Sunday, January 22, 2012

QUICK REVIEW: "Amador Lockdown" - by Coral Russell

by Coral Russell

REVIEWED BY: Ellen Fritz


Something has moved into the Amador Hotel. Hector, Marcos, Bev, and Tony of the Paranormal Posse are called in to either debunk the haunting or get rid of whatever is causing the problems. With the surprise arrival of Hector's son, he tries to keep his professional and personal lives separate, but whatever is haunting the Amador Hotel has other plans.


Gloriously spooky, this book follows the paranormal posse as they investigate the strange happenings at the Amador Hotel. No special powers here, just four people with an interest in ghosts and the paranormal in general. When Darren, a rebellious teenager who is said to be out of control, enters the situation, things get truly complicated. 

When I started reading “Amador Lockdown”, I thought it was going to be yet another ghost story. I soon realized how wrong I was when, a few chapters into the book, things started getting intense and spirit possession entered the picture - turning "just scary" into downright frightening!  

What really impressed me immensely about this book was that the author used realistic situations, existing technology and paranormal phenomena known to most people. This realistic touch continues throughout the book with characters who are the kinds of people we meet in day to day life. 

As the story is not very fast paced, it provides an almost unbearably slow build-up of tension to a truly hair- raising finale and an ending with an unexpected twist.  Every chapter starts with a quote which hints at the contents thereof and what the reader can expect. This ensured my undivided attention and kept me reading.

“Amador Lockdown” is a fast read which I easily finished in one evening – but disappointingly with a rather blunt ending for such a terrific book. I still highly recommend it for those who are looking for a good old-fashioned ghost story with a bit more to it and a moderately shocking ending. 


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Q: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

A: I got good grades in school and placed in advanced English. I enjoyed research and writing and all that. I know, I'm a little nuts...

Q: What inspired you to write “Amador Lockdown”?

A: The Amador Hotel in Las Cruces, NM is an actual place. El Paso Ghost Tours/Enchanted Ghost Tours offers an actual Lockdown and I was crazy enough to spend the night in a haunted hotel. When the experience was over I knew it would make a great fiction story.

Q: What books have influenced your life most?

A: That's a good question. I've read too much to not be influenced by all of them in some way. A great story always leaves some little gem of truth, which is why I adore quotes and love collecting them. Right now there is the cult classic House of Leaves that still leaves some powerful imagery in my mind, years after I've read it. The River Sutra has a story in it that I'm still trying to come to grips with and War and Peace. If the story had continued I would have kept reading because the story was that good.

Q: What book are you reading now?

A: I finished reading a couple of 5 star books in my opinion this month – Wicked Good and Shuffled Off and Chill Run. I'm going to start reading Corridors of the Dead which looks good too.

Q: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

A: OMG so many!!!! I first got turned on to Indie writing by the IBC and their books and then I realized there are a whole BUNCH of great Indie writers out there. It was wonderful because being a life-long reader sometimes you reflect and think, why am I spending so much time reading and is it worth it? I'd taken a long break from reading but only a couple of books every few years. Then the whole eBook movement came about. All this has me excited about reading again!

Q: What would your ideal career be, if you couldn't be an author?

A: An independently wealthy bum.

Q: If you were to do your career as an author again, what would you do differently, and why?

A: Nothing. I believe whole-heartedly in serendipity and things happening at the right place and time. If I had done something different, I wouldn't be where I am right now and right now it is good.

Q: If you can have dinner with one person, who would it be and why?

A: Leo Tolstoy or Jane Austen. They had to be fascinating people.

Q: What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

A: I'm a lazy writer. I write til I'm tired. I write only so much and it will probably take me a year to do one book. But I enjoy it and as long as I'm happy, I'm good.

Q: What do you like to do when you're not writing?

A: Watch movies, TV, listen to music. Read a lot. Play video games. Exercise. I just went on my first major hike in 25 years. Will probably be my last, too. Hehe I'm getting old. Live and love and laugh with my family.

Q: Do you have a favourite quote you want to share with your readers?

A: I love quotes! Millions saw the apple fall, Newton was the only one who asked, “Why?”


Coral Russell won the 2003 McCaleb Peace Initiative which produced the non-fiction articles Peace on the Peninsula about South Korean's view on reunification. You can also find various articles written by her on Technorati and BlogCritics. After winning a fiction writing contest (a fluke), she caught the fiction bug. An encounter with something paranormal on a local ghost tour inspired her to start writing the ghost hunter series.
Her titles include Peace on the Peninsula, Twelve Worlds, Playing with Fire, The DIY Guide to Social Media Marketing and eBook Publishing, and Amador Lockdown.
Ms. Russell runs the blog alchemyofscrawl at Stop by for the latest in Indie book reviews, news, and resources. You can stalk the author on Twitter,  Facebook, Goodreads, and Google+

1 comment:

Coral Russell said...

Thanks for having me and doing such a great write up! :)