J. Robert King

Wahoo Reviews!


The first reviews of my new novel, Angel of Death, are in, and they’re terrific! Here’s part of Gill Polack’s review:

King has a very lean writing style. Deceptively clean. Every word counts. Even the beginning, which reads as fairly standard, has a bunch more in it than shows until things unravel. In fact, it was that opening that lured me in. I thought ‘This is the sort of novel that I can predict after 50 pages, so that’s how much I’ll read.’

King turns a lot of current popular themes on their head. Or he eviscerates them. He plays with the suspense of a murder-based thriller and with ideas that appear in Supernatural and even with paranormal romance. In the end, his world is none of these, although it is internally consistent, driven at precisely the right pace. . . .

It’s a fabulous book, but don’t pick it up when you’re supposed to be doing other things.

And here’s an excerpt from the editor of Science Fiction and Fantasy:

Angel of Death is a very powerful novel, dealing intrinsically with life and death and the ugly side of murder. These subjects are handled very well, albeit without pulling any punches in the graphic descriptions. This is clearly an adult novel and this works to it’s advantage, being able to describe events as needed.

There are a few notable times a novel has imprinted itself deeply on my mind, gaining an insight in difficult subject matter. The very rare occasions I can recall include “The incident of the dog at night-time” and “Lucky Man”, it doesn’t happen very often. This novel has now been added to that list as it sucks you inside the mind of a serial killer, as close as you ever really want to get to one.

 To read more, click on REVIEW 1 or REVIEW 2, or go to the ANGRY ROBOT BLOG.

September 17th, 2009
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4 Responses to “Wahoo Reviews!”

  1. Steven Says:

    Glad to hear that you’re disturbing more minds with your words than just mine, pal. 🙂

  2. admin Says:

    My goal–over one million disturbed.

  3. Elaine Cunningham Says:

    I can’t wait to read it!

    P.S. Recently reread your novella “Suicidals Annonymous” and was amused to see a variation on the title of the book pop up. 🙂

  4. admin Says:

    Yes, this novel has been fifteen years in the making, written when my first son was a baby. I revised it about five times, and it passed hand to hand before finding its home at Angry Robot. Those guys are awesome–and the book is pretty killer, too.

    Sadly, it’ll be February before its available here, but it’s building momentum–and it’s worth the wait.

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