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Nameless by Joe Conlan – Book Review

Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Psycho-drama

ISBN: 0989038009

Number of Pages: 364

Purchase Link: Amazon

Book Description: Chilling and taut, NAMELESS, introduces a fresh and exciting twist on the deadly game of cat and mouse. By virtue of one impulsive and deeply human, but all too grave mistake, a good and decent man finds himself pitted against the embodiment of evil and threatened with losing everything and everyone he loves and values; including the pristine reputation he has endeavored all his adult life to establish.

FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel Falcone unwittingly steps onto course for a head-on collision with a frighteningly brilliant psychotic serial killer, whose harrowing childhood abuse and neglect left him devoid of humanity and salivating for revenge. Framed for a brutal murder on a commercial cruise ship, and fighting for the right to raise his sons and clear his name, Falcone races against the clock and struggles to keep his eyes on the prize, even while his profound guilt and self-loathing threaten to destroy him faster than his maniacal adversary.

Excerpt: In the entirety of Shem’s life, there was only one other instance when he felt any sense of desire for closeness to another human being. It happened upon his very first opportunity to venture outside of his mother’s apartment when he was nine years old. In a drugged and drunken stupor, Cherie Tucker forgot to lock the door when she left the apartment to meet with her crack dealer. The boy, aware of his mother’s mistake, took full advantage of his opportunity, though not without trepidation. He felt a nervous excitement as he opened the door and walked out into the dark, dank hallway of the seventy-year-old building. When he encountered the staircase, he almost turned back. Instead, his curiosity got the best of him and he descended the steps in a deliberate manner, keeping a firm grip on the banister, taking excessive care not to fall.

About the Author: Joe Conlan is a retired lawyer. He was born in Nassau County, Long Island, New York. He has lived most of his life in Florida, the great majority in the Fort Lauderdale area. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida and practiced law as a trial attorney for 15 years. Three of those years were spent as a prosecutor in the Broward County State Attorney’s Office.

He now lives in Jacksonville, Florida. He has two grown children. When he is not writing, he enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with his two female Rhodesian Ridgebacks.

Website: http://joeconlan.com/

Book Review: 5/5

Wow!!! Where do I start? First, if you have a low tolerance for violence, graphically described murders and murder scenes, this book is not for you. However, if you desire to read a murder mystery in which you already know who the killer is and you enjoy reading third party omniscient tales where everything is described for you in full details that will definitely allow you to engross yourself in the scenery, then you should read Nameless!

The third party omniscient perspective of this psychopathic murder mystery allows the reader to see into the minds of all the characters as you watch the puzzle pieces that consist of the maniacal killer, FBI, local law enforcement, and the victims be strategically moved about and placed where the author intends. Third party omniscience is a tough perspective to pull of expertly, and Conlan delivers with perfection.

From a psychological standpoint, the reader is allowed to see the effects of nature and nurture upon Shem. He didn’t stand a chance, and you will know exactly why. From the audience perspective, you almost feel bad for all he has had to endure and the fact that he managed to survive. But your sympathy doesn’t last long as the author allows you through omniscient perspective to enter the mind of Shem as his victims look into his cold and lifeless eyes. If you can stomach the graphic nature of murder scenes, you will not be disappointed as you will see with dramatic and detailed imagery each of Shem’s victims last moments and breaths.

Since murder mysteries are not my go-to for reading material, it took me a little longer to adapt to imagery of the book and immerse myself, but this is of no fault to the author. Conlan does a fantastic job and by the second chapter, it was hard to put the book down. By the last three or four chapters, I was dreaded having to leave the fictional world Conlan had spun in order to deal with the callings of life.

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Promoting Yourself, Not Just Your Book – Part 2

Interview with Tami Howard

1.  What is the name of your business? Currently I am re-establishing my business and therefore simply using my name, Tami Howard and my title, Marketing Consultant. I work independently as a Marketing and Public Relations Consultant.

2. When did you start your business? My career in marketing began in 2001 however, my role as a consultant began in 2005. Most of my clients now are based on word of mouth and previous employers hiring me on a regular basis.

3. Do you have a front office for meeting with clients? I am in transition from Atlanta, Georgia and am currently in the process of closing my office there and relocating to Los Angeles. I meet with clients online, via teleconference or at other public facilities.  I plan to open an office in Downtown Los Angeles this summer.

4. What was your motivation for starting your business? My motivation for starting this business is that I absolutely love helping people come up with creative ideas for creating awareness about their products and services.  I studied Communications and Marketing at Kennesaw State University in Georgia and am especially attracted to helping people with new businesses. I feel it is a gift that I was blessed with and it is my duty to in turn share it with others.

5.  What is your area of marketing expertise? My area of expertise is helping new business generate strategic marketing plans, research and development and create brand awareness.

6.  What is your area of marketing expertise? Most of my success stories come from working for one of the best brands in the business, MTV Networks and BET, where I supported about 27 brands under the Viacom umbrella including MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, CMT, Spike TV, TV Land, BET and more!  I worked on events from the Video Music Awards (VMAs), Spring Break, Kids Choice Awards, the BET awards and many many more. I have also assisted several small businesses in increasing their customer base substantially, by as much as 200% within one campaign.

7. What services do you provide? Some of the services I provide include:

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8. Do you have a website where people can find out more about you and your business? My website is currently under construction but people can reach me by calling: 678.612.8133 or email: mrsthoward@me.com

9. What are a couple of ideas or pieces of advice that you don’t mind sharing with the readers of this article? A few key pieces that I would love to share with your audience is

1. Marketing is key to the success of your business.  You might have the best product in the world but if only a few people know about it, it will never reach its potential.

2. Social Networking is very important during these times so work on your facebook, twitter, linkedIn and instagram pages!

3. Consistency is key – make certain everything you do links together with consistent messages.

4. People love Giveaways. Think of a great incentive program.  Finally,

5. With consistency, a positive attitude and determination, your business is sure to be a success!

10. What is the best way for our readers to get in touch with you about your services? The best way for readers to get in touch with me is to contact me directly to schedule a marketing consultation at 678.612.8133 or email: mrsthoward@me.com.