Serie Lang


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Smashwords book reviews by Serie Lang

  • This Summer on July 07, 2011

    Great short story. IT made me feel like I was in a dream or something. The ending was left open too, as most short stories are...
  • Buffalo Soldiers on Feb. 19, 2014

    Nicholas Denmon has really hit his stride in this, the second book in his Upstate New York Mafia Tale. Blending a mixture of familiar faces with some carefully crafted new characters, Buffalo Soldiers will take you on a journey that begins at a prison's gates, and ends at the gates to hell. A masterful storyteller, Denmon deftly takes us down several parallel paths that link up for a finale that will leave you not sitting on the edge of your seat, but hiding behind it. While I would highly recommend reading For Nothing first for obvious reasons, Buffalo Soldiers stands on its own due to a great job by the author at filling in the back stories of the key players. These aren't just two dimensional characters who suffer from stereotypes. At times we sympathize with the villains and at other times we are angered at the police. All are flawed and all have redeeming qualities. It is this depth and realism that really draws you in and gets hold of you. A common technique used in crime/suspense novels is to shift the perspective and story from character to character allowing the author to build suspense and keep the prose fresh. Denmon has mastered this style, but instead of a roller-coaster ride where there are some fast parts intertwined with some slower sections, the tension never lets up throughout this novel. The expression "can't put it down" has never been more accurate.
  • For Nothing on Feb. 19, 2014

    I mostly read romance novels but am trying more suspense and mystery/thriller types and paranormal. Sometimes you just need a break from the typical romance. I assumed this book was something different. I was not wrong there. I thought it would follow a typical Mafia type blueprint-it does not. Things just do not happen how and in the order you suspect them to. This is a good thing-keeps you on your toes and guessing as to what will happen next. Liked reading about the loyalty amongst the Italians as I do have some friends that are Italian and the mark is close to home. Very high detail-this would make a movie very easy to produce as it's all there for them. It was easy to follow the characters as they were introduced even though some have different names, which is thoroughly explained. I love the injections of Italian into this plot. Just the right touch. I liked the background on the players, and the scenery. You can tell the author did a lot of research on the topic. Just when I thought the book was about to end i was wrong. It continued on with more twists and turns. I did not see the ending as occurring as it did, WOW! I rate this book a 5 out of 5 because I could not read fast enough every day to finish it. There is never a dull moment and it's fast paced action and the words the author uses to describe what's happening I can say I was right there watching it all happen live. Exhilarating and I can't wait to read another book by Nicholas. I will make sure all my house chores are done so I can read it within 3 days time. It is one of those types of books you do not even want to go to sleep at night, you'd rather read straight through.