Centralia

Centralia

by Mike Dellosso

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Centralia by Mike Dellosso

Peter Ryan wakes up on a typical morning only to find his house empty, his wife and daughter nowhere to be found. His world is shattered after a phone call to a friend confirms the impossible: his wife and daughter died in a car accident he does not remember. Haunted by faint memories and flashes of details, Peter becomes convinced that something isn’t right and begins to question reality. When he discovers a note in his daughter’s handwriting, strange memories begin to surface that cause him to second-guess nearly everything he once believed. Suddenly armed men show up at Peter’s home, turning the mysterious puzzle of his past into a dangerous game of cat and mouse. On the run and unsure whom to trust, Peter has to discover what’s real and what isn’t . . . before he loses everything.

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ISBN-13: 9781414390413
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Publication date: 06/01/2015
Series: Jed Patrick Series , #1
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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Centralia


By Mike Dellosso, Caleb Sjogren

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2015 Mike Dellosso
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4143-9041-3


CHAPTER 1

Peter Ryan rolled to his side and peeled open his eyes. Hazy, early-morning light filtered through the blinds and cast the bedroom in a strange, dull, watery hue. For a moment, his mind fogged by the remnants of a dream filled with mystery and anxiety, he thought he was still in the same unfamiliar house, exploring room after room until he came to that one room, the room with the locked door that would allow him no entrance. He closed his eyes.

Peter pawed at the door, smacked it with an open hand. He had to open it; behind it was something ... something ... A shadow moved along the gap between the door and the worn wood flooring. Peter took a step away from the door and held his breath. The shadow was there again. Back and forth it paced, slowly, to the beat of some unheard funeral dirge. Somebody was in that room. Peter groped and grasped at the doorknob once again, tried to turn it, twist it, but it felt as if it were one with the wood of the door, as if the entire contraption had been carved from a single slab of oak.

Peter gasped and flipped open his eyes, expecting morning sunlight to rush in and blind him, but it was earlier than he thought. Dusty autumn light only filled the room enough to cast shadows, odd things with awkward angles and distorted proportions that hid in the corners and lurked where walls met floor.

He couldn't remember last night. What had he done? What time had he gone to bed? He'd slept so soundly, so deeply, as if he were dead and only now life had been reinfused into him. Sleep pulled at him, clung to his eyes and mind like a spiderweb. It was all he could do to keep his eyes open. But even then, his mind kept wanting to return to some hazy fog, some place of gray void that would usher him back to the house, back to the second story, back to the door and that pacing shadow and the secrets it protected.

He shifted his weight and moved to his back. Hands behind his head, he forced his eyes to stay open and ran them around the room. It was a habit of his, checking every room he entered, corner to corner. What he was checking for he didn't know. Gremlins? Gnomes? The bogeyman? Or maybe just anything that appeared out of ...

There, in the far corner, between the dresser and the wall, a misplaced shadow. No straight sides, no angles. It was the form of a person, a woman. Karen. His wife.

Peter lifted his head and squinted through light as murky as lake water. Why was ...?

"Karen?"

But she didn't move.

"Karen, is that you? What are you doing, babe?"

Still no movement, not even a shift in weight or subtle pulsing of breath. For a moment, he didn't know if he was awake or asleep or caught in some middle hinterland of half slumber where rules of reason were broken routinely, where men walked on the ceiling and cats talked and loved ones roamed the earth as shadowy specters.

Peter reached for the lamp to his right and clicked it on. Light illuminated the room and dispelled the shadows. If he wasn't awake before, he certainly was now. The corner was empty, the image of Karen gone.

Propped on one elbow, Peter sighed, rubbed his eyes, and shook his head. He kicked off the blanket and swung his legs over the edge of the bed, sat there with his head in his hands, fingers woven through his hair. The remaining fog was dispersing; the cloudy water receded. His head felt heavy and thick as if someone had poured concrete into his cranium and sealed it shut again. The smell of toast and frying bacon reached him then, triggering his appetite. His mouth began to water. His stomach rumbled like an approaching storm.

And that's when it hit him, as suddenly and forcefully as if an unseen intruder had emerged from the fog, balled its bony hand, and punched him in the chest.

He needed to see Karen, needed to tell her something.

It was not some mere inclination either, like remembering to tell her he needed deodorant when she went to the supermarket. No, this was an urgent yearning, a need like he'd never experienced before. As if not only their happiness or comfort depended on it but her very existence. He had information she needed, information without which she would be empty and incomplete, yet he had no idea what that information was. His mind was a whiteboard that had been wiped clean.

Had he forgotten to tell her something? He filed through the events of the past few days, trying to remember if a doctor's office had called or the school. The dentist, another parent. But nothing was there. He'd gone to work at the university lab, spent the day there, and come home.

But there was that void, wasn't there? Last night was still a blank. He'd come home after work—he remembered that much—but after that things got cloudy. Karen and Lilly must have been home; he must have kissed them, asked them about their day. He must have eaten dinner with them. It was his routine. Evenings were family time, just the three of them. The way it always was. He must have had a normal evening. But sometimes, what must have happened and what actually happened could be two completely different animals, and this fact niggled in the back of Peter's mind.

Despite his failure to remember the events of the previous evening, the feeling was still there: he needed to find Karen. Maybe seeing her, talking to her, would be the trigger that would awaken his mind and bring whatever message he had for her bobbing to the surface.

Downstairs, plates clattered softly and silverware clinked. The clock said it was 6:18.

Karen was fixing breakfast for Lilly, probably packing her lunch, too, the two of them talking and laughing. They were both morning doves, up before sunrise, all sparkles and smiles and more talkative and lively than any Munchkin from Oz. Some mornings he'd lie in bed and listen to them gab and giggle with each other. He couldn't make out what they were saying, but just the sound of their voices, the happiness in them, brightened his morning.

Peter stood and stretched, then slipped into a pair of jeans before exiting the room. He stopped in the hallway and listened, but now the house was quiet, as silent and still as a mouseless church. The smell of bacon still hung in the air, drew him toward the kitchen, but the familiar morning sounds had ceased. The sudden silence was strange—eerily so—and the niggling returned.

"Karen?" His voice echoed, bounced around the walls of the second floor, and found its way into the two-story foyer. But there was no answer.

"Lilly?" He padded down the hall to his daughter's bedroom, knocked on the door. Nothing.

Slowly he turned the knob and opened the door.

"Lil, you in here?" But she wasn't. The room was empty. Her bed had been made, bedspread pulled to the pillow and folded neatly at the top. Her lamp was off, the night-light too. And the shades were open, allowing that eerie bluish light to fill the room. On her dresser, next to the lamp, was the Mickey Mouse watch they had gotten her for Christmas last year. Lilly loved that watch, never went anywhere without it.

Peter checked the bathroom, the guest room, even the linen closet. But there was no one, not even a trace of them.

Down the stairs he went, that urgency growing ever stronger and feeding the need to find Karen and put some life-rattling information center stage with high-intensity spotlights fixed on it. And with the urgency came a developing sense of panic.

On the first floor he tried again. "Karen? Lilly?" He said their names loud enough that his voice carried from the foyer through the living room and family room to the kitchen. The only response was more stubborn silence.

Maybe they'd gone outside. In the kitchen he checked the clock on the stove. 6:25. It wasn't nearly time yet to leave for school, but they might have left early to run an errand before Karen dropped Lilly off. But why leave so early?

He checked the garage and found both the Volkswagen and the Ford still there. The panic spread its wings and flapped them vigorously, threatening to take flight. Quickly he crossed the kitchen and stood before the sliding glass door leading out to the patio.

Strange—he hadn't noticed before, but the scents of breakfast were gone. Not a trace of bacon or toast hung in the still air. He'd forgotten about it until now, so intent was he on finding Karen and Lilly. It was as if he'd imagined the whole thing, as if his brain had somehow conjured the memory of the aroma. There was no frying pan on the stove, and the toaster sat unplugged in the corner of the counter. Prickles climbed up the back of his neck. He slid open the glass door. The morning air was cool and damp. Dew glistened on the grass like droplets of liquid silver. But both the patio and backyard were empty. No Karen, no Lilly.

Peter slid the door closed and turned to face the vacant house.

"Karen!"

Still no answer came, and the house was obviously in no mood to divulge their whereabouts. His chest tightened, that familiar feeling of panic and anxiety, of struggling to open a door locked fast.

The basement. Maybe they'd gone down there to throw a load of laundry into the washing machine. At the door, facing the empty staircase and darkened underbelly of the house, he called again for his wife and daughter, but the outcome was no different.

Had they gone for a walk before school?

At the kitchen counter, he picked up his mobile phone and dialed Karen. If she had her phone on her, she'd answer. But after four rings it went to her voice mail. He didn't bother leaving a message.

Peter ran his fingers through his hair, leaned against the counter, and tried to focus, tried to remember. Had she gone out with someone? Maybe Sue or April had picked them up. Maybe they'd planned to drop off the kids at school and go shopping together. They'd done that before. Karen must have told him last night, and he was either too tired or preoccupied with something that her words went acknowledged but unheard.

He picked up the phone again and punched the Greers' contact.

Sue answered on the second ring.

"Sue, it's Peter."

"Oh, hi, Peter" She sounded surprised to hear his voice. If she was with Karen, she wouldn't be surprised.

"Do you know where Karen and Lilly are? Are they with you?"

There was a long pause on the other end. In the background he could hear music and little Ava giggling and calling for Allison, her big sister. The sounds stood in stark contrast to the silence that presently engulfed him.

"Sue? You still there?"

"Um, yeah" Her voice had weakened and quivered like an icy shiver had run through it. "I'm going to let you talk to Rick."

That sense of panic flapped its wings in one great and powerful burst and took flight. Peter's palms went wet, and a cold sweat beaded on his brow. "What? What is it?"

"Here's Rick."

Another pause, then Rick Greer's voice. He'd be leaving for work in a few minutes. "Hey, man, what's going on?"

"Hey, Rick, I'm not sure. Do you know where Karen and Lilly are? Are they okay?"

The pause was there again. Awkward and forced. Seconds ticked by, stretching into eons. In another part of the house, Ava continued to holler for Allison. Peter wanted to scream into the phone.

"I'm ... I'm not sure I understand, Peter."

Irritation flared in Peter's chest. What was there to not understand?

"I'm looking for my wife and daughter. Where are they?"

"Man, they're not here. They're ... gone."

"Gone? What do you mean, gone? What happened?" The room began to turn in a slow circle and the floor seemed to undulate like waves in the open sea. Peter pulled out a stool and sat at the counter. The clock on the wall ticked like a hammer striking a nail.

Rick sighed on the other end. "Are you serious with this?"

"With what?"

"What are you doing?"

Peter gripped the phone so hard he thought he'd break it. He tried to swallow, but there was no saliva in his mouth. "What's happened to them?"

"Pete, they're dead. They've been gone almost two months now. Don't you remember?"


(Continues...)

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Centralia 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Cathy Groover More than 1 year ago
His wife and daughter dead? How, when, not possible! There was a funeral? It had to be true-his good friend confirmed it. But his heart and mind kept saying NO! He had to find them, but where, how? An unexpected clue, found in an unlikely place, gave Peter Ryan hope. Centralia? Where in the world was that? He had to find the elusive truth. But the more he searched, the more evil pursued him. His memories were as elusive as the truth seemed. How did he learn to fight like that? He was constantly fighting for his life at every turn. And there were lots of turns and tunnels everywhere, it seemed. It was like driving a winding mountain road downhill while gaining speed. All you can do is scream "STOP" to the driver, but he doesn't heed your cries. Peter kept having a dream, a haunting dream. He was in a two story old house. There was the hallway with the four doors, he went into all of them, except one. It was locked. There was a shadow under the gap between the door and
SemmieWise More than 1 year ago
“Peter had the slightest feeling, like the itch of a loose thread, that God knew him deeply and, what’s more, that he himself had once known God the same way. There had been a relationship between him and the Almighty, but somewhere along the line, Peter had forgotten. Strangely, he had the sense that it had been taken from him, that he had been ripped from God’s presence. Or at least been blinded to it.” Once again Mike Dellosso delivers an action-packed, heart-thumping, amazing tale with his latest novel, “Centralia,” one that leaves the reader guessing right until the very end. Peter Ryan can’t shake two things — a recurring dream where he finds himself in a house with a locked door that he cannot access, and the fact that he truly believes his wife and daughter, who were killed in a car accident, are not really dead. When several trained assassins show up at his house and, even more shockingly he knows how to combat them, Peter knows something is not quite right. Meanwhile a girl and her mother are being held captive in a secret location. Even though tests are being conducted on the girl, she has a deep faith in God, knowing that Jesus is right beside her keeping her safe. What follows is an incredible story full of twists and turns. Peter must learn the truth about his past and his true identity — including why he can’t remember most of his life — and learn in whom he can trust. Disclaimer, “Centralia” is at times quite bloody and violent, but it is jam-packed with action as Peter finds himself again and again trying to find out the truth of his life — who is he? which memories are real and which are contrived? are his wife and daughter still alive, and if so where are they? whom can he trust? which truths are the real truths? and how can he get through the locked door of his dreams? Peter finds himself on a quest for not only these truths but also for God. Dellosso’s novel makes the reader evaluate their own identities — where do we find our truth, safety, comfort, peace, hope and trust. On a lighter note, one of my favorite scenes takes place at a dumpy nowhere-near-the-ocean Oceanview Motel — with Peter making a bit of a “Psycho” reference.  Dellosso always provides a great, stunning read that will keep you on the edge of your seat, and I guarantee you “Centralia” will keep you guessing until the very end. Tyndale House Publishers provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review. Five stars out of five.
LoraineN More than 1 year ago
Wow. So much suspense packed into one book. I had to stay up late to finish this one. I needed to find out what was real for Peter. Why doesn’t he remember his past? There were so many questions to be answered, that I was on the edge of my seat watching Peter try to get those answers. (Full review at my website)
LoverOfStory More than 1 year ago
Centralia is a fast-paced and engaging new thriller. The reader is immediately swept up in the confusion and chaos of Peter/Jed’s life and he tries to unlock the mysteries of his past. Haunted by enemies he did not know he had, he is forced to fight for his very life. At times the plot may seem a little confusing, but this is forgivable as the protagonist is certainly confused as well! As the story unfolds and Peter/Jed sorts through the pieces of his past, the reader is invited to join him in his hunt for the truth. Nothing is as it seems and nobody can be trusted. An exciting suspense novel, the fast pace and constant twists and turns keep the book moving very quickly. My one complaint is that I did not feel I knew the characters as well as I would have liked. This aside, however, Dellosso’s new series has great promise in the suspense fiction world. I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review. This review was posted to Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Goodreads, CBD, Deeper Shopping, and Library Thing (if available).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Centralia by author Mike Dellosso is the first book in his Jed Patrick action packed series. Published by Tyndale this thrilling 400 page book's cover states "things are not what they seem". How true! What is Centralia? Where is Centralia? Who is lying? Who can be trusted? The book's main character is Peter Ryan. It is just a regular day when he wakes up alone in his house. Where are his wife and daughter? With no success in locating them he decides to phone a friend only to learn he has no family because of an accident. How could he forget that? Things just don't add up. Now comes the mystery, action, guns, suspense, car chases, twists, and where I can't read fast enough to find out the answers. This is the first book that I have read by author Dellosso, but definitely not the last. I enjoyed his style. He writes with a flair for action, intrigue and mystery. His characters are well developed and he puts twists and turns throughout his book. This is a book where you need to pay attention. Just when you think you have figured something out.....surprise.....here is another twist. For a Christian novel there was not enough inspiration for me. The main character's relation grew. The little child had faith and was a delight. I did enjoy the child's character. She was able to soften up this book a bit. This would be a good book for mystery lovers, people that like action or suspense. If you want a fast paced book that is reminiscent of Total Recall or The Bourne Identity you should check this out. It would be a fun book to have for a reading club. You will want to discuss it with friends. You will be ready for book two, also. I would recommend this for anyone wanting an action packed thrilling book. If you like to figure things out, this is a great book for you. Want mystery, intrigue, and some suspense? This is your book. I rated it 4 out of 5 stars. A copy of this book was provided by The Book Club Network for my honest review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Mike Dellosso in his new book, “Centralia” Book One in the Jed Patrick series published by Tyndale House Publishers gives us Things Are Not What They Seem. From the Back Cover: Peter Ryan wakes up on a typical morning only to find his house empty, his wife and daughter nowhere to be found. His world is shattered after a phone call to a friend confirms the impossible: his wife and daughter died in a car accident he does not remember. Haunted by faint memories and flashes of details, Peter becomes convinced that something isn’t right and begins to question reality. When he discovers a note in his daughter’s handwriting, strange memories begin to surface that cause him to second-guess nearly everything he once believed. Suddenly armed men show up at Peter’s home, turning the mysterious puzzle of his past into a dangerous game of cat and mouse. On the run and unsure whom to trust, Peter has to discover what’s real and what isn’t . . . before he loses everything. Every book that Mike Dellosso writes is better than the previous one which means that “Centralia” is the best one so far. Nothing is what it seems so just when you, and Peter Ryan, think you have a handle on what is going on–guess again. This book starts out exciting and then Mr. Dellosso just notches up the excitement factor. “Centralia” is a thriller with all kinds of danger that is a lot like a roller coaster with dips and turns and drops that you really don’t see coming. Mike Dellosso knows how to weave a captivating story with wonderful characters that breathe. I am so looking forward to the next book in this series. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Looking for page turning excitement? Centralia A Jeb Patrick Novel #1 By Mike Dellosso He thought he knew who he was and what his life should be, but now he's not so sure. His wife and daughter are missing. Were they killed in the fiery accident as he was told, or are they alive and in trouble as his instincts lead him to believe? When he discovers a clue that could lead him to the truth he seeks, he finds his life suddenly in danger. Not knowing who he can trust Peter finds himself on the run. But those who are hunting him are determined to bring him down and they will use any means necessary to do it. With not only his life on the line but the lives and safety of his missing wife and daughter as well, Peter discovers skills he never knew he possessed. Discovering who he is may be the key he needs to survive, but he'll need to put his trust in something other than his own strength. Peter Ryan needs to rediscover his faith. A scrap of paper with a clue is all he has to go on - now Peter needs to learn the truth about Centralia! This is an incredible book that will keep you wondering who is Peter Ryan? There are layers that need to be peeled back if the truth is to be exposed. But whose version of truth is real and whose is an elaborate lie? This is a psychological thriller that will keep you turning the pages late into the night. I was provided a copy of this book through TBCN/BookFun in exchange for my honest review.
pautoyoung More than 1 year ago
Centralia by Mike Dellosso is a suspense novel that will keep the reader focused and on the edge of the seat until the very end. With all the action, the book reads quickly and is hard to put down. This read is not for someone who likes predictability in a storyline and doesn’t like to keep an open mind to confusion and twists and turns throughout. Also, the faint at heart may not enjoy due to the graphic violence. Peter Ryan wakes up one morning forgetting that his wife and daughter have been killed in a car wreck two months prior. Everything is confusion and jumbled in his mind with flashes of possible scenes in his life. He doesn’t know about these flashes of memory. Also, there is the weird dream that often occurs that keeps him wondering about his life. On this particular morning, he finds a note hid in a canister in the back of the commode written by his daughter, reading “Daddy, we went to Centralia.” What and where is Centralia? How can this be? Are his wife and daughter still alive? While pondering this revelation, he hears several men quietly break into his house. After defending himself and killing all of them, Peter is now on the run. What is going on in his life? He must find the answer about his loved ones. The rest of the book takes Peter on the dangerous journey to and in Centralia. The faith in God and His protection are weaved successfully all throughout the book. Read to find out what happens to Peter Ryan. I received a copy from the author and publisher of The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.
loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
Centralia is an excellent book. It is a true Christian suspense, thriller. The twists and turns are constant. Just when you think you know what is happening , something else occurs to throw you off. The book keeps your attention from page one until the conclusion. I look forward to reading the sequel! I recieved the book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
annelr More than 1 year ago
Centralia, first in the Jed Patrick series by Mike Dellosso, is an action packed book from start to finish. As the book cover tells the reader--things are not what they seem. Peter Ryan awakens to find his life has been torn from him. His family is gone. He has survival skills he didn't know he had. Truths are lies or are the lies the truth? What is real? Who can he trust? What and where is this elusive Centralia? The questions about his life continue to bombard him. Car chases, gun battles, underground tunnels, dream world corridors. Are his wife and daughter dead? If not, can he find them in time? And just what about God--where is He in all this chaos? What is the key to it all? Dellosso has done a fantastic job of keeping his readers on the edge of their seats with a great story line, thought provoking concepts and strong, believable characters. A compelling, suspenseful adventure not to be missed. Cannot wait for the sequel. I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Centralia is a fast-paced thriller that kept my mind reeling and heart actually pounding as the suspense grew and grew and grew, even up until the last page (where I turned to see that there will be more books in the series, available summer 2016!). After each chapter, I kept my finger in the book and took a few seconds to try and make sense of all of the clues being discovered right alongside the main character, Peter Ryan. This book truly kept me on my toes and was a very fast and engaging read. The book introduces you to Peter at the start of his realization that his life isn’t all that it seems to be. Throughout the read, I found myself just as confused as he is about who he is and what is happening to him, and cheering him on as each chapter brings you closer to (and sometimes farther from!) discovering his true character and identity. The book is filled with individuals known and unknown to Peter whose motives are equally confusing. Talk about a thriller! But Peter deftly sifts through reality versus lies while on the move, and in a very figuratively and literally dark time, realizes that when everyone and everything is untrustworthy, God is the only source of solid ground. It is a book about a man’s dogged persistence and strength of character as he tries to find the true source of his very muddled identity, and about the resurgence of his faith and the importance of family. Ultimately, Peter’s story strongly conveys the surprising truth that when we give up control, even in the midst of the craziest of circumstances, we come out with new eyes to see, and that is a big deal! Even though this book isn't my typical genre, I’m very much looking forward to the next book in the series! *I received this book in exchange for an honest review from The Book Club Network. The opinions are entirely my own.*
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
Action Packed Peter Ryan is on a mission to find his wife and daughter, even though everyone is telling him they are dead. Awakening one day with a sense that his reality is a bit off, finding a note from his daughter, then having his home invaded by some pretty tough characters, he takes off looking for answers. He is repeatedly attacked and chased after, with no knowledge of why or who is doing this. When his ability to fight back, amazes even himself, he begins to wonder if all he knows to be true now is somehow a different reality. The only thing he is sure of, it that if he can find Centralia, he will find answers. But will he get there alive? There were pros and cons to this book. At first I was drawn in to the story, captured by the immediate action and suspense, but eventually, I felt a little lost, kind of like the person in the story himself with no idea of what was going on, who could be trusted, what these people were after, and the purpose behind it. It was, however, mysterious and intriguing enough to keep me reading, and of course I wanted to know what was going to happen. What I enjoyed: The plot maybe not completely original, but interesting) The action Most of the characters - especially the little girl with her steadfast faith. What I didn't enjoy as much: Some parts were just improbable (to me) It was a bit confusing - hard to discern who was telling the truth, who was lying- even in the end, I didn't feel like there was definite closure. The book is intense! It reminded me of Die Hard or Rambo (you can tell here I haven't watched many recent movies in that category). It was one man against many, doing some pretty remarkable, at times unbelievable, things to keep himself alive. There is also some memory alteration involved, due to some governmental experimentation for a top secret government project. Peter Ryan has no idea who he really is, which of his memories are true and which are false. On a Christian note, Peter has a sense of God, but not really a relationship with God. He begins to develop one as the story moves forward. His daughter however has a very steadfast faith (a child-like faith) and seems to be the one who encourages both mother and father. The ending was somewhat predictable, yet with a bit of a twist. Still, I felt like I was missing something. It is hard to explain exactly what I mean without giving away spoilers. If you like action, don't mind violence, I think you will enjoy this book. I appreciate that it was clean and did not contain language as a story this much action most likely would have. There is a sequel coming out this year in June. I think I would like to read it to see if it clears things up a bit and offers closure. This is my first experience with Mike Dellosso's books. I received this book courtesy of bookfun.org and Tyndale in exchange for my honest opinion.
Robbi44 More than 1 year ago
This suspenseful mystery is full of twists and half truths that keep the reader guessing. The story centered around Peter Ryan who had a reoccurring dream of himself going from room to room in a large home, but frustrated by his inability to understand what he was envisioning. He kept having what seemed to be flashbacks to incidents in his life that he did not remember ever experiencing. Over the course of time, Peter learned that he had been part of a military experiment to program his mind. However, his mind was eventually scrubbed and had to be reprogrammed. All of this took him through many dangerous experiences trying to find his true identity. The book is quite an adventure and does keep the reader wanting to read to the end. It was hard to put down! .
Cheri5 More than 1 year ago
Centralia is the first book I have read by this author. I’m glad I picked it up and can’t wait to read more of his books. Thoroughly enjoyed. One I will be talking about with my friends. I received this book for free from The Book Club Network and the author in exchange for my honest review.
KMarkovich More than 1 year ago
Wow! What a book! The suspense and quick pace just doesn’t end and I loved it. “Things are not what they seem” and the reader has no idea who is good and who is bad or can they flip sides? From the first page I found myself hooked, wanting to know what would happen next! I loved how the author brought the element of faith into the story. “Though he couldn’t remember the last time he’d been inside a church, Peter had the slightest feeling, like the itch of a loose thread, that God knew him deeply and, what’s more, that he himself had once known God the same way.” “‘Oh, God, help me.’ Peter shuddered. The ease with which those words had passed over his lips surprised him, and again the sense was there, the feeling of frayed fragments just out of reach of both memory and soul.” If you want a fast paced, thrilling yet clean (no sex or swearing) novel – this is the book for you! I received this book from bookfun.org in return for my honest opinion.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Centralia is a good book. The action packed filled plot held my attention throughout. It is the first book I have read by this author and I look forward to reading more by him. Recommended. 4 1/2 stars. I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for my honest opinion, which was given.
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
Centralia by Mike Dellosso is a compelling thriller. This is the first novel by him that I have read, and it definitely will not be the last. What a thrill ride! Author Ronie Kendig highly recommended it to those who are Bourne addicts. If you like a plot that you cannot figure out till the end, this read is for you. The first page states “Things are not what they seem.” Thus, begins a story that will keep you alert and riveted to the end. Peter Ryan awakens on a typical day but finds his house empty—no wife, no daughter. His call to a friend further baffles him. The friend tells him that there was a car accident—that he now has no family. How can he not remember something that devastating, but he has no memory of this. His trace memories and flashbacks lead him to believe that things are not right and that this is not reality. A note that his daughter left causes further unbelief. Add to that, a sudden invasion of his home by armed, dangerous men causes him to run for his life while he tries to solve this mystery and to find his family, if they are alive. What is true, what isn’t? He has to rely on his instincts and his faith to get to the truth. For whatever reason, the bad men are in pursuit of him, and he must preserve his own life to find proof of reality. I highly recommend this suspenseful, fast-paced adventure. It will not disappoint. I have read that the author has written at least seven other books. I cannot believe that I am just now discovering him. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
Reading Centralia is like being whisked away by a monster roller coaster and not being able to get off! The ride is amazing, fast and never lets up, all the way to the end of the book!  "Peter Ryan wakes up on a typical morning only to find his house empty, his wife and daughter nowhere to be found. His world is shattered after a phone call to a friends confirms the impossible: his wife and daughter died in a car accident he doesn't remember. Haunted by faint memories and flashes of details, Peter becomes convinced that something isn't right and begins to question reality. When he discovers a note in his daughter's handwriting, strange memories begin to surface that cause him to second guess nearly everything he once believed. Suddenly armed men show up at Peter's home, turning the mysterious puzzle of his past into a dangerous game of cat and mouse.  On the run and unsure whom to trust, Peter has to discover what's real and what isn't.....before he loses everything." That synopsis alone should be enough to convince you that you must read this book. But in case it doesn't, here's what I have to say: This book is absolutely amazing. Mike Dellosso hits the ground running with this one and the action does not let up one bit throughout the book! Never once. The action and adventure and yes, danger, swirl around the reader pulling you into a vortex of excitement that threatens to consume you until the book is finished. Peter is constantly surprised at everything happening around him because nothing, absolutely NOTHING, is what it seems. How in the world is Peter supposed to find out what is happening when there's no rhyme or reason to anything at all! Centralia is Mike Dellosso's 8th book and I've read every single one and they are terrific. If you enjoy Christian suspense, you MUST get this book. Don't waste anytime grabbing it. But be warned: everything around you must wait until you finish because you will NOT want to put it down! *I was provided a free copy of the book by the author in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.