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Black Beast: A Hard Boiled Murder Mystery (A Detective Bobby Mac Thriller Book 1) by [Guthrie, R.S.]
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About the Author

R.S. Guthrie grew up in Iowa and Wyoming. He has been writing fiction, essays, short stories, and lyrics since college.

"Black Beast: A Clan of MacAulay Novel" marked Guthrie's first major release and it heralded the first in a series of Detective Bobby Macaulay (Bobby Mac) books. The second in the series (Lost) hit the Kindle shelves December of 2011.

Guthrie's "Blood Land" is the first in the Sheriff James Pruett Mystery/Thriller series and represents a project that is close to his heart: it is set in a fictional town in the same county where he spent much of his childhood and still visits.

Guthrie lives in Colorado with his wife, Amy, three young Australian Shepherds, and a Chihuahua who thinks she is a 40-pound Aussie!

Readers can catch up with what's new with R.S. Guthrie at his official site, rsguthrie.com , or discussions related to writing at his blog, Rob on Writing (robonwriting.com).

Product Details

  • File Size: 796 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983511209
  • Publisher: Wind River Press, Inc. (May 11, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 11, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050JC43C
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RS Guthrie's Black Beast is a cool, dark, edgy thrillride. It straddles genre lines ably: police procedural/supernatural/thriller, which can't be easy. The major good guys and baddies are very well drawn - I particularly enjoyed drug kingpin/Obeah-practitioner Calypso. Guthrie treats the subject of grief (and implied survivor guilt) very well, too. Overall, where he sticks to his strengths - dialogue, action, police procedural elements - this is a ripping good yarn.

BUT: I kept wanting to shake Guthrie's hand and shake him by his collar simultaneously. The book is riddled with too many technical errors to count. Grammar is sometimes poor, and the book is rife with incorrect usage. Descriptions can be laughably bad. Guthrie often sounds as though he has swallowed a thesaurus and is burping up words at random.

Then there are the nonfactual facts. Samhain is not, and has never been, a celtic "God of Death." Rather, as most people know and history bears out, it is the day of the year when celts believed the door between the living and the dead swung open. Obeah is not a voodoo priest,as Guthrie states, but is a religious practice common to Jamaica and other areas. Freud did not say that God is dead - that was Nietsche. I could go on. Playing fast and loose with common information is a defect easily prevented by a little research.

So, much as I found to like here, the book is marred. The errors pull the reader out of the story.

It's clear to me that Mr. Guthrie has talent as a writer - he has some skills that can't be taught - but he would benefit from a professional review from an editor such as one can find at Poets and Writers or Writer's Digest.

I hope to see more of Mr. Guthrie's work.
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And this book is definitely entertaining!

I've been a very avid reader since I was about 16 years old, I've read thousands of books, short and long. And as I get older, my appetite for a "better book" gets stronger every day. My hunger has been sated, at least for now.

Black Beast (A Clan of MacAulay Novel) is a fun, fast-paced read. It reminds me of a roller coaster ride I rode many years ago called The Screamin' Eagle (Six Flags). Get in, sit down, shut up and hang on!! Wow, what a ride it is! A book that starts out mysteriously but ties together nicely later on.

The main character is not what you would expect, a one-legged cop, "Bobby Mac". I won't say anything to give the story away, but let's say he is a lot more than what the eye see's or your imagination allows for. A very three dimensional character, growing from first page to the last.

There is police work involved, espionage, fantasy, religion, military twists, drama, things to make you angry, laugh and even shed a tear or two. I could see readers from 16 years old to well beyond my age enjoying this book. It's well written, a fairly clear path from beginning to end, with many, many leaps that make me say "wow, I didn't see that coming!!". I guarantee you will close your eyes and imagine what Bobby Mac is seeing, doing and hearing. I did.

I haven't been to Denver in many years, since Bush II won his first election. But after reading this novel, I think I need to find my way west again. You can tell the author lives in Denver, his love for his city is transparent, makes me want to see the city again soon.

I'll wrap this up by saying thank you to the author (if they read these things). I read your book in two days, staying up past 2 am to finish it.
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I've never written a review before, so here it goes. I absolutely loved this book. It was an easy and fast paced read that I had never expected.

The character descriptions were fantastic and I found myself slipping away as if I was one of them at times. There were twists, turns, and surprises that I never expected which kept me on the edge of my seat.

Great work by this first time author and I cannot wait until the next one comes out for me to read.
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Book Info: Genre: Police Procedural with Supernatural aspects Reading Level: Adult

Disclosure: The author approached me some time back, offering a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I already had this book, and it's sequel, but agreed to read and review the book for him anyway.

Synopsis: Decorated Denver Detective Bobby Macaulay has faced down a truckload of tragedy over recent years. The death of his partner; the loss of his own leg in the line of duty; the companionship of his beloved wife to cancer; his faith in God to his inner demons.

After the man who ruined his leg and killed his first partner is executed, Macaulay becomes the lead detective investigating the Sloan's Lake murders. The method of killing in this double-homicide is so heinous it leads Macaulay and his partner down an ever-darkening path -- one that must be traversed if they are to discover the evil forces behind the slaughter.

Just when Bobby Macaulay is questioning the very career that has been his salvation, he will discover a heroic history buried within his own family roots: The Clan MacAulay -- a deep family lineage of protectors at the very core of a millenniums-long war against unimaginable evil.

My Thoughts: I was a bit worried when I noticed how much talk there was in the synopsis about religion and faith, afraid that the story might end up being a bit preachy. Fortunately, it was not - just a decent police procedural with some supernatural elements. That those supernatural elements are demons under the leadership of Satan and Samhain (horribly distorted) is just part of the story.
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