Review: Death Unmasked by Rick Sulik

ABOUT THE BOOK: A reincarnated evil is stalking the women of Houston. With each murder, the madman quotes an excerpt from the Oscar Wilde poem, “The Ballad of Reading Gaol.” Selected verses from ‘The Ballad’ are also interwoven throughout the story. A huge smokestack belching smoke and a ragged flea market double-breasted wool coat and an old antique picture frame with the Warrior’s Creed, bring the distant past back to haunt Houston Homicide Detective, Sean Jamison. With those catalysts, Jamison knows who he was in a past life – Emil – and that he lost the only woman he could ever love in Emil’s time. Searching for his reincarnated mate becomes Jamison’s raison d’être as he and fellow detectives scour Houston for a brutal serial killer. When Jamison finds his mate she doesn’t recognize him, nor can she recall a past life as his wife. His efforts to reclaim her are derailed when he discovers the same fiend who took her from him in the past is stalking her again. The memory of timeless love drives Jamison’s dogged search for a serial killer determined to finish what he started decades earlier. Each clue brings Jamison closer to unmasking his old nemesis. Tenacious police work, lessons learned in the past, and intuition may be the only weapons he has in preventing history from repeating itself.

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“He’s a drifter, a loner, a liar and a charlatan who enjoys treading on the dark side. His heart is filled with anger and hatred. He sits at the scorching gates of Hell, and laughs as he and others like him carry out their twisted deeds on innocent people, disrupting their and their loved ones’ lives. He’s hollow and rejoices in killing. He thrives on violence and carries a deadly grudge against society. No holds barred. He continuously strikes back at the world with a vengeance because that’s all he’s accustomed to doing and has learned to do.”

REVIEW: Reincarnation. New life. Second chances. What does that mean to you, as the reader? This book does challenge some beliefs; therefore, open-minded readers are recommended for this book. Also, Sulik experiments with war brutality which means that this book is not for the feint-hearted. The first four chapters within this novel will challenge the reader emotionally, but it does play a major key factor within the setting of the rest of the book. This author creates an interesting version of modern day reincarnation and the ultimate desire of leaving no unfinished business behind.

Sean Jamison, a homicide detective of the Houston Police Department, feels like he is missing something in his life. He keeps looking for that one person who can complete him—he knows that she is out there…just waiting for him to find her. After glimpsing an old, tattered coat at a flea market, Sean starts receiving images…images that feel like déjà vu from a past life? In a past life, he was named Emil and was put to death along with his wife by an evil militant man…from what seems like a Nazi era. As Sean’s images become stronger and stronger, he has to figure out a way to reach out and hold onto that past life because there is a reason that he is having them plague his mind. With a brutal serial killer on the loose, Sean knows that somehow—everything is related, but he just can’t get all of the pieces to fall in the right place. What will be the outcome of this life? Will he succeed in finding his one true love again?

Sulik has an interesting story-line with quirky characters, but the development is lacking a bit due to the pace of the novel. Some characters are fantastic—yet, some other characters are totally devoid of personality for the reader’s engagement. Most of the story does have a steady pace and the originality, creativity and descriptiveness is spectacular. It is also well-written, with little or no errors. There are some points that are questionable and may not appear to be credible, but it is also clear that Sulik has immense knowledge of the criminal justice system as it relates to the everyday in-and-out of a police unit. If you are a reader of mystery and suspense, you may find this book to your liking.

A copy of this book was provided to Turning Another Page by the author, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a four-star rating for Death Unmasked by Rick Sulik.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rick Sulik was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. After completing high school in Boardman, Ohio, he enlisted and served four years in the United States Air Force Military Police. After receiving an Honorable Discharge, he worked three and a half years with the Houston, Texas Police Department, twenty-two years with the Pasadena, Texas Police Department, and ten years as a courthouse bailiff with the Gonzales County, Texas Sheriff’s Department, before retiring in 2013.

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