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RED IS FOR RAGE is the second book in the award-winning THE COLOR OF EVIL series. It was named the winner in the Thriller category of the Pinnacle book award by NABE (National Association of Book Entrepreneurs) in 2013.

At the end of Book One (THE COLOR OF EVIL), Stevie Scranton, best friend of Tad McGreevy, went missing. Best friend Tad McGreevy, who has the ability to see auras around others that lead him to "see" the crimes of the evil-doers, vows to do everything he can to find Stevie. In their search, they discover a monster every bit as dangerous as Pogo, the killer clown, and must confront him in order to save Stevie.

Pogo, from Book One, still is a threat, hoping to kill Tad to keep his freedom, since he thinks Tad has the power to turn him over to the police. Now, Tad must learn to harness his unique gift. Stevie's fate hangs in the balance as well as his own life.

260 pages, Kindle Edition

First published March 3, 2013

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Connie Corcoran Wilson

28 books33 followers
Connie Corcoran Wilson has published 10 books since 2003. "Hellfire & Damnation" (www.HellfireandDamnationtheBook.com) came out in February, 2010. Her three volumes of true ghost stories of Route 66 (Ghostly Tales of Route 66, www.GhostlyTalesofRoute66.com) are out from Quixote and in E-book format from Quad City Press. Her first book ("Training the Teacher As A Champion") was published by PLS Bookstores in 1989. Her sci fi novel "Out of Time" was published by Lachesis in 2008 and the screenplay written based on the book was a winner in a "Writer's Digest" competition. Her 2 humor collections are "Both Sides Now" (2003) and "Laughing through Life" (2011). Her illustrated children's book, "The Christmas Cats in Silly Hats" was released at Christmas in 2011. "Hellfire and Damnation II" was released July 28, 2012 in E-book format and in paperback shortly after (The Merry Blacksmith Press.) Her nonfiction book showcasing many of the movie reviews written for the Quad City Times between 1970 and 1979 made up the bulk of the book, along with 76 photos, major cast and interactive trivia. "The Color of Evil," a novel that is the first in a trilogy about a young boy with paranormal abilities, was released in 2012. "Red Is for Rage," the second book in the trilogy, will be released in January, 2013. Connie has been writing for pay since age 10 and taught writing at 6 IA/IL colleges. She is a member of AWP (American Writing Program), MWA (Midwest Writers' Association), MWC (Midwest Writing Center), HWA (Horror Writers Association), ITW (International ThrillerWriters) and IWPA (Illinois Women's Press Association.) Her books have won E-Lit, Pinnacle, NABE and Silver Feather awards and the 400,000 member blog Associated Content named her its Content producer of the year (for politics) in 2008. Since then, she has been named Midwest Writing Center Writer of the Year (2010) and won the Chicago chapter of IWPA Silver Feather award on June 6, 2012.

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5,147 reviews187 followers
November 21, 2017
Red is for Rage is the next book in this collection. I would start with the first book. Although, you could read the second one but to get more context and history of the characters, it would be better to read the first book. Which having the context did help some with this book. My reading vibe with the characters and the story went faster.

It was good to see Tad's abilities showcased more. Plus, she was becoming more prominent. Another person that I noticed more was retired cop, Charlie. In fact, I liked him a lot. He was a good guy, who at times seemed to find himself in sticky situations. Although, you would expect this as he was helping Tad to find Tad's friend, Stevie, who was taken by a psycho. As much as I might have liked this book a little more, I still struggled to find any emotional connections to the characters and the sexual references and such were more dirty than really necessary. I don't think I can continue on reading the third book in this box set.
Profile Image for Jacques Coulardeau.
Author 29 books29 followers
October 10, 2017
Lost opportunity to explore deep bigotry

This second volume is ambiguous as for the meaning and the direction. It is the follow-up sequel to the previous volume but in a way, it changes the atmosphere, the ambiance, the color and tone of the story. It sure is red and full of rage but this red rage is not that present or even powerful, could I say pregnant, as it should be to animate the story that has many weak and soft sections. It is a sort of let down because we should expect in this horror crime story the rage of everyone to be dominant and pervading.

Even the obvious reduction of homosexuality or gayness to perversion and pedophilia that should lead to a strong straight heterosexual rage is not exploited. I consider that the reduction of gayness to this caricature is regrettable but it is not used as it could and should be used, the starting spark of a bigot fire against both the pedophiles and their victims who have been soiled by the pedophiles in this bigot approach of what should have then led to a debate about it and should have required an important effort to confront this bigotry and expose it. The author evades this responsible approach and not to appear as part of the bigotry that is not ‘exploited she erases it and she even glorifies with a master funeral the sickening principal Dr. Peter Puck, PPP in short, or PDPPP if you prefer instead of exposing his unbearable attitude, exploitation of the weakness of some of the teenage students of his high school to satisfy his lurid lust in his school office. Just as if no one knew after something like fifteen or twenty years of regular abuse. Follow my eyes and think of Weinstein. Sooner or later that kind of despicable harassment or exploitation always comes to the surface. And it is a shame because then the real debate could have been brought to the forefront.

When we think of the re-emergence in the USA of all sorts of bigot movements and ideologies do brightly staged in Charlottesville, it is a little bit unfair to have such a beautiful situation that could have been exploited. Maybe in 2013, it was too early to see that resurgence. But the new publication in 2017 should have questioned the intention of the author, the author, should have questioned her intention and probably upgraded the novel, or simply dropped the idea of a simple reprinting to get a full rewriting of the story.

That makes Stevie’s father, Earl Scranton appear as a killing monster in a way, one victim of the rage to kill on simple motivations that are completely wrong. His sole intention is to avenge his son, without his being told about it and without his consent, by killing the pedophiles who abused him. In other words, he is reduced to a deranged bigot behavior and action and shown as such. In other words, there is no real debate about the relation between the father and the son, between the mother and the son, between the father and the mother. It is plainly described as horrible and unacceptable. The father is reproached with his working too many hours and neglecting his family. And there is a daughter in that family who is mostly marginalized. Stevie’s case is not explored as much as it should have been. It is too easy to say the son is bizarre, did not have the normal growth of a child and then teenager because of his skull defect, because of his father’s distance, because of his mother’s excessive presence, because of all sorts of clichés that should be pushed aside.

That leads the story to some twists in logical and even believable reactions and events. The banalization of teenage pregnancies (among white girls, mind you because blacks and other minorities are absent from the story, mostly and only alluded to as marginal and as such marginally represented as Latino legal or illegal immigrants rejected far away in a distant ghetto in the first volume of the trilogy, this banalization is avoiding again any discussion about why such teenage pregnancies are so present in the USA and mind you in the upper or upper middle class. The death of the just married pregnant girl by an accident, in the end, is like some punishment from some puritan and bigot God. On the other hand, Stevie’s volunteering to cover up the baby of Jeremy Gustafson is incomprehensible, a sort of miracle for a Catholic girl in a Catholic family.

But I just used the word family and it is essential.

The book reconstructs the destroyed family of Andrea Sangiovanni with a short liaison with Abraham Eisenstadt after his wife Sarah has shot dead their two daughters, Zoe and Rachel, and this is brought down to a fatal and lethal end by some heart attach supposedly called a window maker. And that is no window bringing no light. Are those two people punished once again by a fearful and angry God, from the Old Testament probably. The fact that Andrea Sangiovanni calls Charles Chandler to help her out of this silly situation is even fuller with irony, sarcasm and maybe cruelty than you may think. Andrea Sangiovanni’s second husband, Greg Tuttle, was kidnapped by Jeremy Gustafson. This Greg Tuttle had had a liaison with Charles Chandler’s wife, Cassie, who was killed by Jeremy Gustafson, both deposited in some distant cabin, Cassie Chandler buried in a shallow grave and Greg Tuttle abandoned there trussed up like a pig. And then arrived Pogo the clown who cut up this Greg Tuttle into small pieces, thus saving the skin of the infamous Jeremy. Is Andrea thus punished again by becoming dependent on Charles Chandler the husband of her marital competitor? Or is it a promise of a reconstructed family, especially after Tad saved Jenny Sangiovanni from being killed, rescued her from the disaster with Jeremy she had to run away from in the first volume. Is it the announcement of another reconstruction of another couple of two friends turning into a straight marriage?

On the other hand, the Scranton family is completely deconstructed into shattereens though the newly composed Stevie Scranton and Janice Kramer couple is promising a reconstruction from the ashes of the Phoenix. But how can a boy who has been abused by the principal of his school and some of the boys in his classes and then kidnapped by a pedophile, actually an acquaintance of the aforesaid principal, and abused day after day for nine months, how can he suddenly come up clean and positive, save the honor of an early teenage pregnant girl, fall in love with her who falls in love with him though she has been open to many and had never fallen in love at all, to the point of moving to some kind of marriage announced for the next volume? How is that possible? How is Stevie able to forget, erase and annihilate all the negative physical exploitation he has been the victim of for many years? And actually how did he survive for so many years in that situation if there is no positive side in the experience, even if that positive side is crooked, perverse, unethical, etc.? Stevie’s necessarily divided personality is not explored as such and is only overflown by some kind of drone that can only get pictures in black and white, in spite of the colors of the auras seen, by Tad. Maybe here it is only red and white, or red and black. Red for rage, white for purity (like the dress of pregnant Melody Harris on her wedding day) with a lot of double-entendre and hypocrisy. Or is it Red for rage and black for early death since those are the colors of the last shirt of Earl Scranton just before he killed three people out of rage and is provided with an early death by some female mind you police sniper?

Pogo the clown had been pushed aside before the end to keep him in store for the third volume dedicated to his color of grey-green or khaki, for killer.

An interesting story but that does not tackle – like in American football or rugby – the crucial questions that are haunting our society and since Charlottesville are disrupting all ethical and logical, human and humane functioning, all covered under the name of white supremacy.

Profile Image for Krystal Willingham.
55 reviews20 followers
March 24, 2013
This is Connie's second book in The Color of Evil series. While I haven't read the first book the second book didn't confuse me at all and basically caught me up about what was going on and what went on in the first book. I have to say that it was a doozy but in a good way. Connie has a way that sweeps you up and inside the book and carries you from one page to the other as though time has stood still. I read though this book and couldn't believe what was going on and she left me hanging on every word and detail. I swear if there is not a third book and I am going to be super disappointed because I want to know what happens next. The details that Connie expresses in this book is exceptional and that is what grabs the reader and what puts them smack dab into the middle of the story. This book is full of suspense, mystery, and loads of thrills. I do have to say that there is some graphic violence so I would say this would be an 18+ read but they will love it just as much as the older adults as it keeps you on your toes and completely enthralled in the story.

In Red is for Rage, we get to learn more about Tad and his powers as he explores and learns more about them and just what they can do. When it comes to the emotional rollercoaster that we are put through it is pretty rough because Connie talks about some very tragic and emotional issues that I've not encountered with a novel before. I'm still reeling over everything that I have encountered with this novel and honestly I am craving more and craving more answers. I totally recommend this book.

*Disclosure Notice*
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my personal and honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Profile Image for Laura Thomas.
1,325 reviews78 followers
July 24, 2014
I should warn you this is the second book in The Color Of Evil series in case I can’t avoid spoilers from the first book.

In book one, Tad suffered horrendous nightmares until the serial killer, Pogo the Clown was caught and put behind bars.

Moving on to highschool, Tad begins to have the nightmares again. They are tied to the aura’s he sees around people.

In the end of the first book, Tad’s best friend, Stevie, is still missing, and Tad will not stop until he finds out what happened to him.

With the help of a retired police officer, he follows the clues and encounters someone every bit as evil as Pogo the Clown.

I had a feeling Tad wouldn’t be getting any relief from his nightmares. Especially when I learned that Pogo, AKA Michael Cray, had escaped and immediately set about to find Tad and kill him, believing if he did this, he could remain free to do his evil deeds.

This second book takes place a few months after the first and moves at a fast pace. You are dropped right back into the middle of small town terror.

I feared Tad wouldn’t be able to get a handle on his special powers. Wouldn’t be able to use them to save the people he cared about.

As I was reading, I felt like an observer, like I was privy to different character’s thoughts and actions. This made for more thrills and tension as evil plotted and Tad raced to catch up or get ahead of them.

Not as horrific as the first book but more intense, more suspenseful.

I received this book for my honest review.
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5,138 reviews272 followers
March 22, 2013
Review of Red is for Rage
Connie Corcoran Wilson
5 stars

“Red is for Rage” is the second book in Ms. Wilson’s “The Color of Evil” series (I also reviewed the first), and I certainly hope that there will be a third entry, because the author hooks us at the end with a cliffhanger, which left this reviewer hungering for more: answers, characters, continuation of the several plots and subplots. As always, Ms. Wilson juggles a large cast of characters, develops each, and keeps plots going on all the burners. If you’re looking for action, it’s here; suspense, it’s here; mystery, romance, adventure, thrills—“Red is for Rage” has them all. Yes, there is graphic violence, so I rate it 18+. Author Wilson also approaches some very painful and tragic real life issues, deals with them smoothly and empathetically; but the fact is, these situations exist, in reality and in this book. They’re not pretty and they are tragic, in process and afterward. Some of the consequences are worked out throughout this story. But Ms. Wilson doesn’t leave us bereft: there is also hope in this novel, hope for a better present and an improved future, for several of the characters we’ve come to know so well.
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2,015 reviews22 followers
November 8, 2017
Stevie is still missing and Tad is willing to do anything to find him. Tad teams up with Charlie Chandler, a retired policeman, and a group of people to hunt Stevie down. Instead they find a killer even more deranged than Michael Clay. Clay is still on the hunt for Tad thinking that if he kills Tad he can be free to go on his killing spree again. It’s going to be up to Tad to get control of his power before he loses everything.

You are dropped right back into the story just a couple months after The Color of Evil and you hit the ground running. Tad needs to get himself in order because the storm is coming. Then there is Daniel Malone. I have to give Connie Wilson kudos, she can sure write about sick and twisted people.

This is a great thriller that is not as bloody as The Color of Evil but us just as dark and demented. It is easy to get into this story and hard to stop reading. There were a couple parts that didn’t ring true, like how easily Stevie seemed to get over his prior 9 months. But then again the kid has been dealing with the like for a long time.

I think that you could easily jump into this story without being too lost but reading the books in order will give more depth to the story. I can’t wait to see how this comes to an end.

I received Red if for Rage from Teddy at Premier Virtual Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
813 reviews2 followers
March 25, 2013
Cedar Falls, Iowa seems like and idyllic place to live and raise your children. Unknown to a casual visitor is the dark history that it hides, that of rampaging murderers and evil incarnate. It does have a chance at normalcy in the form of high school senior Tad McGreevy. Since he was young, Tad has seen colours attached to each person. Most people show colours that are indicate benign behaviour, though a few exhibit khaki, which is a sign that a person is truly evil.

Tad still has no clues how to control his paranormal power, but he hopes it will help him to find his friend Stevie Scranton who has been missing for the past nine months. Up till now, no one has a clue as to where Stevie is and who might have taken him.

Unknown to Tad, Michael Clay, aka Pogo the Clown, has escaped jail and is looking for revenge against him. Michael exhibits the colour khaki. Also on Tad's trail is Daniel Malone, but I can't tell you why as I don't want to spoil any of the plot.

This is the second book in the adult series The Color of Evil. While you could read Red is for Rage as a stand alone, I highly recommend that you read The Colour of Evil first as you will want to know all about the earlier events that happened in Cedar Falls.

I liked that this second book paid more attention to the characters of Tad, Stevie, Jenny and Janice. We get to learn more about what drives each of them and how they they interact with each other and the adults around them. It also made me care about them. I was particularly drawn to Stevie and Janice.

Red is for Rage is a work of fiction, but Ms. Wilson has included a number of references and statistics that are true. Be sure to read her end notes for those details.

There are a number of stories lines that are left hanging, and are begging for completion. The loathsome Principal Peter Puck,; realtor Andra SanGiovanni, Jenny's mom; and what about Jenny herself. She has some unresolved issues.

I didn't find this book as scary/creepy as I did The Color of Evil, it was more eerie. I knew that something was going to happen, I just didn't know what or when. Ms. Wilson introduced a number of side stories that each could have been the 'big one'. Again, I found myself wanting to continue reading to find out which of these stories would develop furthest. I wasn't able to complete the reading in one sitting, but I was back up early in the morning to finish.
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328 reviews28 followers
March 26, 2013
Red is for Rage is the second book in Connie’s The Color of Evil trilogy. In the first novel we are introduced to the notorious serial killer Michael Clay aka Pogo the Clown, Tad McGreevy, and Tad’s best friend Stevie Scranton (amongst a host of other characters). Tad can see auras which determine a person’s pre-disposition and has precognitive dreams. In Red is for Rage Tad has a dream that portends danger and, if that isn’t enough, an angry Pogo the Clown is closing in on him.

Stevie Scranton goes missing in the first novel and in Red is for Rage Tad utilises the help of a retired police officer to help find him. Stevie’s parents are at their wits end, they need an answer one way or another, and with their marriage teetering on the brink Stevie’s father is beginning to bend under the strain. What Tad discovers won’t save the Scranton’s marriage but it will put himself unknowingly into danger.

Tad’s supernatural power makes him the ‘weird’ kid at school, but Jenny SanGiovanni feels a connection with him. After spending some time with her father due to the dramatic events in book one, she returns to Cedar Falls but is somewhat distant towards Tad. Jenny has taken to cutting herself and her once friendly demeanour is now colder, leaving Tad feeling very alone.

Whilst the young characters in this novel deal with their teenage angst, which many young adult readers will probably be able to identify with, trouble is heading towards their home town and it is up to Tad McGreevy to try to harness his ‘Tetrachromatic Super Vision’ to save those he loves.

I could not get a feel for any suspense in this novel and I think that this was because the scenes for the antagonists were few and the scenes for various other characters were many and I kept forgetting about ‘the bad guy’. I did have some difficulty in pinning down the actual age group this novel is suitable for. The writing is not adult enough, but the themes are heavy with some strong language and sexual references.
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481 reviews15 followers
April 17, 2013
Red is for Rage is the second book in the series "The Color Of Evil". The author continued the story where it left off in the first book. If your looking for a book full of adventure and action then this is the one for you. I would definitely say this is NOT for the younger YA. This story deals with some very tragic real life issues, child abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse for starters. Then we have the graphic violence added to the story, and while necessary to the tale it may be a bit much for the younger readers, so for that reason I think I'd say ages 16 and older.

I liked that Connie Wilson wasn't afraid to touch on such subjects in this series. She did it with so much empathy, and heart felt dialogue that I could picture some of these things happening. The part that is so sad is that they actually do occur in today's world.

I can say that Ms. Wilson did a wonderful job with Tad, and his unique abilities which we learn more about in this novel. I also think that she knows her characters quite well. She left me craving the next book, which says something. Especially since I tend to avoid these types of tales where there is so much darkness, but I could see that little glimmer of hope, the little bits of light through the darkness and it left me wanting more. We also get to see a bit more of Stevie in this book which was nice since he had gone missing early in book 1. And Michael Clay, aka Pogo the Clown, just reinforced my hatred of clowns! He doesn't have as big a role in this book, but still plays a part in continuing the story line. He is a great character that we all love to hate!

I give this book 4.5 stars and recommend it to ages 16 and older. While it deals with some sticky situations it does it in such a classy manner that it will suck you into the world she has created.

Details/Disclaimer: Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
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1,612 reviews42 followers
August 6, 2014

This is the second book in the series, We had a cliff hanger at the end of the first book, Stevie has gone missing They pour everything into searching for him. There is another monster out there even worse then Pogo the killer clown, Tad must use his gift to find Stevie and stay alive.

All I can say that Connie did it again she took us on a roller coaster ride yet again, This is the second book and some time has passed and Stevie has been missing for months, and POGO THE KILLER CLOWN has escaped jail and is looking to kill Tad. Tad still hasn't gotten the hang of his powers.

Her characters as well written all of them have their faults, Connie has paid more attention to her characters, she takes them through the depths of hell just to come out the other side stronger. Which in turn makes me care about them so much more. She took the time to make their interactions deeper and more intense. She has also take my hatred for clowns just one step higher.

The author has done it better in this second book. the story is darker but you still have young Tad trying to get a hang of everything, kind a like all teenagers. The story is so dark and you feel so much . Trust me you could get to the ugly cry stage in this book . Especially with Stevie. The eeriness jumps off the page at you as you read, You could be page turning all night long when you start. Connie will take you to the darkest of dark and bring you back out the other stronger. This would be a great read for those cool evening all snuggled up in bed with the lights off.

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241 reviews4 followers
April 9, 2013
Red is for Rage picks up a few months after the end of the events in The Color of Evil, continuing the story of our main cast of teen characters, as well as the adults in their lives. The overall number of characters we follow in this book seemed to be smaller than that of the first one, which made the story more enjoyable for me. One of my big complaints when reading The Color of Evil was simply that there were too many people to follow, making it difficult to tell what storylines were important to the overall book. The reduced character list in this one made it much easier to stay engaged with the main plot, and also helped give some better insight into the characters.

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442 reviews10 followers
June 29, 2014
I received this book from the author and Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock.

Red is for Rage is the second installment of the series by Connie Corcoran Wilson. She takes us further into Tad's story, as he tries to harness his special ability to save his friends. The characters are flawed, and interesting like real people are, and as their stories progress you come to see them as people who are after all only human and exhibit the spectrum of human traits. Connie creates mystery and suspense as you wait to find who wont survive until the end.

5 fangs because i think anyone who enjoys Stephen King style books would enjoy this authors works.
2 reviews
February 21, 2016
Connie Wilson has once again risen to the top. Her extensive background and experience in getting the least-known details of the story are absolutely amazing. She is thorough and keeps you entertained and informed with an unmistakable wit that gives you tremendous insight on any subject she writes about. I have been reading Connie's work for many years now. I loved this and can't wait for the next great project.
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760 reviews30 followers
March 19, 2013
"Red is for Rage" is the second book in 'The Color of Evil' series. Connie continues the story where it left off but we learn more about Tad's powers. A nicely flowing plot that will hook you in from the beginning. A must read for all adult readers who love the thrill of horror.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
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307 reviews1 follower
September 27, 2014
I have to say as I did the last time I reviewed one of this writer's books, these books are not for the faint of heart or easily disturbed. So word for the wise, don't read home a lone or at nighttime. These books will create paranoia. It's a perfect read for the up coming Halloween holiday.
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29 reviews
April 22, 2013
Horrible. Just plain horrible. Sorry, but I tried. I just couldn't. I feel bad, but then again... this was torture.
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