From the Graves of Babes

Rated 5.00/5 based on 8 reviews
After the disappearance of his daughter, Patrick Hanna retreats to his secluded cabin high atop the mountains of West Virginia. His plans to live in seclusion are soon interupted when he starts receiving visists from mysterious little girls. It turns out they are ghosts, coming to him for help. To help them, he must solve the mystery of their deaths, while facing his own ghosts at the same time. More

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About Kevin Lake

Kevin E. Lake grew up in the Mountains of Richwood, West Virginia. He was a sports writer for both his high school and college news papers. He was a state champion high school miler and ran track at the NCAA II level in college, where he also wrote poetry and short stories for several publications.

He is a 1998 graduate of Fairmont State University in northern West Virginia. After college, Lake spent nearly ten years as a stock broker in Charlottesville, Virginia before leaving Wall Street to enlist in the Army National Guard where he became an Airborne Infantryman in his mid thirties.

He served honorably during a tour in Iraq as a machine gunner for a convoy security team in Mosul, Al Qaeda in Iraq's last urban stronghold. While in Iraq, with what little free time he had, he wrote "Serial Street," which stars his children; Christian, Emily and Olivia. He chose to use his children in the story as a way of letting them know that he was thinking of them the entire time he was gone.

During his tour, Lake was awarded ten different distinguishable medals by the Army including the Army Commendation Medal and the Army Achievement Medal for his actions in a combat zone. He also received the illustrious Combat Action Badge, awarded to soldiers who take and/or return fire from or onto enemy forces. On Christmas day, 2008, Lake and his Company survived the largest rocket/mortar attack on the FOB (forward operating base) in Mosul in the history of the war in Iraq.

Lake decided during his time in Iraq, that if he were to make it home alive, which fortunately he did, he would focus more on making a life than making a living. He now writes full time, spending part of his year in the Philippine Islands and part of it in his native Richwood, West Virginia, where he coaches Girls basketball and spends far too many hours in the wilderness hiking, fishing, mountain biking and dreaming up more chilling thriller novels. He loves to go to England and visit his children who reside there with their mother.

"From the Graves of Babes," his latest haunted novel is dedicated to the folks in his hometown of Richwood, West Virginia. It is sure to be the most read West Virginia ghost story for generations to come.

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Reviews

Review by: Peggy Bisard on Dec. 14, 2013 :
This book was a page turner..from beginning to end! I simply couldn't stop reading until it was done!Kevin wrote this story,and made it so real,I could feel the spookiness of the kerosene lamp,the cabin and the woods surrounding it.I also loved all the history entwined with the story.Kevin really knows how to bring a story to life! Thanks Kevin for a great read that brought shivers down my spine!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sue-Dough Nym on June 01, 2013 :
Simply put I loved it. The author creates wonderfully vivid pictures with his words. I read it once and wanted to read it again right away. I was so caught up in the book I didn't notice when my dog walked off with my sandwich.

It was a bit of a struggle to get it to load my Kobo. But I am so glad I took the time to do battle with my computer.
I'm looking forward to reading more of Mr Lakes books.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: andrew williams on May 13, 2013 :
As a fellow richwooder I recommend this book to ANYONE who likes good reading I will be telling all the boys about this one Kevin you did good buddy.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: dale dickerson on March 11, 2013 : (no rating)
A very good book!! I started reading this morning read this in one day. Quite an accomplishment for myself. This kept my interest from beginning to the very end. A well told story intertwining history, paranormal, tragedy, and hope all in one. Great job to Kevin!!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Claudia B on Feb. 24, 2013 :
Fabulous to read the historical insights that make this novel more than fiction. Reaching deep into his personal experiences, Kevin was able to keep the reader riveted to the very end. The characters are true to life and was a perfect blend of the supernatural and poignant.Don't plan anything else for the day - you won't want to put this book down.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Dee Harris on Feb. 19, 2013 :
What a fantastic book not did it give me some great history from a part in America but it also had a great story line with a wonderful and heart warming ending ..Glad i read it and cant wait till the next one From Dee at Hunting Spirits NZ :D
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: maggie ricks on Feb. 11, 2013 :
A very well told story, I started reading at 10 a.m. and finished at 4 p.m., could not stop reading. A story of a father's loss, a return to his roots, and the mystery of some ghost children who visit him.. excellent, and un-put downable
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Robert Johnson on July 29, 2012 : (no rating)
A well-told ghost story of self realization and the pain of loss. The tale is rich in Appalachian history, but is set in the present. Story settings are real places. Best read by the dimmed light of a vintage kerosene lamp, chilled glass of wine in easy reach.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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