â€œYou canâ€™t trust your memories. Donâ€™t trust them. Whatever you think is true may or may not be. Your reality has been so tampered with that you canâ€™t know for sure that anything is real,â€ Peter is told in Mike Dellossoâ€™s novel, Centralia.
Part of the Jed Patrick series, this four-hundred-page paperback targets those who enjoy fiction filled with action, suspense, and mystery. With no profanity or sexual scenes, topics of physical abuse, torture, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence. The ending includes an advertisement for the next book in the series, acknowledgments, nine discussion questions, the authorâ€™s biography, and ten discussion questions.
In this current day story based on the East Coast, psychobiology research assistant Peter Ryan wakes up at home one morning to find his wife and eight-year-old daughter missing. Reminded again the two had died in a car accident months ago, the man wonders why his memories do not line up with reality.
Having a recurring dream about a house with several rooms, the one locked door at the end of the hall is the key to finding out what has happened and why he cannot remember. When he reads a note written by his daughter, he seeks to find her and his wifeâ€™s whereabouts, believing he has not been told the truth.
As he races to the deserted ghost town of Centralia, Ryan is chased down by a covert government agency that runs a secret military project involving memory manipulation. Analytical and calculating, Ryan not only has to deal with his past professional skills as a trained killer, but he also feels Godâ€™s hand of protection, especially when it involves his daughter and her unfailing faith.
Trying repeatedly to determine what is the truth versus lies, the multi-dimensional character recognizes that appearances can be deceiving, and things are not what they seem. Fast-paced whenever Ryan encounters a new situation, he must combine his dreams, memories, and what he has been told to understand who he was and what he has become. The tale of oneâ€™s hidden past ends with a plausible beginning of a sequel.
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Adjunct professor of creative writing and conference teacher, Dellosso has authored eight suspense novels. Having a masters degree in theology, he as well as his wife serve in their local Pennsylvania church.
Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the readerâ€™s opinions.
Centralia is one of those books I wanted to read in one sitting. The fast-paced, pull-me-through the pages of this psychological thriller kept me wanting more. I rooted for Ryan and couldn't wait to find out what happened, then wanted to read more when I finished. Dellosso knows how to write a story and weave in elements of faith. I loved how he sewed God into the fabric of the story and showed the reader what faith can do. If you enjoy Ted Dekker or Frank Peretti you'll love Mike Dellosso.
Warning: There is violence throughout the story.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
If youâ€™re a Jason Bourne fan, you wonâ€™t want to miss this one. Itâ€™s a similiar idea, but different. Its amazing. Mike Dellosso is very talented in creating an off the edge of your seat thriller that will keep you guessing at what will happen. Just when you think you know whatâ€™s going on, a complete twist and turn is thrown at you. This is for anyone who loves a good thrill, mystery, with a lot of kick butt action.
Peter Ryan wakes up on a typical morning only to find his house empty, his wife and daughter nowhere to be found. His world is shattered after a phone call to a friend confirms the impossible: his wife and daughter died in a car accident he doesnâ€™t remember.
Haunted by faint memories and flashes of details, Peter becomes convinced that something isnâ€™t right and begins to question reality. When he discovers a note in his daughterâ€™s handwriting. strange memories surface that cause him to second-guess nearly everything he once believed. Suddenly armed men show up at Peterâ€™s home, turning the mysterious puzzle of his past into a dangerous game of cat and mouse.
On the run and unsure whom to trust, Peter has to discover whatâ€™s real and what isnâ€™tâ€¦before he loses everything.
Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.