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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  92 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Two victims. One sociopath. Lots of terror.

Fifteen-year-old Lisa Duncan has attracted the interest of serial killer Conrad (Rad) Sanders. At an isolated resort in Utah, he watches as vivacious Lisa begins an unlikely friendship with another teenager, Lu Jakes, the strange and introverted daughter of employees at the resort. Lu enters Rad’s fantasies as well. He learns Lu
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Kindle Edition, 2 edition, 298 pages
Published March 29th 2012 by Cantraip Press (first published February 15th 2010)
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Catherine Putsche
My review of Daemon Seer - by Mary Maddox

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Luanda and Lisa share a devastating history with one-another that connects them in ways they never thought possible-they were both abducted and tortured by the same serial-killer several years prior. Luanda has the ability to enter Lisa’s mind, when Lisa allows her to and also feels her friend’s deep tormented emotions. Lisa is able to paint the demons that torment Luanda unaware that these demons are real in her friends mind and that they are threate
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Heather
Serial killer Rad has racked up a list of female victims while employed as a professor. When he visits the hometown of his latest victim to triumphantly gloat to himself, he stumbles across teenage Lisa, a typical middle class Midwestern girl. When Lisa is sent to stay with her Aunt and Uncle in Utah, she must leave her Southern Illinois town and spend the summer at their vacation resort. Rad follows Lisa to Utah after finding out all of her plans via virus laden spyware delivered in an seemingl ...more
Angela
I received this book through first reads and I have a mixed reaction towards it. On the one hand, it is very well written both in description and personality of the characters. You believe that these people are real and that is a very hard thing to write. They are all complex and you can see how their motivations are entrenched in their life experiences. This book is labeled as mystery/paranormal but there is very little paranormal in it. The visions one of the characters has could be 'real' or ...more
Wendy Hines
Lisa Duncan got caught hanging with the wrong crowd. A car wreck with the faint aroma of pot hanging around sealed her fate. Now, she is to spend the summer at her aunt and uncle's resort in Utah.


Lu Jakes has been at the resort for a couple of weeks. Her dad and step-mom just moved there for employment. Lu is being abused by her step-mom, she calls her the monster, but relishes the new friendship she and Lisa have.

Johnathon Myers aka Condad Sanders (Rad) has been following Lisa all the way to Ut
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Giacomo
This was a wonderfully dark and ‘sick’ book. And I say sick in a good sense. The killer was a twisted soul who made me want to hunt him down and kill him. (okay, you might be wondering who’s sick, but it’s not me.) Maddox had me wondering though—wondering where she came up with this psycho.

I think it was perfect that she had the killer stalking the younger girls. They were the perfect age to make him even more of a predator, if that was needed. Young girls, in particular, are especially vulnera
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Cindy Smith
Talion is a great book! Two teenagers, one a beautiful girl, Lisa, that is sent to her aunt's for the summer as punishment and the other a shy abused girl, Lu, who is not so cute. They start a type of friendship.

Enter Rad, a psychotic serial killer. He is the epitome of evil. His rationalizations are incredibly accurate in my opinion.

Lu gets beaten by her step mother and then all brakes loose.

Rad kills the step mother, unknown to Lu, and sets up to capture Lisa and Lu.

Rad's twisted plan is th
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Joe Heumann
This is a late night grabber. You will have a hard time putting it down and then a hard time sleeping after finishing this book. Talion focuses on the lives of two ordinary teen girls who are thrown into extraordinary circumstances. The tumult of their teen lives suddenly pales when confronted by horrors that they have never imagined, but must come to terms with, if they are to survive.
Well written and structured, Talion is a fast read, and has a really evocative sense of place and tone. The aut
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Ricki Wilson
I would suspect that Maddox had a bit of fun writing this novel; I know I had fun reading it. In addition to the heart-racing terror of being sucked along as a sociopath tracks his prey (which is reason enough to pick up this novel), there is an underlying sophistication of style in Maddox’s diction, and savvy readers will find a rewarding number of opportunities to highlight these thoughtful passages. The paradoxical title sets the stage for a captive adventure.
Dianne Salerni
Mary Maddox’s tightly woven thriller is a smooth read, with clear vivid narration and fully formed characters. A sadistic serial killer follows his chosen, teenage victim to a remote lodge in Utah, where she is spending the summer with the owners, her aunt and uncle. When Lisa meets Lu Jakes, the abused and timid daughter of an employee at the lodge, the stalking killer decides that two victims could be better than one. Lu Jakes is particularly interesting to him because she is already dazed and ...more
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
Cover: I don't get it, really. I don't know what it represents, so don't use it to judge the book inside, which is really quite good.

Meet Conrad Sanders (Rad), a professor who has recently killed one of his students, his ninth victim. We get to read about it chilling detail .. this guy is a sick, sad puppy. There are veiled references in the book to a relationship with his mother that smack of an Oedipal complex, but we never really find out what made Rad a serial killer.

Meet Lisa, sent on a "va
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Susan Griscom
Scary but Addicting

Once I started reading this book, I really didn’t want to put it down. It was very good, intriguing, strange, and scary. Oh boy, was it scary and so disturbing on so many levels, but I could not stop reading it. It was interesting the way Ms. Maddox wrote this. Most of the book is written in past tense, but then there are a few scenes from Lu’s POV where she changes to present tense. I’m guessing it was done for intensity, although at first, it threw me off and I thought, wai
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Michelle Mieras
I have to say that I was disappointed with the book.

The story revolves around a sadistic serial killer, and his pursuit of his latest victim(s). The author does a really great job of conveying how evil and sadistic the serial killer is, but then fails to give nearly as much depth, to the other characters in the story. As the reader we are supposed to get invested in the characters of Lu and Lisa, but unfortunately this never really happens. We never do find out the reality of Talion and his spi
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Sharon Cramer
I read Talion believing I was reading paranormal when, really, there is very little paranormal. I would more categorize this as urban horror. It is so disturbing, on so many levels, that it might leave you feeling, well, weird. It was strange to be so intimately attached to such twisted trains of thought, but the writing is exceptional–the character descriptions are wonderful, and the tale spins wonderfully. The serial killer is easy to despise and, truthfully, I want to feel something when I re ...more
Jamee Pritchard
The strangeness of this book makes it so intriguing. It’s edgy and dark and wonderfully twisted. I loved having the opportunity to see into a killer’s mind. I liked the different paths the author creates, allowing her audience to see into the minds of both the killer and his intended victims. The parallel story lines and the background information given for each character helps successfully move the story along at a perfect pace. The Talion character is fascinating because you really don’t know ...more
Marti
This was a really strange book. It seemed at first to feature the college professor, who is a serial killer. At some point, the author changed focus to two teenage girls, sort of friends. One, Lu,'Trailer Trash Girl, has a sort of ghost, Talion, who watches out for her. Her father and stepmother work at a rural hotel owned by the aunt and uncle of Lisa, who is visiting them for the summer. Naturally, Professor Serial Killer is a guest at the hotel, and things start to go bad. I don't want to rui ...more
Keith
I use some of the descriptions that Maddox uses when I facilitate a writing group - use it as a study guide in a sense.
Bewitched Bookworms
Talion is a refreshing mix of thriller, suspense, and fantasy. This is definitely a book for adults because there are scenes of violence, physical abuse, murder, drug abuse, and alcohol abuse. I give this book a four out of five. The only thing keeping me from giving it a five is the lack of a conclusion to the true nature of Talion.

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Jennifer
From my book review blog Rundpinne...."Ignoring the genre, Maddox creates several different story lines, rich in detail and imagery and cleverly intertwines them. The book could use some polishing yet it holds a lot of promise."...my full review may be read here.
Laurie
Two main characters in this book are teenagers but this is most certainly not a book for young, teenage readers. It contains some graphic, descriptive and detailed scenes of violence and abuse. The prose is powerful; also, not recommended for squeamish readers. More
Hanna Krivinchuk
I absolutely hate writing bad reviews. But this book did not make me as excited as I thought it would. The story doesn't even start to pick up until over half way through the book, and then in the end it just dies off, and it leaves you wanting more. It was a decent read, but it wasn't as exciting as I thought it was going to be from the description.
Tracy Blossom
It was an intense book. Well written with good vocabulary words. I had to look up a few but that's better than using the same words over & over again. I gave it 3 stars because it's not my favorite genre (couldn't read it right before bed, that's for sure) but it was a good book for those who like thrillers.
Stacy Dempsey
It was a fast read but I came away a bit confused as to whether or not the entities th eat Lu sees are really "there" or if they are a projection of her emotions or character traits manifesting in her mind. I wish I had an opinion either way, but I don't. Not really my cup of tea.
Teresa
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Yazmin Subha
Took a little while to get into this book, but once in I found it a fascinating read. Great descriptions of the area and insight into the mind of a killer. The fight for survival being an underlying theme. Good read but intense.
Ed Scott
I had a hard time getting through the first half of this book, but at the halfway point it was so exciting I couldn't put it down.
Dena
The book was slow and agonizing I really wish it would have gotten to the point. Sorry but I just couldn't take the torture
Patty
Looks great sounds awesome cant wait to read it!!!
Javier R
Not my kind of book. It was ok though
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