Ribbons of Death by Edita A. Petrick *Review/Giveaway
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Ribbons of Death
by Edita A. Petrick
When a horribly scarred man knocks on the door of Stella Hunter’s ramshackle cottage in upstate Montana, she lets him in. What’s there to lose? The book critics killed her chances to warn the world about myths and legends behind the myths and legends.
But once the man pushes a book smudged with bloody fingerprints across the table, Stella sees a glimmer of hope. She may yet repair her academic reputation. She may re-establish her credibility within the scientific community and she may vindicate her ‘peace-taker’ theory. She may also be murdered by anyone standing next to her if her theory is correct.
“A female mask.” He nodded.
“A man wearing a female mask. The Roman actors used them, the stage actors used them in Shakespearean times; so did Chinese performers. The old Egyptians wore masks not only for stage performances but to battle, or during exhibition combat in a palace.”
“So you’re saying that a female mask will protect you against the Peacetaker’s power?” He must have sounded more disbelieving than he meant to because she rose, braced her hands on her hips and glared at him.
“We’re dealing with a curse damning humanity for all eternity spun by a mythological demon. It produces a male child born during the night of the Blue Moon. When the child reaches adulthood, his power is activated with an amulet and as he walks amongst men, he devours peace, leaving them howling with murderous frenzy like primeval beasts. Which parts of what I’ve just said doesn’t sound rational enough to you such that you can’t believe the controller is a man wearing a female mask?”
“Well, what if it’s cloudy during that particular night of the Blue Moon and the actual moon can’t be seen? Would ancient folks have known then it was a night of the Blue Moon? I’m just trying to play the Devil’s Advocate.”
“An excellent point. We’ll gloss over it. Not because it poses challenge for me, but because we have, once again, a more important puzzle to baffle us,” she said with such candor that he raised both hands to show her he was capitulating.
Carter a government contractor is witness to an unexpected violent outbreak at a peaceful march. Realizing something unusual had happened he is determined to find out what happened. He seeks out Stella Hunter a professor who specializes in myths and legends to help.
Professor Stella Hunter a published author has been shunned by her colleagues and her husband is divorcing her because of her views on myths. When Carter arrives unannounced on her doorstep she is wary but after talking to him she agrees to help. They set out to locate the Peacetaker and the one who controls him but will they stop him before
I have to say that although this book is a little slow to start stick with it. Once it picks up you can’t stop reading.
The way the plot is based around a myth is well thought out and stimulating to read. I love myths so I was hooked. The main characters ae well developed and easy to relate to. The plot is well paced and full of suspense drawing the reader in. I felt that this was a fresh approach to a paranormal novel. Thank you for the final chapter because I love a conclusion to a plot.
Overall it is a great, well-paced plot full of suspense, myth and mystery. 4 fangs.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
By profession, I’m an engineer and ten years ago, I left a corporate job to concentrate on writing. It was perhaps the scariest thing I’ve done. Of course, there were other considerations at the time, life, kids, economy and my mother who was battling cancer. I wrote as means of staying grounded because I had to hold it together. There was no one else to pitch in. There wasn’t a single moment that I didn’t have doubts about whether what I was doing was the right thing or not, but doubts come and go, while the need to write goes on forever. Since 2005 I’ve published 5 books and this year alone I have 6 new ones coming out. I live in Toronto with my family and our two pets – wheaten terriers. And whenever I’m tempted to look back, and start second-guessing my past decisions, I sit behind the computer and start another book. At least for me, that’s a cure-all.
Edita will be awarding a free Kindle format copy of Ribbons of Death gifted via Amazon to four randomly drawn winners via rafflecopter during the tour.