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Burnt Offerings: The Blood Series Book 6.5 --Daniel Davis / Sam Michaels / John Jordan Crossover (Daniel Davis and Sam Michaels 1) (English Edition) Kindle版
A Searing Psychological Spiritual Thriller! The scratch of a single match--spark, heat, chemical reaction, fire being born--and an intense thriller begins. "Deep, edgy, and smart, Burnt Offerings is a searing page-turner. Don't miss this stellar outing from a truly fine writer." Lisa Unger
"If you like crime writing with depth, suspense, and sterling prose, you should be reading Michael Lister. BUNRT OFFERINGS is a compelling blend of fascinating forensics, sinister twists, full-blooded characters, and beautiful writing. Beneath it all is a core that offers far more than thrills--a meditation on faith, psychology, and the human struggle." Michael Koryta
˃˃˃ Terror reigns over the North Florida National Forest, the coastal town of Bayshore, and the barrier island of Pine Key--a fiery terror whose flame threatens to consume the whole world.
An exacting and methodical killer whose weapon is fire is working on his masterpiece, and only a wounded and scarred FDLE agent and a retired ritual crimes expert hiding from the world in a cabin in the woods have any hope of stopping him.
Rich and textured, yet fast-paced and pulse-pounding, BURNT OFFERINGS will leave you breathless right up until its heart-stopping conclusion.
"A psychopath, who burns people alive as part of a twisted sacrificial rite, terrorizes north Florida in Lister's suspenseful serial killer thriller, Burnt Offerings. The murderer's motive is not typical, and the leads are strong enough to warrant a series." Publisher's Weekly
"Lister tells a multilayered story about an FDLE agent who teams up with an expert in ritual crimes to stop a murderer who uses fire as his weapon. Grisly and gripping, the novel should appeal to crime-fiction fans of many stripes, especially readers of Florida-themed fiction." Booklist
Lister writes lyrical, evocative prose, reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy - Panama City News Herald.
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Burnt Offerings is part of the John Jordan Blood Series. Book 6.5
The John Jordan series:
From award-winning author and New York Times and USA Today bestseller Michael Lister.
1) POWER IN THE BLOOD, 2) BLOOD OF THE LAMB, 3) FLESH AND BLOOD, 4) THE BODY AND THE BLOOD, 4.5) DOUBLE EXPOSURE, 5) BLOOD SACRIFICE, 6) RIVERS TO BLOOD, 6.5 BURNT OFFERINGS, 7) INNOCENT BLOOD, 7.5) SEPARATION ANXIETY, 8) BLOOD MONEY, 9) BLOOD MOON, 9.5) THUNDER BEACH, 10) BLOOD CRIES, 10.5) A CERTAIN RETRIBUTION, 11) BLOOD OATH, 12) BLOOD WORK, 13) COLD BLOOD, 14) BLOOD BETRAYAL, 15) BLOOD SHOT, 16) BLOOD TIES, 17) BLOOD STONE, 18) BLOOD TRAIL
- ASIN : B0078B8902
- 出版社 : Pulpwood Press (2012/2/11)
- 発売日 : 2012/2/11
- 言語 : 英語
- ファイルサイズ : 3372 KB
- 同時に利用できる端末数 : 無制限
- Text-to-Speech（テキスト読み上げ機能） : 有効
- X-Ray : 有効
- Word Wise : 有効
- 本の長さ : 334ページ
My biggest problem with this book? It is how he shows conversation between characters. There are no quotation marks at all; there is only a long dash, followed by something that is supposed to be considered conversation. That makes it a bit of a challenge when two or more people are speaking, as sometimes the author does not identify the person in any way. There are also some confusing transition points. For example, rather early on, an investigator is interviewing a witness by herself, in a two way conversation. Then, with no indication of a change of scene, she is talking with another detective she is with, driving in a car. Examples like this really caused some severe verbal whiplash on my part. Even some transitions without dialog can be confusing, as the author makes extensive use of pronouns; that makes a transition harder to see.
-- Haven't seen him but he did leave something for me marked 'urgent.'
He could die any minute, could be burned alive...
As you can see, the first part is dialog, but goes into silent musings. The point is that the one person talking is speaking to someone in a car, in a totally different venue than the new paragraph. That is a different person in a totally different place, thinking to himself. Reading it, though, the reader cannot tell the scene has changed.
Structurally the book is decent; some bad spelling, but not a lot of other grammar mistakes. As my mentioned above, my challenge was the fact that he showed conversation with beginning dashes instead of quotation marks. It makes the reader lose track of people and scenes, and forces quite a bit of re-reading sections. The plot is very good, enjoyable and tough to crack. You might enjoy it even with the problems I've mentioned.
Michael Lister artfully built in many twists and turns to keep it suspenseful. He describes the horrible way of dying so well, I can almost imagine it and smell the smoke.
There are no quotation marks, rather the author uses dashes to offset people speaking. It is a bit confusing until you get used to the style. I still didn’t like it at the end of the book. Maybe it is the English teacher in me.
The story is about lots of things. We start with burned bodies and build up to the why’s and wherefores and finally the who. Mixed in we are introduced to Daniel Davis and Sam Michaels, the characters the series is woven around. There are strong religious tones and Bible references that had me verifying verses.
I suspected all the suspects Sam and Daniel did. I never guessed “who done it” even though in retrospect the clues were there to been seen.
I am giving this a 4 balancing the likes and dislikes. I will reserve judgement as to whether I go forward with the series. This is a standalone book and does not require reading the next book to resolve the issue of the present one. Michael Lister is a consistently good writer. I just do not like the change of style in this offering.