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Posted March 6, 2014
A strange memoir about Aliens!
“Glad Tithings” by R. E. Wood is not your typical story about alien invasion. It’s a story where conquering humans all happens within the walls of a church.
Rick and Jill Wilson worked long and hard so they could have a long lasting retirement in a small town with a breathtaking view. With a rather large nest egg, they bought a home in Parrish, five hours outside of New York City. At first, the locals showed them the cold shoulder, except for the local preacher. Within days, Rick’s world turned upside down at the other side of his wife’s church membership and strange bruises on her body. With a cop who saw him as the enemy, Rick stood alone among folks he couldn’t trust and a wife who longer loved him like she had before they arrived. A chance friendship with Connie, the local diner’s waitress, brings him hope in the midst of his struggle and his wife’s absolute devotion to her new congregation. With the cops and the minister tracking every move, will Rick escape Parrish with his wife on his side?
I was hooked by the first few pages. After a slowdown for a few pages, the story picked up again and didn’t disappoint. I recommend the book to adults who enjoy stories about alien invasions with a twist. Some descriptions are graphic and are therefore not for the weak…mind or stomach.
Posted October 1, 2013
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Glad Tithings is chilling and atmospheric. The plot and characters, especially Jill and Rick, are very well developed. Jill and Rick the fifty-year-old city slickers leave behind the bustle of the big city and seek a quiet retirement life. They buy a country house, whose former owners are said to have died in a car crash six months before.
Jill taught school and tutored math for extra money. Rick worked as an insurance broker and also brokered leasing and financing deals for commercial clients. They’d spent twenty-eight years in a four room apartment, and now their dream of rural life was coming true with a spacious home that sat on ten acres of land awaiting them. It seemed a world apart from the life they knew, but it was their dream and they were making it happen.
But aren't appearances deceptive, most of the time? Parrish is far from being the peaceful, idyllic rural area as Jill and Rick think at first. It won't take them long to realize something is a bit odd about the community. The waitress Connie, the preacher and the sheriff behave in an unusual way towards the two new inhabitants of Parrish. Their every movement is watched and controlled. Little by little, the most desired retirement peace turns into nightmare. Tension builds slowly and gradually, as Rick tries to unravel the secrets and dangers hovering over the small town, at the same time making great efforts to save his marriage as Jill falls an easy prey to the evil trying to seize them.
The subject is one of my favorites and it kept me captivated the entire time. It is, definitely, a fast paced and gripping read. I can't tell you more as it means spoilers and I myself hate them. I will only quote the author.
As the author, R E Wood, states in the last lines of the story:" keep an open mind. Accept certain truths that you never thought that you would. Accept the awareness of how little we truly know about the world and the universe around us."
I can tell you that after finishing the story I felt like a kid who gulped his cake and was disappointed the cake's gone as he wanted more. I highly recommend this to fans of suspense and mystery!
One more thing I'd like to add: Glad Tithings isn't just a gripping story; it has a message. It makes you think and wonder, "Isn't it already happening?"
An electronic copy of the book was offered to me by the author in exchange for an honest opinion.
Posted September 27, 2013
Back in the 1970s I read a story in an Alfred Hitchcock Magazine that started out with a couple driving into a small town which had a banner over the Main Street reading: There's going to be a barbecue tonight. In true horror fashion, you can imagine who was the main course.
When I began reading Glad Tithings by R.E. Wood I had that same feeling I had when I finished the above story. Creeped out. And I remained creeped out for the whole book. That's pretty hard to do.
In Glad Tithings, a couple retire early and plan to spend their time at a country house in a small town. From the beginning the residents aren't friendly except for the reverend of the local church. The couple doesn't find out why until they join the church and are catapulted into what becomes their personal hell, putting a strain on their marriage.
For anyone who loves to be scared I recommend this story.
But don't read it with the lights out.
Posted September 18, 2013
Glad Tithings review by Dorothy A. Bell:
R. E. Woods novel Glad Tithings is a tale all too plausible. The writing, the execution of the story, is that good that it gave me the creeps. I know these people, I've met these people,, they live right here in my town. His characters, Mr. and Mrs. Wilson are good people, regular, they've saved, worked hard and they can retire, not in a grand style, but modestly. They find a property in a rural setting close to a small community, the setting beautiful, the home comfortable, quiet and serene. But wait a minute, they didn't check out the community. There's a strong church ethic going on: at first glance, that's not a bad thing, just not what they're used to. The stores in town aren't stocked, folks in town are surly, they don't look right. The local constabulary is downright intimidating. The preacher is too effusive, full of good cheer, but pushy.
Oh, yes, I know these people. They send up the red flag in my consciousness but I rarely take heed. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson don't either. They know something's funny about the town and the people, but they can't put their finger on what it is that puts up their antenna, that is until it's too late. Too late Mr. Wilson loses his wife to the subversive undercurrent of the church. Too late Mr. Wilson realizes their retirement sanctuary is nothing more than a guarded compound. He knows how they're being controlled. (I won't reveal how he does this, because it is too great, and I don't want to spoil it for you.) But I do think we all should be aware of how it is managed, because you never know, you just never know.
R.E. wood has me convinced there are aliens who walk among us with a plan to conquer. They are righteous, they tell us what we already know but are too ashamed to admit; we have messed up our planet, we make war and kill each other. The solution: all we have to do is live as prescribed, stay on the straight and narrow, dumbdown, stay simple, ignorant and obedient. R. E. Wood has me convinced, the aliens walk among us disguised as the righteous, in this griping, not that far-fetched novel Glad Tighings.
Posted September 14, 2013
Just when you thought it was safe, RE Wood's Glad Tithings changes your mind about small town life. Rick and Jill Wilson are retiring while they are young enough to enjoy their time together. They've found a lovely house in the country, five hours away from the hustle and bustle of New York City. Except this rural setting isn't what it appears. Their first interaction with the locals don't go well at all. The law is sent after the couple. Then like lots of close knit communities, the church is the center of all activities. The couple is asked to attend service...or was that a command? The law thinks it's a great idea. Jill is mesmerized by the pastor. Their last weekend before the final move, the couple throws a party lasting into the wee hours of the night. On Sunday morning Jill freaks and insists they must go to church. Rick assures her that that's impossible since it's five hours away. Minutes later she doesn't remember the incident. Something is amiss. Hmmmmm Red flags abound. Perhaps the town of Parrish isn't the perfect spot to spend those golden years. Will the Wilsons figure it out and escape? Is it too late for Jill? Can Rick be spared? Be sure to read this spellbinding sci-fi book, but keep the lights on.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.