Fiction - Horror
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Reviewed on 12/01/2016
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Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite

NED is a horror/thriller by author David Sgalambro revolving around the story's main focus, NED. Homeless NED has kept to himself, posture slumped, head down, protecting his few scarce belongings, memories of a better time, and perhaps catalysts to his madness. But not everyone is accepting of those down on their luck, and one particular altercation left NED worried and stored within him a darkness. A group of youths sporting leather jackets had gone out of their way to harass him, intimidate him, and threaten violence. They left with a warning; there were more of them patrolling, and his kind weren't welcome in their neighbourhood. The leather jacket gang had him on edge, soon he watched everyone and anyone wearing that attire was deemed a threat, even people like Trent, who had often shown him kindness. From the threat bred paranoia, and a determination not to be forced from these streets by anyone. No matter what he had to do, how far he had to go. And he would go very far indeed.

David Sgalambro has an interesting, tense, and gripping style, reminiscent in places of old classics in structure and expression. The images conjured up are vivid in all their horror as we meet characters like Trent, and become invested in their lives and dreams. Within the pages of NED is a tale of horror, which could very likely be someone's reality. David Sgalambro beautifully takes the transition of a peaceful man into insanity and horrific acts and gives it life and terror. This is one of those books you will sit thinking about long after finishing. The collision of realities and depth given to the characters make this one book certainly worth reading.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

Ned by David Sgalambro is a horror story with a touch of reality. New York City. A cold night in winter and a homeless man pushed beyond all reason. His very existence is about to be disrupted, changed beyond all comprehension and he must stand and fight. He must fight for the only real possession he has left and he must fight for his dignity. Revenge will be his and, in one evening of total and utter mayhem, he unleashes that revenge. Feel the pain of a broken man, feel the pain of his victim, the person who pushed Ned to his limits as we learn that revenge is not always best served cold.

Ned by David Sgalambro is a debut novel and is a cracking one. It is a very dark story, a tale of revenge that is delivered with horror. This is one of those gripping reads that grabs you, not by the hand, but by the throat and hangs on for grim life as it drags you on the scariest rollercoaster ride you will ever go on. It is a story that could happen on our streets today and a unique one at that, a real refreshment in a genre that tends to churn out much of the same on a regular basis. This book will change that as it attaches itself to you emotionally and you just have to keep on reading to see what will happen next. I traveled a whole gamut of emotions reading this book, and even found myself rooting for the bad guy at one or two points in the story. A truly great book, definitely looking forward to what Mr. Sgalambro has to offer us next!

Melinda Hills

A gentle giant turns into a monster when pushed past his limits in Ned by new author David Sgalambro. A mild mannered homeless man who can’t actually even remember his own name is confronted by neighborhood bullies and resorts to an almost animalistic effort at self-preservation. He now not only fears for his life, but is consumed by the desire for revenge. That is where innocent people become involved and only succeed in provoking Ned to greater anger. Singled out because of wearing leather jackets like the gang who tried to kill him, a group of young men on their way to play a gig in a village club suffers for the previous attack Ned survived. This begins police involvement in a search for bodies, the killer and a motive. What will it take to stop the murderous rampage?

Dark, compelling and a deep look into a wide range of psychological conditions, Ned is a truly horrifying story that demonstrates the explosive potential brought about by loss, the desire for revenge and the indifference of an uncaring society. David Sgalambro has created a strong character whom he almost lovingly reveals as the action proceeds in increasingly violent incidents. It is unusual to have the ‘bad guy’ be a sympathetic character, but you have to read this amazing book to understand how that is even possible. The real question becomes, ‘What is the meaning of humanity?’ when goodness and evil collide in one psyche. Ned can be considered deeply introspective as each reader asks what it would take to push them to the point of no return. Graphic and alarming, Ned makes you wonder just where you would draw the line.