Running into the Darkness
written by D.A. Bale
published by D.A. Bale
Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour hosted by Tribute Books and I’m a sucker for dark fantasy. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Did I enjoy this book: It’s dark. It’s sexy. It’s everything that’s wrong with the world. I loved it.
I’m not sure who the good guys are; I’m not even sure there ARE any good guys. I wasn’t sure I wanted Samantha to kill the President, but I wasn’t sure she shouldn’t, either. I’m left with a sense of paralyzing ambivalence – one I think members of the Elite feel too (though if there was a gun to my head I’d likely overcome my paralysis just as they do).
Bale’s lack of delicacy will definitely scare away the faint-hearted, but in Running’s grayscale world, even a pinch of romance would feel disingenuous. So. Conspiracy? Check. Secret dark underworld? Check. Sad, confused characters who do sad, confusing things? Check. I’m pretty sure there’s never even a sunny day on Samantha’s earth. Running into the Darkness is unsettling and addictive. I can’t wait to see what Samantha does next.
Would I recommend it: If you’re into dark, dystopian realities (and you’re not afraid of some seriously confusing sex), you’ll love it. I don’t think my Mom would enjoy it, but I’m pretty sure r/conspiracy will devour it.
Will I read it again: Maybe, but I’ll certainly review it before the next book in the series comes out, and I’ll DEFINITELY read that!
About the book: Death follows Dr. Samantha Bartlett throughout her life until it claims everyone close to her. There’s one powerful man responsible on whom Samantha sets her sights for revenge. The price is her soul. For centuries, sex has been the weapon of men…now it’s her turn.
“I never intended to kill the President. As a doctor, I swore an oath to protect life – not take it. But that was before…”
Second year resident, Dr. Samantha Bartlett, is swept from the frigid New York winter to once again confront the sting of death back home – and face those she left behind. But she’s not alone. A strange man she dubs Shades haunts her every step as she seeks answers to the inferno which claimed her grandmother, an eerie reminder of her parents’ deaths. The secrets Samantha uncovers forever changes her image of those she only thought she knew.
Confronted by Shades, Samantha joins a secret underworld known only as the Elite, where a web of power and control is woven deep within governments worldwide. Their sights are set on the power structure of the United States, and Samantha becomes the unlikely key to infiltrating the White House at its most intimate levels.
The quest for blood threatens to destroy Samantha. From the darkness there is no escape.
About the author: Sometimes life emulates fiction.
Life is filled with tragedy and Ms. Bale’s writing reflects this reality. However, there is always a silver lining…even if one must spend their entire life searching for it.
In her previous career, Ms. Bale traveled the United States as a Government Relations Liaison, working closely with Congressional offices and various government agencies. This experience afforded her a glimpse into the sometimes “not so pretty” reality of the political sphere. Much of this reality and various locations throughout her travels make it into her writing.
She dreams of the day she can return to visit Alaska.
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