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Hi, my wife and I have three children and five grandchildren. Our home is in the Midwest, USA northeast of St. Louis, Missouri.
My primary writing interest is in the crime, mystery, suspense, thriller genres. The Irrevocable Change Trilogy was my first published work, a character study of an assassin for hire. It delved into his personal and intimate relationships in addition to his chosen profession.
A vigilante series followed with the Carter A. Johnson Thrillers. There are currently four books in the series.
As a change of pace, I’ve also written a horror, action, adventure novel. Outnumbered volumes 1 thru 6 is a zombie apocalypse tale that details the long term decline of the human race after the initial apocalypse.
Thank you, I hope you enjoy my stories.
on Aug. 08, 2017 :
Title – The Devil’s Homecoming
Author – Robert Schobernd
Genre – Crime Thriller
Rating 5 stars out of 5 Posted 8/8/17
No. 50 - 2 - 2017
My impressions: loving relationships, revenge, violent, great ending,
Clayton Albrecht – the assassin.
Joey Tadono – Mafia boss
Lizzy Albrecht – Clayton’s younger sister.
Tommy Maxwell - Clayton’s nephew.
Clayton Albrecht emerges from a drunken stupor after murdering five people in a New York City bar the night before. He's still inebriated when he visits his sister-in-law. After more whiskey, he attacks and rapes her. Weeks later, he takes his two nephews to Canada for a week-end fishing trip. Such are the extreme action cycles in the life of The Assassin.
After silencing his step brother and sister-in-law when they seek to initiate a contract on him, Clay takes his eighteen-year-old nephew Tommy to Alaska for a week of skiing and snowmobiling. Tommy has become his pride and joy.
Due to Clay's drinking and a run of bad luck, several hits had unacceptable results or sensational damage pointing to the mob bosses who hired him. Joey has Clay severely beaten as punishment and as a wake-up call.
A major personal impact occurs when his nephew, Tommy is attacked and critically injured by the adult town bully. When Tommy dies Clayton wages a vendetta against the men responsible for his nephew's death.
Interspersed with his personal life, new contracts continue to be assigned until his services are demanded to murder a US Congressman. He refuses to kill the man for personal reasons. He foils the attempt on the man's life and incurs the wrath of the top mob bosses. While making his escape he is shot and has to hide out while his wound heals.
The resulting war with the mob bosses results in more personal losses and leaves him with a kill list stretching from the Midwest to the East Coast. Eventually he plays the only card he has left for beating the mob and staying alive.
The Devil's Homecoming didn't slow down one iota from the first two books in this trilogy.
The editing and sentence structure of The Devil’s Homecoming are very good.
Character Development in this third story of The Irrevocable Change series builds on the previous books and is a vivid portrayal of the main characters.
Details in the story are adequate without being long winded and boring.
Research is evident in its depth and thoroughness.
The plot is exciting, complex and emotional. It held my interest from start to finish.
The writing style is crisp, fast, action-packed and involved.
Continuity throughout is good. Every scene makes sense and doesn’t contradict others.
I strongly recommend this crime trilogy because of its intense pace and character involvement.
This story is violent; readers who reject detailed violence, rape and torture should skip this assassin series. The Assassin and many of the people around him are cold-blooded killers.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
Vigilant Reader Book Reviews.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
on July 04, 2017 :
This is one of only three crime series stories I intend to reread in the future. The Devils Homecoming continued the break neck pace of the first two books. I wasn’t prepared for the hunter to become the hunted. But after the mob bosses issued ultimatums and attacked his sister it was apparent he’d have to retaliate. The planning he did to get even with his enemies was detailed and gripping. The ending was anticipated and the epilogue tied up all the loose ends I’d wondered about.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
on Feb. 10, 2015 :
I expected the pace to let down but it just kept going. I liked that it ended the way I thought it should and the epilog was great to provide an ending to the sub-characters. A great series.
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)
on Dec. 18, 2014 :
I expected the action to slow in the final book of this trilogy, but it kept up at a breakneck pace. Clayton is one bad killer and drinks too much. He isn't perfect and screws up sometimes and that made him seem more real. The storyline is consistent throughout and the characters are believable. There are very few editing errors and the characters are engaging. This is the best and most realistic series of its kind I've ever read.
(reviewed 4 years after purchase)
on Oct. 26, 2014 :
I couldn't believe it, the pace of this trilogy didn't let up a bit. Boy, did he get even with the mob. The ending was violent but sad, but as it had to be. Wish there were books four and five instead of just three. I'll read this again in the future.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on Oct. 05, 2014 :
I'm glad this assassin wasn't portrayed as a hero who rode off into the sunset. Although I cheered for him at times his bad side was presented realistically and I accepted he was evil. It was interesting to see his interaction with family and how he played the FBI. The ending and the epilog were great. It was refreshing to read about a killer where the author concentrated on defining the character and showed his interpersonal relations instead of just the blood and guts of killing. This whole series has been great and I recommend it.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on Sep. 11, 2014 :
Wow! The Devil's Homecoming shifted into overdrive with the killing of a half brother and sister in-law, the displeasure of his Mafia handler, and the loss of his two favorite family members. Even though I was repulsed by many of Clayton's actions I still wanted to cheer him on against people wanting to kill him; especially when they began to knock off his family. Toward the end his cunning really became apparent when he implemented a plan to use the FBI to topple many of the Mafia bosses he had worked for before they turned on him. As I thought back over the trilogy it was interesting to note how smoothly his character transitioned from innocence to an evil killer. I've read other assassin novels, but none like this. The fact that this story is told as a character study instead of a mystery presented the writer with the opportunity to fully explore the emotions of a killer; which he did with great clarity. At the end of the story I was grateful that an Epilogue was provided to close out the remaining secondary characters and finalize Clayton's demise. Throughout the three books the editing was good. Overall the Irrevocable Change trilogy is far above average. All three stories are highly recommended and I'm looking forward to additional novels by this talented author.
(reviewed 4 years after purchase)
Kristi (Books N Beans)
on April 10, 2012 :
You don't, they have to stop themselves. As Clayton Albrecht shows in The Devil's Homecoming: Book 3 of the Irrevocable Change Trilogy by R.E. Schobernd.
Clayton's mental break at the end of book 2 is just the tip of the iceberg for what's in store for Clayton. His continued mental decline starts to put him at odds with the mob bosses hiring him and further complicates his competency at his jobs. Clayton's moral code is constantly wavering, his mental stability is questionable, and loyalty between everyone involved is debatable at best.
Everything culminates into a clash of wills that results in an all out war between Clayton and the very people who have been using his services. It puts Clayton into the position of simultaneously being the hunter and the hunted. However, he's way too intelligent and knows it's time to put a new game plan into action. It's here that Clayton allows his past actions to come to the attention of the authorities.
It's fascinating (and gruesome, as always) as the war is carried out with all 3 players (Clayton, mob bosses, and FBI) trying to maneuver each other into positions where they have the upper hand. All sides will have to suffer losses, and they will strike deep for them all.
*Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for a review*
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on July 16, 2011 :
R. E. SCHOBERND'S "IRREVOCABLE CHANGE SERIES" BOOKS 2 & 3 (REVIEW)
The expansion in books 2 & 3 of the "Irrevocable Change" series is remarkable. Mr. Schobernd writes with precision and accuracy. His books are wonderfully detailed and he takes both time and great care in developing his characters. I highly recommend these books to anyone interested in high crime novels.
-Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club
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(reviewed 68 days after purchase)
on March 30, 2011 :
The Devils Homecoming provides a ruthless and graphic account of an assassin on the run and ends with twists that kept me intrigued. Personal relationships with the family he loved provided conflict with his chosen profession and the dilemma it put him in. The story telling compares to the Godfather Saga and the Irrevocable Change trilogy would make a great movie.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)