Saturday, April 27, 2013

Review - Dead Light by Mike Pace

…a matter of light and death…

In the sleepy college town of Cumberton, MD, an old cemetery must be moved to make room for a new dormitory, and an ungodly Light, buried for centuries, escapes. A rash of gruesome student suicides rocks the town. Sheriff Estin Booker teams up with former Baltimore homicide detective Anna Tucci to investigate the deaths. What neither expects is to have all roads point to a 2000-year-old legend which, if true, could lead to the destruction of mankind.

The most frightening account of the power of evil breeching our world since The Exorcist, DEAD LIGHT will teach you the most improbable lesson you will ever learn:


Review: Dead Light is a page turning thriller that will delve you into the depths of hell and back. It was amazing to consider from Dead Light that to some degree whether we openly admit it to ourself or not that each of us has guilt bottled up inside us about something no matter how small and insignificant at the time and this story showed us how Lucifer can take that guilt and expand upon it to make us do his bidding which in this case was to drive one so insane they create the ultimate sin of suicide.

I really can't say I took an interest in any of the characters but heck none of them actually stayed alive long enough to be honest! I did like the story and the idea behind it all but it had it's moments where it was quite draggy and I was like "come on already" and let me see what happened to so and so! I was not thrilled how it kept taking the reader from the past to the present as that got kind of confusing and irritating because it was like you would be reading along and next thing you know a new chapter opens and your back in time and vice versa. I think that could have been handled a bit differently.

I feel like the biggest thing that kept me interested and kept me flipping the pages was the mystery behind the "box" and how it was able to carry out all the things it did.


With Jill’s help, and using his previous foothold, it didn’t take long for him to crawl out of the grave. He took a couple of deep breaths and tested his ankle. Still hurt, but not as bad. Definitely just a sprain.

She pointed the light beam at the box. Looked about five inches square and maybe three or four inches high. At one time it probably had been painted red, but now was more the shade of rust. Curious. It was made of wood, yet unlike the casket, had remained intact. He shook the box. Nothing.

Jill took the box and shook it. “Empty.”

“Why would they bury a locked empty box?” he asked.

She aimed the light on the headstone, which lay on its side nearby. The letters were barely legible.

Father William Cumber

“The guy they named the town after?” she asked.

“Maybe it’s some religious relic. When we get back, I’ll get a screwdriver and pry it open.”

“What if there’s something valuable inside?” She turned. Momentarily, the flashlight beam moved away from the path. In that instant, Tony tripped again.


They both fell, sending the flashlight flying out of Jill’s hand.

Pain from his ankle shot up Tony’s leg. “Find the flashlight,” he said through clenched teeth. He rolled over onto his stomach and tried his best to get to his knees.

Jill crawled in a short radius, groped around for the light while still holding tight to the box.

“Got it.” She turned on the flashlight, pointing the beam upwards as she slowly rose to her feet.

Tony thought he felt something brush against his skin; probably a moth. And a sweet odor. Familiar, but he couldn’t put his finger on it. Must be from opening all the graves after hundreds of years.

From behind them, a deep, gravelly whisper. “Give me the box.”

Jill’s shriek reverberated throughout the entire cemetery. She turned, and the edge of the light beam caught the face of a wild-haired, crazy-eyed old man. She screamed again and dropped the flashlight; the light went out. Though he was as scared as she was, Tony hobbled back to insert himself between Jill and the old man. The man grabbed for the box. Tony flailed out with his right arm, the box flew out of the old man’s hand, smacking into a headstone. The soft wood cracked, splitting the box open along its seams. Instantly, a searing light from inside the box flashed, then disappeared.

Tony thought, how could that be possible? He must've been seeing stars from hitting his head. Frantic, he looked around but the old man had disappeared. Jill knelt in the soil, her face buried in her arms. She must’ve tripped, too. He helped her to her feet.

“You okay?” she asked, then brushed her arm.

“Moths,” he said. “They’re all over the place.”

“Tony, think I saw a flash of light coming from the box.”

Tony glanced down at the broken box. Of course there was no light inside.

“From hitting your head when you fell, that’s all.”

“But I didn’t—”

The cough interrupted her. They both froze. He was still there.

Author Bio
Mike Pace was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended the University of Illinois on an art scholarship, and graduated with a BFA degree. He taught public school in Washington D.C.’s inner city, while attending law school at Georgetown University. As an attorney, he prosecuted numerous cases, including those involving murder and rape. He resigned in order to practice law part time, thereby allowing him the time to devote to his first love, creative writing. He lives on the Chesapeake Bay with his wife and two dogs, Blueberry and Scout. DEAD LIGHT is Mike’s first novel.

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