I’m gonna have to be honest folks…I’m surprised by the results of the last competition! M. R. Sellars, you have a die-hard fanbase who came out and slayed Mira Grant’s zombies. Kudos to you, sir!!
Competitors: Neverland by Douglas Clegg and While the Savage Sleeps by Andrew E. Kaufman (It’s the battle of the Brits! Be warned, lol)
Rules: Read our champions’ testimonials and comment with whether you agree or disagree and, most importantly, WHY. Be respectful but feel free to have fun. Saying the lead character in one book could kick the other lead character’s ass is perfectly okay. Derogatory comments about the authors? Not so much.
Voting: Use the poll on the right hand side of the site to vote for which book you think should go on to the next round.
Brit, in defense of Neverlandby Douglas Clegg
Neverland is a wonderful book with a rich, layered plot and detailed characters. Each character is very well developed. The conversations and actions of each are striking and disturbing at times but also courageous and loving at others. The adults are defeated and resigned to the lives and relationships they have. They continuously argue, drink and seem to forget they have a houseful of children to care for. These tense circumstances make the reader understand why the children are so anxious to spend time in Neverland because it presents escape and power over their lives – at least in the beginning. It is an engrossing look at the dynamics of a dysfunctional family as seen through the eyes of a child.
The fear you feel as you read is a subtle thing. It creeps up on you and then jumps out and grabs you, leaving you uncomfortable and nervous.
Neverlandis not only a great horror story but also a wonderful tale that shows us the world through the eyes of a child.
Book Excerpt - “It was the ugliest, most hideous face I had ever been witness to – It was what they told us in Sunday school was unclean. I could not tell if the thing was male or female, child or grown up; its skin was covered over with gray-green sores, and its lips were in shreds from where its own teeth dug into them.”
Brit, in defense of While the Savage Sleeps by Andrew E. Kaufman
Intricate and unique plot, realistic and believable characters, mind blowing twist and turns — this is what readers will get in this thrilling novel from Andrew E. Kaufman. You will not want to put it down. It is just that good.
Cameron is a tortured soul and struggles with a deep depression that most people could never understand. Through all this he still manages to take his oath to serve and protect seriously and is determined to stop the murders plaguing his sleepy little town.
Kyle is a strong, determined,career minded woman who also puts the needs of others before her own. When she and Cameron come together they are an unstoppable force and she is just what he needs to help bring him out of the darkness he has lived in for so long.
The plot is fast-moving but steeped in detail and complexities that propel the story forward to a thrilling conclusion. If you are a fan of horror, mystery or police procedurals and a hint of romance, While the Savage Sleeps is a book you can not afford to miss.
Book Excerpt: “Someone was in bed with her. She screamed, swung her head to the right, and found a pair of flat, listless eyes staring back, only inches from her. Bethany lay right beside her, on her back, head turned toward Kyle, stringy, filthy hair clinging to her skin like wet, muddy grass. Kyle was peering into the eyes of a corpse. She jumped from the bed and screamed, “What do you want?” Bethany gave her the answer, cold, impassively, and with only two words: “Help me.”