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Crimson [Paperback]

Gord Rollo
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January 2006
The citizens of the Canadian town of Davinsport, Ontario, are no strangers to fear. Evil has walked their streets before, leaving in its wake a legacy of murder, and mad-ness. No one likes to talk about it anymore, and most people have managed to convince themselves it never really happened, but secrecy and denial can only hide the truth for so long. Evil can wait forever. By 1967, what had happened was nothing more than a legend, a scary story told around roaring campfires. Four boyhood friends are about to discover the truth, but no one will believe them. Their parents think the boys?
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Ugh... Dec 30 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I had read Rollo's previous book, Jigsaw Man and loved it (I recommend THAT one). And so, when I saw Crimson was coming out, I couldn't wait for it.

When it was finally published, I quickly felt deception. I couldn't even get in the first part of the book where they are children. I tried and tried to finish it, and I am one to finish books, even when they are horrible because sometimes they end out better and I like to know the ending when I get into a story. This was probably harder to get into than some other books I've read, but in the end, I did waste my time. Even the ending isn't worth reading.

I, didn't feel as though it was even the same author as Jigsaw Man. Crimson left me with such a bitter taste that I don't even want to try him again, which is unfortunate, since Jigsaw Man was great.

I have lent Jigsaw Man to family members who loved that book and wanted more. I then lent them Crimson, and none of them could finish it.

Don't waste your time or money, this book is horrible.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Crimson Nov. 25 2003
Format:Paperback
For a non-stop roller coaster ride, Crimson delivers. The author starts it out with a crazy man carrying a bloody axe, and the story shifts into higher gears from there.
Pure terror, suspense, blood-letting, and characters that are real-this first novel by Mister Rollo is not for the timid.
I highly recommend Crimson, but only when the lights are on, and help is only a scream away.
Perry McGee
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Complete Waste of Time... March 11 2003
Format:Paperback
I hope the writer sharpens his skills before he graces us with his next book. This one was really hard for me to drag myself through to the end. The writing is juvenile, the dialogue is just plain goofy. It took me 3 weeks to read this thing-- because I had to force myself to do it. I wondered how this book ever got published... until I read the last page of the book-- the author's biography states that he works for the company that published it. Try this one out, if you must. Just don't say I didn't warn you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, relentless stuff! Nov. 25 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is dark and relentless stuff, from someone who doesn't want to give you too much time to catch your breath. Author Gord Rollo is obviously someone knows and loves the horror genre, and that makes "Crimson" a lot of fun to read. Sure, it has some flaws (a first novel in the small press always does) but the author's intensity and wicked gleefulness more than compensate for them. For a macabre, Halloween-style kick in the butt, try "Crimson." It's a blast.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars When you want something too much it often falls short March 28 2011
By TorridlyBoredShopper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a big fan of Jigsaw Man, I expected something more than what I got. I read the back and fell for the comparison to the book It, however, and that got me going. I figured G. Rollo to be someone that might be a nice craftsman in that regard and, honestly, I wanted a new It because of the impact that book had. The delivery was anything but what I expected, and I think that made me a little bit frustrated as I forced myself to go on.

I've read a lot of horror and I know when I am bonding or when I am being forced to stomach a character. Topping that part off was also the length of the book itself, which came in at a little less than 300 pages. Considering the book it sought to try and be like was over three times that size, it is easy to see how characters might fall short and how the character could also fall somewhat short as well.

When the bok came out it seemed to have a lot to offer. It seems seductive still, sounding really nice but not really coming across like you would want it to. If you feel that you might find something in it and this is wrong, you can always sample a little piece of it and see what everyone else sees. That said, I am giving this 2/5 stars and I rarely do that. I simply recall what the author is capable of doing and, well, this is not a great or even modest showing.

Sad. Really sad.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, relentless stuff! Nov. 25 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is dark and relentless stuff, from someone who doesn't want to give you too much time to catch your breath. Author Gord Rollo is obviously someone knows and loves the horror genre, and that makes "Crimson" a lot of fun to read. Sure, it has some flaws (a first novel in the small press always does) but the author's intensity and wicked gleefulness more than compensate for them. For a macabre, Halloween-style kick in the butt, try "Crimson." It's a blast.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fiction... not Art Feb. 23 2009
By Chris Loeffler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a long time fan of horror, I found this book to be exceedingly average in every department. The narration itself is as plain and literal as can be... don't even bother looking for a higher meaning. No clever phrasing or play of words, no subtle allusions or ambiguity. Generic story with generic characters. It's not bad, but I look for something more than "competent" when I'm committing the time.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hellishly advancing Sept. 21 2004
By Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Reminiscent of It, Crimson revolves around four friends who are entangled in a living nightmare. The plot is gripping and intense, a true page-turner. Also, even though it carries the same air as King's, this one is It's superior in every possible way and as you read the only overshadowing the previous book carries is your amazement that you thought it's power would hold forever.

The pace in the book is constant. Never pushing you ahead or lagging behind, the speed carries the story faultlessly. The atmosphere in the book is nauseatingly thick. As you read the pressure builds, increasing in both dread and anticipation. The setting in the story changes locales constantly, but maintains the normalcy of home and the expectations of reality.

Rollo's style of writing is clear, concise and direct. Never one to use $.10 words, he writes without pretension, realizing he doesn't need to show off his large vocabulary to impress us. I thank you Gord, the readers thank you, but mostly dog-eared ten-year-old dictionaries around the world thank you.

The characters start out great, both intelligent and genuine. Notice I said start. For some reason, as we follow these boys through adolescence into adulthood, their intelligence seems to dwindle. Their personalities, oddly enough, never changes. Rather than have their identies mature along with their age, they still act like scared little boys.

One other problem occurred. It was on page 139. The sixth paragraph, thirtieth line, 349th word on the page. For the love of all that is nasty let Jack the Ripper rest in his murderous hole. There have been countless murders more gruesome and more mind-boggling than the case of Thee Who Shall Not Be Named.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent second novel, lots of fun Feb. 28 2009
By Ravenskya - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Gord Rollo's Second novel is in my humble oppinion, far superior to his first. Where Jigsaw Man was an interesting new take on the Mad Scientist tale, Crimson is much closer to the "small band of kids take on monster who lives in their small town" tale that so many horror writers eventually touch on. Stephen King's being the most notable IT then we have Dan Simmons with Summer of Night and even fellow Leisure Author Brian Keene with Ghoul.

Though Crimson starts out much as all of the others, we quickly take a different turn. The opening scene of this book is a real kick in the gut and will thrill the most avid of gore hounds. From there we travel to about 20 years later. The small farmhouse where our opening scene took place has sat abandoned for all of those years, quietly awaiting new blood to move in. When an unaware single mother and her young son move into the house, there is a stirring in the well out back. Soon four young friends end up playing at the house and discovering an ancient evil trapped away. The four boys fight for their lives as their worst nightmares come to pass.

Crimson follows these kids from the time they unleash the monster through their lives as it revisits them, bringing all new terrors with them each time it shows back up.

The writing in this book is very strong and the book is extremely interesting. I only had three minor annoyances that I was able to forget and still enjoy the book. The first being that there were too many characters who's name started with "D" I don't know why that bothered me, but for some reason it did. The second was that the characters age significantly from the beginnning of the book through the end, but they never seem to grow mentally to match their ages. And the third was that towards the end of the book there is a large bit of exposition that sort of explained everything that had been going on... I would have preferred for some of it to have been left to the imagination and other bits of it to have been figured out throughout the tale rather than having it all explained at once. Still that was not enough to keep me from really enjoying this read. I recommend it to anyone looking for a good fun scare.

Recommended reading ages - 15 and up depending on maturity
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