Friday, August 30, 2013

Ralph's Rants Does Reviews! Cadaver Island by Kevin Rogers

Review of Cadaver Island

By Kevin Rogers


Cadaver Island is a unique story in that it is both sci-fi and horror intermingled together. It is Kevin’s first book and he does a more than admirable job with his epic story about a cybernetic girl, her robot dog, the Dr. who saved her life by transforming her into a cyborg as well as several other pieces to the puzzle including her boyfriend who is being held captive by a villain in the story.

But he is not the only villain involved. In this dystopian future shown in ‘Cadaver’ there are several monsters of sorts seen running around making life miserable for our heroes. Everything from blood hungry pterodactyls to mysteriously reanimated dead former priests with vendettas against the living come after our heroine and her compatriots.

It’s a roller coaster ride to be sure. But it’s not without its bumps, as minor as they may be. Don’t get me wrong I liked this book quite a bit, it’s still a five star read.

But there are a few things I was slightly put off by. The use of the words ‘esophagus’  and ‘bile’ repeatedly and at least two occurrences of a character getting so nervous or frightened that the phrase ‘urine sprayed out of his penis’ was used.  I felt those were uncalled for myself.

The other minor complaint I had was that I felt the characters were a bit too stiff around each other. Everyone seemed very prim and proper and almost Victorian in the way they addressed one another. Now perhaps that is what Kevin was going for, I don’t know, but it just seemed a bit unnatural to me.

All in all though, this was a great adventure where the main characters had danger and death breathing down their necks throughout most of the book while they are on the run. It‘s just the first book in a trilogy and I really look forward to the next two.

This is a great first effort and if you’re looking for a dystopian horror/sci-fi book, this is the one to go for.

Five Stars

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Your Daily Ralph! 8/28/13 Ways to keep in touch with me and what I have upcoming!

Ways to keep in touch with me and what I have upcoming!


My Blog

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Your Daily Ralph ~ 8/27/13 Today I'm going to rant. SyFy channel has become total crap

That's right, total garbage. It used to be, and not too long ago we had QUALITY sci-Fi programming on there, stuff like 'Stargate SG-1' , hell last years 'Alpha's' was really a good show that was a lot of fun. There have been several over the years. Some only lasted one season, some more, but they were interesting and fun. Now we have crap like 'Ghost Mine', 'Joe Rogan Questions Everything.', and 'Heroes of Cosplay'.  Really??? Heroes of Cosplay? Are you kidding me??? It was bad enough when they started with that junk called 'Face-Off' and the various Ghost shows and spin offs. Hey I fully admit it, I watch 'Ghost Hunters' I know it's not real, but I have fun with it, but that is it. this reality show crap has gone too far. They should change the name of this network to 'Crappy, low budget reality shows that no one is really interested in, but they are cheap.' Why? Because NONE of this has to do with Science Fiction. Hell, we don't even get the crappy Sy-Fy channel space movies anymore. Now we get 'Sharknado' and other junk like that. Again, where's the Sci-Fi??? This channel has become a pale imitation of what it used to be. I know there are a few new sci-fi shows on here now and they are cancelling others, such as 'Warehouse 13' , and 'Eureka' is already gone. I was not a fan of either show though I have caught several episodes of 'Warehouse 13' this season. The guy is too much of a doofus on that show for me. But occasionally it is fun.  'Dresden Files' lasted one season, sadly, as do most shows that seem interesting on this once fun network. Instead we're with left with low cost, so called reality shows.

But c'mon, 'Heroes of Cosplay'???  Really??? How far this network has fallen...

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Your Daily Ralph! 8/26/13 Hey! I know I've been quiet...

It's just been a busy weekend, and I'm sure you guys don't want to hear me plugging 'The Cagliostro Chronicles' every chance I get, but I just can't help myself it's just that good! (
But anyway... As I was saying, it was a hectic weekend and sometimes you just need to step away from this stuff for a wee bit and bask in the glow of just hanging out in the beautiful weather of a gorgeous weekend. Which by the way, it was. I ended up spending a lot of time on the road this weekend wandering around and not doing much writing. In fact I don't think I wrote anything this weekend. Today was hectic as well. I had a niece to pick up form volleyball tryouts this morning (I'll be doing that up till Wednesday.) Then I ended up having to ship my motorcycle pants back to the manufacturer to have a zipper replaced that broke on me back on my trip home form Ohio in July. I brought them to a local seamstress who supposedly fixed the pull tab (Which was all that was broken to begin with.) and that didn't last one pull. So off they go to the manufacturer. He'll straighten them out.
So now I'm going to talk about books, specifically my books. Make sure you check out my website at and have a look at everything there. If you've only read 'Cagliostro' and not 'Redemption of the Sorcerer' or 'Torahg the Warrior: Sword of Vengeance' I can't tell you enough what you are missing. Torahg is a throw back to the powerful, manly sword and sorcery tales of the '30's and '40's. It's a story filled with warriors on a quest for vengeance that lasts literally twenty years, culminating in a vicious battle against vastly overwhelming odds. Heads will fly, many times over in this epic ( And I cannot use that word enough here) pulp and sword and sorcery adventure. It's fast paced and action packed, and definitely will not disappoint.  


'Redemption of the Sorcerer, The Crystalon Sage, Book One' is about a mighty sorcerer, who became jaded lost his interest in caring for his kingdom and his people. He took advantage of them and began using them as fodder for his grand schemes. eventually he was overthrown and ended up being exiled to a parallel earth. One where magic was not thought to exist. Once there, he is almost instantly thrust into a great plot by an evil, unknown foe whose plans threaten both universes and the uncountable denizens within them. It's a fantastic book about evil and good clashing, as well as the fate of two entire universes hanging in the balance. If you loved Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, you will Love Crystalon!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Your Daily Ralph 8/21/13

So what's new with me?

Today was a quiet day. I spent most of my time plotting out (Rough plot, nothing set in stone.) for the rest of the new Crystalon novel. Then I took a ride down to the beach , but didn't go in there was a line out on the road, so I turned the bike around (I had my '95 GPZ1100 out today) and wandered around some back roads for a little while. It was a strange day here, not too humid at all, but close to 90 degrees. Strangely, it was almost comfortable with 45% humidity. I stopped ta a local Dunkin' Donuts and had a large ice tea and just hung out for a while. I came home and put the bike away and went to Costco to pick up a few items, then headed back home again.

I'm reading the new Spider novel right now, called 'The Spider- Extreme prejudice' I like it a lot. I'm a hundred pages into it right now. After that I have several books lined up to read including the new Avenger novel, The new Legacy novel by Gerald Welch and Warren Murphy, 'Wordslingers' by Will Murray, and 'Lords of Fire' By Van Plexico . After I finish all of them I'll get to the stuff on my kindle I haven't read yet, which is quite a few actually at this point. Between all of that I want to finish writing this new Crystalon novel.

After that I have to make a decision on what to write next. I wanted to start a project that's near and dear to my heart, basically the last of the stuff I thought up years ago and never wrote till now. But to be honest, 'The Cagliostro Chronicles' seems to have a fan base. So the question is, should I write the sequel before or after the project that's in the queue after I finish 'My Enemy Myself'?  Meaning should I push the next all new original project back until after I do the follow up to 'The Cagliostro Chronicles'?  My thought is probably. We'll see how I feel once 'My Enemy. Myself' is completed.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Your Daily Ralph 8/20/13 I think I've got my mojo back

I've been writing since I returned home form upstate New York on Sunday. I did about 4000 words so far and I intend to get another thousand in tonight on the new Crystalon novel. Suddenly the story is coming to me, which is good. I'm in 31,000 words so far with about 60-70,000 to go. Target date on this one is around November so I think I'm fine. This time around Crystalon and friends  return to the dimension the mighty sorcerer is from and go through hell and back as the novel goes on (You'll have to read it to see for yourself how literal that statement is.)
This one is different from 'Redemption of the Sorcerer' because Crystalon is not powerless seeking to reclaim what he had lost. Instead he's fully powered up and battling against foes that are at the very least his equal and some greatly more powerful. That would put them at God level wouldn't it? Hhhmmm...

Meanwhile back in the future and in deep space, Mark Johnson and crew are battling their way through onerous enemies and the evil designs an unknown alien coalition have upon the earth and everyone living upon it.. You'll have to read the Cagliostro Chronicles yourself to see where this all leads

One other title I'd like to plug here that I feel I haven't spoken about much and that's 'Torahg the Warrior; Sword of Vengeance'  To me it's my ode to great pulp sword and sorcery characters and titles like 'Conan', 'John Carter', and 'Kull'. I have to admit it was my favorite title to write so far. Check it out, you'll enjoy yourself.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Your Daily Ralph 8/19/13 So what do you think?

 A friend of mine asked me the other day why don't I write love stories instead of sci-fi and action/adventure fantasy novels? I had to stop and ask him if he was serious. Sadly, he was. The bottom line is I have no interest I reading something like that, let alone writing it. It's not in my wheelhouse, never has been never will be. I get it that some people don't understand the stuff I write and the stuff I like to read. I figure it's something to do with their own lack of imagination, and I'm not saying that to be derogatory, I'm just making a statement. Hey growing up, I was always the kid who read tons of comic books as well as novels while others did not. But in all seriousness in the 6th grade I had a 9th grade reading level. By 9th grade my reading comprehension was called college plus. The reason for that was because I read a lot, period. Now I didn't read scientific journals or anything of the sort, I read fiction. I read the majority of the 'Doc Savage' novels before I left grade school. By the time I was in Jr. High I was reading the freshly minted 'Destroyer' novels. and of course there were comics., loads and loads of comics which were always my favorite method of escapism. Hence the worlds I like to play in.

 Could I write a straight up mystery? I suppose I could. I don't know if I'd have a lot of fun doing it, but I guess it's possible.  I've written some mystery type stuff in 'Redemption of the Sorcerer' as well as in 'The Cagliostro Chronicles' So yeah I could write that type of stuff, but a love story??? Not gonna happen. I suppose my friend assumed that there's a bigger market for love stories than there is for Sci Fi or fantasy etc. hey I have no idea. He may be right for all I know, but I'm not going to make the effort to find out anytime soon. It's just not something I have in me.

But I do have in me to write great action adventure stuff. Hell, 'Torahg the Warrior: Sword of Vengeance' was probably the most fun I've had writing so far and that was definitely because of all the fighting, action and violence I had in it. And it was all up close and personal action. Big action swords fights with huge men and voluptuous women battling against insurmountable odds.

The climactic ending of 'Redemption of the Sorcerer' was HUGE!!! I can't out it any other way. It was a tremendous magical battle for the fate of two worlds. If you haven't read it and are a fan of big , gigantic action sequences you should. You won't regret it!

As far as outer space battles for the fate of the world, 'The Cagliostro Chronicles' has it all. It's an action packed thrill fest with the fate of the world coming down to what the crew of the Cagliostro does at the end. But the action here was long distance for the most part. You'll have to check it out for yourself, as it's still selling like hot cakes on a sunday morning, in fact it's now in the mid 50's out of the top 100 space opera's on Amazon's site! How's that for cool?  for all the excitement! or 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Your Daily Ralph! 8/18/13

So I was out of town for a few days, at a well known vacation spot where I spent four days. I had fun and relaxed and even did a little writing too. Only a few hundred words, but hey whatever. I came home and wrote a quick 500 more tonight. I was hoping to get another 1500 in, but I don't know if that's going to happen tonight 'Copper' is on and I dig this show.

I'm beginning to think that reviews, good or bad don't matter with books. None of this stuff makes any sense to me. I find some reviewers to be petty, little people who make nasty comments with stupid reasoning behind their comments. According to amazon I'm not supposed to reply to their comments on amazon's site. Fair enough, but on my blog I'll have my say. Someone gave me a three star review for 'The Cagliostro Chronicles'  saying that it was quirky and overall he liked it, but he had issues with a few things. That I can live with even though I disagree with some things he said. for instance he comments the ship with the new experimental drive does not break down. Well on the first page it can't get off the ground, I think that's your break down right there. The ship is shaking so badly on the first page, Mark Johnson is worried it's going to shake itself apart. the engineer fixes it, and off they go.  Which is another point the reviewer made that the engineer, Dan Sledge, had nothing to do, but he fixes the ships engines in the first chapter then later on gets the ship repaired when its found floating and abandoned in space. he has a few other complaints I can definitely reply to that I feel he's wrong at. I feel he's nit picking at points in his review. He goes on to say the book is short but then says he sat for four hours straight and reads it one sitting. It's 66,000 words and 282 pages, so that falls under 'You can't please all of the people all of the time.' at the end the reviewer says that he'll be back to read the rest of the series. Well fair enough it sounds like he enjoyed it but that he was really looking for what I would call 'hard sci-fi' which 'The Cagliostro Chronicles' is not. It was written for the fan of Star Trek and Star Wars and Buck Rogers and those that love fun and adventurous sci-fi filled with action. That's what this is. It's fast paced. If you're looking to know exactly how the Faster Than Light Drive works I can't help you there. Suffice to say it was thoroughly tested experimented on and that's why it works so well. Also the lead character Mark Johnson? He's THAT good! He created and perfected that drive and the point throughout the novel is that he's a super genius. That's why it continues to sell so well day in and day out. It's a fun adventure! Check it out today ! for the kindle for the paperback.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Your Daily Ralph~8/15/13

Today I'm going to do something a little different, I'm going to put up links for the various trailers for my books for you to check out.

Also I figured I'd let you all know that the next Crystalon book is coming along nicely. I wrote another 1500 words last night before I started to fall asleep. Projected release date is early to mid Novemeber.

Anyway, without further ado, here are my trailers

The Cagliostro Chronicles:

Torahg the Warrior: Sword of Vengeance:  and

Redemption of the Sorcerer: 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Your Daily Ralph 8/14/13

I've been writing again, concentrating on my next 'Crystalon' novel, which I hope to have out by early November. I'm sure it'll happen by then. The story is coming together nicely with some surprising twists that I didn't even realize were going to happen. There's a lot to be said about a book writing itself. It seems everything I write does that for the most part. This one is no different as the master sorcerer and star of the series returns to his own world that he had left now two years earlier. A lot has happened in that time. People have changed, situations have changed. But Crystalon remains Crystalon. That is until he gets a very unexpected visitor to his home in Scotland. a very familiar one to him and a shocking one to his girlfriend Amanda. The adventure begins from there and where it will end ,well I don't even know as of yet. I can tell you it will be exciting and adventurous to say the least!

'The Cagliostro Chronicles' is another rousing adventure, this one set in the future as man finally makes the leap from his solar system to the great beyond, with dire ramifications for everyone! Join the crew of the Cagliostro as they seek to uncover a conspiracy that has been stunting mankind's growth in the greater universe for over a hundred years! The Cagliostro Chronicles is available today at and . It's also available at various links all of which can be found on my web site If you want to keep in touch with me,  join my twitter feed @RLAngeloJr  , as well as joining this blog. Check out the Cagliostro Chronicles as well as all my books , you'll be glad you did!

Ralph's Rants does REVIEWS! Pro Se Presents #19!

Review of Pro Se Presents #19


Pro Se Presents is a quarterly anthology series that features unrelated stories by different authors within its pages of pulpy goodness. This issue fatreus stories by Ron Capshaw, Aaron Smith, Kevin Rogers, A.M. Paulson, Jilly Paddock, myself, Robert Kingett, Charis Taylor and Ron Fortier

This book is a unique mix of styles and stories, as some tales are set in the dim past (My own ‘Torahg’ story) and some set on the far distant future (Jilly Paddock’s and Kevin Roger’s tales.) Some are regular detective stories (Aaron Smith’s Lt. Picard story) and some feature supernatural undead avengers (Ron Fortier’s ‘Brother Bones’ tale.) There are also whimsical tales interspersed with some of the others such as A.M. Paulson’s ‘Joan and the mystery of the missing pie.’

All in all this book has something for everyone, from outright, high octane adventure to tales of horrific sci-fi as well as straight up pulp. This was a great read, as every chapter gave you something different and exciting.

If you want something different to read, something that will keep your curiosity satisfied with short tales that never bore or seem too long and drawn out, Pro Se Presents #19 is for you! Yes I am biased because I have a story in it, but I’ve enjoyed this series of books before as well. This is great stuff and well worth reading. Go get your copy today!

Five stars!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Your Daily Ralph 8/10/13

Saturday, in the park...

So there's a chance that I'm going to see Lou Gramm formerly of 'Foreigner' tonight at a free concert in the park in Massapequa, NY. Not sure if I want to be bothered , but I might just for fun.  I want to get out of here now and get into the sunlight a bit. It's a great day out there so far. It's nearing lunch time too and I got this hankering for a burger today. I think I'll be stopping by the 'Burger Shack' this afternoon.

So I got it 3,000 words on 'My Enemy, Myself!' on Thursday I may get more in this weekend but realistically I'll wait till after the weekend is over as I have tentative plans for tomorrow. So what's going on with you ? How is your weekend sorting out? You can drop me a message at 'Author Ralph L Angelo Jr' on Facebook and let me know. You can also become my twitter friend as well @RLAngeloJr . My website is updated frequently at  and of course there is the Daily Ralph as well hey! go buy my books! Unabashed plug there. If you read (And if you have a half a brain you read) then you should be reading my books. Why? Because they're fun! You will not be bored, I can promise you that.  My amazon page is  Go reaed something and enjoy!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Your Daily Ralph~ 8/8/13

Does this man look happy to you?

Anger and distractions

You ever have one of those days when just have had enough of the constant garbage that's thrown at you on so many levels? That's where I am today. It's just been one of those days. For days I've been trying to get back to writing, and somehow this is the upside of my lousy day today. I suddenly have the desire to put words to screen and burn off some anger productively. It's a crappy day out there so I can't do anything outside anyway. So here I am writing more in the next Crystalon adventure. Maybe this will get me fired up to get back on track permanently. I still feel the first Crystalon novel was my best piece so far. Hopefully someday it will be discovered by a wider audience.

One of the few highpoints to me lately is that my sci-fi novel ' The Cagliostro Chronicles' seems to have struck a chord with a lot of readers. To say I'm happy about this would be an understatement. People seem to like it. The funny thing about this is that when I was writing it, I wasn't sure how it was going to be accepted. I was probably least pleased with it out of all the books I had recently written. Yet here it is a success. I'm surprised, and happy. It just goes to show you that you have no idea what's going to work and what isn't. All in all I really liked the story I had written, but I wasn't sure it would resonate well with readers. There were a few times I say there thinking "What am I doing here?" But I guess I knew somehow. Hopefully it'll keep building on its popularity. It's a fast paced sci-fi space opera/adventure, that like a 'Snickers' bar, really satisfies.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Your daily Ralph~8/5/13

A couple of cool things happened yesterday with my writing career (If you want to call it that) First was the continued good sales of 'The Cagliostro Chronicles' which is really amazing to me. Secondly I got my first 5 star review of 'Torahg the Warrior: Sword of Vengeance'. Between the two I felt great yesterday. I also heard form another publisher I had sent a short story to about four moths ago , because I queried him about the story as I never heard anything from him yea or nay, and I'm going to sell it elsewhere if they don't want it. He contacted me back and told me he's running very far behind and will let me know definitely in two weeks at most. So that was good news.

I've also been doing a ton of publicity for 'The Cagliostro Chronicles' trying to keep its momentum going. All of tat takes time. The down side of all of this is that I have not been writing, which is okay, as long as I'm doing the other stuff. I'm happy right now with the way Cag is selling (really happy actually) and I'll get back to the next Crystalon story very, very shortly. It seems that some things are coming together for me right now, and I couldn't be happier about all of that.

Make sure you read the 'Cagliostro Chronicles'  to see what all the excitement is all about. It's available at

Also you can check out all of my books (Including my 5 star reviewed 'Torahg the Warrior: Sword of Vengeance') on my website at

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Quickie Review Mars McCoy Space Ranger Volume Two!

Excellent space adventure harking back to a bygone era of fun adventures in the vein of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers. An absolute 'Blast'! Pun intended! Strap on your rocket pack and ready your hand blaster for some high flying action with the crew of the Black Bird 5 and the rest of the Space Rangers for two all new adventures, first you have James Palmer's 'Mars McCoy and The Curse of the Star Lance' Followed by Van Plexico's 'Mars McCoy & The Chaos Horde' Both are fun classic style sci-fi that are engaging as well as very much enjoyable to the point where you can simply sit back and immerse yourself into the stories. Highly recommended.


Quickie review-Mars McCoy, Space Ranger Volume Two

Excellent space adventure harking back to a bygone era of fun adventures in the vein of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers. An absolute 'Blast'! Pun intended! Strap on your rocket pack and ready your hand blaster for some high flying action with the crew of the Black Bird 5 and the rest of the Space Rangers for two all new adventures, first you have James Palmer's 'Mars McCoy and The Curse of the Star Lance' Followed by Van Plexico's 'Mars McCoy & The Chaos Horde' Both are fun classic style sci-fi that are engaging as well as very much enjoyable to the point where you can simply sit back and immerse yourself into the stories. Highly recommended.


Your daily Ralph 8/4/13

What's your weekend like? Mine is decent . The weather is nice for a change, not too hot or sticky. I'm not going to attempt to write today, I'm going to go have some fun instead. How about you ?

On the Star Cruiser Cagliostro, they weren't having fun. Mark Johnson and his crew were either heading directly into trouble or running from hordes of enemy space craft heading their way. Its a great and exciting sci-fi novel about a top notch crew of adventurers who discover a century old conspiracy that could destroy humanity!

Check it out today! You'll be glad you did!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Your Daily Ralph 8/1/13 Post vacation/con letdowns

So I returned home on Monday from Pulp fest which was an amazing experience and a great, fun time.

Coming home I took an extra day and wandered through Pennsylvania, completely avoiding New York City. I'm not even sure how many extra miles I did avoiding it, but whatever it was it was worth it.  So I arrived home and that night ran out to dinner with my mother who wanted to buy me dinner for my birthday which had been Saturday. Of course something I ate at Chili's basically gave me food poisoning of some kind. It turns out (And I'm not even sure this is what I had) that there is some kind of bug going around in bagged lettuce. Of course I had a salad (Buffalo chicken Salad) that I've had a million times before. I came home and work up Tuesday morning feeling sick as a dog. I had something important to do Tues. as well. I was so sick though it was difficult even getting out of the car. When I got home it turned out I had a 101 deg. fever. I couldn't believe it. My stomach was a complete mess both Tuesday and Wednesday. The fever finally relented late in the day yesterday, but to this point today I'm still slightly queasy. So welcome home Ralph!

I'm currently reading one of the books I bought at Pulp Fest called 'Mars McCoy, Space Ranger, Vol Two' It's my kind of book. Action packed and just plain fun. Some would call it silly, but then I wouldn't care much for the thoughts of those that would. It's pure escapism with no ulterior motive, which is how I like my reading. It's Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon and Star Wars and Star Trek rolled into one. I like it, a lot. I'll be reviewing it when I finish it.

It seems that a lot of you like 'The Cagliostro Chronicles' . I've had unprecedented sales of it since I released it last week.  It's by far the best selling title I've written, so I must have done something right. Like Mars McCoy it's a sci-fi actioner, but it's set in the not too distant future just as mankind finally breaks the light speed barrier. When that barrier is broken is when the real story begins as the Cagliostro and its crew begin to track down and break through a conspiracy reaching back over a century into earth's past. What they uncover there will imperil the entire planet and will begin a race against time to save everyone on earth from a dark and awful fate. If the crew of the Cagliostro cannot unravel the depths of the mystery, conspiracy and danger that surround the earth like a closing claw of evil, mankind itself will not survive! The Cagliostro Chronicles is available at