Luke Romyn Feature

In the tradition I have followed here on my blog, I am delighted to do a special feature on fellow author, Luke Romyn. This is unlike my usual monthly feature where I interview a fellow Indie author from the horror genre here on my blog. I wanted to do this so I could showcase two reviews I have written for two of Luke’s books.

I have to say, with the exception of a few great writers, I rarely leave my comfort zone and read books outside my genre and I do read a lot. Therefore it was very exciting to discover another writer in my genre of the quality of Luke Romyn. And not only is he a great talent, he is a really nice guy too. So it gives me great pleasure to feature him here today.

To date Luke has written five books. There is The Dark Path and Blacklisted, which are connected through the main character in The Dark Path; the deadly killer, Vain. Then there is a series called The Prometheus Wars with two titles: Beyond Hades and Slaves Of Valhalla. Luke has recently launched a second series called The Legacy Chronicles. The first title from this, Corpus Christi, was released recently on February 26th. Just the titles alone are enough to make me drool. The content that lies beyond those covers is of real quality and enough for me to want to do this today. So far I have read The Dark Path and Beyond Hades, but I will be devouring the other three very soon. Let me now introduce you to the man himself.

Luke RomynLUKE ROMYN

Luke Romyn has spent many years, over nineteen in fact, working in the security industry. From door work in some of Australia’s roughest pubs and clubs to protecting Mickey Mouse and the Disney crew from the overzealous jaws of tenacious toddlers, Luke has worked throughout Australia and internationally in a vast array of roles.

He’s done close protection for UK celebrities in Fiji and chased feral pigs and snakes out of the jungle film sets on Steven Spielberg’s and Tom Hank’s epic: The Pacific. There are few things Luke hasn’t seen.

With all this experience behind him, it would be tempting to write a set of memoirs. Instead, Luke utilized it to fuel his own expansive imagination and began writing fiction. Initially starting with short stories, Luke rapidly progressed onto novels.

Luke’s first three books have been category best sellers on Amazon, with over 220,000 copies being distributed to date.

 

The Dark PathTHE DARK PATH

New York’s underworld quivers at the mention of his name. Evil courses through his veins like blood and his conscience has lain dormant for over a decade while he has slashed and burned his way to the top of the food chain. Vain. The Dark Man, born of torment into an existence of death. In the underworld of killers he reigns supreme. And yet he is chosen for a task of supreme benevolence. Why would he be selected to save a young boy, the Avun-Riah, and then protect him against a horde of enemies, both mortal and demonic? Because he is the only one with any hope of success. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have risen from the pits of Hell and, along with a fanatical army of cultists, are ranged against Vain. If the boy is slain then Sordarrah will be raised to destroy the Earth, a feat even Lucifer never managed. Evil is being used to fight evil in the ultimate battle for the outcome of all existence. Armageddon sits upon the horizon and all that stands in its way is a man whose path has always been dark.

MY REVIEW OF THE DARK PATH

The Dark Man, born of torment into an existence of death. In the underworld of killers he reigns supreme. And yet he is chosen for a task of supreme benevolence. Why would he be selected to save a young boy, the Avun-Riah, and then protect him against a horde of enemies, both mortal and demonic?

Because he is the only one with any hope of success.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have risen from the pits of Hell and, along with a fanatical army of cultists, are ranged against Vain. If the boy is slain then Sordarrah will be raised to destroy the Earth, a feat even Lucifer never managed.

That’s what I read before I picked up the book. Doesn’t it sound great? Well I can promise you it is. The blurb for this book is spot on. Vain is the epitome of evil: dark, mysterious, silent, cold and deadly. I thought he was reminiscent of Stephen King’s George Stark in The Dark Half, but in truth he is a much darker, and scarier, character. Everything about him is perfect if you’re a lover of the horror genre, even the shred of humanity that survives deep within him. Mr Romyn is clearly affluent with the dynamics of abuse and grief, which are quite prevalent within Vain’s makeup, and these struck a chord with me.

This book has a great opening and a great finish, the two aspects most significant to me in enjoying a book.. and it is just as good in between too. It is clever and subtle on many levels. I love Romyn’s vision of Hell contained within and Vain’s interactions in that domain. It adds body and depth to the spectre of the book. The concept and premise is great and had especial appeal to me. Vain is the ultimate anti-hero and with so many great supporting characters such as Priest, Gabriel, Empeth and, of course, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

I love a book that moves with pace. If anything this book was too fast for me at times, but is it fair to criticise an excellent work for such a reason? I think not. In truth, there is nothing to complain about. This is a really exciting read, with plenty of thrills, great characters, a great premise which is delivered on in full and a great climax to top it off. I have recommended this book to many and will continue to do so. Luke Romyn is fast becoming one of my favourite writers and I like some of the very best. The new generation of horror writers is here. Keep your eyes open folks; there is more to come.

 

BEYOND HADES – THE PROMETHEUS WARS #1

Beyond HadesWhat if mythology isn’t myth? The ancient Greeks told fabulously detailed stories involving unbelievable creatures – monsters dominating all tales from that time. Were they just highly imaginative, or was their inspiration from somewhere else?

Doctor Talbot Harrison, a professor in archaeology, receives a phone call one day which will destroy everything he perceives as reality. His brother has been mysteriously killed and within moments the United States Military appear at his door, literally dragging him from his home. Thrown into a helicopter under intense armed guard, it doesn’t take long until they are attacked by something which cannot possibly exist, something drawn to destroy the one man who can stop the beasts from a land beyond Hades…

MY REVIEW OF BEYOND HADES

What if mythology isn’t myth? The ancient Greeks told fabulously detailed stories involving unbelievable creatures – monsters dominating all tales from that time. Were they just highly imaginative, or was their inspiration from somewhere else?

This is a question I have asked myself before too. I have long been a firm believer that where there is smoke there is fire. And in line with that I doubt all these creatures are things of myth. There has to be substance to the stories and a basis to the legends that have stood the test of time. Therefore I am grateful that someone has delved into this mythology and given us a fantastic story that will also stand the test of time. I studied ancient Greek history at university and love all areas of Greek mythology. Indeed it would not be inaccurate to say that of all the mythologies of all the civilisations in the world, current and extinct, none grab the attention quite the same way as that of the Greeks. Therefore, when I saw the title: Beyond Hades, I was already sucked in. But it is about what lies beyond the underworld of Greek mythology that we are dealing with here. Yes it is Tartarus.

It would suffice to say that many know of Hades and the River Styx where Achilles’ mother submerged him to make his body invincible, though forgetting the backs of his ankles.. the place the Greeks believed you went when you were dead. But Tartarus is the place where they sent the wicked to punish or imprison them. As you can imagine Zeus was responsible for sending all manner of hideous beast there.

Enter Luke Romyn. He opens this world to us and educates us in depth at the horror that is Tartarus, the horror that dwells Beyond Hades. The US military has opened a gateway to this realm and unleashed these immensely powerful forces onto an unsuspecting world. The pace with which this guy writes is incredible, a real adrenalin rush. He throws us headfirst into his vision and delivers so many twists and turns at the speed of light, which never allows us a chance to take a moment to get our breath back.

I absolutely love the way he incorporates the legends of Atlantis and blends it with new elements to the myth of Olympus and the role Zeus played in protecting the world over several millennia. The characters, real and mythical, have real depth and you can’t help but care for them and experience their tribulations. It is a riveting and clever piece of fiction with too many twists to count that deserves global success. I reckon it will happen because the cream always reaches the top, in every aspect of life. The day some big shot movie producer reads this book, Luke Romyn will be a household name.

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2 comments

  • LM Preston March 25, 2013

    Wow these sounds great! Thanks for sharing them, I’m going to add them to my reading list this year.

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    • Shane KP ONeill March 25, 2013

      Yes you won’t be disappointed. These stories move at breakneck pace though so be prepared :-)

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