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Hah!! After months of slog (and trust me, this was a really hard book to write), I can now announce The White Towers has been written and edited, and has gone off to the Red Pen of Hell that is Lee Harris at Angry Robot Books. I look forward to his mad scribblings with a FULL bottle of whiskey [#joke]. It’s gonna be a rollercoaster ride for those who liked The Iron Wolves…. I can promise you that.!!
Had some [more!!] great reviews, and here’s a sample of what people are saying about The Iron Wolves:
“Holy crap, but The Iron Wolves was a hell of a lot of fun! It’s as if Robert E. Howard and Fritz Leiber reached out from beyond the grave to collaborate on the kind pulp fantasy they perfected, decided to take Stallone’s The Expendables as their inspiration, recruited Sam Raimi to direct the medieval mayhem, and then demanded that nothing short of the explicit, unrated director’s cut make it into print.” – Bob Milne at Beauty in Ruins.
“As I’ve come to expect from Mr Remic, the author doesn’t shy away from describing the awfulness of the splicing process. In fact, be warned those with a nervous disposition, things veer off into the realms of body horror on a number of occasions. It’s one of my favourite things about this particular author’s writing. Nobody does brutal violent chaos better than Andy Remic.” – Paul Holmes, The Eloquent Page.
“As ever, I advise caution when it comes to Mr Remic’s work. His writing is gory as hell and has a raw unstrained quality that isn’t going to be for everyone. Personally, I love it. Often brutal, but in the same moment introspective; hugely violent but also thoughtful. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to discover if you were to venture beyond the realms of Grimdark and out the other side you’d find Andy Remic sat there waiting for you. He’d probably ask you what took you so bloody long.” – Paul Holmes, The Eloquent Page.
“If you thought Theon Greyjoy’s castration scene in Game of Thrones was a little restrained, then The Iron Wolves could be the epic fantasy potboiler for you.”
“Combining George RR Martin-inspired visceral violence with a touch of Slaine-style bombastic barbarism and a plot straight out of The Lord of the Rings…”
“The story moves at a brisk pace as the individual Iron Wolves are recruited, and the tragic transformation of the necromantic Orlana’s half-human/half-horse ‘Splice’ troops will send a shiver down your spine.” – SFX on The Iron Wolves.
Please note #1: If you have reviewed The Iron Wolves by Andy Remic, and posted on your professional website/BlogSpot, you are eligible for “The Wolf Pack”, t-shirt, bookmarks and a signed author photograph. Please email your details and address to Andy – jappoc [at] hotmail.co.uk with the subject heading “I WANT MY WOLF PACK!”.
Please note #2: In the interest of balance, if you want to read some BAD reviews of The Iron Wolves, head over to Goodreads where a few people have given The Iron Wolves a bit of a kicking. Heh. :-)
That’s right, The Iron Wolves is now available around the globe as a paperback, digital book and, my first (whoop!), a proper audio book read by a proper narrator (as opposed to me, squawking into a microphone). The audio version is performed by Napoleon Ryan, and he does a damn good job. :-)
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Have you looked in the closet lately? Well beware, because some things are not meant to come out…
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Half-vampire Darwin stumbles across a corpse on the streets of London, and in a pocket discovers a notebook in a mysterious language. Divided between human ethics and vampire blood lust, Darwin finds himself both condemner and saviour of a race who’ve never considered him one of their own. Now, he must try and lead the survivors to sanctuary in New Salisbury before Mr West completes his genocide of the vampires in his quest to obtain the book…
Maureen Summerglass is eighty-two years old, a prisoner in her ramshackle home. She is afraid to let people enter in case they discover the oak door in her cellar. Threatened with homelessness and retirement from her job as a gatekeeper between worlds, Maureen breaks protocol when the death of a close friend is covered up… and enters the city of New Salisbury to search for his missing notebook. There, she discovers a world unlike the one of myth and fairy tale she imagined, and instead one of black market economies, brand names and tuk tuks. As she investigates, not only is she in extreme danger, but discovers she may be the first human female able to use magic…
Serial Killers Incorporated by Andy RemicMeet Callaghan, a hard-drinking, drug-fuelled, womanising no-good son-of-a-bitch. He’s the amoral hardcore photographer for Black & White, the tabloid rag that tells it as it is. Or at least, how it should be.
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In an age where interstellar travel is dangerous and unpredictable, and no-one knows exactly where they’ll end up, Avril Bradley is a Communications officer onboard a ship sent to re-contact as many of these lost souls as possible. But a mysterious explosion strands her in a world of political intrigue, espionage and subterfuge; a world of retired cops, digital ghosts and corporate assassins who fight for possession of computer data lain undisturbed for almost a century. . .
Just took my two boys to see The Hobbit (DOS). Awesome!! 9.5/10. Lots of adventure, action, courage and DRAGONS!! Can’t quite believe some critics criticise my books for their cliffhanger endings when PETER JACKSON is the biggest CLIFFHANGER CRIMINAL of them all!! lol. Brill film. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPVWy1tFXuc
11 Reviews and Other Stuff – The Iron Wolves Review Roundup
Er. Wow!! The internet is a busy place at the moment!! I put my head down to do the edits on The White Towers, (follow up to my new fantasy novel The Iron Wolves), and suddenly there’s a tonne of reviews! (which is fabulous, obviously [grins]). I am truly honoured, I yam!. Merry Christmas to all you reviewers out there!!
Okay, first up we have the very amusingly written review over at Fantasy Review Barn – it’s worth reading just for entertainment’s sake, but also says some very nice things about The Iron Wolves –
“4 Stars… much improved over the author’s Clockwork Vampire series. Fast paced, good action and an interesting cast of anti-heroes” – Fantasy Review Barn
We have ze fabulous Publishers Weekly, who said –
“A cliffhanger ending promises more gritty action in future installments” – Publishers Weekly
There’s a cracking review over at The Bibliosanctum, written by a dude called Mogsy (reminds me of the old ZX Spectrum game/Mugsy heh) –
“Full of unlimited energy and madness, this book is perfect for readers looking for a stronger, headier kick to their epic fantasy; fans of bloody battles and gritty anti-heroes are in for a real treat” – Bibliosanctum
“Andy Remic is in his element when it comes to writing big battles and fight scenes, and he graces this book with a lot of them” – Bibliosanctum
“After all, this is The Iron Wolves, folks. A great choice for readers looking for a stronger, headier kick to their heroic fantasy, just remember to steel yourselves for the unlimited energy and madness this book will unleash upon your lives!” – Bibliosanctum
Over at Phobos, we have a dude (dude-ess?) who doesn’t like TIW very much (fair enough :-) ) but still says –
“There are those that will settle into The Iron Wolves as a decent (re)telling of a grimdark tale, with all the cruelty and vile intent that hardcore fans of the genre enjoy.” – Phobos
That’s good enough for me :-)
Then we have (what I believe was the first) review of TIW… (well done that man, etc).
“I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun with a book… ‘The Iron Wolves’ is just wall to wall (or should I say cover to cover) action covered in liberal doses of blood, brains and other assorted viscera. I love that, there is always something happening and Remic ramps the stakes up to unbelievable heights… I came away feeling like I’d fought in some of those battles myself… You’d be forgiven for wondering whether there is any room for good in Remic’s world but, in the best traditions of David Gemmell himself, Remic shows us that there is room for redemption in even the bitterest heart…” – Graeme’s SFF
We also have —
“While this book certainly won’t be for everyone, especially not the faint of heart, many will find it’s fast pace and gritty characters to be just to their liking.” – Heather McCorkle, Author of Born on Fire.
“Remic has a very precise way with descriptions of battles and fights and with weapons of every type (including head butts). The scenes leap and snort off the page, making the heart race with anticipation about their outcomes.” – Sharon Reamer, Author of the Schattenreich Books.
“The Iron Wolves seethes with action; indeed, it stomps across every page.” – Sharon Reamer, Author of the Schattenreich Books.
Over at Tony’s Thoughts, it was written –
“It amazes me how an author that writes such brutal and straightforward stories can twist the neck of a plot so artfully.” – Tony’s Thoughts
“There is a lot of conflict in this book. Most of it is down and nasty close combat but there are some deep emotional conflicts that ensure there is never a dull moment in this story. Andy Remic brings grit and realism to the fantasy genre in a fascinating and addictive way. This book is well worth a read and I’m already looking forward to the next part.” – Tony’s Thoughts
At the Suvudu Universe, we have –
“Before we dive into the starred reads, however, I wanted to talk a moment about pure pleasure and sheer enjoyment. There are 3 books that stand out in my mind as providing more literary fun and delight than any others. These are the books with passages that I kept insisting on reading aloud to my wife. They are the books I keep asking if friends have read. These are the books I would gleefully slip under any tree, confident that the recipient will come back with a fist-pump, a hand-slap, and a smile on their face. They are (in chronological order) . . .
- The Marching Dead by Lee Battersby
- Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl by David Barnett
- The Iron Wolves by Andy Remic.”
We have the highly amusing and fabulous –
“If Quentin Tarantino read a lot of Heavy Metal comics and played Dungeons and Dragons and decided “hey, I’m gonna write a book!”, this is what he would write… The Iron Wolves is a vicious, over the top violent, and thoroughly vulgar ripping bloodfest of a fantasy… This book grabs you by various body parts and then punches you in the face when you try with all your weak little might to get loose.” – The Ghostworks.
Then there’s Adventures in Publishing’s comments –
“I would much rather be reading this. I’m 35% in and am very impressed with Remic’s ability to create characters I care about while keeping the action exciting and horrific. There is a lot of potential in the world he’s building, both because of his fascinating cast of characters and the sides that are being established in the soon-to-explode war.” – Timothy C. Ward.
Also, we have some current Guest Blogs where one has (ahem) pimped oneself ——-
I have a Guest Post over at http://www.attackofthebooks.com/author-guest-post-andy-remic-on-his-inspiration-for-the-iron-wolves/ where I talk about the inspiration for The Iron Wolves.
I have a Guest Post at http://singular–points.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/guest-post-by-andy-remic_16.html where I talk about my influences on writing in general.
and FINALLY I’ve been cited on a list of “Most Anticipated Books of 2014” by Abhinav Jain – “Why is the book on my list? I haven’t read any of Andy Remic’s previous novels, but I’ve been interested in his work for quite a while. I have a physical ARC of this book waiting to be read, and I’m quite excited for it. The premise is very promising, and Remic is a fairly popular author among several of my blogger friends.” – check out http://sonsofcorax.wordpress.com/2013/12/23/most-anticipated-books-of-2014/#more-5774
Wow. That took longer than I anticipated. I am blown away!!
The Rem x.