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Deadly Vision Paperback – January 10, 2008
Horror fiction's most original voice knows how to spin a tale that makes a reader double check the door locks and windows. It is at once smart and twisted. -- Gregg Olsen, New York Times Bestselling True-Crime Author
Rick R. Reed moves to the head of the graveyard with this bone-chilling story of a reluctant psychic, a pair of maniacal killers, and the slaughter of innocence. Fiendishly good! -- Victor J. Banis, author of Longhorns
About the Author
In their October 2006 issue, Unzipped magazine said about Rick R Reed: "You could call him the Stephen King of gay horror." His most recent published work includes a thriller about a serial killer using a gay hookup website to find his victims called IM (Quest Books, May 2007); a tragic vampire love story set in 1950s Greenwich Village and modern-day Chicago called In the Blood (Quest Books, September 2007); and a paranormal page-turner about a psychic reluctantly caught up in the murders of two teenage girls in her small western Pennsylvania town called Deadly Vision(Quest Books, January 2008). Other published novels include A Face Without a Heart (a modern-day version of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray), Penance, and Obsessed. His horror short story collection, Twisted: Tales of Obsession and Terror was published in April 2006. Upcoming novels include a sexy thriller called High Risk about a bored housewife who chooses a very handsome--and psychotic--stranger to come on to (Amber Quill Press, February 2008); a reincarnation love story called Orientation (Amber Quill Press, Spring 2008) that crosses boundary and sexual orientation lines; and Dead End Street, a young adult novel about five teenagers who form a Halloween Horror Club that takes place in a house that may or may not be haunted (Amber Quill Press, October 2008). His short fiction has appeared in more than 20 anthologies. He lives in Miami, FL.
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Top Customer Reviews
What would it be like to be the harbinger of death? Curse or gift? Cassandra D'Angelo is about to discover things she'd rather not. Single mom of 7 year old Max, Cass faces the pressures of raising her son alone, of living down a reputation for being a bit on the wild side in her younger days(something her mom never lets her forget) and providing a safe environment for him. So when little Max doesn't turn up on time for dinner, Cass panics and searches the small town of Summitville on the banks of the Ohio River. The neighbors always watch out for each other, and nothing really bad ever happens here, but Cass can't help but picture her little guy laying hurt somewhere in the nearby woods waiting for some help. A thunderstorm approaches, but Cass' motherly instincts won't let her stop looking. A crash of thunder and flash of lightning are the last thing Cass hears, as she is struck on the head by a falling tree branch.
Cass awakens 2 days later in a hospital bed. All is well with little Max, but after seeing the picture of the victim of a missing young girl splashed on the small town newspaper, Cass gets a picture of her own. The girl is not just missing, she's dead and Cass' brain flashes on a horrific death. The images don't stop there, and her visions give her the feeling of one very disturbed killer. She tries to warn the police, who can hardly believe her, she can hardly believe herself.
There are families out there who are desperate to know what happened to their children. Cass feels she must tell them. Putting her own well being on the line, she tries to help. Ian, the very deranged psychopath who kills at the whim of 'The Beast" who told him to(shades of Son of Sam) wants to put to put a stop to Cass. And what better way then through her own child? The race against time is on, can Cass save Max from this monster? Will anyone believe her? Can she conjure up the visions needed to find him, or rely solely on her motherly instincts?
It's a heart pounding, page turning ride from the mind of master horror/thriller story teller Rick Reed.
The first chapter, although a bit disturbing in it's content, gives the reader a look at the villain we will be dealing with. Reed's descriptive storytelling chills and sets the tone, but draws the line at not becoming overly graphic in situations that may be all to real. He brings characters to cheer and characters to fear. He draws the reader in and makes them part of the setting as well as the race against time. Everything is tied up neatly at the end - well almost everything - could there be a sequel in the works Mr Reed?
Often when I pick up a book by an Author I like, I sometimes find myself disappointed that the 2nd or 3rd book did not live up to my expectations. Not so with Rick Reed's stories. My expectations are exceeded each time. Each new one is a fresh story and the writing becomes more and more seasoned. This is the third I have read and I always find myself wanting to warn the characters. I am also always so impressed with how he gets into the heads of the characters. I was amazed at how Cass' actions as a worried mother were so real. The other two, if you are looking for some great thrills and chills are IMand In the Blood(see my reviews for book details). You should know that these three stories also deal with gay themes(and in the case of In The Blood - Vampires) and if that is something that would bother you, well, trust me when I say that you'd be missing some great thrillers, and fans should not pass this author by.
So move over Sylvia Browne, Cass D'Angelo is on the job! Another fine thriller from Rick Reed.
Keep an eye on your kids and...enjoy the read....Laurie
P.S. How come psychics never win the lottery?
In "Deadly Vision," Reed is at the height of his power.
Having taught classes in Psychic Development for years, I was compelled to read this story of a youthful mom who has unbidden metaphysical visions after a close encounter with a tree branch during a storm. I can say from personal experience, the author's descriptions of how these unwanted other wordily visions unspool, as well as his deft words about the confusion and contradictory emotions they unleash, ring true.
In "Deady Vision," Reed's rendering of the suddenly psychic mom, and the handsome, mentally ill young man who worships upon the altar of the Devil himself, are as compelling as storytelling gets. Amazingly, the author even successfully builds compassion and empathy for the misfit young woman who changes her name, as well as her life's course, for her merciless, murdering lover.
Reed's characters: the good, the bad and the innocent dead, draw you completely and quickly into their sordid stories.
Books such as "Deadly Vision" are the reason the term Page Turner was coined.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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