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BOOK REVIEW: Coldwater by Samuel Parker

Posted January 22, 2018 by Fizzy Pop in book review, Samuel Parker / 0 Comments

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Revell. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.

BOOK REVIEW: Coldwater by Samuel ParkerColdwater by Samuel Parker
Published by Baker Books on January 2nd 2018
Genres: Fiction, Supernatural, Suspense, Thrillers
Pages: 320
Source: Revell
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Having forfeited his youth to the state prison system, Michael moved back to the only home he'd ever known. An empty shell of a man who now lived--if it could be called living--in the still vacant house of his parents in a town with one stoplight. A town that hated him. Had always hated him. And was ready to pick up where the prison system had let off.

Now he's on the run from men who've tried to kill him once; but Michael is more than an ex-con. A powerful, sinister force creeps inside him, threatening and destructive. Who--and what--it will destroy next is the only real question. From the bold voice that brought readers down Purgatory Road comes a new pulse-pounding, spine-rattling tale of vengeance and justice that will have them up all night.

This book drew me in when I got the Revell email back in December and I knew I had to read it.  And then I had to wait to read it longer than anticipated due to delays and warehouse issues.  And then the first couple of chapters hooked me in so hard that I could have been on the edge of my seat but let’s face it most of my reading is done in the car or laying in bed.  (It’s a legit thing, go with it.)  And then …  I got lost somewhere in the mix.  In the first 10% or so of the book I was waiting for everything to pounce.  Kristin’s book hadn’t come yet but I compelled her to go online and read the first chapter (even told her where to find it) I was so all in, so to speak.  She didn’t compel and I didn’t hold onto that feeling.  Let me tell ya why…

Michael is a man with a past.  A man who committed such a great sin and paid the price for that sin, in more ways than one.  Michael is a complex character with multiple motivations as he grows from a child (in prison no less) to a man trying to find a balance of normalcy in the ‘outside’.  As such a complex man I really feel like I lacked in finding a balance of who he actually was.  Outside of, of course, escaping from his pursuers (and there were a few) throughout the story.  The ‘posse’ (for lack of a better word) that pursued him were a mixed bag that I didn’t really get a good depth of their character.  Herd mentality comes to mind a bit with a strong leader who has all the wrong motivations who brings others into his twisted need to find ‘justice’.  Others who aren’t quite as committed to the idea as he is.  After leaving me hanging on the edge for a bit the story fell into the pattern of people running through the woods, running from something, to something, away from someone, always running.

Here’s the skinny, I was halfway through the book and still didn’t ‘get it’.  I mean I get that Michael had this power, for lack of a better word.  A power he didn’t control, that perhaps he didn’t quite understand, but a power that affected his entire ability to exist in the world with others and created the ‘posse’ turning on him.  I began to assume maybe he was like possessed or something but it was never truly made clear.  Even at the end there were so many things that I still felt in the dark about.  There were some interesting twists and turns throughout the last half the book and the ending wasn’t exactly near anything I saw coming but ultimately feel like I spent 300ish pages running through the woods and beating people up and running some more.  Some things came full circle, some things I don’t know that even a re-read will help me understand.  I may re-read it though just to attempt to figure things out but, while I felt the thrill of this book, I also almost feel like it could be a squeaky clean horror novel more than just a thriller.  I also feel like there is assuredly an audience out there that will embrace this book and love it and laud it’s amazingness.  It’s hard to find truly clean thrillers (or horror).  Yes there is violence but it’s not over the top or gory.  I’m not all in on that audience, I am slightly a sliver in so to speak.

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About Samuel Parker

Samuel Parker

Samuel Parker was born in the Michigan boondocks but was raised on a never-ending road trip through the U.S. Besides writing, he is a process junkie and the ex-guitarist for several metal bands you’ve never heard of. He lives in West Michigan with his wife and twin sons.

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BOOK REVIEW: Under a Cloudless Sky by Chris Fabry

BOOK REVIEW: Under a Cloudless Sky by Chris Fabry

Posted January 18, 2018 by Fizzy Pop in book review, Chris Fabry / 2 Comments

Oh for the love of gravy, I have no idea how I want to review this book.  I really really liked it for so many reasons I really can’t tell you.  I mean, let’s face it, there are things I question and some concerns I have but there are so many other things that I just take with the wind and don’t even second guess.  I mean, truly that’s the way it is most of the time right?  The problem is I don’t have the words, any words much less all the words, to guide you through my time spent bonding with this book. Here’s the deal.  Let’s start simple shall we.  I love how the author set the book up with himself as the narrator and each chapter having a date and time and a snippet of what is happening.  For example: Hollis takes the long way home Beluah […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Isaiah’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews

BOOK REVIEW: Isaiah’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews

Biblical fiction can go one of only two ways, it can be done extremely well or it can do a complete 180 from that and be done completely so far from well that it’s well you know what 180 means.  Even established amazing Biblical fiction authors can have those 180 books.  Every time I pick one up I know the risks.  Heck, I embrace the risks.  It’s a genre I love and Mesu Andrews hit it out of the park with ‘Isaiah’s Daughter’.  There were a few things that gave me pause but all in all this book made King Hezekiah and Queen Hephzibah come to life in all the right ways. Let’s briefly glance over the things I was washy on and get to the good stuff.  There were some word phrases and choices I wasn’t sure would have been relevant or appropriate during this time.  ‘Two shakes of […]

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BOOK REVIEW: A Song Unheard by Roseanna White

BOOK REVIEW: A Song Unheard by Roseanna White

If you remember last July when I fell in love with this series then you know why I was so anxious to get my hands on this book.  Need a refresher?  Check out my review of ‘A Name Unknown‘.  I had high hopes with the return to the family and the mysterious Mr. V in their lives.  While this book didn’t disappoint on some levels I wasn’t quite as drawn into it as I was the first in the series.  I’m still all in though and ready for the next book at it’s earliest convenience. Let’s talk about where it fell flat for me.  Perhaps the first book did this and I didn’t notice it but there were a lot of choppy, fragged sentences; predominately early in the book and the again later in the book.  It was a thing throughout but it eased up as the characters fell into […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas

BOOK REVIEW: The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas

Posted January 11, 2018 by Fizzy Pop in book review, Sarah Loudin Thomas / 0 Comments

When I started reading this book I was on the phone with Kristin (it’s a thing, just embrace it).  She hasn’t read it yet and I was so into this story I kept telling her she needed to start it ‘right now’.  Just to chapter 7 so we can talk about this thing.  Just start it so I can get your opinion on this other thing.  She still hasn’t started it yet and I’ve finished it just as enamored by the book’s first sentence as I was the last. Imagine waking up in the most complete total darkness that you can imagine.  So dark that the idea of light becomes foreign.  Literally no light, fragments of anything resembling light.  So dark you aren’t even sure you are alive.  And that shoe you feel touching your head?  It’s your own, but it’s still attached to your body.  OK, I think I […]

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