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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Lachesis Publishing (March 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885093454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885093455
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,651,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David J. Roth on May 12, 2007
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The writer is Kentucky novelist J. W. Coffey, and her book is called A Wager of Blood. Here's the skinny on it.

Matthew Harper and his wife Hannah own and operate a small in New Hampshire, along a route that is about to become a very busy road - and the perfect stop-over on the way through New Hampshire to points north. Lodging is lush but affordable, and the food is to die for.

One night in 1760, foolishly enters into what he thinks is just a wee game of chance between friends with Newell Thornton. Before the night is over, and with the aid of loaded dice, Thornton owns the Inn, and the Harpers along with two others are dead.

Over three hundred years later, the Thornton Inn is still owned by the descendants of Newell Thornton, and by some strange fluke of cosmic fate, Zach Harper is the manager. It's more of a restaurant than anything else now because over the years, the place has gained the reputation that it's haunted.

Coffey has managed something that I honestly haven't done since probably Ann Rice's Vampire Armand - she's written something I simply could not put down! Twists and turns, brilliant characters you actually care about, fast paced action are all part of the stunning vista that her pen brings to life. The scenes shift seamlessly between the past, the present, the real and the surreal.

I read a lot, and often pass on to my friends recommendations. This is a list topper. If you are a fan of well written horror, you will want a copy of A Wager of Blood for your personal library. And, while they last, there is a nice caveat - Coffey will send a singed book plate to anyone who requests it. Get your book, and snatch up that autograph. When she's famous, you're gonna be able to say you read her way back when... I ordered mine.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This week I was invited to revisit an old friend, A Wager of Blood by Lexington Literary Examiner, J. W. Coffey. This is a scrubbed up newly revised ebook version of the paperback I read a couple of years back.
Matthew Harper and his wife Hannah own and operate a small New Hampshire inn, along a route that is about to become a very busy road - and the perfect stop-over on the way through New Hampshire to points north. Lodging is lush but affordable, and the food is to die for.
One night in 1760, Matthew foolishly enters into what he thinks is just a simple game of chance between friends with Newell Thornton. Before the night is over, and with the aid of loaded dice, Thornton owns the Inn, and the Harpers along with two others are dead.
Fast forward, some 250 years, and the Thornton Inn is still owned by the descendants of Newell Thornton, and by a strange fluke of cosmic fate, Zach Harper is the manager. It's more of a restaurant than anything else now because over the years, the place has gained the reputation that it's haunted.
Coffey has managed something that I honestly haven't experienced since Ann Rice's The Vampire Armand - she's written something I simply could not put down! Twists and turns, brilliant characters you actually care about, fast paced action are all part of the stunning vista that her pen brings to life. The scenes shift seamlessly between the past, the present, the real and the surreal.
New? Perhaps.
Improved? Here and there.
Still a rocking good read? Youbetcha! This revision is the work of a writer whose skills have matured and talents only grown. It's like taking another look at that cousin you remember as a skinny, lanky, gawking kid who has grown up to be Miss Vermont, or in Ms. Coffey's case, perhaps Miss Tennessee.
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Of course knowing J.W. Coffey I was anxious to read the book. I expected nothing less than incredible and that is EXACTLY what I got and then some. I found myself cursing her one night as it was already late, and by late I mean 2:30 in the morning, as I kept saying I'll stop after this next chapter. I simply couldn't. Knowing that I had to be at work at 8:30 the next morning I forced myself to put it down. But I found myself back in the book in my dreams. An amazing story teller, J.W. Coffey sent my imagination back into high gear. I can't tell you the last time a book's story replayed in my dreams. I owe her a HUGE thank you.

Her vivid descriptions allowed me to imagine what it would be like watching the story unfold. I could picture the inn perfectly. I could see Willow arguing with his father. I found myself willing Meg to go upstairs even though she had been told not to. At many points in the book I found myself on the edge of my seat- literally- as I turned the next page to find more. I found myself completely lost in the story, understanding the bond that Meg and Frankie have- no doubt much like the one I share with my two best friends.

She does a phenominal job going from one century to the other without ever confusing you or loosing you. If you are looking for one of those books that will allow you to sit back and dig deep into your imagination this is most definately the book for you!

I'm tapping my feet waiting for the next one. Write on J.W., write on!
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A Wager of Blood plays out in both the 18th and 21st Centuries. Good friends Meg and Frankie have a reunion in a small town in New Hampshire. Meg is married to Zach, the manager of the rebuilt Inn, now a restaurant. Frankie's significant other, Sean, couldn't come along on the trip, but also grew up in the same New Hampshire village.

We learn within the first fifty pages that a killer is on the loose, luring naive businessmen to their death by torture. Coffey has vividly written those opening scenes and made the hairs standup on the back of my neck.

Following this brief intro to the bad guy, the book takes the reader to the reunion of the two women. They go to lunch at the restaurant at the Inn. Meg has already expressed a fear of the old Inn, hearing whispering voices and experiencing some poltergeist activity.

While having lunch, the owner of the Inn appears. Frankie immediately fears the man. Of course, we readers will understand that nasty Mr. Thornton is part of the evil that Meg feels at the Inn. Frankie hears the whispering voices like Meg did and is drawn to the upper floors of the Inn, a place that is off-limits to the Inn's customers.

The two women ascend to the second floor and all hell breaks loose, complete with blood pouring across the floor, screams of tortured souls, and ghostly presences.

"Frankie opened her mouth to try and speak, to give some comfort or assurance, but she didn't get the chance. She turned to see the brass handle of the door twisting up and down; the door, violently, battering itself in the socket that held it. The shaking grew in strength until a picture hanging nearby flew off the nail holding it, dropping to the floor and shattering the glass.
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