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The face of death is inconspicuous -
Ted Roth's mind cyclones, recalling the events leading up tothe assassination. Exhaling slowly, gutturally through gritted teeth, he shiftsonto his back in a vain attempt at easing his pain. His quick, shallow breathrelieved somewhat, he glances down at the inadequate, bloody dressing coveringthe disgorging red hole in his abdomen where the bullet had torn into hisflesh. As the wound is ebbing his life, Ted Roth wonders which vital organ isthe epicenter of the undulating heat, white-hot until moments ago, that'sradiating his body. Although the pain is intense and unrelenting, hedesperately wants to document the sad truths that affected his life, and thatof so many others, but precious little time remains. Ted slowly leans forward,retrieves the tape recorder from the utility table, and eases back onto hisdeathbed. Examining the gadget momentarily, he flips it on, presses record,clears his throat, and begins.
"My name is Ted Roth. I killed my first victim with aknife. His name was Charlie. He was eleven years old, I was ten."...
ABSOLUTION, a raw and uncensored story, chronicles thegrowth of a psychopathic killer from his first shocking, childhood mutilation.Ted Roth, whose personality was so adversely sterilized by a duality ofdisassociated childhood betrayals, is transformed into a vengeful and vilekiller. Charlie, his best friend in grammar school, and Jamie Carver, the firstgirl he ever loved, snuff out the spring of Teddy's life just as sure as ifthey had plunged a knife through his heart. A autobiographic diary of theevolution of Ted's psychopathic maturation, ABSOLUTION, presents the chillingand often grisly insight into the murky recesses of a tormented and troubledmind. Ted winds his way through life leaving a path of butchered bodies in hiswake. The last person anyone would suspect, he progresses through life, raisesa family, and flourishes in business, political, and social circles. Ted'sconsiderable pernicious talents, coupled with his sociopolitical connections,create the perfect covert killing machine. When his sordid past is discoveredby a secret, fanatical, right-wing organization, Ted is blackmailed andpresented with two choices: assassinate the President of the United States, or be publiclyexposed for the gruesome atrocities he's committed. Unwillingly, he agrees to theassassination for fear his family will suffer immeasurably if his hideous deedsare revealed. Ted devises an incredibly simple and ingenious scheme for killingthe President. In a twisted and shocking conclusion, Ted attempts to alter histarget and sever the head of the organization blackmailing him. Theassassination is successful, but Ted's life is fatally compromised by along-forgotten victim from his childhood.
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I am the former Information Technology executive for threevery successful Fortune firms engaged in both national andregional over-the-road commerce. For over 25 years, my visions forthe application of computer technology afforded me a platform formy writing, lectures, and the design of high-tech system solutions forthe business community. Over time, key elements of my technical workhave been published in nationally recognized journals oriented to the use of computers and real-time networks within the transportationindustry.Retired now, I have the time to pursue my lifelong interest inwriting.To date, I have completed four novels, several articles and apoem or two.
I plan on completing at least one novel every fewyears interspersed with a sprinkling of poetry, novelettes, and shortstories. The commitment to my readers is simple; provide a quilt-work ofquality fiction, rich with imaginative nutriment for reflectiveintellectual stimulation on challenging thought provoking subjects.
Graphic, Bloody,Sometimes Fun with Powerful Writing
ByAMAZON.COM reviewer Mike E. Swope
Other reviewers have written that you won't want to put downthis book. To some degree, I must agree with them. Though I first thought thisbook was a biography about a serial killer I had never heard about (the reviewlist wasn't clear about the genre, or it didn't matter because the book soundedinteresting, take your pick), I quickly questioned the biography because it wastoo internalized, too detailed, bordering on too gruesome for most publishers. Absolution:The Ted Roth Story is a good, violent, gory well-written read which borders onfun.
It is an engrossing story. It sucks readers in at the start, a twistedcoming-of-age story gone murderously wrong, and then takes them through Ted'sevolution from a personal, selfish murderer into a murderer who can killwithout the childish pain or rage necessary to precipitate his first threemurders. Incidentally, as Ted evolves, he also becomes a wealthy and noteworthybusinessman and consultant who moves in larger social circles. This seems to bea social commentary about the skills and detachment necessary to achieve thekind of success enjoyed by only a select few in this country. Since Ted'sbusiness is based on IBM and the computer industry, a few such successfulbusinessmen come to mind, an interesting comparison to and juxtaposition withTed Roth. It should be clear, however, that the ever convoluted and looselyknitted plot can, with a good measure of suspended disbelief, also be fun towitness. This is part of Absolution's charm. Readers don't exactly know whatwill happen next, so they keep turning the pages.
Absolution is hard to put down, too, for its murder scenes. I would compare theearly scenes to train wrecks or any other horrible but horribly fascinatingscene. No one can look way. The first two murder scenes are also particularlysexually graphic, and fill almost exactly half the pages in the book, whichseems appropriate for the emotionally charged coming-of-age theme, particularlyof these early scenes. Hulton has written them with care and clarity thatreaders truly see them through Ted's eyes. The later murder scenes are shorterand less emotionally charged, but they are no less well written. Instead, theydemonstrate Ted's evolution as a psychopath. Altogether these murder scenes inAbsolution are graphic , imaginative, detailed and well-paced. Readers need notfill in any details; Mr. Hulton provides them all. Perfectly. Shockingly so fornew readers.
Absolution's greatest strength, however, is its powerful writing. No book isany good without powerful writing. Some books are acclaimed for it alone. Absolutionis well written. Absolution hits all the right notes at the right times for theright duration to make the individual scenes memorable and ring like a fineconcerto. For the writing alone, readers should pick up a copy of Absolution:The Ted Roth Story, and discover an author worth watching.
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Book Description PublishAmerica, 2004. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111413749372
Book Description PublishAmerica, 2004. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1413749372