- File Size: 286 KB
- Print Length: 166 pages
- Publication Date: November 17, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GTD1RBS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #758,591 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Trapped in Whittier (A Trent Walker Supernatural Thriller Book 1) Kindle Edition
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It's a well crafted mystery with a supernatural twist. The protagonist, Trent Walker, is quite an interesting, not to mention charming, character. He's a professional mentalist, intelligent and knowledgeable about the intricacies of human perception and he delights in fooling his audiences with his tricks of the trade. The author clearly understands how the art of mentalism works. So if you happen to know anything about the art yourself, you'll find yourself giving a grin and a knowing nod to much of what Trent says and thinks throughout the story.
The story is set in the small, strange town of Whittier, Alaska (an actual town). I love stories that are set in small towns where everything and everyone seems so "normal" to an unsuspecting visitor. As the reader, you just know there's going to be "something" coming that will flip that sense of normalcy on its head. In that regard, "Trapped in Whittier" does not disappoint. Not by a long shot. I was totally unprepared for what that "something" turned out to be.
To the potential reader I want to be clear that this isn't what you might think of as one of those "hardcore" supernatural thrillers in which the author has taken the subject into the realm of "damned serious" stuff. I hope another reviewer, J. Carr, will not be upset if I borrow a paragraph from his/her review. It's just that I couldn't have expressed what he/she said any better. J. Carr wrote:
"I almost giggled at the small mistakes our intrepid hero makes. You know those moments in any horror movie, where you're like, "OMG, don't go in there! Don't do that! Oh, that's a bad idea! Dude, that's gonna leave a mark" Trent has about a dozen of these wonderful thriller moments, and my entertainment increased with each one!"
And that's the truth. It's part of what makes the story so much fun. That being said, don't for one minute think there aren't some seriously dramatic hair-raising scenes. When the weirdness hits the fan you'll know it. I was thoroughly entertained from beginning to end.
I'm going to buy another Michael W. Layne book just as soon as I post this review.
I don't believe in giving away spoilers in my reviews, so I'll keep it short. This book contains some of the most vivid setting descriptions I've ever read in such few words, the "werewolves" were not at all what I was expecting, and there was a lot of research done on the subjects covered in the book.
The believable twist on an ancient tale makes this probably the best werewolf story I've read to date.
On a side note, I first thought the description of Whittier was a genius idea for a fictional town. After some quick research, I found Whittier is in fact a real town, and the description is more accurate than the way some people describe their own homes. This book not only tells a good story, but serves as a great advertisement for the tourism industry in Alaska.
Because of Michael W. Layne, Whittier has moved to the top of my list of places I wasn't to visit. If it's anything like the book, I wouldn't mind being trapped there myself.
Here's the part where I usually do a pros and cons list, but I think I covered all pros I can without giving any spoilers, and there really aren't very many cons. There's a few editing mistakes, but that's about it. The rest of the book more than compensates for any faults I found.
In this Supernatural Thriller, you will not only get the ride of a typical thriller with twists and turns, you also get to ask the deeper philosophical question of how the worlds of human and animals are codependent and how they should respect each other’s boundaries.
Mentalist Trent Walker got to experience these two separate but connected worlds with an open mind. By telling the story of Trent Walker, the book will open your mind to a supernatural existence surrounding us.
After reading this book, I have become a Trent Walker fan, and can’t wait to read his next adventure in Las Vegas.
The author makes frequent mention of Trent's occupation as a "mentalist" and how he uses his knowledge to both read and manipulate people, much like Sherlock Holmes. I felt it integrated pretty nicely with the storyline, with Trent frequently pulling out his best "tricks" to escape danger.
While I was never really "horrified", I still felt the story had a sort of H.P. Lovecraft feel to it, with the secluded Alaskan town, the drunk that is more than he seems, and a secret horror hidden in the place you would least expect it.
All-in-all, well worth the price (free!) and an hour or two of your time.