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Collecting Innocents  was written by CK Webb & DJ Weaver and published by Suspense Publishing  in 2011. You may purchase it at Amazon.com/Kindle . Visit the authors here: WebbWeaver.blogspot.com

By CK Webb & DJ Weaver

Imagine if you will- there is nothing more scarier than to be broken down on a highway
out in the middle of nowhere, with your small child in your back seat. You call
911 from a roadside call box but someone else is listening in to the call…and
before long- your worst nightmare becomes very real.  You’re abducted and your child goes missing.  In Collecting Innocents this pattern is repeated over and over again. The gruesome murders pile up along with a list of abducted children.   A cop, formerly of the Aberdeen Maryland police department sees a pattern to these crimes and contacts Sloanne Kelly, who worked on a very similar case back in Maryland.  With the help of Sloanne’s  fiancée and a seasoned crime reporter, they team up with the cop and go looking for a killer who is also collecting young children.

In their first book in the series, Cruelty To Innocents, CK Webb and DJ Weaver set the bar high with a tale that had me glued to the pages with a frighteningly great suspenseful thriller.  To reach that same lofty plateau, I knew that Collecting Innocents would have to work hard to earn itself the same level of praise.  At the halfway
point in the book, I was seeing many stars.  More than 5 of them to be exact.
CK & DJ are masters at crafting character development in their stories. I found myself absorbed into the lives of the victims- and I cared
about them a great deal.  I was saddened and horrified when they were about to be killed; my mind screaming at them: “Don’t open the car door for that tow truck driver! He’s not who you think he is!”   Too late…. they didn’t hear me.

The crime scene investigation segments in the story also had a strong realistic pull to them which helped to solidify the tale into another hit for those of us who love criminal suspense thrillers.

I will not hesitate when I tell you to rush out to your favorite book retailer
and buy Collecting Innocents.  Do it now.  In fact, you’ll want to collect all
of CK’s and DJ’s books in the 911 Abduction Series. Watch for the final book in
the series:  Avenging Innocents. They were all meant to be sitting on a book
shelf.  YOUR bookshelf!

I give Collecting Innocents 5 Stars.

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Tom Riddell is also a book reviewer over at WEBBWEAVER

Fractured Time was written by Alan Draven and published by Black Bed Sheets Books in 2011. You may purchase it at Amazon.com/Kindle. Visit the author at: Bitternest.Blogspot.com

By Alan Draven

Donovan Vicar is a “feeler”-a man who feels the vibrations of people around him. After bumping into a stranger on a late October evening in 2007, he is overwhelmed with an evil that seems to radiate from the man. He is so caught up with the power and imminent
danger of the guy that he boards a bus to Texas in hopes that he might be able
to stop  whatever horrible act he may be planning.  But the bus he is on takes an
unexpected turn and instead of going to Texas, Donovan ends right back where he started in his hometown of Bitternest, Louisiana but the year is 1957 and his city is in the grips of dealing with the disappearances of several young women. 50 years in the past, Donovan is forced to take on the dark mystery- or lose the chance of ever going back to 2007.

It’s a time travel story that quakes with the weirdness and fun of The Twilight Zone
and culminates in a fierce battle between good and evil which threatens to
fracture the very essence of time.

The story’s premise is a fairly good one but this reader suffered through the
use  of analogies that were as out of place and clichéd as a “giddy sailor
in a strip club
” < One of the analogies that was used.

The author also had a tendency to be lazy with some of his descriptions such as this one: “A sudden bolt of lightning lit the whole property, just like the ones in those classic horror movies.” It is better to show a description than to tell the readers what it’s like.

If the author would have taken more time in using his own healthy imagination (And he has a very good one)  in creating appropriate analogies and if he moved his mind to engage in more inventive descriptions- his star quantity would have increased.

The last 8 chapters of the story were exciting, satisfactorily written, with an
interesting ending, and they saved this book from a 2 star rating. I give it
3 Stars.

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Tom Riddell is also a book reviewer over at WEBBWEAVER

The Dark Path was written by Luke Romyn and published by Wild Child Publishing in 2009. You may purchase it at Amazon.com/Kindle . Visit the author here: www.lukeromyn.com.

By Luke Romyn

New York’s underworld quivers at the mention of his name. Evil courses through his
veins like blood and his conscience has lain dormant for over a decade while he
has slashed and burned his way to the top of the food chain. Vain.

The Dark Man, born of torment into an existence of death. In the underworld of
killers he reigns supreme. And yet he is chosen for a task of supreme
benevolence. Why would he be selected to save a young boy, the Avun-Riah, and
then protect him against a horde of enemies, both mortal and demonic? Because
he is the only one with any hope of success.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have risen from the pits of Hell and, along
with a fanatical army of cultists, are ranged against Vain. If the boy is slain
then Sordarrah will be raised to destroy the Earth, a feat even Lucifer never
managed.

Evil is being used to fight evil in the ultimate battle for the outcome of all
existence. Armageddon sits upon the horizon and all that stands in its way is a
man whose path has always been dark.

THE DARK PATH is the story of a merciless
torture-killer for hire, a man forced to confront the agonies of his past in
order to save a child, and quite possibly, the world. Vain, aka The Dark Man,
makes even the most hardened criminals tremble with fear, but finds within his
dark self a spark of humanity that leads him on a quest to find a boy named
Sebastian. It is the story of a man who literally goes to Hell and back in
spite of what he has become. THE DARK PATH has pockets of humor that will make
you chuckle and a shocking ending that will leave you gasping. To quote a
friend, “this book is scarily good!”

I give The Dark Path 5 Stars.

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Rellik was written by S. A. Gambino. You may purchase it at Amazon.com/Kindle .Visit the author here: Sheri Gambino. Blogspot.com

By Sheri Gambino

Jim James is an ex-con rapist who finds a job as a Birthday Party Clown. The kids love him but Jim has issues. When he gets fired for being late for a birthday party, he returns to the home for a repeat performance but this visit doesn’t involve balloon animals. After Jim engages in some sexual and gruesome entertainment, he is quickly dispatched to Hell where he becomes Rellik- a freakish and extremely evil clown who is hell bent on revenge and who  also has developed an insatiable appetite for children.

 

S. A. Gambino first introduced us to Rellik in Twisted Tales Of Terror. In this novella the author allows us to learn how the dementedly vile and evil clown came to be. The human precursor to Rellik is an all too real repulsive product of our society. Men like Jim James reside in our neighborhoods and they roam about looking to fulfill their dreadful and deadly desires. When the main character’s own mother becomes a lustful target of his demented pleasures it is easy to see why this tale isn’t meant for the easily offended or weak of heart.

This story is chuck full of disgustingly horrible behaviors but it is also filled with a unique and very funny kind of humor. Mix in flaming clown farts with a Hell born character named Lilith- who seduces Rellik and beds him down only to rip off a tasty chewy meal of the clown’s extremely large fat penis-and you’ll laugh until your sides hurt.

Don’t miss this one! S. A. Gambino is only in the beginning of making herself known as a formidable writer and author. I absolutely devoured this book in one sitting! I hope to hear more from S. A. Gambino and I hope she will continue to keep Rellik alive!

I give Rellik 5 stars.

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Tom Riddell is also a book reviewer over at WEBBWEAVER