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The Devil's Assassin Paperback – April 12, 2013
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The Devil's Assassin was inspired by a very creepy dream that I kept having for a period of time some years back. The character in that dream was the perfect antagonist for this story which I jumped into by writing a movie script over the course of a year. When M. Night Shyamalan didn't make a movie from my original screenplay ;-) I decided to convert it into a novel to make it more accessible to the reading public. What you have here in the novel is a very accessible, PG or PG13, horror / thriller (with a bit of romance thrown in for good measure) that will appeal to any age group. The book is not intended for preteens, however, because I don't want to inspire nightmares in the youngsters. That said, the rest of us don't mind a nightmare now and then, right?
TGIF - Thank goodness it's frightening!
About the Author
Brian Holmes graduated from Northern Michigan University a while back and has since then lived in New Jersey working as a proofreader, copy editor, editor, educational writer, technical writer and author.
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Linus not only captures the creature, he captures an image of the creature's main form of defense - a spear made of bone-like material that extends and retracts from the creature's hand at its will. Thanks to the security measures he has in place not only is he the only person alive who has seen the creature, he's also seen how it kills.
He then calls a friend and gets the scientific community involved. One thing leads to another, and the creature escapes, killing another individual to do so. Linus does some research, finding several unsolved murders around the world that all have victims who died from a puncture wound like the one this victim incurred.
Traveling to each location he discusses what he's found as well as the other cases. Finally, in Argentina he comes face to face with another of the creatures. This one is killed and winds up being brought back for study to America.
The story to me was enjoyable, the descriptions well written, and the locations were interesting; however, the question remains how did he have the money to travel like he did, and the issue of taking an unlimited time off of work to deal with this situation was also not addressed. These alone would not have given me pause in my rating; I'm giving four stars due to a couple of confusing scenes. I re-read them and the answers were not spelled out, though I had an idea of what had happened.
The fact that I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review has nothing to do with the number of stars; I believe this author has a talent and I'd like to see more from him in the future.
I received this book for my honest revies.