Title: Death Unmasked
Genre: Mystery/Thriller & Suspense
Synopsis: A reincarnated evil is stalking the women of Houston. With each murder, the madman quotes an excerpt from the Oscar Wilde poem, “The Ballad of Reading Gaol.” A huge smokestack belching smoke, a ragged flea market double-breasted wool coat, and an old antique picture frame, bring the distant past back to haunt Houston Homicide Detective, Sean Jamison. With those catalysts, Jamison knows who he was in a past life and that he lost the only woman he could ever love. Searching for his reincarnated mate becomes Jamison’s raison d’être as he and fellow detectives scour Houston for a brutal serial killer. The memory of timeless love drives Jamison’s dogged search for a serial killer, determined to finish what he started decades earlier. Each clue brings Jamison closer to unmasking his old nemesis. Tenacious police work, lessons learned in the past, and intuition may be the only weapons he has in preventing history from repeating itself.
CH: Today’s Guest Author is Rick Sulik. He worked over thirty years as a policeman, before retiring. Welcome to my blog, Rick.
CH: Can you sum up your book in 20 words or less?
RS: A Houston homicide detective investigates a double murder—his and his wife’s—in his next lifetime.
CH: Where did you get the inspiration for your novel?
RS: The inspiration to write my story came from three entrancing tunes that dramatize the storyline in Death Unmasked. The songs are ‘Greensleeves’ by Mantovani; ‘Think of Laura’ sung by Christopher Cross; and ‘Mary in the Morning’ sung by Al Martino. These songs are all available on YouTube.com. I was also inspired by Oscar Wilde’s disquieting poem, ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol (Jail).’
CH: Do you have a standard formula for plots or do stories come to you as a whole concept?
RS: I have no standard ‘formula’ for putting an ‘unusual’ novel together.
CH: Since this book also has reincarnation in it, how did you come up with the premise for writing this book?
RS: Through my own belief in reincarnation. When I was young, my mom and I would walk a mile in the evenings after dinner around a lake near our home. On our last walk together before she passed away, she looked up at me, and said with a sweet smile, “If I had to do it all over again for you, and your brothers, I would.” Instinctively, without her saying another word, the look in her beautiful hazel eyes communicated her thoughts, and it all came together ‘in-a-blink-of-eye,’ and I fully understood what my mom had meant…she had been my mother, in other lifetimes.
CH: Can you tell us a little about your belief in reincarnation?
RS: I thought it interesting, since Army General George S. Patton Jr., (born 11-11-1885) believed in reincarnation, that his Warrior ‘spirit,’ in foresight, would choose to incarnate (Free Will) back into the ‘physical’ on the date, 11-11. General Patton’s poem, ‘Through a Glass, Darkly’ is evident of his resolute belief in reincarnation. I quote, “So as through a glass and darkly, the age long strife I see, where I fought in many guises, many names, but always me.”
To Patton, who strongly believed in God, the date 11-11, might symbolize ‘spirits’ re-entering the ‘physical’ (earth) by way of the top left inside 11, and eventually departing by way of the lower right inside 11, back to the ‘spirit’ world, only to be ‘reborn’ again (a cycle) at some future date by using – The All Merciful Father’s (God) greatest gift to humanity…’Free Will.’
At 11:00 am, of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, WWI came to an end, and it was to be the war that would end all wars…Patton lived half of his adult life at this point in history.
Patton’s Warrior ‘Spirit’ might have foreseen, before reincarnating on his latest birthday, 11-11-1885, that years after WWII, his birthday (November 11) would be remembered as a National Holiday and would honor all veterans, and that Armistice Day, would be eventually changed to Veterans Day.
“I’m a soldier, I fight where I am told, and I win where I fight. There is only one proper way for a professional soldier to die…the last bullet of the last battle of the last war.” General George S. Patton Jr.
CH: Is the main character, Det. Sean Jamison, a combination of any of your partners? Where do you get inspiration for your characters?
RS: The protagonist is a combination of police personalities (veterans) of all my Houston Police Department, Field Training Officers (FTO’s), during my training/probationary period in the late 70’s. They are Houston homicide detectives Sean Jamison, Roman Addison, and Captain Virginia Schaeffer,
CH: Did you have any challenges while writing this storytelling novel?
RS: Yes, I found it a real challenge to switch from ‘descriptive’ police report ‘fact’ writing to ‘creative,’ and colorful storytelling ‘novel’ writing.
CH: Is there a message in this book that you want the readers to grasp?
RS: Close your eyes, clear your mind, and meditate. Let your ‘mem-‘ory, shine through, so you can re-‘mem-‘ber. I quote, ‘Souls are poured from one into another of different kinds of bodies of the world.’ Jesus Christ from the teachings in the Gnostic Gospels.
CH: You have two out-of-print books, Cold Kill and Random Ransom. Of the three books, which book was hardest to write?
RS: Death Unmasked. It was like fitting small pieces together to a much larger puzzle.
CH: Is this book a reprint of a previously written book?
RS: The first edition of, Death Unmasked, was published by, Itoh Press, in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 2012. My publisher developed a health problem, and had to close her publishing company, and released all of her authors.
CH: You have combined poetry with your serial killer. Why did you decide to include poetry in your book?
RS: ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol’ by Oscar Wilde is a story within itself, and I felt the poetry added flavor, which enhanced the storyline.
CH: You have many reviews, so what kind of feedback are you getting from readers for your book?
RS: Mostly 5 star and 4 star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.
CH: What can we expect next, is there a new thriller/suspense book in the making soon?
RS: I’m saving my next ‘unusual’ story, for my next lifetime.
CH: Can you give my audience your website address?
RS: I do not have a website. My publisher’s website is: http://christophermatthewspub.com/death-unmasked/
CH: Can you tell my audience where your book is sold?
RS: It is sold on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books-a-Million. It is also featured on Goodreads.
CH: How To Find Rick Sulik:
CH: Any closing remarks?
RS: Death Unmasked is a suspenseful mystery thriller spanning lifetimes, using reincarnation, karma, psychic ability, remote viewing, and out-of-body experience, to outwit an evil incarnated entity stalking women in Houston, Texas. Death Unmasked is an afterthought from my superconscious, which compares ‘physical’ ballistics to ‘spiritual’ reincarnation. Ballistics is the science of flight dynamics—the trajectory of an unpowered ‘physical’ object in ‘free-flight.’ I am not a skeptic. I firmly believe in reincarnation. It makes perfect sense. We cannot learn in a ‘blink-of-an-eye’ all about life in one lifetime. It takes many lifetimes for our spirits to evolve, and come around full-circle, in order to become completed spirits with Our Creator.
Cheryl, thank you for the interview.
CH: Thank you so much, Rick Sulik, for taking time out of your very busy writing schedule to join me and my blog followers. It has been a real pleasure discussing your book with my audience. And readers, if you’re like me and would enjoy this book. I suggest you pick up a copy at your earliest convenience.
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