Friday, April 27, 2007

Killer Cain

Bryan Foreman’s debut novel, Killer Cain, is a fast-paced thriller that chronicles the deadly adventures of ATF agent John Cain. Cain, a seasoned agent, carries the emotional scars resulting from the dark and disturbing life as an ATF officer. He is a man riddled with the guilt and haunting memories of love and loss. Living a life focused entirely on his job, Cain becomes obsessed with a gun-dealing psychotic by the name of Bobby Ray Hooker.

Hooker, a racist and religious fanatic, escapes from prison and becomes dangerously fixated on Cain, the man he blames for his own loss. Cain and Hooker embark on a mad journey of payback where everything and everyone Cain cherishes becomes threatened. Cain and Hooker become embroiled in a twisted and sinister chase that takes both men from the seedy and crime ridden streets of LA, to the dark and deadly forests of Alabama, and finally to Cain’s brother and family in Oklahoma City.

Killer Cain is a captivating thriller filled with many surprising deadly twists and turns. The author takes readers into the vividly described violent world of guns and racist hate mongering fanatics. Although the dialogue may seem harsh to some, it gives a sense of realism to the twisted and deadly hate filled racists such as the KKK.

Within the violence and bloodshed, important themes of love, loss, and family become entwined with self-pity, guilt, and vengeance. Cain’s brother and family reveal Cain’s longing and painful guilt for the peaceful life that he gave up for a life of capturing criminals, and delving into the darkness they represent. My only question of a realistic approach to one issue is Cain’s brother and how quick he forgives indiscretions.

At the heart of Killer Cain, is a story of revenge and redemption. From start to finish, the thriller is a definite page-turner. I highly recommend the book to readers who enjoy engaging and action packed stories with unexpected twists and turns.

Write Field Services

Paperback: 344 pages
Publisher: Outskirts Press (March 5, 2007)
ISBN-10: 1432703285
ISBN-13: 978-1432703288
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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

My Imaginary Friend

The book, My Imaginary Friend, tells the story of a seven-year-old girl by the name of Kathann. Kathann is an innocent child with a wonderful and creative imagination. Her creativity helps her face the terrible secret that she is a victim of sexual abuse. Through Kathann’s imagination, she meets Becky, a young girl who encourages her to confront the secret and face her fears of sharing the secret with an adult.

Told from a child’s perspective, the story is a wonderful tool to help children gain the courage to speak out when they find themselves molested or abused by an adult. In a supportive and gentle dialogue, the authors raise important issues of trust and fears about the results of telling. The well-crafted illustrations that accompany the story will help children follow Kathann’s journey of taking the first step toward survival and healing.

Kathann is a young girl faced with dealing with the terrible secret of being a victim of molestation. Through the eyes and imagination of Kathann, children who are victims of abuse will learn from Kathann’s experience that they have the ability to conquer their pain and fears and take that crucial step of telling an adult.

Unfortunately, there are many child predators in society. With a comfortable and easy to read story of strength and encouragement, My Imaginary Friend not only benefits children who are victims of abuse, but will also help other children speak out if something bad happens to them. My Imaginary Friend teaches children that they have the strength to tell an adult when someone hurts them. It is also a wonderful way for parents to discuss the topic with their children without scaring them. The book would be a great addition to libraries.

Tracy Roberts, Write Field Services

Authors: Shirley Ann Povondra and Kathryn Andrew
Paperback: 44 pages
Publisher: Llumina Kids (January 31, 2007)
ISBN-10: 1595266690
ISBN-13: 978-1595266699
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