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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Grim Blog Tour - Review + (2) $25 Starbucks GC Giveaway: Grim by Joseph Spencer

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Author: Joseph Spencer
Format: PDF
Release Date: September 1, 2012
Pages: 239
Publisher: Damnation Books

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Synopsis from Goodreads

Grim is a complex, gritty, and often gory tale which follows a series of grisly murders in Prairieville. The blood trail leads to a reclusive millionaire Heath Grim, who wears a mask to hide his war scars from the world, but he harbors a darker secret on the inside. Virtuous detective Adam White almost always gets his man, but he's haunted by the one case he's never closed - his wife's murder. When White is pushed to the limits of his sanity from a rising body count and a criminal kingpin who has turned crooked cops and corrupt politicians against him, will he be able to collar the killer? Or will a plot to tarnish his image and the killer's information on a common enemy turn White into the type of man he's hunted throughout his law enforcement career?


     Goodness gracious, I enjoyed the hell out of this. I am such a fan of Joseph Spencer. I am so glad I stumbled onto this tour. I love how this book flows from one character to the other. Spencer has introduced us to a lot of them. It may seem a bit overwhelming at first, but it all goes together beautifully. Our main character, one of them anyway, is Heath Grim. He is quite the character to say the least. He is very mysterious and hides his face behind a black mask due to scars he received while at war. But the mask is not the only thing he hides. He is possessed by something that makes him do things he doesn't want to do, but can't help.

     Another character I loved was Adam, the White Knight. He is a detective in the lime light. He is incorruptible and everyone loves him. He is always crowned a hero. He is the face of justice. But he has mysteries of his own. He is on his own mission to find the person who murdered his wife. He is lost without her. But he always makes sure he does the right thing no matter what. I loved this character a lot along with Grim. Spencer has given us so much depth with these characters even with the obvious bad guys. I love it when an author takes us into the mind of the bad guy.

     But to be fair, with the exception of Adam, you can't tell who is the bad guy really is. There are various degrees of bad in this book and that just added another level to this book. I loved how Spencer did this. We have the obvious gangster villain, Cyrus, who pretty much controls everyone (cops and all). But what about Grim? He is intimidating and scary, but it isn't intentional. I won't give it all away. But it is fascinating being in his mind. What a character he was. I would love a whole movie on nothing but him. Just incredible. I loved his story. You will be captivated. Guaranteed.

     I love how this book is all about pushing someone to their limits, specifically Adam. He is trying to crack a murder and can't shake the feeling that a certain politician has something up his sleeve concerning his investigation. It pushes him because can he really stick to his moral code when everyone around him is being manipulated, coerced or bribed by the bad guy.

     Now if you are like me and love The Dark Knight like no tomorrow, this should sound familiar. From the get go, that was the only thing I could think about when reading parts of this. Grim is the bloody, gritter version of The Dark Knight. Now mind you, that doesn't take anything away from this book, but it is hard not to notice the similarities. But where The Dark Knight is okay for everybody, this is strictly for adults. That just made me love it more.

     This is a must read. This is a great mix of paranormal and mystery. Fans of either genre would love this. I didn't expect that mix, but I loved it. This book is a raw, in-your-face, fast-paced read. You need to prepare yourself for this one. These characters will stick with you long after it is over especially Grim. I am a new fan of Joseph Spencer and you should be too. I can't wait to see what else this man has up his sleeve.


*This book belongs to the following challenge*
BCC's 100 Books In A Year Reading Challenge 2013!


About Joseph Spencer

As a boy, Joseph Spencer immersed himself in the deductive logic of Sherlock Holmes, the heroic crime fighting of Batman and Spider-Man, and a taste for the tragic with dramas from poets like Shakespeare and Homer.

Before Joseph took to spinning his own tales, he pursued a career in print sports journalism, graduating summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He covered such events as NASCAR’s Subway 500 race in Martinsville, the NBA Draft Camp in Chicago, the Junior College World Series, and Minor League Baseball’s Midwest League All-Star Game during a ten-year career throughout the Midwest. Now, he works as an emergency telecommunications specialist with an Illinois police department. The combination of years of writing experience with a background working with law enforcement professionals gave rise to his writing aspirations.

Joseph was married Dr. Amy (Waggoner) Spencer, an accomplished veterinary doctor, on March 14, 2012. He received word his debut novel was accepted by his publisher, Damnation Books, the next day. Joseph and Amy look forward to their honeymoon in Paris in September 2012. Murphy, a 15-year-old orange tabby, is perhaps the most vocal member of the family. The Spencer family enjoys reading Charlaine Harris, George R.R. Martin, Mary Janice Davidson, and most paranormal stories. The Spencers also enjoy quoting movie lines from “The Princess Bride”, “Rain Man”, “Bridesmaids”, and “Office Space”.

His latest book is the paranormal crime thriller, Grim.

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Grim Virtual Book Publicity Tour Schedule

Monday, May 6 - Interview at Literarily Speaking

Tuesday, May 7 – Guest Blogging at Lori’s Reading Corner

Wednesday, May 8 – Guest Blogging at The Story Behind the Book

Thursday, May 9 – Book Spotlight at Dr. Pepper Diva

Friday, May 10 – Interview at My Book Addiction and More

Monday, May 13 – Interview at Blogcritics

Tuesday, May 14 – Book Review at Sara’s Organized Chaos

Wednesday, May 15 – Interview at Books Books the Magical Fruit

Thursday, May 16 – Interview at The Writer’s Life

Friday, May 17 – Book Review at Miki’s Hope

Monday, May 20 – Book Review at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark

Tuesday, May 21 – Book Featured at Inside BJ’s Head

Tuesday, May 21 – Interview at Emeraldfire’s Bookmark

Wednesday, May 22 – Book Review at The Paperback Pursuer

Thursday, May 23 – Interview at Examiner

Thursday, May 23 – Interview LIVE on Blog Talk Radio’s A Book and a Chat 6:30 p.m. eastern CALL INS WELCOME

Friday, May 24 – Book Trailer Reveal at Working for the Mandroid

Monday, May 27 – First Chapter Reveal at Offbeat Vagabond

Tuesday, May 28 – Book Trailer of the Week at Pump Up Your Book

Friday, May 31 – Guest Blogging at Waiting on Sunday to Drown

Monday, June 3 – Interview at Book Marketing Buzz

Tuesday, June 4 – Dreamcast Guest Post at Literarily Speaking

Wednesday, June 5 – Interview at The Book Connection

Thursday, June 6 – Interview at Authors & Readers Book Corner

Friday, June 7 – Book Review at Hezzie-D’s Books and Cooks

Monday, June 10 – Book Trailer Reveal at If Books Could Talk

Tuesday, June 11 – Book Review at Authors & Readers Book Corner

Wednesday, June 12 – Book Review & Book Giveaway at Socrate’s Book Reviews

Thursday, June 13 – Guest Blogging at The Writer’s Life

Thursday, June 13 – First Chapter Reveal at As the Pages Turn

Friday, June 14 – Book Review at Mary’s Cup of Tea

Monday, June 17 – Book Trailer Reveal at Beyond the Books

Tuesday, June 18 - Book Review at The Top Shelf

Wednesday, June 19 – Book Review at Offbeat Vagabond

Thursday, June 20 – Interview at The Dark Phantom

Friday, June 21 – Guest Blogging at Parenting 2.0

Monday, June 24 - Book Review at Jody’s Book Reviews

Thursday, June 27 – Interview at The Top Shelf
Friday, June 28 – Interview at Straight From the Author’s Mouth

1 comment:

  1. My next book in the series, Wrage, just came out on June 1st and is available at, and My publisher Damnation Books offers 28 percent off ebook purchases with code 289snake.


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