Book Thoughts: The Dark Half

Since I previously blogged about having recently finished re-reading The Dark Half by Stephen King, I figured I would share a little about my journey.
A brief summary of the story: Thad has been writing under a pseudonym, George Stark, for a number of years. He’s tired of it and when a journalist threatens to expose Thad’s pen name, it is the perfect solution to end Stark. The alter ego takes on a life of his own after Thad ‘kills and buries’ Stark. Stark begins killing off people and Thad is seen as a suspect for all the crimes. (Click image for direct book synopsis from his website.

Many people complain of King being ‘wordy’ with his tales, and sure, I could agree. However, I felt this book was much more tight. King kept the action moving pretty decently and for the most part, not a lot of going on and on with backstories or descriptions. King also didn’t spend an overwhelming amount of time having the reader to really get to know the characters as he frequently does. In fact, I felt there were parts where I wouldn’t have minded being given more. (I’m just greedy and needy with supporting characters.) If I had any main critiques about anything, Thad’s wife was my least favorite character, especially at the end. I can’t say exactly what it was about her that I didn’t like. Maybe it was how she lacked trust in Thad to be able to come through for the family. King did write enough of her throughout the book that led me to believe that had faith in her husband so the climax and ending…it was lacking for me in regards to her.
I was absolutely thinking the entire way through the book, “how the hell is Thad going to take care of things?” All the way through, I was constantly thinking about how it was going to end; how King could find an ending that would satisfy me. No complaints here. He did well.
If you aren’t a fan on King’s methods and manner of word vomit, as I’ve heard people call it, this might just be a good starter book for you. It’s at times a bit gruesome as Stark is a killer. A very good killer. Thad is very realistic, has qualities of realness that people can connect with and empathize. If you are a writer of fiction, this is certainly one for you. Reading it will cause you to think about yourself as a writer, force you to ask questions about yourself and your craft, and you may just see some similar traits.
All in all, I’d give this book 4/5 Stars

Book Review: Takeover

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I’ve not had the pleasure of reading any of Lisa Black’s novels and I was fortunate to pick up TAKEOVER. I didn’t know it was part of a series of Black’s writings until I finished the book. I was pulled into Black’s novel from the very first page. Black engages the reader in her book immediately pulling in multiple plots and subplots. Her protagonist, Theresa MacLean is very feisty and grabs the page and holds her own. I was intrigued by some of the supporting characters as well…especially the negotiator. Black definitely has a firm grip on her characters. Each one holds true to their personality and never slips out of character.

There was so much happening at every turn of page that I really couldn’t find a comfortable place to put the book down. I ended up reading it straight through in one sitting. That says quite a lot for such a successful piece of writing. It truly was a riveting read and I certainly wouldn’t have a problem picking up another by this author. I liked knowing this was  part of a series but could stand alone. I’m not forced to dive into the next book and I like that.

Book Cover & Blurb: Blue Farm

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Twin Teenage Prodigies Defend Their Unique Virginia Family: Blue Farm

Charles Anderson’s newest thriller sends the precocious Carlson teenage twins after their brother’s murderer as they find their first loves and suffer their first broken hearts.

Farmville, VA –Author Charles C. Anderson announces the release of Blue Farm, published by Outskirts Press. The third book in his award winning Farm series, the family saga of the Virginia Carlsons, Anderson’s newest thriller starts with a kidnapping and a murder that are only the first lethal threats to the Carlson clan, whose twin teenage prodigies, Jack and Ava Carlson, plan their own justice.

Preparedness is a way of life for the uniquely talented Carlson family, and their daily activities on their four thousand acre Virginia plantation are anything but routine. Andy Carlson, the father of the clan, is an emergency room physician and a former Navy SEAL. His wife Lindsey is a former CIA operative. After having seen thousands of helpless children die in the streets during Middle Eastern conflicts, they have trained their twins, Jack and Ava, to be warriors, not victims.

When their handicapped five year old son, Peewee, is kidnapped, Andy and Lindsey immediately pay the ransom, but days later the family finds Peewee’s body buried in their own family cemetery. They receive a message that he is only the first Carlson to be targeted. Andy and Lindsey fear enemies from their previous lives.

Father, mother and the twins join forces to track down the murderers and bring them to justice. Along the way Jack and Ava defend their own lives, stumble onto their first loves, and suffer their first broken hearts. Ultimately, they face the horror of who killed their brother.

The plantation depicted in the Farm series has been the author’s family home since 1743, and novelist Anderson is an expert on Colonial Virginia, the Civil War, limestone caves and military weapons and installations, all key elements in his fascinating Farm thrillers.

About the book:
Blue Farm by Charles C. Anderson
ISBN: 978-1-4787-2208-3
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Date of publish: January 2014
Pages: 303
S.R.P.: $15.95

About the author:
Dr. Anderson is a retired naval officer, an emergency physician, a critical care physician, and a weapons specialist. He is an expert on Colonial Virginia, the Civil War, limestone caves, and military installations in Hampton Roads, Virginia, all key subjects in this novel. The plantation depicted in this book has been his family’s home since 1743. His first book, The Farm, was awarded the 2013 Readers View Reviewers Choice Award and the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award. The second and third books, Nuclear Farm and Blue Farm, are being released together, with more books to follow in this series.

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Book Cover & Blurb: Savior

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Savior Marks Publishing Debut by Long-Time Writer

Cambridge, MA  — Savior, the new thriller from Anthony Caplan, marks out new territory for genre fiction, detailing a son’s quest to save his father and at the same time exploring a contemporary America overrun by drugs and crime organizations, a country on the brink of destruction from within and without.

Al and Ricky, father and son, plan a surfing getaway in Guatemala, the perfect place to bond and reconnect after the death of Mary, the woman who held their lives together. But the Santos Muertos are taking over Guatemala, and when the gang discovers that Ricky has the Chocomal, the Mayan tablet which carries the secret code they need to take over the world with their fearsome Resonator, all hell breaks loose. Continue reading

Book Review: Evil at Heart

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I fell in love with Archie Sheridan and his obsessive disorder with the Serial Killer Grethen Lowell in Chelsea Cain’s first book Heartsick. Sweet heart, Cain’s second installment was a little less nail-biting but still carried me all the way to the end with its sometimes predictable events. I totally loved the reporter Susan Wards active presence in the second novel. So when Evil at heart came around I was thrilled to have both Archie and Sheridan resuming active roles in Cain’s third installment.

With Evil at Heart the reader continues to follow Detective Archie Sheridan’s dangerous and obsessive ways only this time from inside the walls of a mental ward. He is in hiding. He feels safe here. And he believed Gretchen when she promised she wouldn’t kill (from book two) anymore.

So when Archie’s partner Henry arrives on the scene of a disgusting ‘betrayal’ with red hearts all over the bathroom walls, everyone knows that The Beauty Killer has struck again. Only Susan Ward, reporter and friend of Archie, has the strong belief that something else is amiss. Is Gretchen trying to get back in the game or is all the red hearts and new and fresh deaths from a growing number of Beauty Killer admirers?

Archie is egged on and harassed inside the mental ward and finally when someone he shows ‘consideration’ for is brutally murdered right down the hall from him and then moments later receives a phone call from Gretchen Lowell herself, Archie is propelled out the doors and is battling to find the Beauty Killer before she can strike again. Continue reading

Book Review: Still Missing

Still Missing

By: Chevy Stevens
Hardcover, 352 pages
In one moment, Anne O’Sullivan, a 32-yr old real estate agent, finds her life forever changed when she is abducted from an open house she is hosting. The reader doesn’t come in on this scene. Instead, we get to read as her experience is told to her therapist one session at a time.

Her life before the event was similar to the everyday normalcies of life, sprinkled with shadows of a horrific event in which her father and sister were killed in an automobile accident when she was just a child leaving her mother and herself to continue on with their lives.

On the day she is abducted, her often irritating mother, a nice boyfriend who is sometimes too understanding, a beautiful house, an amazing best friend, and a perfect dog are all ripped away from her. Her captive who she calls The Freak during her sessions imposes humiliating rules that she must follow or be beaten, denied the basic necessities, and often even worse ordeals.  Over the course of a year, she endures the Freak’s confusing and chilling personalities and suffers over and over at the hands of the monster.

She tells her therapist that she understands that Stockholm syndrome kicked in. She even admits that she found him ‘interesting and articulate.” This infuriates her and she screams “How could I ever tell anyone he made me laugh?” Anne tells her story with a coolness, and often a very Continue reading

Book Review: Sweetheart


“Chelsea Cain calls forth another thriller featuring the notorious serial killer Gretchen Lowell. Cain has laced this series with an intoxicating substance; one which will have you coming back again and again.” 

He wiped his mouth with the back of his hand. “I need to take a shower,” he said.

“It’s down the hall,” she said. “Second door on the left. You’ll find everything you need.”

“My sanity?” he said.

She leaned forward as if to kiss him, but instead put her lips next to his ear, her cheek millimeters from his. The smell of her made him dizzy. Her breath was warm but sent a cold shiver down his spine.

“Long gone, darling,” she whispered. Continue reading

Book Cover & Blurb: The Brotherhood of the Nile

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New Political Thriller Takes Readers On Adventure Through A War On The Homeland

Sanibel, FL – What would happen to our country’s industries if a nuclear weapon was dropped near a cluster of oil refineries? In his new novel, Dan Perkins takes his readers on a thrilling ride through an America in flames. Terrorists have finally struck again on home ground, and the repercussions are severe. Texas storage tanks and refineries are burning, and the effect is rippling through pipelines across the country. A radioactive tsunami is heading straight for Houston, and the race to shut off the pipelines before it’s too late is on. Continue reading

Book Cover & Blurb: Desperate Endurance

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New Romantic Suspense Thriller: Desperate Endurance

Poteau, OK – Author Kasey Riley has released her romantic suspense novel: Desperate Endurance.

When endurance rider Bethany’s husband presents his pregnant mistress and demands a divorce, her plans for the future shattered. True, he isn’t much of a husband, and she really doesn’t have many plans, but it’s quite an unexpected surprise. To heal from the shock, she falls back on her love of horses and writing and begins traveling the nation competing in each region and selling stories about each event. Witnessing a murder in a deserted rest area terrifies her. Continue reading