Friday, April 12, 2013

'Red is for Rage' Review

About Red is for Rage:
RED IS FOR RAGE is the second book in the award-winning THE COLOR OF EVIL series by Connie (Corcoran) Wilson. THE COLOR OF EVILwon the E-Lit Gold Medal for Horror (Jenkins Group) and the Silver Feather (IWPA).

In Book Two, we learn more about the exact nature of Tad's paranormal power, Tetrachromatic Super Vision. Can this keen sight help Tad find Stevie Scranton? Will Tad suffer another breakdown from reliving the crimes of serial killer Michael Clay (aka, Pogo, the Killer Clown), as he did when only eight years old? Can Tad learn to harness his special sight to help his loved ones?

When Stevie Scranton goes missing, best friend Tad vows to do everything he can to find him. Even if Stevie is dead, Sally and Earl Scranton, (his parents), and Shannon, (Stevie's older sister), crave closure. Tad enlists the help of retired policeman Charlie Chandler and a team of volunteers, including Charlie's old partner, Evelyn Hoeflinger. This rag-tag team of detectives continues searching for Stevie Scranton, the runty misfit of Cedar Falls' Sky High. In their search, they discover a monster every bit as dangerous as Pogo and must confront him in order to save Stevie.

Tad sees auras around others that tell him whether they are good or evil. The truly evil are surrounded by a khaki aura (THE COLOR OF EVIL). At night, Tad suffers vivid nightmares that depict the crimes of the evil-doers. Michael Clay (the serial killer Pogo) escapes custody. On the loose again,  Pogo's actions restart the vicious cycle of violent nightmares. Pogo poses a threat to the entire town of Cedar Falls, but he is especially  a threat to Tad McGreevy.

Pogo has one main goal: kill Tad McGreevy so that Tad cannot disclose Clay's location. Pogo doesn't realize that, up until now, Tad has been unable to harness the paranormal ability he possesses. Now, Tad McGreevy must try to learn to use his unique gift.  Stevie Scranton's fate hangs in the balance. Tad's power, if precognitive, could save everyone he loves.

Jenny SanGiovanni returns from her father's home in Boulder, Colorado, to finish her senior year with her old classmates. She brings home a new set of problems. Jeremy Gustaffsson, the fifth-year senior boyfriend in Jenny's junior year, graduated. But Jeremy is still in town, still obsessed with Jenny, still dangerous.  When Jenny broke up with Jeremy, it made Jeremy mad. Bad things happen to good people when Jeremy Gustaffsson gets angry and  descends into a red rage.

All Jenny's cheerleader friends from her junior year are back. Many, like Janice Kramer, Heather Crompton and Melody Harris, have problems of their own. Jenny deals with adolescent issues such as self-esteem and self-worth, problems that tax her soul.  But Jenny is not alone. Another Sky High student is driven to the brink. Will that individual plunge into the abyss of despair?

And what of the adults? What has the stress of Stevie's nine-month ordeal done to Earl and Sally Scranton's marriage? What problems confront the other adults in Cedar Falls as three evil-doers rise up to create chaos and do them harm?

RED IS FOR RAGE and rage runs rampant in this small Iowa town in the year of our Lord 2005.

About Connie Corcoran Wilson:
Connie (Corcoran) Wilson (MS + 30) graduated from the University of Iowa and Western Illinois University, with additional study at Northern Illinois, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Chicago. She taught writing at six Iowa/Illinois colleges and has written for five newspapers and seven blogs, including Associated Content (now owned by Yahoo) which named her its 2008 Content Producer of the Year . She is an active, voting member of HWA (Horror Writers Association) and also a member of ITW (International Thriller Writers) which awarded her its Silver Feather Award in 2012, MWA (Midwest Writers Association), AWP (American Writing Program) and MWC (Midwest Writing Center), which named her its Writer of the Year in 2010. She has won numerous E-Lit awards, a NABE Pinnacle award, an ALMA (American Literary Merit Award),and an IWPA Silver Feather.

Her stories and interviews with writers like David Morrell, Joe Hill, Kurt Vonnegut, Frederik Pohl, William F. Nolan,  Anne Perry, r. Barri Flowers and Jon Land have appeared online and in numerous journals. Her work has won prizes from "Whim's Place Flash Fiction," "Writer's Digest" (Screenplay) and she will have 12 books out by the end of the year. Connie reviewed film and books for the Quad City Times (Davenport, Iowa) for 12 years and wrote humor columns and conducted interviews for the (Moline, Illinois) Daily Dispatch.  Connie was a presenter at the Spellbinders Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii over Labor Day.  She now blogs for 7 blogs, is a Featured Contributor to Yahoo, and comments on movies, television, politics, writing and anything else that interests her both on Yahoo and on her own blog,

Connie lives in East Moline, Illinois with husband Craig and cat Lucy, and in Chicago, Illinois, where her son, Scott and daughter-in-law Jessica and their three-year-old twins Elise and Ava reside. Her daughter, Stacey, recently graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, as a Music Business graduate and is currently living and working in Australia.

My thoughts on Red is for Rage:
Red is for Rage is the second book in The Color of Evil series. I read the first book (I was hesitant to read it as I have a fear of clowns, but enjoyed it nonetheless) and I found the second book a little less scary.

Red is for Rage is well written. Connie wrote fluently and I could imagine the scenes perfectly. She definitely knows how to draw and keep an audience all the way to the end! I'm sure that you will be aching to read the next book when it comes out.

There's some graphic violence, so if you have younger teens out there that want to read it, you may read it first, just to be sure it's appropriate. 

I did find her writing about the gay community a bit... off putting. It may just be that I am over sensitive about that topic, but despite that one complaint, I still enjoyed the book.

**I was just informed that Red is for Rage was nominated for NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award!

Disclosure: I received the book 'Red is for Rage' for free. All opinions expressed in this review are my honest opinion. No monetary exchange has been given for this review.   


Teddy Rose said...

Thanks for taking part in the tour. I'm so glad you enjoyed Red Is For Rage!

8d7c2dda-a4c9-11e2-ad3a-000bcdcb2996 said...

Dear Amber: Thanks for taking the time to review my book RED IS FOR RAGE, second in THE COLOR OF EVIL series.

I did want to comment on the gay character (in Red Is for Rage) who is a "good guy" and points out Daniel Malone. The statistics on pedophiles within Boy Scout ranks (accurate) and the Catholic Church (also, unfortunately, accurate) do reflect some "bad" gay characters, but I purposely selected the surname "Hoeflinger" for one very good character (Charlie's long-time partner) because of Monique Hoeflinger, who lived in my Chicago condo rent-free for over 4 months in 2008 (a $10,000 value) and headed up the LGBT effort(s) to elect Barack Obama President. Monique was from Brooklyn and I did not know her before being asked to house volunteers to the Obama cause, which I willingly did. (I also bought her a bike to use to bicycle to work). I'm also from Iowa, one of the states in the vanguard of gay rights in that we have allowed gay marriage for some time, and I'm quite "kewl" with that. As for Principal Peter Puck, he was based on a REAL Principal of a school district near me who was found to be "diddling" his charges. (He was married, but a closeted gay). These things happen.
I really thank you for taking the time to read my book(s).


Connie (Corcoran) Wilson

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