Author: Ryan Starbloak
Title: Writer, Seeker, Killer (3 Novellas)
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Review: This set of novellas follows a story that is captivating, chilling, and uniquely thrilling. Ryan's eloquent use of the written word had me engrossed from the very beginning. Hinanya presents as a complex character, full of intrigue and mystery. We follow her on the journey back to her childhood hometown of New Orleans where she begins to ask profound questions about the reality of our universe. In the midst of her exploration for answers, she is confronted with situation vying for her attention. Hinanya discovers the pistol her friend used to follow through with suicide. This finding catapults her to a mental state of turmoil that left me, as a reader, jarred and tense. Overall, this novella bundle will leave you questioning your own sense of reality through Ryan's gift of writing. This is definitely not a read that will leave you with warm fuzzies. Instead, it will transport your mind to follow a distressed character through tumultuous terrain of life. I highly recommend this series if you are looking to read something with great depth.
Book Description: ""New Orleans; our lady of perpetual sirens." Hinanya Ven has but one interest in this life, and that is death. This great question has enveloped her into a deranged obsession, a need for transcendence in proximity to grand suffering. The search takes her back to her childhood home of New Orleans, where she returns after a six year absence following her family's permanent retreat from the city in the unanticipated catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina. On her own there for the first time, Hinanya inquires into whether or not there is a metaphysical substructure to the universe we all perceive. In the course of her journey, she, through inexplicable and violent circumstances, appropriates the pistol identical to the make, model, and serial number her friend had used to commit suicide several months prior to her arrival in New Orleans. The weight of the mystery augments her desire to part from her body... to have an out-of-body experience. The suicidal girl's path takes her from becoming a writer, a graffiti artist in the glittering menace of the New Orleans nightscape to search for a secretive substance which may settle her ceaseless curiosity. From there, she uncovers a jarring conspiracy which inextricable undermines her being into that brutal principle of the natural world: kill or be killed."
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