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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...
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.
Posted July 4, 2014
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.
Posted April 15, 2014
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!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 8, 2013
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 3, 2013
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.
Posted April 7, 2013
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.