Monday, March 13, 2017

The Dreadful Demise of Jake Walton by J.A. Kahn

The Dreadful Demise of Jake Walton
by J.A. Kahn

Publisher: Geko Maran Publishing Ltd (January 14, 2016)
Publication Date: January 14, 2016
Genre: YA Dark Fantasy - 10 on up
Print Length: 482 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Intolerance. Betrayal. Vengeance. Murder.

Just like any other ordinary twelve-year-old boy, Jake Walton loves nothing more than to daydream, imagining great adventures and always being the hero. Suddenly, he gets his wish; the only problem, Jake is wanted for a gruesome murder he didn't commit. But his accusers have all the evidence they need to convict him and his accomplices. The sentence....death.

Dark magic, a grotesque monster, a fanatical tribe, and an evil ancestor, all transpire to bring Jake’s short life to a miserable, brutal, and early end.

His choices, resign himself to his fate, fight back, or run away…

Which path will he choose?

The Dreadful Demise of Jake Walton by J.A. Kahn

The Dreadful Demise of Jake WaltonIf you ever thought your life was tough, unfair and your parents were mean, or didn't understand you, this is the read for you! Trust me, you'll be calling Mom and Dad and thanking them for being who they are.

For young Jake Walton, life with his cold and heartless parents was just the beginning of the lonely nightmare that was his young life. Have you ever been or known that one kid at school that was the square peg trying to fit into a round hole? Jake was a trouble magnet, bullied, laughed at, always on the outside looking in. Poor Jake had his imagination though, to supply the only positive reinforcement in his sad and lonely life. Surprised by his parents’ decision to move almost overnight, even the trip to their now home was fraught with trouble and Jake saw something terrible, but no one listened.

And that is where Jake’s nightmare kicks into high gear as everyone in his new village is twice as cruel as his old hometown. Then he found out why. He is to be tried for a crime he didn’t commit, and sacrificed to a tree, yes, a tree that needs blood to survive, so says the cult that worships it. What is this? How can Jake be murdered for something he didn’t do? Why won’t anyone listen to him? Why do some children get the love and affection Jake has never known? Where are his parents?

Will Jake’s life be snuffed out like a candle in the wind? Where is the eleventh hour discover to save him?
J.A. Kahn clearly has a dark and horrific adventure to draw young adult readers in. There is evil in spades, cruelty in buckets and Jake. Through it all, Jake is a light among the darkness, even though his own bungling and innocence of youth can be among his worst enemies. Yes, there is violence, too, but for older or more self-confident young readers, there will be no nightmares as the world is clearly over-the-top fantasy. Not one to shortchange his readers, J.A. Kahn has provided humor, and an adventure that plays out against the odds and what young reader doesn’t want to see the hero keep getting up, time after time?

THE DREADFUL DEMISE OF JAKE WALTON is a creative horror that, once adults get past the horror of how Jake has been treated, will appreciate, too!

I received this copy from J.A. Kahn in exchange for my honest review.

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