A Life of Death: The Complete First Novel [NOOK Book]

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Homicide detective Alex Drummond is confronted with the past through his son’s innocent question. Alex’s tale of his troubled senior year unfolds revealing loss, drunken abuse, and mysterious visions of murder and demonic children. Is he going insane? With the help of his close friend Paige Kurtley, Alex must find the source of his misfortune and ensure his sanity.

“A well written story that flows off the page.”
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Overview

Homicide detective Alex Drummond is confronted with the past through his son’s innocent question. Alex’s tale of his troubled senior year unfolds revealing loss, drunken abuse, and mysterious visions of murder and demonic children. Is he going insane? With the help of his close friend Paige Kurtley, Alex must find the source of his misfortune and ensure his sanity.

“A well written story that flows off the page.”
~ Coral Russell, author of Amador Lockdown

“Another awesome book by Weston Kincade – a paranormal coming-of-age mystery page turner. I could not put it down… I promise you will not be disappointed with this one.”
~ Chantale, Geeky Girl Reviews

“A Life of Death is a completely amazing story. Fans of paranormal mystery and suspense stories should enjoy this book. Definitely give it a read as soon as you can!”
~ K. Sozaeva, Now is Gone

“A Life of Death is my favorite kind of book, characters' emotions are painted in details. It's so vivid and alive I get a sense that Alex, the main character, is a younger version of Weston himself. This book in beautiful in unexpected ways.”
~ Helmy Parlente Kusuma, author of There is Hope

“A Life of Death is quite simply, absolutely superb. I loved this book, it was an emotional and entertaining journey that had me hooked.”
~ David King, An Eclectic Bookshelf

“A very good story.”
~ Kathleen Brown, author of The Personal Justice Series

“The title drew me in and the novel itself is an experience that should not be left unread.”
~ Bruce Blanchard, author of Demon's Daughter

“Mr. Kincade did a wonderful job telling this story. The characters are well developed and easy to relate to. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this book."
~ Christi, Alaskan Book Cafe

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045973045
  • Publisher: Books of the Dead Press
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 764,969
  • File size: 291 KB

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  • Posted September 12, 2014

    I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an

    I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review!

    This book opens up with Detective Alex Drummond's son asking an innocent question which quickly thrusts him into the past. Alex takes us through his senior year, which is quite a horrifying one.

    Alex has to deal with the loss of his father who was a great man, but his mom quickly remarried, needing a secondary income to help them survive. Alex's stepfather is a real piece of work. An abusive drunk who is capable of much more terror than you initially realize. Alex's home life is sad and it is an unfortunate reality when nothing is done to remove the drunk from the home.

    Alex's life begins to change when he starts having nightmare visions. The visions are of death, of people dying. At first you have to wonder if he is losing his mind, or if he has brain damage from all of the beatings he has received. Then, he discovers that is not the case, and he in fact is seeing real deaths that had happened. When he touches an object that that person touched when they died, he can not only see, but experience what happened.

    This is unique, but how can it be helpful? You can't go and tell the police that you had a vision of a murder. Alex changes his attitude after a certain vision he had and he starts developing into the man he is going to become. He begin to see his protective side come out and you can see why and how he would go on to become a detective.

    I loved the relationship with his friend Paige. She played a very important role in his life and keeping him sane throughout the chaos that was his life. I really enjoyed how he continued to talk to his dad by visiting his grave and how this still kept his dad alive in some way.

    Alex has to deal with too much tragedy and death for being a senior in high school but I have no doubt it will make him a great detective. The author did an amazing job with his well defined character development. The plot flowed nice and smooth and I did not want to put the book down.

    I am getting ready to read the second one and I can't wait. I love the concept and the writing style!

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  • Posted July 19, 2014

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Alex has a whole lot to

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Alex has a whole lot to deal with and while he sometimes acts without thinking (as most teenagers do), he was well-rounded and unwilling to give up when it came down to it. Frankly, the fact that he pushed through the beatings and abuse doled out to him -- not to mention the whole reliving death thing -- and came out as normal and non-psychopathic as he did was outstanding.

    If anyone had an excuse to lose his marbles, Alex would be the one.

    Alex's gift is something of a double-edged sword. The people he sees are dead and gone. There's no chance for him to help them in a physical sense. At the same time, his ability helps shed light on things that might have otherwise gone unnoticed. He becomes the voice of the dead. While he doesn't always know what to do with that voice, he isn't willing to sit idly back and ignore it. Which, again, kinda awesome.

    Dark and sometimes violent, Alex's journey is captivating. Frankly, I'm intrigued by what he'll be able to do with his gift down the road.

    -Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal

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  • Posted July 15, 2014

    I became a fan of Weston Kincade's books after reading some of h

    I became a fan of Weston Kincade's books after reading some of his sci-fi titles. But I have to say that paranormal suspense is really this author's forte. I read a lot of horror novels. Most authors mistake blood and gore for frightening suspense. Yes, blood belongs in many horror settings, but the genre is so much more than that. Kincade is able to craft a tale that slowly builds up like the hair on the back of your neck. You know bad things are coming, yet their appearance is still unexpected. He is the only modern author who I would say in the same breath as Lovecraft. If those types of tales harken you back to the days of reading under the covers with a flashlight and being afraid to go do sleep, then A Life of Death won't disappoint.

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  • Posted July 12, 2014

    However, luckily for me, I read the blurb of this book that was

    However, luckily for me, I read the blurb of this book that was send to me by author Weston Kincade. And that blurb didn't sound bloody and terrible - it sounded like this was a fascinating story about a boy with a special talent. His talent? Seeing people's death when he touches an object the deceased touched while dying - anyone still with me?
    A Life Of Death is a mysterious and exciting book. Alex is a teenager who is suddenly confronted with this new talent. He confides in his friend Paige and his local pastor, who both tell him that he should use his talent to help people.
    So how exactly do you help people with a slightly creepy and totally unbelievable talent? Well, that's what the characters in this book need to figure out. 
    And that plot is immediately the strength of the book - no elaborate love stories (though there are some romantic elements worked in), no high school drama to distract from Alex's mission - it's a very simple book which tries to solve the question: "How can you help someone with this power?".
    That might make the book sound boring, but that is definitely not the case. There are many twists and turns in the plot, which kept me on the edge of my seat (fine, bed - who reads on a chair anymore?) and urged me to keep reading and reading. I can't say too many things about them, because I don't want to spoil the plot for future readers, but trust me - the first 187171 things are not what they seem. At all.
    Alex is the narrator of the book and the one through which we see how a variety of people died. He's a kid that had all the bad luck of the world thrusted upon him: his dad died, his stepdad is an prick, his mother has no backbone and his stepsisters are like strangers to him. We can't help but feel bad for him and to support him through his journey.
    The problem I had was with Paige, Alex's friend and, I guess this doesn't spoil toooo much, romantic interest. Paige and Alex are pretty close, so it's not weird that he decides to tell her about his powers. What is weird is that she's totally understanding of it. The guy says he can see how people died and with one piece of proof (that he could have totally looked up), she believes him AND starts to help him in his plan to save people.
    I'm all for crushes and I realise that teenage romance can be quite obsessive - as in "I believe everything you say and I'll do whatever you want, because I'm 16 and madly in love with you". But Paige seems like a really intelligent girl - Alex is smarter than Ron from Harry Potter, but Paige is still clearly the Hermoine in the group. She comes up with ideas of how to help people, she guides him through those ideas and she catches him when everything falls down.
    So why does she believe him so quickly? I don't know - I guess she's still young and naive. However, when you put that small detail aside, she is a very likeable character. It is nice to see a book that's centred around a boy, but has the girl emotionally save the boy the whole time. It was about time YA stopped being all about the boy saving the girl. I can't wait to see if the author continued this theme in the other books of the series.
    A Life Of Death is a short and very exciting read. The writing style works for the kind of story it is - it's straight forward and action packed, just like the plot. There is originality in the strength of the female side-character and that's enough reason that any YA lover should pick up this book.

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  • Posted July 5, 2014

    WOW!!  This is an other awesome book by Weston Kincade.  This bo

    WOW!!  This is an other awesome book by Weston Kincade.  This book is a paranormal coming-of-age mystery and it is one that is a page turner.  I read this a few nights ago and I could not put it down because it got me hooked into this story.  This is a great book if you are into paranormal and mystery books. I promise you will not be disappointed with this one

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  • Posted July 3, 2014

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    Weston Kincade sent me this book directly, months ago, in multip

    Weston Kincade sent me this book directly, months ago, in multiple installments, which is how it was originally published. More recently, he asked people to re-post reviews for the current “complete” edition.

    As my original review was lost in a database glitch, I sat down to re-read Kincaid’s work, in order to update my thoughts, and I’m not sorry.

    On the surface, Kincade’s story is a simple mystery, but once you look past the surface, you see a family drama, a battle between natural and supernatural, and a close look at what it means to be a victim, and to overcome victimhood.

    Kincaid’s characters are all fully realized, dimensional people, but what I really liked about them is that they’re not all “pretty” people. They are human, they get into fights, aren’t all rich and well-to-do, and sometimes, aren’t even all that likeable.

    And yet, the story – Alex’s story, and that of his son – is compelling. You want to find out why Alex sees the visions he does, and you really care about his relationship with his son.

    Marketed primarily to YA/NA audiences, A Life of Death has something for everyone, of every age, which is as it should be when it comes to good storytelling.

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  • Posted June 27, 2014

    Alex Drummond is a cool character with a sad past and a cop to b

    Alex Drummond is a cool character with a sad past and a cop to beat. Using his history to propel is present, Alex shows how people can come from bad places and still be good. 
    Now a cop, Alex flips through back to his past to figure out what to do with his skill and his future. He is an inspiration for young people wanting to find a hope, strongly recommend for young people

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  • Posted June 24, 2014

    Growing up is never easy, but Alex, the main character Weston Ki

    Growing up is never easy, but Alex, the main character Weston Kincade has created in his Life of Death, has certainly gotten the short end of the stick. His father is dead, and his mother married a drunk, abusive man who likes to use Alex as a punching bag. Then there are the visions; disturbing visions Alex has about the dark secrets that swirl around him; family secrets, town mysteries. Part coming-of-age, part paranormal thriller, Life of Death navigates a teen life that is even rougher than normal, but offers redemption in the end. As BOTD's publisher has said "...once people start reading this one, they won't be able to stop. It's like crack, people. Awesome, delicious brain-crack that won't ruin your life."

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  • Posted June 24, 2014

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    A LIFE OF DEATH opens with the adult Alex Drummond speaking with

    A LIFE OF DEATH opens with the adult Alex Drummond speaking with his son while working on a school project together. He’s telling his son about the year everything changed for him. Fade back and Alex Drummond is a high school senior stuck in a crappy situation. His father died, his mother remarried an abusive alcoholic, and he’s got three step-siblings. He’s also discovered a unique ability to see the final moments of those who have been murdered or died tragically by touching an object of theirs. Now Alex has to decide what to do with this ability – ignore it or learn to speak for the dead…




    A LIFE OF DEATH is a haunting coming of age story about a boy whose life has taken a turn for the worse after his father’s death. When he realizes his gift, it gives him choices he never realized he had before now. A LIFE OF DEATH is intense, fraught with emotion, and powerful. The characters are masterfully portrayed and the plot tight. I enjoyed A LIFE OF DEATH greatly and I think the author has a expressive voice which will make any story amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2014

    Watching the watcher This is Weston's first foray into the young

    Watching the watcher
    This is Weston's first foray into the young adult realm.
    It stays at the right age level, dealing with problems of real teenagers.
    Alex has a gift, reliving someone else's death. It just feels like he's going crazy.
    Good horror isn't rubber monsters or eating brains. It is an attempt (like Slaughter House Five and the fire bombing of Dresden) to discuss something so big and so horrifying that we don't know where to begin. We enjoy it because we identify with the characters. But beyond the voyeurism, we like the idea that everyone has secrets they try to bury. Our hero is armed with a flashlight and a shovel.
    The Shining was King's fear of becoming his alcoholic father. Dream Catcher was Cancer. Horror is primal, filled with symbols we can't elucidate. It is the knowledge that some things cannot be suppressed.
    Will he master the ability or get beaten to a pulp by the forces in his small town?

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  • Posted June 23, 2014

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    Great Story - I can't wait to read the second book

    The story starts at an older Alex is telling his son about his life. When Alex is a teenager, his dad is killed by a drunk driver and he goes to live with his mother and abusive step-father. If this isn’t hard enough, he develops the ability to touch an object that a person held in their final moments and experience what happened and the dead and he wants to do something about their deaths. But he struggles to help when he is all ready beaten and has to face unbelievers that are going to make this even harder.

    Wow, that’s all I can say. This book surprised me. I got sucked in and just had to find out how it ends. It’s now hard enough to go through the teen years without the abuse but to add a paranormal gift on top of that and you have a book with so much potential. I couldn’t do anything beyond read as fast as I could to find out what is going to happen next.

    This is a great story that anyone would like. I really hope there are more books about Alex Drummond to come.

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2014

    Great novel with incredible emotion and angst.

    Great novel with incredible emotion and angst.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2014

    "A Life of Death" is a well-written and touching novel

    "A Life of Death" is a well-written and touching novel that I couldn't put down. I was able to read this in a matter of ours and I loved every page of it! Kincade is able to take a multitude of genres and themes and combine them into one novel; which makes the book very entertaining and exciting in more ways than one. Kincade is off to a great start in his writing career and I expect this book to soar in national popularity in the coming months. Everyone should expect big things from Weston Kincade.

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