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3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  830 Ratings  ·  90 Reviews
While talking to his friend on the phone, Mark Stone is startled by a cacophony of otherworldly screams. Seconds later, a tragic accident claims his friend’s life. When this happens several more times--screams followed by an untimely death--he is compelled to act.

Battling his failure as a husband and struggling with his own damaged faith, Mark embarks on a mission to find
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 11th 2009 by Realms
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Trinity Rose
I wasn’t required to write a review of Scream by Mike Dellosso, but after reading it I wanted everyone to know what an excellent book this is.
This is the first book I’ve read by Mike Dellosso and I’ve found another favorite author.
I just love this book; Scream is full of mystery, suspense and adrenaline rushing scenes.
It is a book that makes you think and want to do something about all of the lost people you meet. Everyone is going to die, but they don’t have to be lost.
The character Mark
First off: I thought the plot for this book was a brilliant idea. Someone answering the phone only to hear screams that predict the person's coming death...and the screams turn out to be the "weeping and gnashing of teeth" from hell, therefore a warning that the person is on their way there. Very brilliant and unique; 5 stars to that thought right there.

Second: I'm sorry, but if I kept answering the phone and hearing the screaming that predicted death, I would just stop answering my phone!!

Feb 25, 2012 Alexandria rated it did not like it
I'm very perplexed about the high ratings this book received, especially those that accompanied words like "a real thriller". I had to wonder if I was reading the same book - I'm not even joking when I say this, I had to examine everything about my book and compare it to the one featured here just to make sure they are both truly one and the same.

For me this book was horrible. I would say the storyline was vapid but I'm unsure about what the storyline actually was. There is no real depth here,
Feb 22, 2015 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
Book Synopsis:
"Battling his failure as a husband and struggling with his own damaged faith, Mark embarks on a mission to find the meaning behind the screams and hopefully stop death from calling on its next victim. When his estranged wife is kidnapped and he again hears the screams as she calls from her cell phone, his search becomes much more personal and much more urgent."

My Thoughts:
Scary, tragic, fantastic, make you think story. You will have a hard time setting this book down, it is full of
T.E. George
Jun 23, 2009 T.E. George rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense
Mike Dellosso delivers a knockout in his sophomore suspense novel, Scream. The hero, Mark, is an average guy haunted by a terrible mistake that has driven his wife away and left him questioning everything. Then one day Mark is talking to a friend on the phone when they are interrupted by horrible screams. A few minutes later, Mark’s friend is dead. What follows is one man’s realization that there is something more than this life.

Scream has everything a good suspense story should: a flawed but de
Voni Harris
Feb 29, 2012 Voni Harris rated it really liked it
The plot of Mike Dellosso's Scream revolves around a man who hears hellish screams when he's on the phone with certain people...people who end up dead shortly after the phone call. This is confusing enough to him, until he is on the phone with his estranged wife (whom he still loves) and hears the screams. Will he be able to find her in time to save her?

I'm tempted to talk about the major plot twist, but I won't, in the interest of those who haven't read the book. Suffice to say, I thought Mr. D
Theresa Abney
Feb 10, 2012 Theresa Abney rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle
Oh, sweet Jesus.

I feel tricked. Thank goodness this book was free, because had I paid for it I would be straight up belligerent at this point. What started out as a relatively enjoyable scary story quickly deteriorated into the author forcing an insular religious agenda upon me. Thanks, but no thanks.

Ugh... and it wasn't even subtle. How about an allegory? Everyone likes a good allegory. No, it was in your face, agree with me or burn in hell for all of eternity.

Oh and if I ever see or hear the
Jen Walker
Mar 05, 2012 Jen Walker rated it did not like it
Sometimes I really don't understand how I end up with bible thumping "thrillers". I picked this up thinking it would be something exciting to read but no......religious bible bits everywhere and a not great plot. I had to just skim the last 30 or so pages so I could just be done already. Awful unbelievable plots with backwoods hick law enforcement that don't even know how to spell kidnapping. Thank goodness this was free.
Apr 20, 2012 Sara rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2012
This book was unbareable by the end. Had to skim it at the end because I couldn't read another internal monolague re: Jesus and their souls. Not to mention all the divorce talk over A KISS!! Sorry, but I like my horror to scare me, not pontificate endlessly and annoy me. Total flake out wrap up at the end as well.
Feb 11, 2012 Heartofkenna rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
Well developed plot and characters destroyed by the overtly religious interruptions of Jesus.
Bryce Roberts
This book had an interesting plot-line that was pretty engaging. (Not the most so, by any means, but it was pretty good.) The first half seemed to drag just a bit, but the second half flew by in no time.

It takes an interesting (and sometimes downright creepy) look at the impact of the spiritual realm in real life, and it encourages sleepy Christians to wake up and realize that there is a real fight going on, and it matters dearly.

To me, the ending seemed a bit too happy-go-lucky/easy. Yes, the
May 13, 2013 Beata rated it really liked it
When good and nice people die and go to hell it makes you seriously think about your own life and ask yourself some questions... Can I be sure I go to Heaven? Isn't my life just some religious routine? Maybe I am just playing being a Christian? What if I die tomorrow? Today? Great book! It has mystery, suspense but it isn't just an entertaining thriller, but a story that has you looking into your own soul...
The book seems a little ani traditional christianity... Through my life I've met many dif
D.M. Webb
"Do I know where I'll go when I die?"

The major theme in this heart pounding, breathing stealing book: Do you hear the screams of hell coming for you?

I started reading this book around 7 pm and couldn't tear my eyes from the pages until I finished shortly before 12.

Just when you thought you figured it out, a curve ball was thrown.

This may be just an entertaining thriller, but it's a story that will have you looking into your own soul: do you really Trust Jesus and Accepted Him or do you laugh a
Michelle (Michelle's Book Ends) Shealy
I don't usually enjoy reading faith based books.. I prefer crime/scary stuff. This was a crime book..with a faith background. I actually enjoyed reading it. Sometimes faith based will try to hit you over the head with it..but this one was more subtle. Got the point across without being annoying about it. Well written.
Nicolette Aliano
May 27, 2017 Nicolette Aliano rated it really liked it
The premise of the horror component behind this book is wonderful. Did it keep me up at night with nightmares? No. But it was creepy enough to make me want to read more. The ending is the most thrilling part of the whole book. It's a huge plot twist that I'm sure many readers weren't expecting. However, I am aware that the author is Christian, but I felt as though I was being preached to throughout the book. That combined with the underlying "horror" of the story made for an odd duo. Not sure I ...more
Nikole Hahn
Mar 08, 2012 Nikole Hahn rated it really liked it
Scream by Mike Dellosso begins with Mark Stone talking on the phone to his friend just before hellish screams break their connection. Both of them hear the screams, but none of them can explain it until Mark's friend dies in a fiery crash. The screams throughout the book are a precursor to someone's death, and later Mark realizes that each of those who died went to hell.

Mark himself is an unbeliever separated from his wife, Cheryl. Cheryl is having a difficult time emotionally forgiving Mark fo
Sah Angoluan
Jun 10, 2016 Sah Angoluan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thriller
Very interesting book, I thought this book would be like any other books that I've read, mystery, thriller but this book is more than that. It is also about trusting God and accepting God. I wish I could have that ability to do so but, now, right now? I don't think so.

Great book especially the Judge who have thought that is Judge right? The author never wrote anything about what's his name? I forgot... suspicious. So when the revelation has finally came I was like "yeah, he's been like away, lik
CJ Scurria
Jul 11, 2014 CJ Scurria rated it really liked it
What if death and hell stared you in the face?

For Mark Stone it had come close enough. Every time he had a phone line conversation with another soul, it was interrupted by terrifying voices. A cacophony of screams. What was this and how come the one he spoke to would have their line cut out mere moments before their untimely death?

This throws the idea of death and peril into Mark's mind as this curse, this vision has him racing against the clock. But then he realizes that it is inevitable with h
May 21, 2012 Gloria rated it it was amazing
The story was a five star thrill ride.   I think the author's zeal is admirable, but I guess I'm not the audience the book is for, especially the author's letter to readers at the end.

The main character is Mark Stone.   He was caught by his wife with another woman, so they are now separated.  He was on the phone with one of their mutual friends when they both heard these horrible, terrible screams seeming to come from hell for five seconds and then stopped.  The friend was killed in a car crash
Mar 04, 2010 Crystal rated it it was amazing
Scream starts off with a bang, imagine being on the phone with your best friend, both of you hearing these eerie screams coming through the phone and the next thing you know, you are hearing your best friend's car crash and he's not responding. That's how it all starts for Mark Stone. Mark is working hard and dealing with a separation with his wife and his own grief. Then the screams happen again and someone else dies. This keeps happening.

At the same time the police are investigating what could
Mar 15, 2009 Kelly rated it really liked it
Scream is the first book I have read by Mike Dellosso. After reading it, I am definitely interested in getting my hands on The Hunted.

I was touched how the truth really never leaves us. Scream reminded me how important it is to share our faith and let people in on the saving love of Jesus Christ. Truly there is a time in our lives where we will breathe our last breath. This is true for us, and it is true for those we love. But do the people we love know God?

Two stories begin and eventually ent
Oct 09, 2013 Richard rated it really liked it
The hook to this book is electrifying: Mark Stone hears blood-curdling screams when he is on the phone with someone. Shortly after their conversation is finished, the person dies. Where are the screams coming from and why are all these people dying?

Then there is a second plot-line entailing somone kidnapping women and locking them in an abandoned barn.

How are these two stories connected and how in the world is this a Christian book?

Mike Dellosso does an admirable job keeping you on the edge of y
Dec 10, 2011 Melanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, personal-copy
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Scream is the second book I've read by Mike Dellosso and, like Frantic, I loved it! Scream was such a great suspense novel that had some supernatural elements. The book definitely made me think about how everyone has an appointment with death and the importance of trusting in Jesus alone for salvation.

I really liked the characters. I was surprised that women were kidnapped in Scre
Jan 14, 2013 Wendy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Really creepy!
When Mark Stone hears the screams through the phone while talking with a friend, he’s a bit unsettled but writes it off as some odd interference thing ... until he hears the horrible crash moments later … a crash that kills that same friend.

Then it happens again: same screams through the phone while talking with a man who dies moments later from what looks like a heart attack.

As if that’s not creepy enough, there’s a man who refers to himself as Judge kidnapping women out
Aug 20, 2011 Mari rated it liked it
I picked this book up when Borders was going out of business. The story was decent but the tone was a bit too preachy for me. The book focuses on Mark Stone who has recently separated from his wife because he cheated on her. Stone grew up in a very religious family but fell away from the faith. He begins hearing horrific screams while talking to friends and family on the phone right before they meet their untimely demise which terrifies him.

In the area he lives in, two women have been abducted a
Kristi (Books and Needlepoint)
I love thrillers and this one did not disappoint! Mike Dellosso created characters that were very believable. People that you wanted to cheer on and tell them not to give up hope. The pace of the book was perfect - it kept you turning the pages, but did not give away any secrets too soon.

Scream really starts out as two stories - and as the book progresses the two stories combine to make for a great ending! I especially loved the way the message of Christ was delivered without getting "pushy" or
Dan Rowling
Feb 22, 2012 Dan Rowling rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. If there was anything that made me only give it 4 stars would be just a little more depth so that I couldn't have predicted the end so easily. For me, that did not detract any from the book. The thing that I LOVED about this book is how Mr. Dellosso worked in the Gospel message throughout. I know that some unsaved people that read this did not like this, but if Mr. Dellosso did not work that into his book, then he would not be obeying one of Christ's commandments. We ar ...more
Jeremy Gallegos
Apr 09, 2009 Jeremy Gallegos rated it liked it
Not bad for what it is. Without giving away much detail, there are two plot lines that intersect at the end of the book. Most of my rating comes from the fact that, while I really liked one plot line, the other was just okay. The story line that I think was 'just okay' bothered me only because of the style. I prefer more subtle approaches to 'the message.' When the message is overt, I think the style becomes compromised. Although, there is a good subtle and, I think, more powerful message convey ...more
Apr 06, 2012 Jean rated it really liked it
A subtle theme is woven throughout the story--we all have an appointment with God. The author brings forth an excellent plot, and at the same time presents some very thought-provoking ideals. The story centers around the main character, Mark, who has recently separated from his wife. He begins to hear screams (this is a little unbelievable) during phone calls and each time the person he is talking to dies shortly after the conversation. The plot thickens when he receives a phone call from his es ...more
Audrey Grant
Mar 20, 2012 Audrey Grant rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book
I was leery of this book when I read some of the previews, thinking this might be way over the top for me. But I was very pleasantly surprised! The screams on the phone were never really figured out or explained why they started or stopped. That stumped me and ended up giving only 4 stars.
But the author did a tremendous job of describing feelings, emotions, the way each person looked, stood, dressed, etc.. in a new and unique way. And was able to keep his bad guy a seceret up until right near th
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Mike Dellosso is the author of numerous novels of suspense, including Kill Devil, Centralia, Darkness Follows, Darlington Woods, and Scream. Mike is a popular conference and workshop teacher and an adjunct professor of creative writing. He lives in Hanover, PA, with his wife and five daughters. Mike is also a healthcare worker and survivor of colon cancer.
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