on July 18, 2017
Genres: Crime, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Law & Crime, Psychological Horror, Suspense, Thriller
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Private First Class Paul Eastbrook fights as a part of an elite group of Special Forces Soldiers.
Deep in the jungles, you can never predict what will happen, especially when it comes from your own.
Actions that create disastrous results, a ripple effect to span for years.
Sacramento, Present Day
Scott Eastbrook is straight out of prison and on the warpath.
He will stop at nothing for retribution of his imprisoned father.
Life-shattering results that will span across multiple states.
A father betrayed, and a son trying to make things right, no matter the cost.
THE SILENCE OF DEATH, by Kyle Lybeck is a book that I went into “blindly”; not reading the synopsis beforehand. The “simplistic” style of the novella was quite deceptive in regards to the powerful images it conjured. This was a story that I read in virtually one sitting. The short–to-the-point chapters alternated between events happening in the present, and events that happened in Vietnam, 1971. While I enjoy shorter chapters because they provide an easy place to pause in my reading, in this case, each chapter actually propelled me into reading further. By the time I got to the middle of the story, I knew I wouldn’t be putting it down until the end.
Scott Eastbrook has just been released from prision–the one thing keeping him going was the thought of his Father, falsely accused of war crimes he didn’t commit, leaving his family without his guidance. The emotional turmoil in Scott becomes all consuming: his deep love for his father–the man he barely got to know–his sense of betrayal on behalf of his father, and feelings that his family had “fallen apart” on account of these events.
But Scott wants to set things right now, and finally reconnect with his Dad.
To tell anymore would spoil the magic of this book. The emotions, characters, and the simple things such as a sunset, “show” the reader so much more than mere words could ever convey. When I got to the end of the tale, I sat there and just reflected upon what I had read.
Then, I went back and re-read several passages.
The magic was still there.
Overall, an incredible story of a son’s unconditional love for the Father who was unfairly imprisoned; the events in this novella span across the generations.