Rubble and the Wreckage

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Rubble and the Wreckage

Gabriel Church knows you can’t take a life without first understanding just how feeble life is, how tentative and weak it stands alone. If you desire murder, you hold a life in your hand. Whether you release it to grant life or grip tighter to end it, it is at your command and discretion. Gabriel is a serial killer with a story he wants told. Christian Maxwell studied abnormal psychology in college but chose instead to focus on a career in writing. His background comes in handy when he thinks of writing about a serial killer. He can’t think of anyone more qualified to write the story of Gabriel Lee Church, and do so in the murderer’s own words. It’s been done before, but never with a killer who has yet to be captured or convicted. There was never anything more than a gentleman’s understanding between the two men that Christian would record Gabriel’s life story. The killer did not ask for his complicity in any crimes, nor did he ever ask for his silence. Christian’s interest in the man, though, is fast becoming something more than academic. When the writer and his subject become unexpected friends and then lovers, the question remains: What is Gabriel’s endgame . . . and why does he want his story told?

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I love when I am taken out of my comfort zone and I enjoy it, I usually don’t do books with a dark theme, and those without a clear resolution, but I am very glad I read this book 1 in what promises to be an awesome series!

Christian is a smart guy, and a talented writer, and now he is writing the story of a serial killer, whose story isn’t finished yet! The way these men are written is brilliant, because the author makes it seem like the feelings between these two men is a natural progression the story should take, the flow of this book is wonderful!
What makes Gabriel tick is what Christian wants most to know, but does he ever find out? Humm I don’t think even Gabriel knows all of the time ;)! The man is dark, dangerous, and sexy as hell, but there is something in his character that draws you to him, just like it drew Christian!

I don’t give away spoilers, but I will say that this book pulls no punches, makes no apologies, and basically kicks ass and takes names! Grab it if you want a mindbending, sexy read that will leave you wanting book two with a quickness! Thanks Rodd, for a book that made me take a walk on the dark side and really enjoy it!

Monster and angel, horror and epiphanyon March 24, 2015 

On one level, quite literal, author Rodd Clark gives us a unique story of a serial killer and his biographer. A man named Gabriel Church is a murderer, drawn by a mystical white light which appears almost like a nimbus or halo around the ones who become his victims. It’s critical to note that the killer sees his acts as almost God-directed, because (in his mind) all life naturally ends in rubble. His biographer, Christian, is at once smitten with him and deeply repelled by the metaphoric—and real—“hole in his heart” which threatens to bring a grisly end to victim and destroyer alike. Killer and confessor become friends and lovers. The closer they become, the more the line between good and evil becomes blurred, distorted, changed.

An archangel, a church. A Christian confessor. A blinding white light, the sign of some almighty power. An epiphany, yet ironically the story of a serial killer bent on utter wreckage.

What does it all mean?

Is the killer a thoroughly evil man? Does his biographer share the guilt because he does not turn him in to the authorities—even loves him, shields him, fears for him? Does a cold killer deserve redemption?

The author asks a lot of hard questions, and the answers are not easy.

Apart from the lapses in grammar and style, this is a boldly written—even groundbreaking—novel. Clark’s deft creation of a killer is such that we almost lie at his side as his lover does, listening to the muffled sound of that hole in his heart, falling into the heaven of his eyes and wanting redemption for him. The sexual side of the book is handled well, yet almost offhandedly. Natural and easy, extremely visceral. It’s not at all difficult to see and feel these men falling first in lust and then feeling deep emotion for each other.

I thought I’d never give top marks to a writer who betrays such inattention to the basics of writing (style, grammar, those Harpies of every school marm). BUT … BUT he writes in the kind of metaphorical style I envy, with images and words that strip language to its very bone and marrow. BUT he has created both a monster and a man of astonishing beauty. I am mesmerized by the style, the characters, the story, the bleak search for answers.

This writer deserves serious attention. With the creation of Gabriel, he has torn a hole in my heart too. Five stars for sheer brilliance, chutzpah, creativity. For a character I will honest to God never forget.

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Pam Kay‘s review  May 19, 15 5 of 5 stars

When I first started reading this novel I didn’t think I would like it. Boy, was I wrong!! This is a brilliant piece of work by Rodd Clark which I feel puts him into a really unique category of MM Suspense, Murder, and Relationships. The story line was strong with many twists and turns delving into the mind of a serial killer, Gabriel Church, his victims, and the biographer, Christian Maxwell, who Gabriel chose to write His Story!! He wanted the readers to know he wasn’t crazy and that his victims were predestined to die by a higher power (shown by a white light encompassing the victim). The characters were developed within the unique style of the author, showing the vast personalities/moods of Gabriel and the well-educated and loving Christian. These characters were two totally different men brought together in a very bizarre story of exposing the horrific past and killing spree that Gabriel wanted people to know and Christian who seemed to be the only man that Gabriel trusted, becoming friends and lovers. The details of the killings show a very dark part of the story that comes from the mind of a intense, intriguing, dangerous man which even in the present these characteristics come out. The two men form a very special sexual relationship as well as a close friendship. Christian was a gay man who never acted on those feelings, but Gabriel in his quest to tell his story, becomes close to Christian, enticing him into who he really was. Couldn’t put this book down. So much was going on so it demanded your attention in every aspect. With Gabriel and Christian becoming emotionally involved it brings up the questions: Will Christian be able to tell the real story? Will he become an accessory since he doesn’t tell the police at the beginning?? What will happen to these two men??? My heart went out to Christian…. Gabriel did not have a choice! Great Story!! Highly recommend this one. Great job! Well done! Intense, Dark… Awesome Read
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