William G. Bentrim authors books for children. He founded, owned and operated food and technology businesses. Teaching school and counseling from 5th grade to college and from Appalachia to urban suburbia helped define his identity. He is most proud of being a husband, father and grandfather. As someone who cares about the people around him, who wants to improve the society we all live in, who hopes on a daily basis to leave the planet a little better than it was the previous day William is cognizant that the impact he has on the world is minimal. Tilting at windmills is a part of his character as is a deep love for all those who need to be loved. In his own mind he is a complex, multi-layered, unique character in the kaleidoscoping drama of life.
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- Mind of a Killer
on March 25, 2012
Mind of a Killer by Lee Emerick
The book details the acts of a demented serial killer named “The Hacker.”
Ian Rivers is a cop with psychic abilities. He can see through the eyes of killers. This ability enables him to have an enviable record of success in the apprehension of the worst criminals.
Karl, Ian’s partner, is pulled into the maelstrom that surrounds Ian’s interaction with the notorious “Hacker”. Karl demonstrates admirable loyalty to his good friend and partner, Ian.
Ian’s psychic episodes leave him emotionally vulnerable and drained. The toll of chasing killers mounts up. Ian’s mental state is a large part of the book’s impact.
Mr. Emerick portrays his characters vividly. The settings could be fleshed out a bit more. For me, the erratic nature of the protagonist made it difficult for me to buy into the story line.
In some ways delving into the mind of the “Hacker” is akin to scuba diving in a septic tank, murky, merciless and vile. This is most definitely a psycho thriller.
- The Toy Sorcerer
on May 05, 2012
The Toy Sorcerer by Laura Hart
I got a distinct feel of Alice in Wonderland when reading this. I was relieved to see in the forward (which I usually read afterward don’t ask me why since I have no idea) that another reviewer saw it as an Alice in Wonderland tribute.
Alice is physically challenged due to an accident. She and her Dad move to a quaint country cottage to escape their past. She meets and is befriended by the delightful elderly lady and her Jack Russell terrier who live down the land.
Little does she know that all is not what it seems? Alice is enmeshed in an ancient conflict of good versus evil, sister versus sister and reality versus fantasy. Alice’s unlikely role as a champion provides the thrust of the story. Overcoming obstacles regardless of their severity seems to be the moral.
There is a wealth of colorful characters in the book. Surrounded by immortals of questionable character, she is befriended by unlikely allies. Shammerwack seems to illustrate the bi-polarity of life. The book is entertaining and a touch confusing with reality and dreams conflicting.
Try it, you may find yourself on the wrong side of the looking glass.