Hunting Evil: The Hunt Begins (book review)

Hunting Evil: The Hunt Begins (book review)

I gave one book review away and I’m writing another because I don’t want to use the same review in two websites.

James Kelly has a bright future ahead of him as an author. He introduces his new series, by informing us of the title; “Hunting Evil: The Hunt Begins”. The main character (M.C.), is Johnny Scott, a former detective turned Private Investigator (P.I.). It is inevitable that every cop makes enemies in the nature of his job. Johnny’s past catches up with him. His old case file comes alive when a dead man’s partner seeks revenge. It is more than an eye for an eye. The killer wants to destroy Johnny’s world and make him suffer slowly, to witness the deaths of his sister, boyfriend, ex-colleague, and same said former colleague’s wife.

What book is without women? This book is teeming with women. They are in the plot because the evil legacy of the original killer, dubbed the Night Stalker, is continued. Women are essential as supporting cast, as well as occupying the center stage. There won’t be spoilers. You will discover how the women fit in, when you read the book.

P.I. Johnny Scott is up to speed with modern gadgetry. Bet he has an app for every need!

This book uses the latest high technology terms of references. Remote viewing, apps, trackers, smart phones, state of art home alarm systems…. If only I was also selling these equipment from Amazon’s affiliate links!

I wrote the book review below and it is posted on Amazon, on the author’s book page of Hunting Evil. This should be known because people may be puzzled to see duplicate content and wonder why I have the review here too.

Hunting Evil: The Hunt Begins

James Kelly has a new series of books in the genre of crime. He opens his first volume with a big bang (pardon the pun). Johnny, a former detective turned P.I., has the classic bait and trick pulled on him. His old case file suddenly came live when a dead killer’s kin seeks revenge. It is an eye for an eye. Johnny’s sister Jenny, near and dear to him, was the sacrificial lamb in the second wave of the Night Stalker killings.

The calling card is in the modus operandi. Killings are done in the style of the old killer, to honor his evil legacy. The charade plays mind games on Johnny. Did a dead man resurrect to become a zombie killer? Or did Johnny kill the wrong guy? Johnny has to hunt the evil, before it hunts him down. It was chilling to see Johnny’s dearest and nearest ones targeted by the creepy villain.

Mr. Kelly drops hints in his narrative. Have fun jotting down the names of suspects who might be the killer or conspirators in this ring of crime. The motives for the second wave of Night Stalker are surprisingly modern. The equipment are high tech and we definitely can learn a trick or two for our home security.

This novel is relevant to our time and what is happening in society. Take care of yourself and your young ones. We never know if there is a Night Stalker copy cat lurking nearby.

The Hunt Begins by James Kelly
Hunting Evil: The Hunt Begins by James Kelly.

In case you’re wondering, the other two books in the box are also written by James Kelly. They are self-help books. The book reviews will be in this blog.

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Who Am I by James Kelly: Book Review

Who Am I is a short memoir by James Kelly. He’s on Twitter as @of_illness. Its not an autobiography as it covers only one aspect of the author’s life. That sphere is the mental illness one.

Reading about bipolar disorder, depression, schizoaffective disorder, hypomania, hypermania and other mental disorders in a textbook is one dimensional. You see a list of symptoms being described. When you read a book written by a patient who has suffered from mental illnesses, you are being educated on the full dimensions on the mental disorder.

Mr. James Kelly has been honest and sincere with his writing. The truth will help people who need to be helped by understanding what the patient goes through. If you have a mental illness, or know someone who has a mental disorder, you should read this book. Even if you don’t know anyone who has mental illness, read this book. The knowledge can save a life or several lives.

People generally don’t recognize a person has a mental health problem. Unless you studied psychology, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) or mental health related subjects, you may never recognize the signs and symptoms of mental disorders. Someone may be displaying worrying behaviors and no one knows what to do. For instance, a woman has hallucinations of being stared at and she carries a weapon in her handbag to defend and protect herself. She talks to her friends about seeing monsters. She tells them she has a weapon inside her handbag and pats her bag reassuringly. Her friends have no idea what she is going through. She speaks in incoherent sentences. The beginnings and endings of sentences do not make sense. Its as if she drew out parts of her speech from a bag randomly. She isn’t drunk. She may be on recreational drugs but that is unlikely. She spends many minutes talking about the same subject. She has a lot of say about one subject, but her listeners can’t make head or tail about the message she is trying to convey. If they suspected a mental disorder or drugs, they might have persuaded her to talk to a therapist, social worker, or anyone who is an authority and able to channel her to the right professional help. That woman has been carrying a weapon in her handbag and going into crowds of people. Who knows what may happen if her triggers are activated and she thinks she has to use her weapon.

People need to pay respect to a mental problem. It is real, very challenging and requires professional treatment. The patient can not “snap out of it”.

This book is universal. Mr. Kelly has written about the schedule for a typical day in the psychiatric ward. No matter where you live and which system your country’s psychiatric wards use, the basic principals are the same. The psychiatric wards operate smoothly like clockwork.

Early in the morning the ward nurses go around the dormitory where the patients’ rooms are. They dispense medication to patients and watch them while they actually swallow their pills. Some patients are allowed to eat breakfast before medication, while others with physiological conditions have to take certain pills before food. This is essential. There have been instances when a patient may hide a pill under the tongue or between the inner of the lip and teeth. They drink some water to replicate the act of consuming the pill. When the nurse moves on to the next patient, they remove the pill and flush it down the toilet. There are standard procedures to catch these omissions. Which I shall not be boring you with a narrative.

After the morning medications, patients are encouraged to groom themselves to prepare to present themselves for the day. They they walk out of the dorm to sit in the large hall. Wards with specific activity rooms may be conducting sessions to engage patients in therapy. There are simple activities for patients to follow. During this rehab, they should not get stressed out with complicated work.

I used to be a volunteer who helped the Occupational Therapy (O. T.) staff to supervise patients as they did art, craft, “cooking”, board games, watching TV or socializing. If stationery or anything that could be a potential weapon was being used in the activity, we had to maintain a sharp watch. Generally, no patients may handle the pencil sharpener, scissors, or long strings. Even pencils could become stabbing tools so we had to ensure patients did not carry away pencils. Patients who were severely traumatized could not talk, respond nor walk steadily. O. T. helped them to focus on tasks and respond to the outside world again. I might write more about the psychiatric wards later. I had drawn some pictures of my experiences and posted them in Mental Health Comic.

When I read Mr. Kelly’s chapters on his stays in the psychiatric wards, I was teleported back into the time when I was volunteering in psychiatric wards. He described it as the way it was. The regular schedule offered external comfort to the patients whose inner world was wrecking them.

Mr. Kelly has written of many anecdotes that are interesting. He is a good story teller. I won’t spoil the surprises and enjoyment for you. He is a nice gentleman; sensitive, polite and stepping up to correct any social injustice he sees. He is quick to remind us of his orientation so that ladies don’t get any false hopes.

I was fortunate to be blessed with a bestowment of an impromptu meet-the-author chat with Mr. Kelly. He gave me an important bit of wisdom. Here is a summary of the gist of his advice – Never belittle yourself or your efforts. If you allow someone to step on your head, you’ll never be happy.

I’m including his nuggets of wisdom here so that I can remember it and search for it in the days and months to come.

Don’t be afraid to get this book. It is easy reading.

Mr. Kelly wrote an acknowledgement to thank readers. I feel I should thank him. For sacrificing his anonymity to write his book. For braving the dated social stigma of being associated with mental illness and writing about it.

I took this photo to show I bought the book.

Who Am I
Who Am I? By James Kelly.

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Dreaming The Vintage Bookshop of Memories (with pictures)

I’ve been dreaming of The Vintage Bookshop of Memories. I wanted to buy one and waited for a bulk purchase to save on shipping costs.

If you dream of a bookshop, it means you love reading books. You have fond memories of bookshops (bookstores).

If you have a book in mind and have yet to buy it or read it in a library, your brain might invent this dream to remind you to get that book. My brain was bugging me consciously in the day, to remember to buy this book. I didn’t dream about it because my brain had already reminded me during my waking hours.

This web post is also a book review for Elizabeth Holland‘s book. I first got to know about her on Twitter, as @EHollandAuthor, when I bought her book The Balance Between Life and Death, which I reviewed at the link.

The Vintage Bookshop of Memories by E Holland: Book Review in PICTURES – I hope this review fulfills expectations.

Pic #1: meet the heroine of the story, Ms. Prudent “Prue” Clemonte.

Prue Clemonte
Fan art for The Vintage Bookshop of Memories.

Book is at:

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Dear Ms. Holland,

I hope you like my creative method of making a book review. I hope more browsers will click on this post and be influenced enough to buy. Thank you for attending to this review.

Warm Regards,

Cai.

Book review in pictures

Is anybody interested in this type of book review in pictures? Are you all tired of reading words and words? How about a book review done in pictures, painted in art? I posted some with drawings of pictures for Indelicacy. Response was bad.

This is a survey to see the response for this idea. Thank you.

Response: 7

The Unexpected Life of Harry Chambers by S D Reed: Book Review

I was introduced to S. D. Reed on Twitter. He sold me his book The Unexpected Life of Harry Chambers, by telling me its back story. I was interested to learn how authors presented their life experiences in their fiction. I wasn’t disappointed.

Harry Chambers is a puppet at home because he is controlled by his authoritarian aunt. He has an irrational sense of duty to be at her beck and call, until he discovers a job application for an au pair in the U.S. It is a familiar plot as some of us know. Who hasn’t grown up under one of these: authoritarian parents/ grandparents/ aunt/ uncle? Yes, we have encountered at least one of these. Mr. Reed invites us to take a fresh look at how his protagonist handles his early lot in life.

I would recommend this book.

This is my copy of The Unexpected Life of Harry Chambers, by S. D. Reed.

The Unexpected Life of Harry Chambers.

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Vitoria has Antoinette: Indelicacy (pic #4)

Of course, every novel should have the BFF (Best Friends Forever) pair. In Indelicacy, the protagonist Vitoria has Antoinette and then later, it is Dana.

Indelicacy by Amina Cain (Book review) was posted at the link. Please click on the link to see.

This quote is from Indelicacy –

“At a market we bought hot chocolate and drank it while sitting on a bench in front of the lake” (Cain, 2020, p. 10).

This is the scene of Vitoria and Antoinette, drawn from the quote.

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Indelicacy by Amina Cain (Book review)

Amina Cain wrote Indelicacy using the protagonist as the first person narrator.

The main character is like a Cinderella, who had to work in physical toil, until a rich man came to marry her and took her to his wealthy home. Now how often does this happen in real life? Rich men who crave wealth would want to marry up, marry his equal, marry a ridiculously younger woman, or marry a beautiful woman who is above his aesthetic appearance.

Vitoria’s love for writing is greater than her fondness for her husband or new found luxury living. She plans and plots her exit from her marriage. She speaks to their maid Solange and instills in her the plot to seduce her husband. Briefly, Vitoria gives away her husband to Solange. He agrees but under certain conditions which are meant to preserve his pride and dignity.

Solange may be set up to repeat the life Vitoria had when she was first married. It may not be a coincidence that another woman from the blue collar working class marries a rich man.

Vitoria gets her wishes granted when her plot works out. She leaves her husband and receives a monthly stipend from him, to maintain a modest life style.

Indelicacy is easy to read. Its the perfect kind of easy reading for women and men who want to relax with a book. Buy it.

“Out in the street, candles light every window” (Cain, 2020, p. 3)

… candles light every window (Cain, 2020, p.3)

“A bedroom with a bed and blanket” (Cain, 2020, p. 10).

Vitoria’s bedroom (Indelicacy, Cain, 2020, p. 10).

“In the kitchen, a table and two sturdy chairs” (Cain, 2020, p. 10).

This is the scene from the quote.

“In the kitchen, a table and two sturdy chairs” (Cain, 2020, p. 10).

Here is my copy of Indelicacy, by Amina Cain:

Indelicacy by Amina Cain

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Lost In Life by Dave Blackwell: Book Review

Book review of “Lost In Life” by Dave Blackwell. This story is about the main protagonist Frank. Mr. Blackwell used a variety of writing techniques to narrate the story in the omniscient third person. The narrative weaves in between the present, past memories, hallucinations and dreamworld.

You know the way some people are wounded metaphorically? Frank has been stabbed by almost all of his family members, ranging from his biological parents to his grandparents. Even Ally, the family dog, bites his hand. Blackwell literally wrote the scene where relatives hurt Frank by stabbing him.

This isn’t a book for the faint hearted. Frank seems to be suffering from hallucinations. Blackwell uses allegory too. The narrative weaves in between different techniques.

Another plus factor of this book is that it offers insights into the medical condition of tinnitus. This is disturbing and affects mental health too.

Reference

Blackwell, D. (2017). Lost In Life. Amazon Distribution: Germany.

Lost In Life by Dave Blackwell.

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Book Review of Down The Lane by Paul Lafferty

Book Review of Down The Lane by Paul Lafferty. He’s on Twitter as @downthelanebook.

I bought @downthelanebook because I wanted to read a memoir type of fiction by one of us at Twitter. How did he write his experiences in a cohesive manner turning them into a book? If you’re like many of us who desire to tell our personal stories, read his book.

The main character is Ian Riordan, who almost never gets called by his government name because tough guys are always cloaked in anonymity. He works in a strip club as the DJ, doorman, bouncer and stage manager for strippers. He’s a victim of circumstance, struggling to leave the shady life when he became too old to play the dangerous game of reckless living. He doesn’t get to bow out at a last curtain call. Instead, he is caught right in the middle of a murder and gang war and has to side step complicated rival gang relations to stay alive.

The good caterpillar has long known he had to molt into a chrysalis and then butterfly. This happened when all loose ends are tied up. Who doesn’t love a fairy tale ending?

This book is waiting to be made into a movie! I’m almost sure that when sales pick up, a producer will approach the author with an offer to buy the rights to make his book into a movie.

Book’s rating: 5/5 stars.

Down The Lane by Paul Lafferty.

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Dreaming of shopping, dining and going to the movies with soul of dead

Did you ever dream of shopping with the soul of a dead person? Or maybe dreaming of dining out with the soul of a deceased? Did it creep you out when you dreamed of going to the movies with a soul of dead person?

This book review is on Interpreting Dreams on Dead People by Cai.

Why read Interpreting Dreams on Dead People?

My female friend, J., from a church along the east coast of my geographical region related some dreams her mother had. Her father had died many years ago and her mother sometimes dreams about him. J. related anecdotes of how her Mom dreamed her husband was spending time with her, doing the activities they used to engage in, before his death. The couple went shopping, dining out and even went to the movies, in her dreams. My friend J. believed that her deceased father’s soul visited her Mom in dreams. J. believed the purpose was to spend time with her Mom, to console her.

J.’s Mom missed her husband since he died when he was relatively young in his middle age. She might have dreamed about him because of nostalgia and her psychological need for reassurance that he continues to be present in their lives.

This book will explain why living people dream of dead people.

Dreams about dead people are about …
Interpreting Dreams on Dead People

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Interpreting Dreams on Dead People.