Corridors of Darkness by Patrick O’Bryon
November 20, 2013
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I’m going here tomorrow. I’m pretty excited about it. I’ve got my overcoat and hat ready to go for a somewhat, kind of, semi-1930’s/1940’s look. It’s my first chance to attend a book party for a self-published, indie author. And one I am thrilled to support.
I finished reading Corridors of Darkness a few days ago. I’ve been trying to figure out what to write about it ever since. How many stars would I give it? What exactly would I say? Here’s why I struggle with the answers to those questions.
Corridors of Darkness is a self-published book that is more unlike any other self-published book I’ve read in the last couple of years. It is, in fact, the closest thing to a traditionally published book in the self-published arena that I have seen.
I need to segue here and explain that this isn’t necessarily a poor reflection on the other self-published works I’ve read. One of the things I love about self-publishing is the diversity of stories that exist out there that traditional publishers are ignoring. From Tammy Robinson’s Charlie and Pearl to Vince Dickinson’s Fugue in C Minor to Misha Burnett’s Catskinner and Carrie Rubin’s Seneca Scourge and Jane Thompson’s Deeper and many others, there is a whole lot of good stuff out there in the self-published world and I don’t mean to belittle those works.
What Corridors of Darkness is though is a self-published work that crosses the boundary to a book that could very easily be a piece of the traditionally published world. The best part of that world. Whether we want to admit it or not, what most of us self-published authors want is to be accepted in the traditional publishing world. What Patrick O’Bryon has done with Corridors of Darkness is write a story that is closer to that acceptance than anything else I’ve read in the self-published world. It’s a thriller set in Nazi Germany. Characters with histories. Well-described settings and locales (Mr. O’Bryon clearly did his research). A compelling story with intrigue, love, death, brutality, and twists and turns along the way. Corridors of Darkness is a well-written, fictionalized journey through the horrors that became Nazi Germany, and its impact on many.
Carrie Rubin says I’m a self-published author that could produce a bestseller. Whether or not that’s true, Patrick O’Bryon is ahead of me on that score. He’s ready for some fame and fortune. You should buy his book. Give it a try.