Sunday, 12 February 2017

Purgatory Road by Samuel Parker

Back Cover:  When a day trip out of Las Vegas with his wife takes a turn for the worse, Jack is sure he has the ability to get them home. But he has driven into something far beyond reason.

Rescue comes in the form of a desert hermit, but hope fades as the couple comes to realize that the nomad has no intention of letting them leave. A chance encounter with a kidnapped runaway and crazed abductor leads them all farther into the wilderness - and closer to the cold brutality that isolation brings.

At the edge of his sanity, Jack begins to learn that playing by another's rules may be the only way to survive.

In a voice that is as hypnotizing as a desert mirage, debut novelist Samuel Parker entices you down the treacherous road, where the forces of good and evil are as crushing as the Mojave heat.

Review: Purgatory Road was an ... interesting ... read. As far as writing style, dialogue, and ability goes this was a fine book. It was well written with a good sense of suspense, mystery, and puzzling twists and turns (some of which I am still trying to figure out). There were also some very creative elements where the spiritual and physical realms passed through each other. It was not an easy book to figure out, and I applaud the author for coming up with these ingenious twists.

That being said, I would not recommend this book nor would I read it again. I found this to be one of the most disturbing pieces of literature I've ever read. There were some truly sick and twisted scenes within the pages of Purgatory Road. Honestly, I wish I'd never read this book and I wish I never would have put these word pictures into my mind. I understand that demons are, of course, evil by nature and of course a character personifying such a creature would be wicked. However, I personally really struggled with reading such depravity.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Graf Martin Communications and Baker Publishing House in exchange for my honest opinion.

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