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Monday, May 18, 2009

Afraid... A Review


by Jack Kilborn

“Are you afraid of the dark? You will be...” An elderly woman sleeps alone in her upstairs bedroom while her husband is fishing out on the lake.... She is awakened suddenly and while in total darkness hears a noise downstairs.... She calls out her husbands name, but gets no response... she hears footsteps coming up the stairs... she calls her husbands name again... no response... then she hears the sound of her husbands motorboat echoing off the lake... what?! who is here then?! ... the sound of footsteps are heard walking down the hallway towards her bedroom.... “Welcome to Safe Haven, Wisconsin. Miles from everything, with one road in and out...A helicopter crash near Safe Haven unleashes something horrifying” - a group of hand picked convicts who have been ‘enhanced’ by the US government to be super soldiers and whose only mission is to Isolate, terrorize & annihilate. “Residents begin dying in a storm of gory violence.” Is this a horrible mistake? Or is something else going on behind the scenes in the sleepy little town of Safe Haven?

And so the story begins... It was an intense, heart stopping page turner! With most of the action taking place in the dark... No working electricity in most of the town... I held my breathe as Fran, the single mom and waitress, tried to make her way into the back of the virtually empty diner to find candles. I cringed as Josh, one of Safe Haven’s finest firefighters, walked into a darkened house where moments before a earth shattering scream could be heard coming from upstairs. I waited as whatever was in the woods revealed itself. Fran, Josh & Safe Haven’s aging sheriff hold the town’s survival in their hands- are they up for it? You’ll have to crack the spine of this book to find out!

It’s been a while since I’ve read anything I would classify as horror but this sure fits the bill. A bit gory in places, with only a few details left to the imagination. The characters were well developed and believable. You can’t help but become invested in their welfare. Plenty of action, but still sprinkled with a bit of wry humor! Some twists and turns to the plot that will satisfy even the most ardent thrill reader. If I had to compare the author to a modern day horror writer I would compare Jack Kilborn to Dean Koontz. Pick this book up! You will never feel the same in the dark again..... And look for Jack Kilborn’s new novel, Trapped, coming in winter 2010!

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Harvee said...

Oh, my. Sci-fi. Not one of my favorite genres, not since Ray Bradbury. But it sets the stage for a great horror story, it sounds like. Nice review.

Suzanne Yester said...

Thanks Book Bird Dog! It really wasn't what I was expecting with the "enhanced" soldiers, but I was happily surprised how much I enjoyed it!

Suzanne Yester said...

Hi Cathy! Thank you so much for the award! I can't wait to explore and pass it along! And thanks for stopping by and saying hello!

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