Bruce Benson


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  • The Darkness Will Find You on July 27, 2012

    Alot of the author's books I had previously read but didn't leave any reviews. When I saw that the author was offering all of her books for free for a limited time, I thought that I would help her out with some reviews as she was generous enough to share her creativity with everyone, free of charge. Let's see, this story, I found to be a bit unusual. Much like many of this author's stories, she tends to leave her stories a little bit unresolved, in a good way though. I am starting to think that the author likes the idea of her audience drawing their own conclusions without telling them exactly how the story ends. This one was suspensful and intriguing with a unique plot line. This author is beginning to grow on me.
  • Divers Of The Lake on July 27, 2012

    Again, another book by this author that had me engrossed. Although this digital short read is only a few pages long, I felt like I read it within 5 minutes. This author has a tremendous skill for character development and establishing thick, tense plot lines. I think anyone that enjoys a good suspensful thriller will be impressed with this little story
  • Finding The Lost on July 27, 2012

    Now this story made me smile when I finished it. Not because of the plot line (which I will not give away), but rather the interesting twist at the end where the reader wants to yell at the main character saying, "you big dummy!" Again though, I think that this author yet again has shown that she has a very creative mind and is more than capable of clearly writing out her stories in an entertaining way
  • She Has No Name on July 27, 2012

    Now this is a book that I found interesting and troubling at the same time. Interesting in the way that there are a lot of issues touched on by the author. That being said, I would not recommend this book to children. Troubling in that, it is a sad reminder of the real life horrors that take place in society. First, I think that the note to the reader in the beginning of the book plays an intricate role. I interpretted it to let the reader be aware of the fact that this book read almost like a memoir. It wasn't intended to give "life" to any of the characters but rather, a chronological list of events that took place in an individual's life. That being said, I can't help but wonder if this is the type of book that all parents should read if they have troubled teenagers that they are trying to get through to. Could help shed a little light on the mentality that they are so far removed from as an adult? Just a thought. Obviously, the book needs a little bit of polishing with the grammatical errors and what not. However, I've noticed that the author publishes all of her own books, that alone is enough to applaude, but with that, I would imagine comes a lot of the responsibility of editing and proofing her own publications. I would have to say that the content of the book is moving and interesting to read, perhaps just put a little bit more elbow grease into the editing and I think that you have got yourself a winner; a book that could perhaps do more good than you know.
  • Gone Is The Last Drop on Aug. 01, 2012

    I finally finished the rest of this author's stories. This particular books was a very interesting read. The author develops a plotline where the reader is teetering back and forth between reality and dillusion. I think that this story will be a good little head scratcher when you're done reading it.
  • The Air Guy on Aug. 01, 2012

    After reading the biography that the author had released about herself, I wasn't at all surprised to see a story like this one. It seems to bring together the 2 things that this author has demonstrated that she loves, science and thrilling stories. I encourage anybody to read this story if they like stories where a horrific, yet seemingly impossible event takes place as a fictional plot line, but presented in such a knowledgable way that the reader does have to beg the question, can this really happen?
  • The Broken Backbone on Aug. 01, 2012

    It seems like the author is speaking from the heart on this story, no doubt a likeness of something that can and has happened in many families through out the world. It's heart breaking and sad. But I still encourage the readers to look at this story with open eyes and if nothing else, use it as a reminder to be grateful if you do not have to contend with such turmoil
  • The Lipstick Stain on Aug. 01, 2012

    Talk about a potential ebook crimes series! I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I will probably end up reading it again. The description used to develop the story, character, plot ect was dead on. I would have to say, although I really like all of the author's work, this is one of her better stories.
  • The Long Road Ahead on Aug. 01, 2012

    Ah the trials and tribulations of failed romances. This story reminds me of a plotline you might see on mini-series of some type. The kind where you can't help but either bea fan of either the heroine in the story or the fan of the villian. Regardless though, you're going to be rooting for someone!
  • The Matriarch on Aug. 01, 2012

    I really enjoy reading stories that make you want to curl up on the couch during a rainstorm at night and get completely engrossed in a story that when finished reading, will make you jump at the slightest shadow movement or earie sound. Check out this book and I'm sure you will agree with me.
  • Thirty-1 Volume 1: Reckless on Aug. 01, 2012

    I'm rather excited to be leaving the first review for this book. It was intriguing and unique. I am very curious on the meaning behind the title "Thirty-1" as well as where exactly this story is going.
  • Thirty-1 Volume 2: Salvation on Aug. 01, 2012

    Ok, this is book 2 of the series "Thirty-1", and I am still unsure as to where the author is leading me. I have great confidence in this author though as she has repeatedly demonstrated that her stories will be great, so I will have to sit back, wait and continue to read.
  • Thirty-1 Volume 3: Boom on Aug. 01, 2012

    I've gathered that the first 3 stories are character introduction. Very clever of the author to designate the first few volumes for the reader to get to know the characters and still not know what role they play in the story, for that matter, what the story is about. Keeps a reader sucked in.
  • Thirty-1 Volume 4: The Therabs on Aug. 01, 2012

    Now we are getting somewhere. First, I really like the cover art that the author chose. Very surreal. The author, I've noticed, is very careful on how much information she shares with the reader in each volume. I like that, because it definately brings the reader in. And even if you don't care much for the story, you will still want to find out what happened. Interesting that the authors work are developed with a marketing strategies.
  • Thirty-1 Volume 5: The Chimera Room on Aug. 01, 2012

    This volume was a little more interesting as it focused again on the characters as individuals but it gave 3 very different perspectives on who 3 very different personalities could possibly react when faced with the same situation. This volume was more of a psychological approach. Sadly enough, this is the last published volume too, so I'm hoping that the author releases the rest of the series soon. I am very curious on what is going to happen next
  • Sandstone and Mirrors on Aug. 01, 2012

    Hands down, a brilliant story by this author. She has demonstrated numerous different styles in her writing but, as an objective critism, I think that her strength is fantasy fiction. I was engrossed in this story and could not put it down, in fact, I finished it in a single afternoon. I am eagerly waiting for the next volume. Bravo on this one! Very good read!
  • Walking Before You Run on Aug. 01, 2012

    My final review on the work that this author has released is a little bit different. Normally, I am not a poetry fan. However, after I read the poetry book, I viewed the author's art work on her website. There is a lot of overlap between the 2 in terms of emotion vs logical. The author's lyrics are strong and crafty. There is a mature development in the the poems and the art, which I suspect the art came long after the poetry as the art appears to emmulate the mature portion of the poetry. All in all though, insightful, raw, emotional. That is how I would describe the book.