- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Permuted Press (February 16, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1682610926
- ISBN-13: 978-1682610923
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,897,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Dev Jarrett is a writer, a father, a husband, and a career soldier. He spent the first twenty-two years of his life in Georgia, and the most recent twenty-two everywhere else. He’s a Chief Warrant Officer 4 in the US Army currently stationed in the heartland at Fort Riley, Kansas. During the day, he is a 352N and works tirelessly to defeat terrorists. He’s deployed numerous times to garden spots like Camp Buehring (in Kuwait), and Kandahar Air Base and Bagram Air Base (both in Afghanistan). During the night, the other kind of monsters come out. Those unkillable kind of monsters that drink your fear and live in the darkest corners of your life. The kind that live on blood and human flesh. The ones you can’t protect your children from. He’s had many short stories published, both online and in print, and his newest novels, Little Sister, Casualties and Dark Crescent, are available now from Permuted Press. His first novel, Loveless, is available through your favorite online retailer or directly from Blood Bound Books. You can usually find Dev online on Facebook, Twitter, and (if you want to see all the gory details) here: http://devjarrett.weebly.com/
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Top Customer Reviews
However, Dev Jarret's book is not just about the paranormal horror of the haunted neighborhood. It's also about the real horror of PTSD and how it can affect the afflicted and their family. The main character, Chris Williams, has PTSD and makes a few great observations during the course of the story. The two that struck me the most where:
<blockquote>"Don't be ashamed to ask for help, Hollingwood had said, but here was the truth of the matter, sitting at the reception desk. Her wide eyes and appraising smile as she talked with Chris did more to perpetuate the stigma of seeking emotional help than generations of machismo."
"The land of PTSD was a sad, exhausting place to live, seeing the potential for danger everywhere, and sometimes dialing it back was too difficult to manage."</blockquote>
I love reading horror and the safe little scared 'charge' that a great writer can give you. PTSD ,though, can send your terror and adrenaline levels through the roof in a way that no horror 'master' will ever be able to manage. It's also difficult to talk about, to give in and seek help for, and yes, it makes life hell. It really does. That connection, tenuous though it was, was one of the things about the story that hooked me.
Overall, Casualties is a good haunted house/neighborhood story that either needs to be a bit longer, or a bit shorter. The diving into the deep end never allowed a proper feel of tension to truly develop. It's a hazard of that particular way of beginning a story - very hit or miss. However, the various descriptions, research, etc, made it feel like a short story that dragged on a bit at times. The story was engaging, however, and the main character's internal struggles were realistic. You can't help but root for the family to make it through this particular patch of crazy.
Casualties is definitely worth checking out. This is especially true if you, like me, find comfort in reading books about people with PTSD. It gives an added touch of realistic horror even as it reminds you that you aren't alone.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author for review consideration.