Book 1 of 5 in the epic paranormal suspense series.
Any minute now a hooded man will come barreling out of nowhere and kill me.
So that sucks.
I know this because it has happened six times before. I wake up in this alley, hung from a post by a piece of rope lashed to one ankle, tied in a hangman's knot. After several minutes of work, I pry my bonds free, and about thirty seconds after I hit the ground, this guy in a black hooded robe gives me a pretty bad case of death.
His hands are cold on my neck. And dry. I try to fight him, to claw at his eyes, but I can't reach, to scratch at his arms, but he's too strong. He's silent. I try to yell at him, but I manage more of a gurgle and some clicky noises. I don't even know what I'd say, I guess, but I can assure you that he seems like a real dick.
Everything goes all fuzzy and fades to gray, then black. I die, and then I go... someplace else, I guess.
I don't know. I can't remember that part just now.
So it begins. One second JEFF GROBNAGGER is standing in line at the grocery store, and the next he's in an alley where a hooded figure strangles him to death.
This happens over and over again, every time Grobnagger has a seizure. Alley. Choking. Death. Repeat. What for? Why would anyone want to kill him repeatedly? Is it just a seizure dream? When a sniper's bullet shatters his apartment window, he realizes two things: he's in serious danger, and there's no way he's getting his security deposit back.
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Live. Die. Repeat.
What readers are saying about FADE TO BLACK:
"Buy it, read it, laugh your butt off over it and trust me you'll likely love the heck out of this book." - Horror Chick
"Smart, dark and thrilling." - Patricia Hamill
"I haven't been this excited about a book in a long time." - E. Branden Hart
"Action, hilarity, and heartbreaking honesty." - eden Hudson
Awake in the Dark series categories:
- Paranormal Suspense Series
- Psychological Horror
- Psychological Thriller
- Metaphysical Fiction
- Occult Horror
- Funny books
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great little story I thoroughly enjoyed. I've read all 4 books currently available and I'm anxiously awaiting the release of the fifth book.
What I Liked: The protagonist, Jeff, is entertaining in a goofy sort of way. His voice in the book is very unique and certainly depicts an inwardly-focused person. I wondered for a bit if Jeff wasn’t going to end up being a bit autistic or have Asperger’s. His internal monologue would certainly support that. The idea of rival societies is interesting; that there is a play for power – mental power – going on and somehow Jeff has stumbled upon the power source everyone else is seeking. Jeff’s path of self-discovery is very thought-provoking. He has crappy self-esteem – perhaps from having a crappy childhood. Children who aren’t loved and valued grow up believing they are valueless; Jeff not only feels valueless, but believes he’s repulsive, somehow bad. Facing that belief head-on and being able to question whether that’s really true is an amazing step for anyone. What I Didn’t Like: There are a lot of things in this book that, upon reflection, don’t make any sense. For example, what purpose does Ms. Babinaux’s visits serve? She doesn’t give Jeff any useful information. For that matter, what purpose does the visit to the hippie guy serve? What is up with Gary and Louise? I don’t think they are who they say they are. It would be really sad if Jeff, who is trying to learn that he has value as a human, ends up surrounded by people who only want to use him because of his power. The final seizure scene in the alley contains a lot of detail that doesn’t seem relevant. It might be relevant if I understood what the symbolism represents, but that’s not explained — nor is the final scene in the holding cell in which Jeff awakes. Are Babinaux and Gary Jeff’s parents? Why was the “guy” Jeff was fighting in his dreams Gary’s daughter and not himself? Fighting himself would have made sense. Fighting Gary’s daughter makes no sense. I should say, none of this stuff makes sense by the end of Fade To Black. There are three more novels in the series in which this could all be explained; but, Fade to Black itself doesn’t have a satisfying ending. This seems to be a trend, particularly with indie books. As a reader, I feel cheated when a book doesn’t have an emotionally satisfying ending. I prefer there be a satisfying beginning, middle, and END to every book, in addition to elements that contribute to the series story arc. Otherwise it feels like one “story” has been chopped into little pieces – like, say, The Hobbit movies or the last Harry Potter movie. So, while I like the ideas in the book, the insightfulness into depression and low self-esteem, and the crafting of the unique voice for Jeff, I just can’t get past the lack of answers and a proper ending. Other reviewers rate the series very highly, so you may like book just fine; I’m just not able to generate much enthusiasm for it. Purchased. Review courtesy of onebooktwo.com | one book, two reviews.
i personally enjoyed this book. i thought the pace was fine and the humor right up my alley. i am looking forward to reading the next two in the series.
This is not a book where you're going to get everything explained at the end with a neat little bow. This is a series, and meant to be read as one. I realize that some people may find the pace a bit slow at times, but if you're willing to be patient, I can say with a good deal of certainty you're going to grab the second and thid books in the series, Bled White and Red on the Inside. Jeff is a great protagonist, and if you follow the author on Twiter (how I found him), you might be a bit more apt to get some of the humor. This is a series worth a try; it's a supernatural occult triler which doesn't really play to current standards, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Obviously with a one star review, I'm not going to have anything good to say about this one. I took a chance on this as I saw the authors promoting it heavily on Twitter. I lean more towards the Indie writers anyway so it wasn't out of my comfort zone. I will say, if the rest of this book had been like the first 15%, it would have done much better by me. At the beginning there is abundant dark and witty humor. Then, it's as if that person left the room and someone deeply immersed in the works of Jung and Nietzsche took over. The book really drug from this point on. There was still the small interjection of humor but at this point in the book, instead of witty it comes off as crass. Fine line, I'm sure. I had to force myself to get through this one, then I had to buy myself dinner to make up for it.