R Leland Waldrip
First it is sexual deviates,
rapists, child molesters and the like who begin to become diseased
with a particularly virulent strain of the mumps. Bill Etelmeyer,
investigative officer with the US Center for Disease Control
in Atlanta, has his work cut out for him with this mysterious
As they each recover the afflicted
men find they have been effectively castrated and are not particularly
interested in sexual liason with anyone. Hard on the heels of
that outbreak comes a horrifying world-wide epidemic of a peculiar
flu mumps which leaves most of the world unable to bear children.
Dr. Marcus Peterson, whose wife
was killed by rapists years earlier has perfected the virus used
to effectively sterilize rapists and others having warped sexual
tastes. Peterson is a meticulous scientist, however, when the
police begin to home in on him as the Vigilante infecting sexual
deviate and Dr Peterson realizes the officials are suspicious
that the same person is behind both the mumps and the flu mumps
outbreaks he takes his own life. Dr Stephen Montgomery, co worker
of Dr Peterson, is fired from the National Institute of Health
during the fallout following Dr Peterson's death. Following
her graduation from University of Virginia Sharon Peterson, a
scientist in her own right is determined to clear her father's
name when she sets up a laboratory in the basement of her childhood
"Vigilante Virus" is
one of this story teller's best in the opinion of this reviewer.
Author Waldrip proves his versatility as an novelist with "Vigilante
Virus". From the opening paragraphs of the prologue when
young Marcus Peterson sees first hand just how powerful hormones
can shape behavior to the last paragraphs when his daughter Sharon
dedicates herself to becoming the best scientist she can, Vigilante
Virus is a reader grabber. Interest is maintained on a breathtaking
rush throughout the work. Waldrip's characters are all well
thought out individuals. From the silly peeping tom to child
molesters and stalkers and finally the fearsome serial rapist
murderer each of the sexual deviates is believable, frightening
and worrisome. Dr. Marcus Peterson and his solution to the predicaments
police cannot control is fathomable, and maybe more than applauded
by some as they read the stories of lives ruined, or listen to
television news accounts relating how serial rapists and others
continue their hurtful activities following incarceration, attempts
at counseling and other methods employed today.
As in his previous two works
Waldrip's settings are well thought out, dialogue is hard hitting
and at times downright gritty. Many descriptions of particular
activity are just plain disturbing, however Waldrip does not
toss in titillating activity, conversation or scenes only to
stimulate the reader. A skillfully interwoven suspense filled
plot is the basis for the work.
This powerful, well written tale
is one you will want to finish in one setting so choose a time
when you can read from beginning to end. Keep the lights on.
This is not a fluffy little tale for a dark and stormy night,
or when you are home alone.
Powerful read, happy to recommend.
R. Leland Waldrip
... Recommended ... 5 stars
The book opens with Jim Wilson
who suffers from post traumatic stress because of a grizzly attack
five years earlier dreaming of another bear attack upon himself.
Experienced horseman and guide, Jim sets out on a Montana elk
hunting trip with friends Joe Darton, Bark Harrison and Parson
McNelty. Jim hopes to overcome his worry about another bear attacking
him. About the time the men set out on their trip with four riding
horses and 2 pack animals three desperate convicts break out
of prison. Labaine, Morgan and Bellerman are as amoral as they
come. After kidnapping a mother and daughter the trio set out
to get themselves to Canada and supposed safety. As time progresses
the paths of the hunting group cross with those of the criminals
and their captives.
An unanticipated, barbarous attack
carried out by the convicts leaves Jim Wilson believing he alone
has survived the vicious, uncalled for shooting of Darton, Harrison
and McNelty. The criminals show no regard for the plight, danger
or hardship they demand of their victims as they force the two
women to walk just ahead of Jim, Griz, Wilson. The determined
group again sets out on horseback for their northbound trek.
Misadventure, snow, lack of knowledge of the outdoors and even
a bear attack or two meets the group at nearly every turn. How,
or if, Jim will be able to rescue the two women and get himself
safely away from these miscreants who appear determined that
nothing or no one will stop them from getting out of the country
becomes Wilson's predominant notion.
Writer Waldrip's unquestionable
storytelling genius is showcased in the paragraphs of Griz Nightmare.
Waldrip adds to his growing list of thrillers with the addition
of this exciting tale filled with a fine cast of nicely developed
characters, hard hitting dialogue and Waldrip's facility for
painting word pictures delineating scenes and scenery. "Griz
Nightmare" is a well crafted tale in which a complex
plot twists and turns carrying the reader right to the heart
of the hunt with a detailed suspense filled plot. The reader
feels anger, revulsion and a sense of revenge for the criminals
as we witness their abuse of the kidnap victims, and their disregard
for anything other than their own wants, needs and desires. The
lack of compassion shown by the criminals is offset by the caring
shown mother to daughter to mother, along with Jim Wilson's grim
determination that he will avenge his friends deaths and somehow
get himself and the two women to freedom.
I liked the addition of both
the hand drawn map and actual photos of a hunting camp. They
add much to the work. Good book for a lazy afternoon, I don't
recommend after dark, during a storm or when little things go
bump in the night.
R. Leland Waldrip
... Recommended ... 5 stars
Something peculiar is going on
out in Navaho country. People are dying. The cause is not clear.
When the police need help they call on Chaco Rivers. Chaco has
been having dreams, or something for about a month. Nothing you
can really put a finger on, but something is wrong. Bodies have
been found, and forensics is finding something odd in the blood
of the deceased. Chaco is having personal problems too. His girlfriend
Anita is just about ready to call it quits when she enlists the
help of a revered clan member. One night Chaco awakens to find
someone he does not know is in his room. Talking with the intruder,
making a trip to a local abortion clinic and meeting some folks
new to the area help Chaco understand there is more to this situation
than he had realized.
Writer Waldrip has taken an old
theme -aliens- and has come up with a surprising NEW slant on
the subject. Aliens and alien stories abound; none come close
to the premise offered in "Anasazi Harvest" by this
clever, capable author. Writer Waldrip uses his obvious enormous
store of Navaho knowledge to construct a delightful work combining
space aliens and the descendants of the Anasazi people in a credible,
Twists, turns, potent motivations
teem in this well crafted narrative of calenture, yearning and
seemingly unattainable plight. In "Anasazi Harvest"
Waldrip reaches out to the reader from the opening lines wherein
he brings into being a mutable, resplendent tapestry against
which this writer will weave his story. I know the area Waldrip
refers to in his book. He has caught the locale to perfection.
Waldrip's carefully chosen words came alive as I pictured each
Characters are richly drawn,
dialogue is believable, interaction between players is often
gritty and filled with complicity. This skillfully interwoven
tale bringing together both the Anazai people and the aliens
who come to work among them keeps the reader intrigued in this
fast paced page turner. The reader is drawn into the tale and
held fast from the opening paragraph in this complex tale of
powerful motivations, suspenseful plot and shocking experience.
"Anasazi Harvest" is
a book sure to delight those who enjoy reading a book that isn't
but well may be. Who knows whether the circumstance offered in
"Anasazi Harvest" is only a product of this talented
authors fertile thinking or may in fact be true.
Entertaining read, perfect for
a lazy afternoon. Happy to recommend.
© 2005 by Molly Martin