Time of Torment by John Connolly

I would like to read A Time of Torment by international bestselling author John Connolly. A Time of Torment is the fourteenth supernatural thriller to feature Dangerous and driven private investigator Charlie Parker, who is not like other men. He died, and was reborn and now has a penchant for the occult.

The novel concerns Jerome Burnel who was once hailed a hero after intervening to prevent multiple killings, however His life was subsequently torn apart by sinister unseen forces. Now Jerome is a convicted felon in Prison accused of sex offences. When Burnel is released from prison, he contacts private investigator, Charlie Parker. Burnel maintains that he was innocent and was framed. He shares his story with Parker because he believes that a girl’s life may be in danger and that he doesn’t have long to live. Shortly after meeting with Parker, Burnel mysteriously disappears.

The only clue that Burnel leaves Parker is that of “The Dead King,” which Parker eventually traces to a ruthless enclosed Appalachian community called The Cut” within Plassey County in West Virginia. The Cut has been isolated and has kept to itself for generations and does not welcome interference from outsiders, having created a virtual fiefdom in which local law enforcement has not interfered. The Cut is run by a force of men who rule by terror, intimidation and murder, and administer their own archaic form of justice by burning bodies, extortion, bullying and annihilation of perceived enemies, and those who would seek to undermine their way of life. Now The locals keep away because they’ve grown up having seen and heard enough to know when to leave well enough alone.

Charlie Parker enters Into this complex and dangerous situation tasked with locating a vanished girl and unmasking the legend of The Dead King. He ends up facing ungodly fears including The Dead King himself whose mindless chitterlings are said to be a harbinger of bad things to come in this strange and isolated community.

John Cale (Velevet Underground)

Most famous for being a member of the Velvet Underground, John Cale OBE Was born 9 March 1942. the Velvet Underground formed in NewYork City performing from 1964 to 1973, its best-known members were Lou Reed and John Cale, who both went on to find success as solo artists. Although experiencing little commercial success while together, the band is often cited by many critics as one of the most important and influential groups of the 1960s. In a 1982 interview Brian Eno made the often repeated statement that while the first Velvet Underground album may have sold only 30,000 copies in its early years, “everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band.

Although The Velvet Underground were considered a commercial failure in the late 1960s, they have gained a considerable cult following and have gone on to become one of the most widely cited and influential bands of the era.As the Velvet Underground’s principal songwriter, Lou Reed wrote about subjects of personal experience that rarely had been examined so openly in rock and roll, including sexuality and drug culture. Although the Velvet Underground never achieved great commercial success, their idosyncratic combination of harsh guitars and smooth melodies sung by Reed or the German model Nico proved enduring” Andy Warhol also incorporated the Velvet Underground’s music into his Exploding Plastic Inevitable multimedia events. As a songwriter, Reed broke new ground by writing songs about taboo subjects as S&M, transvestites and transsexuals, prostitution and drug addiction.

The Velvet Underground have long been recognizsd as a major musical influence on punk and art rock, as reflected in a quote often attributed to musician Brian Eno: “The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band. Andy Warhol managed the Velvet Underground and it was the house band at his studio, theFactory, and his Exploding Plastic Inevitable events. The provocative lyrics of some of the band’s songs gave a nihilistic outlook to some of their music. Their 1967 debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico (which featured German singer Nico, with whom the band collaborated), was named the 13th Greatest Album of All Time, and the “most prophetic rock album ever made” by Rolling Stone in 2003. In 2004,Rolling Stone ranked the band No. 19 on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, by Patti Smith.