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NEW EDITION : 12/11/2017- More of Angie and Jack!- Twice as long as the original!Lonnie is a drug runner for the infamous Eighth Street Gang when he gets an urgent phone call to back up his crew after trouble follows them home from a drug deal gone bad. During the ensuing firefight, Lonnie sees some things he wishes he hadn’t, including the gang’s leader, Selix, channelingNEW EDITION : 12/11/2017- More of Angie and Jack!- Twice as long as the original!Lonnie is a drug runner for the infamous Eighth Street Gang when he gets an urgent phone call to back up his crew after trouble follows them home from a drug deal gone bad. During the ensuing firefight, Lonnie sees some things he wishes he hadn’t, including the gang’s leader, Selix, channeling her powers from a place called the Fade by getting high and shooting fire from her fingertips. Memories unravel inside Lonnie’s spellbound mind. Memories of dragons and fiends and fire-swept otherworlds. Memories Selix controls with a simple touch. But what is real and what is not?Angie Roman is fresh off kicking Scarlet’s ass in a cyber battle that nearly killed her, and now she’s curious about Lonnie and his gang. She sets up surveillance and soon discovers that Lonnie is destined to play a much bigger role in this war of supernatural beings than she originally thought. That he may be the key to saving Earth from the demons of Hell. But she has to keep her distance, because getting too close to the 8th Street Gang could get her and Jack killed. In the strange and violent world of Galefire, Lonnie comes to realize not everything is as it seems, including his own identity. But will Lonnie and Selix reconcile the past before they are caught by those who seek to destroy them? Will Angie and Jack be able to save Lonnie from himself?Addictively fast-paced and tense, Fade Rippers is a supernatural cyber thriller that gives a whole new meaning to the things that go chomp in the night!...

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ISBN : 37411752
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Fade Rippers Reviews

  • Michael Britt
    2019-03-23 11:16

    Yet another quality author found thanks to the Grim Tidings podcast!This was such a fun and unique addition to the Urban Fantasy genre. It's pretty dark and messed up, too. Not sure there's much I can tell you about the plot without spoilers. But I'll try anyways. This story is told in first person, single POV. Our main character is Lonnie. A heroin addict with some memory loss problems. His life is changed after seeing his gang leader throw some magic around by getting high and dancing. It was probably the coolest "magic reveal" I've read. She seriously gets high and dance battles with a shadow demon. After that, Lonnie is on a mission to stay alive and figure out what really happened in his past. We get some pretty awesome flashbacks, but they are a bit confusing at the time. Which is perfect because if the character whose POV we're reading from is confused, why wouldn't we be? But do not fear, it is all explained in due time. And we get some pretty satisfying reveals. It's definitely worth it!Oh man, these characters are pretty messed up. Which is something I really liked. We're pretty much following a gang of drug dealers, 2 of them who get high on their own stash of black tar heroin, and one of them is a sadistic torturer. But it all works. While I didn't care much about some of the side characters, Soward does an awesome job of making me like, and sympathise with, the main character. The plot is paced pretty well and I liked his writing style. It was all pretty straight forward, the parts he could be with, at least. There wasn't any flowery descriptions, thank God, and he doesn't waste pages describing the surroundings. Which is something I always appreciate!I can't really think of anything off the top of my head that I'd change about this book or add to it. So I'll put this out there as kind of a....warning of sorts (is warning the right word?). I know some people hate drugs and sexually explicit scenes. This has a lot of both in it. Like a lot of drugs. This didn't bother me, personally, but I wanted to throw it out there. I will say that the sex scenes were handled well. Most authors either write them so cringy (is that a word?) or they write them awkwardly. These actually read like, well, sex. I don't know how to best explain it, so pick up the book and decide for yourself. See what I did there?All joking aside, this really was a great book. It was so different from everything else in the Urban Fantasy genre, so that alone makes it feel refreshing and worth the read!

  • Frank Errington
    2019-03-16 10:31

    Review copyKenny Soward is a relatively new author, one of his first published stories was a short in Manifesto: UF, an Urban Fantasy anthology edited by Tim Marquitz and Tyson Mauermann, published in September of 2013.Since that time he's written the Gnomesaga series, my personal favorite, and co-authored two Dead West novels with Marquitz and Joe Martin. Another highly entertaining series.Kenny's latest project is Galefire. This first book in a new series took a while to sink its hooks into me. On the surface it appears to be about one of the most unlikable characters put to paper, or in this case, to digital text. Lonnie, please don't call me "Lons", is a street runner for the 8th Street Gang in Cincinnati, a heroin addict who can't even remember the names of the wife and daughter he's left behind. But the truth is much more complex, the author's synopsis of the story says it better than I could. "Outcasts from another world find sanctuary on Earth, at least until the friends and monsters from their past find them..."Galefire is one very twisted story and takes its time unraveling, but it is ultimately satisfying and features a well-written final conflagration. Plus, there are monsters and fiends and atrocities...oh, my.Galefire is available now as an e-book from Broken Dog Press. It is book one in a new series, with book two, Galefire II: Fade Rippers coming in the Spring of 2016. I'll be looking forward to it.Recommended.Kenny Soward grew up in Crescent Park, Kentucky, a small suburb just south of Cincinnati, Ohio, listening to AC/DC, Quiet Riot, and Iron Maiden. In those quiet 1970’s streets, he jumped bikes, played Nerf football, and acquired many a childhood scar.The transition to author was a natural one for Kenny. His sixth grade teacher encouraged him to start a journal, and he later began jotting down pieces of stories, mostly the outcomes of D&D gaming sessions. At the University of Kentucky, Kenny took creative writing classes under Gurny Norman, former Kentucky Poet Laureate and author of Divine Rights Trip (1971).By day, Kenny works as a Unix professional, and at night he writes and sips bourbon.Kenny lives in Independence, Kentucky, with three cats and a gal who thinks she’s a cat.

  • C.T. Phipps
    2019-03-27 14:17

    I fully admit to being a huge fan of Kenny Soward’s GnomeSaga series. It was fun, quirky, oddball fantasy which didn’t take itself too seriously. As such, I was kind of off-put by the revelation his next series was not going to be in the fantasy genre but the somewhat over-saturated urban fantasy market. I say this as an urban fantasy author. Furthermore, it would be a dark and serious tale of a heroin-addicted slave to a gang of supernaturals living in Cincinnati. So what do I think? I like it. It helps Kenny Soward decides to open the book with a gunfight which lasts a quarter of the book and essentially works like opening the story with a good portion of the John Wick movie. Lonnie, our protagonist, is nowhere near as badass as John Wick but he makes the fight entertaining with how utterly out of depth he is as the battle starts with a gun fight only to escalate into a conflict with supernaturals before a sudden swerve back to normality. The premise of the books is Lonnie is an amnesiac junkie who is, as mentioned, the servant of a group of supernaturals. He vaguely remembers a wife and daughter but his brain has been completely fried by their leader Selix and he has only a scattered awareness of himself. This is kind of an interesting metaphor for drug-use when, well, he’s already on drugs. After years of being their gofer, both for dangerous and non-dangerous missions, he’s starting to regain his memory. Lonnie starts to discover who he was and what his relationship to the 8th Street Gang really is. Part of what I like about this book is Kenny Soward really goes into detail about the 8th Street Gang and manages to find a careful happy spot between the fact they’re a bunch of monsters with the fact they’re also a bunch of drugged-up criminals. They live in squalor, are practically bankrupt, and spend most of their time strung out or watching television because they don’t feel like doing anything else. Vampires, fairies, and werewolves or not, they’re a pretty accurate depiction of low-level criminals involved in the drug trade. What really makes this book work is the fact he manages to make the 8th Street Gang come alive as people you would probably find a lot of fun to hang out with once but would be dearly unfortunate to actually be friends with. I was especially fond of the twins who manage to be sexy as well as kind of pathetic at once. Selix is a character who doesn’t quite come off as the overpowering presence she’s supposed to but I still liked her. The mood of the book is unlike most urban fantasy storylines out there. It’s languid and surreal with Lonnie feeling very much out of step with his own life. He doesn’t have much control over himself because he is going through the motions of existence. Why? Because, he’s on drugs. Virtually any of his decisions not making any sense to himself or the audience make sense because he’s on drug and operating on autopilot.The fact the drugs include mind-control, memory-alteration, and whatever other magic worked on him doesn’t change this fact. Contrary to hurting characterization, this actually helps it as we feel Lonnie struggle to regain some sense of control in his life. Urban fantasy and horror is full of mind-controlled servants to various supernaturals with very few of them really delving into their nature. The fact Lonnie isn’t precisely a character like Renfield makes the story somewhat more interesting and unpredictable but I actually enjoyed this walk on the lower end of the totem pole. About the only thing which rang false is, and this is a weird complaint, the group seemed oddly sexless for such a decadent and drugged-up group. While there’s a bit at the end, I was surprised as I half expected them to be crawling over each other as befitting the atmosphere.But maybe that’s just me. In conclusion, Galefire is a very enjoyable urban fantasy novel which is different enough from others out there to be worth a look. I’m a bit worried about the ending but I hope the author will continue the dark, grimy, and trashy-sexy environment he’s created. It would be a shame to waste the book’s unique flavor.9/10

  • Seregil of Rhiminee
    2019-03-05 12:14

    Originally published at Risingshadow.Kenny Soward's Galefire is the first part of the Galefire series. It's an entertaining and gritty modern urban fantasy that nicely differs from other similar kind of novels. It was a nice surprise for me, because it was a relatively fast read and I found myself enjoying it.Before I begin to write about my thoughts concerning this novel, it's good to mention that I'm not very fond of modern urban fantasy. In my opinion, most urban fantasy novels are simply not worth reading (they may be mildly entertaining escapism, but offer little or nothing else to the readers). I've noticed that too many authors tend to recycle familiar plot elements in a frustratingly annoying and boring way without any kind of originality or style, not to mention atmosphere. I'm aware of the fact that urban fantasy is very popular at this moment, but I personally can't read most of the novels because of their low quality and poor entertainment values. When I read urban fantasy, I expect to read quality fiction or good entertainment.Fortunately, Kenny Soward's Galefire belongs to the small group of novels that I consider to be worth reading. It's a delightfully gritty and well written novel for those who enjoy urban fantasy and have an appreciation for entertaining stories. It's something different and exciting from Kenny Soward who is the author of the fascinating GnomeSaga trilogy and the entertaining Dead West novels (these novels have been co-written by Tim Marquitz and J.M. Martin).After reading many stale urban fantasy novels, Galefire feels like a breath of fresh air, because it's not your normal kind of urban fantasy. It differs from the novels that you normally find in bookshops, because it has a good story, and what's best, it has interesting characters that have not been cut out of the cookie cutter mold.Here's a bit of information about the story:Lonnie wakes up to the sound of his cell phone ringing. He's imagining that he has a wife and a daughter, but soon wakes up to the cold reality of being a lowly runner for the Eighth Street Gang of Cincinnati, OH, who sell drugs and bring violence and pain - and even death - to people. He has often dreamed of riding a large dragon. When he answers his phone, he is asked to get his gun and come outside quickly, because a deal has gone wrong. Soon Lonnie witnesses something strange and learns that he has been darkened by the gang leader Selix's powers. He sees Selix dancing and begins to remember things that he has lost after being touched by Selix...This is the beginning of an excitement-filled story, because Kenny Soward manages to keep things interesting and delivers intriguing action scenes.I enjoyed reading about Lonnie and Selix, because they were well-created characters. The author's way of writing about them works well, because bits and pieces about their lives are revealed throughout the story. This kept me interested in the story.Lonnie is an interesting character. I think that readers will enjoy reading about his life and deeds, because his memories have been darkened by Selix and he begins to remember fragments about various happenings. The author writes well about his identity, memories and drug use.This novel features interesting magic. I won't write any spoilers about it, but I can mention that you seldom see dancing related to magic.The fight scene depicted at the beginning of the story is amazing. It's one of the longest fight scenes I've seen in urban fantasy novels and it works perfectly. One of the reasons why I love this scene is that the author lets his readers see how Lonnie feels about the happenings. There's a slightly surreal atmosphere in these scene, because Lonnie begins to pay attention to certain things that he hasn't noticed before.I love this novel's atmosphere and grittiness. It was nice to see that Kenny Soward hadn't tried to write a soft novel that would please everybody, but had concentrated on delivering a story that has plenty of harsness and gritty elements. Reading this kind of modern urban fantasy is far more interesting than reading about what goes on amongst sexy vampires and werewolves who seduce people and have sex with them.I give this novel strong four stars on the scale from one to five stars, because it's a good novel that's worth reading. To be honest, I was impressed by it and look forward to reading the sequel.Kenny Soward's Galefire is a cool start to the Galefire series. It offers good entertainment, grittiness and interesting scenes to readers who enjoy modern urban fantasy. If you enjoy urban fantasy and are looking for something different to read, Galefire will most likely please you, because it's an enjoyable urban fantasy novel.

  • Shawn
    2019-03-20 13:36

    Some really great, original urban fantasy.Kenny Soward creates such a realistic sense of internal struggle and development it's hard not to feel what his characters endure.Lonnie, the protagonist, starts out as just a (seemingly) drugged out gang member, but it's clear from the get-go something is up, and that 'something' creeps to the forefront throughout the story, delivering more bits of info and background in a gradual manner that is so much more entertaining and fulfilling than if it were just dumped on you.Soward's attention to detail made for effortless visualizations of all the: decrepit buildings, sewers, unique characters, shootouts and other fights, crazy mutant creatures, love/romance (yep, there's even that mixed in there too), and of course the blood...all that blood.I don't typically give story-detailed reviews, as I don't want to ruin anything for anyone, plus I'm not a reviewer so it's kinda difficult to know what to write sometimes (though I'm sure there's some more thorough reviews out there for those interested), but I do highly recommend this one to any urban fantasy fans out there, or if you're just wanting to try something new.

  • Heather Seago
    2019-03-23 11:09

    I really, really fell in love with these characters fast. I try to separate myself as long as possible when characters are first introduced; however, these characters gripped me and rode me all the way through the book. I can't wait for the second one to come out.

  • Susan
    2019-03-09 09:27

    Lonnie is a gofer to a low-level Cincinnati gang, the 8th Street Gang. He’s been working for them for years and his memories, both long-term and day-to-day, are fuzzy. He has vague memories of a wife and 7 year old daughter but he also has memories of riding a dragon once upon a time. Obviously, he chocks that up to all the drug use, at least until a drawn out gun fight reveals to him that his boss, Selix, has some supernatural powers.This is both a gritty and drug-hazy urban fantasy. Lonnie and his gang live in this grungy, questionable place and spend quite a bit of time watching bad TV, doing a variety of drugs, and screwing around. That’s when they aren’t involved in illegal activities like gun fights and selling drugs. Lonnie himself is in a perpetual drug haze for most of the book and as he starts to break through that haze, more and more memories come to the forefront, causing him to question what’s real and what’s not.I really enjoyed this story because it wasn’t the typical mystery + magic urban fantasy and Lonnie wasn’t your typical hero. He’s mopping up blood while listening to the news, letting his mind wander. He does whatever he’s told to do because he’s the lowest man in the gang though he often doesn’t like it. In fact, we learn that early on when he decides not to take a call from the Brit, who is second in command of the little gang. I had fun with this character because he can be so proper and deadly at the same time.Then the shooting starts. There’s this great fight scene that is probably one of the longest in fantasy literature. This prolonged fight acts like a trigger for the real Lonnie that’s buried under years of drug use and mind manipulation. It turns out Selix, leader of the gang, has some supernatural powers that include memory manipulation. As with all the members of the gang, the right combination of drugs can bolster their supernatural powers or keep them suppressed. I was a little concerned that this would be used as an excuse to do as they please, and there is a bit of that with some of the characters (such as with the raven-haired goth twins Ingrid and Elsa). After all, they do live in pretty dismal conditions. Crash (who has a Jamaican accent), one of the biggest guys Lonnie has ever seen, acts as muscle for the gang. Then we learn there’s a bigger secret they are trying to keep hidden and that one centers around Lonnie.Now let’s talk a little bit about the Fade. That’s where Selix and the rest draw their power from. For Selix, dancing and the right drugs can help her pull on that power. However, there’s more going on there as well. There’s a revenge story in the middle of all this and Lonnie has his part to play. This tale was never boring! With that said, I would have liked a bit more explanation on the Fade and how is works with this gang.I liked that the author included specific weapons. For instance, Lonnie uses a Springfield XDS instead of the author just saying Lonnie had a handgun.I received a free copy of this book.The Narration: Scott Aiello was a great pick for this book. His narration was a great performance. He was perfect for Lonnie as he goes through all the changes he does in this book. His female voices were believable and he kept all the characters distinct. He even threw in some well done accents, like British and Jamaican.

  • Brian's Book Blog
    2019-02-25 14:33

    A blast of a book with room to growThis might be one of the most interesting books I've read in a while. From the very beginning, I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into, but boy was it a fun book. It's one of those books that I can't write the review that I want because it will ruin some of the great story turns that happen in it.Fade Rippers follows Lonnie, a runner for the Eighth Street gang. He's basically not allowed out the normal door of their hideout and feels like he's being totally wasted where he is. Suddenly, a phone call comes in that could change his life forever. The gang was in trouble and are asking him for help. What he finds when he finally gets out to help them will open his eyes to the Eighth Street gang and the people who he thought he knew.The story revolving around Lonnie was an interesting one, he wasn't the most likable main character throughout most of the book but he was a funny and enjoyable one to follow around. I really can't write much about the story or the story arc that revolves around him, but it genuinely surprised me around every turn.The story itself was a short one, but it was almost a complete one. It "finished" but definitely leaves room for a ton more to happen with this story. I think that by the end of the story, Lonnie really grew on me. His character went through a lot and was able to come out the other side a likable and easier to follow main character.Overall, Fade Rippers was a story that I normally wouldn't have read, but I'm really glad that I did. An enjoyable story with lots of room to grow. I will definitely be following along eagerly. I wish that I read more stories like this so that I could compare Kenny Soward to another author, but I can tell you this. Be on the lookout for Soward. I'm betting he has a great career as an author. He has a talent for writing gritty and realistic fantasy stories.The narration by Scott Aiello was spot on. He took the grit and vulgarity that Soward wrote into this book and made it easy to digest and incredibly fun to listen along to.I was given a free copy of this book, this has not affected my review in any way.

  • Leila Tualla
    2019-03-20 14:16

    This book had magic, and mystery, and action, and I'm satisfied with how it ended. That being said, it's not my cup of tea and had to force myself to read this dark and twisted story. Lonnie keeps having visions and I was so lost in the back and forth. Was he high during the entire time? Was he finally coming down from his fix? It was too in your face and detailed. I told my husband that this was literally "Dresden on crack." Soo, if you happen to like that sort of thing, this book has it all. Intrigue, power, lust, revenge.....all to Hell and back. I'm giving this read 3 stars, in part because it's not the type of book I'm used to. It's dark and horrific and bloody. But Kenny Soward did a phenomenal job with details and there were twists I didn't see coming. ***I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I am not required to write a positive one. These thoughts and opinions are my own.***

  • Suzie
    2019-03-21 12:12

    The danger is present at every corner . . . Lonnie is plagued by memories of his wife and daughter. Those thoughts seem to be a time where life resembled a sense of normalcy. Now he finds himself in a different world where death, drugs, and danger are ever-present. He is a runner for the Eight Street Gang of Cincinnati, Ohio. His life makes a dramatic change when he finds himself a witness to something unnatural. Through this event, he notices Selix, the gang’s leader. It is evident that she is a strong and determined woman who refuses to be weak in a man’s world. Selix possesses supernatural powers that stem from a faraway place called the Fade. There are those in that world that are intent on destroying everyone that cross their path. Will Selix and Lonnie be strong enough to beat these evil forces?GALEFIRE I: FADED RIPPERS is one intense novel. This book projects you into a gritty and dangerous location. From the beginning, you realize that survival is the ultimate goal for each character is presented with intense moments that define them as their own unique individuals. Kenny Soward is an exceptional author who has the talent to write one compelling Urban Fantasy. I was literally blown away at how much high action drama is contained in one book. I was excited to learn that this book is part of a series. I predict it is one that will hit the bestselling charts of all Urban Fantasy readers.The GALEFIRE Series includes the following titles:• Galefire I : Fade Rippers• Galefire II : Holy Avengers (4/14/2017)• Galefire III : Tether War

  • Rob Hayes
    2019-03-03 15:13

    Galefire 1: Fade Rippers follows Lonnie, a small time crook working for a gang of... odd drug dealers. He soon starts to realise this gang isn't entirely what it seems when they get into a gunfight with a bunch of monsters. Actual monsters. Oh and Lonnie also has vivid dreams of riding a dragon down in hell. Sounds odd? It is. Strangely enticing though.The books opens in a hail of dragon fire (Galefire), bullets, and blood. Lonnie struggles to decide how much of it is real and whether or not his gang mates are actually trying to kill him... or fuck him... or just drug him up to his eyeballs. The opening act pretty doesn't slow its pace at all and we're carried into the second act before we have any clue what is going on. And it is there in the second act that the author (Kenny) heaps even more questions on us. The pace slows dramatically as we're shown disjointed memories, drug addiction, and a man on the edge of breaking. Then the third act hits and the bullets and blood and fire all come rushing back in for a action finale that answers MOST of the questions the book has posed from the beginning.It's a well constructed story despite the arrested pace in the middle of the book. Honestly it's not so much that the second act is slow but more the rapid deceleration from such an action heavy first act... and then the rapid acceleration into an equally action heavy third act. It gives the second act a strange, disjointed feel.The characters are fun for the most part with a nice mix of personalities. Actually one of the things I really liked was how Kenny got specific accents across in the dialogue. I found myself actually reading Elsa and Ingrid with a German accent in mind. Very cool. The main character is a mess, but that's clearly by design. Lonnie is a character who is struggling to remember who he is after years of drug abuse and memory shenanigans.I had a couple of issues. First was the amount of sexy time the book threw at me. Now I've no problem with sexy time in books, I've even written a few steamy scenes myself, but there was quite a lot in this book given how short it was. The other issue was with the shortness of the book. There was no real time given over to explaining how the two worlds really interact, or how magic works, or whatever the fade is, or how drugs seem to affect magic. I feel the book needed to spend a little more time on world building so I wasn't so confused. A lot of the time I was left thinking "OK, I'll just accept this because I have no idea how the world works."So Galefire 1: Fade Rippers was a fun, action-filled yarn with plenty of bullets and blood and an interesting take on drug abuse. I give it 3.5 out of 5.

  • Kevin
    2019-03-12 10:13

    Hmm. A junkie riding the tiger/dragon, poetic."Get to the choppa, Lawnz, you little girly man, get baffed aap!" (Really? The Arnold Voice?)I don't like books with dragons, so when he was flying high in the sky, I was peeved beyond control.The old "down and out bum boy is actually a leader" trope is tired.This book really isn't for me. Maybe a fresh reader/audience to fantasy would enjoy it, but I read too many books that touched on the things this novel covered, to be wowed or entertained. I won't be reading the sequels.I enjoyed Cogweaver, that is what made me give this book a try. I will have to be more cautious in the future.2.5/5 Stars

  • Beagle Lover
    2019-03-20 09:35

    Fade Rippers Solid 3 stars Okay, I finally have time to write a proper review of this book. Admittedly, I has essentially lost in the first few chapters, but when my mind began to pick up normal brain waves, I comprehended what the author was writing and were he started the plot. And then, the action was nonstop and very plausible...to a point. But if a reader uses their imagination (which we must all do when reading most books, yes?), then the plot and characters' actions become clear. The book begins with the introduction of Lonnie, a drug addicted drug runner for the notorious Eighth Street Gang, composed of Selix, the gang's leader, the Brit, sisters Elsa ans Ingrid and Crash, the muscle of the gang. Using a power called "icing," Selix implants false memories into Lonnie of a family he never had and suppresses his true memories to control him and keep him in the gang. After a drug deal goes wrong and a massive gunfight ensues, Lonnie is called upon by the Brit to help in the fight, although Lonnie has never fired a gun before. During the battle, Lonnie sees things other than humans attacking them, like a multi-legged, segmented creature with a chitin shell and a flat carapace full of slim and having needle-sharp teeth. During the battle, Lonnie hears some terms that are incomprehensible to him, like the Fade, Phase Traps and Ice. Selix is in bad shape after the battle, and the Brit injects her with "the tar" to boost her strength and she manages to fend off the opposing gang's counter-attack with "magic." After resting, Selix sends Lonnie out for certain supplies, telling him to use the sewers to get to where he must go for the items. After arriving at a secret place where he hides his own "tar" and gets high, he then continues on to Henry's Hardware and begins to acquire the items in the list Selix gave him. The owner of the store confronts Lonnie, who looks like a junkie (which he is) and homeless, and inquires if he has the money to pay for all the items in his cart. Checking his back pocket, Lonnie finds three $100 bills that he knows was not there prior to leaving the gangs' hideout. He buys the supplies and heads back through the sewers to the hideout. When he arrives, he hears the sounds of gunfire and sees the door to the gang's second floor rooms broken nearly of its hinges. The Brit is dead in the hallway, Crash is unconscious on the steps with a large bloom of blood coming from his head, and Elsa has seen better days, health-wise. Selix is okay and instructs Lonnie to begin assembling the items he was sent to buy together. She soon joins him in the basement to assist. Crash turns out to be alright.What they build is a strange device meant to inject Selix with a massive dose of "tar" for the upcoming attack from the opposing gang Selix knows is coming. As the gang prepares for battle, Selix gives Lonnie back his memories, "deicing" him, and wipes out the false memories. Selix performed a dance and a song, creating magic that, after she injects the "tar," transports her out of existence. But shortly thereafter, she reappears as a huge dragon, having gone into the Fade and returned in this form. She expels a long, hot line of flames at the enemy, cooking most of them and the rest of the gang killing the rest. As the remaining members of the Eighth Street Gang huddle together, they begin to plan where to go next, for they cannot stay in this time period. What do they decide to do? You will have to read the second book, Holy Avengers, which is currently out. Overall, an entertaining read with plenty of action, lots of imagination, interesting characters and a plot that runs fairly smoothly. An entertaining read with fantasy and lots of things to spark one's inner curiosity.

  • AudioBookReviewer
    2019-03-12 15:15

    My original Fade Rippers audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.A peculiar book about drugs, street gangs, hell on earth and dragons … Lonnie is a young man with a drug problem and many more issues.  He is the secret street runner for his crew doing all the buying and selling of packages and fetches anything needed.  During one run he is called home by his crew to help in a street fight.  This is where it becomes peculiar!  His friends are dealers and thugs but because of their past and who he is … things begin to unravel and he discovers new uses for his drugs of choice.  He can’t remember the name of his wife or child, but there is so much that he does remember … or does he? Kenny Soward weaves a fantastic tale that will have you on the edge of your seat.  There were a few moments where I felt lost but Soward solved that confusion quickly and completely.Soward takes his characters and builds them neatly into the plot but gives them depth that is interesting and meaningful – in other words they are much more than they seem.  The twist this story takes is unexpected and amazing.  It’s one of those “what, huh? Oh … wow” moments.  This book is one of those rare finds where you are blindsided by the outcome.Soward does a magnificent job of storytelling, not leaving anything to chance – instead, Soward takes the common response and turns everything upside down.The narrator, Scott Aiello does an excellent job of performing the cast of characters especially the Jamaican and the Brit.  Loved his performance!  His voice was smooth and reflected the energy of each character.There were no issues with the production or quality of this audiobook.Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

  • Claire
    2019-03-23 12:29

    I think I spent most of the book confused but it was worth it.The story is complex and is revealed gradually as the main character figures things out. This makes for lots of 'wait... what?' moments and a book that keeps you guessing.I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in the next book, I hope the surprises continue.Scott's narration was good, it was nice and smooth and the characters voices were varied with amazing accents.This book was supplied free by the author/narrator/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Deedra
    2019-03-12 11:20

    A fast paced book.It was rather confusing until the end as to what was happening.Lonny is a clean up guy,the guy that goes for food,the guy no one sees.He had a family once,but now he can't remember their names.He thinks he's a loser.He finds out he is so much more before the book ends.His team will help.Scott Aiello was the perfect narator.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

  • Michael Campbell
    2019-03-14 17:26

    The author approached me with a free copy. I looked at the description and appreciated his earnestness, so I just bought it. I'm glad I did. My Amazon review is more detailed. It took about 15 pages to orient myself and get used to the author's style. By 30, the story had me. The urban fantasy genre was new to me, and I like it. The book is populated by characters equally at home in Hell and Cincinnati. There's gritty street crime, monsters, trippy dreams, and a few decent twists. Best of all, the story opens up at the end and you can imagine there are many more books to come in the series. The only thing stopping me from starting the next one is that I'm an author and have a backlog of stuff to review for others. If you like a little grit in your fantasy, you'll dig this.

  • James Riley
    2019-03-13 15:13

    A really quick read, but really fun. Hopefully, this will be the start of a series. I love the characters.

  • Melissa J. Katano
    2019-03-10 13:30

    Lonnie is a drug runner for the Eighth Street Gang in Cincinnati. He's haunted by the drug-fogged memories of his partially forgotten wife and child. Turns out those aren't the only memories that have been fogged. Seems Lonnie has forgotten who he--and the members of the gang he runs with-- truly is.Galefire is a 180 degree turn from Soward's Gnomesaga/i>. It's gritty in its depiction of life in a drug flophouse, almost to the point that I wanted to shower afterwards (ew, gross!). The mystery of who and what Lonnie and his gang members was intriguing and kept me reading (even as I was going, 'EWWWWW!'). This is urban-fantasy noir (is that a thing? Can we start it?) at its heart. It was an interesting read. Enough unanswered questions to make me want to read the next installment when it comes out later this year.

  • Niki
    2019-03-03 11:20

    Decent enough book. But it feels like it misses something. The story reads like a rough draft, not a well rounded book. I also feel like the author could have done a better book explaining the world the characters live in. Now the reader had to figure it out themselves.