Sunday, December 16, 2012

Book Tour: Dark Halo by Christopher Kokoski - Read Excerpt and Review.

Dark Halo Tour
Presented by First Rule PR
Welcome to my stop on the Dark Halo book tour. You will find my review here, and will add a little excerpt for you as well. Be sure to check out the rest of the tour for lots of other info and giveaways too, as well as Interviews etc.
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Dark Halo

Dark Halo by Christopher Kokoski
genre: paranormal thriller
334 pages

In a town besieged by shadowy, demonic forces, a father races against time to save his family.
Thirty-five-year old Landon Paddock has deserted his wife and daughter, abandoned his business, and secluded himself in his late parent’s southern Indiana ranch. But he’s barely lapsed into a drunken coma when a mysterious, winged stranger appears during a violent lightning storm, chasing him out into the maddening night with his estranged 15-year old daughter.
As layer after layer of reality is dissolved by a series of violent encounters, the only way to survive might be for Landon to band together with the family he destroyed to make one last stand against a sinister army of unthinkable magnitude.

About the Author
Christopher was born in Kansas, the son of an Army Ranger and Black Hawk pilot. He grew up in Kentucky and Germany, and graduated from Murray State University in 2002 with a degree in Organizational Communication. He spent the next three years laboring over his first book, Past Lives, while getting married to his college sweetheart, having a beautiful daughter, and more or less finding his stride in life.

He currently lives in Southern Indiana and works in Louisville, Kentucky as a national trainer. He has presented at local and national conferences on a wide spectrum of topics including communication, body language, cultural sensitivity and influence. Other notable activities include writing articles, short stories, novels and training materials for national and international audiences.
Christopher continues his passion and dedication to writing by working on additional novels, including a sequel to the Past Lives series. His most recent book is the standalone paranormal thriller, Dark Halo.

Social Media Links
·         Author's Website
·         Author's Facebook Page
·         Author's Twitter

My Review

This book was different for me, but not in a bad way. It was for sure interesting, and at times strange.  This book is so action-packed from the very start. Christopher Kokoski doesn’t waste any time getting us hooked, and really pull us readers in. We never even get a moment to take a breath. Not good “Stopping spot” to be found.

The writing of this book was really good, I had no trouble getting into it.

I was pretty surprised with this book, it’s not just Paranormal, there is so much more, there is mystery, romance, suspense, death, heartbreak, angels, demons, Satanist and more. It was packed with action, non-stop. I was confused at times, but for the most part was able to keep up. We do encounter what the Angel calls “the devil’s army,” but not how we would expect it to be. The spiritual battle is going on, and the surprise is, its happening along, but not just in the Heavens, but right here on this planet, and that is where we get lots of fatalities. I went through this book fast, as its so intriguing, and just had to know what was to happen.

There are a lot of characters in this book, but the author pulls them out just right, we get to know them all, and connect, for the most part.

We also get some from the angel’s POV Chrysanthium, which I connected a little better with. He was interesting, but not what I expected.

Landon is a character of strength, and he has something worth fighting for, his daughter, Katie. He sure was not going to stop until it was all over. He is caring, passionate and had a lot on his shoulders too. He does have some weaknesses but he uses them to keep him going.

Lucy at first I wasn’t sure about (Katie’s Mom) but she proved she would stand her ground and never back down, even though she was scared to death.

Katie who is 15 got on my nerves a bit, she just didn’t really act her age, and some reactions just were not right to me.

This is not some love story of an angel and a human, don’t let the paranormal cover fool you. I have seen this same angel on other paranormal angel love stories, and this is not one of them. 

This is a horror story for sure, where people die, and not just the bad guys! But no worries, I wont spoil it by telling you who. This had a little more of the religious stuff that I wasn’t expecting, but it’s not the over the top religious rants you get sometimes with angel books. But overall, this story is of survival.

I am not much for horror type books, in fact the descriptions are so vivid that I had to stop reading late at night, and pick up a book that is fun and non spooky to get this out of my head to sleep, or I would have nightmares, which I always will, it almost worked, lol.

Here is a cute part with Chrysanthium when he rescued some kids, it made me laugh.

The boy slung one arm around his sister and looked up at Chrysanthium. He sucked in a quick breath. “I know who you are.”Chrysanthium regarded him curiously. “Do you?”His tiny head bobbed up and down. “Don’t worry,” the boy said. “Your secret’s safe with us, right, sis?” His sister nodded on cue, but the angel noticed the vacant, faraway look in her eyes.

Did the boy somehow know the truth of what he was? Of what he would become?“It took me a little while, but I figured it out,” the boy boasted proudly.The angel shifted his hulking weight.“And who am I?” he asked.

“Batman.”Despite himself, Chrysanthium chuckled. The laugh echoed strange and hollow in their cramped quarters. 

This book is worth reading for sure. If your one who likes more of the horror side of book, then this is for you. I am not one to punish myself with too much horror, but was still able to get it read, and wanted to know what happened.

I do recommend this book, I give it 4 ½ stars, but most places won’t let me choose that, so will do 5 for those.
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Chapter 1

Pain arched his back, flared his nostrils and stretched his powerful jaw into a silent scream. Fire wrapped him in a cocoon of rapidly intensifying heat. Half-blind, Chrysanthium groped through pale, feverish light and no light, knowing with a grim certainty that his fingers would find nothing of substance against which to brace himself. Not way up here. He heard the concussive whooshing of a star imploding on itself and no sound.
In agonizing cadence, his entire body throbbed. He felt indescribable pain and no pain at all. Mostly, there was the lilting nausea of falling.
What was happening?
Like his writhing fingers, his psyche reached out for something, anything, that might explain why he was hurtling through the night sky like a fireball. Memories fluttered disjointed and meaningless through his awareness. Like his fingers, his mind grasped nothing material, only broken fragments of images. A violent battle. A throng of thousands. A cold, dying star.
The white-hot flames thrashed around him and swelled in temperature. He flailed his body, tried desperately to slow his decent.
With a suddenness that pulled a dry gasp from his throat, he struck the earth. The smoldering fire extinguished in a column of curling black smoke.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for review from First Rule Publicity from the author as part of a virtual book tour. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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