CSFF Blog Tour: Vanished

Kathryn Mackel's Vanished is a supernatural suspense thriller with multiple POV characters.

Story Teaser (from authors website):
After a bomb explodes in a working-class neighborhood of Barcester, Massachusetts, Police sergeant Jason Logan fights to keep order and assist the injured while desperately waiting for aid to arrive. Is the mist from the bomb preventing ambulances and fire trucks from coming in? Or has something far more dire occurred?

As the hours tick by, Logan tracks the terrorist mastermind—whom he learns is not done wreaking havoc. Cut off from modern medical resources, nurse-practitioner Kaya de los Santos treats the injured and soothes the fearful, unaware that her teenaged son Ben is on the run from both the cops and the terrorist.

The vanished begin a battle for survival against enemies they’ve always known—and forces they’ve never even imagined.

Multiple POV:

Multiple Point of view stories are a challenge to write, but lots of fun to read if done well. They allow several story lines to enlarge the readers understanding of "the dilemma". And there's the wonderful possibility to have several engaging characters, each struggling to solve/survive some aspect of "the dilemma".

Books that come to mind our Dune, Watership Down, Lord of the Rings, (any good Michael Crichton book), Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, even the Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury does this.

Multiple POV stories often carry the downfall of being trite and formulaic if not done well. So many grocery store thrillers and mysteries can fall into this, but from the reviews "Vanished" has received, its looking like Mackel has done a hard days work in writing this story. Like the books I mentioned above, Multiple POV has the power to create a sweeping epic that can show you the big picture through several larger than life characters.

for more on
Kathryn Mackel's Vanished, check out these other blog tour sites:

Brandon Barr
Justin Boyer
Jackie Castle
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Gene Curtis
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Karina Fabian
Beth Goddard
Andrea Graham
Todd Michael Greene
Katie Hart
Christopher Hopper
Joleen Howell
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Mike Lynch
Terri Main
Shannon McNear
Melissa Meeks
Rebecca LuElla Miller
John W. Otte
Deena Peterson
Steve Rice
Ashley Rutherford
Mirtika or Mir's Here
Chawna Schroeder
Stuart Stockton
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Linda Wichman
Laura Williams
Timothy Wise


nissa-amas-katoj said...

Just passing through on the blog tour, thought your bit on the multiple POV was interesting, thanks.

Terri said...

Just a minor point. The Martian Chronicles is not a novel with multiple POV. It is a collection of short stories Bradbury had written previously which were collected together. Not a big deal I suppose.

I agree the multiple POV stories are interesting to read when done well. I find it hard to write them myself.


Rebecca LuElla Miller said...

I think the real change in today's fiction is the number of points of view. This method actually has supplanted the omniscient point of view. Which, I suspect would be what LotR used. I haven't read Watership Down in so long. I didn't remember POV at all, except I felt like a rabbit, so I suspect it must have been a close, multiple third person POV.

Interesting for us writers to talk about how others have done their work!

Thanks, Brandon.


Beth Goddard said...

Interesting perspective on Kathy's writing! Thanks for the post, Brandon!

Brandon Barr said...

Hi Nissa,
thanks for stopping by.

Hey Terri,
Yes, the martian Chronicles is a collection of short stories about mars, but from my perspective, its the broadest sense of the multiple POV, and also quite epic in its timespan.

Hey Rebecca,
Yeah, its fun to talk about writing. Since reading Watership Down, I feel much more close to my lupine friends around me.

Hey Beth,
Thank you, and thanks for stopping at my site.

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