Gifted Trust

Gifted Trust

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by John Paul Allen, Alan M. Clark
     
 

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In the Fall of 1931, Max Belote kisses his wife good-bye as he promises to be home for supper. At the precise moment she anticipates his return he steps into the path of a train...

In 1977, convicted murderer Jeffrey Michael Roberts shares his final words, "The best time for me was just before the screaming stopped and their voices hit that pitch," describing

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In the Fall of 1931, Max Belote kisses his wife good-bye as he promises to be home for supper. At the precise moment she anticipates his return he steps into the path of a train...

In 1977, convicted murderer Jeffrey Michael Roberts shares his final words, "The best time for me was just before the screaming stopped and their voices hit that pitch," describing the unusual measures taken in his quest to perfect his soul...

In 2001, Edward Paine excelled as head coach at an alternative high school in Quinley, Texas. Few knew that he fought the embraces of a dark side compelling him to fulfill it's evil desires...

Separated by seven decades, Max, Jeffrey, and Edward are connected through the power of Virago, whose indestructible evil manifests itself within each as it seeks domination of their souls.

John Paul Allen takes his readers into a world where death only delays the inevitable. A journey of one soul through three lives, Gifted trust lifts the reader to a new level of horror.

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In 1931, Max Belote ends his life by stepping in front of a train in order to silence the "voice" inside his head that compels him to commit murder after murder. In 1977, serial killer Jeffrey Michael Roberts faces execution for crimes prompted by an inner voice. Finally, in 2001, high school coach Edward Pain tries to fight the voice that urges him to acts of murderous depravity. In graphic and gory detail, first novelist Allen describes the lives of a trio of men united by a common spirit, the entity known as "Virago." Fast-paced and chilling, this is suitable for horror collections in large libraries. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9780972948500
Publisher:
Biting Dog Publications
Publication date:
09/28/2000
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
6.56(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.83(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Gifted Trust 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
John Paul Allen takes you through 7 decades, many lives and one very evil soul. Not for the squimish!! You will never let your kids out of your site again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jphn Paul Allen takes you through 7 decades, many lives And one very evil soul!! Not for the squimish this book is scarey and disturbing. You will never let you kids out of your site again.
Guest More than 1 year ago


Awesome, chilling, disturbing and hard to put down.

John Paul Allen takes you on an incredible journey through 7 decades, many lives and one very evil soul.

Not for the squimish... this book will scare the hell out of you!!

You will never let your kids out of your sight again!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gifted Trust brings to mind the early works of both King and Koontz, but with the flair and descriptive power those writers lacked. This is a book to be read, more accurately, lived through, in one sitting.This is the book that gives new definition to terror.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. It really scared me. I can see why this writer was questioned by the police. Another for Steven King, sure hope he reads this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first picked up this book I wasn't really sure what the author had in mind, I even thought the topic was a shade on the sick side. But to my pleasent supprise the story was very well written. I had a hard time putting it down and finished in two settings. I will find it hard to believe that this newcomer had the writting ability of a seasoned writer and I look forward to his next book and venture. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys good horror with an excellent ending.
Guest More than 1 year ago
John Paul Allen has just published his first novel,Gifted Trust. For any horror fans out there, this is a must! This guy scared the hell out of me! I have NEVER had a writer do that to me before. I was actualy afraid to finish reading the book.He grabs you by the hair and shoves your face down into the grisly carnage and makes you look! Just when you think it's safe, he shows you some more.......
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gifted Trust begins with the story of Max Belote, a man tormented by an inner demon, that can force him to commit unspeakable acts. We meet Max at the opening of the novel, stalking a young newsboy, Timmy McPherson. Timmy fails to survive the first chapter. Max, tormented by the horrors he has perpetrated on innocents, nevertheless attracts our sympathy as we learn he's planning to do away with himself. Max plans his death with careful regard for the welfare of his lovely wife, Vivian Belote, whom we encounter in chapter two. Added to the horror we feel at Max's acts, is the sadness at the loss Vivian will soon suffer. The first part of the book is written in third person limited viewpoint, and the author shows a sure hand with this, putting the reader into close-up with the characters as the story unfolds. It comes as quite a shock when part two of the book commences in first person viewpoint, in the persona of Jeffrey, a serial killer in Huntsville prison, Texas, waiting for his lethal injection. Jeffrey relates his story, and the level of horror reaches a new peak: 'The best time for me was just before the screaming stopped and their voices hit that pitch. Compared to the cracking heard as one steps hard on partially frozen ice or the instant a baseball shatters the glass of a window, it was then that I realized they were mine. When I heard that sweet . . . high . . . angelic . . . divine piercing . . . thoughts of what led me to that moment came with passing amusement. Details of my intentions climaxed with delight.' Even experienced authors rarely attempt to combine first and third person views in one novel, and for good reason ¿ it's very hard to do well ¿ but John Paul Allen has chosen unerringly, and succeeded perfectly in his aim of drawing the reader into the world beyond normal experiences. So much so, that following the publication of Gifted Trust, he was interviewed for four hours by detectives of the Humble, Texas, police. Following Jeffrey's spine-chilling story the novel returns to third person viewpoint as we explore the lives of Hank Statford, Judith and Randy Roberts, Alice and Hank Berkman, and others. Yet, these people are not quite what they, at first, appear to be. As the story proceeds we learn the dark and disturbing truth about not only their lives, but begin to wonder about the nature of our own ¿ and that is the ultimate achievement that any horror author can desire.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gifted Trust isn't a book for the squeamish or faint of heart. It's a tantalizing story of a 'spirit' that consumes three lifetimes. The action in this book is gritty, down & dirty, tell-it-like-it-is, kick you in the gut, spellbinding. I'm blown away by the writer's talent. Some people are gifted, such as John Paul Allen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book when it first came out, and I have to say WOW. This is a first novel, by an extremly gifted writer. I was spell bound from page 1 all the way to the last word. I would recomend this book to anyone who reads James Patterson, Patrica Cornwell, Steven King and any of the suspense thriller writers. I am very axiously awaiting word on John's next book, I am sure it will be as good or better then his first.