by Adam J Nicolai


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A bereaved father. A quickening madness. Whenever he's alone, Ian sees his murdered son.Are these aching visions real? Has the boy found a way back, to pass on some vital clue to his father? Or has Ian's sorrow bloomed into psychosis?As the visions intensify, assaulting him in every corner of his life, the pressure mounts. Driven to his breaking point, Ian's final choices may avenge his son - or snap his final ties to reality.Kindle readers have launched Alex to the Kindle Suspense and Horror bestseller lists half a dozen times, from July of 2012 to December of 2016. If you're looking for a novel that seizes you on the first page and drags you relentlessly to the finish, you'll be glad you joined them. Read Alex tonight.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781468097351
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/21/2011
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Adam J Nicolai lives near Minneapolis, MN with his wife, Joy, and their two children, Isaac and Rydia. He is a life-long nerd, game lover, author, Star Wars fan, Dungeon Master, and amateur game designer, as well as a former policy debate coach. He is currently a Project Manager for a major medical insurance company.

He started writing in elementary school, creating Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style books while he was supposed to be listening in class. His creative expressions widened to include video game design; he filled countless additional notebooks with expansive maps, dialog trees, loot lists, game stats, and mechanics. When he got older he was known to occasionally draft his younger cousin into play-testing, and authored three rule sets for role-playing games (which his gaming peers readily play-tested, in role-playing campaigns that lasted for 5 years or more).

He attended high school at Park Center Senior High, where he had the distinct privilege of being in Brad Olson and Sue Hein's Humanities class, which fostered his love of creative writing and planted a seed that would sprout many years later.

He married his wife, Joy, in 1997. She was seventeen. They promptly moved cross-country together to Washington, DC. Nine months later they decided DC sucked, and moved back to Minnesota, where they have lived happily ever since.

Adam self-published his first novel, Alex, in November, 2011 after becoming disillusioned with the traditional publishing industry.

You will hear more from him.

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Alex 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
JadedJenn More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much. It is fast paced and gut-wrenching. The story flows together and stays solid to the end. Ian and Alex are both very believable characters. I definitely recommend this book.
joydox More than 1 year ago
Alex is a wonderful story that won't leave the reader feeling disappointed. As a constant fan of Stephen King, I naturally compare books of the genre to what I know and love. Alex is well written, with a style that feels natural and draws you into Ian's pain and madness. The story is compelling. You want to (need to) know what happens next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, that was great! I tend to be a terribly conservative reader, only willing to put my time into the couple of authors that I'm familiar with. Reading this makes it clear that I need to break that habit more often. The story starts out strong, and I almost tossed up a 5 star review at 85% because I was really enjoying it and was sure the end wouldn't let me down. I had NO idea, however, just how much the remaining portion would crank the whole piece to such an exceptional level. I think I was literally dizzy for being so enthralled I that I wasn't breathing properly. Just fantastic. The book is about equivalent to 170 pages in a 'normal' book, I reckon, which I think was a great length. Not too short, but I didn't need days upon days to finish it. I'm definitely looking forward to more items from this author. I was asked whether or not I saw the end coming. I had to respond that once the book kicked into high gear I had no opportunity to try to figure it out -- I was practically dragged to the end at that point.
JasonGodfrey More than 1 year ago
Alex is an emotionally intense and satisfying thriller. I could really feel the pain and confusion that Ian was feeling throughout the book. For me it almost bordered on being too much, but the intensity gives the end even more punch. In the interest of full disclosure, I am friends with the author and took the photo used on the cover. I was able to read a draft of the book so I had some context as we were working on the cover. Here are two tidbits to hopefully prove that I am not just blowing sunshine: I often ride the bus to and from work, and I have developed a reliable internal timer for when I need to stop reading and start keeping an eye out for my stop. Before Alex only two books have made me miss or almost miss my stop. Alex was the third. The second is that when my wife started reading Alex I suggested she shouldn't read it before bed. I think that by itself is a good review for thriller.
ShawnaB More than 1 year ago
This is a Cannot-Put-It-Down, heartbreaking thriller. During the first half of the book you realize you can¿t put it down because you don¿t want to endure all of the awful nightmares you¿ll likely have until you get to the end. By the second half of the book you just don¿t want to put it down! Nicolai expertly balances his hero on the line between insanity and the possible mystical and real connection to his dead son. For anyone who has been near people in the depths of horrific and insatiable grief, Ian¿s hundred mile an hour flight into emotional and physical self-destruction rings true. The Stephen King-like catharsis will eventually satisfy the reader, the extent to which any devoted parent will appreciate (at least they will if really being honest about it!). However, even though there is a stuffed elephant toy on the cover, I would not recommend this book as a gift for any pregnant women! :)