Spanish Author Glenn Stuart Brings Reader The Well of Despair and his Newest Release Cold Hell in Darley Dene released date Oct 2009

September 2, 2009 at 8:39 pm (mystery, paranormal, Suspense Novels) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )


 

 

 

 

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The action of this story takes place in the years immediately after the end of the Second World War. The details are recalled by ‘Uncle Ben’ who was a twelve year old at the time. He and his friends play in a derelict area known as ‘Darley Dene’. This place used to be an army camp during the War. During the terrible March blitz on Merseyside in 1941, the camp was suffered a direct hit and many men were killed. When the story unfolds, the underground bunker in which the men sheltered is long forgotten, buried under a mound of rubble and earth. But Ben’s adventurous streak leads him to rediscover the bunker. In so doing, he uncovers a great deal more. He is being ‘visited’ by the spirit of his dead father, who was killed in a commando raid in the War. His father seems to be guiding him and protecting, most notably against the horrible bully, Neville, who is intent on making Ben’s life a misery.

 

Ironically, it is Neville who is with Ben when they become trapped inside the bunker, and both boys relive the terrible events of that awful night, being witnesses to the fate and suffering of the men sheltering inside.

 

The story weaves mystery and antagonism to create an atmosphere of suspense and, in the final scenes, real horror. It is a story, I believe, which would appeal to a young adult audience, most especially boys, who will relate to the characters and exploits depicted.

 

 

 

 

REVIEW

 

We have now had time to go through your above-mentioned manuscript,
and have found it to be a splendidly written and compiled piece of
work.  It is extremely precise and beautifully presented…and is a
wonderful story!

As your protagonist proceeds on an exciting and thrilling journey back
into the past, you have cleverly managed to create a diversity of
atmospheres with which to feed the imagination of the reader.   From
normal everyday life (not without its ups and downs) you gradually
transport one  – alongside Ben – into the strange world of the
metaphysical with its ghostly apparitions and materialisations, along
the way eliciting a variety of emotions ranging from compassion for
the fatherless boy; fearfulness each time Neville appears on the
scene;  bewilderment over the things he begins to see and hear;
confusion at the attitude of his Mother and Nan; humility and sadness
as you re-create glimpses of the horrors of war; and eager expectation
as one tries to anticipate the final outcome.  Particularly moving was
Ben’s ‘meeting’ and final ‘parting’ with his father.

You have also introduced elements of uncertainty, surprise, outrage,
eerieness (is there such a word?), a touch of gruesome horror, and
vengeance, as you slowly build up towards a very moving and touching,
but also very satisfactory, ending – the whole resulting in an
enthralling package of mystery and adventure.

Your characters are well described; the dialogues believable, and the
story line intriguing. In particular your scenes in the shunting yard
and the tunnel are exceptionally well narrated.

Speaking personally now, I related to this work very well, as mention
of the old mangle; the ‘clip on the ear’; the being pushed underneath
the kitchen table (in my case) when the sirens went off; and the stoic
attitude of the women who simply ‘got on with what had to be done’,
etc. all brought back memories of my own childhood very strongly, and
of the wonderful esprit de corps which prevailed amongst the majority
of ordinary people pulling together against a common enemy.

The Well of Despair

…as he looked in the glass he could still see the figure. He frowned. Yes, it was definitely the same figure, but now…
His heart almost stopped and tiny beads of cold sweat began to break out across his forehead.
The figure he could see was no longer standing at the top of the path.
What he could see was a reflection.
The figure, dressed in its coarse brown habit with its face hidden by the deep folds of its hood, was standing behind him, in his room!’
When twelve-year-old Robbie moves to his new home, he begins to explore the surroundings. Together with his friends, he uncovers the long forgotten remains of a Dark Age priory. But in so doing, he unearths something far more sinister. He is not the first to have come here, and each visitor has suffered in some way. And now, an ancient evil has been re-awakened, one which is intent on regaining the hidden secrets of the Well of Despair. Robbie’s life is about to change forever!

Glenn Stuart lives with his family in the mountains of southern Spain. ‘The Well of Despair’, a fantasy/horror for young adults, but with themes that everyone will enjoy, is his first book. He believes in ghosts!

His second release Cold Hell will be out in October

VISIT MY WEB SITE AT www.horroronthecosta.com 

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Author John Kelly Brings Readers Andrea Secret, Hiroshima Sunset,Saints and Relics,Satan’s Little Helper

August 13, 2009 at 9:47 pm (mystery, Suspense Novels) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


*Andrea’s Secret*Andrea-300

Buried deep in the heart of every family, lies a story no one wants to tell…….

In early 1974, a pregnant Andrea Steedman leaves home to conceal the birth of her daughter Mary Therese. A few months after she has given birth, depressed and confused, she agrees to an adoption under highly irregular circumstances.

Twenty two years later on her deathbed, Andrea reveals the existence of her daughter to her wealthy brother Warwick, who as executor, must find Mary Therese and ensure that she receives her rightful share of the estate. On the same day a near fatal car accident thrusts taxi driver, Julian Knowles into the malaise of the troubled Steedman family, tenuously held together by the matriarch Elsie, who is forced to confront sibling rivalry and jealously.

In the ensuing days, Warwick asks and old university friend Brad Murphy to begin the search for Mary Therese. Brad’s investigations however, reveal that all is not as it seems and events conspire to bring the family to the threshold as younger brother and sister vent their anxiety and frustration over the terms of Andrea’s will.

The story unfolds in such a way that the reader is forced to take sides. A carefully crafted piece of writing keeps you guessing until the last few pages.

* HIROSHIMA SUNSET*Hiroshima09

In 2007, self-publishing author, Amanda Blackburn accepts an assignment in Japan to help exonerate the name of a former soldier who served in the post-war Australian occupation army in 1946. The soldier’s damning exploits are revealed in a journal written by an unidentified veteran. On arrival in Japan however, Amanda soon discovers that things are not quite as they seemed.
A tender love story set against the background of the all-but-forgotten Australian military contingent, which made up the bulk of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force, sent to Japan in February 1946 following Japan’s surrender at the end of WW2. Assigned responsibility for the Hiroshima prefecture by General Douglas MacArthur, thousands of Australian soldiers disarmed the Japanese war machine, and helped repatriate Japanese soldiers returning home. They were ensconced into an area devastated by a nuclear bomb, where civilians were suffering serious physical and psychological trauma. Inevitably, some of the soldiers fell in love. This is one such story.

*Saints and Relics *SRFC

A casket containing a remarkable relic of a 17th century nun, Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, is stolen from a devout society in France by one of its members, a priest from Sydney. The priest, Father James, secretly entrusts the casket to two women in Monterey Creek, a small country town in New South Wales. The Society immediately sends Monsignor Henri Pascal from Paris to Australia to recover both the relic and a manuscript written by the nun, which describes her final revelation. When one of the women dies suddenly, and her house is ransacked, the Monsignor becomes embroiled in the town’s affairs, including the young parish priest’s involvement with a single mother whose daughter claims to have had a vision of the Virgin Mary. When tragedy strikes during the Monterey Creek annual Festival of the Flowers, events threaten the Monsignor’s quest to find both the relic and the manuscript.

Set in a small country town in New South Wales, and complete with
an assortment of colourful characters, this intensely human story poses
questions for devotees of saints and relics, confronts long standing
theological convictions, and articulates a major dilemma for the
Catholic Church: What to do when a priest falls in love.

A powerful and absorbing drama about ordinary people, played out in
Australia and France, it captures the essence of human frailty,
and that unique Australian spirit of scepticism.

*SATAN’S LITTLE HELPERSsatan

*While watching the demolition of his old school Placidus College, Simon Hickey looks back on ten turbulent, life defining years, when the first crop of Australia’s baby boomers were awakening to their sexuality. Seduced by the power of the pulpit, the Aquinine Brothers, and an ever¬present fear that Satan would snare him in an unguarded moment, Simon’s attention is directed toward a religious vocation. At the vocational training college, he encounters a serial paedophile, with far reaching and shocking consequences. A few years later, Simon becomes one of the `unlucky ones’, balloted into the Army for two years National Service in 1965.
A heartfelt, humorous, and poignant story, these two vastly different experiences are linked by a tender romance that defies Catholic conventions of the day, and reveals how two people who choose not to be conformist, cope with the social, religious and political nature of their time.

 

Copy of JB.KELLYAuthor John Kelly

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