Forever Man

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Police Chief Elizabeth "Izzy" Morris enjoys keeping the peace in the small town of Kinsey in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. But when her seventeen-year-old daughter goes missing after a school dance and the mutilated corpse of the girl's date is discovered in the nearby woods, Izzy's police skills are stretched to their limits.

Her only suspect is a stranger, a mysterious black man with no known past. When a second stranger appears, the investigation stalls. People she once trusted...

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Overview

Police Chief Elizabeth "Izzy" Morris enjoys keeping the peace in the small town of Kinsey in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. But when her seventeen-year-old daughter goes missing after a school dance and the mutilated corpse of the girl's date is discovered in the nearby woods, Izzy's police skills are stretched to their limits.

Her only suspect is a stranger, a mysterious black man with no known past. When a second stranger appears, the investigation stalls. People she once trusted turn against her. The local banker's autistic son begins to know things no one else does. And now something unspeakable prowls the woods.

Joined by three friends and the man she once considered her enemy, Izzy races to find her daughter-and ends up trapped in the middle of a war between an ancient evil and the man who has stood in its way for nearly two thousand years.

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Matthews’s debut, a supernatural thriller with a smalltown ethos, drops a lot of tantalizing hints and brief scares into a story centered around family relationships. Elizabeth “Izzy” Morris, a police chief in Michigan’s rural Upper Peninsula, has to confront dueling personal and professional problems when her daughter goes missing and a local boy is found dead and impossibly mutilated. Her investigations run into resistance from the town’s leading citizen, Jack Sallinen, and she is led first to suspect a visiting musician, Bart Owens, who convinces her that the killer’s real target is Sallinen’s autistic younger son. As more grisly deaths occur, Izzy runs up against another outsider who’s intent on breaking up her marriage and turning colleagues against her. While occasionally excessively dramatic and concluding a bit too neatly, the novel wisely focuses on the human “distractions” who would normally be glossed over in favor of the monster, and it presents their emotional pain and fears in a manner that maintains the suspense throughout. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936564651
  • Publisher: JournalStone
  • Publication date: 2/15/2013
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

By day, Brian W. Matthews works as a financial planner, but after the sun goes down—in the deep dark of night—he scribes stories meant to entertain and, perhaps, terrify. When he isn’t developing investment portfolios or crafting tales of monsters and madmen, he tries valiantly to knock a little white ball over the rolling green hills of a golf course without hitting traps or trees. He can also be found lurking in the wilds of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, hunting and fishing and generally causing mayhem.

His previous works include two short stories, both of which appeared in the anthology, Foreshadows: The Ghosts of Zero. Forever Man is his first novel.

Brian lives in southeast Michigan with his wonderful wife and amazing daughter.
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  • Posted July 4, 2014

    What would you do if you lived to watch the world around you cha

    What would you do if you lived to watch the world around you changed? Would you accept your fate or try to change the circumstances to allow good to win over evil? These are the questions and more that face Bartholomew "Bart" Owens everyday. He works on the side of angels but doesn't always do angelic things in the name of good. In the small town of Kinsey, Elizabeth "Izzy" Morris is Police Chief that believes she's no longer in love with her husband Stanley. She's called to a scene of dead body and the chain of events that follow only leave with more questions than answers. The death of one of their own rocks this small community and binds them together in ways no one couls predict. If Bart Owens is on the side of angels, Darryl Webber is walking the dark side. Both men want to find a child born with Von Kliners Syndrome, a rare form of autism, yet neither man really knows what is in store for them. Kevin Sallinen is that special child where he has rare moments of clarity something not even his own father knows about. Does Owens have the answers Izzy Morris needs? What makes Kevin so special? Will Darryl win the race? Will Kinsey remain the community it was? Your answers await you in Forever Man.




    This fascinating story spanned generations of time. Bart Owens witnessed many wonders and tragedies over the course of his long life. Can he really explain his existence to anyone completely. Life goes on but please remember good and evil always battle one another. I would definitely read more of this author's work in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    very good read

    I picked up thid book to read the cover. I was hooked shortly thereafter, the story moved along quickly leaving you wanting to read the next page to see whats hapoening next. I would have loved more of the two combatants back dtory, but it was still a great book! Give it a try, it doesn'disappoint!!

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  • Posted November 8, 2013

    Excellent horror story.  Though this is not my typical fare, I r

    Excellent horror story.  Though this is not my typical fare, I read it on the recommendation of a friend.  The story is gripping, and extremely well thought out and executed.  considering that this is a first novel for Mr. Matthews, I predict that Stephen King has a new rival in this market.   Would highly recommend this book to anyone  interested in a face paced, spine-tingling read.  Marvelous!

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  • Posted June 3, 2013

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    The town of Kinsey is a quiet place in Michigan's Upper Peninsul

    The town of Kinsey is a quiet place in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Not much happens there until one night a mutilated body is found and a Seventeen year old girl who happens to be the daughter of police chief Izzy Morris goes missing. The only suspect in the murder is a black man who came into town at the same time the murder took place. To make matters worse for Izzy, not everyone in town is cooperating with the investigation and a second strange man has been spotted around town.

    Something evil is lurking in the woods around Kinsey and only the local banker's autistic son seems to have an idea of what's happening. The townspeople are trapped in the middle of a war between good and evil that has raged for years and will kill several innocent victims before it's done. This is the storyline behind Journalstone Publishing's Forever Man.

    This story can best be described as a supernatural horror mystery with deep characters and a lot of action. This is Brian W. Matthews first book and it is excellent. The second scene where a werewolf type creature attacks two victims is chilling and really set the tone for the book. The monster may be terrifying but some of the characters in the story came across as even worse.

    The characters are what really made this book great. For instance the third scene of the book focuses on Izzy Morris and her husband Stanley. I loved it when Izzy looks at her husband in bed and remembers how their relationship use to be, but now she looks at him and realizes she is not sure if she loves him anymore. Then as they both find out that their daughter is missing, you see how differently they handle the situation. They both want to find their daughter but have different ways of doing it and they both have to suffer the consequences. Stanley and Izzy's relationship is very reflective of what most middle-aged married couple's relationships are like and I liked it being in the book.

    Another character I liked that could be considered a main villain is Jack Sallinen. Jack is a troublemaker from the beginning, he won't cooperate with the investigation, he talks down to the police chief and treats one of his sons named J.J. like garbage. His other son is Kevin who has a rare form of autism. Make no mistakes Jack is bad in the story, but the reason he acts how he acts is because he believes that it will help his son Kevin. Despite all of Jack's flaws you feel a sympathy for him because what he does is out of love. I also liked how Kevin and Jack's relationship affects J.J. and what he does about it.

    The only bad thing about Forever Man was that I wanted to know more about the main villain and hero's background. We know in the story that they have been battling each other for a long time but we don't know much more than that. Also I noticed that the police in the story broke a lot of rules and it made me wonder if this was normal for small town cops. Mainly I enjoyed the book, I loved how the settings are described and the creature was great. One of my favorite parts was when it is revealed that the monster is not a mindless beast and can't be stopped easily. Forever Man is a great horror novel that will stick with you when your done reading it and give you some nightmares to boot.

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  • Posted April 7, 2013

    Forever man is a book that is quick to take off right from the s

    Forever man is a book that is quick to take off right from the start. It is filled with action but also has a big cast of characters. The mysterious Bart Owens comes to the little town and right away strange things start to happen. Of course the Chief of Police, Izzy Morris, is right in the middle of things quickly trying to solve the murders and track down her lost daughter before it is too late. Izzy is a wonderful main character: smart, strong and has a lot of depth. She is the backbone to this book and the others all come together to make a wonderful team of players. With this many characters, I found it a bit difficult to keep them all straight at first, but very soon their personalities began to take shape on the pages and seemed to come to life for me. It is hard to put this book in one niche because there are a lot of aspects to this story. The author does a really good job of tying all of these little storylines together to form one well thought out plot and making it flow seamlessly towards a wonderful ending. Of course, there is room for a sequel, and I would love to see more of these characters and their stories.

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