A 2-star review is the only one Amazon shows for my novel Slow Motion Murder. That seems to be because I no longer offer free downloads and reviewers are not going to buy now, review later. I find that free downloads invite tossaway reviews that are either too superficial or simply nitpicky. When someone pays for something they take it more to heart.
Nevertheless, the following review was written of Slow Motion Murder when it was yet to be for sale on a writer’s site. Compare it to the one on Amazon. There were others like the one you’re about to read as well:
Slow Motion Murder by Steve Games
By Rebecca Skane
In the early forties, somewhere in small-town America, Trent Tarkinton was born to the traveling quacks, Doctor Tarkinton and his wife-assistant, a couple who peddled a dangerous form of radium, touting it as a miracle elixir and dosing themselves heartily, convinced of its miraculous health benefits. Trent was orphaned as a toddler when his parents succumbed to radiation poisoning and thus began a life of jumping from home to home, living in relative isolation from love and friendship. To make things worse, everyone around him would eventually fall ill and people began to take notice, making his childhood life unbearable. It wasn’t long before Trent was molded into someone dark and sinister with little respect for human life.
After being released from jail in his twenties, Trent changes his name for the first time to Simon Schlick. A strange friendship provides him with a wealthy benefactor and a luxury place to call home. In his spare time, Simon builds a weapon. An X-ray weapon. While aiming it casually at people on the streets and in tour buses, no one suspects the ample doses of deathly radiation that have just penetrated their delicate cellular structures. The weapon is silent, painless, invisible and untraceable. The victims die or get sick months, maybe even years later. The alarming and sudden increase in reported cancer cases within the immediate vicinity eventually warrants an investigation as people begin to remember the man in a strange suit, a man holding something.
Simon Schlick evades capture and returns to the area years later, now known as Robin Bloodrock. His appearance has changed, but his penchant for killing people slowly has only intensified. He builds a new weapon, one that will not be noticed as peculiar like the weapon he held in his hands once before. It was something which would never be suspected. It was mobile and it was lethal. Thousands of people casually approach Robin, never knowing that they have just been killed by the push of a button. A second spike in sudden cancer-related illnesses prompts officials to act.
It isn’t long before Robin is almost caught again. However this time authorities are aided by someone who shares a close bond with Robin. Robin doesn’t know Marva, but they share an extraordinary blood-connection and she is the only one who can visually see the activated weapon. After Robin escapes for a third time, he comes back with a new name (Ray Shaft), a new weapon and his sights firmly set on Marva, the only one who seems impervious to his X-ray weaponry.
Slow Motion Murder is a complete reversal of your standard superhero fare and is twisted into something satisfyingly wretched. Instead of learning about what events transpired to make a hero so benevolent and awe-inspiring, the meat of this book revolves around the life and evil-doings of our devious archnemesis. And instead of having a hero conveniently thwart the efforts of the villain just before he enacts his malicious plan for mayhem, we get to have the satisfaction of chaos, destruction and mass slow-motion murder in a fifty-mile radius, bearing witness to the mercy slaughter of Hollywood’s A-list. Our hero hopeful (or anti-antagonist), Marva, is left behind as a casual afterthought, just as a villain might be in a traditional superhero book/movie/comic.
Stan Lee’s evil twin would be so proud. With great power comes great irresponsibility.
Steve Games is an indie author with several books out on Kindle. The book has its moments of over-the-top personalities and bizarre occurrences, deliberately so. And I enjoyed every word of it. I enjoy all things deliciously twisted. To make things more delightful, I found it impossible to put down towards the end. You’ll see why. Slow Motion Murder is a quick read and worth the price. The ending sets you up nicely for the obligatory sequel-waiting-period so I guess I will have to be on the lookout for part two. And yes, I plan on buying it.
Rebecca Skane wrote this in 2012.
Frankly, it’s a cautionary tale about radiation and our grand social experiment in wrapping ourselves in an electromagnetic web. And if you’re wondering why the new generation is coming up sterile… read on.
He’s already killed you.
You just don’t know it yet.