Author Guest Post
If you read my debut novel, First Night of Summer, you don’t have to go far before realizing that I am going to confront an exceedingly taboo subject. Having said that, you don’t have to read much further to understand that the deplorable subject matter is balanced by the deep love of family, the indelible gumption of the human spirit, and the profound power of forgiveness that has the ability to soothe the evilest of wrongdoings.
My most influential author, Dean Koontz, said, “If we are not willing to acknowledge evil, we will never stand up to it.” Another of my favorite quotes is by Edmund Burke. He said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
My purest passion in life—writer or not—is to shed light on issues that the world at large is unwilling to acknowledge. The kind of issues that when finally talked about are referred to with benign words and phrases in order to tame their despicable nature. In doing so, those who have not suffered such atrocities may digest the information in a manner as to not disrupt the delicate balance of their daily existence.
Be not afraid to feel emotion—deeply. Be not afraid to learn about the real truths. Be not afraid to understand—the good and the bad. Life isn’t just about darkness or light, rather it’s about finding light within the darkness.
About The Author
Parham’s debut novel, First Night of Summer, became a bestseller in August 2013 when it hit #21 on Amazon’s Top 100 overall paid chart, and #2 on Barnes & Noble. It has garnered attention from FOX News, NBC, numerous law enforcement personnel, social workers, child-care advocates, and parents around the globe, as an emotional and true-to-life story. ”If we choose not to recognize the evil in our world, we will never stand up to it.” He is currently working on his next suspense novel following his debut. It will tackle a different, but no less suspenseful issue.
Award-winning 2013 Readers’ Favorite International Award Finalist- Suspense/ Fiction.
Sony e-reader and #1 NYT Bestselling Author, Sandra Brown’s Debut Author Pick 2013.
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First Night of Summer by Landon Parham
Publisher: Valiant Books
Publication Date: February 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover & Paperback - 328 pages / Kindle - 664 KB / Nook - 2 MB
Genre: Crime / Mystery / Suspense / Psychological Thriller
BUY THE BOOK: First Night of Summer
Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Partners In Crime Virtual Book Tours.
In the dark hours of a drizzly morning, Isaac, an ex-air force pilot, wakes to find a masked intruder cradling one of the twins in his arms. Before he can react, the man in black leaps through the nearest window, plummeting in a tangle of body parts and glass. Isaac charges in pursuit, but is suddenly faced with a new dilemma. Caroline is unconscious, lying facedown in the lawn, cuts from the shattered window saturating her pajamas. If he gives chase, his little girl will surely bleed to death.
From a secretive loner with a pension for unrestrained violence to the pristine granite peaks of the Rocky Mountains--from laughter filled family dinners to a string of cross-country abductions, Landon Parham's debut novel relentlessly explores the horrific realities of unnatural lust and obsession. Taken well beyond the investigation and law-enforcement tactics, you'll find yourself steeped in journey of evil and torment, and the power of family that overcomes it all. Suspenseful, bold and meticulously researched; a true psychological thriller that captures the heart.
My Book Review:
A parent's worst nightmare ...
First Night of Summer is a chilling psychological thriller about a sadistic child predator who has a penchant for abducting young girls in order to get sexual gratification from torturing, raping and murdering his young victims.
In his debut novel, author Landon Parham weaves an emotional, disturbing, and graphic tale set in the quiet mountain town of Ruidoso, New Mexico, where former Air Force pilot Issac Snow and wife Sarah live with their eight year old twin daughters Josie and Caroline. After the twins are publicly acclaimed for their heroic rescue of a four year old, they become the target of Ricky Doors, a psychotic pedophile with a history of abducting, torturing, raping, and murdering young girls. Issac thwarts the attempted abduction of his twin daughters, but the intruder escapes, and the family is left with a tragic result. The Snow family is haunted by the sadistic child predator as Issac becomes obsessed with tracking down the murderer, who continues to commit cross country abductions of young girls. This is a riveting story of one family's strength and courage to overcome a horrifying and tragic incident, juxtaposed against the evil and cruelty of a psychotic killer whose lust overshadows the innocence of his young victims.
This is a powerful and intense thriller that captivated me from the beginning. The reader can't help but get caught up in the story and experience the full gamut of emotions. It is a fast-paced and riveting story that you won't be able to put down, it keeps the reader sitting on the edge of their seats in suspense with its vivid descriptions and surprising twists and turns.
The characters are realistic and believable, their emotions and personalities will leave an indelible impression on the reader. The author does a great job of allowing the reader to feel the strength and love of the Snow family, while getting into the mind of the sadistic and evil predator.
The powerful storyline of humanity versus evil is both riveting and disturbing, the intensity of the story is emotional and thought provoking, you can't help but hold your breath as this gripping and tension filled psychological thriller unfolds until the satisfying conclusion.
First Night of Summer is a haunting psychological thriller that captures the undeniable power of the human spirit in this very realistic tale of pure evil vs pure goodness.
RATING: 5 STARS *****
First Night of Summer - Book Trailers
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