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The Forsaken (A Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Estevan Vega
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Estevan Vega packs subtle power and menace in every sentence. Prepare to lose sleep when you enter Vega's dark literary landscape." - Scott Nicholson, The Red Church

"Estevan Vega is flat-out amazing!"
-Aaron Patterson, Bestselling author of SWEET DREAMS and AIREL

"In The Forsaken, Estevan Vega sticks primarily to what he does best: dark, twisted, and utterly fantastic.An edgy, psychological thriller. Pick this one up."
-Josh Olds, LifeIsStory.com

"For fans of Dean Koontz, Blake Crouch, Scott Nicholson, Stephen King, and Ted Dekker."

DON'T LET IT IN.

The first victim has no natural wounds. No prints left behind. No lacerations. But the life has been gruesomely drained from the corpse, and a broken cross is now imprinted inside the skin.

Left for dead a year ago by his former partner, reckless and medicated Detective Jude Foster now endures mindless therapy sessions in order to be given another chance at his life.When the chief of police discovers the first victim strangely killed in this sadistic fashion, Jude enters a dark world all-too-familiar. He knows he’s seen this method of murder before, but he never caught the killer.

Could this be a copycat, or is it the one that got away?

Forced to take on a new partner for the case, Jude must come to terms with the fractured memories of his past, attempt to keep his younger brother safe, and chase down a ghost killer who is collecting human souls. But time is against him. How many more victims will there be before the killer is satisfied? And will Jude Foster be able to survive this new hell or in the chaos, will he risk becoming something else entirely?

Excerpt:
It was like being born. Each movement his body made was a first footstep. Every breath became a midnight cry.

He looked down at her with pleasure and wiped her lips with a cloth. Her soft, milky skin was now a frosty glow reflecting the dim light of the apartment. Just moments ago she was taking him in, pressing her mouth into his, moaning rough melodies where his name became the chorus. But now, she was so quiet.

Slowly, his hands lingered above hers, kissing at last. He glanced down at his fingertips. He didn’t see any prints. It had become so much easier. Maybe he really was dead. The hands he lavished hung limply over the edge of the mattress where he had stolen her last aching moments. Cracked fingernails and a broken wrist were all that was left. Her blood dripped from her wombless center. The crimson blemishes soaked deeply through the fabric and the sheets, and soon the red drips wandered off the bed and onto the floor.

“You sleep so silently now,” he said, grinning. What should have been loss or grief forming tears in his eyes instead was traded for heartbeats of satisfaction. This dose of pleasure was his test subject, and, though lifeless, she would be studied by him one last time. Her skin was perfect, even dead. This tainted city flower still seemed to have some of its petals. Her two eyes were turquoise gems that in this moment knew only one direction. They were trapped, staring horrified at the ceiling. He imagined such pretty things often getting her what she desired.

He breathed. She didn’t.

He moved his violent instruments over her breasts and neck. A satisfied breath escaped his mouth and drifted over her. It was a well-done goodbye. The kind she always deserved. Outside there was a world, but it could not see what he’d done. It could not see his mutilated masterpiece or how he salivated at the sight of the portrait he had created. It would only be a short while before the confused audience found her, as he wanted.

He let go of the blade, her blood almost dry on the tip. It felt so pure.

His body suddenly began to fade, breaking apart into tiny particles that were easier to move, easier to remain hidden. It wasn’t happening to him, something strange and without his control. He caused his body to splinter. Pieces of his flesh and skeleton disintegrated


Product Details

  • File Size: 620 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B0084RSXBY
  • Publisher: StoneHouse Ink; 1 edition (March 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007KCRHJS
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Harrowing Tale March 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
QUICK HIT: Estevan Vega sticks primarily to what he does best: dark, twisted, and utterly fantastic.

Empty. That's possibly the best way to describe the victim. Empty of life. Except for the image of a broken cross imprinted in the skin, the body has been untouched. But it's empty, cold, dead. For Detective Jude Foster, this corpse catapults him back into the world he'd been trying to escape for a year, reminding him of his past failures and past horrors.

A year prior, Jude and his partner had been hunting a serial killer who killed in the same ethereal fashion. Supernatural, but who's going to really believe that? Things...got ugly...and Jude ended up lucky to be alive with a partner who betrayed him and a killer who just simply vanished. A year's worth of psychoanalysis couldn't make him forget that. And now the killer had returned.

In The Forsaken, Estevan Vega sticks primarily to what he does best: dark, twisted, and utterly fantastic. While this is the story of a detective's hunt for a serial killer, Vega's focus is on the supernatural, the demonic, and the state of man's soul. It's a psychological thriller of one man's attempt to overcome the evil that surrounds him, invades him, and maybe even is him. Flashbacks give the reader insight into the events of the past. Jude's discussions with the enigmatic priest Father Eliam do even more to portray The Forsaken as a story of man's attempt to find himself.

Realism isn't always the high-point of Vega's writing--and that's ok, because that's what he wants. I highly doubt any police agency would skirt procedure quite like Jude's, but Vega's world is one slightly more dysfunctional than ours. This surreal supernatural aura is The Forsaken's high point in some place and its low in at others.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Liked and disliked July 17, 2012
By Lainy
Format:Kindle Edition
Where to start! Detective Jude Foster is our main character and in a bit of an emotional state. He is back on duty after being left for dead by his partner and a whole mystery surrounding the partners disappearance. Bodies are turning up at an alarming rate and have a distinct link to a series of killings that previously went unsolved. Is it the same killer or just a copy cat? the bodies seem to be drained, a shell of their former selves and something supernatural is involved. Jude just needs to find the what, how and why and stay.

I actually liked the start of this book and some parts of it throughout but a lot of the time I found myself having to reread parts as I felt I was missing out on key parts of the story. It jumps around a fair bit too, some of the characters visit their past and why they are the way they are now but the chapters aren't headed so it takes a bit of getting used to it to figure out what has happened.

The supernatural aspect of it is original and some of it is explained, however for me there was so many parts I was left wondering actually how did that happen, where did it come from and the way of it all which isn't explained(sorry it is vague but I don't do spoilers). I know plenty of people will love this, it has a bit of everything - intrigue, murder, mystery, religion and demons. I found it interesting but hard going with it jumping around so 2/5 for me.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wooden April 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have plodded through seven chapters of this book so far and am about to give up on it. The writing, especially the dialogue is wooden and often unrealistic. I do not feel they sound like real people. the sentences are short and choppy. I have yet to find one character that I like even to the slightest extent. I am also still searching for a plot in this book. I might try picking it up and trying to move forward, but it is difficult to want to do so. I'm giving it two stars only because it's not the worst book I ever read, but I AM glad that this was one I got for free.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT MY TASTE, BUT STILL A PLEASANT READ August 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have no clue where to start with this review, so I'll jump right in and start by saying that this book really wasn't what I thought it would be. I knew from a friend who recommended it to me, that it is a really dark read, but it was a lot darker than I anticipated - so much so that it bordered on becoming a depressing, emotionally draining read.

I'm giving it a four star rating however for the mere fact that it is an exceptionally well-written dark and disturbing read. At times it gripped me, but after a few chapters I would lose interest, only to be drawn into the story again nearer the end. It took me a little more than a week and a half to finish the story, since this isn't something you'll want to read in one sitting. The characters are well-developed and very realistic, but I still had a hard time connecting to any of them. The plot moved at an excruciatingly slow pace as the devil really was in the details.

Overall, this might be a worthwhile read to some, and I genuinely cannot fault the author on anything being "wrong" with this book. It just turned out to be a novel that wasn't much to my taste.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thrilling Ride! July 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Review 7*******

I was given this book by the author for an honest review.

This is a psychological thriller that captured my attention, and kept it hooked from the first page! I LOVED IT!

Detective Jude Foster is a charismatic character. He is an unconventional detective, but he usually gets his man. Trying to recover from being left for dead by his ex-partner, he is tormented by the one that got away, Victor.

Victor is a sadistic killer, who leaves no finger prints or any kind of forensic evidence. He is cruel and dangerous.

This is a very clever thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat. The paranormal aspects of this book kept me guessing, and the excellent writing style of Estevan Vega made the story flow flawlessly. The numerous twists and turns in the story had my heart racing, and chills running down my back. This book actually crosses a few genres - thriller, horror and suspense - but the ride it takes you on is like being on a roller-coaster. The ending of the book was a complete surprise, and made me question whether evil is real, or if it is all insanity and we are all living in an insane asylum with varying degrees of sanity.

This is the first book I have read by this author, but it will no longer be the last. Estevan Vega has a way with words that take you on a journey, albeit a scary and terrifying one, that will haunt you long after you have finished the book. I highly recommend this book if you love horror, suspense or thrillers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
Did not like this book at all. I am still stuggling to finish it. It doesn't flow correctly, and goes off in weird directions. Read more
Published 1 month ago by brownidblonde
5.0 out of 5 stars Wickedly Awesome
This book had me from the first words I read until the last page I turned. I love thriller books and this was different than the usual books I read because of the unusual topic. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Christine
1.0 out of 5 stars Strange writting
I stayed with this book much longer than it deserved. At the end I had read about half, the whole time feeling that the phrasing was really weird, and the author's choice of words,... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Charles K. Gudermuth
4.0 out of 5 stars Up and comming...
I actually didn't care much for the story, but I still think this author well worthy of multiple looks. He has an unusual ability to 'turn a phrase'. Read more
Published 19 months ago by cinnamonlyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
Purchased for free on Amazon. Never heard of the author before. Couldn't stop reading it once I started. Definitely would recommend. Read more
Published 19 months ago by MGreen
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will kick your teeth down your throat!!
Having just finished reading The Forsaken, I can tell you that it is going to stay with me for a very long time. Read more
Published 22 months ago by paulakr420
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting read
I would recommend to people who enjoy the supernatural as well as mystery story lines. The characters are portrayed in a realistic manner and Estevan Vega really delves into the... Read more
Published on September 22, 2012 by Shley
5.0 out of 5 stars The Human Matrix
Duncan McGonall's Review of Estvan Vega's The Forsaken

At first blush, this work resembles much of that early work the esteemed Stephen King produced, gritty, fractured... Read more
Published on September 21, 2012 by Duncan
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your normal mystery.
I was given this book in return for an honest review. Detective Jude Foster is a trainwreck, left for dead by his partner while hunting a serial killer, he has severe issues and is... Read more
Published on September 21, 2012 by Heather L. Alexander
4.0 out of 5 stars The end, yet not dead
This one's a shaker of a Christian mystery. A mix of hard-boiled and supernatural mystery, it seems to mainly deal with the mystery of human nature, in both the secular and the... Read more
Published on September 19, 2012 by Jason Brown
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More About the Author

Since he was in fifth grade, Estevan Vega wanted to write. Determined to be published young, he released his first book, Servant of the Realm, at fifteen. At eighteen, The Sacred Sin was released. ARSON, his third and most popular novel, is the beginning of a series, followed by its sequel, ASHES. More in the series will come. Just released is THE FORSAKEN, a supernatural thriller. He has also released several short stories, which include VANILLA RED, BABY BLUE, and THE MAN IN THE COLORED ROOM. He lives in Connecticut. Check out www.estevanvega.com for more of the nitty gritty.

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