An intoxicating start to a tale about facing down the ghosts of the past.



An emotionally haunted detective and a laboratory-made vampire struggle with their unnatural attraction in the first book in Bellon’s (Embracing You, Embracing Me, 2012, etc.) new Rogue Saga.

Shyla Ericson, a Los Angeles police detective, has not had an easy life. After killing her sexually abusive father when she was just a teenager, and losing her mother to suicide a few years later, she left her hometown of Redding, Calif., and started over in Los Angeles. Since then, she’s buried herself in her work, and has kept her co-workers at arm’s length. She also uses alcohol to keep the nightmares of her past at bay. But when her captain offers her the biggest case of her career, she can’t say no; it’s her chance to go undercover and to take down Victor Champlain, an up-and-coming drug lord. The problem is that Champlain operates out of Redding, so Ericson will have to return to the town that haunts her dreams. Meanwhile, Champlain has acquired a new bodyguard named Brennan Miles, who’s spent the last 10 years as a prisoner in a laboratory, getting genetic modifications that have given him strength, speed and a craving for blood. Those attributes prove useful to Champlain, who purchased Miles’ loyalty by breaking him out. But as the undercover Ericson spends time with Miles, he begins to rediscover his humanity, and she also feels an attraction that she can’t explain. As the case builds and Champlain gets suspicious, Miles and Ericson must confront their loyalties, their pasts and their feelings for each other. Meanwhile, Ericson also becomes emotionally invested in the fate of a young girl from a broken family. Overall, the story’s pace is steady, but not particularly fast. However, award-winning author Bellon puts a lot of humanity into her emotionally charged thriller, fleshing out her intriguing story with living, breathing characters. She engagingly explores how Miles can’t escape from what he has become, for example, and how Ericson decides what route she wants her life to take as she struggles to close the case. By the end, readers will be eagerly awaiting the next installment in the saga.

An intoxicating start to a tale about facing down the ghosts of the past.

Pub Date: March 6, 2014

ISBN: 978-0991213122

Page Count: 452

Publisher: Pandamoon Publishing

Review Posted Online: April 9, 2014

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A first novel, this is also a first person account of Scout's (Jean Louise) recall of the years that led to the ending of a mystery, the breaking of her brother Jem's elbow, the death of her father's enemy — and the close of childhood years. A widower, Atticus raises his children with legal dispassion and paternal intelligence, and is ably abetted by Calpurnia, the colored cook, while the Alabama town of Maycomb, in the 1930's, remains aloof to their divergence from its tribal patterns. Scout and Jem, with their summer-time companion, Dill, find their paths free from interference — but not from dangers; their curiosity about the imprisoned Boo, whose miserable past is incorporated in their play, results in a tentative friendliness; their fears of Atticus' lack of distinction is dissipated when he shoots a mad dog; his defense of a Negro accused of raping a white girl, Mayella Ewell, is followed with avid interest and turns the rabble whites against him. Scout is the means of averting an attack on Atticus but when he loses the case it is Boo who saves Jem and Scout by killing Mayella's father when he attempts to murder them. The shadows of a beginning for black-white understanding, the persistent fight that Scout carries on against school, Jem's emergence into adulthood, Calpurnia's quiet power, and all the incidents touching on the children's "growing outward" have an attractive starchiness that keeps this southern picture pert and provocative. There is much advance interest in this book; it has been selected by the Literary Guild and Reader's Digest; it should win many friends.

Pub Date: July 11, 1960

ISBN: 0060935464

Page Count: 323

Publisher: Lippincott

Review Posted Online: Oct. 7, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1960

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While a few weeks ago it seemed as if Praeger would have a two month lead over Dutton in their presentation of this Soviet best seller, both the "authorized" edition (Dutton's) and the "unauthorized" (Praeger's) will appear almost simultaneously. There has been considerable advance attention on what appears to be as much of a publishing cause celebre here as the original appearance of the book in Russia. Without entering into the scrimmage, or dismissing it as a plague on both your houses, we will limit ourselves to a few facts. Royalties from the "unauthorized" edition will go to the International Rescue Committee; Dutton with their contracted edition is adhering to copyright conventions. The Praeger edition has two translators and one of them is the translator of Doctor Zhivago Dutton's translator, Ralph Parker, has been stigmatized by Praeger as "an apologist for the Soviet regime". To the untutored eye, the Dutton translation seems a little more literary, the Praeger perhaps closer to the rather primitive style of the original. The book itself is an account of one day in the three thousand six hundred and fifty three days of the sentence to be served by a carpenter, Ivan Denisovich Shukhov. (Solzhenitsyn was a political prisoner.) From the unrelenting cold without, to the conditions within, from the bathhouse to the latrine to the cells where survival for more than two weeks is impossible, this records the hopeless facts of existence as faced by thousands who went on "living like this, with your eyes on the ground". The Dutton edition has an excellent introduction providing an orientation on the political background to its appearance in Russia by Marvin Kalb. All involved in its publication (translators, introducers, etc.) claim for it great "artistic" values which we cannot share, although there is no question of its importance as a political and human document and as significant and tangible evidence of the de-Stalinization program.

Pub Date: June 15, 1963

ISBN: 0451228146

Page Count: 181

Publisher: Praeger

Review Posted Online: Oct. 5, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1963

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