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Penance by [Reed, Rick R.]
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Length: 382 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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About the Author

Rick R. Reed is the author of the novels Obsessed, A Face Without a Heart, and In the Blood. His short fiction has appeared in more than a dozen anthologies. He lives in Chicago.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1072 KB
  • Print Length: 382 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Untreed Reads Publishing (July 25, 2011)
  • Publication Date: July 25, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005EM0SI8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #726,829 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Mr. Reed (...)has the writing ability (talent) to keep you totally engrossed in his books. The "S.O.B.-Killer/Pervert" in "Penance" will send ice cold shivers throughout you whole body. "Penence" opens your eyes to just how terrible the cruel world can be to "lost" children. Mr. Reed makes you remember that all children (even the homeless)can get scared, lonely. But, the basic instinct of human survival can be terminated so easily by evil. GREAT READING. Be ready to cry at times though!!! This book is definitely NOT for the light hearted!! But WILL keep your attention from the first page to the last!!
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Human misery and suffering can come in many forms. Regardless, I've never seen it delivered in a book with such brutal realism, with such heartbreaking force. This book took me longer than usual to finish, not because it was bad, but because after only a few chapters I'd have to put it down to go play with my damn cats or watch something stupid on TV.

Yeah, the book is filled with THAT much despair. Don't get me wrong... I'm considering that a good thing. It's because it wasn't brought to us ham-fisted or in a melodramatic style, but in a nightmarishly mundane fashion.

Reed has been labeled "The Gay Stephen King." Personally, I think that does a disservice to Reed! And while the homosexual overtones were a bit... looming... it didn't stop this heterosexual guy from getting swept up by the horrible reality of homeless children selling themselves for drugs and money.

Oh, and I dare you to try and find an antagonist you despise more. There may be some minor reasons to try and sympathize with the villain, but seriously, I found myself fantasizing hopefully about his extended torture scene. No joke, Dwight Morris has now entered my Top 5 "Most Despicable" or what have you.

If you have a strong stomach for, well... everything; get this.
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All the kids live together in a condemned Hotel slated for demolition. They do what it takes to survive and live day to day on hopes that tomorrow will be better. Their ages range from thirteen to late twenties. They work the streets daily dealing with absolute scum in order to have a chance to move forward and out of this dangerous and lonely existence. That is until they are each pursued by the same vengeful man that has incredibly deep seated issues and endeavors to bring his own form of personal justice upon them.

This is a story about salvation and what we have to do and overcome to not only save ourselves but those around us we care for.

It has been quite a while since I have read a book that has been this gripping. Rick is a magnificent writer and has the ability to keep the reader so enthralled that it is next to impossible to stop long enough to catch a breath. This is the first book of Rick's that I have read and I can't wait to read more of his incredible work. I so highly recommend Rick to each and every one. He is sure to become a quick favorite to one and all!
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What can I say, It's a Rick R Reed book so already you know it's going to be good. This is one of his early books and riveting to say the least. I could not put it down. One of the best things about this writer is that when he writes a book you know it will stay with you.
'PENANCE' is a dark thriller with a monster so vile you almost want to hide yourself, but not in the church. "shiver's"
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Novel about a psycho killer stalking the homeless children in Chicago Illinois. There's also a pedophile priest and a constant sense of depression and horror. I couldn't stop reading but I can't say I LIKED the book. It does do what it intends to--it horrifies you--but I find books where children are attacked and tortured or killed almost impossible to read. Still it's well-written, moves quickly and gives you characters you care about. Heck, you even feel for the priest! You don't feel for the killer but the author explains why he is this way. It all leads up to a disturbing conclusion.

So--on one hand--this is a horrifying view of a man and his killings with some very extreme scenes of violence. On the other hand this is a well-written, strong study of a madman and his victims. Proceed at your own risk. As I said, it's unpleasant but I kept reading.
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