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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

THOSE MADE TO SUFFER by Philip Colander

Outskirts Press, Inc.
10940 S. Parker Rd - 515, Parker CO
Genre: Fiction/Thrillers
ISBN: 1598002716, $24.95, 400 pp, 2006

An amazing blending of fact and fiction!

In the never-ending, mysterious museum created by Wilhelm Kraus you will find everything created under the sun, including the sun. Ralph Laffoon from England and his team of four paranormal investigators plus one police officer, Jeff Rome, find their way into this northern California abandoned museum and then need to find their way out. Why is there a problem about getting in and getting out? Well, there’s a brick wall just inside the museum which repairs itself when damaged in any way. And as this is a mystery thriller, there must be an evil force at work somewhere. Do they make it out? Guess you’ll just have to read the book to find out.

Philip Colander has used his rich imagination to weave his knowledge on many subjects into this ghostly tale–Greek and Egyptian mythology, dinosaurs, astronomy, rocks & minerals, Aztec history, pictographs, anthropology, archeology, architecture from different periods to name a few. His descriptive abilities are exceptional and my only constructive criticism would be to vary his approach when describing new characters, as after the first few characters, the descriptions tends to have a ‘formula’ feel about them. Other than that, I would say Philip is a very promising author.

As I was reading, sometimes I’d have a ‘Nancy Drew’ feeling about the mystery in the haunted museum with her pals, but that feeling quickly left when a main character died. With the ghostly white mists, explosive powers and transforming substances, one certainly can envision a movie version with all its special effects.

This is Philip Colander’s debut novel, and I say, "Congratulations and well done!" It was a lot of hard work, and I’ll be looking forward to your next novel.

Reviewed by Kaye Trout - May 24, 2006 - Copyright


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