Death Unmasked

Death Unmasked

by Rick Sulik


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A reincarnated evil is stalking the women of Houston. With each murder, the madman quotes an excerpt from the Oscar Wilde poem, "The Ballad of Reading Gaol." A huge smokestack belching smoke, a ragged flea market double-breasted wool coat, and an old antique picture frame, bring the distant past back to haunt Houston Homicide Detective, Sean Jamison. With those catalysts, Jamison knows who he was in a past life and that he lost the only woman he could ever love. Searching for his reincarnated mate becomes Jamison's raison d'être as he and fellow detectives scour Houston for a brutal serial killer. The memory of timeless love drives Jamison's dogged search for a serial killer, determined to finish what he started decades earlier.
Each clue brings Jamison closer to unmasking his old nemesis. Tenacious police work, lessons learned in the past, and intuition may be the only weapons he has in preventing history from repeating itself.

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ISBN-13: 9781938985836
Publisher: Christopher Matthews Publishing Services, Inc
Publication date: 11/13/2015
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

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Death Unmasked 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
LadyStephM More than 1 year ago
Rick begins our journey in the middle of a love filled relationship between Emil and Laura which tragically comes to a brutal end. We are then catapulted to Sean's life as a detective that is drawing to an end. He is faced with an internal battle of the purpose of his life and suddenly gets a sense of renewal when he remembers his former life as Emil. His new purpose in his current life? To find his true love Laura. Rick Sulik paints an unforgettable picture of the gruesome deaths of unsuspecting women and the intuition that we carry about our past life, that can be brought to the surface with the right trigger. This book held my attention from start to finish and I would definitely read future books from Sulik. *An advance copy of this book was provided to me for review purposes only, all opinions expressed are my own*
Liliyana More than 1 year ago
Powerful, gut wrenching imagery and a love that spans the ages. The characters are so real that you can almost reach out and touch them, and in one particular case, can feel the evil radiating off them. You won't want to put this book down, but once you reach the end you'll be sorry to see the lovers go.
birdladyvm More than 1 year ago
DEATH UNMASKED STORY LINE: In Death Unmasked you will find an intense reincarnation crime story. Author Rick Sulik grabs your attention with an action packed story-line. In an earlier time period, Emil and the love of his life cross paths with an evil that out lives time. Reincarnated many times before, Emil is now Sean Jamison, detective with the Houston Police Department. Sean has searched all his present life for his lost love, finally she's within his grasp. Meanwhile the evil has followed them to this life and will do its best to kill that love as it is killing many others. Murders are happening, horrible murders. The Homicide Division is on the case and activates The Think Tank. Is this murderer a psychopath who is supernatural? A coat from long ago, a framed creed, evil incarnate, and a love that withstands time; come along for the ride of a lifetime. DEATH UNMASKED CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT: First I must say, as I started this book, I did not think it would be my cup of tea. Filled with flowery prose and poetry, I was ready to put the book down. However, I found author Rick Sulik was setting the tone and background for the story which would follow. Author Rick Sulik hooked me in the following chapters which reverted to a more normal writing style. Had I stopped reading I would have missed an excellent story-line with well-developed characters and solid pacing. The concept of reincarnation is not a new story-line premise. However, Mr. Sulik provided a solid refreshing take on this concept. Along with just the right amount of technical investigative procedures and paranormal elements, Mr. Sulik's story is insightful and intriguing. I particularly liked seeing the investigation from the law enforcement point of view and the presentation of the procedures used by modern-day crime fighters. Furthermore, the characters development was skillfully as each character was developed to their potential. Also, Mr. Sulik included a surprise ending which I did not see coming. The pacing of the story was correct for the length of the book. I found Mr. Sulik's writing style was unique, clear, and easy to read providing hours of enjoyment as I followed the team on the hunt for the evil incarnate. I found the poetry and the prose in the story-line very enjoyable. In concluding the review of Death Unmasked, I found the story intriguing, filled with mystery, evil, and action packed. I also found, Mr. Sulik skillfully wove many threads together to form a solidly written book. DEATH UNMASKED RECOMMENDATION: 4 STARS In conclusion, I do not hesitate to recommend this book. Anyone who loves a good crime story, peppered with technical investigative information, life after death, and evil beyond words, will love this book. I look forward to other works by author Rick Sulik. FINALLY: I was provided a copy of this book by way of the author/publisher. All book reviews are dependent upon the review authors opinion. Consequently, all reviews by me are my opinion.
sciencexcharm More than 1 year ago
“He’s a drifter, a loner, a liar and a charlatan who enjoys treading on the dark side. His heart is filled with anger and hatred. He sits at the scorching gates of Hell, and laughs as he and others like him carry out their twisted deeds on innocent people, disrupting their and their loved ones’ lives. He’s hollow and rejoices in killing. He thrives on violence and carries a deadly grudge against society. No holds barred. He continuously strikes back at the world with a vengeance because that’s all he’s accustomed to doing and has learned to do.” Reincarnation. New life. Second chances. What does that mean to you, as the reader? This book does challenge some beliefs; therefore, open-minded readers are recommended for this book. Also, Sulik experiments with war brutality which means that this book is not for the feint-hearted. The first four chapters within this novel will challenge the reader emotionally, but it does play a major key factor within the setting of the rest of the book. This author creates an interesting version of modern day reincarnation and the ultimate desire of leaving no unfinished business behind. Sean Jamison, a homicide detective of the Houston Police Department, feels like he is missing something in his life. He keeps looking for that one person who can complete him—he knows that she is out there…just waiting for him to find her. After glimpsing an old, tattered coat at a flea market, Sean starts receiving images…images that feel like déjà vu from a past life? In a past life, he was named Emil and was put to death along with his wife by an evil militant man…from what seems like a Nazi era. As Sean’s images become stronger and stronger, he has to figure out a way to reach out and hold onto that past life because there is a reason that he is having them plague his mind. With a brutal serial killer on the loose, Sean knows that somehow—everything is related, but he just can’t get all of the pieces to fall in the right place. What will be the outcome of this life? Will he succeed in finding his one true love again? Sulik has an interesting story-line with quirky characters, but the development is lacking a bit due to the pace of the novel. Some characters are fantastic—yet, some other characters are totally devoid of personality for the reader’s engagement. Most of the story does have a steady pace and the originality, creativity and descriptiveness is spectacular. It is also well-written, with little or no errors. There are some points that are questionable and may not appear to be credible, but it is also clear that Sulik has immense knowledge of the criminal justice system as it relates to the everyday in-and-out of a police unit. If you are a reader of mystery and suspense, you may find this book to your liking. A free copy was exchanged for an honest review of this fictional piece.
ToddSimpson More than 1 year ago
This was such an enjoyable book to read. So well written, with a very clever and interesting plot. Rick Sulik has done a fabulous job in linking two stories over two different life times. It’s hard to imagine what it would be like to have an invading Army capture your land and take you prisoner. For Emil and Laura this happened far too quickly for them to do anything about it. Even though they ran, it was too little too late for them, and they were easily taken as prisoners. Unfortunately for Laura a very sadistic and evil Officer takes an unhealthy interest in her. Emil made a valid attempt to stop her being taken from him, but ultimately he had no chance against armed soldiers. Laura’s sudden death devastated Emil, but he was defiant to the very end, before the soldiers extinguished his life as well. Now the story takes us to the modern era, and a serial killer on the loose. At 57 years of age Sean has been a Police Officer and now Detective for the last 38 years, and he’s tired and in need of a good women. Being a bit of a loner wasn’t going to help him in that part of his life. The serial killer is so quick when he attacks each unsuspecting women, that they really don’t stand a chance. Sean is able to go into a meditative state where his past lives flash before him like a movie projector. His boss Captain Schaeffer is of course a bit sceptical about Sean’s visions, however she is worried about him and is prepared to help and keep him out of trouble. He truly believes that Mary is his reincarnated wife from a previous life, who was killed by the Nazis. A very good book from start to finish, and I’ll certainly be looking for more from this Author in the future.
sandrabrazier More than 1 year ago
Sean Jamison has waited his whole life for the love of his life to return to him. When he sees the drab, old, patched coat in the thrift store window, he knows that it could be just the link he has been looking for. You see, the love for which he has been searching, is his love from his past life. This is the jacket he wore in that past life. Unfortunately, the man who had killed his love of that previous life, is stalking her, once again. Sean, a homicide detective due to retire, makes a frantic search against time, to find the evil that has been stalking him and his love since before their last lifetime! Mr. Sulik has created some vivid characters here, and his premise is one that most people would love to share: to search for a timeless love, one with whom you have shared a powerful and intimate love. However, some of the story was unclear, jumping around a bit. It didn't flow smoothly. Some of his characters' dialog was unnatural, hindering the effectiveness of the plot. However, this story starts with action, and it stays exciting throughout most of the plot. Even with these problems, this is an entertaining book!
JennMcLean More than 1 year ago
This book had a wonderful premise I just found that the excitation of it wasn't as smooth and professional as I'd like it to be. The premise was that love will find a way even through death. Our main character was murdered in the concentration camps and so was his beloved wife. Many years later he is reincarnated as a homicide detective who starts having headaches and visions of who he used to be. He sets out to find out where is wife is (and who she has been reincarnated as) and to also find the reincarnated killer of his former self and wife. The major problem I found was there was no device to explain why our main character would be remembering his former life or his former wife. There was no proverbial bump on the head or irradiated spider bite like in Spiderman. Our middle-aged detective just "starts" remembering for no reason. Why now? Why at all? Just because the character believes in reincarnation, being a good person, eating healthy and all that good stuff is no reason WHY he'd suddenly start remembering. Sometimes a truly excellent author with extraordinary skills can get away with not explaining "why" something strange is happening but for that to work, said author has to catch the reader in a death grip of "need to know" where that reader would rather starve than put the book down. That was certainly not the case here. I had real trouble caring about this main character and all the superfluous writing to fill out the book didn't help. Although the writer has decent writing skills, this book just didn't work for me.
navidad_thelamour More than 1 year ago
I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. Firstly, let me state that Death Unmasked has a thrilling premise: What if we really could continue on in another life, meeting and interacting with the same people but in different forms and circumstances? Fun idea, the premise of which alone could make for an exhilarating read! I didn’t mind the idea and playing out of reincarnation here at all as others may have. But it didn’t necessarily deliver on the promise thrill that it offered on the back cover, so to speak. This novel jumped into the story right out of the gate; no piddling around here. By the end of page two or three the action had begun. This novel is broken into three sections: the first of which depicts the Holocaustal genocide where Laura and Emil perish. This section, in itself, would have been a wonderful novella if it had been filled out more. Honestly, it could have stood alone as a brilliant work in itself had it had the fleshing out that it deserved. The second section follows these characters reincarnated, Emil being a police detective, and it all culminates in section three, where the star-crossed lovers are reunited. However, I wasn’t sure of what exactly I was reading at the start; the setting wasn’t set properly at all. Why were they running? Who were they running from? Even, what year is it and where is this set? The term “ethnic cleansing” was used to explain why the village people had been rounded up, but never elaborated on. Was this fantasy—an imaginative ethnic cleansing in a faraway world—or an apocalyptic event? I had no idea, because the feeling of setting and locale was not properly built out, unfortunately. There was the violence of rape, beatings and genocide to start this one off, which didn’t bother me at all. I felt that that aspect of the novel actually made it more real, more 3-D, and that 3-dimensionalizing made the read far more real. However, the dialogue did Death Unmasked no favors at all. For me, it definitely felt stilted, unnatural and forced. It didn’t flow well at all from the very beginning. And the littering of italicized thoughts didn’t help either because the thoughts weren’t realistic, particularly not under the circumstances that the characters were in. One wouldn’t—I don’t believe—rail on and on about the hate in the soldiers’ hearts and the injustices around them (in short, prophesizing and intellectualizing) while there is literally mass murder, the shooting of babies and raping of innocent women going on before one’s very eyes! No, you’d be looking for an exit, ready to fight, terrified, shocked! I found myself literally pulling back from the pages and thinking, “Who talks like that?!” Do keep in mind that this one presented poetry and did so in a lovely way. The incorporation of poetry throughout—and the theme of dark poetry itself—gave Sulik’s work another layer for the reader to appreciate and tie the story together. The poems were dark and faintly macabre in a way that offered just enough theatrics and made the novel a stronger read. But, the author’s hand definitely showed throughout this one. The oft-italicized philosophical rants definitely should’ve been either cut down or better incorporated. And while the middle section was jam-packed with good information and thorough details that only an experienced cop—an author... See the full review and others at The Navi Review ( and follow the blog on Twitter @thenavireview
Anonymous More than 1 year ago