Title: Running Into the Darkness
Author: D.A. Bale
My Rating: 4 stars
**This novel is not suitable for readers under the age of 18. Some mature content is involved. All content is purely fictional and not based on true events.**
Death follows Dr. Samantha Bartlett throughout her life until it claims everyone close to her. There's one powerful man responsible on whom Samantha sets her sights for revenge. The price is her soul. For centuries, sex has been the weapon of men...now it's her turn.
“I never intended to kill the President. As a doctor, I swore an oath to protect life – not take it. But that was before...”
Second year resident, Dr. Samantha Bartlett, is swept from the frigid New York winter to once again confront the sting of death back home – and face those she left behind. But she’s not alone. A strange man she dubs Shades haunts her every step as she seeks answers to the inferno which claimed her grandmother, an eerie reminder of her parents’ deaths. The secrets Samantha uncovers forever changes her image of those she only thought she knew.
Confronted by Shades, Samantha joins a secret underworld known only as the Elite, where a web of power and control is woven deep within governments worldwide. Their sights are set on the power structure of the United States, and Samantha becomes the unlikely key to infiltrating the White House at its most intimate levels.
The quest for blood threatens to destroy Samantha. From the darkness there is no escape.
Sometimes life emulates fiction.
Life is filled with tragedy and Ms. Bale's writing reflects this reality. However, there is always a silver lining...even if one must spend their entire life searching for it.
In her previous career, Ms. Bale traveled the United States as a Government Relations Liaison, working closely with Congressional offices and various government agencies. This experience afforded her a glimpse into the sometimes "not so pretty" reality of the political sphere. Much of this reality and various locations throughout her travels make it into her writing.
She dreams of the day she can return to visit Alaska.
I enjoyed reading the story of miss Samantha's adventures in New York and Kansas. What a wild ride indeed! After finding out that her Gramm was actually killed by The Elite, not in just a hit-and-run accident, Samantha's world is turned upside down. She becomes the "key" to fixing the problems occurring at the White House (the President accepts bribes that involve sexual favors) and her own deep rooted anger problems at the same time.
When she goes back to her hometown in Kansas for her Gramm's funeral to sort everything out, she isn't sure if she should leave or stay. D.A. Bale did a great job of keeping the reader intrigued and creating a story that feels real, or could be based on realistic events but is completely fictional. I enjoyed reading the story to see what would happen next and how each character's story would fit together in the end. The chapters didn't always seem to fit together, but in the long run they did!
Happy Review Day!