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The American Plan

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The American Plan by David Weisberg

A daring and disturbing tale of survival set in Cuba and South Florida during the 1950s and early 60’s, embracing both the breadth of historical fiction and the intimate intensity of a psychological suspense novel, The American Plan is a vertiginous ride through the mid-century American psyche.

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 David Weisberg

Author’s Bio

David Weisberg is a teacher, playwright, critic and fiction writer. He has taught at Hunter College in New York City, the University of Delaware, and Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. He is the author of Chronicles of Disorder, a groundbreaking study of the works of Samuel Beckett in the context of the vehement cultural and aesthetic polemics of mid-century Europe. His shorter works have appeared in The Albuquerque Alibi, The Tennessee Review, The Mississippi Review, Nepantla: Views from the South, Libido, Nerve.com and other journals. His play, Totem and Taboo, premiered February 2016 at the Central Works Theater in Berkeley, CA.

The American Plan, his first novel, is the inaugural volume of a projected three- novel series chronicling the rise and fall of a fictional region of sun-belt America, from the Korean War through the financial debacle of 2008.

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My Review

5 stars

Philip Narby has a secret, he is a deserter from the Korean War. He has been hiding out in Cuba and with the news of the war being over he is planning on sneaking back into America with the other returned soldiers, if he can survive that long in pre-revolutionary Cuba. Philip has some issues but still finds his way back to Florida. He finds love with a New York painter, Willa Branton, and lives with the Jim Crow laws in Florida in the 1950’s and 60’s. He will also live through the issues of Cuban immigrants, land development, and many other events during this time period.

I’m sorry to admit that I don’t know much about the Korean War and the south during the 50’s and 60’s. My history teacher focused so much on World War II that we never progressed from there and I’m not a history buff. I knew of some of these events, the Jim Crow laws and such, but reading them in this book really opened my eyes. I love when a story is based around real life events like The American Plan. This helps to draw me into the fights and leave me wanting to learn more about this time period.

The American Plan is the first in a trilogy and it is a great introduction. I loved all the history. I can’t wait to see where the next two books are going to take me.

I received The American Plan from Wildbound PR for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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Shadowchild
by Matthew Williams
Genre: Horror
In 1629 something visited the parish of Feckenham. The events that
followed were so terrifying that they never gained their place in the
history books.

Now in 2008, something seems to be wrong with Marie Watson’s young
children.
Her father won’t believe her and her mother is nearing the end of her
tether.
Marie feels utterly alone.
But is she?

 My Review

5 stars

This story bounces between three time periods. We start in 1629 as an evil takes possession of the prisoners and turns them against the guards and those that have imprisoned them. A little girl that is so much more makes a stand with those that think they rule. Then we come to 2008 and a family that has moved into a house where strange things start happening.

I loved this story. It instantly sucked me in with prisoners revolting, the evil ruling them, and wouldn’t let me go until the very last word. I love me some horror and this is a fresh take on the genera. I was kept guessing, genuinely scared and enthralled with the gore and violence.

You have a wonderfully developed history with the evil, how it has reared its ugly face so many years later, and how it has come back to torment a new family. There are twists and turns that will throw you off and keep you guessing.

If you love horror, this is the book for you. This is my first story from Matthew Williams but it with not be my last.

The Shady Corner
by Matthew Williams
Genre: Horror
A shady corner in life can be a dark and mysterious place, but in the
shady corners of the mind, the mystery and darkness know no
bounds!

In a struggle with his conscience and haunted by images of murder, David
is given a choice to right the wrongs of his past.
Can he cheat fate and avoid his future? Or is the evil that dwells within
him more than it seems?
Only one thing is certain . . .
Fate can be cruel, but true evil can be brutal!

  My Review

5 stars

We start this story with David and his family. They go out to eat and next thing he knows. David is being yelled at by his wife for almost killing someone and scaring their kids to death. The problem is that David doesn’t remember what happened and starts second guessing themselves. Then David starts having nightmare of violence and blood. As the story progresses we start learning more about David and his evilness.I loved Shadowchild and couldn’t wait to get into The Shady Corner. Although I might have had an idea where I though this book was going, I was completely wrong. There were twists and turns to this story that kept me off balance and kept me guessing what was going to happen next.

I love horror stories and those that give me the shivers are the best. Matthew Williams has a way of writing that makes this story fresh and scary as heck. I strongly recommend checking him out if you like gruesome horror stories. I hope he has more books on the way.

Born in 1975, Matthew Williams has been a keen fan of the
horror/thriller/fantasy genres for as long as he can remember.
Whether it’s a film, a TV series, or a novel; he is drawn to all
the different aspects of these genres. Mainly it’s the complexities
and the mysteries that can be expressed with freedom and imagination
that he enjoys the most.

A fan of authors such as Stephen King, James Herbert, Dean Koontz,
Richard Layman – to name but a few!
A fan of TV shows such as Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Breaking
Bad, American Horror Story – to name but a few!
A fan of films such as Saw, Seven, Eden Lake, The Descent, Quarantine,
Skeleton Key, The Sixth Sense – to name but a few!
Matthew now has a small body of work of his own with ‘The Shady Corner’
and ‘Shadowchild’ only the beginning of what he is determined to
grow into an extensive collection of horror/thriller fiction novels.
 
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 I received Shadowchild and The Shady Corner fro Silver Dagger Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of these books.

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