I’ll admit until maybe 4 or 5 months ago I was not really into the horror genre. I think my basic hang-up was the gore, the blood and guts, the over simplification of the action; basically it left nothing to my imagination, I like my imagination, sorry. I feel that a good writer no matter what genre I am reading can and should leave a little something for me to think about, a little bit unsaid, a little bit for me to consider to draw me in a bit and be a captive in his or her universe. I don’t think I am alone in this reading philosophy. This is part of the reason why I am enjoying Sam Lang so much; he knows how to ramp up the tension, build a story and for that matter a series.
“Shadow Boxing” is the third installment of the Reprisal series. The other two installments in the series are “Making Plans, Making Memories” and “Impeccant”. The series will be running on a three to four week cycle. Reprisal is a town, one that is dying, drying up, becoming nothing but a vacant shell, or is it? Sam Lang uses metaphors and mixes emotions like he is baking a really good batch of brownies, adding a little bit here and there, trying to make sure he gets all the lumps out of the batter before he burns the batch, on purpose, that is the horror part. I know as a reader, sooner or later he is going to drop the anvil on my head. The dry sense of humor, the way he twists and bends the action, ramps up the tension, and builds his suspense is what makes the read for me. He uses me against me as I read and I love it. Sam Lang knows horror, my suggestion is to get into this now, if you haven’t, just go back to numero uno and get caught up, QUICKLY, this is a series you will enjoy downloading.
Here is the synopsis of “Shadow Boxing”:
“Reprisal is a dying town built on secrets and haunted by a mysterious shadow since its beginnings.
Eddie Newport must survive one night in this town with his oldest friend as a bus full of escaped murderers breaks down on Main Street.
In Shadow Boxing, events are set in motion for the prison transfer. Devin “De’Light” Lighter is a tough kid who thinks he has learned something about the true nature of power. When something out of the shadows speaks to him, he learns there may be more power in words than in action.”
Check out the newest releases from Trestle Press: April Pohren ”Welcome to the Land of Insanity” , Angelique LaFontaine & Eddie Frantom ”Thirty -1: Salvation”, B.R. Stateham ”Insatiable” from the “Drunk on the Moon” series by Paul D. Brazill, David Hoof ”Sharpshooter”, Karen Anna Vogel “The Amish Knitting Circle”, Lisa Taylor “Shana Black: The Invention” , Mark Cooper “Infection” ,Mark Cooper “How I met Your Mother: First Date”, De Miller “12 Steps” volume 2 of the “One” series by Mark Miller, Sam Lang “Reprisal: Shadow Boxing” volume 3, Michelle Vasquez “’Til Death Do Us Part”, Darren Sant ”Community Spirit” volume 2 of “The Tales of the Longcroft Estates”, J.E. Seymour “Pale Horse”, Tom Sumner “All I wanted was a Haircut #5”, Jeffrey Martin & Giovanni Gelati from The Author’s Lab/Collaboration series “Forsaken”, CQ Scafidi “Time Couriers” (Barnes & Noble’s Nook version), Darren Sant “Flashes of Revenge”,S.L. Schmidtz “Mina’s Daughter…The Harker Chronicles: The Wolf Vol.1”, Chantal Boudreau “Weird,Wicked & Wonderful: Technopathy ,Volume 2”, Werner Lind & Giovanni Gelati from The Author’s Lab/Collaboration series “Mrs. G’s Vampires”