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Sam Travis lives in a Civil War era farmhouse in Gettysburg, PA, where he awakens one morning to find an old journal with an entry by a Union soldier, Lt. Whiting…written in Sam’s own handwriting. When this happens several more times, both at night and during waking “trances,” Sam begins to question his own sanity while becoming obsessed with Lt. Whiting and his bone-chilling journal entries. As the entries begin to mimic Sam’s own life, he is drawn into an evil plot that could cost many lives, including his own....
Sam Travis lives in a Civil War era farmhouse in Gettysburg, PA, where he awakens one morning to find an old journal with an entry by a Union soldier, Lt. Whiting…written in Sam’s own handwriting. When this happens several more times, both at night and during waking “trances,” Sam begins to question his own sanity while becoming obsessed with Lt. Whiting and his bone-chilling journal entries. As the entries begin to mimic Sam’s own life, he is drawn into an evil plot that could cost many lives, including his own. Can the unconditional love of Sam’s daughter, Eva, break through his hardened heart before a killer on the loose catches up with them and Sam’s past spurs him to do the unthinkable?
A very interesting storyline, blending physical trauma with supernatural occurences and generating the perfect amount of tension. Creepy in a cool way. I enjoyed delving into the mind of Sam Travis and his struggle with possible madness, followed by the steps he took as a protective father. Very good book- typical Mike Dellosso.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 18, 2012
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A Downward Spiral of Darkness
“Darkness Follows” combines the elements of a psychological thriller, a supernatural suspense novel, and the intrigue of a sinister political conspiracy. Within the first few pages I became engaged in life of Mike Dellosso’s protagonist, Sam Travis. Dellosso vividly describes the diagnosis of Sam’s auditory hallucinations, his depression, and the dark ominous psychosis Sam experiences as he relives the details of his brother’s death twenty- years earlier.
Sam Travis, a self-employed carpenter, fell 20 feet off a roof in an accident. He suffered a severe trauma injury to his head. I felt like an outsider looking on, empathizing, as Sam deals with impending madness, a slave to the shadowy figures of darkness, the voice of Tom, his dead brother, and the sounds of battle all around him. Add to Sam’s confusion the journal of a Civil War Army Captain written in Sam’s own handwriting and you will understand why the madness has only begun.
A strong theme of family love and the importance of the importance of accepting God's unconditional love is woven throughout the novel, a non-judgmental, non-preaching message.
A complex fast moving plot features a broad array of characters, haunted by their past, driven by forces good and evil beyond their control or understanding. Intense story telling – highly suspenseful.
A complimentary copy of the book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own. As reviewed for Midwest Book Review.
Posted August 1, 2011
Posted May 10, 2011
Darkness Follows by Mike Dellosso is a haunting novel of a father's love. Samuel Travis is recovering from a brain injury that has kept him confined in his home for the last several months and took away his job. Sam is frustrated with his loss of ability and independence and wife Molly and seven-year-old daughter Eva have to bear up under his mood swings. Sam's recovery takes a dark turn when he suddenly starts hearing the voice of his brother Tommy who has been dead for two decades and then finding diary entries from a Civil War soldier written in Sam's own handwriting. Sam tries to put together to clues to understand what's going on while Eva begins having conversations with an imaginary friend named Jacob who looks as though he was dipped in glue and rolled in glitter and tells Eva to tell Sam that she loves him and that Jesus does as well. Meanwhile Pennsylvania state senator Stephen Lincoln has had a sudden change of heart about abortion and is seen by a turncoat by Democrats and possible presidential hopeful by the Republicans. Lincoln is preparing to give the speech of his lifetime in Gettysburg on the anniversary and site of President Lincoln's famous Gettysburg address. And a mysterious man named Symon has come to town with Eva as his target and a quick trigger finger and a obsession with asking his victims if they recognize him. All of these stories come together in a riveting and gut-wrenching climax that left me gasping. Dellosso's writing is absolutely compelling and thrilling. Read this one with the lights on with plenty of time to go from beginning to the last page without stopping for a single bathroom break and for some sections even a single breath! I look forward to every one of Dellosso's books with great anticipation; he's that good.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
After suffering a closed-head injury, which left Sam Travis disabled, he's feeling worthless as a provider for his family, wife Molly and daughter Eva.
One night Sam's awakened by the sounds of a Civil War raging outside his Gettysburg home, but he knows the summer reenactments are over, so he gets up to see what's happening. Checking outside, he hears and finds nothing, and goes to sleep on the couch.
The next morning he finds a notebook about 1863 Civil War days written by a certain Captain Samuel Whiting. Only problem is, it's written in Sam Travis's handwriting. This is only the beginning of his `writings' that take place at night and during daytime `fugues.' He checks outside once more before waking his family. He hears a gunshot and the front window explodes, waking both Molly and Eva. Police are called and nothing is resolved.
About this same time, Eva begins to have dreams of her daddy's safety. She also has a `friend,' Jacob, who warns little Eva about her daddy and stresses that she must let him know that she loves him and so does Jesus.
Unbeknownst to Sam, a serial killer is stalking his family, particularly his daughter, for an unconscionable reason. In studying the writings, Sam finds a hidden connection to the writings and his life, leading him to disappear-leaving his family unprotected.
If you've read any of Mike's books before, you know you are in for the ride of your life. Eerie, unexplainable, evil things happen that make no sense in the real world. Mystifying messages, innocent lives being taken, the haunting voice of an older, dead brother, and the eventual abduction of a little girl.
The action switches back and forth at a rapid pace, challenging you to keep abreast of the circumstances, yet feels real enough to hold your attention. The actions of Symon and Sam have similar trappings, only in the reverse. One doesn't know who he is and wants to know, while the other knows who he is and gets lost in otherworldly evil.
The unwavering, strong love of little Eva for her daddy's safety, all the while that Molly keeps reassuring her that he knows of her love and that he will be safe, tugs at your very heartstrings, and is the impetus to bring her daddy to God's love.
This story is written based on real writings, some of which you read in this book, that were written in the same manner as this story. This is one of Mike's strongest books that displays the presence of good versus evil. And if you don't believe in the supernatural, both good and evil, you will before the end of this book! A powerful story of the power of love!
Special thanks to Anna Coelho Silva | Publicity Coordinator, Charisma House | Charisma Media for sending me a review copy.