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When we read good reviews, we definitely like to share them. It gives the author a few (permanent) moments of fame and allows us to let the community know about a great book. Here’s this week’s book review, courtesy of the jbronderbookreviews blog:
Ghost Chaser: The Curse of Steel
by Dedrick Frazier
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Dorian Steel is a lone wolf on a journey searching for an identity now that the orphanage in which he was raised in is several light-years behind him. Serving time in prison due to a jealous ex-girlfriend’s vendetta was not how he saw his life progressing, but through it all, he has finally found peace. Once the visions start however, his isolated world is shattered – leaving only the shards of glass for him to walk on.
The always quiet, unassuming landscaper quickly goes from a life of hiding in the bushes to the forefront of the battle lines for survival – facing an army of ghosts, demons, and human turncoats loyal to a demonic force intent on the systematic destruction of mankind as we know it. When the woman he has suppressed his feelings for re-enters his life, Steel realizes that if she dies, blood will be on his hands for the second time.
Dorian Steel will face a roller coaster of emotions ranging from fear, love, fear of love, and everything in-between. Whether it is demons, detectives, or the occasionally possessed vagrant, Steel’s life, as well as the lives of his loved ones’ are in serious danger – not to mention the fate of the world. However, he does have a chance to save everyone and everything important to him. It all hinges on the one thing Steel despises more than anything else – those damned psychic powers.
Dorian had a rough start in life. He grew up in an orphanage and through the foster system. None of it was really helpful for him. Then a wrong turn leads him to jail time and distance from the one girl in his life that meant something. Now that he is out, he just wants a simple life as a landscaper. Then he starts having visions of horrible creatures, like the ones he had as a kid. Dorian doesn’t want to deal with this but he has no choice, he is the only one that can save the world from the demons.
I admit that the first couple chapters were a little rough as you start feeling out the story. But once you get caught up on the background of Dorian’s life, you will hit the ground running. I couldn’t help feeling for Dorian. He has had a rough start but finds his way until an ex-girlfriend gets him sent to prison. But the one girl that he has always loved hasn’t forgotten about him even though he wants to keep her at a distance and safe. When the demons drag him into this war he has no choice to do what he needs to do to keep her and the world safe.
This is a great story, it’s well written and developed. Once you get into the action there is no putting this book down. I had to force myself to stop reading so I could get some sleep. Then all I could think about is what is going to happen next.
If you like kick great thriller/paranormal stories this book is for you. I can’t wait for other books from Dedrick Frazier.
[ reviewed by Jennifer Lara ]
Here’s what some other reviewers are saying:
Want to be genuinely scared? Let the author’s rich prose take you on an exhilarating ride of good and evil. The story reveals itself through the testament of one Dorian Steele, who tells his story in a confidential tone as if speaking just to you. The characters and setting convey the sumptuous and colorful world of coastal Georgia, as only someone who resides there could so genuinely recreate. Once I started this story, I couldn’t stop till I read how it all would end. I highly recommend this book for the entertaining read it is, the scare is a bonus.
– Amazon Reviewer Constance Rose
I really enjoyed this. Parts made me screech, parts had me laugh and all of it was good. I did have a couple parts that I fought to get through just because it got slow for me, but overall the plot was interesting. There was a lot of adventure and creepiness which I enjoy both of. Glad I got to read this author and story. I cant wait to read more.
– Goodreads Reviewer Kaila
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