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Crescent City (An Alec Winters Series) (Volume 1) Paperback – January 4, 2015
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Crescent City is based in New Orleans where Alec Winters is hot on the trail of sexual predators...based in a dark, urban fantasy world. The description of the sex crimes committed in the book is so graphic...I advise teenage audience against reading this book.
"Fast-paced mystery/fantasy about a handsome avenging angel who decides who lives and dies in New Orleans and the intrepid female reporter who is on his case." ~~ Editorial Review by Online Review of Books and Current Affairs
"What really impressed me was the manner in which the author explains the psychology of victims of sex crimes. The author drives home the point that often sex crimes, like pedophilia, are more about control than about actual physical violation." ~~ Official Review, OnlineBookClub.org 4 of 4 stars
From the Author
Many of us live in our little bubble--family, work/school, friends--believing that truly perverse and bad things only happen to bad people. Others may believe that these stories are only written for television crime dramas when in fact, many are taken from news headlines. Although Crescent City is fictional, similar stories are real. Because perpetrators often get away with their heinous crimes, the concept of Alec Winters was born. A protector--a beautiful Angel filled with light and love who saves the innocent children and victims from further abuse. A punisher--a merciless and fiery, red-skinned Demon--who doesn't hesitate to end the life of such despicable offenders.
Is Alec Winters a vigilante? Is he a serial killer? You decide after you've read his story of retribution and redemption. ~~ Chariss K. Walker
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Top Customer Reviews
If asked to pigeonhole this book, I would be hard pressed to select a single category. It is certainly a mystery, perhaps even a thriller. All in all, I think I would call it a tale of horror, both supernatural and psychological. Then there is the fairly graphic telling of the abuse of children, which truly disturbed me. I used to watch "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," but I stopped watching it a number of years ago because too many of the stories just made my skin crawl.
Setting aside my personal bugaboos, CRESCENT CITY succeeds on many levels. The writing is very good, the characters, both human and not so human, are believable, and the plot is well developed and moves the story along without foreshadowing everything that is about to happen. I am giving it five stars on its merits, and I do look forward to reading the next two books in this three book series.
I am not one to retell the story, so I have tried to illustrate why this book is both compelling and disturbing with the hope that all who read take the plunge with an open mind.
Set in New Orleans Alec Winters in not an ordinary guy. He is an Angel, both dark and good. He is out to clean up the city by getting rid of pedophiles. The victims see Alec as an angel, their savior. While the cruel viscous men see him as something dark, evil and dangerous.
Reporter Viviene Simon is reporter, looking for the perfect story to make her career. She soon starts to investigate Alec, and she gets contradicting stories. Some see him as a vigilante (An Angel) while others see him as a Demon, possibly a serial killer. She is determined to discover the truth at any cost.
A fast paced story, original and well written. Alec is unique and (to me) very likable. Viviene is likable as well. I liked the message the story tells, and I like the fact that the hero is an Angel.
A captivating, thrilling, dramatic, suspense story that mixes supernatural, religion (just a bit) real life crime/drama/suspense. A perfect blend that made for a fantastic all night read. I highly recommend Crescent City to those who like dark/fantasy (angels).
*This book was given to me as a gift.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I won't lie. There are some truly disturbing scenes in this book. However, those scenes are necessary for the telling of the story. Read morePublished 14 months ago by A. Brantley
A serial killer is on the loose, but it's not what anyone in New Orleans thinks it is. Pedophiles are becoming the victims to the Angel/Devil. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amy's Bookshelf Reviews