Blood, Smoke and Ashes

Blood Smoke and Ashes In the Fall of the state of Nevada used the electric chair to execute a prisoner for the first time It was also the last time Molly Blackburn nicknamed Jane the Ripper by the Las Vegas press af

  • Title: Blood, Smoke and Ashes
  • Author: Bradley Convissar
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • In the Fall of 1955, the state of Nevada used the electric chair to execute a prisoner for the first time It was also the last time Molly Blackburn, nicknamed Jane the Ripper by the Las Vegas press after killing eleven men while posing as a prostitute, was strapped to the chair without incident The switch was flipped.Everything after that went horribly wrong.Since thatIn the Fall of 1955, the state of Nevada used the electric chair to execute a prisoner for the first time It was also the last time Molly Blackburn, nicknamed Jane the Ripper by the Las Vegas press after killing eleven men while posing as a prostitute, was strapped to the chair without incident The switch was flipped.Everything after that went horribly wrong.Since that day, a copycat Jane the Ripper has appeared almost every decade in a different city, mimicking Molly s choice in victims as well as her methods of murder She kills eleven men then disappears, never to be found The similarities between the bodies left behind each decade is uncanny As if they are all the victims of the same murderer, not a copycat.But that s impossible, of course, because Molly Blackburn is dead, her execution witnessed by a dozen people.FBI Agent Jack Shaw, the lead investigator in the Jane the Ripper cases since the seventies, finally catches a break in 2009 when the intended fifth victim manages to turn the tables on the newest copycat Everyone believes that the horror has finally ended with her capture Shaw is not so sure, though, wondering if someone else will take up the mantle and kill seven men to complete the cycle But when no bodies with her distinctive markings show up over the next two years, Shaw allows himself to believe that maybe he has seen the end of the Jane the Ripper murders.As it turns out, what he thought was the end was only the beginning.His hunt will take him across the country, and even when he thinks he s finally discovered the truth, he quickly learns that not everything is as it seems.That not every monster is created equal.That the nature of good and evil is not as black and white as he has always believed.That not everything that is broken can be put back together.That not every fractured soul can be saved.When blood, smoke and ashes rise, no one comes out the same on the other side.Blood, Smoke and Ashes is a 115,00 word supernatural thriller that also contains the first half of my crime thriller novella I Never Purchase at at dp B00AV32G44

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    • Bradley Convissar says:

      This is my first full length novel, clocking in at 115K words. It was supposed to be a pure horror novel, but became a supernatural thriller/horror somewhere along the way. But I make no apologies. I had one idea about the story I wanted to tell, but my characters wanted to go a different direction. And only a fool ignores the wishes of his characters. I make no excuses. Blood, Smoke and Ashes is what it is, and you will either enjoy it or you won't. It is a brutal, disturbing tale, and at times [...]

    • Sarenna says:

      This book started out promising. Not completely original - serial killer put to death, vows to return to take care of unfinished business. All will pay. Creepy supernatural. I'm in. Slight twist that this serial killer is female, nice touch. Unfortunately, Molly Blackburn is just too stereotypically over the top - an extreme caricature of Ilene Wuornos. To the point that the abuse that Molly was supposed to have endured to create this crazed serial killer was miles away from being remotely belie [...]

    • Doreena says:

      I don't even know where to start! First, thank Mr. Convissar for the follow! I guess that is where this all started. Lol This book is amazing. I loved the unique storyline. Some may say it's not unique, as there are tons of stories where a person/ghost was wronged and comes back for revenge. However, the author takes this to a whole new level. I thought I knew what was going to happen next, only to get to the next page and be utterly shocked. I thought, the story was over, only to find out it wa [...]

    • Bill says:

      Some abuse is too terrible to comprehend. Some damage runs too deep to ever heal and sometimes revenge is not as sweet, as it is evil. Brad Convissar’s first full length novel is a genuine diamond in the rough. Briskly paced and entertaining. Brad takes us on a journey about an angry spirit of a serial killer whose hate and vengeance is stronger than death itself. The nightmare must be stopped at all costs and a trio of unlikely heroes must find a way to execute the evil once and for all. Very [...]

    • Brittany says:

      Allow me to be clear about this five star rating. I am rating this book based on its merit as the first stand-alone novel by this author. For being the first novel, it was above and beyond my expectations, and for that alone, it was amazing in my eyes. To give a book five stars, for me, it has to: have a good pace, have mostly well-rounded characters, present a history of the characters to a degree, introduce a how-when-why-where scenario to make the story tie together and be mostly believable, [...]

    • Judi says:

      This is the first book that I have read from this author. Great suspenseful, supernatural thriller that will keep you n the edge of your seat!Everyone has heard of Jack the Ripper but what about Jane the ripper. That's right a female that goes around murdering men. Molly Blackburn was the original Jane, but she was caught and executed in 1955, so why are the killings still going on? It's more then a copycat. Because the letters carved in their bodies are the same handwriting, so how could this p [...]

    • Scot says:

      I opened Blood, Smoke, and Ash with some excitement. Having read a good number of Brad's shorter works, I knew what he was capable of as an author of short stories and couldn't wait to start a longer book by such a talented author. Brad took on the challenge of a full length novel and impressed me. He has the ability to capture the human element on the page. What started out as a detective story slowly and expertly twists and turns into quite an eerie paranormal thriller. A story of human limit [...]

    • Jennifer Pelfrey says:

      I downloaded Blood, Smoke,and Ashes when it was a free Kindle book. I would more than willingly have paid for it, had I known it was going to be so good! Twists, turns, mystery, horror and paranormal "all wrapped up in a neat little bow." Loved this book and couldn't read it fast enough to see how everything was going to turn out. I will be reading more short stories and novellas by Bradley Convissar! Can't wait for a sequel!!!

    • Terri Weitze says:

      Why oh why do I keep reading dreck hoping it will somehow turn itself around? I slogged through this whole book - so you don't have to. There is no wonderfulness to be found. A fairly good idea, some interesting characters - saddled with some really bad prose, and an incredibly preachy ending to boot.

    • Danny says:

      Really enjoyed this. Excellent pacing, engrossing plot, not too much fluff, but enough side-story/back-story to keep it interesting and buyable. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the horror/thriller genre.

    • Marissa says:

      Kindle Copy WinMolly Blackburn a.k.a. Jane the Ripper died in 1995 in Nevada by electric chair killing eleven men while disguise as a prostitute. But it did not quite go as plan when the switch was flipped as the prison ended up being burn to the ground and hat remain of Molly were ashes.Every decade or so copycat killings have occurred in different locations but the victims and same type of method of killing them but it seems to stop after the eleventh victim. It looks like Molly did the deed b [...]

    • Bridgett Brown says:

      Molly was a tortured woman. She had a a bad life. When she married it got worse. She went on to kill her husband and 10 other men. She was sentenced to Death and was executed by the electric chair. And something went wrong instead of her just dying it fried her.! Then copycat killings start happening. Only the copycat is more like exactly the same. Is it possible that the copycat may not be a copycat after all.

    • Emily says:

      The plot sounded interesting so it grabbed my attention. The first 30% of the book is ok but then it goes downhill. I like most types of books, even paranormal, but I just found this book to be poorly written/edited with a weak and frankly silly storyline. No thanks. I found myself skimming the second half of the book.

    • Mike says:

      This book had an interesting premise but the execution sucked. The author summarized the basic premise and events way tooch. It's like he thought the reader is too stupid to remember what happened a few pages earlier. And the grammar sucked. Obviously didn't proofread as verb tenses didn't agree and there are incongruities in sentence structure and word choice. Skip this book.

    • Emily says:

      Dark and twisty with some light thrown inNot my normal read (paranormal, which I’m not an avid reader of) but really well written and with the way it was written, didn’t emphasize the paranormal. Very intriguing through out and got me pretty amped up for the ending. Well done!

    • NightReader says:

      I didn't write down my thoughts when I read this, but I remember that I liked it. It was a solid ghost/possession type of story.

    • teresa says:

      Good readGood read and enjoyed it to the end. I have never read this author and I am glad I did.

    • Matt says:

      I really enjoyed Bradley Convissar's first full length novel. He took some of the same themes and ideas he used in his short stories and was able to expand on the ideas of revenge and of ghosts and the supernatural very well into a fun and interesting story. I liked the main characters and the smaller side characters as well. They all seemed pretty well done and fit in to the story overall really well. Usually when reading a story there are a couple characters that I could have done without, but [...]

    • Ashley Knight says:

      I originally read this book because it was on the Free Book list of the day. I thought, hey! why not, it's free, I'll try it. Now, my first assumption was it was going to be an average to less than B+ rated book. I mean, why would a great book be FREE?!? Jokes on me! It was a Great Book! From the beginning it pulled me right in. The characters were not only intriguing but the writing style made you want to know each character's individual story. Who were they? What is their connection going to [...]

    • Kate says:

      I liked the book a lot, and would even read it again. I need a book to grab me from the start and pull me back over and over again. I struggled only through Part 1 because of this. I didn't know why I should care about the characters and the switching from the last names to first names and back again sometimes lost me. All of that said, I am glad I kept reading, because I was not disappointed. The plot, the characters, the timing of events were perfect for a thriller. My grip on my ereader was s [...]

    • Victoria Brinius says:

      I have been reading Stephen King since I was 8 years old. I love a good scare you to death, never turn the lights off again, go to the store and buy an extra deadbolt kind of horror book. That is exactly what this book is. Jane the Ripper was a great idea for a book. This book was also paranormal. I loved it. I had no idea who the real killer(s) was (were). I am glad that I read this during the day, and not at night in the car, as I usually do on my Kindle. The ending was good, and the detective [...]

    • Jody says:

      Supernatural cocktail of suspense, horror, paranormal, and great writing.I thought this was an interesting novel and was well written. The characters were fantastic and the plot kept me turning pages. This novel was a bit more gruesome than I am used to reading but I never felt turned off or wanted to skip through any of the bloody parts. In fact, I had to know how it was going to end and read the entire novel quickly. I think I would have given Blood, Smoke, and Ashes 5 stars if it were not for [...]

    • Cristy says:

      I, like others, picked this book up when it was free for my Kindle. The picture on the front caught my attention scrolling down the list and I thought I would give it a try. I am not usually a big fan of books like this but this was a great book. I cannot believe it is the author's first full length novel. There were some spelling errors here and there but not enough to affect my enjoyment of the story. Pulled me in right from the very beginning and I couldn't put it down. Definitely a must read [...]

    • Keri Davidson says:

      This book was incredibly hard to put down! It was like reading Stephen King back he was great. It got under your skin, it pulled at your heart strings, it disgusted you, it wove a web of horror around you. You just couldn't look away even if you wanted to. I would get chills at times. The characters are well developed, the storyline flowed well. One of the best books I have read in a long time. Kudos to the author.

    • Mscout says:

      Pretty intriguing thriller with a twist on possession. Centers on Molly Blackburn, a woman who while alive was abused in the most horrible ways possible, and when dead is intent on making every man she encounters pay for that abuse. SPOILER AHEAD:I do find it somewhat troubling that the man who must carry the agent of her destruction comes across as somewhat misogynistic. One could get the message that women really need to stay in their place and take whatever comes their way

    • Teawench says:

      This was a decent enough book. It did suck me in a bit but I also am not sure it's anything special. One thing I really liked about it, though, was that the author didn't bog down characters with too much information/back story. I don't care what a character may have done in the past if it has no bearing on the story they are currently in. It was a pretty fast read, too.

    • Susan says:

      This novel hooked me right off, but little did I realize where it would take me. I was totally unprepared for the paranormal aspect which held me entranced. At times I had to put the book aside and think about the story line. One can tell that there will be an ultimate battle between right and evil, but how it gets there is quite a journey.

    • Cat says:

      Congratulations Brad!! A fine first full-length effort. No 5 stars (yet) because you r not Mr. King. I would give u 4 1/2 if let me. Plot wasn't original but the writing was. And the writing was good. I would love to see Shaw and Glenn team up again to hunt down some more supernatural serial killers. You have made my short list to look for future works. Thanks.

    • Alyssa says:

      HeArtbreaking and compellingThis story has many twists and turn as it tell the story of Molly Blackburn. Her life, a horrible violent life and the lives she took to quell the fire in her soul Be prepared for difficult dialogue and scene structure GREAT BOOK.

    • Shelly says:

      Interesting premise and very entertaining. A few typos but not enough to really detract from the story. I actually enjoyed the build up and back story a bit more than the climax, which seemed to wrap things up to easily. All in all really enjoyed this book.

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