I recently interviewed John Hazen and finally got round to reviewing some of his work.
Aceldama is a very accomplished genre blend between mystery, fantasy and supernatural. The basic idea is a great one: A cursed coin from AD30 impacts on the life of a couple in present day through time in ultimately quite dramatic ways. The book starts with the curse and then Hazen leads us gradually to the discovery of what is behind it.
As other reviewers noticed, the book isn’t over the top with the paranormal side of things but instead, weaves an intricate story full of great suspense and underlying issues that touch on the soul of human life.
The book is recommendable especially for its great intrinsic values. I am quite in awe of John’s story telling and this book is a real gem.
Bio: John Hazen came to writing novels relatively late in life, but once he started he hasn’t looked back. He was born and raised in Massachusetts but has lived in the New York City/New Jersey area for the past forty years. Degrees from Rutgers, The New School and NYU buttress a lifelong passion for learning and a love of history. Inspired by Lynn, his wife of over thirty-five years, he pursued the dream of becoming an established author and is now working on his fifth book. John and Lynn love to travel, and the experiences of those travels find their way into his writing. John’s reading tastes are eclectic, ranging from histories to classic novels to an occasional piece of modern trash. His absolute “must reads” are Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series and Doris Kearns Goodwin’s No Ordinary Time.
Website – www.johnwhazen.com
Twitter – @john_hazen
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Journey of an American Son – http://www.blackrosewriting.com/suspensethriller/journey-of-an-american-son?rq=journey or