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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972948500
  • Publisher: Biting Dog Publications
  • Publication date: 9/28/2000
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.83 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2003


    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2003

    Gifted Trust

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2003

    A Thrilling Ride!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2003

    Gifted Trust

    <br><br> Awesome, chilling, disturbing and hard to put down. <br><br> John Paul Allen takes you on an incredible journey through 7 decades, many lives and one very evil soul. <br><br> Not for the squimish... this book will scare the hell out of you!! <br><br> You will never let your kids out of your sight again!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2003


    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2002

    As good as they come

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2002

    Horror At It's Best

    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.......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2002

    Wow, What A Book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2002

    Gifted writer

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2002

    Gifted Trust - A horror novel that transcends the genre

    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.

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