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Gifted Trust

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  22 ratings  ·  9 reviews
We?re born, we live, we sin, we die? we?re born again. Three men separated by time, connected through one soul. A literary agent, a teacher, a serial killer and a shared secret. With death it only starts again.
Published September 1st 2000 by Biting Dog Publications
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American author John Paul Allen saw the release of his debut novel entitled ‘Gifted Trust’ first published back in 2003 by Biting Dog Publications,

The tale begins in 1931 where Max Belote is plagued by an incessant voice that resides solely within his head. This disembodied voice craves for Belote to partake in increasingly more depraved and sadistic activities; instructing Belote to perform these acts to appease the lustful desires of this unseen entity. Up until the voice began tormenting the
M.L. Roos
Excellent story! Very well written, gripping, fast paced and electrifying novel about a spirit named Virago and the journey it takes amongst the lives of several people over different time periods. We get to take the journey and enter the lives of three vicious, psychopathic men and the pain they inflict upon others. This is where the story gets rough. But it is not gratuitous. It is not simply for the the shock value. It is integral to the story, to show there is true evil in the world.

If viole
Want to go into the mind of a serial killers? Want to accompany
them as they perform their nefarious deeds? This creepy, fast
moving story will take you a trip you will never forget. Very
descriptive harsh reality fills the book. Interesting read filled
with evil.
I received the ebook from the author. My opinion is my own.
Patrick Hickey
I'm very disappointed in the editing of this book. It's extremely hard to get past the 'Mary carefully wrapped first her legs first then her arms' when it seems like there's one like that on every other page. Overall it's a good story but hard to read through all the errors.
Remember the end of Psycho, and how the psychobabble kind of brings down what's been a great movie to that point? Well, picture that as a book, and extend the few minutes of screen time to the last 100 or so pages of a book, and you've got something similar. For a couple hundred pages, Allen has crafted a solid (if slightly unoriginal and overly grotesque) killer story in the 1930's and the 1970's. But then it moves to the 2000's, and gets bogged down in psychology, hypnosis, and reincarnation, ...more
Oct 14, 2012 Samra rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Samra by: John Allen
Met the author back in the MySpace days. got his book for free from him and i really enjoyed it. i still have that copy and its survived a few moves with me now. its very good and well written. when i have the chance ill be re-reading it. :)
Clive Warner
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Carrie White
I loved this book; I love how JPA's mind works, his descriptions, his thought processes.

I can't wait for this book to be re-released.
Elizabeth Peake
Genuinely creepy. Certain scenes make your stomach churn. Definitely would recommend this book!
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Born and raised in Michigan, the youngest of five boys, John Paul Allen is described as "Hard to nail down, hard to put down, John Paul Allen's words will envelop your senses and fill your mind with worlds and people too real not to believe." (William Cook - Blood Related). Coming to horror and writing later than most he has quickly become known for his knack of crossing lines in order to tell a s ...more
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