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Creatures from the pits of hell wreak havoc on those who perpetrate evil deeds.

MYRA’S HORROR BLOG REVIEWS : I wanted to write reviews as if I were sharing the love of a book with a friend. What I liked about it, from storyline to characters; to include any parts that had a negative impact on me as a reader. Join me on the couch as we explore today’s exciting read.

2017

Amazon

Bibliophilia Templum Officer Mark Adams is fed up with God, his wife and the legal constraints of his job. He longs for a life he can enjoy and to see true justice meted out. Chad Bigleby is a lawyer thrown into a deadly moral quagmire, forced to decide whether he will abide by man’s laws or make his own. Each man is being driven to the edge of his limits. Both men are on a collision course. All because something wicked has arrived in Pleasant Grove, something ancient and obsessed with vengeance, eager to punish the souls of men for their sins. How LOW will they go to get what they desire most? And what will it cost them in the end? Hell only knows…

Review:

There are two main protagonists in this story; Adams, an honest cop and Mr. Phailees, a mysterious homeless man. Strange things start happening in Officer Adams city and even ordinary bad actions seemed ramped up…almost as if evil pervades the air.

Adams becomes suspicious of the old man, who seems to lurk around each bizarre occurrence.  Officer Adams quickly becomes involved in a missing woman’s case and the clues keep coming back to Chad – a slick, handsome lawyer who is known to have dated the young woman. Chad is hospitalized due to a suspected dog bite, but his ongoing, horrific nightmares lead the doctors to keep him sedated in the hospital.

Old Mr. Phailees  keeps turning up and Adams can’t help but wonder about his dog Phobos. Although the crazed Chad claims the mutt bit him, he also claims the dog turned into a snake hybrid, sinking long fangs into his flesh. That information didn’t make Adams feel there was any validity to the claim, but at the same time the doctors say the wound looks more like a snake bite.

We gradually discover that Phailees is an ancient creature, tasked with punishing sinners. The descriptions of Chad’s increasingly gruesome nightmares were chilling and well depicted. Much of the story deals with a human’s right to choose their own path – good or evil.

Mr. Phailees tells Adams he has hidden abilities and I wondered if the old man was trying to recruit the officer into his supernatural ranks. Although Adams struggled over his wife’s behavior, I was glad he moved toward forgiveness instead of choosing the revenge path.

Phailees and Phobos were fascinating characters. Note: Evil is a matter of perspective. I thought Chad was a scuz bucket, but at the same time he killed as an act of love to cover his embezzlement, in order to pay for his son’s medical expenses. But as the story progresses, he heads even more toward the dark side. And though Adams wife cheated on him, I didn’t consider that worthy of the torture Phailees had planned for her. Amy was very sorry for her behavior and luckily she was saved by Adams from the avenger’s punishment.

While not preachy, the author tackles good versus evil in this world. Recommended for readers who enjoy these type of tales, with creatures from the pits of hell who wreak havoc on those who perpetrate heinous acts.

 

 

 

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