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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453643222
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453643228
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,507,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

In 2009 Richard Thomas Banegas published his first book, Hands of Fire /the Phantom Body, responding to the sudden death of his brother William (Champ) Banegas followed by, At the Shadows Edge in April of 2010. The Pen Pal is the next edition of stories in his growing collection of books. Richard currently lives in North California with his wife Zonia Banegas and their two terriers.

Customer Reviews

This book is well written, believable, quick moving, and spine-chilling.
JudyR
There are a wide range of emotions that the characters feel throughout the book and as you read it, you feel those same emotions.
Aine
The plot skims the would-be story and the ending is ridiculously unsatisfying.
keddymarie

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Z. Gorman on July 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
Shaymus O'Shea is the kind of people we wonder about when we hear disturbing news stories of people's disappearances and seriel killers at large. We wonder what kind of monsters commit such cruel and senseless killings. We associate them with the worst nightmare we have had. Sure, there have been many studies about the psychology behind the profiles of seriel killers. Some say it is a disease. It is as if anything we human beings don't like can be blamed on some anomolies of our body and mind.

Read Richard Banegas' "The Pen Pal", and you will be disturbed and shocked. Remember "Silence of the Lamb"? Remember Joseph Congrad's "Heaart of Darkness"? You will get that. But you will also get something else. "The Pen Pal" takes a unique perpective to a crime story and reveals something completely unexpected. The story has a slow start and for a while you may not recognize what you are reading. The setting is early 20th century in the countryside of Irland. It reads like a tale of the growing up of a boy, surrounded by a large family. You can smell, hear and feel the life of the people in this little town.

And then subtly, you feel something creeping up. Only you can decide what you read, because you will be led through a dialogue, not about somebody else, but about you, as a human being. Only you will decide what you learn.

The author has the pungent style that reminds me of New Yord Book Bestseller author Augusten Burroughs. He does not just write, he engraves, spits, and shouts out his words.

Richard Bangegas is a very promising author. I look forward to reading his next book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By my2cents on September 23, 2011
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The Pen Pal is a chilling perspective into the mind of a serial killer and the forces that shape him. Set in and around Dublin, Shaymus O'Shea's formative years read like a text from the care and feeding of a sociopath: replete with a host of twisted family secrets and repeated abuse at the hands of his father. In the wake of his parent's deaths, and the loss of a beloved aunt and childhood friend, Shaymus' pent-up anger is unleashed on the world, as he exacts revenge from those who have wronged him. Perfecting his techniques with each successive kill, he is transformed into The Deer Hunter, a phantom the Irish police are unable to unmask or bring to justice. Not even the blessings of a successful academic career, a happy marriage, and the birth of his daughter, Katie, can save Shaymus from the ghosts of his past actions or soothe the beast within, as the years pass, and retribution draws near in the guise of his beloved offspring.

Richard Panegas delivers Shaymus's story in a free form narrative that is both disturbing and compelling, and so raw that, at times, it feels like a true crime story. The Pen Pal is a thriller that will keep you enthralled.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JudyR on June 3, 2011
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The Pen Pal is about a serial murderer, seen through the eyes of the murderer, and having his own daughter track him down, not knowing that she is hunting her own father. This book is well written, believable, quick moving, and spine-chilling.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By cathy on December 30, 2011
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If you like murder mysteries,but not all the gruesomeness and gore associated with one,this is a good choice.
I like an occasional mystery set in the real world once in a while for a break from all the usual paranormal I love.

The book starts out like a horse race. Right out of the gate, the story starts with a man dieing from a bullet wound. You find out right away this is the main character. Then the story slows to a gentle gait recanting the story of Shaymus O'Shea's life. It takes us into the mind of a very disturbed young man.
The pace picks up again as Shaymus gets older and shows more hate and hurt and things start happening. What kind of things? I cant tell you, I would give away too much story. Sorry but you will have to read it.
About halfway through, the book changes. It goes to tell the story of Shaymus' daughter Katee.

Katee's story opens up with her being fourteen and writng in her journal.
This is my favorite part of the entire book. Worth buying for just this part.
She starts by saying if she were a baby this is what she would have to say about how her life started.
I am gonna steal a line from the book, Richard I hope you dont mind.
------I was born into this world as Katee Alice O'Shea on December 25th 1950,naked,cold and hungry,screaming at the top of my lungs,feeling someone spank me.
It quickly turned me over and I saw the most hideous face staring at me. Frightened I bawled some more.---
This was absolutely hilarious. I laughed so hard. It goes on until she gets to her current age. Shows how she gets tough and all. I just loved it. So much I read this part twice already! Ingenoius!

So we are nearing the finishsline with Katee a forensic scientist,trying to solve some cold case murders.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn F on August 18, 2013
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This book started out very good and then kind of petered out. I felt he wrote the killer's perspective very well but once he switched to the daughter he wasn't believable writing the female parts. And although the title makes you think this is writing between pen pals, it really wasn't that big part of the story and I felt could have been left out completely and not been detrimental to the story. In fact the American pen pal's part could have been changed to a co-worker and worked as well or better. Mr. Banegas your proofreader missed heroin not heroine, stalked not stocked.

So, overall I felt the serial killer story was excellent, get rid of the daughter's pen pal part and change the American pen pal and this would be a much, much better story.
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In 2001, I began my journey with the tragic death of my brother William (Champ) Banegas Jr. by publishing my first novel, Hands of Fire / the Phantom Body in 2009. A promise kept.

I followed up by self publishing my next novel, At the Shadows Edge, released in April of 2010, The Pen Pal, July 2010 and Venom 2011 two books which are from the Katee O'Shea Series. Currently I am working on the next Katee O'Shea series *David* a chilling thriller for this year.

Richard Thomas Banegas currently lives in Northern, California with his wife Zonia Banegas and their two terriers, Edward and Carla Antoinette. In 2011 Richard bought back his rights to Hands of Fire/ the Phantom Body and repackaged it as: A myth, A Prophecy and A Curse.



Hobbies: Reading, Cooking, Listening to music and just chilling.


Favorite Female Artist:
Elisa

Song:
Rainbow


Favorite Male Artist:
Andrea Bocelli

Song:
Romanza

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