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Review: Killing Nightmares – Reis Asher

Review: Killing Nightmares - Reis Asher

Genre: Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Romance

Reviewer: Maryann

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About The Book

It’s been four years since the Killing Game turned Reis and Edgar’s lives upside-down. Believing the past to be behind them, they’ve tried to move on with their lives. Edgar has returned to freelance computer programming, while Reis is training to become a Bureau agent. Emily is about to marry, and Reis’s biggest concern is what to wear to the wedding as they navigate the rocky seas of their gender identity.

The peace they won is soon cast into doubt as Tony Anvas is released from prison. Shortly after, Edgar and Reis are thrust into a conspiracy more deadly and dangerous than the Killing Game when Anvas stages a coup d’etat, forcibly severing the Twin City-States in a bloody and brutal attack.

It’s once again up to Reis and Edgar to save the day, but Edgar is still suffering the after-effects of trauma and Reis is trying to determine whether to go ahead with medical transition. Can they outwit Anvas’s machinations once again and emerge whole—and if so, what will it cost them?

The Review

Four years have passed, and Reis Asher and Edgar Tobias have made a home for themselves together. They survived and destroyed the Killing Game, and terrorist Tony Anvas is in prison.  Reis has their ideal job working in the Bureau with Agent Emily Vos, and Edgar still works from home, freelance, creating apps for clients. All seems normal.

Edgar’s nights are still filled with nightmares, terror and lack of sleep. Living together was suppose to be his time together with Reis, but even after attending therapy, Edgar can’t reveal the one thing that plagues him. Reis’ work with the Bureau keeps them apart more and more, and as if that wasn’t enough, he’s is also involved helping with Emily’s wedding plans. Once again, Edgar feels that his world is falling apart.

And their private world is about to crumble again, as Tony Anvas has been pardoned by the President. How could this have happened?

Reis and Edgar they will face heartbreaking devastation beyond belief. Regardless of their own personal issues, they will have to put them aside and once again try to save Anver and its people a place they have always called home. 

Author Reis Asher has penned another nerve wracking, twisted, suspense-filled tale in the Killing Nightmares series. The dystopian city of Anver is enveloped in chaos, and no one seems tp be able to stop the devastation, as citizens are turned against one other by corrupt and deceiving politicians, terrorists and the wealthy few.  

The book contains vivid descriptions of horrific scenes that make it all seem real. It’s fast paced, a roller coaster ride of emotions and danger around every turn as Reis and Edgar’s life is turned upside down once again. There are also secrets revealed that I never saw coming.  

Edgar and Reis fight again, for not only their love, but for a place of peace. Edgar has to deal with his own fears, and make decisions that could ruin what he and Reis have. Reis struggles with their sexual identity. They’re both suffering with dysphoria, and feeling that they’ve waited too long and may have missed the window to complete their transitions.

I highly recommend Killing Nightmares as well as the first book Killing Games – both these novels are beyond entertaining. Asher is brilliant, and I hope they have plans for another tale from the world of Edgar Tobias and Reis Asher. Well done.

The Reviewer

Hi, I’m Maryann, I started life in New York, moved to New Hampshire and in 1965 uprooted again to Sacramento, California. Once I retired I moved to West Palm Beach, Florida in 2011 and just moved back to Sacramento in March of 2018. My son, his wife and step-daughter flew out to Florida and we road tripped back so they got to see sights they have never seen. New Orleans and the Grand Canyon were the highlights. Now I am back on the west coast again to stay! From a young age Ialways liked to read.

I remember going to the library and reading the “Doctor Dolittle” books by Hugh Lofting. Much later on became a big fan of the classics, Edgar Alan Poe, Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker and as time went by Agatha Christie, Ray Bradbury and Stephen Kingand many other authors.

My first M/M shifter book I read was written by Jan Irving the “Uncommon Cowboys” series from 2012. She was the first author I ever contacted and sent an email to letting her know how much I liked this series. Sometime along the way I read “Zero to the Bone”by Jane Seville, I think just about everyone has read this book!

As it stands right now I’m really into mysteries, grit, gore and “triggers” don’t bother me. But if a blurb piques my interest I will read the book.

My kindle collection eclectic and over three thousand books and my Audible collection is slowly growing. I have both the kindle and audible apps on my ipod, ipads, and MAC. So there is never an excuse not to be listening or reading.

I joined Goodreads around 2012 and started posting reviews. One day a wonderful lady, Lisa Horan of The Novel Approach, sent me an email to see if I wanted to join her review group. Joining her site was such an eye opener. I got introduce to so many new authors that write for the LGBTQ genre. Needless to say, it was heart breaking when it ended.

But I found a really great site, QRI and it’s right here in Sacramento. Last year at QSAC I actually got to meet Scott Coatsworth, Amy Lane and Jeff Adams.

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