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June 19, 2015

THE POE CONSEQUENCE by Keith Steinbaum






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THE POE CONSEQUENCE
BY
KEITH STEINBAUM






SUMMARY
(FROM AMAZON)
In a section of Los Angeles near Dodger Stadium, two rival gangs rule the streets. For the Alvarado Street Diablos, it’s been a year since the murder of one of their closest members at the hands of their sworn enemy, the North Rampart Lobos. A drive-by killing in his honor is planned, but things go wrong and an innocent bystander is the victim. Several hours later the one who pulled the trigger suffers a horrifying death never before seen in its uniqueness. Many more such cases follow, all involving only these two gangs among the hundreds throughout the city. And each death occurs at the same time of day. The exact same time of day.


What can these two enemies do to survive against an unstoppable power intent on their mutual destruction? How is a gang-hating young boy’s attempt to save the life of a gang member tied into preventing a loved one’s soul from eternal damnation? What does a mysterious psychic’s prophecy conveyed earlier in New Orleans have to do with all of this?


Exploring both the hope and darkness that define our emotions, The Poe Consequence integrates social and ethnic divisions through acts of fate and supernatural horror for the reader to observe and imagine.


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In a section of Los Angeles near Dodger Stadium, two rival gangs rule the streets. For the Alvarado Street Diablos, it's been a year since the murder of one of their closest members at the hands of their sworn enemy, the North Rampart Lobos. A drive-by killing in his honor is planned, but things go wrong and an innocent bystander is the victim. Several hours later the one who pulled the trigger suffers a horrifying death, caused by something never before seen in its uniqueness. Many more such cases follow, all involving only these two gangs among the hundreds throughout the city. And each death occurs at the same time of day. The exact same time of day.
 
What can these two enemies do to survive against an unstoppable power intent on their mutual destruction? How is a gang-hating young boy's attempt to save the life of a gang member tied into preventing a loved one's soul from eternal damnation? What does a mysterious psychic's prophecy conveyed earlier in New Orleans have to do with all of this?
 
Exploring both the darkness and hope that define our emotions, The Poe Consequence integrates social and ethnic divisions through acts of fate and supernatural horror for the reader to observe and imagine.


AUTHOR
Keith SteinbaumAs a professional lyricist, Keith co-wrote songs that have been heard throughout the world. He is also a published poet, having had several of his works appear in various anthologies, including Poetic Voices of America, Ten Years of Excellence, Tomorrow Never Knows, and Meditations.

In 2002, he received an "International Poet of Merit" award from the International Society of Poets.

Winner of Books-And-Authors.net's Book of the Year in the Supernatural Thriller Genre, The Poe Consequence is his first novel. He is currently working on a second novel - a murder mystery involving an ex-rock 'n roll star and a little girl fighting cancer who is a big fan of the Los Angeles Lakers. Keith lives in the Los Angeles county area and is married with two grown children.


REVIEW
I'm a fan of Edgar Allan Poe, the dark and the macabre.  Some readers have gotten too involved with Poe and have suffered the consequences.  Go foreword only if you have a strong heart.  The Diablos were in search of their enemies and they had been told that the Lobos would be there. Was it payback time?    If it was, tonight is the night.   The went searching. The enemy wasn't interested in a fallen comrade but from the fact they were out of beer.  No money.  But there was the usual way to get what they wanted.   They headed to a store and it just so happened a professor was going just for a quick stop, but, tragically, ended that night!  Two other characters, Warren and Kevin who were twins, bonded early but not necessarily the same interests.   Warren loved and was interested in Poe and took that interest into his decisions as a professor.

The Lobos were there waiting getting ready for the party to start.  The Diablos knew where the Lobos would be so they did a drive by.  I don't want to tell anymore of the story.  You'll have to read it yourself.  The author wrote a wonderful first novel.  One thing I love is that he brings the horror message from Poe and adds it to Street Lit gang activities right on the LA streets.

The police didn't know where to start, no evidence, witness, no reason for death, or not until the autopsy showed what was inside each body.
The author tossed in a couple of paranormal issues that put some real spice into the  read. The author merged today's world with Poe's time.  I would suggest reading this if you only have a tough heart.  It's scary, weird, fine writing and a worthy followup to Poe's classics.  Worth reading and re-reading.

I received a complimentary copy of The POE CONSEQUENCE from the author, Keith Steinbaum for my view of the book.

I would give this book 5 STARS.



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