Thursday, July 30, 2015

Rubble and the Wreckage by Rodd Clark

Gabriel Church knows you can’t take a life without first understanding just how feeble life is, how tentative and weak it stands alone. If you desire murder, you hold a life in your hand. Whether you release it to grant life or grip tighter to end it, it is at your command and discretion. Gabriel is a serial killer with a story he wants told.

Christian Maxwell studied abnormal psychology in college but chose instead to focus on a career in writing. His background comes in handy when he thinks of writing about a serial killer. He can’t think of anyone more qualified to write the story of Gabriel Lee Church, and do so in the murderer’s own words. It’s been done before, but never with a killer who has yet to be captured or convicted.

There was never anything more than a gentleman’s understanding between the two men that Christian would record Gabriel’s life story. The killer did not ask for his complicity in any crimes, nor did he ever ask for his silence. Christian’s interest in the man, though, is fast becoming something more than academic. When the writer and his subject become unexpected friends and then lovers, the question remains: What is Gabriel’s endgame . . . and why does he want his story told?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This was a highly intelligent, intriguing read. I was immediately drawn to Gabriel Church, the serial killer being interviewed by a writer wishing to create an autobiography of Church's life as a serial killer.

The novel is written well, and the writer is highly intelligent. I had a difficult time with the narration, inner monologue, and description. Whether it be Gabriel or Christian, they both had nearly chapter-long narration without any dialogue. Once I was captured in Gabriel's tales of his past, as was Christian, whomever the narrator, they would note odd details of their surroundings that would draw me from the story. I felt myself skim-reading large portions. I felt quite guilty, as the words were written well. I just didn't know what it had to do with the meat of the story.

Basically, I was so intrigued with the past and Gabriel's current acts of evil, I wasn't too concerned with the present via Christian's point of view. That is on me, not a mark against the author – just my need for instant gratification.

Rubble and the Wreckage was an extremely original story. I was held rapt when Church was speaking, thinking back, or currently perpetrating his crimes.

Gabriel Church is a serial killer that has eluded capture. He is being interviewed by Christian Maxwell, who by his own research has decided that the string of murders are being done by one man. When they meet so Christian can get information from Gabriel something else happens, they become friends.

The blurb and the cover had me intrigued. I liked the premise, thought this could be a great dark suspenseful thriller. I have to say though, it didn't live up to the hype. It didn't become that dark suspenseful story I was looking for. The story got lost in the narrative. There is so much inner monologue. I need dialogue and there wasn't a whole lot of that between the characters. At times I did find myself skimming over sections, I'll admit I got bored. It was written well but it just wasn't for me.

Rodd currently resides in Dallas TX. He shares his life with numerous cats, dogs and his partner of many years. He has projects under his belt and is working on many others. Some of his works are There Is Always Another Boogey Man, Jesse, Justice Denied, Short Ride to Hell and the recently completed A Cache of Killers. The third book in the series is out and ready for reading and is titled No Place for the Wicked. His newest book Rubble and the Wreckage has JUST GONE LIVE and he hopes to have another by the end of the year.

Always penning the next work, Rodd likes to keep busy with writing and reading and of course his menagerie of critters.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Rubble and the Wreckage (A Gabriel Church Tale #1) by Rodd Clark to read and review.

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