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Posted by Pete Turner on June 16, 2011 at 2:16 AM

What an awesome story!! Gripping page turner by Pete Turner!! Edge of your seat thriller that touches your heart.

—JOSEF BASS—

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Whisper a Scream is a disturbingly believable account of a young man's battle with good and evil. In this case, the evil is incarnate and tangible. The characters have depth and the settings are beautifully created. This is a straight through read. The story grabs you and doesn't let go. It awakens a primal fear that catches the reader in it's grip and pulls them into the world of Solomon Noche. A world rich with beauty and terror.

—JULIE SHUTTS—

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Have you ever read a book that you just wanted to go on and on? Or perhaps a book that once finished, kept creeping back into your mind compulsively? Whisper A Scream is like that. Be prepared for a wild ride of frightening twists and turns as you plunge into the small town of Retselville, Kentucky. Full of mysteryy, suspense, evil and righteousness, I couldn't put this book down. If Perretti and Koontz were one, they would be Pete Turner! Thanks for sharing your talent for Spiritual Horror Mr. Turner. Well done!

—LORI BOGGS Author of "For The Helpless (coming soon)—

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I heard the genre Christian Horror and I immediately thought, What kind of book could this be? So out of curiousity I began to read it...couldn't put it down. It is a must read. The characters are so familiar and real. I love all the little references to Appalachia (where I'm from). One chapter leaves you yearning to see what the next will bring. I challenge you to read it for yourself...you won't be disappointed! 

—ANDY MELTON—

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A definite thriller! I have reread this book over and over. I can't wait for the 2nd book to be released.

—SHANA COOTS—

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All in all, this was a very thought-provoking read about the reality of spirtual warfare. (this was Sean's last sentence in a very long and awesome review- too long for this post).

—SEAN PHILLIPS Author of the Christian Horror Novel "The Freethinker's Child"—

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BAM! FLASHBULB! CRASH! BANG! RUMBLE! With a flash of lightning and nightmares with demons, the story of a dark journey begins with a whisper.

Already having walked away from his faith because of a horrible tragedy, therapist Solomon Noche suddenly finds himself unwillingly receiving clues from the worst kind of demon. Clues to dark secrets in the small town of Retselville. As he uncovers these secrets it will make him wonder if he can trust anything including his very best friends.

Along with a very good, intense and scary story - there is some very valuable messages which include the importance of family and dealing with tragedy within faith. On a personal note, this editor is not a regular fan of Christian Horror, but this is truly a great horror story that will hold you until the dramatic end.

—KAT GARCIA—

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“Whisper A Scream is frightening, entertaining, and spiritually enlightening. Pete Turner has found a recipe that equals brilliance…”

—Sam "The Killer" Neace- Author of "Sugarland Melting" and host of "Killer Radio"—

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“One of the best horror novels I’ve ever read!... Christian or otherwise!”

—Frank Newberry Guitarist & Co-Founder of Shoveltooth—

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Solomon Noche is a nice guy, a good guy, but he has his share of baggage. Suffering the worst kind of grief since the death of his wife and kids two years earlier, Sol finds himself in a sort of half-life; not really giving anything 100% of his attention. When he literally stumbles into a hole that reveals to him the demonic past of his adopted town, Sol is forced to awaken and struggle--not only for his own soul, but for those of the entire town.

That was my attempt at a synopsis. Now, let's get down to the review.

Pete Turner scared me. No, I mean, like Stephen King scares me. This novel is Christian Horror storytelling at its finest. The first fifteen pages (or 8% on my Kindle) had me wondering if I shouldn't read this during the day. I guess I'm trying to say that Pete knows horror writing, and has crafted a story with that genre's feel and mood with biblical demonic elements. I kept thinking of Frank Peretti and Stephen King as I read this book. Creepy (like King), but with deeper meaning (like Peretti).

Pete Turner promises a sequel in the near future and you can bet I'll be first in line for my copy.

Read with the light on, and it wouldn't hurt to have your Bible handy.

 —ELLEN C MAZE—Author of the #1 Customer-Ranked Horror novel on Amazon Kindle, "Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider"—

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Whisper A Scream: A (p)review

Posted by r2streu on June 10, 2011 at 6:33 AM

They (whoever they are) say that the first novel tends to be the most autobiographical. In the case of Pete Turner's Solomon Noche, there certainly seems to be more than a little bit of the author in the character. Turner, for example, used to play in a Christian metal band called Screaming Archangel, and is now a Childrens' Counselor. Same for Noche. Of course, given everything else Noche goes through in this book, we have to hope the similarities end with minor details and personality traits.

 

As Noche tries to put his life back together after massive personal tragedies, he begins to experience a series of nightmares and visions inexplicable even within his own background in psychology. As he tries to unravel the mysteries surroundin these dreams, Noche uncovers deeper and darker secrets than he'd ever imagined.

A scary tale of possession and child sacrifice, "Whisper" goes where too few Christian authors are willing: into the depths of spiritual warfare and occultism. It's a bold move for a first novel, and in spite of a few missteps of a first-time novelist, Turner approaches it well, with the right mix of entertainment and spiritual truth, without getting preachy.

 

The version I read was the first edition, by Green Hat Publishing. My chief criticism of this edition is simply that Turner (and the book) would have benefitted from a more attentive editor. There were issues with syntax and wording that distracted from an otherwise excellent story. Fortunately, Turner has re-released the book through TreasureLine, and has availed himself of an editor more able to give the novel the time and attention it deserves.

 

I haven't read the latest version -- now packaged as part one of a trilogy called "Noche Files," but am looking forward, not only to the improved edition, but to the next in the trilogy as well, "Whisper from the Woods."

—RANDY STREU, Managing Editor A FLAME IN THE DARK MAGAZINE—

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Digital Dragon Magazine Issue.17 |October, 2010

Book Review

Whisper a Scream

Pete Turner

Reviewed by T.W. Ambrose

When Pete Turner first contacted me about his book, I almost turned him down. Digital Dragon is not always a place for Christian Horror, and I knew I wasn’t going to have the time to review for both DDM and Flame in the Dark (our sister magazine a Christian Horror Zine). But after getting to know Pete a little bit, and the passion with which he writes, I knew I had to read this book. And what better month to do it, then this month of scary movies, scary houses, and Batman costumes.

Now before we go into it, I don’t want to take this into yet another article on what is Christian Horror. So I will simply give you this verse, Ephesians 6:12 says “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” And Pete Turner’s book drops us precisely in that place, a battle against the rulers of darkness of this world.

The book tells the story of Solomon Noche, a small town therapist working in a home for troubled boys. As you may have guessed, Solomon had turned his back on God, due to the loss of his wife and son, but everything is about to change, when Pete’s dreams start calling for him to examine the horrors that had been committed at this spot over the last few hundred years.

Turner creates a very true to life character in Solomon as he writes the entire story in first person. He also adds many aspects of his own life, helping Solomon to come alive as a person you’ve known for some time. Solomon is also dropped into a situation that is truly terrifying, from the secluded small town, to the vision/dreams he keeps moving in and out of, to the idea of being all alone there with no one to share with; finalizing with a showdown with a Philistine demon ‐ truly hitting the mark with Christian Horror.

That’s not to say the book is without fault. There are points in this book where the fact that this is Pete’s first book shows. For example, he repeatedly goes to journal entries from a 1800’s pastor. Strangely enough, in grammar and spelling, this pastor talks and writes much like people from this day and age. The other flaw I found was the fact that in a first person format, Solomon reveals to us secrets that he doesn’t know.

In the end though, Turner has taken a path few choose to walk in Christian Horror. He has created believable characters and a world in which to place them. He may not yet be mentioned with the likes of Peretti and Decker, but he may not be many books from such company. In my recommendation, if you’d read This Present Darkness, House, and Dekker’s newest work, I say hop on Amazon and pick this one up. My guess is by the time you’re finished, you won’t be able to ‘whisper a scream’.

While it’s true, Pete’s theology may not match up 100% with mine, mine wouldn’t match up with his 100% either. I give Whisper a Scream four stars for awesomeness, two thumbs up for loading this book with enough scripture to not miss no matter how hard someone may try, and a gold star for writing a book I’d read a second time. I know I’ll be looking forward to his next book.

—T.W. Ambrose, Managing Editor Digital Dragon Magazine—

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I LOVED this book Pete, can't wait to read another from you. Being from here and reading this book is alot different then being from outta town and reading it, I thought it was fabulous. I have passed it around work that EVERYONE needs to buy this book and read it, its a real page turner.

—VALERIE HOPE TURNER—

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