Pull the Weeds

For Weeds Will Grow is my second read authored by David Six. I thought nothing could match the horror of In the Time it Takes to Blink, reviewed just a couple of days ago. I was wrong. The level of horror is equally high in this novel but from an entirely different perspective. The earlier novel dealt with a very sick psychopath (can there be any other kind?). This one is from the perspective of a protagonist as a child dealing with uncontrollable power that may master him unless he can take charge of the power. Danny not only has to deal with the gray men and back-eyes. First, he must get a lot of information. Danny senses that a lot of people around him know secrets about a power that he has but won’t tell him about his power until some important event occurs. Granny Noble and Granny Ally will tell Danny about his powers and he will face a lifetime of dealing with horrors.

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Children at War

Children To A Degree by Horst Christian has a subtitle on the cover which might not attract the general reader. “Growing Up Under the Third Reich,” can evoke a reaction of “ho-hum, another apologetic story of WWII Germany.” Some might think it is a work of complete fiction. As the author points out (turn the page) this work of fiction is based on a true story. I found this on sale at Amazon for USD 0.00 as of 10 December 10, 2017, and was pleased to note this is the first in a series of four about WWII and Germany even though it was published third in the series and subsequently renamed as Book 1. I look forward to reading the remaining three books in the series.

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Unusual Uses for Confetti

David Six has written a novel, In the Time it Takes to Blink, which will delight readers who focus on the clever use of language to tell an engrossing tale. No pun intended with the use of a word that contains “gross.” There are elements that could be considered gross and NSFW. This abbreviation (not safe for work) is not because of explicit sexual comment, although there is some of that. I use this abbreviation because of the graphic violence, some of which may involve sex. Someone at work peering over your shoulder and noticing the violent content you are reading might wonder about your daily interests. This novel is far out there but I describe it this way not as a criticism but as a way of warning readers this might be a rough ride. After reading this, you will look at confetti in new ways.

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DIY Planned Murder Mystery

Stop a Murder: How by J. A. Konrath is at least one-half an activity book for readers who love mysteries and are getting a little bit smug about always getting to a solution before the author is finished providing clues. In this case, the always entertaining Konrath invites readers to help prevent a murder. Konrath has received emails from a criminal planning a murder, the criminal baits Konrath with clues that when followed might lead the author to prevent a murder. Along the way, the unknown sender taunts and baits Konrath by insulting his previously published works as well as his overall abilities and intelligence. Konrath has a plan.

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Imperfect Creatures

Fallen Angels by Marvin J. Wolf and Katherine Mader is described in its subtitle as a chronicle of L.A. (Los Angeles) crime and mystery. Yep, I know that “everybody” knows L.A. stands for Los Angeles but there are those unfamiliar with the United States that might think L.A. is a genre of crime and mystery that involves the use of leather articles (LA) so I wanted to clear that up. This novel fulfills the requirements of a chronicle as it presents true crime accounts from 1847 to 1983. There is a fascinating addendum at the end dated 1987 which provides updates to the earlier reported Thelma Todd mystery. This is crime reporting with many irrefutable facts referenced in an approximately 11-page bibliography. Some may argue this is not a novel due to the reporting of so much factual information. But there are also a lot of unsolved mysteries and possibilities presented. The idea that studios staged crime scenes to protect contract actors may have a basis in truth. The reader will probably question why there was so much time between a death and the report of the death to the police. Because of conjectures, no one knew what really went on in the “missing time” sequences, I call this work a novel.

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Horror Well Described

In 13: A Baker’s Dozen of Suspense and Horror Tales by David Six, I will comment on each story, but they do have one common factor that I think will be good to look out for before you read. This struck me about three stories in. Watch this author’s talent for description. Do that and these stories will capture your attention. In some stories, the plot moves slowly but the talent the author displays with description makes all the stories worth reading.

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Hits for the Hitman

The Man Behind the Bar by Chris Sarantopoulos is a short story (locations 201) which I received from Instafreebie, a platform for free giveaways and book promotions.

The bar sign said Ben Stingler’s place but when the hitman entered the bar, the bartender knew that he, the bartender, was entering a life and death situation. Either he or the hitman would soon be dead. The bartender, real name Phil Harisson, had a shotgun on a swivel just under the bar. Phil might be able to come out of this alive. The hitman was straightforward about his mission. He laid his Baretta pistol on the bar and asked Phil what had gone wrong; what had he done to anger boss Bocca so much that today it had come to this? Phil was himself a hitman with quite a tally of successes. Phil knew, thought it was logical, that one day he might occupy the same position as those he had dispatched. Phil was not resigned to it; he had changed his name, moved to a new city, and opened a bar. Obviously, that had not worked.

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