Friday, November 21, 2014

Review: Captive No More by T.H. Dillon

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Series: Jack Savage Trilogy #1
Rating: 5 stars

Official Blurb:

Jack Savage was not raised to be the sort of man that would want to hurt people. In fact, he was raised to be quite the opposite. But when he finally ventured out into the world as an adult, he began to experience just how truly cold and cruel the world could be. What should have been a fairly normal existence as an adult, began to decay into one of a dysfunctional nature. And it all began to unravel for Jack because of a love he never should have pursued, and the career in professional wrestling that he gave up for her.

Fast-forward several years and Jack finds himself waking up strapped to a bed on the 7th floor of a secretive institution known only as 'Effingham'. With no memory of how he arrived at Effingham, or why there is a fair amount of blood on his clothes; he struggles to come to gripes with the reality that he has been committed to a mental health facility for evaluation.

Along the way, Jack is told to begin a journal in which he should record his thoughts. The hope is that his daily entries will at some point jog his memory about the actions that led to his arrival on the secretive 7th floor at Effingham. But before he can recall those horrendous actions, a chance encounter with a young female resident has Jack thrust into an entirely new romance in his heart. 

In time, Jack's memories slowly start to return to him. But as the memories are slow to return, his heart is quick to be given away to the distraught beauty whom he shares a perpetual emotional suffering with. Jack's desire to be her "knight in shining armor" may not mesh with her plans for them though. As he finally starts to receive glimpses of his breaking point, Jack faces the even harsher reality that he may never get the chance he so desperately wants to be happy.

When it becomes apparent Jack must choose between facing up to his actions, or risking everything for love once more.....Jack is unsure of who, or what, to trust. Most of all, he questions whether or not he can trust himself and the feelings he has for a woman yet again.

With vicious memories haunting him, and life inside of a psych ward starting to become the new reality he never wanted, Jack must become that part of himself that he hates if he is to survive the 7th floor of Effingham. No one is safe in the mind of Jack Savage. And he'll do whatever it takes to make things right in his mind.

Only Jack knows what Jack is capable of...

To sum up my feelings in just a few words, Holy shit, what a thrill ride!
Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to wake up in a psych ward with no memory has to how you got there? I will forewarn anyone who is sensitive to mature language that this may not be the right book for you to read. Hell, there’s even a warning label on the back.  When I met T.H. Dillon a few weekends ago at Indie Unmasked, I told him that the best way to tell if I honestly liked a book was to check out the number of times I swore in a review. I think if I were to do that with my Captive No More review, I might be banned from Goodreads and Amazon reviews based the numerous times I’d be using fuck in a sentence.

T.H. Dillon has created such a world in Captive No More. Effingham isn’t exactly the type of place you’d ever want to find yourself in. Right off the bat, I had this strange and eerie feeling that something wasn’t right about the staff. What I didn’t expect was the momentous twist about Jack’s lost memories. I honestly sat and stared at the very last page of the book in sheer shock. Dillon has managed to confound someone who often picks up on an author’s subtle hints to the major cliffhanger or ending. That within itself deserves major kudos. This author has a refined ability to write and build a book world that makes you feel that this could be someone’s autobiography as well as his ability to branch off into a completely different genre, which shows just how genuinely well he is as a writer. It isn’t easy to pull off such a juxtaposition genre switch and Dillon has done it with ease. I am greatly looking forward to reading the next book in the trilogy.

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