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A Blade Away [Kindle Edition]

Jack Wallen , Lynn O'Dell
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"There are two kinds of "disturbing" novels, the kind that splashes blood and depravity around for cheap shock value, and the other kind- a novel so delicately contstructed that the reader goes willingly into that dark night. And such is the case with this novel, A Blade Away. The journey, while disturbing, reads honest and true. The details maybe gruesome at times, but what other than horrendous acts of violence could give birth to a serial killer who doesn't even realize that's what he's become. Not to sound like a PSA, but serial killers are people too, though society often forgets that. Wallen has given us a complex bad-guy with deep battle scars and a warped sense of purpose. Serial Killers may not think like the average person, but they do think and feel just ilke the rest of us. Wallen is that good... I found myself both repulsed by and empathetic towards the twisted Doctor at the same time." -- Karen Fowler

" "A Blade Away" is a dark, raw, unflinching, at times bleak and yes, gruesome, look at the horrors inflicted upon a certain minority of humans in our world: the LGBT community." -- M. Frastley

"A Blade Away made my skin crawl. It is an in-depth picture of the inner workings of a serial killer's mind--a serial killer who doesn't know he IS a serial killer. It deals with the hardships of being homosexual, being a female police officer, and the identity issues transgendered folks face. It is touching, painful, and intriguing. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author." -- Bookish Witch

Prepare to meet the most twisted serial killer since Hannibal Lecter.

On the surface Lakme appears human, but deep below the the skin and meat beats a heart so damaged he has no choice but to unleash a special blend of horror upon the transgendered men of Louisville, Kentucky.

The “God of Gender” will not stop until he has brought each of his victims closer to their truest selves with the gift of transformation.

A struggling young police officer, Jamie Davenport, finds herself fighting the suspicions of a victimized population reluctant to cooperate, a police force unwilling to take the crimes seriously, and a killer that is always one step ahead.


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About the Author

Jack Wallen has been many things during his adult life. Among those many things, Jack has been an actor, hair stylist, computer engineer, bike mechanic, radio personality, and of course a writer. Over the past decade Jack has written thousands of technical articles (mostly about the Linux operating system), theatrical scripts for young audiences, as well as thriller, horror, and other forms of fiction. Jack now concentrates on horror, thriller, and fantasy fiction. Jack lives with his incredibly wonderful wife, three step-children, and six (count 'em...six) cats! For his inspiration to begin reading and writing, Jack thanks the ever-incredible Clive Barker for words that words can not describe.

Product Details

  • File Size: 675 KB
  • Print Length: 391 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1461082218
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Autumnal Press (March 24, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002NPBSME
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #916,009 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique & Compelling, Well-crafted Novel August 22, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
There are two kinds of "disturbing" novels, the kind that splashes blood and depravity around for cheap shock value, and the other kind- a novel so delicately contstructed that the reader goes willingly into that dark night. And such is the case with this novel, A Blade Away. The journey, while disturbing, reads honest and true. The details maybe gruesome at times, but what other than horrendous acts of violence could give birth to a serial killer who doesn't even realize that's what he's become. Not to sound like a PSA, but serial killers are people too, though society often forgets that. Wallen has given us a complex bad-guy with deep battle scars and a warped sense of purpose. Serial Killers may not think like the average person, but they do think and feel just ilke the rest of us. Wallen is that good... I found myself both repulsed by and empathetic towards the twisted Doctor at the same time.

In the other corner, battling against evil and a narrow-minded boy's club is Detective Jamie Davenport. Along with her unofficial partner Skip, Jamie is plunged headfirst into Louisville transgendered community. Whle battling a downright frigid work environment, her neglected libido and potentially complicated relationship issues, Jamie must track down the killer before another person falls victim - or before the Chief busts her back down to desk work.

I've said before that the hallmark of a good book is two-fold: If you're tired the next morning from staying up late to read just one more chapter (and then another, and another) and if your mind revisits parts of the novel days, weeks, or even months later, like remembered reaility instead of a fictional account. A Blade Away had me on both counts. If Wallen can handle serial killers, the transgendered, cross-dressers and the suspense genre in such a creative, finely-tuned, and insightful way as he's done with A Blade Away, then I can't wait to read his other novels!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking! July 19, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an extremely shocking book. I dig shock factor, though I know a lot of people don't. A Blade Away made my skin crawl. It is an in-depth picture of the inner workings of a serial killer's mind--a serial killer who doesn't know he IS a serial killer. It deals with the hardships of being homosexual, being a female police officer, and the identity issues transgendered folks face. It is touching, painful, and intriguing. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Thriller July 12, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
A Blade Away is a fast-paced and well-plotted tale of a serial killer who victimizes the transgendered population of Louisville, Kentucky. On her first official homicide investigation, Jamie Davenport finds herself dealing with a sociopath who considers himself an artist and has taken it upon himself to bring "The Change" to the city's fringe transgendered community. Author Jack Wallen does an excellent job of approaching the material in a way that is entertaining without being exploitive or artificially controversial. In particular, I'm a big fan of Skip Abrahm, a gay cop who serves as Jamie's friend, mentor, and occasional partner. His struggle with keeping his orientation under wraps, as well as his frustration dealing with the bigotry exposed while trying to stop the killer, is authentic and adds a nice layer to the story.

Fans of thrillers with strong police procedurals, however, may find themselves tearing their hair out. The actual nuts and bolts of the various crime scene investigations feel more like prime time solved-in-an-hour policework than legitimate procedurals. In the opening crime scene, the police chief is at the crime scene before actually calling Jamie to the scene. After a brief exchange, he declares the victim a suicide and leaves. Jamie and her partner Skip then proceed to move furniture and otherwise completely contaminate the crime scene while the body is still hanging from the ceiling. There is no evidence collection or even a coroner on site to confirm time of death. Just two cops trouncing around the crime scene contaminating evidence left and right. The scene, and others like it, is the sort of thing that casual readers will gloss over but will get under the skin of hardcore fans of the genre.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint of heart -- riveting October 24, 2012
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I became aware of this writer earlier this year when I was looking for something particularly dark to read, and picked up "I Zombie I" on the recommendation of a friend who likes Zombie stories. Not really my thing, but what happened is that story caused me to pick up a couple more of his books. "A Blade Away" is a dark, raw, unflinching, at times bleak and yes, gruesome, look at the horrors inflicted upon a certain minority of humans in our world: the LGBT community. In addition to the horror of being treated with constant ridicule and disrespect by the majority of the community -- and police force -- in this story, a group of cross dressing and transgender individuals who simply wish to live their lives in peace are being stalked and brutally (that's a mild word for it) murdered by a mentally disturbed individual with his own past of horrors. The leading character; a top notch female police officer with hopes of making detective in a decidedly old school police force in Kentucky, is relentless in her pursuit of the killer, despite opposition from her chief, who wants the case to go away, and who dislikes women almost as much as he dislikes anything "other." Her optimism, coupled with her upbeat, loveable and often comical relationship with her partner on the force, is what keeps this story from pulling the reader too far into the bleaker subject matter, and she is certainly someone to cheer for. Jack Wallen has written an impeccably researched novel -- and a truly gritty thriller with a fantastic female lead.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars it is ok to be how you want to..Beware of the good doctor!
First i want to say that i just picked this book up because i am a fan of Jack Wallen his I Zombie I series and other of his horror works like Hells Muse and Nails of Calvary. Read more
Published 5 months ago by alina harajuku zombie
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!
Once again Jack Wallen has proven that he is not only The Zombie King, but THE King!

This book gripped me so powerfully and held on until the very last page. Read more
Published 6 months ago by katherine matis
5.0 out of 5 stars a mind inside out
the book started out good and the rated is not high enough if I could all teachers in the world who like this type of book
Published 21 months ago by roxie jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
The story is very well written. I really felt like I was in the middle of the action. When I had to put the book down, I kept thinking about it and wondering what would happen. Read more
Published on October 19, 2012 by E. L. Sapp
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Good Read!
Just finished reading this on my Kindle....lots of different stories going on and a good fast read!

Can be very graphic in places, but needed for the story line and I... Read more
Published on September 16, 2012 by Susan Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars edge of your seat.....
it has been a long time where a book has made me feel that i am right there with the characters. being a fan of horror, shock and gore this was great. Read more
Published on June 18, 2012 by Michelle L. Burt
4.0 out of 5 stars J.A. Konrath for the LGBT community
Like Konrath's heroine, Wallen's Jamie Davenport is a strong-willed police officer, but in A Blade Away officer Davenport faces a case like nothing her Chicago counterpart has ever... Read more
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Jack Wallen is a seeker of truth and a writer of words. Although he resides in the unlikely city of Louisville, Kentucky, he likes to think of himself more as an interplanetary soul ... or so he tells the reflection in the mirror. Jack is the author of numerous tales of dark, twisty fiction including the I Zombie series, the Fringe Killer series, Shero, The Nameless Saga, and much more.


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