Ernest Hemingway once advised--
"Write hard and clear about what hurts."May your social awareness of the wide-spread hurt of
sexual assaults grow as you enjoy Richard Lee Orey's
sizzling psychological drama novel
The Paradise of Revenge
A sizzling psychological adventure of passion, romance, uncommon courage and a young woman's quest for God-sent love. A powerful story with a shocking and heartfelt resolution, a story inspiring courage and faith, a story that will haunt you for years.
Seduced by Satan's whispered promise to restore her precious innocence, devout young Josefina Camarillo turns her back on God and schemes her wicked biblical revenge on Shy Lanier, the teenaged son of the man she believes brutally raped and disfigured her.
Meanwhile, the dazzling and brilliant Lonnie Lanier, the devoted wife of Josefina's convicted rapist, swallows her pride and morality to work undercover in a Lawyers Only escort service gathering the evidence she needs to prove her husband's innocence and to bring to justice the ruthless courthouse crime family that framed her husband.
Share the passion of devout young Josefina Camarillo--uncensored, uncut, as it happened--as she schemes her wicked biblical revenge. Live this emotion-packed story of dear sweet Josefina, her battle with Satan's emissaries and her discovery of truth-- We are never alone. God is everywhere. Love is the ultimate revenge.
Josefina Maria Camarillo
"HAIRLESS from skull to heel, the fat old man in the black urine-stained robe jabbed air with a pudgy forefinger as he spoke. 'Pity is a fatal character flaw in our business, Weinberger. You plead them all guilty. Understand?'
"Young Weinberger's stomach burned with the acid of insult. 'Understand?' Who's he think he's talking to? He ached to shout back a dozen graphic reminders to the blank-eyed jurist.
"But criminal defense attorney Nathan David Weinberger shouted back no reminders for he was terrified of the man sitting across the desk from him. He had seen a morgue picture of the judge's previous associate--throat slashed, genitals emasculated by some horrible mechanical device. Indelible in his memory was Kruegbedt's chilling voice at the time of the picture viewing. 'The consequences of failure, Weinberger. Look and remember.'
"Weinberger looked and Weinberger remembered."
"LAST week Josefina Maria Camarillo had virtue and innocence and a promise to keep to dear Mama of a church wedding and a family. She needed only the man she had prayed God would send her. But she had been impatient, and Satan had seen his opportunity and tempted her. No sooner had she opened her heart to Satan's evil ways than a man appeared before her. Not God's man, Satan's man. A shaming man. And like Eve in the Garden of Eden, she had turned her back on God and been forever shamed.
"Now, Josefina lay beaten, ravished and in terrible suffering with the unrelenting pain of hopelessness and despair. Deep with sorrow, she moaned her tribulations. 'O, Holy Mother, my shame is more than I can bear.'
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"...a Don't-put-it-down page turner that really struck home with me. I loved it. A real eye-opener. I can't wait to read it again."
"...an epic and complex love story with lots of twists and turns and steamy adult scenes which intensify the storyline."
"Mr. Orey is a master of words, and his use and control of the English language is no less than extraordinary."
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"...if you enjoy a shocking twisted page turner, you'll love this book."
"The benevolence and corruption of the human soul is seen..."
"Scandalous and vividly graphic? Yes. Captivating? You bet!"
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"The Paradise of Revenge is a must read."
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AND THIS RECENT REVIEW POSTED UNDER "Paperback Edition"
Reviewed by J'nia Fowler 12/20/2010
Oh my goodness Richard. And now in soft cover. Your characters emerge from the pages of this novel within minutes of reading. Your fast paced plots and sub-plots, like strong currents in deep water kept this reader glued to the book, carrying it from room to room and chore to chore. You skillfully stir up every conceivable emotion right to the very powerful conclusion. It is no bed time story. I intend to keep it in my library to reread again some time. In appreciation and love, J'nia
Reviews for "The Paradise of Revenge (Paperback)"
What a great book. I love it! I can ditto everything said above. An excrutiating and insightful book that I couldn't put down. Thanks.
Reviewed by Lynda Nilus (Reader)
A page turner that leaves you breathless!
After suffering a vicious and disfiguring sexual attack, devout young Josefina wants so much for it to have never happened. Refusing to deal with reality, she jumps on the first man kind to her to get on with her life. But her action was only putting herself down and creates her alter ego, Josie. Josie’s disturbing obsession with the Christian Biblical admonition of “Sins of the father” and the exacting of her erotic revenge on young Shyler, the innocent son of her convicted rapist, left a deep impression on me.
The Paradise of Revenge poses questions to those of us who relate to the characters of the story and invites us as readers to reflect on them. When something bad happens, we are forced to either accept it or deny it. Do we embrace it to make us stronger? Or do we simply deny it by bottling it up somewhere deep within like a time bomb—only to have it explode in one big ugly mess? What is good and what is bad? The Paradise of Revenge is a novel of “when bad things happen to good people.”
Author Richard Lee Orey shows extraordinary insight into a traumatized human mind. This may be accredited to his many years of courtroom experience. But to essentially project the mind of a female by a man is nothing short of excellent and outstanding work. I’m repeatedly left breathless.
Without a doubt, The Paradise of Revenge is a labyrinth of twisted characters. It takes the emotion and mind of the reader on one helluva flight. I am most certainly looking forward to more of Mr. Orey’s work.
Lynda Nilus, Avid Reader,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Reviewed by vicki orey (Reader)
You'll be delighted to know that I finished your book! And what a great ending to a great story. I really loved how you developed each and every one of the characters--that was the most fascinating thing, other than the weaving of such a fascinating story. You are a master writer, and I'm proud to say "my dad wrote this book!"
I haven't read this book, Richard, but after seeing everything about it here, and reading your other work, I know I will. I don't think I quite realized before what an intellect I've been dealing with here at AD. Your background and recognitions are superb for this work. I even find your perceptions in reviewing my work some of the better and best things to read. When you aren't active here, I miss you right away. You may be one of those true giants among us...Jerry
The Paradise of a Wonderful Read
To me, literature is a term used to describe books that are truly worth every reader’s time and are significant enough to be remembered for a lifetime. The Paradise of Revenge is, without a doubt, literature. The benevolence and corruption of the human soul is seen through the eyes of young Josefina Camarillo. A devoutly religious girl, all Josefina wants is to become a wife and raise a family of her own. Her dreams of purity are shattered on one brutal night in which she is raped and forever disfigured. Innocence lost, Josefina loses all hope in her life. In her sorrow, something sinister stirs within her psyche, something with an insatiable thirst for revenge. Mentally battered, Josefina begins to lose control of her mind, unable to stop the darkness that lies within all of us. Add this with a courageous young wife and mother who takes on a judicial crime family guilty of framing her spouse for the rape and disfigurement of a vengeful Josefina. Selflessly, she willingly risks her self respect and life to prove her husband’s innocence and to bring his accusers to justice. A wondrous web of truth and deceit is spun, leading up to the irreversible repercussions of revenge. A complex, thought provoking tale with a generous share of surprising twists can be found within this astounding read. Woven within the story are believable, sympathetic characters, attention grabbing conflicts, and plenty of insight regarding human nature. For those who not only search for a good read, but also seek true life revelations, look no further. In my sincerest of judgements, The Paradise of Revenge is a must read.
"The Paradise of Revenge", by Richard Lee Orey is both fascinating and shocking inasmuch as the plot revolves around the worst kind of corruption known to decent citizens: a corrupt justice system.
The prologue grabs the reader’s interest by introducing the despicable travesty of justice as seen through the eyes, thoughts, and dialogue of the evil-minded and hated antagonists. It creates a mood that prepares the reader for the horrible, traumatic, premeditated assault on an innocent young woman, in which the perpetrators of that assault later frame a decent unsuspecting family man for the crime. The man’s wife, wanting to find a way to free her innocent husband from prison, gets caught up in a terrible scheme, perpetrated by the crime organization, which turns her into a prostitute.
The young rape victim of the violent assault suffers immensely, and eventually marries a man who offers her hope until the marriage turns sour. Deep inside her is such a strong need for revenge, she becomes two personalities that are marked by good and evil. The contrast describes the decent man’s eternal struggle to choose good over evil and how experiences and emotions can lead to wrong choices—which in this instance, the victim’s choice of committing a terrible wrong on another innocent victim, the son of her accused rapist.
Mr. Orey is a master of words, and his use and control of the English language is no less than extraordinary. His ability to describe people and places is superb, and many descriptions rang of poetic merit.
After reading "The Paradise of Revenge", I must state that the book is not for the faint-hearted or for anyone who is opposed to graphic sex. Greed and lust are at the core of the plot that centers on an organization of people within the justice system who trump up criminal charges against innocent men in order to coerce their wives into joining a lewd Prison Widows Club. The women are blackmailed into working as prostitutes; thereby filling the pockets of the crime family running the organization. In order to exemplify the overall purpose and effect of the crime organization, and the degradation felt by the victim and the coerced women, Mr. Orey consistently writes explicit sexual scenes throughout the book.
The suspense is ripe and the reader’s interest peaked with the actions of all the characters, according to how they relate to each other. The resolution was handled extremely cleverly, and the introduction of McKinley Clearwater, a man of moral strength and fortitude, indirectly impacts the lives of the main characters by effecting a surprise resolution and redemption.
All in all, Mr. Orey has written a very interesting story that probably is a spin-off from incidents that actually happened during his twenty-six years in the courtroom as an official court reporter. For anyone who believes that our justice system is inviolate, "The Paradise of Revenge" will serve as a wake-up call to the fact that evil can rear its ugly head most anywhere that man resides.
Reviewed by vicky fisher (Reader)
This book is not for the faint of heart. But if you enjoy a shocking twisted page turner you'll love this book. I'm looking forward to reading more of Mr. Orey's tales!