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Decayed Etchings was written by Brandon Ford and published by Black Bed Sheets Books  in 2011. You may purchase it at Amazon.com. You may visit the author here:  Brandon Ford.Blogspot.com

 

By Brandon Ford

 

 

In this collection of 18 stories you’ll be amused, shocked and satisfyingly haunted by tales of the dark, gory and sinister side of life.

Brandon Ford endeavors to push the envelope and go beyond some of the common accepted boundaries in a few of his tales and in doing so he tears down the wall that would normally hold a lot of other writers back.

For instance, one of my favorite stories in this compilation was Band Of Gold where a wayward husband involves himself with a hooker and in the process, loses something of value to his marriage- in a place where he realizes he probably shouldn’t have gone to in the first place. It was a gross but amusing tale that had me chuckling because I could see this happening in real life. 

Another one of my favorites was My Sacred Slumber.  This story resonated with me as being very dark and disturbing and one that many may find hard to get through. The horror and courage must have swelled within the author when he wrote this one- but the mechanics of his writing was superb.

The only thing that held this book back from being a 5 Star rating was the “chopped off” endings of a few too many of Brandon Ford’s stories. I thought some of the tales could have been developed further and gone farther than they did but this seems to be all part of the authors style and it certainly doesn’t take away from my appetite to want to read more from Mr. Ford. I would equate my experience with some of his work as having a bowl of ice cream taken away from me when there’s still a few more delicious spoonfuls left in the bottom of the bowl. It was very good but I wanted more from that bowl- and from that story.  

My other “top picks” in Decayed Etchings were Trippity Doo-Da, Cat Call, Bookends, Camera Shy and Famous Last Words.

I give Decayed Etchings a 4 Star Rating.

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Tom Riddell is also a book reviewer over at WEBBWEAVER

Cruelty To Innocents was written by CK Webb & DJ Weaver and published by Suspense Publishing  in 2011. You may purchase it at Amazon.com/Kindle. You can visit the authors here: WEBBWEAVER

 

 

By CK Webb & DJ Weaver

 

 

Sloanne Kelly is an interior designer in New York City. She loves the elite life and all that it offers her and she feels comfortable in her existence. All is well until her best friend Chloe calls her to come  back to Aberdeen, Maryland.  She dreads going back home, a place of unpleasant memories, but Chloe’s daughter was abducted and she feels an overwhelming need to be there to help.  What awaits her is something much more involved than just the disappearance of Chloe’s daughter Danni. She soon finds out that other children are being abducted from emergency 911 scenes- as their parents become distracted in stopping to help. Sloanne and a local fireman friend, Shawn Tyler team up in search for the monster who is swiping young children off the streets of her home town.

Very rarely do I ever give *anything* 5 stars- but this debut novel by CK Webb and DJ Weaver deserves nothing less. The story line will grip you and you’ll find yourself right alongside the characters in this suspenseful tale of childhood abduction.

When I found my emotions getting caught in my throat- and when I couldn’t stop turning the pages- I knew CK and DJ had a hit on their hands. Go ahead, stop everything you’re doing and buy this book! If you’ve ever had to call 911 before and if you ever have to call 911 again, especially when you’re out in the public- you’ll certainly remember this story. It won’t let you forget- and that’s a good thing.

I look forward to more from CK and DJ!

I give Cruelty To Innocents 5 Stars.

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Tom Riddell is also a book reviewer over at WEBBWEAVER

Fatal Destiny was written by David De Lee and published by Dark Road Publishing in 2011. You may purchase it at Amazon.com/Kindle.

By David De Lee

 

Bounty hunter and former cop, Grace deHaviland is on the hunt for a white collar crime bail jumper- looking for an easy, better than good, pay day. What she finds is a man that is tied up in a history of much worse ruthless crimes than she bargained for. Her best friend and police officer Susie Jensen is caught up in the violence of Grace’s case and lands in the hospital fighting for her life. Soon Grace is faced with decisions that will challenge her professionalism- and her personal relationships with everyone around her could come to a screeching halt. She’s forced to look at her bail jumper, and the man who put her best friend in the hospital, in a different light.  

David De Lee’s background in the criminal justice field (Masters Degree) and his experience as a private investigator gave him the tools he needed to create the taut and dangerous, true to life world of crime and intrigue that Grace deHaviland and Susie Jensen find themselves living in.   To make that type of world and the characters who are a part of it come vibrantly and excitingly alive- takes the skill, imagination and dedication of a very good writer.  Mr. De Lee has proven that he can compete with the best of them in the crime thriller genre.

Fatal Destiny will challenge the best of the armchair crime fighters.  You’ll be put into the heads of a cop and a bounty hunter. And just when you are sure you would know what to do in responding to a crime- a gut wrenching twist in circumstances will cause you to rethink your approach.  At the end of Fatal Destiny you might gain a new respect and understanding of all the characters that make up the world of crime- the good and the bad. 

Fatal Destiny is just one story in the Grace deHaviland series but it certainly won’t be the last of David De Lee’s books that I will read.

I give it a 5 star rating.

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Tom Riddell is also a book reviewer over at WEBBWEAVER

The Organ Grinder was written by Sara Curran-Ross and published by Solstice Publishing  in 2011. You may purchase it at Amazon.com/Kindle. Visit the author at: Sara Curran-Ross  blogspot.com

 

By Sara Curran-Ross

 

Rebecca Eaton, a star journalist, is captured while trying to interview a Human Rights activist in the beginning throes of war between two Asian countries. At the hands of her captors she is beaten, tortured and raped. But that wasn’t enough. They cut her open and removed a kidney- part of a worldwide conspiracy to steal, harvest and sell human organs. During those traumatic events Rebecca lost her memory.  All connections to her world- and the people who loved and cared for her- erased.

Dominic Kane, a security expert, is hired by Rebecca’s employer to find Rebecca and to bring her safely home. If Dominic isn’t successful, there’s a lot more for him to lose since he is also Rebecca’s ex-lover. To win her freedom he has to take on the people behind the mass murder of thousands who are the victims of a human organ harvest.

Sara Curran-Ross injects us with a surge of adrenalin; consuming us in a rush of fast paced thrills and action that will have you excitingly turning the pages of this book for hours. This story will appall you. It will scare you. It will educate you and it will show you how dark and sinister a human soul can be. But even through it all, the author is able to tell an incredible love story that ultimately butts up against the idiosyncrasies of people torn apart by greed, power and threatening ultimatums.  

In the end this story will bear witness to the depth, strength and will of the human spirit as Rebecca Eaton displays unfaltering courage in the face of unimaginable fears. Through the battle fatigue of war and the horrors of being tortured, raped and gutted for a kidney- we all wish we had the mettle to survive as she did.

Sara Curran-Ross is a writer with lots of talent and it’s hard to believe that The Organ Grinder is only her 2nd book published. In my opinion she has positioned herself at the beginning of a long and successful run as a well gifted and flourishing author.

I give The Organ Grinder 5 Stars.

Please visit the author of this post: www.tomriddell.com

Tom Riddell is also a book reviewer over at WEBBWEAVER