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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758208707
  • ASIN: B005Q8HIT2
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,226,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Fleming ..In the grim reality of the Hood, young mothers pray to protect the demons of urban blight, drugs and crime. Evie Rhodes has turned the horror genre upside down by creating a haunting hybrid of Bram Stoker's mythical monster blended with the social and spiritual concerns of James Baldwin. Her writing is often terrifying, harrowing, finely written with more than a few soul-numbing frights. It's a roller-coaster ride of terror, wildly inventive, and ultimately, a well-tuned morality tale of our chaotic times. — Author of Havoc After Dark: Tales of Terror, The African American Writer's Handbook

About the Author

Evie Rhodes is a novelist, award-winning songwriter, and music video scriptwriter. She wrote "Standing in da Spirit," which won a Canadian Music Award for Best Gospel Album, and scripted "Changed," which won for Best Gospel Music Video. Her musical contributions are aired on radio and television in the U.S. and in 168 countries around the globe. Evie has been interviewed and showcased in numerous television, radio, and print media features and has been a featured writer in The Gospel Magazine.

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Character descriptions and depth could have been fleshed out more.
Literature for the soul
The police have no motives and soon it is clear that the boy was taken by something, rather than someone.
cmm@chocolatesleuth.com
I'd read enough and no I do not wish to pick this book up again to see how it ends.
Darlene Johnson

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shamontiel L. Vaughn on June 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
Now I've tried to make it a point to read any book that I picked out at least to the 61st page, but I got to Page 58 and just returned it. I don't believe the writer is a bad writer, it's just the author failed with one very important detail. I MUST CARE ABOUT THE DEAD PERSON! By page 58, I really didn't know more than three short things about the boy who died--he liked nice boots, he played basketball well, and he liked roofs. Wow, now I really care who killed him. WRONG! I found out more detail about the cops than I did about the victim, and definitely more about the killer. Isn't that a little backwards? I couldn't hang.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Literature for the soul on June 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
I like some of the readers picked this book up on a whim. Figured it wouldn't hurt to give it a try. And I stuck by this book through thick and thin just to give it a fair chance. Normally, I can finish a book within hours if it is truly interesting, but I found it took me days to finish this book as I kept on having to put it down to give myself a break, before forcing myself to pick it back up again. I eventually had to ressort to skipping over sections that had a tendency to repeat themselves.

My major problem with it was the pacing of the story. It was too fragmented, sometimes going fast, sometimes dragging on. There was never really a steady fast pace that would make it an easy read.

Character descriptions and depth could have been fleshed out more. It was very much a one-dimensional book, where you couldn't really connect with the characters at all. You knew what they thought and how they felt, but you just could not connect with them, which made it even harder to really digest the underlying message being driven in this entire novel. This message was lost too much in the murky and stagnant pace of the story, before being somewhat fully revealed towards the end of the novel.

The idea was a nice concept, but probably could have been executed a bit better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Bailey on January 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
It took me a while to get into the book, all the way the chapter 20, and it does frustrate you with all constant repeats of everyones first and last name. I do believe this is my first and last book that I will read by this author.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By cmm@chocolatesleuth.com on May 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
The proud mother of four teen-aged sons, Tracie Burlingame does everything she can to keep them safe in their rough Harlem neighborhood. Despite her best efforts she loses her oldest son to drug addiction, gaining his hatred in return for her love. But the grief she feels at their estrangement is nothing compared to what she suffers when her youngest son is drained of his blood and thrown from a rooftop. The police have no motives and soon it is clear that the boy was taken by something, rather than someone.

I loved the author's imagination but the writing style left much to be desired. Wordiness, amateurish descriptions (Raw pain glittered from his eyes; boulevard was alive with confusion; electrifying pain burst forth from his lips) and redundancy within nearly every paragraph caused me to yawn with boredom and check to see how many pages I had left to finish this book. That was on page three. I plodded ahead trying to find out why policewoman Monica was so hostile to Tracie and also her boss Alexandra. And why after the initial death the police was looking for a serial killer.

What was up with the repeated use of the main characters first and last names? It was "Tracie Burlingame" this and "Tracie Burlingame" that. Was it the writer's fascination with this name or was the initial submission to the editor was returned because the manuscript was too short? The writer added "Tracie Burlingame" twenty thousand more times to pad the book. I don't know how this story ends because after chapter 38 I couldn't take anymore. You could say that this tale drained all the blood from me. $ EJG---ChocolateSleuth reviewer.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Darlene Johnson on May 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
Okay, I admit. I purchased this book on a whim. I saw it at the bookstore and thought, "Why not. I may be pleasantly surprised." Well, I was. I was pleasantly surprised that an editor allowed this book to be published. There was nothing that could save this book, not the writing and certainly not the storyline. I'm not usually this harsh, but I simply had to stop reading the book to end the pain I was enduring TRYING to finish it, trying to give the author the benefit of the doubt. I eventually exhausted the effort and just stopped trying.

For one, I've never ever read a book that repeated the main character's FULL name when speaking of her. After the first introduction I no longer needed to know her name was Traci Burlingame. Secondly, so many (I'm sorry again for sounding harsh) ridiculous things happened in this book that I just started to feel outright insulted. Please, if you're going to write a SCI-FI book DO NOT insult my intelligence while you're doing it. At least, make it appear as if it COULD happen. Read Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land if you don't know what I mean by this. In Heinlein's novel the main character was raised on Mars and that was more believeable than anything written in Expired!

The major problem I had with the book was the imbalance. No matter how we feel about peace on earth and we all say we want it, the paradox of life is: good cannot exist without evil and evil cannot exist without good. It's the story of Cain and Abel and so many more. Up until I finally tossed the book in frustration every single (major) character in the book was bad from Traci to her boyfriend to her druggie son to the demons. No one was there to balance the equation until Soldier Boy has his "dream." And when he has his dream the unbelieveable aspects of the dream and its references to Jesus Christ did it for me. I'd read enough and no I do not wish to pick this book up again to see how it ends. I simply don't care.
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