In the Books featuring When The Serpent Bites by Nesly Clerge

Welcome to this weeks’ edition of In the Books, featuring When The Serpent Bites by Nesly Clerge.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the ebook in exchange for an honest review.

Nesly Clerge

About the Book: Frederick Starks has it all—a gorgeous wife who was his high school sweetheart, three beautiful children, a mansion and cars others envy, millions in the bank, respected in his community, admired by his employees, loved and respected by loyal friends. He revels in the hard-earned power and control he’s acquired. As the saying goes, “All that glitters is not gold,” which Starks discovers when gut-wrenching betrayal by his wife sends him over the edge and into a maximum security prison. There, Starks is a new “fish,” stripped of nearly everything he’s always relied on. In that place, where inmates and guards have their own rules and codes of conduct, Starks is forced to face the darker side of life, and his own darker side, especially when the betrayals, both inside and outside the prison, don’t stop. He must choose which path to follow when the line between right and wrong becomes blurred: one that leads to getting out of the physical and emotional hellhole he finds himself in or one that keeps him alive.

My Review: This was a book I was looking forward to reading when I saw the description, and it didn’t disappoint. I’ve always been a fan of shows like Law and Order, and this was similar enough that it felt like a comfortable pair of shoes (I’m not sure that was the author’s intention, though. Lol).

As the main character, Starks is the type of guy you either love or hate. He’s self-confident and does what he can for his family, but he also refuses to accept his share of the responsibility for what ended up putting him in prison. I thought it added a cool element of the real world we sometimes don’t see, which was refreshing on several levels.

The story itself is smooth flowing style that delves into multiple points of view to allow us to see the various angles and thoughts of different characters. This, along with the prison therapist, helps us to understand Starks’ world isn’t as black and white as he would have us believe.

I have to admit, as much as I was prepared for the ending and knew what was coming, it still took me by surprise. That’s a testament to the author’s ability to tug at my heartstrings and was a cool experience. Given everything Starks had to deal with in the first book, I can’t wait to see what more trouble he can find in the sequel.

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About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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