The Absence of Screamsby Published 06 Jun 2017
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Eleven years ago, Marcus lost everything. His daughter was kidnapped and his wife was murdered. Now, he spends his days pretending to be paralyzed and touring the country, raising money for missing children. He hopes that if he helps enough people find their missing child, someday he will find his own.
Just as he's about to give up hope, he finds one of the kidnappers. He attacks her, but she refuses to give him back his daughter. In his rage, he kills her, but not before she signals an accomplice. For the second time, Marcus watches his daughter disappear into the night.
With no one to trust and sinking in deepening quicksand of lies and deception, Marcus will need to risk everything if he's going to unravel the mystery of his daughter's disappearance.
Even if that means losing his life.
With a riveting plot that will keep you guessing until the last page, The Absence of Screams is a must-read for Thriller fans.
The Absence of Screams Reviews
First things first, the book need a good proofread especialy towards the end. The missed and extra words start to get pretty annoying making an awkward read even worse.
An interesting plot about a man who eleven years after the event finds his abducted daughter by accident. What ensues is an ever-increasing pile of violently killed antagonists. None of the characters has any empathetic values so it is hard to cheer for a hero.
I wanted to like this book but think that the story needs to be tightened around the plot and we need a character or two with whom we could empathise.
Marcus lost everything in his life. His daughter was kidnapped & the wife was murdered.
Harper's Mill. Marino's Pub/ restaurant. Beth (bartender) took Marcus Devereaux’s (aka Paul) order.
Tatiana Shembly (mother, bar patron) introduced herself.
Marcus confronted Tatiana; Cassandra Devereaux (wife) had been killed & Danielle Devereaux (daughter, video store clerk) had disappeared or been kidnapped.
Detective Emily O’Reilly (Harper's Mill PD), & Detective Matthew Cockerton (Harper's Mill PD), were going to interrogate Todd Anderson (Danielle’s BF).
Tatiana had been murdered.
It was just a few minutes & Kenneth Jameson (Todd’s attorney) arrived at the police station.
Marcus (Afghanistan, wheelchair bound paraplegic military vet) & Angela Weber (35+, Marcus asst.) arrived at McKinley Military Base.
He was giving a speech that would generate funding for the Cassandra Devereaux Foundation for Missing Children.
General Henry Thompson was doing the introduction.
42 children had been found & returned to their loving families.
Kenneth & Todd went to see Charles Shembly (wheat farmer).
They had called the police because he didn’t answer the door.
Why did Angela call Ricky “Rick” Genaro (Angela’s ex)?
Why did Sam, Victoria & Jeff (Iraq vet) kidnaped Marcus?
Ricky Sanchez (?)
Warning: This book is for adults only & contains extreme violent or graphic adult content or profanity. It may be offensive to some readers.
I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one.
A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. Wow, a very well written thriller book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great thriller movie, or better yet a mini TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars.
Thank you for the free author; EBookStage; Amazon Digital Services LLC.; book
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
This was a complex story that had many twists to keep you wondering who and what was going to happen. I would like to have seen O'Reilly more fleshed out. I felt a bit sorry for the General. Some of the characters were a real piece of work. I want to read more from this author.
The Absence of Screams: A Thriller
This could be a good story, if it had a few items that are glaringly and sadly missing: A more concise and complete story line; better spelling, grammar and punctuation; credible proofreading and editing; and more believable characters. I understand what Mr. Follows was aiming for, but the omissions and flaws made the reading painful and frustrating to deal with. Let's just say that I really appreciate that this was a free book. I'm not giving up on you, Mr. Follows... I do see some promise, and hope your next book will be a pleasant surprise. 👍👍
I considered not finishing this book. It had a meandering plot and never had much info on characters. Plot was strange and certainly is never quite resolved.