Breaking Ava Lake by K.P. Ambroziak

Breaking Ava Lake

Genre:  Contemporary/Psychological Thriller

Pages:  366

Publication Information:  Independently Published, October 16, 2019

ISBN-10: 1697878326 – ISBN-13: 978-1697878325

Format:  Print (Paperback)

Reviewed by:  William C. Bitner, Jr.

Rating:  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Turning a devastating and intense situation into a palpable and yes, even enjoyable read –  may I suggest for your reading pleasure “Breaking Ava Lake” by K.P. Ambroziak.  I have had the pleasure of reading all the work by this fine author under her name and her nom de plume Vera Mae, and each time I come away a better person for having done so.  As with all her books, she does all the work. Allowing the reader to just sit back and digest each word, paragraph and page with complete and utter ease. When a book seems to reads itself, as this one does so beautifully,  there’s really little else a reader can do or has to do other than take it in and allow it to absorb into your frontal lobe and let biology take care of the rest. This book breaths as if it has a life of its own beyond the pages, has a pulse and heartbeat that you can hear and feel through the pages.  The story come alive in your minds eye as you find yourself getting so deeply encapsulated in the story. You really have no other choice …this author simply would have it no other way. This is a beautifully told story of love, greed, revenge, hate, envy, jealousy and any number of other human conditions that you could possibly think of.  It’s authentic and real in its character and plot depiction. You will come away knowing that what you just read could indeed happen in the world in which we live. Twist and turns enough to give the reader literary whiplash, of which the only cure is to ride along, buckle yourself in and see what waits for you around the next turn or bump in the road.   Another great read from a masterful wordsmith.

From the back cover:  From as far back as Nolon can remember, he has been under Alexander’s rule. Ever since they were children, and Alexander watched him accidentally kill a man. He got away with the murder only to find himself serving a different kind of life sentence, as the plaything to Alexander’s whims.

Alexander’s demands have always been unreasonable, but now as a colleague in Nolon’s father’s law firm, he is making Nolon’s life untenable. Nolon knows he won’t be free of Alexander unless he can dig up dirt on him and make his own crime seem like child’s play in comparison.

When Nolon’s wife Ava is assaulted one night in their home, causing her to miscarry, Nolon finally has what he needs. As a lawyer, he has the skills to make it seem plausible. As a rich man, he has the resources to set it up. As a lifelong victim of Alexander’s schemes, he has the know-how. But there’s a hitch. The detective on the case has Nolon in her sights since Ava’s unborn child wasn’t his.

As Nolon works to keep his past buried, he struggles to unearth enough evidence to banish his rival for good. That is, if he can stomach living without him.

About the Author:  “I am made of dirt and grit and stars and river, skin, bone, leaf, whiskers and claws. I am a part of you, of this, nothing more or less. I am mycelium, petal pistil and stamen. I am branch and hive and trunk and stone. I am what has been here and what is coming. I am energy and I am dust. I am wave and I am wonder. I am an impulse and an order. I am perfumed peonies and the single parasol tree in the African savannah. I am lavender, dandelion, daisy, dahlia, cosmos, chrysanthemum, pansy, bleeding heart and rose. I am all that has been named and unnamed, all that has been gathered and all that has been left alone. I am all your missing creatures, all the sweet birds never born. I am daughter. I am caretaker. I am fierce defender. I am griever. I am bandit. I am baby. I am supplicant. I am here now, Mother. I am yours. I am yours. I am yours.” ~ Eve Ensler

Other Books by K.P. Ambroziak/Vera Mae:  “Snowdrifts”, “All At Once”, “The Trilogy”, “The Piano Player”, “Venus Fall”, “The Banished Ones”  and “The Vincent Du Maurier Series – Rage for Blood – Book 1, Wrath for Bone – Book 2, Spite for Flesh – Book 3, Grief  for Heart – Book 4”. (I named one of my cats after the character Vincent Du Maurier from this series.)

Evade: Part Two By Derek Barton

Evade Part Two

Genre: Fiction/Suspense/Thriller/Dark/Supernatural/Series/Short Story

Pages – 94

Publication Information – Independently Published July 6, 2020

ISBN – 13: 979-8664057287, ASIN: B08CPDLS11

Format – Digital (PDF)

Reviewed by:  William C. Bitner, Jr.

Rating:   🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

This is the second installment in the ‘Evade’ series, and Derek continues to keep us on the edge of our seats as we navigate through the back alleys and dark streets of suburban Philadelphia.  This series along with the ‘Elude’ series, for me at least, have a bit of a noir feel to them and are filled with dark tones and a foggy atmosphere.  As in his previous books Derek does a fine job of blending the real world with the supernatural world in a most believable way.  Fast paced, action packed and great characters will have you coming back for more of this series.  Derek does a stellar job in whetting your appetite for more and having you waiting in anticipation for more. This installment contains chapters 11 thru 20.  Very nicely put together supernatural thriller short read.  The end is yet to be written. . . so come back for the next installment.

From the back cover:  FIND YOUR ANSWERS IN THIS THRILLING SEQUEL TO IN FOUR DAYS!

The balance for Evil has tipped in Hell’s favor…

On the day Detective Lindsey Korrey should be celebrating the closure of her biggest case, The Nurse Catcher, she’s caught up in an intense police car chase.

Rory, a missing child case of three years, has fallen under her protection. Someone — or something — wants him back.

Chased down and hunted by a supernatural enemy, Lindsey must evade capture at any cost.

Yet their road is full of hidden dangers. The Seekers emerge out of every shadow…around every corner…

With twists and turns, extraordinary characters, action, suspense, and a mystery with pulse-pounding revelations, EVADE will take your breath away and leave you wanting –needing to know more!

About the Author:  Derek Barton was born in northeast Indiana in 1970. The typical introvert kid; closer to books than people, but grew up with a fascination for horror novels (Stephen King, Dean Koontz) and medieval fantasy (Piers Anthony, R.A Salvatore).

In April of 1996, he moved out to Phoenix, Arizona to find his own path.

He has been married to his wonderful wife, Erika since October 5th, 2012. They have three children, Jenna, Johnny and a four-year-old baby girl, Jessiena!

Other books by Derek Barton: ‘Seyde in Blood: Consequences Within Chaos Prequel Short Story’, ‘Consequences Within Chaos’,  ‘The Bleeding Crown’, ‘The Hidden’, ‘Elude:Part One’, ‘Elude: Part Two’, ‘Elude: Part Three’, ‘Evade: Part One’, and ‘In Four Days’.

Rebirth (Hell on Earth, Book 6) By Iain Rob Wright

 

Genre – Fiction/Horror/Post Apocalyptic/British/Suspense/Thriller/Series

Pages – 384

Publication Information – Ulcerated Press (June 15, 2020)

ISBN – 10: 1913523381, ISBN – 13: 978-1913523381

Format – Paperback

Reviewed by:  William C. Bitner, Jr.

Rating:   🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The ‘gates’ started opening for me back in 2015 with the first book (‘The Gates (Hell on Earth, Book 1) to this spectacular 6 book series.  I say 6 books, but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention another book by Iain that played into the story-line and finale of this series (‘Wings of Sorrow’) also published in 2015 and would be well worth your time if you haven’t already taken it in.  But interestingly enough, having read Iain’s complete catalogue I find throughout this series, snippets from many of his past books creeping in.  This book in particular however was astonishing and brilliant and is without comparison to other series I have read.  No better end to a series have I ever read.  Iain makes no mistakes that this is the end of these particular demons, angels, assorted miscreants, layabouts, officers, law enforcement and other similarly charming characters. The movie of this series, thanks to the masterful wordsmanship of Iain Rob Wright played in my head from start to finish.  Edge of your seat action, twists and turns enough to give you literary whiplash and motion sickness.  Interesting characters and a brilliant plot and continuing story-line give this book its bones, meat and magic.  Sad to see the end of this series, but at the same time I am well pleased with how Iain brought it to its end.  Not all demons are evil, and not all angels are good.  We must listen, learn and decide for ourselves. “Mankind doesn’t have to survive, Diana.  If it has any future at all, it needs to survive with the right people in charge.”  Highly recommend this and quite frankly all of Iain Rob Wright’s books.

From the back cover:  From the ashes, tomorrow will rise…

After mankind’s previous victories at Portsmouth and Kielder, things begin to look hopeful, but unknown to the last human survivors is that they are about to face their worst enemy yet. Crimolok has arrived, and soon, there’ll be nothing left. This is the final fight between Hell and Earth – the last battle between light and dark.Get the 6th and final book in the nail biting Hell on Earth series today and discover mankind’s ultimate fate.

About the Author:  One of Horror’s most respected authors and one of the UKs most successful horror and suspense writers, Iain Rob Wright is the writer of more than twenty books, many of them bestsellers. A previous Kindle All-Star and a mainstay in the horror charts, he is a prolific producer of unique and original stories. From his apocalyptic saga The Gates to his claustrophobic revenge thriller ASBO, Iain writes across a broad spectrum of sub genres, creating both beloved series and standalone titles.

With work available in several languages and in audio, Iain Rob Wright is one of the fastest rising stars in horror, but when not writing he is a dedicated family man. Father to Jack and Molly, and husband to Sally, he is often seen sharing his family memories with his fans on Facebook.

Other books by Iain Rob Wright:  ‘Escape!’, ‘Dark Ride’, ‘12 Steps’, ‘The Room Upstairs’, ‘Animal Kingdom’, ‘A to Z of Horror’, ‘Sam’, ‘ASBO’, ‘The Final Winter’, ‘The Housemates’, ‘Sea Sick’, ‘Ravage’, ‘Savage’, ‘The Picture Frame’, ‘Wings of Sorrow’, ‘TAR’, ‘House Beneath the Bridge’, ‘The Peeling’, ‘Blood on the Bar’,’2389’, ‘Holes in the Ground’, ‘Straight Up’, ‘Hot Zone’, ‘End Play’, and the Hell on Earth Series which includes: The Gates, Legion, Extraction, Defiance,  & Resurgence. Et al.

Cherished Thief By Michelle E. Lowe

Cherished Thief

Genre – Nonfiction/Biopic/Drama/European History/17th Century/Based on True Story

Pages – 437

Publication Information – Independently Published June 9, 2014

ISBN – 10: 1497449820, ISBN – 13: 978-1497449824

Format – Paperback

Reviewed by:  William C. Bitner, Jr.

Rating:   🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

If you like costume dramas or period pieces you will not go far off the track with this book based on a true story about Claude Duval, a french-born gentlemen highwayman in post-Restoration Britain.  I’m used to and love her pieces of fiction and this is her first attempt at nonfiction, which she did masterfully.  A very visual and atmospheric piece of literature that comes alive in the page after page of action, adventure and hijinx of Claude Duval and his fellow band of miscreants.   She places her reader right in the middle of the action, and you will undoubtedly feel you are somehow a part of this 17th century adventure.  An educational and very enjoyable read.

From the back cover:  In a time when outlaws are revered as heroes, Claude Duval thrives as a true gentleman of the road. Born into poverty in Domfront, France, in 1643, Duval faces many challenges as he sets off as a youth to make his mark on the world. Soon enough, the handsome and impertinent Claude becomes the most infamous highwaymen in British history! During his decades-long adventure, he is hunted by men and adored by women. However, roaming the King’s Highway by the light of the full moon comes with a terrible price…

About the Author:  Michelle E. Lowe is a Georgia born native who has spent most of her life near the Atlanta area before pulling up stakes and moving clear across the country with her hubby, Ben, and their two daughters. She likes watching B-horror films and playing classic Atari games. She’s also a knickknack collector, and  enjoys oil painting as a hobby.

Other books by Michelle E. Lowe:  ‘Atlantic Pyramid’, ‘Legacy, Legacy Book 1’, ‘Legacy: The Reunion, Legacy Book 2’, ‘Legacy: The Underground, Legacy Book 3’,  ‘Legacy: Bounty Hunter, Legacy Book 4’, ‘Legacy: The Forgotten Story, Legacy Book 5’, ‘Legacy:  The Payment, Legacy Book 6’, ‘Boom-Time’, ‘The Hex Hunt, Book 1’, ‘The Hex Hunt: Surviving the Sea, Book 2’, ‘The Hex Hunt: The Island of the Sleeping Volcano, Book 3’, ‘The Warning’, ‘Spine Shivering Stories’, and ‘Poe’s Haunted House Tour’. 

Bad Luck Zach By Emerson Gamble (Clifton Kenny)

Bad Luck Zach

Genre – Fiction/Middle Grade/Action/Adventure

Pages – 281

Publication Information – Independently Published, February 27, 2020, ASIN: B0859864FL, ISBN-10: 1793428085, ISBN-13: 978-1793428080

Format – Digital (Kindle)

Reviewed by:  William C. Bitner, Jr.

Rating:   🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

While being billed as a middle grade action/adventure, I found that ‘Bad Luck Zach’ by Emerson Gamble (pen name for Clifton Kenny) was a read for just about anyone.  I am a 60+ year old man who loves fantasy/horror/action/adventure as my usual reading preference but I found myself being totally enveloped in this brilliant and charming little book.  Dealing with middle grade children and their interaction with diversity, bullies, acceptance, peer pressure and the usual childhood adversities many of us came upon as pre-teens. A first person narrative format with Zach telling his story in an amazing and very mature way.  You almost forget an adult wrote this book and start believing that Zach was the person responsible for writing the witty, fully developed and grown up passages in this book.  I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to take a break from the world as it is right now and wants to enjoy a feel-good book with a wonderful message.  Beautifully written and an all-around awesome and relevant read that I would easily and comfortably allow my grandchildren to read.  There are lessons to be learned here no matter what age you are.

From the back cover:  A young prodigy. A band of outcasts. An incredible adventure. In San Diego’s South Bay Middle School, Zach Larsson finds he just doesn’t belong. He’s too young, too smart, and too different; the perfect victim for bullying. The worse his luck gets, the more he dives into his writing to escape real life.

Zach finds acceptance in a diverse group of unpopular kids. As their friendship grows, they discover his adventurous stories are bringing an astonishing mystery into real life. Their quest to solve it takes them across an ocean, and right back to face Zach’s biggest fear.

#BadLuckZach embraces second language learning and the cultural mix that makes middle school life that much harder when it’s right by the biggest international border crossing in the world.

About the author:  A lifetime writing enthusiast, as well as a dedicated superhero fiction and science fiction fan, Clifton Kenny was published in The Guilded Pen, an anthology of short stories, in 2015. Kenny is a retired high school teacher with graduate degrees in education, biochemistry, music, and Spanish.

Reflections is his full-length novel debut, earning a recommendation from the San Diego Writers and Editors Guild. He was also recognized in June of 2015 on Tondo in their list of Next Big Authors.

Clifton Kenny currently resides between Burlington VT, and San Diego CA, and is a former resident of Old Connecticut Path in Framingham, Massachusetts.

Other books by this author:  ‘Reflections’, ‘The Navigator, Part 1’,  ‘The Navigator, Part 2’, and ‘Once Upon a Time in Brownsville’.

Eventide By Peter J. Aldin

Eventide

Genre – Fiction/Science Fiction/Space Opera/Murder Mystery

Pages – 568

Publication Information – Independently Published, July 18, 2020

ASIN: B088QDDH5W, ISBN – 13:978-0648309208

Format – Digital (Kindle – ARC)

Reviewed by:  William C. Bitner, Jr. ,

Rating:   🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

There are times when the science fiction genre can leave me in a space that has me wondering or having a great deal of difficulty understanding what I just read. The terminology (sometimes made up), and all the technical minutiae (also made up) can be difficult to keep track of and imagine.  With ‘Eventide’ by Peter J. Aldin, I finally read science fiction and enjoyed it and understood what was going on.  I guess the reason for that is that the story, although taking place in space and on an alien planet, with that terminology and technical minutiae, is more about a detective and his search for a killer. This is a fast paced, ever changing landscape kind of read. With  wonderfully imagined and believable characters along with a great story and brilliant world building.  Mr. Aldin breathed life into his novel and gave it a life of its own. Entertaining, fun and just a great read.

From the back cover:  A mysterious murder.

An alien race accused.

For one corporate cop, solving this case could get him killed.

For years, investigator John Romaine has traded his principles for a safe and comfortable life in space. The deal is clear: if he cleans up his employer’s messes, they won’t send him into the dirt and danger of their planetary colonies. So he’s stunned when he’s deployed to an unregistered world to solve the suspicious death of a Space Marine. And even more astounded to discover that the planet is home to aliens, the first sentient species humans have encountered.

The pressure mounts to charge the local people with murder, the clues aren’t adding up, and with conflict flaring between the locals and the Marines, Romaine is forced to do two things he’s never done before.

Fight for his life. And choose a side that’s not his own.

About the Author:  Peter J. Aldin writes action-adventure in sci-fi or fantasy settings.

Under the pen name Pete Aldin, he writes darker, more brutal thrillers in paranormal or other fantasy settings. (These novels have more gore and a lot more swearing).

An Aussie, he lives in his homeland. From there he supports Chelsea FC (we won’t hold that against him) in the English Premier League. He is a fan of rums, whiskeys (and whiskeys), as well as ciders.

Other work by Peter J. Aldin – Pete Aldin:  Black Marks, Doomsday Child (Book 1), Rescue Mission (Doomsday Child, Book 1.5), Came Monsters (Doomsday Child, Book 2), Nine Tales,  Illegal: Digital Science Fiction Short Story, et.a..

The Horror Collection: Emerald Edition Presented by Kevin J. Kennedy with contributions from Christian Laforet, Kevin J. Kennedy, Ramsey Campell, Nicola Lombardi, Mark Allan Gunnells, Veronica Smith, Steve Stred and Zoltan Komor

the-horror-collection-emerald-edition

Genre – Fiction/Short Story/Anthology/Horror/Paranormal/Speculative

Pages – 133

Publication Information – Independently Published,April 30, 2020

ISBN – 13: 979-8645670498, ASIN: B088N7V9HS, ASIN: B087Z2KQRB

Format – Digital (Kindle)

Reviewed by:  William C. Bitner, Jr.

Rating:   🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Consistency, variety, great authors, and a ton of entertainment is what we get each and every time Kevin published one of his horror anthologies.  This is the 7th book in The Horror Collection series and is probably one of my favorites.  The concepts for each story varied and ran the gamut from a haunting to a visit with demons from hell and all kinds of unimaginable scenarios in-between.  You get a little bit of everything when you open up one of Kevin’s publications.  In this edition you get 7 great stories by some very talented independent authors.

Included within these pages are: “The House in the Ground” by Christian Laforet, “Satan’s Apocalypse” by Kevin J. Kennedy, “In A Pale, Rainy Morning” by Ramsey Campbell & Nicola Lombardi, “Haunting at Stump Lake” by Mark Allan Gunnells, “Road Rage Revenge” by Veronica Smith, “Tendrils” by Steve Stred, “Radiator Demon – Bitches of Hell” by Zoltan Komor.

Between these pages, you will find tales of hauntings, revenge, parasitic entities, struggles during the apocalypse and a bizarro version of hell.

Evade, Part One By Derek Barton

Evade

Genre – Fiction/Horror/Suspense/Paranormal/Novella/Series

Pages – 99

Publication Information – Independently Published, April 9, 2020

ISBN – 13: 979-8635814918

ASIN: B086Y7CNKD

Format – Digital (PDF)

Reviewed by:  William C. Bitner, Jr.

Rating:  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

‘Evade, Part One’ by Derek Barton is the sequel to his 2017 novella ‘In Four Days’.  This installment is filled with action, suspense and twist and turns enough to give one literary whiplash.  With an array of some very memorable characters and a most creative plot, this short read will have you entertained and asking for more.  Good things do indeed come in small packages.  Derek breathes life into his characters and takes his readers along for a rapidly palpitating escapade in a cat-and-mouse adventure with the supernatural.  A fun and entertaining read.  Looking forward to the next installment.

From the back cover:  The balance for Evil has tipped in Hell’s favor…

On the day Detective Lindsey Korrey should be celebrating the closure of her biggest case, The Nurse Catcher, she’s caught up in an intense police car chase..Rory, a missing child case of three years, has fallen under her protection. Someone — or something — wants him back.

Chased down and hunted by a supernatural enemy, Lindsey must evade capture at any cost. Yet their road is full of hidden dangers.

The Seekers emerge out of every shadow…around every corner…With twists and turns, extraordinary characters, action, suspense, and a mystery with pulse-pounding revelations,

‘Evade’ will take your breath away and leave you wanting –needing to know more!

About the Author:  “I am originally from a small town in northeast Indiana. Typical introverted kid; closer to books than people — grew up with a fascination for horror novels (Stephen King, Dean Koontz) and medieval fantasy (Piers Anthony, R.A Salvatore).

In April of 1996, I moved out on my own to Phoenix, Arizona to find my own path.

On a personal level, I have been married to my wonderful wife, Erika since October 10th, 2012. I have two stepchildren, Jenna and Johnny, and a two-year-old baby girl, Jessiena.”

Other works by Derek Barton:  Seyde in Blood: Consequences Within Chaos Prequel Short Story, Consequences Within Chaos,  The Bleeding Crown, The Hidden, Elude:Part One, Elude: Part Two, Elude: Part Three and ‘In Four Days’.

Cold Heart By Sean-Paul Thomas

Cold Heart

Genre – Crime Thriller/Suspense/Assassin/Scottish

Pages – 273

Publication Information –  Independently Published, March 31, 2020

ISBN – 13: 979-8632880831, ASIN: B086MQLGBL

Format – Digital (Kindle)

Reviewed by:  William C. Bitner, Jr.

Rating:  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The main character (Estelle) in this action packed thriller is a bit of an enigma.  She is certainly a very hateful, uncaring and heartless human being when it comes to doing the job she has been assigned by her employer,  she seems indifferent to her husband, she seems proud of her daughter but really has little connection with her.  Her relationship with her sister is estranged to say the least but she will go to the ends of the earth to find out what happened to her and get her revenge for her death.  Sean-Paul did a very interesting and somewhat difficult thing with Estelle – you start out hating the very soul of her and cannot see anything redeeming in her actions toward other human beings, but he somehow finds a way to get the reader to get behind her and encourage her on her task to avenge her sister’s death.  She is a character you will come to love to hate and will find it difficult to remain in her corner for very long. This is a very graphic novel, filled with violence, strong language and many brutal killings throughout. There’s definitely a series in the making here – the ending was twisted, disturbing and oh so mind blowing.

From the back cover:  A brutal assassin goes AWOL from her ruthless employers and returns undercover to her old neighborhood in Glasgow where she hasn’t been seen since she was a young delinquent teenage girl to investigate the mysterious death of her estranged little sister.

About the Author:  Sean is an author from Edinburgh in Scotland. He spent most of his childhood and teenage years on the move with his Scottish and Irish Parents (No, they weren’t bank robbers ) growing up in the likes of Cyprus, Germany, Wales and England, as an army brat.

With a keen interest in both reading and writing, he was diagnosed with the travel and writing bugs very early on in life. Now, writing, traveling, reading, cinema and Scottish football (Supporting the mighty Hibernian FC for his sins) are his main passions in life, along with cooking, yoga, meditation and health, and fitness.

His main inspiration for writing today comes from living in such a beautiful, charming and hauntingly, Gothic city, such as Edinburgh. An awe-inspiring wee city that has given Sean so much amazing inspiration to write the more time he spends there.

Other books by Sean-Paul Thomas:  ‘My Sister and I’, ‘The Old Man and the Princess’, ‘Lust for Life’, ‘Ugly Beautiful’, ‘Sarah Smiles’, ‘The Wrath of David’,  ‘The Fairy Boy of Calton Hill’… et. al.

In Four Days By Derek Barton

In Four Days

Genre – Horror/Suspense/Paranormal/Novella

Pages – 145

Publication Information – Independently Published, January 23, 2017

ASIN: B01MZCQO03, ISBN-10: 1542625556, ISBN-13: 978-1542625555

Format – Digital (PDF)

Reviewed by:  William C. Bitner, Jr.

Rating:  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

“Four days… I will have you in four days.”  The voice was hollow and stony. No emphasis or emotion.”  This is Derek Barton’s sophomore novel and his first attempt at the horror genre.  Do Not… I repeat Do Not let that deter you from exploring what is found within these pages.  In depriving yourself of these spirited pages you will have missed out on a good ole spectral tale with sharp edges and deep emotional wounds.  Having already read all of Derek Barton’s catalog it was interesting for me as a reader to go back and ponder one of his earlier works. Not so much to make any comparisons but to appreciate the sweep and breadth of his writing skills. This read was spellbinding and had me in a bit  of a trance. It held my interest from the very first sentence to the last, at which time I wished for more…

From the back cover:  “Mysterious disappearances suddenly plague the Philadelphia area. A demonic force with an unending appetite hunts its streets and collects lost souls as trophies.

A young accountant encounters an unrelenting stalker and details her terror upon the internet…

A troubled youth finds that even with new surroundings your troubles can still burn you

A cab driver with ties to European organized crime soon regrets his own violent actions…

And a pair of brothers with a deep secret plunge into an abyss that threatens to swallow them whole.

In Four Days is a collection of chilling stories of intense dread, buried dirty secrets and twisted fates that will leave you guessing up to the very end!”

About the Author:  “I am originally from a small town in northeast Indiana. Typical introvert kid; closer to books than people — grew up with a fascination for horror novels (Stephen King, Dean Koontz) and medieval fantasy (Piers Anthony, R.A Salvatore).

In April of 1996, I moved out on my own to Phoenix, Arizona to find my own path.

On a personal level, I have been married to my wonderful wife, Erika since October 10th, 2012. I have two stepchildren, Jenna and Johnny, and a two-year-old baby girl, Jessiena.”

Other works by Derek Barton:  Seyde in Blood: Consequences Within Chaos Prequel Short Story, Consequences Within Chaos,  The Bleeding Crown, The Hidden, Elude:Part One, Elude: Part Two, Elude: Part Three & Evade: Part One.