Publisher: Alien Agenda Publishing
Publication Date: 3rd March 2017
REVIEWED BY NEV
A copy of Becoming was sent to Confessions of a Reviewer by the author, Glenn Rolfe, in exchange for an honest review. This is said review. This book is published by Alien Agenda Publishing.
Glenn Rolfe is an author that, luckily for me, I have been able to follow pretty much from the beginning of his writing career. I have always noticed a definite talent in his writing and always enjoy reading his stuff.
I also enjoy the way he interacts with us reviewers when we finally get around to posting our reviews of his work. I have been critical in the past of a couple of things in his writing, although this has been more out of frustration from my part at one book being a bit hit and miss, and he never makes an issue of it. He accepts it, thanks you, and moves on to better himself. I really admire that.
His last book, Chasing Ghosts, blew me away. I was hoping for more of the same with Becoming. I knew it was a different style of story but I wanted to see more of the same style of writing.
This is what I thought.
Avalon, Maine is going through a changing time. Something is coming to life in the local lake and it’s not going to be pretty.
When local people start going missing or just changing, Sherriff Shane Davis is tasked with finding out what is going on.
His task is not going to be as easy as it first seemed. An ancient evil is returning, and it is hell bent on making it’s mark this time.
This is one of those stories where it is hard to write about the characters one by one, purely because there are so many that play a huge part in the story.
The Sherriff is obviously the man tasked with solving everything. He is a man that knows his job, and his town, inside out. A dedicated man that you can’t help but like and root for. Michele is a girl who seems central to everything. A young girl who is driven and passionate but misunderstood, in that, people just don’t believe what she is saying. Her father, Bret, is also a main man that I really liked as well. The rest of the townsfolk all play their part in this tale. It is one of those stories where people flit in and out throughout the journey so to name them all would take an age.
Suffice it to say that they are all wonderful. This is a part of Mr Rolfe’s writing that I love. Everyone you meet in his stories is someone that could live next door. They are all real people. Nothing fake about them and no one with any special super powers. Normal people caught up in a horrific situation and they must deal with the situation as normal people do. And this is exactly what they do, with tremendous effect.
The plot is old, as in, old skool. Another thing I love about Mr Rolfe’s writing. I don’t think he is old enough to have been around when most of the creature features I watched when I was younger were on TV. However, that doesn’t stop him from masterfully grasping their meaning and transporting you back to the days of old where the atmosphere was as important to the story, as the story itself. The atmosphere in Becoming is superb.
Colours play a big role in this and I could imagine it being like the old sci-fi films from the fifties and sixties where the colours where enhanced to give the film an eerie feeling. It certainly worked in this one.
Ah yes, the plot. I described it earlier, and that is about as much as you are going to get on it. Ancient evils that the current people in town know nothing about are coming to life and they must stop them before it is too late.
But do they? Ah, well, that is another reason you must read this book to find out for yourself. This is another example of someone who is not afraid to mix their stories up. Just because you are a main character, and play a pivotal role in the story, doesn’t mean you are safe from the chop when the reader is least expecting it. And I don’t just mean the supposed baddies. No one is safe from the pen of Glenn Rolfe. Prepare yourself to hate Mr Rolfe on occasion for getting rid of some people you may admire.
Although I am primarily a horror fan, I do love a bit of sci-fi but it must, must, must, make me feel like those old films did when I was a kid to make me really enjoy it. Whenever you combine that old style sci-fi with horror, it has the potential to make me go weak at the knees, but only if it is done very well.
You had me on my knees Mr Rolfe. More than once.
I am not going to go on and on and on about this story the way I really want to. All I will say is that if you have not started your journey following the writings of Glenn Rolfe, you must get on that train right now and share in the talent this man has for writing. Trust me, he is going to be a huge writing force in years to come. Make sure you can tell people you were there from the start.
To summarise: old skool horror / sci-fi that made me week at the knees. Absolutely loved this one.
★★★★★ loved it.
★★★★★ old skool!
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Something ancient has wormed its way up from the earth….
A change has come today.
After Michele Cote’s best friend disappears, no one believes her story of about the thing responsible for his abduction. Forced to figure out the mystery for herself, Michele encounters terror she has never known, and witnesses the impossible.
When other members of the community begin to change, or vanish, Sheriff Shane Davis must look beyond reason in order to stop the evil seeping into this small town. With help from an unlikely source, Sheriff Davis will come face-to-face with the truth.
You can’t destroy what you don’t understand. For the town of Avalon, Maine, the future is about change…for better or worse.
Becoming is the next horrifying novel from author, Glenn Rolfe.
Includes the bonus novella, Boom Town.
CONFESSIONS REVIEWS GLENN ROLFE
Glenn Rolfe is an author, singer, songwriter and all around fun loving guy from the haunted woods of New England. He has studied Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University, and continues his education in the world of horror by devouring the novels of Stephen King and Richard Laymon. He and his wife, Meghan, have three children, Ruby, Ramona, and Axl. He is grateful to be loved despite his weirdness.
He is the author the novellas, Abram’s Bridge, Boom Town, and the forthcoming, Things We Fear (March, 2016), the short fiction collection, Slush, and the novels, The Haunted Halls, and this October’s, Blood and Rain.
His first novella collection, Where Nightmares Begin, will be released in March, 2016.
He is hard at work on many more. Stay tuned!
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