Blood Lake

Fiction - Horror
222 Pages
Reviewed on 06/24/2016
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Author Biography

Ron Herron attended Wayne State University in Detroit, where he worked on the college newspaper and earned a degree in Commercial Design. He went on to earn an MBA from Michigan State University.

He enjoyed a long career in public relations and marketing with an international Fortune 10 company, after working for some of the world's largest advertising agencies.

Serving for many years on the Executive Board of the Advertising Production Club of Detroit (APCD), he also served a term on the WSU Alumni Association Board of Directors.

The author of multiple books of fiction, including four award-winners, he lives and writes in Michigan with his lovely wife, an ugly mortgage, and one exceedingly large cat.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Carla Trueheart for Readers' Favorite

Blood Lake by author R.L. Herron begins with an action-packed narration of a tragic event in Native American history. This event carries down through history as a curse on a family, and the protagonist, John, knows nothing about the curse until his adult years. When John is invited to a lake for what he believes is a family gathering and fishing trip, he learns the truth about the curse on his family. While he thinks all of it is a joke at first, he quickly believes the story when another tragedy strikes his extended family during the trip. From there, the action picks up again as John faces untrustworthy family members, ghosts from the past, and a Native American curse that he cannot escape.

From the opening pages of Blood Lake until the end of the novel, it is obvious that author R.L. Herron has a connection with Native American culture and has done his research on the Trail of Tears mentioned throughout the narrative. Linking the tragedy of the Trail of Tears with a curse that has been handed down through generations was extremely original, and I did enjoy that aspect of the story. There was much action and conflict in the beginning and the end, and while I would have liked more of a connection with John’s wife and son, I did understand that this was a story mainly about John’s understanding of the curse and Native American history. The other characters were done very well, including Pappy, Luther, and Harold. I enjoyed the writing and felt the plot was fairly linear and exciting. The story held my interest, and I do recommend it to those interested in Native American culture and history.

Susan Harriman Smelser

A Spellbinding Tale Rich with Cherokee History.

BLOOD LAKE is a book you cannot put down. R. L. Herron has done it again. Part fact and part fiction, Herron has done his research. Blood Lake is a spellbinding tale rich with Cherokee history. It is a portrayal of U.S. greed and the disastrous effect on the Cherokee population. A story of fear, hate, and revenge. You will not be disappointed. Herron knows how to tell a story that keeps the reader turning pages.

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