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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461082218
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461082217
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,965,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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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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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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By E. L. Sapp on October 19, 2012
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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. The main characters are well written and I felt like I really knew them. There were a few too many secondary characters, and some of the plotlines with them went nowhere, but I suspect those will be addressed in later books. The killer was handled extremely well, and I almost wanted to cry during the flashbacks.

However, this book does have some flaws. First, Skip is over the top in his sexual orientation. I know there are gay men who act like that (I know some personally), but it becomes tiresome after a while. Second, the author uses the terms "cross-dresser," "drag queen," and "transgender" almost interchangeably. Not all drag queens or cross-dressers want to change gender. (Few actually do.) The author also uses the pronoun "he" and "his" for those characters who are actually transitioning; he should have used female pronouns. As an aside, contrary to the book's description, the victims are transsexual women (male-to-female), not transsexual men (female-to-male).

Read this book. You won't be sorry.
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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 thoroughly enjoyed this book, was not wanting it to end!

I wanted to reach out and "punch" the Captain/Sheriff for his "piggish" attitude towards woman, gays, and others who did not conform to his standards.

I enjoyed the work and "human" relationship between Jamie and Skip, especiallty their dedicated "team work" despite many obstacles.

As for the killer, very interesting story line and another prime example of how our pasts can rear their ugly heads in our current lives if not dealt with.

Two thumbs up for this read for sure! I highly recommend this book.
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