Book Review: The Three Doors by Brian D Holland
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Brian D Hollandabout this book: Besides a published author, Brian D Holland is a freelance music journalist of guitar oriented music. He has authored hundreds of articles in numerous online and print magazines, and has interviewed over 70 notable guitarists in the rock, blues, and jazz genres. But his true calling is fiction writing, horror being his favorite genre. "The Three Doors" is his first published novel. Brian lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two children.
Very early on, Brian had decided to make an attempt at putting together the scariest novel ever written. Now that "The Three Doors" has been published, he's still not sure if he has reached that goal, but the opinions of many who have read it are keeping him optimistic about it. It seems to be scaring people, which is at least telling him that he was correct in placing it in the horror genre.
"The Three Doors" is the story of Jared Helm, a high school senior who has out-of-body episodes that take him to mysterious places. However, he eventually realizes the importance of each venture. One night, while in one of his projections, he arrives at a castle atop a steep cliff overlooking the ocean. He soon realizes that the castle is the stomping ground of an extremely dangerous cult. In due time, he and a friend venture inside the castle in an attempt to familiarize themselves with its surroundings before their actual planned infiltration. Below is what they saw upon entering the cult's temple.
The only light in the room exuded from overhead spotlights, which were aimed at the altar and the ceremonial crystal ball. Next to the altar was the Baphomet statue, a blood-spattered severed head in one hand and a torch in the other. They then noticed the plaques upon the four walls defining the room by location: Satan, Lucifer, Belial and Leviathan. They saw the enormous domed ceiling and its gold inverted pentagram and the four enormous chandeliers. But the most shocking thing of all was the upturned cross. The huge sacrilegious symbol suspended from the ceiling was illuminated radiantly in blood-red paint. It presented itself in a powerful manner, positioned adjacent to the temple's stunning east side wall of arched stained-glass windows facing the Atlantic Ocean.
The primary readers of the novel are undoubtedly horror fans, those who also like fast paced sub plots supplemented with themes of romance, paranormal activity, and religion. The reader range is high school to adult of any age. It gets pretty violent in places, but the story has deep, reflective meaning throughout. It's not just your ordinary horror story; it's the definitive good vs. evil epic of today.
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Incredible epic adventureI recently read The Three Doors. It's such an amazing epic adventure in every way. All of the characters are so full of life and personality! The book was written very well. So much happens throughout the story, and it's all connected expertly. I'll read it again eventually. [by Shane K.]
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