Thursday, July 26, 2018

Death Unmasked (A Novel Of Reincarnation & Retribution) by Rick Sulik

Psychological Thriller

  • Mass Market Paperback: 264 pages
    • Publisher: Christopher Matthews Publishing (November 16, 2015)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1938985834
    • ISBN-13: 978-1938985836

    Synopsis: A reincarnated evil is stalking the women of Houston. With each murder, the madman quotes an excerpt from the Oscar Wilde poem, “The Ballad of Reading Gaol.” A huge smokestack belching smoke, a ragged flea market double-breasted wool coat, and an old antique picture frame, bring the distant past back to haunt Houston Homicide Detective, Sean Jamison. With those catalysts, Jamison knows who he was in a past life and that he lost the only woman he could ever love. Searching for his reincarnated mate becomes Jamison’s raison d’être as he and fellow detectives scour Houston for a brutal serial killer. The memory of timeless love drives Jamison’s dogged search for a serial killer, determined to finish what he started decades earlier.
    Each clue brings Jamison closer to unmasking his old nemesis. Tenacious police work, lessons learned in the past, and intuition may be the only weapons he has in preventing history from repeating itself.

    Review: The first 20% or so of this book, which really sets up the rest, had me thinking I might have to give up on finishing it. I just couldn't get into that part of it at all.

    The remaining 80%, however, was amazing. It was so much more than just a murder mystery. It delves into the idea of reincarnation, and the ability to recognize those who have been important to you in your past lives. It was one of the more unique stories I've read so far this year. There were a lot of "main characters," which meant we didn't get to know most of them all that well, which was disappointing.

    The ending, and the way the author wrapped everything up in the last several chapters was well-done. He wrapped up both the murder mystery and the reincarnation story without leaving any loose ends.

    Rating: Four stars

    About the Author: Rick Sulik was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. After completing high school in Boardman, Ohio, he enlisted and served four years in the United States Air Force Military Police. After receiving an Honorable Discharge, he worked three and a half years with the Houston, Texas Police Department, twenty-two years with the Pasadena, Texas Police Department, and ten years as a courthouse bailiff with the Gonzales County, Texas Sheriff s Department, before retiring in 2013.

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