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From the Author

Recently, for a contest, I was asked to write a 150 word explanation of what made Blood, Smoke and Ashes different from other books.  What made it stand out.  I hate being constrained by word counts, but since I had to do it, I did it.  And  this this is what I had to say about my first true novel. in 150 words or less:

Blood,Smoke and Ashes combines the fast-paced nature of a traditional thriller with a complex human element found in traditional horror stories.  It is a supernatural thriller/horror, a hybrid tale that blends genres and appeals to readers of both thrillers and dark fiction.  It never gets bogged down with too much history but enough backstory is presented to allow the reader to truly understand the characters and their motives. It is a character driven story, and while it is a supernatural tale, at its heart it is a story about the human spirit and the human condition: what drives us, what breaks us, what defines us. As FBI agent Jack Shaw discovers at the end of the book, not every monster is created equal, good and evil is not as black and white as he has always believed and not everything that is broken can be put back together.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1374 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Darkest Days Publishing; 2 edition (December 30, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 30, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AV32G44
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,469 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Brad Convissar is a dentist by day, a writer of dark fiction at night, and a father, husband, and not-so-proud pet owner when time permits.

He is the author of several dozen short stories, four novellas, and will be releasing his first novel, Blood, Smoke and Ashes, a supernatural thriller, in early 2013.

He was born in Georgia, but moved to southern New Jersey before he could be forced to be an Atlanta Braves fan. He spent his formative years living outside of Philadelphia where he latched on to the Philly sports teams and was promptly disappointed for almost twenty years. He spent his college years in New Orleans, where he earned his bachelor's degree in evolutionary biology at Tulane University, then relocated to lovely Newark New Jersey, where he earned his DMD.

After eight years of bouncing around, Brad finally settled down back in south Jersey, only miles from the house he grew up in. He is happily married and the proud father of two children. He is also "dad' to a diabetic, half-blind eight-year-old daschund named Friday who is little more than a lump on the couch most of the time.

When not filling cavities or performing root canals or extracting teeth or fabricating dentures, or writing, he spends his time playing with his kids, playing video games, reading comic books, reading non-illustrated books, and impotently rooting on his beloved Philadelphia Phillies or less than beloved Philadelphia Eagles.

His favorite authors are, but not limited to, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Clive Barker, Richard Matheson, Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child, Simon Green, Jim Butcher, and Jeffery Deaver. He likes to think he learned something of the art of writing from each of these authors.

To this day, he wonders how the TV show LOST got so bad, so quickly. The wasted potential of the first three seasons still haunts him.

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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Jonathon K on April 5, 2013
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After reading the synopsis of this book, I immediately bought it. It is unique, and I was curious as to where the author would take it. He surprised me some, and that was welcomed. While the climax might have been a bit overboard with too many working parts for my taste, I don't have any real problem with the author's treatment of the storyline. Bottom line is that the plot created a good, enjoyable yarn.

However, and this is a big however, the editing and some aspects of the writing were really pretty bad, which is somewhat ironic as the author thanks the editor in the acknowledgements for being so thorough.

While I have read other books where the proofreading might have been worse, the fact remains that there were too many proofreading errors in this book. There were numerous spellcheck word errors with the wrong word used. There was a multitude of missing words and punctuation errors, most simple things like missing a period. As the book drew to a close, the errors piled up as if whomever was doing the proofreading simple got tired and wanted to rush to finish.

One annoying aspect was that certain sentences and even large sections of writing were somewhat faded when viewed on my Kindle. The nice crisp black lettering was replaced with a dull, faded lettering. This was probably a result of a formatting issue.

The proofreading issues were annoying, but the editing, both copy and content, were more egregious, in my opinion. The editor should have caught the many, many mistakes in the writing. When an author means to write "nineteen fifty five" and instead writes "nineteen ninety five," that is what a copy editor is supposed to catch.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Debby on March 5, 2013
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When I read the blurb for Blood, Smoke & Ashes it got my attention. The premise is awesome and one I've never seen before. The characters are well written and the protagonist is just pure evil. If not for the sub-quality editing I would have given this book 5 stars. At the end of Blood, Smoke and Ashes, the author thanks his editor for going over it with a fine toothed comb. I think the comb may be missing several teeth.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Bill on January 31, 2013
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Some abuse is too terrible to comprehend. Some damage runs too deep to ever heal and sometimes revenge is not as sweet, as it is evil. Brad Convissar's first full length novel is a genuine diamond in the rough. Briskly paced and entertaining. Brad takes us on a journey about an angry spirit of a serial killer whose hate and vengeance is stronger than death itself. The nightmare must be stopped at all costs and a trio of unlikely heroes must find a way to execute the evil once and for all. Very solid writing from Brad Convissar. Well done. 4.5 Stars
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By MommaCat on January 3, 2013
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Brad Convissar is known for writing Twilight Zone type horror stories. Pandora's Box and Dogs of War are amazing short stories and novellas.

This is his first novel and I've been waiting months to read it. I was not disappointed!

It's about serial killers, the paranormal/occult. It's a thriller. It's exciting. Just when you think it can't get worse, it does.

My only question? Are you working on another novel? I hope so!

Read this. You will not regret it.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A. LaMattina on March 14, 2013
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I don't know where to begin. I would give this no stars if I could.

The spelling and grammatical errors were overwhelming. Too many to even cite.

As far as the story, I'm an avid reader of the supernatural, this went over the top to the absurd - a convoluted mess!!!

In conclusion, do yourself a favor don't buy this book. Mr. Convissar is no Stephen King.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Julia Hadman on January 29, 2013
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An intense, nail biting wild ride of a book! This book starts out as a hard boiled detective novel, but quickly becomes much more. I find it refreshing to view both the investigation and the crimes from the female point of view. The tension between Detective Laura Goodspeed and Jane The Ripper is fierce. Molly Blackburn is a vicious killer, yet one cannot but help feel sorry for her. There are no slow points, every page makes you look forward to the next. I would recommend this tale to anyone that enjoys the darker side of the human (and not so human) condition!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susieque on May 11, 2013
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I had not read any of this author's previous work so had no specific expectations. I have very mixed feelings about this book. The story is excellent and the characters are very well written. The pacing is good. I was actually startled to discover when I thought the story was winding down that it was in the middle, not near the end. This feeling happened quite a few times and was a very good pacing element. As the pacing began to increase toward the end the story became a little muddled and it wasn't exactly clear just what was happening. I was a little put off that pure evil was attributed to the devil but pure goodness and light were attributed vaguely to "angels." I doubt any priest would say the character he developed through his vocation came to him from angels. I did like that there were still some questions at the end so a sequel is definitely called for. However, I do hope the next book has better editing and spellcheck. The bad editing was a stumbling block to a smooth read. It definitely felt like the editor got tired of it all and threw it together at the end. The poor research of Las Vegas cannot go down as literary license. When describing actual well-known establishments it pays to be accurate. If the author doesn't actually know the elements of a specific establishment he should give it a fictional name so the description won't be so jarring. All in all, it was a good read, good characters you cared about, and a good description of evil with another side one can empathise with. This author has great potential. I will be looking for a sequel with great interest.
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