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ISBN-10:  9781897532072


Copyright:  June 7, 2008

Club Lighthouse Publishing
The Writings of Scott Winfield

Blurb From Redemption....Grabbing his flashlight, Detective Mike Smith notices a woman slumped over. He shines the light into her eyes and notices that she has no pupils. Looking a little closer, he notices that an “X” is carved in her forehead with a knife. With blood dripping out her mouth, she raises a large knife and charges at him. In a moment of terror, this strange woman vanishes from his sight.

Mike settles down at the cabin and decides to look around the property. Using his camera, he notices a large X with circle around it drawn in blood. He immediately notices two apparitions on each side of the X. On one side of the X, there was a woman dressed scantily with her index finger pointed toward the X. Her eyes shines an eerie orange color. She has the expression of horror on her face. The woman on the other side is dressed in clothing similar to that of a Quaker or Puritan. A blinding white light shines from her eyes as she points at the X with an expression of peace. Capturing this astounding sight with his camera, Mike realizes that what he is seeing is a premonition of things to come.

In Redemption, Scott Winfield explores many worlds in order to create such a literary masterpiece. Redemption is a thrilling, mind boggling and unpredictable trip for those readers who want to follow the horror, pursuit and capture of serial killing big names, such as Jack the Ripper and Ted Bundy. The challenge of this work is the chase, taking the readers for a usual ride. The plot is laced with diverse details, mixing modern-day real-world police work with the surreal fictional accounts of the unknown.

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Mike Smith, a retired detective from Los Angeles California, sets out to visit his family in Ashland Colorado. He decides to first camp in the mountains where he visited his aunt as a child. With investigation in his blood, he does some research on a case that occurred twenty six years ago before heading down there. He is intrigued by the map that his aunt had sent him prior.
After nursing a campfire, he decides to try and find a cabin that was rumored to be the hiding place for an escaped serial killer. By looking at the map, it appeared that the cabin was about ten miles in the north side of the mountains. He grabs an infrared camera, his laptop and a canteen out of his rental car. The information that he had read about the cabin in present day is that it was owned by the forest service, which kept it supplied for any visitor. Before leaving with his gear, he notices an old man with his dog. It appears that this man was denying it wasn’t the 60’s anymore.  This old man had a long beard and hair. He had a dog that showed his fangs to him as he headed out on a hike that would launch a free lance career as a consultant on criminal cases.
Minutes had gone by and he decides to stop and rest for a while. He sits on a stump that a young couple had carved their initials in. He takes a drink from his canteen to moisten his parched tongue. Something tells him to grab a piece of wood and throw it into the creek; however, something very bizarre happens to him. The ground shook, which made him fall to the ground. The piece of wood that he had picked up prior was glowing red hot, which caused third degree burns to form on his hand. He grabs a handkerchief and places it on his hand to lessen the pain. Mike decides to get up, however, his mind was willing but his body wasn’t. He decides to lay there in hopes that whatever was paralyzing him would cease. He peers over to his right and notices a young woman that was slumped over. By appearance, it looked like she had impaled herself from back to front with a sharp branch. Mike heard the gurgling of this woman’s breath as she walked toward him and broke the branch that impaled her. Grapping his flashlight, he shines it into her eyes. Weirdly, this strange woman has no pupils. All that could be seen was the whites of her eyes. Looking closer he notices that an X had been carved in the middle of her skull. He grabbed her wrist to check for a pulse and there was none. This strange woman pulled a large knife and raised it high in the air, which made Mike Smith fear for his life. It was his opinion that she was going to end his life.
After arriving at the cabin, he does some investigative work on this bizarre case. Peaking with interest, he decides to go and look at the barn which was located near the cabin. Using his camera, he decides to take a picture of the barn. He notices a very large X that had a circle around it that appeared to be drawn in blood. He notices that there are two personages on each side of it. On one side was a woman that was dressed very scantly. Her eyes shined an eerie orange color. The woman on the other side was dressed as a Quaker or Puritan. Her eyes shined a blinding white color that was shocking to Mike Smith. Both of them pointed toward the X with their index fingers, which told him that the image was trying to tell something about things to come.  
The sheriff with his large 6’4 frame put his fingers through his blond hair. With his blue eyes, he shed a tear as he looked at his friends of Ashland. Did he make a mistake in entering into the covenant? The judge with his blue black hair and handlebar mustache put his big callused hands on his cheeks as if he was in deep thought. Mary closed her eyes and said a spell. Within seconds, the book and dagger appeared on the table. The room became very quiet. James Calter walked in the door. He looked like nothing over twenty years old. His 5’5 frame seemed small, however, big in appearance. He looked at Mary with eyes that looked like blood. He smiled as she fell to her knees and worshipped him as if he were a god. He motioned the judge’s young wife to come over to him. She followed the same action as Mary. She fell to her knees and kissed the ring on his finger. The dagger went to his hand. He quickly grabbed the hair on the judge’s wife and carved an X in her forehead. As he finished, a soul was ripped from her body. She dropped to the floor and convulsed before igniting into fire. Her body turned into ash and vanished from everyone’s sight. The judge immediately burst into tears as his wife vanished before his eyes. The judge and the mayor went over to comfort him. Somehow the judge knew that he would be able to find another young spouse, however, a loss is a loss. Mary poured him another cup of coffee and gave him a kiss on the cheek to comfort him. The judge had to leave. By appearance, he needed time to get over the loss of his wife. All of the other members left with the exception of Mary and James Calter. Just before getting into his car, the judge peered over at looked at Mary and James standing on the porch. The house looked very plain and with a white picket fence. However, inside of this house was nothing but evil. The judge had a look of regret when he drove off.

Professional Reviews

By Mark Klaas
Editor, Auburn (Wash.) Reporter

Based on his words and many symbolisms, Scott Winfield is not your prototypical crime-solving mystery novelist. The young, ambitious author prefers to keep it that way. In Redemption, “The Lost Souls Book One”, Scott explores many worlds of order to create a suspenseful mystery. –his early, fledgling effort into the published books circles. The Lost Souls is a thrilling, mind-boggling, and unpredictable trip for those readers who want the follow the horror, pursuit, and capture of serial killing big names, such as reincarnated Jack the Ripper and Ted Bundy.

The challenge is in t he chase, taking the readers along for an unusual ride. Scott’s book transcends genres, his mystery takes on a split personality. There is a little bit of everything in the chapters, A C.S.I. with an X files twist. The evidence, blood trail, and investigative work dig up unpredictable and unnerving things. The plot is laced with diverse details, mixing modern-day real-world police work with surreal fictional accounts of the unknown.

The pages of the Lost Souls carry a flavor of mythology, time travel, magical powers, lust and love, blood and gore, sorrow and happiness, innocence and immortality, relief and elation. It is a faction- part fact, part fiction- a book that revisits the past, focuses on the present, but leaves readers hanging in the end with another killer and his blood-dripping knife still on the loose.

The book describes many images and symbolisms- Scott’s story telling strengths. It is a quick, direct, and decisive story where good prevails over evil. Friends are won, relationships bonded, and murderers shackled and disposed of in ashes. For Mike Smith, a retired detective, it was to be a peaceful uneventful vacation in Ashland Colorado. However, he was thrust into a murder-solving crusade that took on a life of its own. Along the way, Smith discovered friends, developed a clue solving team, and aggressively went after the killers. He also found a strong opponent, a black magic-spelling force of serial killers who wanted to maintain their immortality.

What Smith found were killers who left gruesome signature marks- an X carving in the foreheads of their victims. Such horrific acts caught Smith’s interest and drove him to solve the case. Along the way, Smith befriended Harold Otterman, a retired Ashland police officer who wanted to put an end to the unsolved, serial killing case that included the death of his wife.

The group also had the advantage of having Nancy Colter, a very reliable psychic whom Smith would eventually fall in love with and marry at the end of the saga. The team initially tracks down and stops the serial killings of a former sheriff, judge, and mayor of Ashland who were under the corruptive and evil force of the element of X; however, their work is not finished. There are more unsolved murders and more suspects on the run as the team travels through time to catch the sadistic killers. They eventually put an end to the journey and defuse the killer’s misuse of the powerful book of X, returning the control of that force into the rightful hands of King Neptune and his goodwill kingdom of immortality.

The story takes you all over the place. It is a wild mix, a little of this and a little of that. It is not Scott’s best work, but it adequately serves as an appetizer. Lost Souls is a precursor to bigger things for an author looking to establish a name in his own suspenseful, crime-solving, storytelling way.

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