Sunday, January 29, 2012

BOOK REVIEW ALERT: Fiend, the Manifestation by Phil Bolos

Fiend, the Manifestation

Phil Bolos

Reviewed by Patricia A. Guthrie

Barian, the Angel of Death

Thomas, Isaac, Emily, Rose, Neil, Joseph and Katy, seven common citizens represent: love, hate, strength, weakness, faith, protector and hope, live in a perpetual comatosed state. Only one need survive to keep the monster, Barian, from showing his evil head and blue bow tie in Larkin, a sleepy little town where he plans to begin the destruction of the world. But, he’s sure none will live through what he has planned for them.

But why them? Why did these symbols end up in comas? Why do they live in two states: a coma in the hospital and in a world of monsters with the Angel of Death ever-so-slowly coming after them, picking them off one-by-one?

And why is Adam, the sheriff of Larkin, a town where nothing, except an occasional drunk or traffic violator, having nightmares like he has never experienced before?

Who is this woman who appears to Adam telling him about grisly horrific deeds from the eleventh century that left a community decimated? About a monster with a blue tie who wants justice today. Only Adam sees her, and only Adam hears her tale.
The only way she can help is if one of the seven can give her a name, an antithesis of “The Angel of Death.” The name must be “all that is good and just in the world.

The seven face chambers of sand with no apparent doors, until the sand moves. They end up in rooms filled with clear flowing wa. . . acid, a torture chamber and rooms with monsters of different sizes and proportions. Each one, guided by Barian, bent to destroy all seven.

This story is nightmarish on a fright scale of nine. It will keep the reader on the edge of his and her seat, reading all night, if that’s what it takes to finish part one of what will be a trilogy of evil. Comparisons to authors Dean Koontz and Stephen King come to mind, but there is no comparison. Phil Bolos is his own author, his own imagination.

Aside from a few editorial gitches, here and there the story had few gaffes. It paced well, hopping between the real, sleepy world of Larkin and a nightmare of a comatosed hell.

If you love horror and mystery mixing good with evil, if you love getting to know the characters and worrying about them, you will love Fiend, the Manifestation. Or—The Angel of Death.

Reviewed by
Patricia A. Guthrie, author of:
Waterlilies Over My Grave
In the Arms of the Enemy

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