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D.B. Reynolds

D. B. Reynolds is an author, screenwriter, short filmmaker, and a chartered member of The Writer's Place and The Writer's Lab. He has written articles for several local and national magazines on various subject matters. Beginning at the high school age, D. B. began writing short stories and poetry. Some of his early works have placed him as a semi-finalist in novelist and screenwriting contests. His fantasy novel entitled MASTER OF PLAGUES has earned him praise from some top bloggers in the blogosphere. D. B. currently lives in his hometown of Kansas City, Missouri.


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"Hard-core Mafia fans will appreciate the frequent gunplay."

Kirkus Reviews


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Master of Plagues, 2013

Hometown Kansas City, Missouri

Favorite author Walter Mosley

Favorite book The Godfather

Day job Clerk at the Internal Revenue Service

Favorite line from a book I'm going to make him an offer that he can't refuse.

Favorite word Persistence

Unexpected skill or talent Creativity

Passion in life To write, write, write, write, write, write, and then write and write and then write some more.


BOOKS REVIEWED BY KIRKUS:

THRILLERS
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A story of organized crime in early-1990s Kansas City from thriller writer Reynolds (Brush Creek Charlie, 2012).

Tommy Galluccio leads the feared Galluccio crime family with the same unforgiving Mafioso attitude that his Uncle Angelo once possessed. Tommy is a traditional Mafia kingpin: He loves cigars, loyalty and crime. Though the Galluccio family sticks their fingers in many illegal pies, their source of power comes from a controlling interest in the Teamsters union. When the federal government decides it wants to crack down on Teamster activity, Tommy takes drastic action. Though his revered Uncle Angelo warned him not to incite too much violence, Tommy orders the murder of a federal agent sent to investigate organized crime in Kansas City. Hit men gun him down in a lively section of Kansas City, leaving witnesses and further trouble for the Galluccio family. As Tommy works to maintain control of his empire, the bullets fly and the blood flows in ways that imitate the notorious days of Uncle Angelo’s reign. Drawing on a host of mobster clichés, from nicknames like Frankie Bonecutter and Bobbie Crusher to tough-guy lines such as “He took the money now and asked questions later,” not much seems to be added to the organized crime genre. Characters outside of the crime circle do not offer much in the way of originality. The story’s detour to New Orleans suffers from dialogue that mimics a travel brochure from the 1950s: “The restaurants and museums are terrific”; “This parade is really a sight to see.” Peppered with violence and explicit sex (“Blessed with a long tongue like a slithery serpent, he entered her fleshy pink moistness.”), the story rolls on, the mobsters kill, and regular people who often talk like robots and have expert oral sex are sometimes affected.

Hard-core Mafia fans will appreciate the frequent gunplay, but both the mobsters and their victims do little to distinguish themselves from the long list of similar characters in the lengthy tradition of the genre.

ADDITIONAL WORKS AVAILABLE:

BRUSH CREEK CHARLIE
Thriller, Mystery, Crime Fiction

Charles “Charlie The Machete” Rastelli is psychopathic killer, manic depressive, woman basher and much more due to his mental and physical illnesses. He is also a shell-shocked Vietnam War veteran who lives with serious post traumatic stress disorder. Charlie’s self-esteem is shattered by the fact that he suffered genital mutilation from ammunition crossfire while serving in Vietnam. His life has spiraled far out of control. An engineering marvel known as Brush Creek is where he finds his piece of solitude. Brush Creek is an east-to-west stretch of sewage water, woods, wildlife, and concrete jogging trails. It is also one of his hunting grounds for potential prey. Failure to kill a certain woman becomes his pretext to building a murderous resume. Charlie lures women from prominent working class to prostitutes and drug addicts to his apartment. Strangulation is his method of murder. A Full Tang Monster Machete is his method of mutilation. His victim’s bodies are transported in large trashbags and dumped in Brush Creek. The leader of an all-women’s support group is determined to put an end to the killing cycle fueled by Charlie. This diligent woman uses her own power and resources by taking matters into her own hands to make sure that more bodies won’t surface in Brush Creek. Was the Vietnam War to blame for creating this monster known as Charles Ratelli? Will he meet up with the specter of death when he decides to go too far? A serious race against time is set in motion to end a psychopath’s homicidal escapades.

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ISBN: 9781466279964
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MASTER OF PLAGUES
Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Mystical powers. Cosmic adventure. Universally dynamic forces. A gifted individual has been commissioned to take part in of all these phenomenal occurrences. Meet Stuart Duffelmeyer. He is an NYU student who is targeted by eight of his egomaniacal college classmates once they learn he wants to find a beautiful date for the night. His classmates lure him to a sleazy motel where they play out a heinous prank. His night ends in utter disappointment after learning that his classmates only used him for their perverted entertainment purposes. Stuart suffered severely as a result of their callous behavior and feels he must get even with his tormentors. A chance encounter allows him to discover a magical Hebrew talisman with indescribable powers. Stuart is taken away from Earth and into the far regions of another galaxy once the talisman is consecrated. The spirit of his one-time chief advisor, Rabbi Irwin Wedemeyer, explains to him that the talisman will grant him miraculous powers over all the creatures and elements of the Earth. Rabbi Wedemeyer insists that Stuart not abuse the powers bestowed upon him. He returns to Earth and quickly seeks out his vengeance. Stuart’s absolute domination over Earthly creatures and elements brings plagues of unspeakable horrors into the lives of his one-time tormentors. He finds closure once his former college classmates return to offer their apologies to him. He also finds fulfillment by using his powers to intercept the transgressive acts inflicted by the immoral people of society. This stirring tale delivers the purest message of magic and morality. "Master of Plagues is a good start to a new Fantasy series . There are some valuable lessons and themes that will make you think on a deeper level." -------My Reading Addiction Blogsite. "Master of Plagues had a great theme about revenge and consequences that I think can resonate with many people. All in all it was a great Fantasy read." ------- Texas Book Nook Blogsite

Published:
ISBN: 9781463707880
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