TERROR’S END describes the life, crimes and trial of Canadian Serial Killer – Alan Legere

Title: TERROR’S END

Subtitle: ALLAN LEGERE ON TRIAL

Authors: RICK MacLEAN, ANDRÉ VENOIT and SHAUN WATERS

Type of Book: PAPERBACK

Genre: TRUE CRIME, NON-FICTION, CANADIAN CRIME 

Length: 358 PAGES

Publisher: MCCLELLAND & STEWART INC.  

Release Date: 1992

ISBN: 0-7710-5595-1

Price: $6.99 CDN (IN 1992) 

Rating: 3 OUT OF 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟

Serial killer Allan Legere, who was already in prison for one murder, escaped from custody in May 1989 and killed four more people during a 201-day manhunt. (CBC)


When we think of serial killers, we generally think of them as being a United States problem. ( I apologize to my US based readets, but it is true).

Most people (especially Canadians) would  NOT think of Canada, which is famous all over the world for its friendliness and peaceful nature, as a hotbed of criminal depravity  – a fact that I am immensely proud of being a born and bred Canadian.

Until reading this book, I would have said that there were only two Canadian Serial Killers that I could think of; those being Robert Pickton from British Columbia who murdered prostitutes that he picked up on the streets of Vancouver, British Columbia and the disgusting piece of filth that is Paul Bernardo who definitely deserved the death penalty (if it had been available in Canada.) So, when I began reading this book and learned of Alan Legere I was very surprised.

When I think of New Brunswick and the people who live there, I think of gorgeous scenery, lakes, the ocean, and amazingly courteous and helpful people. I have visited New Brunswick many times and I love it. Even in the cities, people are friendly and accommodating. It is difficult to fathom that a serial killer was born and bred in such a wonderful province. However, that is exactly what happened.

MIRAMICHI REGION, NEW BRUNSWICK – Photo Credit = Don Richard – Obtained from http://www.mightymiramichi.com

Allan Joseph Legere was born and raised in the Miramichi area of New Brunswick. His reign of terror over the people of that area took place in and around 1986. 

One of the mugshots taken of Serial Killer Alan Legere

 This book contains so many spelling and grammatical errors that I feel like the publisher of this book should be ashamed of themselves. I assume that the reason for these errors was that they rushed the book through the publication process in order to get it onto newsstands and into bookstores as quickly as possible so as to take advantage of the public’s intense interest in the case at the time. However, in my opinion, there is simply no excuse for the sheer number of typos and spelling errors. It is RIDICULOUS.

Aside from the errors, the book seems to encompass the complete details of the crimes themselves, as well as what took place in the courtroom.

Official courtroom sketch made during Legere’s trial

Official Jury Sketch from the trial

The authors also managed to adequately convey the feelings of fear that the residents of the Miramichi area felt at the time the crimes were occurring as well as the anger and outrage citizens felt once the horrific details were released.

I also want to mention my disdain for Alan Legere on a personal note. Yes, he killed multiple people, but in my opinion he was / is a cowardly piece of scum. He chose elderly people as easy targets (probably because he knew he might be overpowered by younger, stronger opponents. He even murdered a elderly priest who had never wronged anyone in the ultimate act of cowardice. 

All in all, the book did hold my interest most of the time, but the details were so tediously described in some passages that I felt my attention wandering and set the book down for days on end.


It is for the reasons outlined above that I have chosen to give this book only 3 out of 5 stars. 🌟🌟🌟

To view the YouTube video of Alan Legere – THE MONSTER OF THE MIRAMICHI click on the link below:

  http://youtu.be/mxogJzNr3dM     

New Release – DEAD MAN’S CURVE by Canadian author ALEX VAN TOL is a Halloween tale of terror for teens 

Title: DEAD MAN’S CURVE   

Series: BLOODY GOOD READS

Author: ALEX VAN TOL  

Type of Book: EBOOK

Genre: YOUNG ADULT, HORROR

Length: 96 PAGES 

Publisher: LEAP BOOKS  

Release Date: OCTOBER 17, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-61603-081-0 

Price:  $1.99 USD

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟 



MY REVIEW: 

Halloween parties in the backwoods where no parents can find you and even the cops aren’t likely to break it up are a long-standing teenage tradition. In fact, they are almost a rite of passage.

In the middle of the National forest in the Virginia backwoods is a stretch of road known as “Dead Man’s Curve.”

It is Halloween night and Booker has  “borrowed” his Dad’s truck for the night. He is driving a few friends home from the party. In the front seat beside him is Rachel; a girl he broke up with two years earlier and he regrets ever letting her go.

Just as the truck reaches Dead Man’s Curve Booker’s phone rings. He knows better than to try to answer it while driving so he just glances at it to see who could possibly be calling him at one o’clock in the morning.

That one second of inattention just might change all of their lives forever … or maybe not. Is the curve the entrance to Hell or is it just a curve in the road?

You will have to read DEAD MAN’S CURVE by Canadian author Alex Van Tol to find out.

The book starts out interesting and then the characters go into the woods and things take a turn for the bizarre. I believe that the scenes that take place are supposed to come across as terrifying, but in my opinion it does not work out that way. Instead, the scenes are just plain odd. However, I understood what the author was trying to do, which is why I chose to give this book a rating of 3 out of 5 Stars 🌟 🌟 🌟 

Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book. 

 

  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Alex Van Tol is a reader, a writer, an editor, a teacher and a devoted word nerd. Her favourite Sunday involves drinking coffee and reading the newspaper. And then maybe a magazine. And then maybe a novel.

She writes books, articles and web content as well as all kinds of other things that people read. Alex always wanted to be an author when she grew up, and she feels pretty lucky that she has been able to make that happen. (All it took was work, really.) Before she started writing books, she worked as a camp counsellor and then as a middle-school teacher.

Her first book was published in 2010 and she has just finished books #12 and 13 — which will be published later this year and in 2017.

Alex is touring throughout BC this year, visiting schools and talking to students about her books, including her newest, Aliens Among Us: Invasive Animals and Plants in British Columbia and Dead Man’s Curve.

 Right now she is working for clients, writing for magazines and co-authoring the first book in a thrillogy with the incredibly talented Sean Rodman.

Alex likes cloudy days, jazz and indie music, radio programs that make her think, and people who treat other people the way they would like to be treated. She believes that’s the mark of a great person and encourages people to find those ones: they’re keepers.

To learn more about this author or to book a school visit, check out the following links:

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3 Stars for THE BUNNY MAN by Richard Poche – BOOK REVIEW

Title: THE BUNNY MAN 

Author: RICHARD POCHE

Type of Book: EBOOK

Genre: FICTION, HORROR 

Length: 76 PAGES

Publisher: AMAZON DIGITAL SERVICES

Release Date: MARCH 8, 2016

ASIN: B01CQIUGXY  

Price: $3.98 or Free on KindleUnlimited (EBOOK)

Price: $10.46 CDN (PAPERBACK) 

Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟


MY REVIEW:

This Ebook is novella length and is only 76 pages long.

A group of five friends have just graduated high school and they know that soon, their clique will be breaking up and they will be heading off to different colleges.

They decide to have one last adventure together before they have to start acting like adults and begin working towards their individual futures.

As Todd, Royce, Sabrina, Lauren and Kevin head into the mountains to begin their camping trip, they run over something on the road. When they get out to look, they realize that they hit a dead deer. But what the heck is a dead deer doing on the road? And, who left it there.

Kevin jokingly suggests that the deer was killed and left there by the “BUNNY MAN.” When the others look at him for an explanation, he tells them that The Bunny Man is an urban legend that refers to a man living “… out here in the woods that wears a bunny costume and chases people down with an axe. Sometimes he gets bored and kills deer.”

Obviously, not a single one of them believes that the Bunny Man exists. And what happens next seems like too much of a coincidence to be real.

A young woman emerges from the trees near where the five friends are discussing the urban legend. She “had a crazed, exhausted look in her eye. Half-naked… she looked caught in a halfway point between drug-induced hysteria and real fear.”

She rambles on about her boyfriend being attacked by a man wearing a bunny mask. Obviously, she is just plain crazy. Her story can’t be true? Or is it?

The storyline reminds me of a 1980s B rated horror film where the actors always run away from safety and end up twisting an ankle in the woods. The story, just kike those movies, is not even remotely believable.

Is it entertaining? Yes! But it definitely wilk not be winning any awards.

The fact that this book is only 76 pages means tl (in my opinion) that it should have been easier to edit and proofread than a full-length book. But, this seems not to be the case. When I started reading I was initially taking notes and writung down each error, however, I quickly realized that if I were to continue that practice, that it  would take many, many hours to get through THE BUNNY MAN. There are multiple editing and/or proofreading errors on EVERY page of this novella. I found it supremely distracting. Just to highlight my point, here is one example:

“The two remained locked in the kiss, pressing themselves against each tight.”
– It is obvious that the author should have used the word “tightly” rather than “tight.”

Because of these errors as well as the lack of both world-building and character development, I rate THE BUNNY MAN as 3 out of 5 Stars. 🌟🌟🌟 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Richard Poche is a writer, a director and a filmmaker. He has directed numerous horror and sports films including the award winning boxing documentary “The Fight Life.”

He is the author of two novels and numerous novellas including “When Elves Die”, “Carnivores”, and “Howl.”

To learn more about Richard Poche visit him online: 

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3 Stars for THE FISHER FAMILY FLOATS AWAY by Barb Asselin – CHILDREN’S BOOK REVIEW


Title: THE FISHER FAMILY FLOATS AWAY 

Author: BARB ASSELIN

Series: A READ-WITH-ME BOOK

Length: 26 pages 

Genre: Children’s Fiction, Beginning Readers 

Release Date: May 13, 2015

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 
MY REVIEW:

When you purchase this book, you receive a link to download a free activity book called AFRICAN ANIMALS ACTIVITY BOOK. This is a nice bonus. 

The Fisher family consists of Mom, Dad, Toby and Darcie. 

I’m not sure if Darcie is Toby’s little sister or if she is his big sister. Why am I unsure? Well, It is because the author refers to Darcie as both “little” and “big.” 

The story reads: “Toby’s wish had come true. ‘OK’ he shouted, then he ran into the house to get his favourite baseball cap and tell his mom and his little sister, Darcie.” Then a few paragraphs later it reads: “Hey, Darcie, Toby said to his big sister.” 

So, which is it? Is Darcie the little sister or the big sister? 

Another issue I have is that the word “mom” in the above paragraph is not capitalized. 

Toby is excited when his father comes home from work with a boat tied to the top of his car. The whole family then get in the car and head to the stream at their local park. They proceed to have an adventure in the new boat. The storyline is quite cute and I believe children will enjoy the story. 

However, I found this book confusing. The boat is referred to as a boat throughout the story and the paddles are referred to as “oars” BUT the picture clearly shows that the “boat” is actually a canoe. If that is the case, then the “oars” should be referred to as “paddles.” I’m not sure if I am just overly picky, but when I read a book to my grandchild I want her to know the proper names for things and to know that there is a difference between a boat and a canoe, even if she is only four. 

Additionally, I had an immediate negative reaction to the fact that when the family members get into the canoe, not a single one of them puts on a lifejacket. As a parent and a grandparent who likes to go fishing and who has experience with both boats and canoes, I would NEVER allow children near the water without a lifejacket. I believe that books should reflect life and that they can be terrific teaching aids.

Children are incredibly observant and I can visualize my granddaughter saying, “Why do I have to wear a lifejacket? The people in the story we just read didn’t wear them.”

The accompanying picture also shows the family in the canoe without lifejackets. 

With a bit of editing this could be a terrific story. I loved the ending and think that children will get a good laugh out of it, but currently the negative aspects of this book outweigh the positive. Because of the reasons stated above, I rate this book as 3 out of 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Barb Asselin is a college professor and best-selling author who has published books in many different genres including education, cooking, law, real estate, Internet marketing, entrepreneurship, baby sign language and children’s books. 

Barb wrote her first children’s book when her first child was just six months old. Since then she has written many more. Her work has been published online and in Appleseeds magazine. 

Barb lives in Canada with her husband, Mike and their two adorable daughters. 

Feel free to contact Barb through any of the following social media outlets (she loves to hear from her readers).

Email: barb@barbasselin.com

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3 Stars for THE KILLING COUSINS by Jack Rosewood – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

  

Title: THE KILLING COUSINS: The True Story of the Slaying Cousins 
Series: True Crime by Evil Killers, Book 11

Author: Jack Rosewood 

Type of Book: Audiobook- Unabridged 

Length: 3 hours and 8 minutes

Narrator: Miles Taylor 

Genre: Non-Fiction, True Crime

Release Date: February 9, 2016

Publisher: Wiq Media

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 
~ I received a free copy of this book through AudioBookBlast in exchange for an honest review. 
Description by Audible.com: 

When Killing Cousins David Alan Gore and Fred Waterfield realized as teens that they shared the same sick, twisted sex fantasies of raping helpless, bound women who were completely at their mercy, Florida’s quiet Vero Beach would be never be the same.

 

DAVID ALAN GORE

 
Some of the least remorseful of all American serial killers, the deadly duo stalked their victims, often hitchhikes they believed would never be missed, using Gore’s auxiliary deputy badge as a ruse to lure them into their vehicle. After that, they were most likely to be driven to their deaths. 

Their evil, sadistic story from the annals of Florida history is one that will chill even longtime fans of true crime murder, especially after reading excerpts from the letters Gore wrote from prison, in which he shared deplorable secrets that made him one of the most demented sex criminals of all time. 

Gore once told a psychologist that “the devil made me do it,” but those who came in contact with Gore – including the law enforcement officials that ultimately put him on Death Row – believed he was the devil due to his depraved levels of cruelty.

Among the psychopaths and sociopaths that have walked the earth, Gore was one of the worst, although those who knew them say that it was Fred Waterfield, the more popular cousin who always played the good guy to Gore’s bad, who was the true brains of the outfit. As it happens, he probably was, because Waterfield almost got away with murder.
MY REVIEW: 

 Before listening to this audiobook I had never heard of Cousins David Alan Gore and Fred Waterfield which is surprising since their crimes must have garnered a lot of media attention. I assume the reason for my lack of information on the subject is due to geography. I live in Ontario, Canada and the cousins’ crime spree took place in Florida. 

I have listened to and read many True Crime books over the years and they all tend to follow a particular pattern. First, you learn about the killer’s childhood and family life; any early signs of psychopathy are outlined. This leads to the telling of the escalation of the killer’s crimes.

In “The Killing Cousins” this formula is only partially used. Other than learning that both David Alan Gore and his cousin, Fred Waterfield both had violent and deviant sexual fantasies during their adolescence, I did not feel that their early histories were adequately examined. 

I did find the story interesting, but felt there were a few problems with the way it was presented to the reader/listener. 

It was lacking in cohesiveness and the story came across as disjointed. For example, the listener learns that David Alan Gore was executed before they learn the details of his crimes. I believe that the author assumes that his readers will have previous knowledge of this criminal duo, but that is not always the case.

Another issue I had was with the recording quality. In two separate places the narrator repeats himself. I believe is probably when he took a break and went back to it later and a few words ended up being said twice; either that or whoever did the editing made the errors. 

I also would have liked to hear more about the victims. While there were a few details given, such as their ages, I felt that not enough details were given for the reader to feel any true empathy for them. They came across as victims in a story, rather than real people.

Based on the comments above, it would seem that I did not enjoy this audiobook, but that is not true. I found it interesting and I have to admit that the psychopathic mind is fascinating to me. What turns seemingly ordinary people into depraved monsters? I guess we will never really know.

If you are looking for a shortened version of the story of David Alan Gore and Fred Waterfield this audiobook is perfect for you.

I rate this audiobook as 3 out of 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
If you are interested in more information about this crime spree, visit the following links:

THE PALM BEACH POST ARTICLE OUTLINING GORE’S CRIMES:

TAMPA BAY NEWSPAPER ARTICLE ABOUT DAVID ALAN GORE’S EXECUTION

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

  
Jack Rosewood is the author of many books on True Crime.

Jack lives in Jupiter, Florida with his wife, two kids and their golden retriever, Vincent. 

Jack Rosewood has been a full time author for the last 15 years and he wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world!

His father was a journalist and wrote about some of the worst crimes you could ever imagine, and that’s where Jack’s interest from serial killers and other horrible crimes comes from. Just to hear his father talk about the evil acts of Ted Bundy as they were out fishing when he was a kid are some of his best memories.

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ABOUT THE NARRATOR:

Miles Taylor is a voice actor from Upstate NY. He specializes in adult romance, fantasy, mystery & thrillers.