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Killing His Fear [Kindle Edition]

John B Wren
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The films of the forties and early fifties depended on lighting and sounds to convey terror. They didn't have the advantage of color and computer graphics nor did they delve into the same level of gore and violence that we see today. Such was the world of Brandon, a young impressionable boy who watches a Frankenstein movie on television one night and begins a trek through life in an ever deepening spiral of FEAR of the grey men and shadowy characters of these early films.
Losing his father to a hit and run driver and his mother to her own mental hell, Brandon leaves home in suburban Detroit, seeking sanity in Florida. He arrives in Washington, DC and decides to earn a little money as a dishwasher before continuing his journey. He stays and eventually begins to see hope in his dark tunnel and a few life changing events begin to lift his spirits.
Killing His Fear takes place almost entirely in the District of Columbia. This is Wren's second book about a serial killer. It is a work of fiction, but the events are well within the realm of possibility. Brandon may be on a track to coming out of his hellish spiral, or he may be boring deeper into oblivion.


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About the Author

Raised in western New York State, John B. Wren has been functioning as a consulting engineer for over 40 years, providing design services for building utility systems in commercial and industrial facilities, educational institutions, hospitals and data centers across the United States and around the world. Educated in New York and Ohio, Wren has been an avid reader of high tech thrillers, mysteries and in the non-fiction realm, physics and astrophysics. His first published novel, To Probe A Beating Heart, has been available since the summer of 2011 and his second work, Killing His Fear, is now available through Amazon. "My next project, titled 'Darryl's Reunion' is in progress and expected to be released in the spring of 2013." Wren's writing interests are not restricted to tales of murder and mystery, but touch on the conditions of the world around us as will be evidenced in another work anticipated to reach completion late in 2014. "I think about many things that stir a number of us all and putting my thoughts and opinions in writing may well establish a bond between some and build a wall between others, but my objective would be neither. Rather to put the tougher issues of today on a common table where discussion may occur. The answers are not always one extreme or the other but rather a position somewhere in between where opposites may coexist."

Product Details

  • File Size: 459 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Create Space; 1 edition (September 12, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009ACC4L2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,002,910 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "The Monster Beside You"...... August 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Another excellent pyschological/thriller...Kept me engrossed, on the edge of my seat and turning the pages non-stop..It's a slow build of suspense with an increase of intensity and great action towards the end..Not as bloody as his debut novel, but that wasn't the main point in this story..This author has always great with in-depth characterization of everyone in both his novels..He makes you have conflicted feelings and sympathy for a killer..(Much like fans who watch SHO's "Dexter")..With this novel you see the other side which in this case it's nature over nuture...The child had mental development issues that were not handle right by his parents....Actually you will see that after his father died, his mother and sisters are afraid of him..(His own mother has a psychotic break and is hospitalized for a while)..He has horrid nightmares, outbursts, hearing voices, deep rooted fears of the dark and shadows...Plus, big fascination with old classic, Horror Films which at his age they were still black and white...That is the era this child grew up in...Hardly anyone talked or mentioned mental disease..Everything was hushed.......

Brandon is quiet, very tall, skiny and pale.. Some would describe him as odd..Grew up feeling awkward amongst his peers..Eventually, knows he doesn't fit in at home and leaves...His travels will wind up in DC..Where he soons settles into a job as a diswasher...Where if his mind is kept busy on a regular schedule the grey shadows and fears stay away...One night after being fired from his job with no reason giving, panic sets in, voices in his head rise, he will be threatened and there will be an innocent accident...But you will see all it takes is that first time..Now he feels "in control" again...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SOMEWHAT DISTURBING May 23, 2013
Format:Paperback
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"Killing His Fear" is about a protagonist who has an obsessive fear of night. He has found a way to keep it under control. The cure was by accident but has some unbelievable results. Brandon seems soothed with his reaction to dangerous situations and the mastery of his opponents. His combatants are not so lucky. A bigger problem is Brandon sees only a positive outcome. He doesn't think that he may have to deal with them again n. He feels nothing towards their feelings. I felt the book was quite a page turner but it was rather a little disturbing. The early films depended on lighting and sound to show the effects they were looking for. Brandon as a young boy was very impressionable. One night of watching Frankenstein on TV ans his life is changed. Fear began to spiral out of control. Brandon;s father was killed by a hit and run driver ans his mother, well she had her own personal hell.Brandon heads Florida. He becomes a dishwasher in Washington D.C. to earn a little money for his trip.He ends up staying and things begin to look up for Brandon. This is the second book the author, John B. Wren has written about a serial killer. You get the feeling that this could very well be happening, not fiction , but reality. Will Brandon get control of his fear or will it become worse? I would recommend this book to everyone. It holds your attention and at times you feel like you are actually there. Fear can be quite controlling. It can consume you.

I would give give this book 5 Stars.

I was given a complimentary copy of this book KILLING HIS FEAR by the author, John B. Wren for this unbiased review.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Killing his fear June 18, 2013
By nhand
Format:Paperback
This book is a great carry along book. An easy ongoing read. Lots of tension, scary scenarios using lots of senses.
A must read for those who love a dark story. Also must read To Probe a Beating Heart by the same author.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sympathy for a serial killer July 28, 2013
By Sally D
Format:Paperback
This is the second John Wren novel I have read. Unlike the first one where the serial killer is not likeable you actually feel sorry for Brandon the killer in this novel. You are given enough information as the book progresses to see that a single incident in his childhood changed the way he looked at life. He tries to get on with things in his own way dealing with his own fears but circumstances put him in a situation where things change and he finds a way to quell these fears through the act of killing. It was easy reading and a book I didn't want to put down.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Killing His fear July 24, 2013
Format:Paperback
This is John B. Wren's second novel. I found it to be plausible, tight and tense.. Again, Wren focuses on the psychology of a child and how one unfortunate event can shape and destroy the child's future. Young Brandon loses his father at an early age after he is run over by a hit and run driver. The line between the monsters in the movies and the "monster" who accidently killed his father become blurred and Brandon is consumed with fear. As a young man, Brandon decides to seek his fortune in Florida. En route to a his new life, Brandon decides to stay for a short time in Washington, D.C. in order to earn money to fund the completion of his trip. It is there that he quite accidently discovers how to squelch his fear. This is a roller coaster of a tale and I, as the reader felt a great deal of sympathy for Brandon. Without giving away the shocking ending, I encourage you to read this book but don't recommend you do it before going to bed!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read for sure!
Great novel with good suspense. It takes a lot for a book to get and keep my attention. I wanted to read more each night. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Clifford Baker
2.0 out of 5 stars Just Not For Me ... Maybe For You?
Mandy's Review:

Brandon's a little mentally unbalanced because he saw the old black and white Frankenstein movie when he was little and it had a profound effect on him. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Literary R&R
2.0 out of 5 stars A good story in search of an editor. Or maybe two
As usual I received this book for free at the hands of the generous author. Also as usual, despite that great kindness, I give my candid opinions below. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Rob Slaven - slavenrm@gmail. com
1.0 out of 5 stars Good story or no, it's a grammatical nightmare that often becomes...
I almost feel bad posting this review, but after reading every other review posted, I can't help but feel like some perspective is needed. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Josh Mauthe
4.0 out of 5 stars DARK, SCARY, THOUGHT PROVOKING
What if you knew, worked with a serial killer. Would you know? Could you pick him out? In John B. Read more
Published 13 months ago by James L. Woolridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling study about serial killer who may indeed be anyone around...
"Killing His Fear" by John B. Wren is author's second book that is another thrilling book about serial killers that can be recommended. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Denis Vukosav
5.0 out of 5 stars can't wait to read more!
I started off reading the second book not realizing that it was part of a trilogy, I have to say that I am deeply riveted and didn't feel like I was missing much at all, there was... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dragon slayer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Page Turner
John Wren writes a good gripping novel that really gets into to psyche of the bad guy/murderer. In this, Wren's second novel, we briefly meet Brandon as a child who has an... Read more
Published 15 months ago by A. Rose
4.0 out of 5 stars Whew... this was easier to read than I thought...
I have to admit that I was a little worried about reading a book about a serial killer. But, I was pleasantly surprised that it was a much easier read than I thought it would... Read more
Published 15 months ago by kitkat40
5.0 out of 5 stars Those who sin do so in the dark
but shouldn't we delve more into who or what caused that darkness? This is what John Wren writes about in both his novels and I hope he continues in this vein. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Joymarie
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John B. Wren was born in Pittsburgh PA, raised in Western New York State, north of Buffalo, attended college and began his professional career in Cleveland, Ohio> He now lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and two youngest children. He has worked in the design engineering and construction field since 1967 and as a professional engineer since 1978. He began his writing in 2010 and currently has completed two novels. His third novel, "Darryl's Reunion is through the first editing stage and is scheduled for release spring of 2014.

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