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Suspense Central Selections for
2018

*2018 selections for Suspense Central are
listed below by month.  If you have difficulty
seeing a title and/or author, all selections are
listed on our Yahoo site and our meetup site.
Recaps, comments
Talon of God by Wesley Snipes, Ray Norman
Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 8p
Uncle Giuseppe's Marketplace, 10 Triangle Plaza (Route 17 North) · Ramsey, NJ

Full line-up of 2018 titles is listed below - please scroll down

This group meets on the third Thursday of each month to discuss a specific mystery,
horror, or intrigue novel. Join Moderator Aurelia Long as we discuss this month's featured
selection.

Talon of God by Wesley Snipes, Ray Norman
The acclaimed actor makes his fiction debut with this enthralling urban fantasy in which a
holy warrior must convince a doctor with no faith to help stop a powerful demon and his
minions from succeeding in creating hell on earth—a thrilling adventure of science and faith,
good and evil, damnation and salvation

*we will also discuss Blameless by Gail Carriger - November discussion was cancelled due to
snow!! December will be a fun two-for-one.
August
Dread Nation: Rise Up by Justina Ireland
9/20/18 recap

AM
Dread Nation: Rise Up by Justina Ireland was, we hope, the first of a series.  The book tells an
alternative history that has zombies rising up during the Civil War.  All agreed the settings and
characters were very three dimensional making for a page turning read. Main character, Jane, tells the
story.  At times her one-sided thinking makes the story a bit convoluted, but overall it's a well written,
fun read. The author uses just enough real historical scenarios and details to make you think this
could've happened!  The book provides food for thought...pun intended. Solid A- across the board.
Fledgling by Octavia Butler
10/18/18 recap

AM
Fledgling by Octavia Butler was the October selection. Sadly, this was Octavia Butler's final work. All
agreed we would've liked to delve deeper into this world of vampires with a twist. Ms. Butler's vampires
are experimental gene spliced vampires created to find the "perfect" vampire - can walk in sunlight, etc.
The story opens with main character Shori, who for all appearances looks to be 10 or 11 years old, but
is actually 53. That turns out to be very young for a vampire. Shori has no memory when she awakens
amongst charred ruins of buildings, with burns covering her body and head. No memory of anything. As
the story progresses, we follow Shori as her memory returns in dribs and drabs and she encounters
both friend and foe. The book received solid A-/B+ scores. Chris commented on the brutal nature of the
elders and a particular vicious scene near the book's end. Kathleen and I both were creeped out by
another scene but for very different reasons.  If you're a fan of Ms. Butler's work you will enjoy the
read. If you've never read Octavia Butler - here's a good intro.
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