Sisterbaby's Monkey | Skull County, USA
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Jesse Mayo has had voices and visions in her head since she was a child, working at Clipper Mill, in Hampden, just outside Baltimore. In 1907 she watches her father fall to his death, all in a dream, then begins hearing his cries and others from beyond the grave, deep within her mind. By 1979, she is old and frail, and must respond to one voice that demands answers. This voice, of all the ones that have plagued her over years, is the one that went silent when she wanted to hear it the most. Now that they once again commune, mind-to-mind, the old woman is afraid the process will kill her, but she must persevere even if it does.
Her husband, Jim McPherson, has lived with this challenge for sixty years, holding his wife during uncontrollable fits of possession, as she rails at a voice only she can hear. Now, in their last days, she asks him to trust her, to do what she asks before it is too late. He acquiesces, determined to help her, to save her life, even if only for the short time they have left together on this earth. He must identify this voice deep within his wife’s mind and placate it, crush it, or do whatever it takes to save her. In this process, he is sucked into a vortex of mind-control and dreams so real that he may die before he awakes, before he can save his Jesse.
If you like a tale of ghosts and dreams, of World War I, of a time and mindset lost to us in our overwhelmed and overloaded today, try SISTERBABY’S MONKEY. If you can remember the thrill of reading Edgar Allen Poe for the first time, try SISTERBABY’S MONKEY. If you like historical adventure with lots of action, if you ever smelled, touched and tasted using only your memory, if you ever awoke with a dream imprinted upon your retinas that was so real, you weren’t sure where or when you were, if you ever coveted the love in an old couple’s eyes, if you want to believe in life and love beyond death, you will like SISTERBABY’S MONKEY.
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SKULL COUNTY, USA
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SKULL COUNTY, USA tells the story of a U.S. President, about fifteen years from today, chased by killers, running for his life in a blizzard, across Grand Mesa in western Colorado, the biggest flat-topped volcanic mountain in the world.
In only two days, at 5 PM on Monday, Congress will vote, per his demand, to kill all trade with China, ending, he hopes, the ten year Depression that is an outgrowth of the political and economic woes that we face today.
As bullets fly, as the snow begins to rage, a former Army nurse, still healing from the Afghanistan War, leads her band of lady elk hunters on their version of “girls night out” Colorado style, into a complex plot involving Chinese and American gunmen, $10 million in cash and the fate of America’s and the world’s economic survival, as they save the President, rushing toward safety and that monumental Monday vote.
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Colley has created a rich narrative tapestry-a Baltimore of long ago, hard working immigrants, and a classic tangle of family secrets. He tells his story in prose that is hard and crisp, creating images that will stay with you long after you turn the final page. This guy can write.
-- TOM MONTELEONE, 4-time Bram Stoker Award winner; author, NY Times best seller, THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB; author, THE COMPLETE IDIOT’S GUIDE TO WRITING A NOVEL
… an elaborate tale …of an elderly couple deeply connected through love and shared heartache…from the streets and factories of Baltimore to the dark waters of the Atlantic to the battlefields of World War I. Just when you think you know where it’s going, it takes a turn to another time, place or dimension. But it always comes back to Jesse and Jim and the mysterious voices asking them, what is the nature of life, love and death.
-- DENISE KOCH, CBS NEWS ANCHOR, WJZ-TV, BALTIMORE
… Colley succeeds in using the ghost story to showcase the relationships in his novel, not to overpower the story with fancy tricks…There is drama, conflict, suffering and redemption…It feels real, and for any book that delves into the otherworldly, that is impressive.
-- NANCY JOHNSTON, THE BALTIMORE SUN-READ STREET BLOG
Colley has Steinbeck’s ability to depict the common man…Other times his prose smacks poetic, reminiscent of Sandburg…(he) weaves a gritty story told in equal parts of despair and hope, that is, in the end, a love story.
-- MOHAMED MUGHAL, author, RESOLUTION 786.
…a fascinating stream-of-consciousness narrative. Readers who enjoy Baltimore history and exploring the human psyche will enjoy Sisterbaby’s Monkey
-- LOUISE TITCHENER, author of MALPRACTICE and BUMPED OFF IN BALTIMORE
… a mysterious and frightening journey, where dreams not only take over, they consume…Through brutally refreshing prose, we find sixty years of ethereally woven life experiences…the true meaning of love and redemption are the keys to the heart of these characters… I was…goose fleshed and truly gripped. The fast paced action, the gritty history of Baltimore life in the early 1900’s was the perfect setting for this …story. Put this on your summer must read list.
-- RACHELLE GAGNE, http://www.thenovelblog.com
Colley weaved the monkey on the cover, carved by his great grandfather from a peach pit, and his grandparents’ tales of World War I Baltimore into a helluva tale
-- JEREMY ROBINSON, author of PULSE, and ANARKTOS RISING