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Centralia by Mike Dellosso


by Mike Dellosso

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Centralia is a fast-paced and engaging new thriller. The reader is immediately swept up in the confusion and chaos of Peter/Jed’s life and he tries to unlock the mysteries of his past. Haunted by enemies he did not know he had, he is forced to fight for his very life. At times the plot may seem a little confusing, but this is forgivable as the protagonist is certainly confused as well! As the story unfolds and Peter/Jed sorts through the pieces of his past, the reader is invited to join him in his hunt for the truth. Nothing is as it seems and nobody can be trusted.

An exciting suspense novel, the fast pace and constant twists and turns keep the book moving very quickly. My one complaint is that I did not feel I knew the characters as well as I would have liked. This aside, however, Dellosso’s new series has great promise in the suspense fiction world.

I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.

This review was posted to Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Goodreads, CBD, Deeper Shopping, and Library Thing (if available). ( )
  LoverOfStory | Jul 19, 2016 |
Title: Centralia
Author: Mike Dellosso
Pages: 386
Year: 2015
Publisher: Tyndale House
What would you do if you woke up one morning and realized that your world was not what you thought it was? How would you feel if you found out that your memories were untrustworthy? In Mike Dellosso’s Centralia, Peter Ryan can’t find out where his wife and daughter are, and he is told that they died in a car accident two months prior; however, Peter finds a hidden note from his eight-year-old daughter that says she and her mother went to Centralia. Memories start to surface, and before he knows it, Peter Ryan finds himself the target of sinister agents of a secret government organization. He fights for his life and starts to discover that his life is not what it seems as he pursues the truth and his family while being pursued by ruthless men who want to keep him from discovering who he really is.
Mike Dellosso has written an action-packed thriller that once gets moving, continues non-stop as the mystery and memories of the main character’s identity unfolds. The nuances and details of the characters are well written and create situation that keep readers engaged and on the edge of their seats as each scene reveals more questions than answers to drive the story. It is easy to like the protagonist and hate the antagonists who pursue him. The way the story plays out is brilliant, and the key to the main character finding answers into his past and identity is rooted deeply in his heart and mind that could not be wiped away through any brainwashing or mental reprogramming that he had been subjected to. Readers will be happy to know that the story resolves happily, yet it leaves room for more action and adventure to follow.
If you like stories that involve mystery, action, mayhem, and resolution for the protagonist, you will enjoy Centralia.
A sequel to this thriller is coming summer 2016!
My rating is 5.
Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ . Also follow me on Twitter@lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457 ( )
  lcjohnson1988 | Jan 13, 2016 |
This story will grab you from the beginning on a roller coaster ride that doesn't stop till the end. For some reason Peter Ryan has lost his wife and daughter. He can't understand what has happened to them. Friends and family try him repeatedly to tell him that they died, but he does not believe them. Where did his family disappear, to he wonders. Are they really dead or is something more going on that may endanger him?

The story is a knockout mystery that will keep you barely hanging on to your seat as the story is a bumpy ride into the secrets of a missing wife and daughter. But is that all to the story? Is there an underlying secret thst Peter doesn't know about? When Peter's house is broken into, his survival skills kick in and it is him against the world. The characters are well developed and hold your attention as you weave your way through a series of twists and turns. Just when you think you have the story figured out, the author slams you with a very intense turn that takes the story in another direction. I hope you are prepared to stay up late as you start this explosive , intriguing book. It is not a book that can be put down until the author delivers the exciting ending that keeps you wanting more. I will look forward to more books from this genius storyteller of intrigue and heart pounding action .

I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review ( )
  Harley0326 | Dec 21, 2015 |
I have read several of Mike Dellosso’s novels — all have been breathless suspense/speculative books that leave the reader slightly off-kilter. In Centralia, he has stepped it up a notch. Page-turning, with jarring images and ideas, this book is for those who want an adrenaline-laced read and a mind bending concept. This one kept me wondering to the last page and beyond.

Peter Ryan wakes up one morning with a memory like Swiss cheese. A confusing mix of holes and conflicting memories leaves him searching for his wife and daughter that others assure him died tragically months ago. But Peter knows that can’t be right, especially as gun-wielding assassins keep showing up. Images skirting on the edge of his mind give him flashes of insight and a muscle-memory of guns, martial arts, and strategy keep him alive as he searches for those he loves and the truth that may set him free or bind him forever.

Centralia is definitely not for the faint of heart. There are lots of scenes with gunfights, car chases, and hand to hand combat. One especially cringe-inducing scene involved a hot grill in a diner. Eww! And while the physical is front and center, the psychological aspects of this thriller may be the most disturbing. Peter is a complex character that the reader roots for from the beginning. Secondary characters aid in the advancement of the plot. One such character, Lawrence Habit, was the most intriguing — is he a good-guy or manipulative villain. Centralia is a Christian thriller, but is not preachy in any way. It’s compelling message of God’s faithfulness is woven seamlessly throughout. As Peter finds “they tried to take him away from God, but God just wouldn’t let go”. At the end of the novel, the reader is left with more questions than answers, literally and figuratively. The discussion questions at the end really helped this reader process what I had just read.

Fast-paced, with physical danger and psychological trauma, Centralia is recommended for those who like lots of action, twists and turns, and an intellectually challenging reading experience.


Audience: adults.

(Thanks to Tyndale for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.) ( )
  vintagebeckie | Aug 17, 2015 |
I like to try different types of thrillers at times. They make you not only think what is going to happen, but make you work hard at thinking what is going on. The twists and turns in this book kept me wondering what would happen next as well as trying to figure out things ahead of time. I had to work hard to not look ahead to see what would happen.
Centralia is the story of Peter Ryan and his quest to find out what really happened to his family. He realizes that things are not what he had been told and works to find out the truth. He realizes that he must work had to decide who to trust and who to be careful around. I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good thriller. ( )
  polarmath | Jun 13, 2015 |
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Peter Ryan wakes up on a typical morning only to find his house empty, his wife and daughter nowhere to be found. His world is shattered after a phone call to a friend confirms the impossible: his wife and daughter died in a car accident he does not remember. Haunted by faint memories and flashes of details, Peter becomes convinced that something isn't right and begins to question reality. When he discovers a note in his daughter's handwriting, strange memories begin to surface that cause him to second-guess nearly everything he once believed. Suddenly armed men show up at Peter's home, turning the mysterious puzzle of his past into a dangerous game of cat and mouse. On the run and unsure whom to trust, Peter has to discover what's real and what isn't . . . before he loses everything.… (more)

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