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Black Light

Black Light

Publisher(s): 
Release Date: 
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Grade:
A
# of Pages: 
327
Interesting Tidbits

Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan are currently filming "The Collector 2" and writing the screenplay for Piranha 3DD,

“Black Light” is the first book I have read since college and it did not disappoint. This is the first novel written collectively by Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan, (Who both wrote the screenplays for Saw IV, Saw V, Saw VI, and Saw 3D) and Stephen Romano. This book follows Buck Carlsbad, a private investigator and exorcist with a special gift, on his journey to find out what happened to his parents. His adventures lead him to a special assignment in Los Angeles aboard a special bullet train, with several surprises waiting for Buck, headed for Las Vegas. Is this just another job or is it somehow related to his missing parents?

I admit I was not a big fan of the later Saw movie installments and had low expectations for this book, but I was surprised how well it was written. As expected, there was a lot of blood and gore in this book, but it was so detailed and vividly written that it fit so well into the mood and plot of the book. I also liked how the writers fully immersed you in Buck’s world from the vernacular to the clear mental pictures of what he was seeing at any point in the book. This book lacked any plot holes and every part of the book contributed to the “big picture” of the plot with its twists and surprises.

The characters were also another big element of what made this book so enjoyable. The writers did not condense or omit any details when it came to character development and character back story. Wheher they were talking about Lauren Chance, the head of the security team, or Darby, Buck’s assistant that was really a poltergeist, or Bethany Sin, the pop start with the same gift as Buck, the writer made sure you knew anything and everything about them. My favorite character of all was Buck because he was a flawed protagonist that was very relatable because under it all he was just an ordinary guy looking for the truth. The characters took the book to another level and were so varied, but always added some new element to the plot.

I highly recommend this book for older audiences and those that love to read. I could actually see this book being adapted into a movie. I would be the first in line at the theater to see it and would try my best to promote it. This was an easy read and had me at the edge of my seat from the beginning to the end. I am happily giving this book an “A.”

Paul Arca
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