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Black Light Hardcover – October 5, 2011
"Ghostbusters with bloody mayhem on steroids." ―Kirkus Reviews
"Fun and exciting. A definite winner."―Booklist
"I found myself riveted to the page, and about to go for the ride of my life...The style here is phenomenal, all at once calling upon noir, action, and straight-up, hard-core horror, and throwing it at the reader in a well blended mix...A brilliant play on the whole medium/ghost hunter thing, and a concrete way to make all fans of horror happy in one way or another."―www.DreadulTales.com
"Black Light is immensely entertaining, fueled by breakneck pacing and an action-packed story...A thrilling reading experience. In the end, Black Light entertained the hell out of me and I sincerely hope Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan & Stephen Romano offer up another serving of Buck Carlsbad in the very near future..."―www.FantasyBookCritic.com
"Wry, complex and suspenseful, Black Light will keep spines tingling from the first ghoulish encounter to the final exorcism. Readers will have a ghastly good time tagging along on an exorcist's bullet-train journey through the nexus of evil."―Jaclyn Fulwood, Shelf Awareness
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When Buck is asked to take his particular talent and participate on a trip through the desert on a new high-speed train his first thought was "why me"? But after talking to the creator, it becomes too clear that this train will cross the Blacklight Triangle, which is the area where his parents were killed and where the darkest danger on earth still lurks. This area housed the worst that human kind had created in prison facilities designed to contain their evil, but does that ever work? The body may be gone but Buck knows from firsthand experience that their souls can still roam about causing havoc by utilizing another vessel.
The train is full of the rich, famous, and future presidents soaking up the publicity and preparing for the ride of their life. The group is clueless as to the imminent danger right underneath them because they are as equally possessed by their own demons and distractions. This trip is a puzzle to Buck who is trying to put pieces together so they can finally make sense to him and maybe fill in the holes of why his parents were killed. Distraction is not a possibility for Buck as just the mere second he closes his concentration disaster can occur and he truly has no idea who to trust. Everyone that Buck thought was on his side may not be or maybe they really are he just does not know.Read more ›
Melton is a great talent but what works on screen doesn't always translate in a literary piece. There needs to be a bit more subtlety with a reader as opposed to just the maelstrom of senseless violent gore for gore's sake that often gets substituted for "horror" in current cinema.
I really liked the take on the paranormal shown in this novel. It was something new for me - the main character physically taking the spirits into himself before being able to dispose of them - and I liked the dark and gritty setting. Buck is a bit of a tortured soul, getting old before his time, burning years of his life in the pursuit of answers. These questions that haunt him prevent him from living life, to the extent that he might as well be one of the dead already - his way of handling situations doesn't lend itself to reaching old age
There were quite a few secondary characters, some of which I really liked (his sidekicks lend some comic relief to the story and the few women he comes into contact with are all very different). For the most part though, they played their cards very close to the chest and it wasn't until near the end that I felt like I was getting a grip on who was controlling the situation and what the outcome might be. I was genuinely surprised at several points with the twists written in and the ending didn't disappoint.
The writing is highly visual, incredibly detailed at times, and it's here that you can tell this was produced by people who write movies. While sometimes I had to read something over, in order to make sure I had it all straight in my head, I could see how this would translate to film - and it's a movie I would want to see.
If you're the kind of person who likes this level of detail, who likes a dark and gritty tale with a paranormal bent, then you should probably check this out.
Buck also has parental issues. He remembers nothing before he was found at the age of seven. He is trying to find out more about his parents. When he has a Mark inside him, he sees glimpses of the past and has been able to retrieve items from the past. But this power comes with a price. The deeper he goes, the harder it is to return to real life.
He is convinced to help out Jaeger Laser with some trouble he has had on a new super fast train that he has made to link LA to Las Vegas. It seems that the train runs through a section of haunted area called the Triangle. This is a super high concentration of spirits. Buck has had some experience in the Triangle that got him the closest to finding out about his parents and almost killed him.
Because of his past, he decides to help out incase he can find out more about what happened to his parents. But when the train gets moving, things go to hell very fast. This is going to be the biggest job of Bucks life, if he can survive it.
I liked this story. There is a great concept and I was very surprised by the ending. I have to say that the descriptions of when Buck was in the Blacklight were a little disjointed. They are short, blunt statements that did get a little annoying after a while.Read more ›
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These guys kick ass on so many levels. I just can't wait for their next novel. Check out their films The Collector and the Collection.Published 21 months ago by Bryan S. Higby
I guess the best review I can give is that I read this in 2011 and I still search the authors names occasionally to see of they've written a sequel yet.Published on April 20, 2014 by Chris Lemoine
17/07 - Only 30 pages in and I was already starting to see some holes in the story. Came to see what others thought of the book and read reviews that confirmed my worst fears. Read morePublished on October 13, 2013 by Sarah Frost