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Posted July 27, 2012
Posted on Romancing the Book's blog Reviewed by Robin Review Copy Provided by the Author Ms. Meyer Griffith leaves you hanging on the edge of your seat with this horror story. Because horror is defiantly what this story is. To find the origins of Blood Forge we have to travel back to 1530 Peru, where we find a snake demon locked in an Incan Prison. The demon ends up escaping and latches itself onto a 357 Colt Python forged by a gun maker who sees the snake and a pentagram attached and quickly rids him of the gun. As we journey through history with this gun we find that anyone that is in procession of it has their lives ruined as the gun wreaks havoc in its path. Destroying those that own it, I guess now one really owns the gun as we soon discover that the gun controls and actually owns you. A man by the name of David Willows had the gun while in the Korean War/Conflict. One day his whole patrol is killed. As it is investigated it is said that he was just under stress causing him to kill his patrol. David shipped the gun to his mom and dad’s where is lay around collecting dust till it fell in the hands of a junk dealer. This junk dealer through it in his truck where is eventually ended up along the side of the road somewhere. Over the years it ends up in the hands of many people all who’s lives where destroyed because of this gun. The destruction and still no one knew why. As the tension builds throughout the story you find yourself wanting to reach in and smack someone just to get their attention all the while screaming at them to leave the gun alone. We will fast forward to a small town that could be any small town across America. The gun finds its way into the local police department and right into the hands of Roger. Roger hasn’t been the most upstanding cop. He has cheated on his wife Sandy even beating her up a few times. Sandy wanting just to be loved finds comfort in the arms of another cop Tom. When Roger finds out about the two of them he goes into a jealous rage killing Tom. While in jail he commits suicide all the while spouting what most thought to be nonsense about snakes. As we near the end of the story the gun ends up in the hands of fellow cop Sam Walters and his loving wife Emily. Emily must have realized something wasn’t quite right because she started to piece together the destruction of the gun as it started to control her husband. Emily finds help when she goes to Father Gabriel with her strange story. As she explains what she believes Father Gabriel actually believes what she has to say. Ms. Meyer Griffith has written a horror story that is not for the faint of heart and leaves you gripping the edge of your seat as you set upon the path of destruction left by the gun. It almost seems as if everyone is connected in some small way. I loved the way she had the characters interact with the gun. Making it seem more real, more alive so that the story seemed more believable. I felt it was actually quite possible for the gun to be processed. Makes you think twice about buying an old antique gun. Especially one with a snake on it or a 357 Colt Python doesn’t it?Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 3, 2012
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A Great Read
"Blood Forge" by Kathryn Meyer Griffin was another great read for me. The snake demon was really something in this read. I was really glad when it was ....oh I can't tell you. You will simply have to read this read for yourself (smile). I will say that this demon escape was in the form of a alluring 357 Magnum Colt Python pistol that was to bring havoc and death into many people.
Starting with the pistol... referred to as 'snake God' .... monstrous snake... ghosts...then Todd Cummings ending in the bottomless pit... on to .David Willows in Korea...wanted to be a painter...hated his father and war.. had given him a replica of a Magnum Colt Python. This gun had come from a gunsmith (Jed) that wanted to get rid of it eagerly. Now David was in Korea(Chinese) in a war that he hated... with this pistol that "evoked strong sensations in people." Was he bitten by this pistol?...Was he hearing things?....Was he a "sniveling Coward?" During this investigation...it had been determined that Willows due to stress..going out of his mind had killed his patrol. ... nothing about this pistol. This alluring Magnum Colt Python was packed and shipped to his parents where
it lay in dust for years... until later sold to a junk dealer.. only to be to be bounced out of the truck (in a trunk) and spilled over the road. Unnoticed....
As the novel progresses this pistol get into many other hands bringing much destruction to several people. All who came in contact with this pistol was in for a horrible ride.
The characters.... Roger, Sandy, Tom, Martha, Sam and Emily....but it was Emily who was able to see that this sinister gun was the root of their problem. The author did a good job in presenting this plot and even the ending was truly well delivered. "Blood Forge" will keep you on the edge of your seat wanting to know what is going to happen next.
Thank God for David Kramer knowing of Father Gabriel who was definitely the hero to saved the day from this posed gun. Sorry that Michael wasn't saved. I know I am telling too much!
Indeed I did enjoy the storytelling of "Blood Forge." Truly, it was another great read by Kathryn Griffin.