In the Books featuring When The Dragon Roars (The Starks Trilogy #2) by Nesly Clerge

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring When The Dragon Roars (The Starks trilogy #2) by Nesly Clerge.

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About the Book: Secrets and lies force their way to the surface in Nesly Clerge’s newest novel of deception, crime, and buried history. Frederick Starks thought he’d already lost as much as one man could: A beautiful family, the luxurious life wealth provides, success, admiration—all stripped from him in one moment of madness that resulted in a fifteen-year sentence in a maximum security prison. Certain that life has gotten as bad as it can get, Starks contrives a way to rise to the top of the inmate hierarchy. But his assumption is wrong. Amid stunning revelations, betrayals, and violence, Starks faces one challenge after another, until a life-altering event forces him into the most brutal confrontation of all: the truth about himself.

My review: I had the pleasure to read the first book, which left me waiting to see the outcome of Starks’ revelation. I have to admit, I loved his physical transformation. It was the perfect way to symbolize to the reader as well as Starks’ fellow inmates that something traumatic had happened. It was refreshing to see something so drastic happen instead of a dozen pages explaining his change through attitude shifts and so on.

With his physical change, Starks is also forced to further deal with his personal demons. One of which was heartbreaking, but it set up the third book perfectly. We get to see him stubbornly grow while dealing with various levels of depression, embarrassment, and anger. Every time he seemed to make progress, something major would happen to derail his plans, forcing him to adapt. In doing this, the author did a phenomenal job of taking me out of my comfort zone as I didn’t know what to expect from chapter to chapter. He even fooled me at one part, getting me to buy in, and that’s not an easy thing to do.

With the characters so well thought out, it’s no wonder the description was perfect. With each turning page, I could feel and smell Starks’ environment. I even got hungry for some packaged sandwiches and sweet rolls. Lol

The biggest difference between this and the previous book, in my opinion, was it didn’t focus as much on claustrophobia and isolation as much. It did, however, take the isolation mentality in an entirely different direction, and that only enhanced the story. Instead, the scope of the story revolved around Starks’ internalizing issues while dealing with the enormity of rising within the prison’s hierarchy. It was a cool balancing act that served the story well.

As with this book, I will impatiently wait for the third installment. If you love prison dramas/thrillers, this is the perfect series for you.

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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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