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Blood, Smoke and Ashes [Kindle Edition]

Bradley Convissar , Robert S. Wilson
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Book Description

In the Fall of 1955, the state of Nevada used the electric chair to execute a prisoner for the first time.

It was also the last time.

Molly Blackburn, nicknamed Jane the Ripper by the Las Vegas press after killing eleven men while posing as a prostitute, was strapped to the chair without incident. The switch was flipped.

Everything after that went horribly wrong.

Since that day, a copycat Jane the Ripper has appeared almost every decade in a different city, mimicking Molly's choice in victims as well as her methods of murder. She kills eleven men then disappears, never to be found. The similarities between the bodies left behind each decade is uncanny. As if they are all the victims of the same murderer, not a copycat.

But that's impossible, of course, because Molly Blackburn is dead, her execution witnessed by a dozen people.

FBI Agent Jack Shaw, the lead investigator in the Jane the Ripper cases since the seventies, finally catches a break in 2009 when the intended fifth victim manages to turn the tables on the newest copycat . Everyone believes that the horror has finally ended with her capture. Shaw is not so sure, though, wondering if someone else will take up the mantle and kill seven more men to complete the cycle. But when no more bodies with her distinctive markings show up over the next two years, Shaw allows himself to believe that maybe he has seen the end of the Jane the Ripper murders.

As it turns out, what he thought was the end was only the beginning.

His hunt will take him across the country, and even when he thinks he's finally discovered the truth, he quickly learns that not everything is as it seems.

That not every monster is created equal.

That the nature of good and evil is not as black and white as he has always believed.

That not everything that is broken can be put back together.

That not every fractured soul can be saved.

When blood, smoke and ashes rise, no one comes out the same on the other side.

Blood, Smoke and Ashes is a 150,00 word supernatural thriller

Editorial Reviews

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: 1160 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Darkest Days Publishing; 2 edition (December 30, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AV32G44
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,041 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Liked the Concept, Hated the Editing 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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Genuine Diamond January 31, 2013
By Bill
Format:Kindle Edition
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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Time killer March 5, 2013
By Debby
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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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than horror 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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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twists and turns abound! January 29, 2013
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Different. But Too Easy. June 12, 2013
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First, for anyone (like me) who did not pick it up from the description, this is a paranormal book. I don't want to say more because it would be giving away plot points, but it is not a standard fiction book.

Once I got past the unexpected paranormal parts, the book is pretty good. The characters are well done, especially the killer. I was surprised with how sympathetic a character she is. (Even one of the characters comments on that at the end of the book.) The idea behind the plot took me by surprise, but was handled very well.

However, there was one issue that kept coming up as I read. It was too easy. Not the fight scenes (those were realistic). The whole idea that the exact people who needed to be aware of the situation could all be contacted. The person who knew the history was right there. The FBI agent took the important phone call, even though he had no reason to believe the caller was not a crank. It was all too easy, too pat. Too unrealistic.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Entertaining and hard to put down. The characters are rich and the story a good mix of realism and fantasy. Well worth the read.
Published 19 days ago by Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping!
Total nail bitting, scared me to death! Warning not to be read Before bed !! Causes nightmares! But excellent read.
Published 1 month ago by Christina A Whitcanack
4.0 out of 5 stars Heady, sorrowful story
A can't put it down read. So fantastical. And yet it pulls you into believing, hoping, grieving and wishing you could take it all back.
Published 3 months ago by Kbarb
5.0 out of 5 stars Good thriller.
I enjoyed the idea of several different characters building up at one time. The book just got a little wordy toward the end.
Published 5 months ago by Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
I was very surprised by this book. I had not heard of the author before and trusted the Amazon reviews of this book. Read more
Published 5 months ago by David Helcel
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbingly unique....
Sat reading this at home alone and started to hear breathing that didn't belong to me! That's how thrilling and absorbing this story is......I thought molly was in the room..... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
I enjoyed the ride. It was suspenseful and thoughtful. A good read that kept me on the edge of my seat, I enjoyed that there were two show downs.
Published 5 months ago by lieb
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting.
Hell hath no fury...I enjoyed reading this supernatural thriller (grammatical errors notwithstanding).
Published 6 months ago by E. Rachelle Daugherty
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Creepy Tale
A woman is found with a knife in her hand as she goes after her eleventh victim. A small woman, she is able to take men at their weakest moment and brutally murder them. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rebecca Graf
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not my type of reading!!
Published 7 months ago by Nicky Burns
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More About the Author

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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