Horror Fiction Reviews / Mike Duke

Ashley’s Tale: Making Jake

By Mike Duke


Dark and Disturbing


If you haven’t read Ashley’s Tale, go buy it and read it BEFORE reading Making Jake!
Making Jake has spoilers that will reduce the impact of the twists in Ashley’s Tale.

Because the fans of Ashley’s Tale demanded it, Making Jake will give you the backstory of how an unpredictable killer was made.

As a child Jack saw the violent abuse his mother suffered and, himself, experienced the heavy hands of abuse. Barely a teen, Jack lashed out at his mother’s current abuser, spawning a ripple effect that would follow him into adulthood. Now, Jack’s actions that day are culminating with a plan to abolish abuse in the life of his best friend, and unrequited love interest, April. April, who cycles from one despicable boyfriend to another, who won’t say no when abused and won’t stand up for herself. Jack means to conduct a brutal intervention. But can he navigate the obstacles and pull it off without going to jail? And, more importantly, can he navigate the psychological obstacles that April clings to so dearly and bring about lasting change? Jack is all in, but this course of action will change him as much as April. The darkness he embraces will mold him, transform him and, eventually, make him into the nihilistic adversary of weakness named Jake.

Content Review

First and foremost, as the author states, Ashley’s Tale must be read prior to reading Making Jake.  Although Making Jake is actually a prequel, it was written to be read second.  Both stories lose something if you do not read them in the order intended.

Second, this is a psychological horror story that might require a warning.  This story deals with some very realistic psychological truths that may be difficult for some readers.  Although the story may be dramatizing these psychological states, they do refer to unfortunately realistic events in society.  So, readers should keep in mind that there is a depth here that will affect them emotionally.

Now, as the title suggests, this is the story of how Jake from Ashley’s Tale came to be who he is.  It is a graphic tale of one man’s mind, bent from childhood, trying to make sense of an ugly world, trying to fix what it cannot abide.

Like Mike Duke’s other books, this story is made up of fully fleshed out, realistic characters, delightful action, and delicate foreshadowing.  However, in keeping with his style, there is also the unexpected.  This story evokes a lot of emotional responses in addition to the tension of “what happens next.”  The pace is a little slower than Ashley’s Tale and the story has a more chaotic feel that is purposeful and well executed.  Much like in Ashley’s Tale, the horror is in the characters as well as the action.

Don’t think you know how it is going to end.  You don’t.

This is a must read for Mike Duke fans.

Get it on Amazon:Making Jake

About the Author: Mike Duke

“I was a cop for 12 years, but the last 10 years I’ve been teaching Military, Law Enforcement and Bodyguards how to drive fast, do bad ass tactical driving maneuvers as well as hand to hand Combatives. I enjoy martial arts and have been a practitioner since 1989 of various styles. Filipino blade arts are my favorite. Since I was a teenager I’ve loved reading, writing, and watching movies…particularly in the horror genre. I’ve also been a prolific reader of theology and studied quite extensively for a layman. I have a beautiful wife who is very supportive and a son and daughter her are both graduated and out of the house. My baby girl now is my German Shepherd, Ziva. And she’s a Daddy’s girl who loves to play…even when I’m writing. Most recently, Stitched Smile Publications has picked up my novel LOW and I’m part of their family now. Looking forward to publishing lots of work with them!”

Mike Duke’s Amazon Page


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