In The Eyes Of Madness

In The Eyes Of Madness

by Michael K. C. Pang

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In The Eyes Of Madness by Michael K. C. Pang

A near tragic incident at the hands of his psychotic mother left Declan Peters alone and with so many questions. Years later, Declan is determined to find a way to be closer to his mother and takes a job at the institution where she's being held. That fateful decision will be the impetus for a chain of events so terrifying that Declan will question his own grasp on reality. What he finds will be more horrifying than anything he's ever experienced and more dangerous than anything he's yet known. In a place, rife with demonic possession and sadistic beings, will Declan finally be able to find the answers he's longed for before its too late or will he succumb to the evil forces that inhabit the institution and all who live there?

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ISBN-13: 9780692437339
Publisher: SolaFide Publishing
Publication date: 04/30/2015
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

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In The Eyes Of Madness 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
ReadersFavorite6 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by J. Aislynn d'Merricksson for Readers' Favorite In the Eyes of Madness by Michael Pang tells the story of Declan, and of Tristan and Zoe. These three young people, raised hundreds of miles away, share a very unusual connection. When Zoe and Tristan are called to Florida to identify their parents, they stumble onto Declan and realise how alike they are. Declan works at a behavioural facility, the same one his mother has been confined to since he was seven, after she accused him of being a demon and tried to drown him in the community pool. As he struggles to understand how this could happen, he begins to show more and more signs of unusual behaviour of his own. Since he worries about ending up like his mom, this concerns him a great deal. It's not long before Declan comes in contact with Zoe and Tristan, and a strange man named Victor, that more light is shed on his own past. For you see, demons are real, and so are a great many other nasties from myth and legend. I rather enjoyed the meat of this story. When I first started reading, I found it to be a little dry. After I got further into the book, it became a roller coaster of a read that swept me away. There are Christian themes to the story, above and beyond what might be found in the typical paranormal thrillers I enjoy, which are more along the lines of the supernatural. You don't get bludgeoned with it though, and the author does a good job of portraying both sides of belief. I feel for Declan, trapped as he is with people trying to push their beliefs onto him. I think that's part of what made him one of my favourite characters. I feel the author also did a good job portraying the fear and frustration of dealing with family members who have some sort of behavioural issue. That can be very scary, when a loved one’s behaviour becomes erratic, and possibly violent. It can be hard to reconcile what you remember of how a person used to be with the totally different person they've become. The story is well worth reading. If you are a fan of the supernatural, or movies like The Exorcist, be sure to check out Michael Pang’s In the Eyes of Madness! I’m definitely going to be on the lookout for the next one, and I'm looking forward to seeing Pang grow as a writer.
ReadersFavorite5 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite For over ten years, Declan Peters has lived with the knowledge that his mother tried to kill him, thinking he was a devil child that needed to be destroyed in the riveting story, In the Eyes of Madness, by Michael Pang. In this first volume of the Declan Peters Chronicles, Declan learns that there is a lot more to his life story than he ever realized as he is confronted with pure evil. Through his encounter with a strange young inmate at the psychiatric facility where his mother is hospitalized and where he works, Declan begins to feel things that he never experienced before and which leave him amazed and confused. Along with his childhood friends and some people they meet through a bizarre experience at a club, Declan discovers abilities he would never have thought to be real when confronted with the need to protect those he loves. Some of the pieces of his childhood fall into place as he learns more about the young patient and the presence of supernatural forces at work in the everyday world. Will what he learns bring him any peace, or will it project him further into uncertainty and disappointment? Fast-paced action, the struggle to grow up under difficult circumstances, and the need to understand an incomprehensible truth drive this exciting paranormal story that keeps you anxiously turning the pages. Although there is a strong Christian focus, and what exorcism story doesn’t have one, the basic premise of good versus evil crosses all lines and demands the commitment of like-minded persons for the benefit of all. In the Eyes of Madness: Declan Peters Chronicles Book 1 by Michael Pang is a tremendously interesting story with wonderful depth that leaves you breathless. The concept is great, the pace is right, and the story is strong and compelling. I look forward to the next volume(s)!
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite In the Eyes of Madness: Declan Peters Chronicles, Book 1 is a paranormal fantasy novel for young adults by Michael Pang. Going to work at the Central Florida Behavioral Center was a natural progression for Declan Peters after he had finished high school. He had been going there on weekends to visit his mom since she was institutionalized when he was seven years old. While he had never known his father, he and his mom had had a close and loving relationship until that one fateful day when she thought he was a demon and tried to drown him in a swimming pool. Since then, he had been lovingly raised by his Uncle Ray and Auntie Jenny. He had wanted to go to college after high school, like his best friend Caleb, but his uncle's hours had been cut and Declan's income was needed to keep their family together. Caleb was home on a break from college, and while Declan was happy to be seeing Caleb again, he felt a bit resentful and envious that his friend was having the college experience that he was missing out on. Michael Pang's young adult paranormal fantasy, In the Eyes of Madness: Declan Peters Chronicles, Book 1, is a well-written and fast-paced Christian-based story about demons and the people who fight to keep them under control. Declan is a compelling character that I couldn't help but sympathize with as he feels his life is going nowhere, and he copes with his ongoing pain over his mother's mental instability. His two friends, siblings Caleb and Keira, are marvelous foils for him, and together they bring him out of what seems like an overly regimented life -- work and living with the caring but overly strict aunt who had not yet adapted to the fact that her nephew was no longer a child. Faith, and the concept that God takes care of everything in the best possible way if you have the patience and belief, play a large part in the philosophies of both Declan's aunt and uncle and Keira, though Declan is skeptical and not quite buying it, which leads to some interesting philosophical discussions. I enjoyed reading In the Eyes of Madness. There's plenty of action, and the plot moves quite well. It's highly recommended, particularly for those with an interest in Christian-based literature.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite Michael Pang’s In the Eyes of Madness is the first installment in a paranormal series entitled the Declan Peters Chronicles. Declan never knew his father and his mother is in a mental institution. He lives with his aunt and uncle and works at the institution to be close to his mom. He maintains a friendship with former schoolmate, Caleb, and is secretly in love with Caleb’s younger sister, Keira. Meanwhile, Tristan and Zoe wake up to the news that their parents are dead. What follows is a string of events that leads to Declan’s discovery that he is not who he thinks he is. What follows is a glimpse of our world inhabited by demons, vampires, demon hunters and angels. And they are drastically different from what we have always been led to believe. As Declan unravels the evil that surrounds him, he also finds out that he holds a pivotal role in what seems to be a war between good and evil. But is it really what it seems to be? In Michael Pang’s novel, In the Eyes of Madness: Declan Peters Chronicles Book 1, we get to know Declan, a young man with a painful secret. As a young boy, he was nearly drowned by his psychotic mother and his life was never the same again. Declan is sensitive and compassionate and he tries to make the best out of his situation in life. His character markedly contrasts with Tristan and Zoe, the spoiled Sullivan heirs who have dark secrets of their own too. Michael Pang’s characters are well developed and uniquely interesting and, as unlikely as it seems, it is not difficult to empathize with them.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite In an excellent new offering from author Michael Pang, In the Eyes of Madness: Declan Peters Chronicles Book One, readers will be treated to a highly original book that will keep them obsessively turning the pages from the very first words all the way through to the last. Follow the story of protagonist Declan Peters, as he struggles with the aftermath of his psychotic mother's actions. Determined as an adult to forge a relationship with his mom again, he takes a job at the institution where she lives, hopeful that he will learn more about the woman who brought him into the world. But what he finds isn't what he expected. In fact, what he finds leads him to question almost everything he has ever known, and throws him into a world of demonic possession and beings with tendencies he could never have imagined. Will Declan ever get what he came for? Will he even survive? You'll need to read the book to find out! I very much enjoyed In the Eyes of Madness: Declan Peters Chronicles Book One. This book is full of twists and turns that even I, a prolific reader, didn't expect, and that is saying quite a lot. Author Michael Pang has done a fantastic job in creating characters, especially Declan, that his readers will relate to, connect with and care about. If that isn't a hallmark of a great author, I'm not sure what is. Any reader, young adult or not, that loves a unique book of paranormal fiction, or just an interesting work of fiction in general, should read this book. I highly recommend In the Eyes of Madness: Declan Peters Chronicles Book One, and I look forward to reading the next book in this very promising series by author Michael Pang, as soon as I possibly can.
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quibecca More than 1 year ago
I didn't think this book would grab me from the very beginning but it did. I am not a fan of the cover, and usually that is what brings me to a book in the first place. Sometimes I feel if the cover isn't amazing the book might not be either. I am glad I did not just this book by it's cover. It was a great book to read. Declan is a young man, that was almost killed at the age of 7 by his psychotic mother. Can you even imagine that happening to you? I cannot. This poor kid had it rough. He lived with his awesome aunt and uncle for the rest of his years, and started working at the mental hospital where his mother was living. Declan from the start seemed like a kid with great potential. He is faced with some pretty intense situations, and always seems to come out on top. This story has daemons and nephalim in it. I LOVE stories like this. They are just so much fun to read. There is a "love story" going on in the back ground of the book, that makes it even more fun to read. When Declan realizes he is able to do things that most humans cannot he finds that there is more to his life than he ever imagined. It's a fun ride to go on with him. It's exciting, and interesting. There are a lot of references to faith in this book, but I loved it. How can you go through life with so many things working against you without faith? I have no idea, and that is what made it more interesting to read about for me. If you like stories about daemons, daemon hunters, nephalim and other creatures this is a great book to read. It's exciting, and has a romance to book. I am anxious to see what the next book will bring.
Writerartist1010 More than 1 year ago
This was a new author for me and I was very excited to read this book from Michael Ka Chun Pang. This is Michael's debut book and I love checking out novels from new authors. After reading the book description, I could tell that this would be a novel that would interest me. The story is centered around Declan Peters who knows that there is something wrong with his mother. At the tender age of 7, Declan almost dies because of his mother. His mother goes into a moment of rage and almost kills Declan. He can't forget that horrible day and the look in her eyes when she was doing this horrendous act. Declan almost drowns and dies, but he survives the incident. His mother is taken into custody and institutionalized. Declan is taken away from her and goes to live with his Aunt and Uncle. Declan has many unanswered questions about his mother. He's not sure why she decided to act in this horrendous way. Declan wants to understand his mother's actions and get to the bottom of why she decided to act the way she did on that day. Declan takes a job at the institution where his mother is being held. He tries to understand her and why she did what she did. However, he soon realizes the evil in the institution and doesn't know if he will make it out alive. This book honestly had me on the edge of my seat. I could feel Declan's pain as he tried to get to the bottom of why his mother acted the way that she did. He gets closer to finding the answers, as more terrible things begin to happen. Michael Pang is a talented author who has put together a story that will surely get readers interested. I kept reading this book to see what would happen between Declan and his mom. There are not many books out there that fully focus on a mother and son relationship. I loved how this book took a different turn on that and made it very interesting to read through. This is a book that I would reread and recommend to friends. I'm hoping that the author will continue on with this series as it is a great read that is enjoyable.
Suzie2672 More than 1 year ago
IN THE EYES OF MADNESS is one outstanding book!  I was so impressed with the intense drama that Michael Ka Chun Pang was able to unfold right before my eyes.  I found this to be an exceptional young adult novel that is assured to become a favorite of any teen.  This book provides a solid foundation for the other books to build upon its strength in the CHRONICLES OF DECLAN PETERS series.  I look forward to reading more of the writer’s highly addictive writing style.  I predict this book will be met with award winning honors.