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Garry Charles’ TRANQUIL DISTURBANCES (KHP Publishers) is a
knockout combination of two terror-inducing short stories. In the first half of
the narrative, a group of maniacal killers find themselves against an entire
town of cannibals. In the second half, innocent people are slowly turning
insane because of a flesh-eating virus. Full of dark imagination, these horror
stories have vivid characters that leap right off the page.
In “Tranquility,” the tale kicks off with a robbery gone
horribly wrong. After unintentionally shooting the bank manager in the head,
Motorhead and his group of armed robbers are forced to flee. With the police
chasing after them, Motorhead and his gang drop out of sight at the nearest
town. Suspicious and distrustful, Motorhead is the first to sense that
something doesn’t feel right, especially with the people of Tranquility.
Motorhead suddenly discovers that the people of Tranquility
are worshippers of the demon Lilith. With his own team thinking about
betraying him, Motorhead might have to fight an entire town by himself. Even if
he survives through the night, the band of traitors won’t let him leave the
town alive. Who should be more afraid in this situation: the psychopath or the
In “Death Tide,” a hurricane has trapped the unsuspecting
people of a small town. In a laboratory, a mad scientist is working obsessively
on his Lazarus virus. After conducting sadistic trials on humans, his lab
experiment manages to escape from the building. Free to spread the virus, no
one from town is safe from the effects.
The infection starts with bloodshot eyes and, after the
cycle is complete, your life ultimately ends with an organ meltdown. As the
virus attacks the brain, good and decent people are incapable of controlling
their actions. While the murder rate increases, even the animals are showing
signs of contagion. In a rush of waves, rats are attacking the uninfected in
Cross, a hired solider, was first ordered to quarantine
the small town, but eradication is the only solution if no one is meant to know
what happened. Realizing that there might be possibility for a cure, Cross
decides to go against orders and rescue the uninfected. In 48 hours, Cross has
to save the people he was originally meant to kill.
Charles manages to grab the reader’s attention with every
page. Switching from different points-of-view, the suspenseful pace keeps
running at a breakneck speed. The author crafts a long list of well-developed
and relatable characters, and because he maintains a variety of personalities
and attitudes, the reader is able to distinguish each individual among the
With visceral action and top-notch characters, TRANQUIL
DISTURBANCES is a difficult book to put down. The fight for survival is at its
most intense, leaving you all shaken up. Don’t miss out on all the excitement!
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