When Thomas announced he was looking for Beta reader I had mixed feelings, of course I wanted to do a fellow author a favour but I worried if I would have time and how I would handle it if I didn’t like his book given he is such a great guy, I really didn’t need to worry I didn’t like it I loved it.
Today is the launch of Thomas Rydder’s debut novel The Clearing, I have been lucky enough to be a Beta reader for this and have the pleasure of being able to post a review on the day the rest of you get to rush out to buy it. Now given that it is only being launched today I am going to try to be really good and avoid all spoilers.
This is the goodreads blurb, that way I don’t give away too much that isn’t there to see
After twenty years in the Marine Corps, Major Frank Cutlip comes home to the quiet hills of his beloved Pennsylvania to take up a new life as the sheriff of Allegheny County.
Professor Beth Lowe took up a post at Paxton University because she became enamored with western Pennsylvania’s charms, a more enduring love than she thought she would ever feel for a man.
When Beth’s dog is savaged by wolves, their peaceful lives are shattered, and their fates entwined. On the brink of death, the dog not only survives but grows larger… and more vicious. A thousand-year cycle of carnage is reaching its climax once more, and the peaceful wooded hills will soon be smeared with blood.
Sheriff Cutlip leads his community in a hunt for the hidden terror, but then his own brother is bitten, his blood corrupted by the ancient evil. The sheriff must confront terrible choices, and he can’t do so alone
The Clearing — a novel of ordinary people thrown together in extraordinary circumstances
Now I think it is obvious enough we are talking Lycanthropes here and let me say they are not supernatural creature of choice normally when it comes to literature yet recently they have undergone a renaissance led by Anne Rice’s contribution The Wolf Gift so Rydder has some mighty footsteps to follow yet he not only follows but strides confidently along side. He has created characters you care about, as with all good characters you don’t always like them, sometimes they frustrate, annoy and make you want to literally reach in to the pages and shake them but what you can’t do is walk away from them.
The storyline has more twists and turns than a road passing through the Alps, you think you know where the story is going when events blindside you and whisk you along a different path. There is so much more I could say I could discuss the battle between man and beast, the struggle to retain humanity, questions of morals and ethics but I won’t because I want you to come to the book as I did and read it for yourselves.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough it is a 5 out of 5 all day long and when you have read it review it and let me know maybe we can discuss the line between good and evil then.
Thomas Rydder can be found over on his blog posting daily about his own life and works and sharing other great authors with you if you haven’t visited take a look here and read an excerpt from The Clearing.
He is also embarking on a chaotic few days of blog touring you can catch him at these locations….
Monday, March 4th – Interview with author M.S. Fowle http://msfowle.wordpress.com/
Wednesday, March 6th – Interview with book blogger Debdatta http://b00kr3vi3ws.blogspot.com/
Monday, March 11th – Guest post with author Shannon McRoberts http://www.obsidianpoet.blogspot.com/
Wednesday, Thursday, March 14th – Guest post with author Victoria Dougherty http://victoriadougherty.wordpress.com/
You can buy the book here
Also available in the Kindle stores