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"The Final Shortcut" by G. Bernard Ray is one great scary story. If the genre of horror is your favorite then you will want to read this book.
Junior is a troubled young man that had a difficult childhood. At the age of 5 his parents attended Woodstock. One night while they were partying and Junior was sleeping the couple camping next to them made some tea from hallucinogenic mushrooms laced with LSD that they all drank. Unbeknownst to everyone Junior woke up and went outside to see what everyone was up to. He saw a glass partially filled with liquid and being 5 and thirsty he drank some. Of course the liquid wasn't just any liquid but the `special' tea. He wandered off and when he was found a few hours later he was in trouble. He was rushed to the hospital and his life was saved but that drink of tea cost him dearly. His face was permanently deformed and it was thought he would always be a special needs child. Finally the day came when he would attend school and be around other kids...this is when his troubles really began.
One problem Junior had was his temper; he had a hard time controlling it and would often go into rages. As he grew older he found that when he became stressed he would get a headache also and the only thing that would help is to kill; killing seemed to make everything better. As the years went by he added more acreage to the family land, he reinforced the old mine that he and his father found, he built the mansion of hunting shacks, wired everything for security...all so he could hide and enjoy what he did best...kill. There is so much more to this story than Junior's killing but I do not want to give anything away.
"The Final Shortcut" is a well-written horror story. In this book you do not get pages of details about each killing as you would find in a hack and slash movie and that is what makes this story even scarier. The adage of `less is more' is true here. I started this book and from page one I was hooked and stayed that way until I turned the final page. It is hard to describe how scary this book really is. What made this book so good is Mr. Ray did not bog the reader down with useless details about every kill Junior made; he gave just what was needed to tell that part of the story and that is what made the story even better.
If you are a fan of the horror genre, if you are a fan of well-written stories, if you are a fan of being scared by the stories you read then "The Final Shortcut" is the book for you. This book reminds me of earlier works by Stephen King, Dean Koontz, or John Saul...if you are a fan of and enjoy these authors then you will enjoy and become a fan of G. Bernard Ray. "The Final Shortcut" is the first book by this talented author and if his future books are like this one then Mr. Ray will have a long career ahead of him.
Anita (The Kindle Book Review)
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