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Posted October 12, 2011
The second book in the Aramis Black series, and just as good as the first! This book had me on the edge of my seat. I really love Eric's work and I really love this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 14, 2007
We first met Aramis Black in The Best of Evil. We learned of his dark past, his tattooed forearms a constant reminder. Live By The Sword, Die By The World. After experiencing divine intervention at gunpoint, Aramis turned his life over to God. He moves far away from his former life and now reads the Bible, prays, runs a coffee shop--a tribute to his late mother. And his past came back to haunt him. As book two, A Shred of Truth, unfolds, Aramis learns there's more past to outrun. He finds his brother strapped to a stature and bloodied by the markings AX sliced into the man's back. Thus begins the continuing saga of Aramis Black. And the constant struggle to separate truth from lies, darkness from light, sin from righteousness. Having read each of Eric's novels I can honestly say this is his best to date. With each novel I've witnessed the growth of one of today's cutting edge novelists. His prose has never been tighter, more laced with emotion that the reader feels within themselves as they read. His weaving in of history never takes you out of the present immediate danger Aramis is in. And with all that goes wrong, a sliver of hope shines through along the way. I've come to really like this cast of characters. If by chance you haven't read The Best of Evil 'shame on you', have no worries. Though part of a series, this novel stands on its own as Eric guides us through the events mingling in tidbits of the past as needed and never slowing us down. I hope to see more of Aramis Black in future novels. For now, we have the upcoming novelization of Facing The Giants and a new series beginning next year unlike anything you've seen before. I, for one, can't wait. I'll save you a space in line at the bookstore.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 22, 2007
Aramis Black returns in A SHRED OF TRUTH, a new novel by Eric Wilson. Aramis first appeared in Wilson's BEST OF EVIL. In that novel, Aramis had to overcome a dark past and the evil surrounding his mother's death. He got the 'best of evil' by granting forgiveness to those who wronged him. In the newest novel, Aramis is still running his coffee shop, still working with the elegant and beautiful Samantha Rosewood, and still fighting to relinquish the ways of his past. Johnny Ray Black, Aramis's brother, is a rising country music star. The novel opens at a party/concert where Johnny is seduced by a beautiful redhead. Aramis later finds Johnny tied to a statue with the letters 'AX' carved into his back with a razorblade. About ready to go on tour, Johnny is too busy to deal with the assault, so Aramis talks to Detective Meade, a friend from the previous novel. Meade agrees to help Aramis search for the mysterious slasher and Meade says it may be related to the death of a homeless woman the year before. Soon Aramis begins receiving cryptic messages, and one message reveals a shocking truth about his past. Aramis vows to confront this tormentor head on, and begins carrying a gun wherever he goes. Aramis wages a constant battle between his new committment to God and his motto that he had lived by for so many years, 'Live by the sword, die by the sword.' Part of the fun in reading a series is that you get to enjoy the characters and setting over several novels. Wilson created many colorful characters in his newest work. Diesel works with Aramis at the coffee shop and also goes to school with him at night. Diesel is a great guy, but has a domineering, scripture quoting father who might just be using Diesel to get to Aramis. Felicia Daly is the beautiful ex-girlfriend that Aramis never got over. She's returned, and is now doing the bidding of AX. Chigger is the redneck guitarist for Johnny Ray, calls himself the 'AxMan,' and threatens Aramis on several occassions. Then of course there is Aramis Black. The novel is in 1st person so the reader sees events through Aramis' point of view the entire novel. Wilson's voice and tone come through in Aramis, a conflicted soul determined to find the truth about his past. In BEST OF EVIL, we learn Aramis was related to Merriweather Lewis of Lewis and Clark fame. His ancestory continues to haunt him in this novel. Wilson weaves a complex plot full of suspicions and sprinked with humor and wit. While I enjoyed this novel, I have a few minor complaints. First, the link between the man harassing Aramis and the history of Merriweather Lewis at times seems out of place for the novel. The premise seems far-fetched. Second, I think this is one of those series where you must read the first book to enjoy the second. Not a bad thing, but if someone reads A SHRED OF TRUTH without knowing it is a sequel, they might be disappointed. A SHRED OF TRUTH is a novel I'd recommend to fans of Brandt Dodson, Brandilynn Collins and anyone else that enjoyes a good mystery/supsense novel. Wilson brings a unique voice to the genre in Aramis Black, a man haunted by his past and determined to have a future shaped by God.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
In Nashville, Aramis Black has come a long way from his ¿Live By The Sword, Die By The World¿ lifestyle. He found God when divine intervention is the only reason he still lives. Now he runs and espresso shop and lives with his half-brother rising country singer Johnny Ray. --- At a gala to celebrate Johnny Ray¿s hit single ¿Trying to Do the Right Thing¿, Aramis searches for his sibling he finds him tied to the statue Musica in nearby Owen Bradley park with the initials AX carved into his back. Later Aramis receives an email from AX to meet in Cheekwood Gardens thinking an eye for an eye he goes there only to find his former lover during the dark days of Portland Felicia Daly there. The case takes several spins with deaths and a return from the grave that keep reminding Aramis of his sins that he thought he had faced, but now knows he has more to confess. --- The sequel to the exhilarating THE BEST OF EVIL is an exciting action-packed thriller that stars an atypical Christian antihero who turns to the Lord for solace, but his gun for protecting those he cherish as he follows the unbelievable clues seeking A SHRED OF TRUTH. The story line is fast-paced and beyond the plausibility zone, but no one will care as the various subplots come together in an entertaining no holds barred climax. Eric Wilson provides a unique Christian thriller due to the one of a kind star. --- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.