A GATHERING OF BUTTERFLIES by Sean C. Wright – A Review

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A GATHERING OF BUTTERFLIES by Sean C. Wright
RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★


Tales of steely but vulnerable women of color will melt your heart while lifting your spirits…

A fierce grandmother keeps her grandson from the clutches of Old Scratch in Devil Does Dallas.

An alien abduction transforms a large, miserable woman in Hazel Hogan.

A country girl meets a city girl on her birthday, and struggles to decide if the girl’s heart is dark or light in Bubble Bath Twelve.

And methodical Genie forms an unlikely relationship in Heaven’s Halfway House while in a coma.

Book Description from Amazon
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Regarding That Which Despicable Beings Create

Always a conundrum — what to do with something good created by someone bad.

I mean, take HP Lovecraft for instance. Are horrors authors and readers still praising him so for his early contributions to the genre? Fortunately for me, having read his work long before learning he was such a virulent racist, I find his writing flat and uninteresting and way, way overrated so shunning him to the dustbin of the disgraced is no problemo.

But there are a lot of other types of situations and scenarios out there that can put one in such an unpleasant conundrum…

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THE GOOD KILL – A Review by Kitty Marie

Two of my favorite reviewers are Pulitzer Prize-winning literary critics Michael Dirda of the Washington Post and the great Michiko Kakutani, formerly of the New York Times. Both can lay out a review in ways that break a book down for a reader in interesting and informative ways without simply making it seem as if they are listing out a series bullet points… like many reviewers tend to do. And both can bring you to an understanding of the work being reviewed – what they like about it, what they don’t – with always just the right tone deserving of it. Mostly both are modest and balanced in their well-informed and well-referenced literary assessments; however, if the book calls for a fight, they can take it down to the mat as fast and as hard as any crazy-eyed pile-driving WWE champion ever could. Ms. Kakutani was especially known for her fearlessness – and ruthlessness – when taking on the bad writing of popular(ly pretentious) authors.

*cough, Franzen, cough cough

Fortunately, Mr. Dirda is still working his beat for the Post.

Unfortunately, Ms. Kakutani, after a stellar and storied career, retired from the Times a couple of years ago… right around the time of President The Donald’s election come to think about it.

When I learned of her retirement it actually made me sad.

But guess what.

I think I may have found a worthy replacement for Ms. Kakutani as one of my top go to reviewers…

That would be Ms. Kitty Marie of Kitty Marie’s Reading Corner.

That’s right, check out her review of my book, of which is reblogged down below for your entertainment and instruction, and then check out all of her many other interesting, informative, and tightly structured reviews posted to her website, and try to tell me you don’t agree with me that her reviews are some of the best there are.

Yeah…

Thank you Kitty for all the time and care you invested in reading and reviewing, not just my book, but all the others as well. You, and all the reviewers out there like you doing it simply for the love and admiration of the written word, provide an immensely valuable service for the entire literary community.

Write on!

Kitty Marie's Reading Corner

The Good Kill: A Killian Lebon Novel (Amazon Link)

Author : Kurt Brindley
Published By : PROSOCHE
Year Published : 2019
Genre / Tags : Action, Suspense, Adult Fiction, Dark Fiction
Mood : Gritty, yet having the feel of an action flick.
Formats : Paperback, eBook
# of Pages : 404 pages (Hardcover)

Summary

A former Navy SEAL turned vigilante hitman already in the crosshairs of corrupt Russian agents finds himself in even deeper trouble after rescuing a sex trafficking victim against her will just as she is about to be delivered into the hands of an unscrupulous corporate mogul, an impetuous and dangerous man who will not be denied his purchase. . .

Review

Content Warnings : Violence, torture, gore. A victim of sexual assault goes into heavy detail of her experiences on one scene late into the book. Coercion and rape, drug use.

Note : I received a…

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THE GOOD KILL – A Review by Meg Orton

If you were to have asked me as recently as a couple of months ago just before I released my latest novel what the state of the literary union was like, I would have answered most assuredly that it was in a sad and rapid state of decline.

However, after spending the past couple of months hustling daily in search of reviews for my book, I have come to realize just how vast and seemingly growing the union actually is.

I am wholly amazed and completely impressed by how active… nay, not just active, but how enthusiastically aggressive this wondrous and brightly beaming ecosystem of book readers and reviewers actually is.

And as I daily seek out new reviewers to pester with my requests by scrolling through the WordPress “book-reviews” tag, it seems that the list of reviewers that the tag calls forth is more than just a defined ecosystem of readers, it seems as if I am scrolling through an infinite universe of literary lovers of the highest order…

Literary lovers who I find, unsurprisingly, to be mostly young women.

Young women such as book enthusiast and prolific reviewer Meg Orton.

I strongly invite you to check out not just Ms. Orton’s deeply penetrating and intellectually engaging website review of my book, which I’ve reblogged here for your entertainment and instruction, but also her Instagram site where she is a popular bookstagram reviewer and photographer.

Thank you Meg, both for reviewing my book with such thoroughness and intellectual vigor, and for giving me the grateful understanding and joy that our literary future is in goods hands… and even better minds.

For the Love of Meg

BOOK REVIEW:

Title: The Good Kill

Author: Kurt Brindley

Date published: 2019

Published/printed by: Prosoche

Star rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

{I was graciously sent this novel by the author himself in exchange for an honest review}

What is a ‘good kill’? What is so poignant to this story is making sure that you DO NOT (I repeat: DO NOT) make a clear distinction between wrong and right. Ever since I can remember I have always believed in the shades of grey that exist within, as well as outside the realm of good and evil, and in order to understand our hero, or ‘anti-hero’ we must accept that these particular characters exist. In Kurt Brindley’s novel our protagonist and our ‘anti-hero’ is Killian Lebon, a former Navy Seal whose experiences in Iraq have left him both severally injured physically and psychologically traumatized. Medically retired from the Navy Killian must now attempt to exist…

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THE GOOD KILL – A Review by Peyton Hammond

I’ve sent out many review request emails since I’ve published The Good Kill and after emailing one to Ms. Peyton Hammond the other day, I had just assumed, like most other requests, it would be a hit or miss whether it would get answered or not… mostly not as I’ve come to find out. As you can imagine if you’re an author in constant (desperate?) search of reviewers as I am, I was very surprised when I received a response from her that same day graciously informing me that she would review the book. That almost never happens. But then she surprised me again by telling me she would have the review up within a week. That never happens and I honestly, while thankful for the intent, was a bit skeptical. But I’ll be darned if she didn’t surprise me one last time by actually having the review posted within the week as advertised.

How cool is that?

Dry ice cold, that’s how cool it is.

I am a slow reader, almost as slow as I am as a writer, and I am so very envious of Peyton and others like her who posses the gift of not only being able to read a book all lickity split-like, but also being able to comprehend what has been read so quickly and then write about it in interesting ways that inform others as to why the book should or should not be read.

It truly is a gift, as it would take a month, at least, for me to read a book the size of my excessively wordy beast. And then to put a review together for it… it wouldn’t happen in a matter of days, that’s for sure.

Anyway, enough about my literary lameness and back to how very impressed I am with Peyton’s industriousness and the high quality of reviews that she so regularly posts to her well-kept, well-regarded, and interesting site, a site in which I recommend to you and all other book lovers like you most highly.

Thank you, Peyton!

Life in Books

Title: The Good Kill: A Killian Lebon Novel

Author: Kurt Brindley

Number of Pages: 404 pages

Publisher: Prosoche

Publication Date: May 1, 2019

Purchase: Amazon

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A former Navy SEAL turned vigilante hitman already in the crosshairs of corrupt Russian agents finds himself in even deeper trouble after rescuing a sex trafficking victim against her will just as she is about to be delivered into the hands of an unscrupulous corporate mogul, an impetuous and dangerous man who will not be denied his purchase. . .

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

During the battle to liberate Mosul from the brutal grip of the Islamic State, Killian Lebon, a war-weary Navy SEAL Senior Chief, sustains life-threatening injuries from an explosion during a rescue operation that goes horribly wrong.

Forced into early retirement from a vocation that for almost twenty years had been his sole purpose…

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THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME by Donald Ray Pollock – A Review

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THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME
DONALD RAY POLLOCK
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RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★★

Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia, The Devil All the Time follows a cast of compelling and bizarre characters from the end of World War II to the 1960s. There’s Willard Russell, tormented veteran of the carnage in the South Pacific, who can’t save his beautiful wife, Charlotte, from an agonizing death by cancer no matter how much sacrifi­cial blood he pours on his “prayer log.” There’s Carl and Sandy Henderson, a husband-and-wife team of serial kill­ers, who troll America’s highways searching for suitable models to photograph and exterminate. There’s the spider-handling preacher Roy and his crippled virtuoso-guitar-playing sidekick, Theodore, running from the law. And caught in the middle of all this is Arvin Eugene Russell, Willard and Charlotte’s orphaned son, who grows up to be a good but also violent man in his own right.

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THE GOOD KILL — A Review by Imani Amour

When Imani Amour (cool name) requested a copy of my book during my summer giveaway, I first went snooping around her site before responding to see what her literary interests and writing chops were like. The first page I hit was her about page and I immediately became concerned when discovering that according to it she was still in high school. My book covers some very mature themes, many of which are potential triggers, so I thought that perhaps she wasn’t yet ready for it. However, after reading through several of her well-written and compelling posts, I realized that despite what her about page said regarding her age, she was very mature intellectually… probably more so than yours truly.

Fortunately, the arbitrary age thing was a non-issue because I learned after chatting with her that she was already in college and just hadn’t had the time yet to update her about page.

Lucky for me because I am now graced with a powerful and informative critique of my work and I would like to thank Ms. Amour for investing so much of her time and talent into it. I strongly recommend that you first, read the review of course, then continue on to read more of the many interesting pieces that she has posted to her site. You’ll be happy you did, believe me.

Now excuse me while I go and hunt me down some various typos…

The Writing Wave

download.jpgToday there’s an undertone of social injustices plaguing our world with a threatening yet taboo sense of doom that seems unspeakable by most. Discussions on suicide, PTSD and human trafficking have either seemed hushed or handled controversially…that is, until Kurt Brindley came along. His novel, The Good Kill is an emblem of progress for all those who dare rise up against the enslaving silence in our society in hopes of sparking change. Brindley harnesses these frightening topics by the reigns and skillfully tames them into a narrative where readers can discuss, comprehend and conquer these social demons. Equally riveting as it is revealing, The Good Kill exposes the love and logic behind hateful underground crimes that we witness today; it is a story about innocent youth, broken military vigilantes and even senile pastors learning how to fight for the family, friendships, “God and Country” that they believe in.

tgk-2.jpgTo list…

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THE DISTANT SOUND OF VIOLENCE by Jason Greensides — A Review

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THE DISTANT SOUND OF VIOLENCE
JASON GREENSIDES
RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Do we ever escape the decisions we make when we’re fifteen?

Nathan Dawes, the loser from school, an outsider, street philosopher and member of The Grove Runners gang, needs Ryan’s help to get Stephanie to fall for him. When Ryan’s lawnmower is stolen, Nathan sees this as his chance to enlist Ryan in his plan. 

Although Ryan knows becoming friends with Nathan could lead to trouble, he reluctantly agrees to help.

Stephanie wants nothing to do with either of them. Besides, she’s more interested in the one guy in the world she really shouldn’t be.

As Nathan continues his pursuit of Stephanie, and Ryan gets mixed up with The Grove Runners, soon events overtake them all, haunting their lives for years to come.

Part coming of age, part mystery story, The Distant Sound of Violence is a heartbreaking tale of bad decisions and love gone wrong. It’s about choices that lead to violence, loss and tragedy.

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FACTOTUM — The Worst of America At Its Best

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FACTOTUM
BY CHARLES BUKOWSKI
RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★

 
Heinrich Karl (Charles) Bukowski – image courtesy of Wikipedia

I’ve never been much of a Charles Bukowski fan…

Not because I don’t like him…

But just because I never got around to reading that much of his work.

However, I’ve always liked the idea of Charles Bukowski…

The legend of Charles Bukowski.

Of him being someone who just did not give one single fuck care about society and its oppressive norms.

Bukowski, or the idea I have of him, appeals to me because he is so opposite of who I am…

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Love is the answer?

There’s a rather talkative pigheaded brute of a character in my WIP whose name is Rick, Happy, Henderson. Happy loves to philosophize and pontificate to…at?… his work partner about whatever the latest topic is he’s studying during night school as if he’s now a subject matter expert. He’s not of course and he always manages to maneuver whatever it is he’s rambling on about toward a general diatribe of how the weak with their Rule of Law and “societal norms” have managed to upend the universal natural order of might makes right, which, in the end, as he sees it, limits his ability to pick up chicks.

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