Some nightmares never end!
"A thriller that grabs readers and doesn't let go, skillfully twisting, turning, and manipulating its plot for maximum impact." ~ D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
When her 19-year-old son Jack miraculously recovers from a serious head trauma, Maggie is sure her luck has changed. But when she's abducted by a shadow from her past - a phantom with dangerous sapphire eyes - it's up to Jack and his younger brother Tom to unravel the mystery and save their mom from a deadly psychological battle.
The brothers seek help from their colorful great aunt, who exposes them to a world of nefarious family secrets, explosive government conspiracies, and a series of horrific murders. Together they must navigate a dark underworld full of political subterfuge and class warfare - before the psychopath who took their mother reaches his shatter point.
Awards & Recognition:
- WINNER: Pinnacle Book Achievement Award, Fall 2014 - Best Thriller
- GRAND PRIZE FINALIST: Eric Hoffer da Vinci Eye Awards 2015
- HONORABLE MENTION: Eric Hoffer Book Awards 2015 -- Best Commercial Fiction
[Thriller, Suspense, Crime, Serial Killer, Vigilante Justice, Psychological, Vengeance]
Evolved Publishing presents a gripping glimpse of the near future, in which a twisted serial killer finds power in a corrupt political culture. [DRM-Free]
"Shatter Point is an exciting novel of suspense, action, drama and even a little bit of horror…. It's definitely one of the best novels out there right now." ~ Next Page Reviews
"When I reached the last 100 pages no one was going to be able to stop me reading until I knew the ending!" ~ Olivia's Catastrophe
Books by Jeff Altabef:
- A NEPHILIM THRILLER - Book 1: "Devil's Den"
- A NEPHILIM THRILLER - Book 2: "Devil's Dance"
- A POINT THRILLER - Book 1: "Fracture Point"
- A POINT THRILLER - Book 2: "Shatter Point"
- RED DEATH - Book 1: "Red Death"
- RED DEATH - Book 2: "The Ghost King"
- CHOSEN - Book 1: "Wind Catcher" (with Erynn Altabef)
- CHOSEN - Book 2: "Brink of Dawn" (with Erynn Altabef)
- CHOSEN - Book 3: "Scorched Souls" (with Erynn Altabef)
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- "Forgive Me, Alex" by Lane Diamond
- "Galerie" by Steven Greenberg
- "Whispers of the Dead" by C.L. Roberts-Huth
- "Red on the Run" by K.M. Hodge
- "Broometime Serenade" by Barry Metcalf
About the Author
Jeff Altabef lives in New York with his wife, two daughters, and Charlie the dog. He spends time volunteering at the Writing Center in the local community college. After years of being accused of “telling stories,” he thought he would make it official. He writes in both the thriller and young adult genres. As an avid Knicks fan, he is prone to long periods of melancholy during hoops season.
Jeff has a column on The Examiner focused on writing and a blog on The Patch designed to encourage writing for those that like telling stories.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I received a copy of this book as part of the Novel Publicity Blog Tour. Shatter Point is actually the sequel to Altabef’s first novel, Fourteenth Colony. There are some references to things that happened in this book… ok so more than references, this underground political group actually plays quite a large role in trying to rescue Maggie and there is mention of Jack’s kidnapping (which we are just told he was kidnapped and injured… which is where this story starts up). You don’t have to have read the first book in order to enjoy this one, without the references that might seem a little confusing at first, this could be a stand alone. But, now that I know there is one before this… I’m going to have to go and read it! There are actually about 3 different story lines being told simultaneously and about a third of the way through the book they all intertwine with one another. I won’t lie and say at first I wasn’t confused, because after the first two chapters I was like “where is the kidnapping… where is the crazy serial killer??”; but you get there and once you get there you have one of those “AH HA” moments and everything becomes clear. The setting of this book is actually several years in the future and there is an economic divide in the country. The rich have all the power, there is no real middle class or lower class anymore. They have all been subjugated to the ghettos, where drugs and crime run rampant and no one is really inclined to do anything about it. But there is an underground resistance that is gaining momentum; The Fourteenth Colony. There are no advancement opportunities for the poor really. Very few ever get out of the endless cycle of poverty and addiction. Dr. Beck is one of those few exceptions and he is on the verge of a break through with his experimental drug that could cure Alzheimer’s and possibly addiction for good. But the government has other plans for his research. The story starts with Jack having been injured during his kidnapping and lying in a coma in the hospital. Because the new world order is all about the “haves”… the “have-nots” have no rights. But it seems that someone who holds a lot of power in the political world has taken a special interest in this family, Jack is given an experimental drug that could repair the damage to his brain. Unfortunately, this new drug hasn’t fared well in its testing and is nowhere near ready for human experimentation. But the director of the research hospital deems Jack the best candidate to receive this drug. Dr. Beck is hesitant to administer it, but his hands are tied. His family, his mother Maggie and brother Tom, have no knowledge that Jack is being given this drug. When he awakens from his coma they are just thankful that he is alive. We follow the story of Dr. Beck trying to figure out why only one of his test subjects has survived the drug and how he can find the secret to slowing down the brain growth that will eventually kill Jack. There are conspiracies galore with this one! At every turn there is a new problem, someone trying to get in the way of progress or push a drug through that shouldn’t be given to the human populace. But the root of our story is Cooper’s obsession with Maggie. Every year, on the same day, Maggie takes a day off work, known as “Solitary Day”. No one really knows what she does or why she takes this day. Perhaps they think it’s a decompression day for her, but it’s something much more sinister. Every year on this day she receives a letter, accompanied by a picture, from Cooper. Over the last twenty years, the letters and pictures have grown more disturbing. Cooper is kidnapping and killing girls who resemble Maggie. Now that her children are grown and her husband is dead, Cooper sees this as the perfect opportunity to make Maggie his forever. There are a few parts where one story line starts to override the kidnapping, but eventually it all meshes back together and gets on track. Tom is the brains of the two boys. Science and logic rule his world. Everything must have a logical solution to it. Jack is a little more hot-headed and usually acts before he thinks about the consequences. Maggie is a strong woman who will do anything to keep her family safe from the monster that is Cooper. The only person she has ever confided in is her Aunt Jackie. I have to say that even though Aunt Jackie is really only a supporting character, she was my favorite! She’s crazy and has led quite the interesting life. And her love for Maggie and the boys send her on a path to do anything in order to save them. She’s fiercely protective of her family, and they are all she has left. There are twists and turns galore in this book and once you think you have it all figured out, another curve ball is thrown at you. Will they find Maggie in time to save her from Cooper’s wrath? If you love a good mystery suspense, this is the book for you.
A chilling thriller spanning 20 years. I found the novel to be Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde meets Jack the Ripper in the 21st century. Maggie and her parents live a simple life and she is a happy 12-13 year old adolescent learning to draw and enjoying life. Her parents work different jobs at resorts. Mother inside as a housemaid and father in the stables. While working their jobs, Maggie is sent outside to specific spots between her parents to muse and draw and enjoy the ducks on the pond and stray animals she may encounter. She is not to interact with guests however. It is a rule because she is a daughter of the “help”. Little does Maggie know in her young life that in one day, while sitting beside the pond drawing, her life from here forward will change forever. A young man staying at the resort with his parents comes up and greets her. His name is Cooper and he is approximately 3 years older. Because she is lonely and enjoys his company Maggie keeps their friendship secret from her parents, as she knows it is not allowed for her to befriend one of the guests. When Maggie and Cooper part he is angry and displays his anger by showing Maggie a collar with blood on it from a stray cat she had come to love. She made that collar. Where is the cat!!! Being a naïve teen by the time of their parting, Maggie never expected the next 20+ years of her life to be changed. She would spend these years constantly looking over her shoulder and protecting her husband, Paul and 2 sons, Jack and Tom. The shatter point comes when Cooper reaches the boiling point in his mind. Maggie must be saved by that time or lost forever. Jack and Tom don’t have much time to find him and save her before he reaches that point or kills Maggie, whichever may come first. The novel keeps your interest and is not a gory read. I enjoyed it and would recommend it. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
"Shatter Point" is a thriller/suspense novel with a science fiction twist. The year is 2041, and Dr. Darian Beck is involved in medical experiments for brain trauma patients; the dogs that have been injected have died, and he's upset when Dr. Wickersham decides to go ahead and perform the experiment on a man named Jack. Miraculously, Jack recovers and is able to resume his life with debilitating headaches. In a parallel storyline that will eventually weave together with Dr. Beck's early experiments, a powerful and deranged man named Cooper is finally making his move to kidnap Jack's mother, Maggie, whom he has been obsessed with since he was a child…Jack (along with his brother) is soon in a race to save his mother, though the aftereffects of the experimental drug will certainly make things interesting… I didn't know what to expect from this novel, and I generally don't like scientific thrillers, but I will say I really liked how the author wove that element into a more traditional suspense story. It adds a second level of tension; you're caught up in not only whether Jack and Tom can rescue Maggie, but in what Jack's ultimate fate will be and just how the medicine will change him. I also found "Shatter Point" to be well-written and engaging; Cooper is a chilling villain, more so because he presents a successful and normal face to the world at large, and the secondary characters (such as the kick-butt Aunt Jackie) add some color as well. Recommended to readers who enjoy suspense and thriller novels, especially those about serial killers with twisted motivations.
Masterfully written a must read for fabs of the psychological thriller genre. I gave this book a five star rating. I enjoyed this book immensely. It kept me entertained and intetested and guessing what would happen next. I couldn't put it down. I received this book in exchange for an honest review. N honest review is what I give. It was five stars for me. Great Author! !!
Neurobiologist Darian Beck was still in testing stages of a new drug that would regenerate brain matter and end Alzheimer’s disease, when his boss ordered him to inject it into a human subject. The subject, Jack, was in a coma from a head trauma and expected to die without the injection. With Jack unaware that he had been injected, Darian kept close watch on him under the guise of a study on brain injuries. The problem with the drug was that it increased the brain to the point of death. Darian worked around the clock with testing, trying to save Jack before his time ran out. In the meantime, a psychopath that has stalked Jack’s mother since childhood has kidnapped her. With Jack out of reach, Darian becomes frantic trying to find him before it’s too late. I wish I had read the first of this series before reading this one. I think I would have understood it more. There were things mentioned that I would have liked to know about. That being said, this one could stand-alone. It didn’t take much to feel close to Jack and his family, as well as Darian. I could feel Darian’s despair with each trial failure. I really liked the way all the characters came full circle together. This is a good read for anyone who likes thrillers.
Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite Shatter Point by Jeff Altabef is a thriller that does not stop. Maggie and Cooper met when they were young, but even when she was young Maggie could sense that something was wrong with Cooper. He had charm, good looks and wealth, but also there was a deep sense of danger that loomed around him and in his eyes. Cooper haunts Maggie from a distance until everything changes. When Jack and Tom find out their mother has been taken, they will stop at nothing to rescue her. Along the way, they uncover family secrets and government conspiracies ... not to mention murders. This book has myriad twists and turns that will keep you holding on and wondering what is coming next. I truly enjoyed this thriller even in its gruesome aspects; murder is never nice. I personally had a little trouble connecting with some characters but that tends to be something that happens for me in thrillers. It did not keep me from enjoying every page of this engaging story. I found the flow of the book to be fast paced and perfect for this kind of story. Jeff Altabef has truly created a gripping story that is full of suspense, thrills and drama. If you enjoy this genre, Shatter Point will tick all of your boxes and give you even more than that. I had trouble setting this one down and I think you will do too. I give this book two thumbs up and suggest it for a fantastic read.
Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite Shatter Point by Jeff Altabef is a gripping psychological thriller set a little in the future. Maggie was only young when she first met Cooper. At first friends, she soon found out that there was a darker side to him. She rejects him and moves away with her family, marrying and having two sons, Jack and Tom. Cooper doesn’t forget her though, and every year he writes to her, sending her a photo of a woman he has tortured and murdered in her name. Jack is involved in an accident and, to save him, he is given an experimental drug without his knowledge. Unfortunately, testing is not complete on it and the results so far are not good. One day, things change. Cooper takes Maggie and it is up to her sons and friends at the Fourteenth Colony to find her. Can they locate her before it’s too late? How many more people have to die before the nightmare ends? Can Jack be saved before the drug takes his life? Shatter Point by Jeff Altabef was an amazing read. There were two separate stories here fully entwined together. The story started on a high note and never dropped a beat the whole way through. Excellent thriller, a scary one because the experimental drug side of it is something that could possibly happen, or may even be happening today. This is one of those books that no reader will be able to part with until they reach the end, I guarantee it.