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Testing the Prisoner Paperback – November 20, 2009
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About the Author
In August 2012, he was among an exclusive group of authors selected to participate in Crazy 8 Press's new venture, ReDeus, a collection of anthologies and novels depicting the return of all the world's mythological gods. This series was created by veteran authors Bob Greenberger, Aaron Rosenberg, Paul Kupperberg, and Steven Savile. Phil's short story about the Celtic gods, "There Be In Dreams No War", was featured in the premiere anthology, ReDeus: Divine Tales. Two additional anthologies are planned for 2013.
Phil is currently editing a short story collection titled Somewhere in the Middle of Eternity for Firebringer Press. He is also the narrator of an audio version of Testing the Prisoner, which can be heard for free at Podiobooks.com. The audio version of By Your Side is forthcoming on the Prometheus Radio Theatre feed: prometheus.libsynpro.com.
Visit Phil's website at philgiunta.com
Top Customer Reviews
Author Phil Giunta confronts the blurred border between love and hate hidden within the human heart in this promising, ultimately hopeful first novel.
My review is going to be a different kind of review on this book. Instead of writing my thoughts on the book, I am going to write a more personal take on the book. I really feel I was supposed to read this book the very moment I did.
One thing I will say about this book is that if you had an abusive, violent childhood, some of scenes in the book are triggers. The scenes with young "Danny" were so strongly written, I found myself in a state of panic reading each onset of abuse. I know it's a book. I know it's a story. I just could not separate my childhood from how the author described each scene. It was so close to reality, it was down right scary. The horrible things Danny's mother said to him echoed verbatim things said to me. I relate 100% to Danny/Daniel and the choices that lead him to become estranged to his mother, much like I am with mine today.
The book really brought to light the choices we make as humans. The choices that leave us here, tethered to humanity even in our afterlife. Abandoned and stuck for eternity to live out the horror we put others through. This book goes deeper than a just a great supernatural story.
Anyone who has come from that past, eventually has a crossroads they reach. Anyone from that past has decisions to make.
Anyone from that past, who has children today, fight EVERY SINGLE DAY, not to become that person.. that inner struggle.. good/bad/light/dark.
I will say though, the scenes of abuse are so richly, honestly, harshly poetic. From the physical pain to the emotional anguish, it really has triggered a lot of memories. It was hard to read. However, it's beautiful to read at the same time. It's cathartic. Truly.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed the plot in this book. Phil is a wonderful writing and I look forward to reading his next book. Phil is at the top of my list as a fine novelist.Published 4 months ago by Dawn Sooy
This is a terrific book that delves into the dark history of a tortured soul searching for redemption. The characters feel real and you care about what happens to them. Read morePublished on March 12, 2013 by Susanna
What a fantastic new book from an exciting new author that is downright creepy good. The author has a unique way of scene setting and story telling that draws you right into the... Read morePublished on September 16, 2011 by Indigo24
It has been a long time since I read a novel that kept me glued to my seat. Testing the Prisoner was a pleasantly refreshing story, with a plot that I did not have figured out from... Read morePublished on March 25, 2011 by Luciano
This book explores the dynamic nature of inner demons battling against each other within the confines of a distressed man's mind. Read morePublished on April 23, 2010 by Amanda Headlee
This was a book that you did not want to put down once you started to read. A different kind of ghost story that makes you stop and think about the inner demons that we all deal... Read morePublished on April 13, 2010 by Angela M. Price