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Posted November 6, 2012
I recently had the pleasure of reading "Wisp" by Kevin R. Maze and I have to say I have already dubbed him the Stephen King of Christian Horror Fiction.
Without giving away too much from the story, I will briefly elaborate. The novel takes place in a small Alabama town called, Ellerton, named after Ezra Ellerton, a man who murdered his infant daughter on Halloween of 1859.
Even though the book begins with an intro from 1859 we jump to October in present day, becoming acquainted with an array of likeable characters. Two of the main characters, Sheriff Stan Murphy and his nephew, who is a reporter for a paranormal paper, Alex, begin to investigate a series of unexplained murders by an entity later known as The Shadow Man.
Throughout "Wisp",there are many characters that have motives to murder one or the other as Ellerton is a small town and everyone knows everyone, as well as each other's bad deeds. Because of the list of shady characters, the reader is left wondering if the killings are being created by a person, a group of people, an alien, or even a demon.
The entire time that I was reading "Wisp" I couldn't help but wonder what the next page had in store for me, which is mostly because the characters are so tangible, I truly cared what happened to them and also I desperately needed to know what was killing the residents of Ellerton. By the time I reached the last page, I found that I did not want this chilling tale to conclude, but as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. I only hope that with Kevin Maze's upcoming work, he continues to use Sheriff Murphy and his nephew Alex. I really wanted to learn more about their past and I wanted to see them become a stronger team against serial killers and dark forces.
I could compare "Wisp" to many other novels, but I honestly feel that comparing it to anything previous novelized would be an insult to this superb horror/suspense masterpiece. Therefore, I have to say that the author and the novel display their own style, which will entice the reader to read late into the night.
Posted March 1, 2012
Wisp is a truly amazing story about a small town that is under a curse. It has a great story and even better characters. The story is told so well you really feel like the characters are people you know. The horror scenes are done awesomely without having to resort to gore. The final confrontation has you on the edge of your seat and biting your nails. The twist at the end was awesome. A must read for horror fans.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 26, 2012
The subtitle of this book is "A Small Town Nightmare" and while the premise of the book would certainly be hard for any small town to deal with, I actually expected more of a nightmare quality. If you are thinking that this book was a "Nightmare on Elm" street type of thrill ride, it is not. What it is, though, is a captivating mystery thriller with a paranormal twist. Things have been so quiet in Ellerton, Alabama for so long, that a spate of murders takes the small town Sheriff by surprise. In his attempt to get to the bottom of things he is aided by his nephew, who just happens to be a reporter for a paranormal newspaper and in town for an interview. In fact, the characters were the thing that I liked best about this book. Maze fills his book with a number of characters that reek of small town personalities. I was fascinated by the ease with which he gave these characters life and a presence. The story line, though, left me a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong. It was a good story, and I will most likely read other books and stories by this author. I did not dislike it. I just expected something more. There were mainly two things that didn't live up to my expectations in the story. First, I felt Maze did not do an adequate job of describing the death scenes to really give this a horror bent. Secondly, I kept waiting for certain elements of the story to tie together, but they never did.
All in all, I feel this is a good first effort by a new author, and will willingly read more by him. In fact, I may like future books more as my expectations may be more realistic.
Posted June 28, 2011
"Wisp - A Small Town Nightmare," the debut novel from author Kevin Maze is a real treat for lovers of the supernatural, as well as lovers of dark mystery and intrigue.
The sheriff of a normally quiet, small southern town is suddenly faced with a series of bizarre murders. The strangely mutilated bodies are like nothing the sheriff or the local medical examiner have ever seen before. Strange footprints in the area of the body seem to vanish just a few steps from the bodies. No clues, no evidence and the victims appear to be random.
During the investigation, his nephew, who is a reporter for a paranormal magazine visits the sheriff. The nephew gets involved in the investigation and soon realizes that this is not a typical serial killer on the loose, and something much darker and more sinister might be happening in this small town.
The events unfold in the manner of a classic mystery as new information is introduced and the investigators start to piece together what they know. The character development in this story is very effective, and I realized a quick liking for them as they struggled for understanding.
Tightly written and cinematic in style, Wisp unfolds into a well-developed storyline that delivers a powerful narrative and keeps readers anxiously awaiting the next page.
I look forward to reading more work by this author, and congratulate him on writing such an engaging debut novel!
Donnie Light, author of Dark Justice, Ripper's Row and The Hotel California.
Posted April 17, 2011
Wisp by Kevin R. Maze is not a book I normally would have picked up to read. Don't get me wrong, it sounded good, but it didn't have the formula I usually look for in a book...That being said, I am thankful for the opportunity to read Wisp! I actaully won a copy of the ebook and am so glad I did!
The story starts out with a great hook and doesn't let go throughout the story. It is over 200 pages, and with each page, I couldn't wait to get to the next to see what was going to happen. Wisp is a well thought out and well written story that pulls you and and doesn't let go. While you realize something 'super natural' is happening, the ending was still a surprise.
I couldn't quite give it 5 stars, even though it is a great story...The only thing that kept it from getting the 5th star was the fact that some 'bad' people got away with being 'bad' in the end. There was one in particular that I would like to have seen, at the least, arrested. But I would still highly recommend this book to anyone that likes suspense, mystery and the paranormal!
Author of Old Acquaintances
Posted April 7, 2011
Something is dreadfully wrong in Ellerton, Alabama. Small town and idyllic--I don't think so! The local officials are dirty, the local businesses are in hock to the bad guys, and the locals are just plain -- WEIRD. But that's life in a small town, right?
This place is cursed--literally, and it will take courage and stamina if good guy Sheriff Stan Murphy is going to get to the bottom of it and remain alive. Thankfully, he has his nephew helping him on this case, because Alex thinks outside the box--and the Ellerton Shadow Man cannot be captured by any natural means.
Written in a very noir style with descriptive elements like I've never seen, WISP doesn't feel like a debut novel.
Read this one, and I don't see how you can be disappointed.
Ellen C Maze
Author of RABBIT: CHASING BETH RIDER
*this is an unpaid review for my husband's new book. Did you see the similar last names? :-)