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REVIEWS OF HELL BECKONS

5.0 out of 5 stars Good action and imagery, More Please!, November 11, 2014
By
Racquel
This review is from: Hell Beckons (Kindle Edition)
Found myself really enjoying this book it is a great read through and through. LOTS of twists and turns and interesting ideas.The story took off and pulled me along in the turbulence. I would highly recommend this book for people who need something a little different.

4.0 out of 5 stars A Really Dark and Scary Paranormal Tale, December 12, 2014
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This review is from: Hell Beckons (Kindle Edition)
This is a very dark, paranormal tale, in the spirit of a Steven King novel, though I might be even less inclined to let my kids near this one. This creepy, truly terrifying story starts to get under your skin from the first chapter. Even for full blown adults, really don’t recommend reading this one late at night.Sandy, our hell cat, is both deliciously evil and sufficiently mysterious and engrossing to keep you turning the pages to see exactly what her hidden big picture agenda is. It’s like watching her lay down the painting one brush stroke at a time with each murder, or villainous act.With Sandy’s ties to the government and to the President, and with mentions of the latest homeland security abuses and human rights violations being perpetrated in secret, one wonders if this horror genre story weren’t also an allegory or Aesop’s fable whose moral is: when it comes to our current reality and breaking headline news, horror may be the only truthful genre in which to try and depict it. And maybe because the author did choose the horror genre, one for which he has a clear knack, the message does seem to burn its way through our otherwise numbed reactions to the most terrifically shocking headlines.

I had few complaints with the author’s storytelling. His prose has a nice, muscular style and the copy-editing was pretty decent. I was a little confused at the onset of the story as to what was going on. I’m guessing that at least some of that was intentional, but I could still have used some additional clarity to avoid circling back and rereading sections. But without a doubt, the “just what is going on here?” is part of the allure of the story and with how he set it up. The problem with a tale constructed like this is it’s a fine line, and for me it was crossed, if just in a few places. Whether that owes more to me than the writer, I’ll have to leave for you to decide.

4.0 out of 5 stars who like the Eagles song is part ‘daughter of the devil …, October 29, 2014
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This review is from: Hell Beckons (Kindle Edition)
Hell Beckons is a horror novel with a twist – its setting isn’t a haunted house or an isolated cabin, but an America besieged by terrorism.I won’t spoil any of the book, but it’s about a witch named Sandy, who like the Eagles song is part ‘daughter of the devil himself’ and part ‘angel in white’, and in the past she has used magic to cause harm. To make amends, she agrees to help the President (whom she knew when he was in college) defend America from terrorists and other threats.Along the way there’s a former Special Forces soldier turned mercenary/assassin, a serial killer, demonic entities known as Ravagers, Harming Witches, and a bald witch with sharpened teeth who poses a serious threat to Sandy’s life.

The scenario of the book might be ‘out there’ but the novel really works. It’s very well written, no words are wasted, and it kept me guessing as to what would happen next until the very last page.

I recommend it to anyone who likes thrillers or horror novels.

4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing political thriller…with witches!, November 19, 2014
By
Chris Stewart
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This review is from: Hell Beckons (Kindle Edition)
This book builds off a wildly unique concept that is cleverly and satisfyingly developed by Mr. Becker. It weaves together Ivy League secret societies, modern geopolitics, witches, and demons.Told against the backdrop of an unfortunately familiar America haunted by growing terrorist threats, Hell Beckons sees the President of the United States reaching out to the mysterious Sandy, a woman who quite literally bewitched him back in his college days, for help in quelling the attacks. The very first sentence is a gut punch that sets the rapid pace carried throughout the rest of the book. The characters were fascinating and engaging studies of of the dark sides of humanity.I would recommend Hell Beckons to fans of horror thrillers and political thrillers because it’s a gripping combination of the two.

 

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