Sacrament of Fear Book Review

Sacrament of Fear Book ReviewSacrament of Fear

Will Dresser

ISBN-13: 978-1470165154

Contemporary Thriller

March 2012

384 pages

About the Book:

From the Clarion Foreword Review:

…cloaked in the guise of a terrorist act, a father plots revenge for the senseless and brutal death of his son.

Following a series of deaths around the world from seemingly “natural causes,” the Special Assistant to the Minister President of The Netherlands, Frans Roobeek, recognizes a special link between the list of victims and his American friend, Wes Franklin…all are members of a secret intelligence network—The Cloister of Akhenaten, or Ankh Network—and Wes may soon be the next member to meet his end by “natural causes”!

Wes Franklin emerges from the jungles of Columbia with his technology-savvy girl friend, Ashley Jordan, and his weapons expert and Persian strongman, Aryana, to investigate the deaths. Together, they chase down clues from Holland, Scotland, and Damascus to uncover and foil a diabolical plot to launch an unprecedented wave of terror somewhere in Europe.

My Review:

After my review of Will Dresser’s second book, The Methuselah Man, I was itching to read the first book in the series, Sacrament of Fear, so I could get the back story on the main characters, Wes Franklin, his girlfriend A.J. and their coworker and friend, Rouzbeh Aryana, as well as the history of the Cloister of Akhenaten.  So I was very excited when my copy of Sacrament of Fear arrived in the mail.

I was definitely not disappointed. The description in the book was gorgeous.  It made me feel like I was right there in the middle of the action, especially when Wes, A.J. and Aryana are fighting guerillas in the jungles of Columbia, meeting with the Dutch government at the Hague, and exclaiming over the interior of a Morgan Plus 8 sports car.

The history of the Cloister of Akhenaten was very interesting and filled in a lot of the questions I had from Methuselah Man. I also enjoyed the story of how Wes and A.J. met and later fell in love.  My only complaint about the book was that in some ways the main characters are too perfect.

I give Sacrament of Fear 4 1/2 recorders (because, as we all know:

The truth never happens in real time.

About the Author:

Will Dresser has had an eclectic career, which included work as a Counselor in the late ’70s and early ’80s, a long career in Silicon Valley with Philips Semiconductors from the late ’80s to 2003, and most recently a five-year stint as a paralegal in a patent law office in Palo Alto, California. He is now enjoying semi-retirement in Las Vegas, while pursuing his passion for writing. As he puts it, “I had to retire just to keep up with my workload!”

Will’s creative expression in writing over the years was primarily applied to writing music and lyrics, a passion which he has enjoyed since about 1965. The instrumental “Persian Dreams – Aryana’s Theme”, used on the home page of WillDresser.com, was written in the early ’90s. Will had always intended to be a novelist, though, and in 2003 turned his attention to that genre with the work Sacrament of Fear, his first ‘Wes Franklin’ novel. Since then he has written The Methuselah Man, and, together with friend and collaborator Ron Turouske, turned both those stories into screenplays. Will is currently working on the third ‘Wes Franklin’ installment, Terminal Rock, which brings both of his creative loves together – Rock’n’Roll and literature!

In his spare time, Will still enjoys a round of golf every-so-often, though not as frequently as he did in the past. He says, “I used to have a very low handicap…Now, I just have very low expectations!” But, like all golfers, the occasional good shot suckers him into coming back for more!

I was given a complimentary copy of this book for the purposes of review.  All opinions are 100% my own.

2 Replies to “Sacrament of Fear Book Review”

  1. I gladly concur with Teressa’s comments. I have been impressed with the research that Will must put into his writing because the detail is amazing without being cumbersome. It just makes me feel like I’ve been there! Additionally, I love the twists that unknot the story and wrap the whole thing up at the end. Very unexpected, clever, and satifying! It makes me smile! Thanks, Will, for your creativity…can’t wait for Terminal Rock!

  2. Hi Teressa,

    Thanks for another excellent review, but as much as I like that, I am especially glad you liked the story!

    I take to heart any criticism because I am always striving to do better, so let me ask you about the “too perfect” characters (and you are not the first to suggest that). Do you have any suggestions for making them more “human”? Were they less “perfect” in The Methuselah Man (which would at least show that I’m developing!)?

    I’m halfway through Terminal Rock so there is still plenty of time to incorporate your ideas. Also, people have enjoyed the Cain character so much that I have begun the book that will fall between the current one I’m writing and The Billionaires Club, which was to have been the fourth Wes Franklin book. The new Cain book is titled The Chronicles of Cain: The Epic Life of Jared Kennan Cain as Told to Wes Franklin. This has a unique aspect to it in that it is a first-person account from Wes himself. In fact, he acknowledges me as his “chronicler” and explains that the story I am working on (The Billionaires Club) is being interrupted at Cain’s request so he might tell his story, since he will be dead in two days time — which is actually part of the story being interrupted. It will be both historical and ethereal. It’s been decades since I read Pirandello’s ‘Six Characters in Search of an Author’ but this has a similar surreal nature to it.

    Thanks again for the great review. Have a Happy Thanksgiving. I’m driving back to the Bay Area to visit family and friends for a couple days starting next Thursday morning — EARLY in the morning!

    Will

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