Cherie

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Smashwords book reviews by Cherie

  • The End Is Near on Oct. 29, 2011

    The main character is a man in his mid years who had a traumatic dysfunctional childhood exacerbated by one particular bully. That was thirty years ago and Nathan Huffnagle never got over it but allowed the events to color and stifle every day of his life. As he approaches his forty-fifth birthday he reaches a decision that life just isn’t worth it and suicide becomes his plan. He writes a journal, not just a note, explaining why he has decided on this action. The story is told as Nathan lies in the hospital. He is still alive having really botched his own suicide. Heavily medicated the lines between hallucination and reality, present and past are totally blurred. The author pulls the reader through the jumbled mix of painful memories and the visitors that come to see Nathan: Death angels urging him to find his truth and pivotal people in his life that he must come to terms with. It is a painful but thought provoking book to read. Nathan’s life drips with the burn of old emotional wounds that have never healed. The author vividly demonstrates the confusion the medication and physical trauma has to Nathan’s thoughts which sometimes resemble puzzle pieces dumped out of a box. Nathan sorts through them putting order and meaning to the events of past and present. You can’t read this book and be unaffected as you invariably examine your own perspectives.
  • Harbinger of Evil on Dec. 04, 2011

    From the opening murder scene of a privileged member of New Orleans aristocracy the reader is hooked. Nothing makes sense. The only suspect the police have is a young black woman who was found beside the body naked, tied up, drugged and beaten! The reader is led a merry chase through unexpected twists and turns as Ms. Bryant takes elements of real news stories from our country’s history and masterly weaves them into the murder mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
  • Monster Spray on Dec. 04, 2011

    The opening scene with the 911 operator and little five year old Becca is tension filled as the adult concerns about the tragic consequences of crime is juxtaposed with the innocent child’s recitation of events. It is a page turner that I wish had been a little longer.
  • The Taylorean Directive Episode 1: Die and Learn on April 21, 2013

    This is a short sequel to A.I. Rebellion. I liked the first book and was very interested in reading more. This one didn’t satisfy as it left me wanting to learn more about these characters. I do hope there are future books in this series.
  • The Taylorean Directive Episode 1: Die and Learn on April 21, 2013

    This is a short sequel to A.I. Rebellion. I liked the first book and was very interested in reading more. This one didn’t satisfy as it left me wanting to learn more about these characters. I do hope there are future books in this series. A.I. Rebellion Our world but with a small number of artificial Intelligence individuals moving and manipulating things through their global cyber circuits. Fascinating concepts that caused me to almost wish those A.I.s were real. Almost.