A Killer’s Grace

A Killer’s Grace ISBN: 9781938288760, Terra Nova Books, 2nd Edition e-book by Ronald Chapman.

Plot: Kevin Pitcairn is a recovered alcoholic and well-received freelance journalist living on the outskirts of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He and his Mexican-American girlfriend Maria Lena and their two Boxers, Lucy and Lincoln live in a home they have purchased knowing that eventually they would marry. Constantly he is awakened by dreams stemming from the fact that fifteen years ago he had killed a man in a rage resulting from a bad drug and alcohol. The crime never was investigated because it was committed in a sleazy hotel, he had left the hotel after blanking out and the victim, when discovered, was a drug felon. Thus, the fact was known only to Maria and his mentor and others in his Alcoholics Anonymous group. Guilt hangs heavily in his mind and when he receives a letter from a confessed serial killer, he gradually becomes completely involved. Daniel Davidson, the convicted killer of eight young women is in the local jail awaiting extradition to Texas where he is to face the death penalty. His diagnosis was “Sexual Sadism resulting in violent sexual activity in a repetitive manner”. In the letter Davidson freely admits his guilt but with the trial presentation of his early abuse and the fact that after administration of Depro-Lupron, his testosterone level had dropped to a very low level so he no longer felt the overriding compulsion to destroy women, he asserted “it was not really his fault”. This statement contrary to common belief, together with Pitcairn’s own memories of abuse as well as of his violent history and his deep lying guilt, initiates a need within him to delve into the matter and see if other young disturbed individuals can be saved from going down the same violent path. The resultant tale is the gradual evolution of Pitcairn’s deep immersion into a profound study of the cause/effect nature of ‘violence leading violence’. It also describes his transformation from a staunch agnostic to a gradual understanding of the idea of “forgive them for they know not what they do.” Along the way his activity and published articles and speaking appearances provide a profound change in Maria Elena and others as he encounters a host of, often violent, reactions to his proposals and the reader meets a number of other interesting, even absorbing individuals as he struggles toward redemption.

Discussion: The author has provided a quite in-depth look at a man with a heavy psychological load intelligently using wide investigative means together with introspective measures in attempting to find some level of personal relief. He also has opened another window that is almost compellingly necessary for the reader to contemplate – the growing attitude of dissatisfaction with the death penalty. Some of the growing amount of the scientific evidence that favors the fact that killers are the product of their early years, the author has presented well and he has alluded to even more. However and most regrettably, he along with the producers of the growing mass of evidence, have no suggestion as to how to proceed to stamp out this festering sore. From a pragmatic viewpoint, all of the evidence supports the need to save these individuals BUT at the same time how do you protect the man/woman on the street from the violence. To be brutally realistic, until perhaps ‘The Second Coming’, the answer may be unattainable. The amount of money required to establish the necessary programs to discover these abused individuals before they become violent, plus establishment of necessary therapeutic programs, alone is beyond calculation. Plus the competence of those charged with the task must be considered. We need go no further than to witness the ability, or more seemingly lack thereof, for individuals to discover answers to questions circulating about persons in the U. S. Government – questions that quite frankly are far less involved than those required about abuse. And while decisions are being made with respect to this matter, the population must be protected and it is my understanding that the rising cost of incarceration also is reaching well beyond unmanageable proportions.

Summary: An engrossing tale of one man’s intelligent approach to redemption that also leads the reader to thoroughly consider a compelling social problem.

5* Engrossing tale of redemption opening great need to consider a social problem.

EPHAIDRIA

EPHAIDRIA ISBN: 9780998405810, an ‘other world’ novel copyright and written by James Grieco.

Scene/Plot: Four human principles become involved in problems evolving in the intergalactic world which consists of three individual realms. One is composed of matter and energy. The other two are non-physical dimensions composed entirely of energy – the upper one positive, the lower completely negative and can be thought of as similar to what humans think of as Hell. Ephaidria is the most developed planet in the cosmos and consists of eight civilizations which are being threatened by Zang who has managed to escape from the lower realm and teaching others how to escape has gathered a huge army that is attempting to overthrow the Ephaidrians after which Zang intends to ruin Earth as well. Much will depend upon whether he can get to Sibyl and obtain the four crowns she maintains before the Ephraidrians. They cannot do this themselves and require four specific Human Prins with special powers and they must bring them through the entryway at a very old Roanoke Park walled-up cave in the Kansas City area. The four humans required are: Joshua (Josh) Jaylee, a sixteen-year-old resident of suburban Kansas City, who instead of gaining a high from drugs has spent hours becoming an incredible gamer. His strategic mind is unmatched in innumerable warfare games and is aided by a unique ability to sense an activity or movement before it actually occurs. Nicole Rauveur (18 yr. old Nicki) unparalleled musical aptitude Parisian violinist who tragically lost her mother at ten to a house fire which she escaped. Her researcher father moves them to the US to accept an offer because of his breakthrough in Nanomedicine. They now live in Kirkland, NY and after a drive to Syracuse to participate in an evening concert, she goes to sleep and has a horrifying dream where she is dragged into the ground. The reader discovers she has prophetic dreams, is clairvoyant, has second sight and may even be able to ‘change history’. Fifteen-year-old Suki Odayajka is a world class gymnast who after a perfect performance falls into a swoon where she hears her great grandma’s (Nyoko) voice “Try not to be frightened. He feeds on your fear.” She also has the ability to heal peoples’ injuries. Tahani Jakande, handsome, muscular, highly intelligent South African who is at NEO Cosmological Observatory as an intern after finishing his 1st year at Mass Conservatory of Astrophysics. He always believed there was life beyond our world and now is here making a startling discovery. He sees an object travelling at ¼ the speed of light (84,000 kilometers/second). If in fifteen minutes it hits earth, it can destroy a huge city of if landing in the ocean can cause a massive tsunami. Remarkably as it approaches it slows down so it is directed by something intelligent. Then suddenly, it vanishes. The tale proceeds as the four humans are gathered together at the cave, transported through the solid brick wall, transferred to Ephaidria where their metabolism is altered and they are mentally and quickly provided with the nine languages they will be required to use and prepared to aid their new intergalactic friends in the struggle to save their world as well as their earthen home.

Discussion: The author has provided a rather complicated story with a large number of places and characters of varying importance to the plot which, as described above, actually is only the basic story. In the author’s own words, one amusing from the young Josh, the other by the ancient prophet: “The creature we have to fight is possessed by a pissed off ghost, who cooked up a crown that makes him super- powerful…” And from antiquity: “Only four human Prin shall bend the face of time and enter the Sibyl’s sanctum. The righteous shall receive the great Starbrands, wielding their might with tempered hands, driving the escaped Drarbune souls back into the depths of Drar.”

Conclusion: The author’s imaginative themes and use of rich fantasy no doubt will enthrall readers that thrive on such wide ranging epic galactic tales of good versus evil. If you are one of these individuals, this one’s definitely for you.

5* For readers enthralled by original imaginative themes, rich fantasy.