Book Review: Die by Proxy

Hey there! It’s been awhile, huh? I’m going to blame it on life and leave out the specifics. Now that we have that agreed on, let me share my latest reading conquest with you!

Die by Proxy is the second book in Ben Oneal’s Benjamin Kroh series. The first book was a fun read that left me ready for the sequel. Book two did not disappoint.

FBI Agent Kroh gets called back to his home area when a mysterious vigilante, known only as Mr. Smith, leaves a trail of bodies along Interstate-69 throughout Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky. Mr. Smith becomes something of a folk hero, as his victims are all discovered to be violent, sexual predators. What Kroh doesn’t know, is that Mr. Smith has a grudge and a personal vendetta against him. Once Kroh and his team become the primary targets, the race is on for Kroh to connect the seemingly non-existent dots to protect himself and his loved ones.

The story is well-crafted, and the clues leave you guessing well into the third act. Like the first book, Die by Proxy is told in first-person from the perspective of Benjamin Kroh, with some chapters being third-person when Kroh isn’t involved. The dialogue can get downright corny at times, but in a fun, light-hearted way.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the Benjamin Kroh series so far, and am looking forward to book three, Die by Vengeance. I give Die by Proxy five severed hands out of five.

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An Absurd Apocalypse Available Now!

Circle City Publishing’s second anthology is now available! This quirky collection features unique perspectives on various scenarios for the end of the world. Scroll down for the link to order this compact, handy guide.

The end of the world has become a romanticized topic thanks to the numerous books, television shows, and movies on the subject. But what about all the times when things don’t go according to plan? Zombies roam the planet. Basic survival necessities become scarce. Behavioral patterns are thrown into chaos. Zombies. The world itself revolts against its oppressors. Survivors are forced to come together, whether they like it or not. And, of course, did we mention zombies?

An Absurd Apocalypse explores all of these ideas, while begging the question – What does happen when the end of the world doesn’t go according to plan? Seven authors contribute their unique ideas to answer that very question. Get ready for some of the unluckiest survivors in uncomfortable conditions.

Worst. Apocalypse. Ever.

Order paperback copies for you and everyone you want in your survival party here.

Ebooks are available here.

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An Absurd Apocalypse Author Feature: Charles Kelley

This marks the last post in our author feature series for the upcoming Absurd Apocalypse anthology. Last, and mostly least, is CCP co-founder Charles Kelley. Kelley has two stories featured in the anthology, focusing on two very different apocalyptic situations.

This article originally appeared on CircleCityPublishing.com.

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An Absurd Apocalypse Author Feature: Jonathan Degler

Something we’ve been excited to see with this second anthology is the mixture of familiar faces, along with fresh new voices. Last week, we announced another familiar face in the CCP world, Katheryn Schwarz.

This week is our last first-time CCP contributor, although we were fortunate enough to help him edit his amazing fantasy tale, Princess Olive, in 2019. Jonathan Degler has been a friend and mentor in our writing endeavors, and we’re elated to be able to include a story from him in our upcoming second anthology.

This article originally appeared on CircleCityPublishing.com.

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An Absurd Apocalypse Author Feature: Katheryn Schwarz

Something we’ve been excited to see with this second anthology is the mixture of familiar faces, along with fresh new voices. Last week, we announced a familiar face in the CCP world, Patrick J. O’Brian.

This week we get another familiar face. Katheryn submitted a companion story to her Dragon’s Ascent series for our first anthology, Fun Size. She’s back this time with a great story about a serial killer stuck in a pandemic.

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An Absurd Apocalypse Cover Reveal

It’s cover reveal day! While I’m excited to share the cover art for Circle City Publishing’s second anthology, I’m even more excited for you to see the stories within. But first, the cover:

The end of the world has become a romanticized topic thanks to the numerous books, television shows, and movies on the subject.  But what about all the times when things don’t go according to plan?  Zombies roam the planet.  Basic survival necessities become scarce.  Behavioral patterns are thrown into chaos.  Zombies.  The world itself revolts against its oppressors.  Survivors are forced to come together, whether they like it or not.  And, of course, did we mention zombies?  

An Absurd Apocalypse explores all of these ideas, while begging the question – What happens when the end of the world doesn’t go according to plan?  Seven authors contribute their unique ideas to answer that very question.  Get ready for some of the unluckiest survivors in uncomfortable conditions.  

Worst. Apocalypse. Ever.

Release date TBD

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An Absurd Apocalypse Author Feature: Patrick J. O’Brian

Something we’ve been excited to see with this second anthology is the mixture of familiar faces, along with fresh new voices. Last week, we introduced a first-time CCP contributor, Serena Mossgraves.

Today, we have the pleasure of announcing another familiar face to CCP readers. O’Brian also submitted a story to our Fun Size anthology, and we were very excited to see his submission for the Absurd Apocalypse anthology. 

While zombies are undeniably an abomination, if you keep your faith during a crisis, God will provide. “Holy Undead” is a textbook example of that.

This article originally appeared on CircleCityPublishing.com.

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An Absurd Apocalypse Author Feature: Serena Mossgraves

This article originally appeared on CircleCityPublishing.com.

Something we’ve been excited to see with this second anthology is the mixture of familiar faces, along with fresh new voices. Last week, we revisited a returning CCP contributor, Benjamin Oneal.

This week, we get to welcome another new CCP contributor, Serena Mossgraves. While Serena is certainly no stranger to publishing, her flash fiction in the upcoming Absurd Apocalypse anthology will be her first submission to Circle City Publishing. 

Zombies are no strangers to apocalyptic tales, but the perspective on that genre is typically pretty straight-forward. That’s not exactly the case with Serena’s short story, “Hunger.”

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An Absurd Apocalypse Author Feature: Benjamin Oneal

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Something we’ve been excited to see with this second anthology is the mixture of familiar faces, along with fresh new voices. Last week, we introduced a new author, Bryanna Wearley.

This week, we get to share a little about a returning contributor and his story for An Absurd Apocalypse. Benjamin Oneal’s submission, “A Case for Mankind” is a truly unique spin on an apocalyptic tale, and we can’t wait to share it along with all the other great stories in the upcoming anthology!

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An Absurd Apocalypse Author Feature: Bryanna Wearley

This post originally appeared on CircleCityPublishing.com.

CCP’s upcoming anthology will feature a wide-range of authors with an even wider range of experience levels. For the next seven weeks, we will spotlight each of the contributors and give a glimpse of their submission to this incredible, quirky collection.

We’ll kick it off with a first-time writer, Bryanna Wearly. Bryanna is an up-and-comer, and if this first story from her is any indication of what’s to come, we can’t wait to see what else she has up her sleeve!

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