Rating: 4 stars (Spotlight Review)
Raven Slade is a beautiful girl. Her long blonde hair and blue eyes turn heads but behind the looks lies a very disturbed woman. Diagnosed by her father to have borderline personality disorder with histrionic personality, The world appears unreal to her, she copes with conversations with her long dead, unborn twin sister. After yet another suicide attempt, Raven awakes in yet another asylum.
Her former drama coach, Jason Tedescu, has asked to see her in the infirmary. Though it has been a long time, what he wants her to recall flows from her easily. But these lines aren't from a play and Tedescu isn't just on the faculty at Waybridge University. He is the leader of 17N, a Greek Marxist-Leninist terror group, and his lines are quatrains that hide the means of a massive terrorist attack on the US.
Frank Dugan is a Baltic Analyst with the FBI. Frank has left the city of New York after losing his family in the 9/11 attacks, and now finds himself back in New York at the bequest of the FBI. His mission to learn what Raven Slade knows and prevent an attack that will for sure make 9/11 look small in comparison. Oh and by the way, if anyone catches you doing this we know nothing about you...you don't exist.
17N attacks the asylum and Tedescu is accidentally killed. His dying words send the FBI, 17N, and the Islamic terror group MEK on a race to see who can get the verses from Raven's fragile psyche first.
Daniel Keyes returns with his first novel in nearly thirty years. The Asylum Prophecies starts fast and continues throughout the book. It kept my interest with believable characters, solid plot and Raven's multiple mental issues help carry the story. The author has even included a history of the groups involved at the beginning of the book.
Fascinating detail completes the book and keeps you wanting more. An easy read from an experienced player, it feels like he hasn't even left the scene.
Pub. Date: October 2009
Publisher: Dorchester Publishing Company, Incorporated