FROM THE DESK OF
DONA PENZA TATTLE, ESQ.
ASSOCIATE WRYE BALDERDASH
“My neighbor’s son swallowed a box of firecrackers.” Wrye enters the office all flush-faced.
“Oh no, is he all right?”
“Don’t know. I haven’t heard the last report!” Does a little vaudeville tap dance, adding, “Da da da daaaa.”
“Ut oh, here goes the Fourth of July jokes.” Tattle offers the heavenly eye-roll and we're already a couple of weeks beyond the holiday!
“I got a million of ‘em and they'll last until Labor day!"
Shakes her head, "No more jokes, we are late for our Love of Literature Leap review! It's a real firecracker!”
“Betcha thought that was cute.” Wrye adjusts his red, white and blue tie.
“Of course, just like me.”
Wrye groans. “Let’s just go.”
And they do.
The duet leap into their first review, ABSENCE OF LIGHT by Rick Giernoth, a paranormal/horror thriller.
“Oooh, it is creepy and scary and goosebump ut oh in here.” Eyes wide, Tattle snoops about.
“Should be. This is where nightmares begin and probably don’t stop when you wake up.” Points a finger at a young girl being beaten by two men with hoods. “That’s Helen Slater, she was on her own by twelve and scooped up by a separatist hate group. She thought they were the only ones who cared, but were actually indoctrinating her into a life of hating everyone and everything outside their group of white supremacy.”
Tattle frowns. “David Washington, leader of this malignant group, treated her with feigned humanity and kindness, the only caring she had ever known. His goal hadn’t been birthed from anything natural or good. She was a resource to aid his radical cause. He tutored this blond haired, blue eyed beauty to become the perfect poster child. By the time she was in her mid-twenties, she could spout hate propaganda like Hitler on steroids.”
“Which leads to her being beaten to death right outside a rally.” Wrye shakes his head sadly. “Only, when she makes it to the other side, and her course of redemption is revealed, she rejects it. David did his job too well, and she is thoroughly revolted by the option offered to her. Upon fleeing from deathville, she re-emerges in her battered body, coming back to life after four minutes of being clinically dead.”
“David is elated, for she is now even more essential, a living symbol of what he considers the animalistic nature of non-whites, since they were the ones who beat her. The moment she is released from the hospital, he is ready to put her on the road touting their erroneous message.” Tattle tries to reach into the pages to strangle David Washington, but Wrye stops her, reminding her she is only an observer. She breathes deeply, and then continues, “Even though you can’t quite warm up to Helen as a character, you still feel for her, especially when reality is overtaken by heinous visions and physical attacks by a mockery of her guide from the other side and demons. Helen has seen the path to the afterlife, and still has a slight hope of redemption which makes her all the more susceptible and desirable to the Legions of Hell.”
“After committing a horrific crime, Helen is drawn to a church, but the evil within her soul prevents her from crossing the threshold. Father Kennedy immediately sees a young woman in ominous pain being manipulated by the supernatural. In an effort to help, he is eventually drawn into a hidden, ancient faction of the church, The Order of Camerone. There they fight against the unnatural, imprison those demonic beings who cannot be brought back to salvation, and continuously learn about their abilities in this supernatural war.”
Tattle maneuvers herself further into the book. “Ah, but not all is as it appears, and there is a battle that will reveal unexpected truths, as well as, expose the second Son of God. There is no certainty as to who will survive.”
Wrye clears his throat theatrically. “This story has all the elements of horror woven with the eternal fight between good and evil in a dramatic, fast-paced page turner. The characters are well-developed, and multi-layered. They reflect the true nature of humanity with both its flaws and nobility. Rick Giernoth has a unique take on an old theme. He did not just put a fresh coat on the plot line, he created his own palette of gory colors.”
“Rick’s story is sharp, crisp and, yes, downright scary. Personally, I read it with a lot of lights blazing, and still found myself looking over my shoulder and haven’t slept without a nightlight since. No matter your personal beliefs, this gives you pause to consider evil at its most horrific. Plus, it has more than its share of unpredicted twists and shocks. If you want a thrilling ride of terror, read ABSENCE OF LIGHT!”
Hope you all enjoyed our review! Until next month, keep reading.
Dona Penza Rutabaga Tattle, Esq. and Associate Wrye Balderdashof Blather City, Wannachat
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