Sunday, August 28, 2011

A Powerful Review of OF GOOD AND EVIL

Following on the heels of Shane Porteous' tremendous review comes Rick Frieman's (Founder of The James Mason Community Book Club) powerful review of Of Good And Evil. It is as follows:

"Ron Sheffield, a gifted but tormented Green Beret, plagued by suicidal guilt because of his 'special' abilities, is discharged from the army for going 'crazy'. Immediately, he is brutally beaten and shot by the Mafia, and is hospitalized near death. His life is dramatically saved by Amber Ash, who also possesses 'special' abilities; and from there the two are propelled against mobsters, terrorists, and a government cell out to kill them over Iraqi documents Ron possesses from his army service. Ron becomes a Mafia hit man, targeting fallen mobsters. This brings Ron and Amber into contact with the powerful and humane gifted secret society, Eros; this contact eventually actualizing Ron's mental gifts to a point beyond his imagination. Ron is confronted with the imminent nuclear obliteration of a major American city by a suicidal terrorist cell that only he can stop. But will he be able to do it in time? Of Good And Evil is a spiritual fight against tyranny.

"In creating the character of Ron Sheffield, Gerald Griffin has proven himself to be a writer of extraordinary skills. Of Good And Evil is a novel that is so finely written, so well plotted and paced, that the reader is immediately drawn into the book from the first page. That Mr. Griffin is able to use mere words to introduce the reader to Ron Sheffield is nothing short of breathtaking --- it is not often that a writer can make so comples a character, a person with such internal torments and external gifts, resonate so perfectly with a plot and locations that keep the reader glued to the book from start to finish.

"A JAMES MASON COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB MUST READ!"

Friday, August 26, 2011

Review of OF GOOD AND EVIL

Friends, fans and followers, in my previous posting I presented my review of Shane Porteous' dark fantasy novel RASCISS. In this posting I'm presenting Shane Porteous' review of my novel OF GOOD AND EVIL . His review is as follows:

"OF GOOD AND EVIL is the very embodiment of what a paranormal thriller should be. In lesser hands a story of this scope involving government officials, terrorists, the military, the mafia, secret societies, paranormal powers, assassins and nuclear warfare would come off as confusing and muddled. But in Of Good And Evil this isn't the case.

This book is a perfectly paced accomplished mystery without frustrating the reader as to what is taking place. Revelations and twists abound effortlessly, encouraging you to read onwards. As complicated a story as this is, there is a great genuine feel to this book; nothing seems farfetched in spite of the fact it deals with the paranormal. It is firmly embedded in the real world dealing with issues that the Western world is now facing. However, the story remains highly entertaining and enthralling. You do not need to be an expert on current world affairs to really get into this story.

A common theme through this book is the concept of good and evil; more specifically, when the lines are blurred as well as the idea of who really decides what is good and evil. Though this is hardly an unexplored concept and is the foundation of many stories, it doesn't feel stale here but remains highly relatable. It is almost as if you are reading the thoughts of a great philosopher, someone who can show you such a concept in a light that you never would have thought of.

It truly boggles my mind the sheer calibre of talent this author (Gerald G. Griffin) possesses. It is extremely rare to find such a skilled writer. Of Good And Evil is not only the best paranormal thriller I have read period, it is also one of the best books that I have ever read. Of Good And Evil is such a marvelous tale that you don't even have to be a fan of its specific genre to enjoy it, and to me that is the mark of a brilliant story."

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

My review of RASCISS by Shane Porteous

 

For you innovative fantasy fans and lovers of good stories, I thought it would be informative and helpful to present you with my following review of an excellent novel by Shane Porteous.

In RASCISS, Shane Porteous skillfully immerses the reader in a poignant and immaginative dark fantasy tale pitting the gods against an unnusual mortal. A well-crafted action ride keeping one turning the pages.

This amazing story begins when Hollowawk, an ordinary man, defies certain death, angering the king of all gods, Ganius, who then becomes angrier when Hollowawk butchers those the gods send to kill him, earning him the name of the Red Immortal. Ganius, now apopletic, summons the gods of war to choose a being mighty enough to kill the Red Immortal in order to rectify destiny's blunder.

To escape the gods' wrath, Hollowawk, accompanied by a troop of fourteen man-creature warriors, begin a dangerous and frightening journey to seek the help of Obuvik, the last of the anti-gods imprisoned for eternity by Ganius in a hellish desert, there mourning through all the ages the loss of his fallen love, the goddess Vickeriia, daughter of Ganius. However, before traveling to this formidable desert, the Red Immortal must first acquire the crucial items insuring that he and his warrior troop will survive in its killer heat, then find the body of Vickeriia and bring it back with them to give to Obuvik for his favor.

After traveling long and far over strange terrains both treacherous and astonishing to secure these items, Hollowawk's troop wards off vicious attacks almost taking their lives before they locate the goddness' tomb and find her casket. Then through a portal provided by a mystic, the troop carries the casket to Obuvik's desert --- the 'endless barren', a sea of dead sand and furious winds beneath a fiery sun; a lifeless sinister land forgotten, uncivilized and chaotic, without nightfall and without exit.

For exhaustive months, painstakingly keeping Vickeriia's casket from sinking forever in the weak sand, the Red Immortal's troop labors on in their dreary march across the unforgiving desert in search of Obuvik. When the troop is beyond breaking point, Obuvik, pathetic and diseased, sensing Vickeriia's presence, finds Hollowawk and his warriors, breaking into uncontrollable sobbing as he gazes upon the beauty of his fallen beloved, deprived of this sight for hundreds of centuries. Contrary to what Hollowawk had hoped for, Obuvik couldn't be of help to the Red Immortal in his impossible task of defeating the gods, but does direct him to a nearby temple that possibly holds his only hope.

Once in the temple, Hollowawk is suddenly confronted with his would-be assassin, the Ghost of Grigger Grove, a damned non-mortal being even the gods dread. The two clash in a bitter battle to the death, the ghost relentless in his onslaught, easily fending off Hollowawk's best efforts, appearing too great to be bested, leaving the Red Immortal feeling he was fighting God himself and it was only a matter of time before God became bored and destroyed him!

From here, an astonishing ending.

RASCISS contains profound offerings, and yes, compassion and fleeting love, making this book a special read. Its refreshing narrative derives from excellent writing invigorating the subject matter with dynamic mood and a compelling touch.