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Lash (Volume 1) Paperback – April 16, 2012

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"A salacious coming-of-age novel that will enrapture fantasy readers." --Kirkus Reviews

This is not a light read, it's a very in depth book that has a lot of dirty sex, drugs, revenge and killing...My favorite kind! It's a great Dark Paranormal read that will tug at your heart strings and have you wanting to kill some of the secondary characters as well! - Reviewed by Brandy S. of All the Fun Starts After Dark

About the Author

Tara Fox Hall is an OSHA-certified safety and health inspector at a metal fabrication shop in upstate New York. She received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a double minor in chemistry and biology from Binghamton University. Her writing credits include nonfiction short stories, flash, short and novella-length horror stories, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. Her horror stories have appeared in Deadman’s Tome, Flashes in the Dark, Ghastly Door, The Halloween Alliance, Black Petals, SNM Horror Magazine, Dark Eclipse, Cemetery Moon, and various anthologies. She also coauthored the essay “The Allure of the Serial Killer,” published in Serial Killers - Philosophy for Everyone: Being and Killing (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). Her first E-Book, Surrender to Me, was published in September 2011. She divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Bradley Publishing (April 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193807615X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938076152
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,451,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tara Fox Hall is an OSHA-certified safety and health inspector at a metal fabrication shop in upstate New York. She received her bachelor's degree in mathematics with a double minor in chemistry and biology from Binghamton University.
Tara Fox Hall's writing credits include nonfiction, horror, suspense, action-adventure, erotica, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. She is the author of the paranormal action-adventure Lash series and the vampire romantic suspense Promise Me series, as well as other novellas. She also coauthored the essay "The Allure of the Serial Killer," published in Serial Killers - Philosophy for Everyone: Being and Killing (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tori L. Ridgewood on April 16, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Lovely, shocking, involving, and truly remarkable -- Tryst / Lash, Hall's weresnake protagonist, is a perfect anti-hero. He does despicable things, commits crimes, atrocities, and murders, yet he shows absolute devotion to his family and those of his lovers who show him affection. This book is, to me, a modern retelling of the Beauty and the Beast story, from the Beast's point of view. Lash is incredibly human, in spite of his dislike for the species. He tries to hide his despair and denies his pain, but it falls away as easily as a shed skin when a woman he considers to be precious and unmatched appears to return his affection. Tryst is incredibly damaged, distrustful and angry, and yet his nobility is plain... He is a man who is capable of great things, but has been corrupted. And he knows it, yet doesn't have the strength or motivation to change his life. Lash is the 20th century Beast, unable to believe in his own goodness, unwilling to let life beat him down, but unable to see himself in any other light. I want to slap him and hug him at the same time.

The relationships in this novel are complicated and in-depth; some of the plot turns caught me by surprise, in a good way. Tara Fox Hall has steamrolled convention and spoken in a voice both unique and true. She writes about issues which are timely, in an honest fashion -- like what a woman does to own her own sexuality, how men in a certain time period viewed women, and explores the prejudices which have risen and fallen over time. I loved the pacing, and how the book felt like a memoir, and I am looking forward to following the chronicle of Lash's life and relationships as more novels are released by this talented author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tpvissage on May 18, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
To say this is a good book is to make a vast understatement. I can't think of many authors who could've hit upon the notion of a weresnake, or make the character of Lash both deadly and sympathetic at the same time. With a protagonist who should rightly be called a villain, one might consider it difficult to build a rapport but by having this told from Lash's POV, the author has done just that. Take away the myth and magic and this is simply a tale of a boy from poverty, rising through the use of his wits and ability to a position of power and infamy. A great deal of thought has gone into the myths and world-building and setting it in the Twenties turns this story into a paranormal Scar Face, a supernatural Godfather.

Unusual, unique, it appeals on many levels, and will fascinate while making the reader wish for a continuation of this unusual character's story.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lindsay Townsend on May 13, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved 'Lash'. (Yes, the title is apt and makes sense.) I couldn't wait to get back to the novel as I was reading it. The story has everything - adventure, love, excitement, muscular prose and above all a hero I could fall in love with and happily follow through his tragic, moving story.

Lash is a were-snake and an assassin. He was born a were-snake but circumstances caused him to become an assassin, as he and his much-loved family are betrayed and hunted, over and over. The story is set in Prohibition America and the addition of weres amongst the gangsters gives the whole novel great force and originality.

There are many twists and turns in this epic story and through it all Lash, the narrator, shines as a reluctant, modest, loving hero. Tara Fox Hall writes the male POV very well indeed and through Lash's eyes we see the glitter and grime of 1920s USA.

There are so many good bits in this story. Lash's care for his family and for women is particularly appealing. I really liked the idea of him 'cuddling' his were-snake baby sisters in his coils!

I shall certainly be looking out for more in this series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heather Chamblin on May 29, 2012
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Wow! This story has everyhting: heartache, violence, revenge, romance, paranormal, etc. It starts when Trystan Valeras is 6 years old living with his weresnake mother and brother in a secluded swamp. Once they are forced to move and living among humans everything (good and bad) happens. Trystan goes through many emotions. He makes friends, finds love, reunited with family, loses people he cares more about then his own life. As this all falls onto his young shoulders he becomes Lash, a weresnake set on revenge and kills without remorse. Everything that happened in this story was a complete shock. Something good is finally happening to Tryst, therfore it must be destroyed. With that said it is kinda a sad story but made it even more interesting and you can't stop reading it because you feel that Tryst goes through so much that something good has to stick and your just waiting for that moment

***SPOILER ALERT***
It was a great story that I didn't want to put down but my only complaint was the ending. I guess I was really hoping something final would happen. He just kinda accepts that he's happy and he doesn't need family, friends or a true love with him and that was really sad to me. On the other hand, Mrs. Hall left the ending wide open so maybe there will be more to Trystans story. I know I would love to see good things happen to him! But still a great story and worth reading!
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