Killing His Fear

Killing His Fear

by John B. Wren


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The films of the forties and early fifties depended on lighting and sounds to convey terror. They didn't have the advantage of color and computer graphics nor did they delve into the same level of gore and violence that we see today. Such was the world of Brandon, a young impressionable boy who watches a Frankenstein movie on television one night and begins a trek through life in an ever deepening spiral of FEAR of the grey men and shadowy characters of these early films.
Losing his father to a hit and run driver and his mother to her own mental hell, Brandon leaves home in suburban Detroit, seeking sanity in Florida. He arrives in Washington, DC and decides to earn a little money as a dishwasher before continuing his journey. He stays and eventually begins to see hope in his dark tunnel and a few life changing events begin to lift his spirits.
Killing His Fear takes place almost entirely in the District of Columbia. This is Wren's second book about a serial killer. It is a work of fiction, but the events are well within the realm of possibility. Brandon may be on a track to coming out of his hellish spiral, or he may be boring deeper into oblivion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478320456
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/27/2012
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Raised in western New York State, John B. Wren has been functioning as a consulting engineer for over 40 years, providing design services for building utility systems in commercial and industrial facilities, educational institutions, hospitals and data centers across the United States and around the world.

Educated in New York and Ohio, Wren has been an avid reader of high tech thrillers, mysteries and in the non-fiction realm, physics and astrophysics. His first published novel, To Probe A Beating Heart, has been available since the summer of 2011 and his second work, Killing His Fear, is now available through Amazon.
"My next project, titled 'Darryl's Reunion' is in progress and expected to be released in the spring of 2013."
Wren's writing interests are not restricted to tales of murder and mystery, but touch on the conditions of the world around us as will be evidenced in another work anticipated to reach completion late in 2014. "I think about many things that stir a number of us all and putting my thoughts and opinions in writing may well establish a bond between some and build a wall between others, but my objective would be neither. Rather to put the tougher issues of today on a common table where discussion may occur. The answers are not always one extreme or the other but rather a position somewhere in between where opposites may coexist."

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Killing His Fear 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
booklover- More than 1 year ago
KILLING HIS FEAR .... THIS ONE STAYS IN YOUR HEAD FOR A VERY LONG TIME.... Brandon, as a child, was loved and protected by his parents. When one night, Brandon takes advantage of his parents' absence for the evening and watches Frankenstein, something the folks would never have allowed. He becomes so fascinated with the character.. the shadows.. that he suffers nightmares for years. His father helps him cope, at least until he, himself, is killed in an accident. At this point in his life, Brandon starts to obsess about horror movies.. and the demons he senses in those movies. He develops insomnia because his dreams are full of demons and shadows and whispering voices. To help combat the insomnia, he begins walking in the middle of the night. He's a big guy, tall, and not afraid of too much ...except for the demons that are in his head. On one such nightly wandering he runs into a rat foraging for food in an alley. Brandon kills the rat by kicking it to death. That night, he sleeps without dreaming. Then the dreams come back, the whispers begin and thus is born a serial killer ... one with no remorse and taking no responsibility. After all ... it is the demons, right? I felt such compassion and sorrow for this young man. He wants what most of us want ... a job, a place to live, friends, and someone to love. Other than his ability to kill without difficulty, he could easily have passed for people we all know. The author has the unique ability to bring Brandon to life, to make me wonder and think about all the people who pass through my life ... do they have demons? Do I? Excellent reading ... an easy 5 stars for me! The author very kindly supplied me with this book in return for an unbiased review.
AisForAutism More than 1 year ago
John B. Wren's psychological thriller KILLING HIS FEAR intrigued me from the minute I turned the first page. I wasn't sure I would have time to fit reading this book into my busy schedule, but I had a hard time putting it down and finished it within a day of receiving it. It was a good summer read filled with suspense, friendship, investigations and murder. As a huge fan of the TV show DEXTER, I enjoyed getting to know a somewhat similar character, Brandon, a young man trying to lead a good life, working hard and, for once, enjoying a fun social life. Meanwhile, while his life is taking an upswing, he's being sucked into the vortex of his "dark passenger" (similar to Dexter's) which presents in the form of voices in the basement or dark figures in his dreams. Being pulled in two directions by the joy he finds in the daylight and the need to kill that appears in the dark begins to spin Brandon's life out of control. You will be surprised when you find yourself rooting for Brandon to succeed - in life, not death. His demons have haunted him since childhood. His father understood his fears and helped him find ways to over come them. However, his father dies unexpectedly and he's left on his own to face his fears. Follow him through his years of fears as he tries to navigate the shadows on his own. Sometimes he's successful, but sometimes he gives in to the shadows. Join Brandon on his journey through the shadows in the hopes for living a dream instead of a nightmare.