outlaws trying to get to the Tartarus River and a trainload of passengers, and you have the makings of a huge ‘fustercluck’. They exit the train (not that it was really that easy but I am not going to give you all the details!) after finding out that the moaners are everywhere outside, that nowhere is safe. McCall, Karen, and surprisingly, a little boy take off on foot with no food or water. Their continued journey takes them through hell and back…with an ending that will have your mouth falling open in shock.

Tartarus was an excellent addition to the West of Hell series. It was a quick but anticipation filled read that had you dying for more when you finished. Gehenna (Book 1) broadened my horizons since I have never been a big fan of zombie books, but Tartarus opened my eyes. I am a huge fan of character interaction and getting to know the people I am reading about. In Tartarus you finally get the chance to get to know Karen and McCall. Gehenna was action packed from the start to the finish and Tartarus slowed it down a bit. I went through a myriad of emotions while reading. I laughed, cussed, and even teared up a time or two. McCall ended up being just the sort of hero that women love and Karen is one of those kick ass chicks that you root for till the very end. You see a much softer side of the outlaw McCall and even a spark of romance. Of course the ending will kick you in the teeth and leave you wondering what the hell is going on in Jason Brant’s mind! He’s a bit twisted but that twisted part is what makes his books so addicting…you never know what to expect. I give Tartarus 5 stars and I CAN’T wait to see how the West of Hell trilogy ends. I bet I couldn’t imagine the ending even if I tried.

If I have talked you into reading this book, please leave the author a review where you bought it. Every review helps the author.

Quotes from the Book:

“Didn’t you hear what the kid said? I’m Mad Dog McCall. I do what I want, when I want.”

(McCall) “Remind me not to piss you off.  (Karen) “Yeah, well, I don’t like being called a bitch.”

“Judging by the redwood you have there, I doubt it.”

Amazon Buy Link: Tartarus (West of Hell #2)

B&N Buy Link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/tartarus-jason-brant/1112951571?ean=2940015681116

Smashwords Buy Link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/237359

***THE GIVEAWAY!***

Up for giveaway today is the first two books in Jason Brant’s West of Hell series: Gehenna and Tartarus.  These will go to one lucky person. To enter this contest all you have to do is tell me why you want to read these books and/or ask Jason a question. This is MANDATORY.

For EXTRA entries you can Like, Follow, Fan/Friend, and add books to your TBR list on Goodreads. Make sure you let me know what you do so I can count it. If you have already done something, let me know as well. It still counts 🙂 Contest ends 10/5 at 8 am CST.

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Also, Check Out Jason’s Other Books
Gehenna (West of Hell #1): Kindle Edition
Gehenna (West of Hell #1): Paperback

Echoes: Kindle Edition
Echoes: Paperback

The Gate: Kindle Edition
The Gate: Paperback

BEST VALUE: 3 books in 1 (Gehenna, Echoes, and The Gate)

3 Supernatural Thrillers: Kindle Edition

Interview with Jason Brant, author of Echoes and Gehenna


For the last week I have been talking about this great interview with Jason Brant that I am going to post today. Today is finally here and it was worth the wait! Jason Brant is the self-published author of two wonderful books, Echoes and Gehenna. I have had the pleasure of reading and reviewing them both, and I cannot wait for the next book of his to come out. I have gotten to know Jason a little bit in this interview process and I hope that you enjoy his wit and sense of humor as much as I do. I will post links to his books after the interview and I hope that you all will take a chance on at least one of his books today. You cannot go wrong with either one! Please leave your comments below for Jason, or the interview, or my bad questions lol. Show some support for Indie authors and make him feel welcomed on this page.  I will stop my blathering now and let Jason take the stage. This was Jason’s first EVER interview and I am so excited that I am the one that got to do it. =)

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Jason, I love your books but I know you just recently started writing. What did you do before you decided to become an author?

I did contract work as a Digital Forensic Analyst for the Department of Defense.  It sounds more important than it actually is.  Basically I broke into computers and looked for naughty things.  I’ve also done IT work, and home theater installations.  I tried to become a porn star after I quit, but for whatever reason my wife didn’t like that idea.

I asked around to a few different authors for interview advice and Elle Casey suggested asking “Why do you write?” So Jason, why do you write?

After the porn career idea was shot down I had to come up with something else.  Writing seemed like a natural transition from pornography, so here I am.  Actually, I have a degree in film and television production and was all set to move to L.A. (not for porn, really!), but I met my wife a few months before graduation.  I decided to forgo that career to stay back East with her.  Though I didn’t go into the business, I have a serious passion for movies and books that never went away.  Writing novels isn’t too far from writing screenplays, and with the digital book revolution ongoing, I decided to throw my hat on the pile.

I read on an advice for interviews blog that most authors hate to be asked how they get their ideas…why do you think that is?

If I had to guess, it’s probably because most authors are turds, e.g. Elle Casey.  Writers are like anyone else, and most people happen to be turds.  Look at me – I’m an author, and I’m a turd.  That question might bother some people, because they don’t know how to answer it.  Sometimes ideas just pop in there, which is usually the case with me.

Lol…where do you get your ideas?

I have no clue.  I wish I could say it was from all the cocaine I do, but I typically just blackout after a few lines.  Honestly, I’m not sure.  I’ve had ideas hit me while sitting in traffic, from dreams, people watching, and pretty much any other random thing you can think of.

The first book I read of yours was Echoes. My favorite character in that book was Nami. Is her character based on anyone you know? How about Ash and Sammy?

Yup.  Nami is based on a friend and former co-worker of mine.  If you can imagine hanging out with Nami for a day, then you know what my life was like for several years.  My friend isn’t a secret agent, and doesn’t shoot Desert Eagle’s, but everything else is very close.  She’s a blast to have around, and was gracious enough to allow me to use her likeness in Echoes. The back and forth relationship that Ash and Nami have is very similar to our friendship.  And yes, she swears that goddamn much.

Ash is an amalgamation (I’m smrt!) of the experiences of several people.  My brother has a purple heart from one of his tours in Iraq, and I used quite a bit of the shit he went through to form Ash’s personality, angst, and opinions.  My own experiences working with the government were also thrown in there.  Because you read my blog, you’ve probably figured out that his smart ass attitude is from me.

Sammy isn’t really based on anyone in particular.  A few of the ridiculous things she said are based on conversations I had with people, but that’s about it.

I have to know because I just died laughing during Echoes: Where did you come up with some of the sayings in the book, such as ‘Holy F*** Balls’ and ‘Kicked in the fart box’?

I say ludicrous crap all the time.  Taking two unrelated vulgarities and combing them into one is something I do quite a bit.  And balls works with just about anything.  Add that to a character like Nami, and hilarity ensues.  I’m sure that I picked up on some of the crazy things that the real life “Nami” says too.

The paranormal twist in Echoes was unique in a sea of all the paranormal out there, especially as this book is listed as an action/thriller. Do you consider Echoes in the paranormal genre? What made you want to write a book (Gehenna) in the paranormal genre? Are your following books going to stay in that genre or are you planning to branch out?

I struggled with how to categorize Echoes when I released it.  Ultimately, I decided not to list it in any paranormal genres because it just didn’t seem to fit.  Ash does have a special ability, but that doesn’t really define the book.  I was also concerned that people tend to link the paranormal with ghosts and vampires more than something like telepathy.  Most of the story is Ash being confused, and getting his ass kicked, so I went with the Action and Thriller categories.

Having said that, most of my books will have a paranormal angle to them, because that’s what I enjoy to read.  I’ve said many times that Stephen King could wipe his ass with some paper, and I’d read it.  The Twilight Zone, Tales From the Crypt, and MonsterVision with Joe Bob Briggs are all shows I grew up with, and I still love to watch them.

Do you relate more with the hero of a book or the villain?

In general I probably relate to the hero more.  However, if the villain isn’t stronger, or more interesting, than the hero, then what’s the point?  I love watching people overcome adversity.

Let’s move on to a question I am dying to ask. In Echoes, the lead female character, Sammy, was portrayed as dumb with big boobs and yet the lead female in Gehenna, Karen, is strong-willed and kicks ass. Which one are you fonder of? (and yes, this is a trick question lol)

I’m a huge fan of tough women.  All too often they’re underplayed in books and movies, or they’re taken too far over the top and it almost becomes self-mockery.  I’ll take Sigourney Weaver in Aliens any day of the week over Angelina Jolie in, well, anything.  Having said that, who doesn’t like big boobs?  Come on, what’s more American than giant boobs?

Let’s talk about Gehenna. This book is about cowboys, prostitutes and zombies, or as you call them, Moaners, in the old west. This is certainly a unique storyline. I know I have never read a book anything like it. Where did you come up with an old west setting for a zombie book?

I was talking to a friend of mine on the phone a couple of months ago, right after I finished Echoes, and he asked me what I planned on writing next.  Somewhere in that conversation, the initial idea for Gehenna popped in.  Originally it was going to be called Zomboys, and it would be strictly a comedy.  After about five pages, the tone shifted and it ended up being much more serious than I had planned.  Of course a lot of the humor remained, because that’s my style, but it definitely morphed into a wild zombie ride.

The old west setting added a different layer of danger to the survivors.  Their crude weapons and lifestyles made it much more difficult for them to prevail.  Placing the story in the 1800’s also explained why they had no idea what a zombie was, and I’m not sure if you noticed this, but the word ‘zombie’ is never used throughout the entire book.  If the dead were to rise today, we would all know what they were, but the zombie mythology hadn’t been created yet for the characters in Gehenna.

I tried to eat while reading Gehenna and found I could not do it. You write insanely (in a good way!) descriptive scenes about munching on flesh. Some places in the book, my skin actually crawled. Does writing scenes like that bother you or are you just sitting back, grinning and waiting for audience reaction?

After the first zombie scene I actually sat back and asked myself what the hell I was doing.  Then I figured, it’s a zombie/western, if that doesn’t necessitate going full bore, nothing does.  So I let it rip, and when I finished I felt that it fit the story.  Outside of another book about zombies, nothing else I write will have this level of violence.

Did you do any research on Zombies before writing Gehenna, maybe watch a few zombie movies? If so, which ones would you call inspirations?

I didn’t, but being a massive zombie fan I already have all of the greats memorized by heart.  It was a very conscious decision to make the zombies of Gehenna the old school, meandering variety as opposed to the Olympic sprinters used today.  If I had to pick the two movies that most influenced my book, I would probably pick Night of the Living Dead, and Return of the Living Dead.  Night because of the claustrophobic atmosphere of being trapped in a house while surrounded by the dead, and Return for the quirky characters.

I just realized I’ve been entirely too serious over my last few answers.  Balls.

I noticed that there was a lot of God talk in Gehenna. The main character, McCall, says he relies more on guns than God. What is your stance on God and however did you find that bible verse you included in Gehenna, Leviticus 26:28, that makes it sound like God is going to make zombies of us all?

And now we’re talking about religion.  Shit just got real.  Despite the biblical overtones of Gehenna, I’m not a religious man.  I was raised a Christian, but no longer follow any kind of belief system.

I’d heard about the various Bible verses discussing the dead rising for a couple of years now.  When I started writing Gehenna I hit up Google and was shocked at what I found.  There are even more in there than the ones I used.  And the zombie Jesus jokes go without saying.

As an avid reader of your blog, I am curious. Why do you call your wife ‘The Tall One’?

She’s six feet tall, which constitutes being huge in my book.  When she wears heels she’s actually taller than I am, which just isn’t cool.  I never called her The Tall One before a couple of weeks when I blogged about her.  It kind of stuck after that, so I use it when referring to her on the blog now.

(Reader Questions) What about your writing environment? Any must have items on hand while you write? What are your top favorite books?

I just bought a laptop, so right now I’m writing on my couch and deck.  We have an office upstairs, which is where I spent the winter and spring, but it gets too hot there in the summer.  I don’t really have any staples with me when I write, like coffee or energy drinks, I just go with the flow.

My favorite books:  IT, The Stand, Hell House, The Shining, The Hellbound Heart, At the Mountains of Madness, Dracula, The Mist, Lord of the Flies, Harry Potter (yeah, that doesn’t fit with the rest, but whatever, it’s my list!), Ender’s Game, Fahrenheit 451, A Wrinkle In Time, and so on.

What do you do after you finish a book? Any ritual or celebration?

There is a microbrewery about a mile from us that I always go to when I finish a book.  Granted, I’d go there anyway, but it does give me a convenient excuse to start drinking at 3 in the afternoon.

I am not going to take anymore of your time, but I have to know, what are you working on now? Maybe a sequel to Echoes?

My current work in progress is about two college students who win a contest to be interns on a “Ghost Hunters” type of TV show.  When they arrive at a church in Appalachia to shoot a new episode, they end up finding more than they ever thought possible.

After that I’m hoping to start sequels to both Echoes and Gehenna.  I’m kicking around ideas for both, and should settle on them soon.  After that, I have some interesting stuff coming on the horizon, particularly next year.

Thank you, Jason, for taking the time to answer my interview questions. I cannot wait to read your next book! I hope you enjoyed yourself as much as I did through this whole process.

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I hope you enjoyed the interview. Please leave comments or questions below for Jason or for me. I am sure Jason will be checking this throughout the day. Everyone knows authors are a little vain lol, but of course they have great reason to be =) I am also placing links for his books below.
Kindle Version Links:

Echoes

Gehenna

Paperback Links:
Gehenna
Echoes

A review of Jason Brant’s Gehenna


Jason Brant did not disappoint. Gehenna is a book like no other I have ever read. Zombies, prostitutes, and cowboys in the old west…who would have thought of that? Well, apparently Jason did, and boy did he do it well. This book grabs you from the very first page. The characters are well thought out, the ride wild, and the losing your lunch optional, though I almost lost mine.

The very beginning starts off like so many historical romances, believe it or not. The first few pages leave you totally unprepared for what is only a few pages away. The main character, Karen, is introduced as a smart prostitute in a brothel. The brothel owner, Ellis, is berating her for scaring off customers. He tells her, “You got to be the worst hooker I ever had” as well as, “I knew I should have taken those books away from you. Women got no place learnin’ from those things. Nothin’ good comes from it.” You can tell it is all bluster because he treats his girls well, and has a soft spot for Karen. He was actually one of my favorite characters.

I love Karen. She is just my type of girl. She is smart, knows what she wants and will do anything to get what she wants. She does not believe that she has to have a man to survive. She is her own person and she is one of those girls that kick ass.

Most of the characters are introduced in the first few pages and then the excitement starts with screams heard from the street. You know that this is not just some historical romance from then on out. The people in the saloon notice that there are two people eating a woman outside. These people are not just ordinary men as they both had multiple arrows sticking out of their bodies and of course, they are EATING a woman!

Right after that, another main character is introduced. He is ‘Mad Dog’ McCall, an outlaw that is in jail. In this part of the book you realize that guns are outlawed in Gehenna and by then you are really glad you don’t live there. McCall is a great mix of outlaw/hero.

There are also many biblical aspects of this book, but it was like no part of the bible that was ever pointed out to me. I will give you one clue: Leviticus 26:28. You will never think about zombies again in the same way, I promise you that.

I do not want to spoil the whole book but I am going to point out a few things. In the old west, there were no such things as zombies, so in this book they have no idea what in the hell is going on. They have no guns and are totally unprepared for these ‘Moaners’ that are eating and changing everyone. The scenes are so realistic that you will literally shudder with horror when you read them. I have never read such a graphic book, nor have I ever read one that I had to put down while I was eating like I did with this one.

The twists and turns are astonishing. Jason makes you think about the book long after you are done. The ending is like no other. I could not believe it was over with the twist that was just thrown out there at the very end. I am hoping for a sequel or this book is going to haunt me forever. It is just that kind of book. All in all, this book is a non-stop, action packed adventure. It is a must read.

I am inserting a link for Gehenna below. If I have talked you into reading this book, once again let me say, please leave a review where you bought it. Every review helps the author! Thank you!


Gehenna

Interview with Jason Brant, author of Gehenna and Echoes, coming Monday! (6/18)


I have been lucky enough to procure an interview with Jason Brant! He is the self-published author of two great books, Echoes and Gehenna. I have reviewed Echoes here on my site and will have the review of Gehenna posted on Wednesday at the latest. This will be the first interview that Jason Brant has ever done, (I am so lucky!). This will also be my first author interview, (Yikes!) so I am a little nervous. I hope everyone comes by Monday to check out what Jason has to say, and I am sure, rate me on my interview skills.

If you have never read anything by Jason Brant, you are missing out. His books are fresh, funny and have a paranormal twist. If you like zombie books, you will love Gehenna. He is an original. You can check out Jason’s blog at:
http://www.jasonbrant.blogspot.com

You will not be sorry that you did. He is just as funny in real life as he is in his books.

If you have not read anything by Jason Brant, this would be the time to give a new author a chance. I guarantee you that by the end of the interview, you will be lining up to read his books. Echoes has 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon, and Gehenna has 4.9 out of 5 stars. Can’t beat those odds!

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Looking forward to hearing your comments! Thanks =)
Links to his books below…


Gehenna


Echoes

Just Another Rainy Day


I spent all day working on that thing I am not gonna talk about yet. My brain actually hurts lol. On a brighter note I was able to start Jason Brant’s Gehenna. http://jasonbrant.blogspot.com Let me tell you that it is not for the faint at heart 🙂 I decided to eat lunch while I was reading the book and literally had to put it down to finish eating. Not that it is a bad thing. Jason just has awesomely descriptive scenes. The book is about zombies, prostitutes and cowboys. But I am not going to say anymore. I don’t want to post too much about it because I will be posting a review in a day or two. Just that so far the book is great. I hope you will read the coming review and the book!