Fear by Rob Bliss

Nurse Stitch has her mouth sewn shut and her memory erased.

John Doe has undergone ‘nightmare surgery’, his memory also erased, replaced by crippling trauma and delusions.

Mahmoud Farouz is a captured insurgent from Iraq who is going to be used by a special Black Op organization to make America feel fear again.

When these three prisoners of a secret underground torture facility band together to escape, they cannot realize that not only has their torture been orchestrated, but so too will be their path to freedom.

The IndieMuse Review

“Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide
No escape from reality”
—"Bohemian Rhapsody", Queen

*(I will explain this video link at the of the review)

Rob Bliss caught my radar last year when I saw the cover for The Pig Bros (still on my wish list), so when I had the opportunity to get my hands on Fear, I didn’t even hesitate.

The reading experience was not what I had expected, so I have to break this one down to a more technical review…to be fair.

The writing by Bliss is really good—his writing style has a good, comfortable flow to the story and at no time did I feel lost or confused. This is important, because this book has a well-developed, intelligent plot, where the past of three characters interweaves with their current situation.

The three main players are:

  • Nurse Stitch—memory erased and mouth sewn shut…could it be something she said? (Just be glad you didn’t waste any hemorrhoid cream!)
  • John Doe—memory erased, kept sedated and locked in an eternal nightmare world.
  • Mahmoud Farouz—deemed a terrorist insurgent who needs to be turned or eliminated.

They are all prisoners in a secret facility…but Why?

The three of them are linked by their past and they need to escape to find out how. But can anybody really escape these captors?

If I was forced to give you a visual, I would call it a mix of Enemy of the State and The Island (The Scarlett Johansson one). And here comes my issues with this story…

I am not sure the author is to blame for the disappointment I felt. So, Mr. Bliss, it’s not you, it’s me. I will be reading more of your work in the future.

I went into this expecting a horror story, which this was not. At best, I would describe it as an Action-Thriller, heavy on the action. Sometimes even a little over the top, in my opinion, which is not really my thing. Did this misconception play the biggest part in my discontent? Perhaps.

So, it turns out to be this huge conspiracy theory. While I don’t have a problem with that in general, I am just so sick and tired of politics—the last few years was just so overwhelming, I need a break from it. Again, not really the author’s fault.

Finally, at about 60% into this story, I was beginning to wonder if I was losing my stamina for longer stories, meaning 400+ pages. When I looked it up and found this book was only 265 pages, I couldn’t believe it. It took almost a week for me to get through this story. The week was hectic, sure, but why did I struggle so much?

So, my personal feeling is my approach was wrong and all of the factors above contributed to me not enjoying this one. I can’t lay the blame with the author, so I will endorse this book on technical skill alone. People who like action-packed conspiracy theories will love this one.

*The link above is not for the Queen version. While I am one of those people who rarely like a cover of a song I already love, this is probably the best cover of any song I have heard in the last decade. You should ask yourself this question:

Am I making some profoundly deep comment about things not being as they seem or should be for this story? Or do I have a crush on Lauren Babic? Decide for yourself…


Mort Stone lives in untamed Africa, where he rides his lion to work every morning to slave away as a scientist who learned how to fake competency.

Reading is his passion…well, the one he can admit to, anyway. As an aggressive pacifist, he chooses to fight vicariously through stories which can bring him no physical harm.

While he is almost confidant that his IQ is in the top 50%, his wife regularly reminds him of all the stupid things he does. He will neither admit nor deny the accusations of sarcasm, but he can act like he cares. Most of the time.

As an avid reader of horror and thrillers, and somewhat of a movie buff in those genres, he still blames his insomnia on Global Warming. Because he can.

He would also like to apologize in advance for any swear words which might slip through…he will blame that on the insomnia.

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