Baryon, VOL 27, Page 1.
Page 1 of the 85th Volume of Baryon
Barry R. Hunter
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Baryon 851 (ISSN 1534-5254), Volume 27, Number 1, January March, 2002. Published by Barry R. Hunter, PO Box 3314, Rome, Georgia 30164-3314. For UPS, please use 114 Julia Drive SW, Rome, Georgia 30165-7999. Copyright 2002 by Baryon for the contributors. Baryon is available for $1 or the usual. Baryon's web address is www.Baryon-Online.com and is maintained by Pete Horwath. The cover art is "Beauty" by Ruth Thompson and is available in a limited edition print. Details are available a www.Tarnishedlmages.com or in person at various conventions.
I hope all of you have survived the holiday season without too many ponds gained or credit cards bent out of shape.
This has been an interesting time around here coming so close to the wedding and making us in-laws and grandparents at the same time. The wedding went as planned and was a beautiful occasion. Scott and Carey make a lovely couple and have gotten settled into their new house, so its empty nest time around here. Even though Scott was working nights and we seldom saw him, his presence was always noticed and now he's not. It will take some getting used to.
Many thanks go out to Harriet and Jim for the reviews in this issue (especially since I was doing other things). Icould not have made it without them. My thanks also to the publishers and authors who have sent me their works to be reviewed. I'm still doing all of the e-book reviews and I read them on the screen since I don't have a palm or an e-book reader. The big print does help.
I've not seen Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings yet. have heard a lot of good things about both of them and will possibly break down and see them later. One thing is for sure there will be more of them in the coming years.
The events of 9/11 are still being felt world wide and I hope that the military and civilian casualties remain low and the bad guys \Nill be brought to justice soon and the world can be one of peace and brotherhood. Imagine continues to run through my mind as a constant melody. The various concerts for New Yor produced some interesting music and a show of brotherhood and family that needs to continue.
2002 looks like it is going to be an interesting year with a couple of new books by Stephen King as well as some re-issues o older ones and a new original mini-series. Dean Koontz will have a new one out at years end that is rumored to be his best ever. Ials hope to see new material from Brian A Hopkins, Tanith Lee and Terry Brooks just to name a few. ATK Butterfly, Steve Lazarowitz, and Patrick Welch are some of the best e-book writers that will hopefully make the transition to print and gain more recognition. They are deserving of a boost and Ihope it comes this year.
There appears to be a tightening market for e-books and a lot of the companies are having problems along with some of the Internet concerns that have gone down the tubes, so to speak. We need to support them in their offerings as well.
See everyone some time in April. Take care until then.
God Bless us all.
THE FIXER, Jon F. Merz, Pinnacle Books, May 2002, reviewed by Barry Hunter.
Merz is introducing us to a new group of "people" who inhabit the world with us. It is a group of beings that have their own laws, their own leadership and their own policemen. Lawson is one of these policemen. More importantly, he is a fixer and he is called on for the more important jobs when bodies and problems need to disappear. But this time, the lines are not as clearly drawn.
This time he has been given carte blanche to take out Cosgrove, a vicious killer who has tormented his life since the were children in the 1840's. They are both vampires and Cosgrove seeks to kill the Elders, destroy the Counsel and bring bac Sargoth, the vampires version of Satan.
Cosgrove makes it extremely personal between Lawson and himself by killing his best friend in addition to all his other crimes and especially his hatred of Lawson. Talya, his murdered friend's fiancee and ex-KGB operative, joins Lawson in the hunt and causes some problems and stirs up more than just a working partnership. He has created a more interesting set of characters in allowing them to move about ·n the normal world and not be as constrained as the legends we are more familiar with.
Merz has created a fascinating tale that makes the
vampires more human and not as mystical as the legends with which we are familiar. There are twists galore as he moves his story to a satisfying conclusion but one that leaves more room for further adventures. This is a fine start for Merz the writer and a start of a new series that should have readers begging for more.
GRAVE PERIL, Jim Butcher, Roe, Sep 2001, $6.99, 384 pages, reviewed by Harriet Klausner.
It has been a tough two weeks on Harry Dresden, Chicago's only known wizard (check the phone book if you are a nonbeliever). It seems he and his good soul partner Michael
Carpenter, a knight with a holy blade, have spent the previous fourteen evenings fighting terrifying ghosts that crossed the barrier between here and Never never land.
When Harry finds the same barbed wire on a human being's soul that he found inside a ghost, he knows he is fighting a
dangerous enemy who breaks all the known rules of supernatural physics. This foe can enter homes without permission, wreck havoc on holy land, and tie mortal and spirit together with otherworldly barbed wire. While Harry gets ready for battle with this unknown superior creature, he also struggles to uncover who is destroying the barrier between earth and Never never and must deal with the Vampire Court whose leader has summoned him.
Book three of the Dresden Files, GRAVE PERIL, is a great supernatural who-done-it. The key to this tale and its predecessors (see STORM FRONT and FOOL MOON) is that every character and situation feels genuine. For instance, readers will feel what technology-machinery impaired Harry feels when he
removes the barbed wire from the soul of a friend. Anyone who
enjoys an offbeat but cleverly written urban fantasy will want to visit the Windy City's only advertising wizard because few horror, fantasy, or mystery tales get any better than this wonderful plot
that smoothly combines all three genres into one novel.
THE MANHATTAN HUNT CLUB, John Saul, Ballantine, $24.95,
313 pages, reviewed by Jim Brock.
John Saul labors in the shadows of King and Koontz while producing some of the more dependably imaginative horror novels to be found. THE MANHATTAN HUNT CLUB is a prime example, even though; at first glance its premise would seem suspect.
THE MANHATIAN HUNT CLUB is a group of powerful
New Yorkers who go hunting in the tunnels under Manhattan. Their prey is a criminal specifically selected and released into the underground world. Jeff converse, a young college student convicted of a brutal crime of
which he was innocent, is the latest target. He is released along with a fellow prisoner, a psychotic killer called Jagger. Together, they must survive the hunt - and Jeff must survive Jagger.
This book takes an imaginative twist in that the ultimate hero proves to be Jeffs dad. Unconvinced of hi son's supposed death, Keith Converse begins a hunt of his own - one that eventually leads him underground as well.
Keith's hunt and the Manhattan Hunt Club clash in some of the best action to be found. While the horror in Manhattan is all too real since September 11, this book is a thriller all the way - and one in which the good guys win.
NINE MINUTES1 TWENTY SECONDS1 The Tragedy & Triumph of ASA Flight 529, Gary M. Pomerantz, Crown Publishers, $24.00, 289 pages, reviewed by Barry Hunter.
This is a very interesting book that tells the events that
lead up to the crash of a small commuter plane in Georgia. It also fills in the events as the survivors remember them and what has happened to them up until the book was 'Mitten.
This is a poignant look at survival and how lives can be changed by events over which you have no control. Much like the events of September 11 and the stories of heroism that have come forth, this book details events of the same type and shows how the human spirit can rise above the situation and shine.
The book is well written and easy to read. It sort of draws you in and knowing that the people and events are real make it all that more dramatic and interesting. Pomerantz has done a wonderful job with this book that might be overshadowed by recent events and that would be a shame. It deserves recognition and I hope that it achieves the acclaim it deserves .