Monday, July 20, 2015
"Misc. Monday": The Poe Consequence by Keith Steinbaum
Genre: Horror, Occult, Urban Life. 330 pages.
Price: $ 2.99 ebook (at time of post)
Publisher & Date: LitFire Publishing. May 24, 2015.
Book Link: Click Here
Listed Rating: . 6
Price I Paid: Zip,**I received a free copy in return for an honest review**
Seriously this story blew my mind! The story is amazingly complex and highly narrative bringing to life the gang war torn inner city streets of L.A. The book does have explicit language and scenes, but most is needed for realism. Steinbaum's plot is like a puzzle with each character and their back story each are an important detailed piece, which when it's all done a reader can see how everything had been all connected from the beginning someway somehow.
The story revolves a round a string of mysterious deaths concerning two rival street gangs, the Alvarado Street Diablos and the North Rampart Lobos. Everything seems to stem back to the day when English Prof. Warren Palmer, aka Prof. Poemer, was killed in a drive by shooting. The Diablos and Lobos have always been at war with each other nothing new for gangs to be at war, but what has the cops and the gangs spooked is what's taking out the gang members. Lobos and Diablos are dying in strange ways, times and places by an unknown person and no one know how. The key to it all maybe who's involved and discovering what may have started it all.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book. Truthfully I had wanted to read it just because I knew it was centered in my area of L.A. However the plot and the way it was written was so enthralling, I found myself really into the story. At first you are given so many characters and pieces of information, not knowing what it all means, but as the story goes on connections form and the plot thickens. By mid book you will be so into the book you'll be wondering how the heck it will all end. Now my only issue is there were 3 sex scenes that could have been implied rather than embellished. Especially the rape scene it wasn't too detailed as the "love" scenes, but I really didn't see the need for sex at all. Oh and as for the language in the story it's explicit, but for gang members it's realistic as to how they talk, trust me. I liked how this author sought to bring to light the fact gang members are victims of their circumstances as many forget that too often. These gangs are formed because their lives at home aren't good and it's then that society has this new sub society, which we'd rather ignore than deal with and try to prevent than help escalate. Anyways, So if you are okay with foul language and are looking for a thriller that involves Poe's dark form of justice and couple people out seeking revenge but may find revenge is being served cold and the only form of happiness may be tolerance and forgiveness, this book will be great.