“Emotive” Kevin Laymon

Emotive is a tale of life, love, compassion, and the pursuit of happiness as told through the eyes of the story’s narrator, Linus. Linus is a puppy living in a small city located in the rolling hillsides of upstate New York. When the abnormalities of his owner Sam are all he knows since birth, he gains a perspective of unyielding acceptance and love towards the man who feeds him, takes him to the park, and murders women in his basement.

I AM LOYAL. I AM TRUSTWORTHY. 

I AM POWERLESS

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When I read the summary of “Emotive” it immediately piqued my interest. I have a huge soft spot for books narrated by animals. Since I also love a good thriller, “Emotive” was a must-read for me and boy am I glad I did. I was glued to this book from the first sentence of the first page. I literally read this entire book in one sitting. Well, I read it in the bath but you get the idea.  I can’t believe I let it sit on my shelf so long unread. I feel like I’ve offended the book gods by letting such a story sit unattended. My apologies, please don’t smite me!

Fair warning, this book will rip your heart out. Don’t worry it’ll return it eventually but holy moly is it one hell of a ride. Of all the murders in this book, I have to admit the cow was the hardest. After all Linus had been through, I had tears streaming down my face as I read those pages. How alone he must of felt. How betrayed by humans. How completely hopeless he must of found it all.

Sam will boggle your mind. He’s a total psycho, of that I have no doubt, but he also has one glimpse of remorse for poor Linus. I had a bit of hope for our little K9 hero but that hope was quickly dashed when Sam fell deeper into his obsession and paranoia. It was hard to see Sam discard Linus from his affection. It was hard to see Linus’ basic needs not be met and realize how animals must feel when us humans don’t make them a priority. When we forget to feed them on time or their water bowl doesn’t get refilled or we make them wait hours and hours on end before we let them out to potty. It was eye opening to see how emotionally devastating it is to animal kind to be at the absolute mercy of someone else’s compassion……or lack there of.

It was incredibly hard to see humans fail this one dog over and over again. This is a sight of our kind that will leave you with a bad taste in your mouth and a brand new perspective. As I read, my own two dogs lay next to the tub and I caught myself looking at them multiple times wondering just what they were thinking and what they thought of me. I didn’t expect to be so affected. As a pet owner and human in general, this story will inspire some introspection and I was definitely not expecting that when I began to read.

The climax is cleverly crafted and brings everything full circle. Laymon has written a masterpiece. I strongly suggest you read it.

5 stars

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Title: Emotive | Series: N/A |  Author(s): Kevin Laymon  |Publisher: Amazon Digital Services / Publication Date: 4-5-2016 |Pages: 194 (Print) | ISBN: B019YT5UIY |Genre(s): Thriller / Novella / Serial Killers / Psychological  |Language: English |Rating: 5 out of 5 |  Date Read: 8-20-2017 |Source: Copy from author.

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“Emotive was a unique read full of interesting perspective. The storytelling through the eyes of a dog created deep emotions & connections with powerful characters. The writing was strong & visual.” – Amazon Customer

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Indie Author Spotlight – Tracey Brame

Originally from Indianapolis, Tracey Brame graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point with a degree in political science. Since then, she has earned dual masters degrees from the Kelley School of Business and the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She is the owner of West Point Financing, an equipment leasing company, and has devoted her life to exposing the modern, coercive methods of white supremacists in the United States.

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The Interview

Q: “Undeterred” was a real eye opener for me as I read. What are your hopes for the book? 

I hope every American regardless of political affiliation  reads the book to understand that the tactics of the modern Ku Klux Klan being carried out against modern citizens under the nose of society. I hope women read it twice since they are the greatest target.

 

Q: Since the release, has anyone attempted to contact you or threaten you about what you’ve written?

Not yet. There is a rare chance that the KKK does not know that the book is available. I’m comfortable with my decision to write my story.

 

Q: It seemed to me that the military doctor who initially examined you after your rape was very concerned for your safety but had his hands tied on what he could do about it. Do you feel like there was more he could of done? Did Military Police do an investigation based on the doctor’s findings?

The doctor saved my military career. He false passed me which happens in the military.  Ultimately someone with PTSD will destruct upon coming out of shock. Mine was a more severe case than that doctor could have known. Had he called the Military Police I would never have graduated.  I have no hard feelings for him. He was in a tough position.

Q: In the book, you mention a number of times that you spaced out conversations and had large pieces of your encounters that went missing from memory. Do you think if PTSD was discussed more and the symptoms much more well known you would of recognized this pattern or someone close to you may of?

No. A PTSD patient cannot diagnose themselves when they have memory loss. It’s not like depression where you can see the signs. Your brain cannot access the memory. When it does you need help immediately. Some PTSD cases are more severe than others. Some people are bothered by thoughts and flashbacks, but coming out of shock can be just as dangerous as going into shock.  Someone I trusted told me to run to the veteran’s hospital. We have to convince the sufferer to seek help.

 

Q: For me, reading this book was a very emotional experience. Has writing it helped you to work through your attacks?

Yes. I wrote the book quickly, cleanly. It was like a relief to be done with it.

 

Q: I personally believe that the KKK are domestic terrorists and should be handled as such. Do you share this view?

I agree with you, but the crimes that I experienced are the work of organized criminals, so my book takes that position.

Q: With writing this book you have made very public a piece of society that many try not to recognize exists. With the rise of Trump and his cabinet, do you feel that the KKK and white supremacist movement have heightened the probability that more people will endure what you have?

I think that as long as the KKK can influence appointments and positions they create a lasting impression on agencies like the FBI which would normally oppose them by design. Literally they can create scenarios where they are or are not policing themselves. This will make it easier for them to get away with more organized crime.

 I would like to thank you for reviewing my book and taking interest in my story.

Allie- Thank you for taking a stand and exposing this very dangerous terrorist organization. I am in awe of your bravery and perseverance. 

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Tracey Brame took an oath to serve the nation at the United States Military Academy. When she revealed an interest in entering politics during formation, a cadet violently attacked her. Brame subsequently suffered post-traumatic stress disorder and a dangerous memory loss known as dissociative amnesia, in which the victim cannot recall suffering a traumatic attack. She kept charging through her West Point duties oblivious to her condition.

After serving her commission time, Brame took a job back in her home state of Indiana. Again she expressed an interest in entering politics, and again she paid a price. The Ku Klux Klan, who did not want an educated African American woman to run for an Indiana office, targeted Brame for continued, organizational crime and harassment. She moved from Bloomington to Indianapolis, but the KKK pursuit—ordered by two grand dragons, a father/son duo, both doctors—continued.

Get ready for a gripping memoir of one woman’s perseverance over adversity.

 

Book Review “Lessons From The Underground Book 1”

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A series of analytical autobiographies, written by criminals assisted by academics with the aim of exploring the roots of crime in the modern urban/suburban environment, and adding to the conversation of a better world. A hardcore analysis of modern underground life. Entertaining and well referenced. Academically stimulating and painfully detailed. Gritty and smart. Seductive and terrifying.


 

The beginning of the book is mainly the author examining his childhood and  philosophizing his actions as a young criminal. There are some points the author makes that I agree with.  The author points out that those who do not easily fit within the confines of normal are treated poorly and perform inadequately in the cookie cutter system of education and employment.  Those whose education requires less institutional learning would greatly benefit from a more stimulating and less traditional education. Trying to mold individuals into any kind of uniformity is bound to fail. We are essentially individual. In this context, I can understand how a person would get the stimulation they are lacking from traditional norms by committing crimes. Breaking rules of any kind can definitely provide the stimulate these kind of people crave.

Something that I found slightly annoying was the over explanation of basic themes. The book is very introspective and moves at a slow pace. The same details are pounded home over and over. It’s a bit insulting to the reader. Over explanation usually isn’t something that annoys me. However, when the same concepts are over explained multiple times it starts to get a bit insulting and repetitive. It puts lulls in an otherwise very interesting story. 

The author really digs deep into the darker parts of human sociologic and herd behavior. It’s a descriptive look into the lives of those most are only able to see the surface of. It’s a lot like being invited into the click of the bad kids without all of the consequences of being involved with them. 

Surprisingly, those society deems “bad” could really just be looking for a place to belong. They are looking for gratification….just like the rest of us.

I found this book thought provoking, shocking and enlightening all at the same time. However, due to the annoying repetition and extreme over explanation….I am granting it four stars.

4 star

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Title: Lessons From The Underground ( Book 1 ) | Author(s): Not Us |

Publisher: Create Space Independant Publishing / Publication Date: 8-6-2015 |Pages: 216 (Print) | ISBN: 9781515388067  | Genre(s): True Crime / Biographies / Memoirs  |Language:English | Rating: 4 out of 5 |  Date Read: 2-26-2016 | Source: Copy from Author

Book Review for “Irony : The Animal” by Robert Shroud

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Detective Reginald Thomas Williams was on the fast track to promotional success. Now, subsequent to the shooting, he is a man barely holding on. His wife left him. He’s two steps away from being a full blown alcoholic, and there is a serial killer nicknamed The Animal loose on Bay City’s streets. Can he hold it together long enough to get his man and reclaim his life? Will his wife even want him back? Who is this Animal that has the city’s female population afraid to go out at night? Is The Animal really who everyone thinks he is? Follow the investigation to learn the answers to these questions and more, in Author Robert Shroud’s new book Irony.


 

This was a fast paced mystery/crime novel. My head was spinning. From the very beginning to the very end you are sucked into the eyes and ears of Reg. His life becomes your life. His woes become your woes. Splendid novel.

The pacing of this book is on point. That’s a make it or break it with this type of novel. It definitely fits in the make it category. 

My heart went out to Reg. Being a detective has to be a hard life. Not only do you witness horrible things but you are expected to be perfect at all times and to never ever mess up. 

Accidents happen though. And Reg does mess up.

His wife leaving him tears him apart. This poor man has the worst run of luck.

The Animal throws you for a loop. Half of you wants to hate him for what he does but the other half sees a very abused person who is suffering from an extreme mental illness. 

The plot line is clever to say the least. I put together who the killer was pretty quick but that was the authors intention. I actually enjoyed knowing who the killer was before the main character. I could enjoy watching him work out the puzzle without being distracted by my own musings. 

The ending will surprise the crap out of you. Not for one minute did that possible outcome even cross my mind. I was totally thrown off guard.

I loved this book and definitely look forward to reading the next.

This book gets the full 5 stars.

5 stars

This book is available for purchase through Amazon. Click the title “Irony: The Animal” It is also available as a free download!!

I personally recommend this book. It has my official stamp of approval.

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Title: Irony: The Animal (book 1) | Author(s): Robert Shroud |

Publisher: Robert Shroud / Publication Date: 1-12-2014 | Pages: 120 (Kindle) |ISBN: B00H9FTJC4 | Genre(s): Crime / Mystery | Language: English |Rating: 5 out of 5 |  Date Read: 11-23-2015 | Source: Copy From Author

 

Book Review for “Treasure Of The Black Hole” by S. Evan Townsend

 

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The Stuff that Dreams are Made Of . . .

When private detective Rick Bailey is hired by the exotically beautiful and outrageously wealthy Princess Nora, he thinks it’ll be easy money. Escaping from her rebellion-torn kingdom, the princess has lost her handmaiden, Lores: the only person who knows how to find the hidden royal jewels.

But when his search for the equally lovely Lores turns deadly, Bailey realizes that there is more to this case than it first seemed. When someone tries to kill him, he discovers that the roots of evil run deep.

With his own set of values and sense of honor, Bailey must keep one step ahead of murderous mobsters, secret government operatives, and a genetically enhanced Lores as he races across the galaxy in search of the truth. The only things he knows he can trust are his eight-foot-tall ladybug-like girl Friday and a powerful weapon that responds to his thoughts.

Will Bailey find the treasure of the black hole in time and will he survive long enough to discover why it is something worth killing for?

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First lines: I trudged up the stairs of the last five flights to my rented office on the fiftieth floor of the Carter building, breathing hard, since the lifttube was perpetually broken. Complaints to Mr. Carter only brought mumbles about the malaise of the building supervisor and I arrived at my office hot and sweaty, took off my brown, felt fedora, and fanned myself with it. It was aberrantly hot for an edge planet today. I looked out the window to the horizon.

This was such a fun book to read! It’s like a futuristic 50’s crime novel / treasure hunt complete with fedoras, private investigators and the ever present blonde bombshell. 

This book will have you turning pages quickly in a feeble attempt to try and keep up with each new twist and turn. Just when you think you have it…BOOM…. another twist. I LOVED it. 

The technology is awesome. This author describes everything so well I could clearly see the entire story play through my head as I read. I especially loved Mr. Townsend’s description’s of all the different species of sentient beings out there. What a fascinating imagination he has! 

The character descriptions are on point. You receive enough information to get to know them but not way more than you need. The main character is complicated but simple at the same time. AND it’s protagonist is a guy! Not just that, it’s a black man. That never happens and it was so refreshing. Plus, his secretary is a gigantic bug who happens to be the most badass bug ever and then…..twist!

This book is definitely a refreshing story of a well worn genre. I will be reading more from this author for sure! 

This book gets the full 5 stars from me. It was incredibly entertaining!

5 stars

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Title: Treasure of the Black Hole | Author(s): S. Evan Townsend |Publisher: Space Resources Publishing / Publication Date: 8-3-2015 |Pages: 237 (paperback) | ISBN: B013D07YS4 | Genre(s): Science Fiction / Fantasy  | Language: English |
Rating: 5 out of 5 |  Date Read: 11-1-2015 | Source: Copy from author

Book Review for “The Heart Goes Last” by Margaret Atwood

 

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Living in their car, surviving on tips, Charmaine and Stan are in a desperate state. So, when they see an advertisement for Consilience, a ‘social experiment’ offering stable jobs and a home of their own, they sign up immediately. All they have to do in return for suburban paradise is give up their freedom every second month – swapping their home for a prison cell. At first, all is well. But then, unknown to each other, Stan and Charmaine develop passionate obsessions with their ‘Alternates,’ the couple that occupy their house when they are in prison. Soon the pressures of conformity, mistrust, guilt and sexual desire begin to take over.

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Desperate times call for desperate measures. How much would you give up to have the basic necessities of life? Would you give up your freedom?

This book brings to life the desperation of two people who have lost everything. They are living in their car and barely surviving. They are the embodiment of what’s happened to what was once the middle class.  

There is no middle class now. Just a whole lot of criminals. This is what happens when an unstable system collapses. 

But, we need solutions to these problems right? People need jobs. Laws have to be upheld. For profit prison type compounds are the answer here. You go in, but you can never come out. Ever.

Stan and Charmaine sign away their rights. Sign away their freedom. They do this because they feel they have no other choice. Sure they can go back to the outside. Sure they will have freedom there. Freedom to be attacked and robbed and killed. Freedom to starve. Freedom to be homeless. When someone is offering you a home, food, clothing and a job…..why not take it? At this point, what do they have to lose?

All they have to do is work and rotate in and out of prisons. Or at least that’s what they’re told. They aren’t told about the organ harvesting. They aren’t told about the baby blood collection and sales. They aren’t told about the mind zapping of human beings to be turned into living sex robots. 

This book gives a chilling look into just how far we as a species can fall. It shows just how much we will give up to survive. It also shows how far people with power will go when they are unchecked.

It’s not unrealistic either. Stop and think about it. 

I enjoyed reading this book. The characters have such depth. There is nothing held back. No thought unspoken. No fantasy apologetically sugared over. Its a look into how our minds work without the filter we put our words through before they hit our mouth.

This author is brilliant.

Full 5 from me.

5 stars

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Title: The Heart Goes Last | Series:  N/A  |  Author(s): Margaret Atwood |Publisher: Anchor Publishing (re-print) / Publication Date: 8-9-2016  (re-print) |Pages: 400 (Print) | ISBN: 978-1101912362  | Genre(s): Science Fiction / Dystopian |Language: English |Rating: 5 out of 5 |  Date Read: 2015 |Source: Copy from Netgally