Mike Dellosso’s “FRANTIC”


Gas station attendant Marny Toogood thinks it’s just another ordinary day on the job until an urgent message from a young girl in the backseat of a car draws him into a daring rescue attempt. Now he is on the run with Esther and William Rose from their insane “uncle” who thinks it is his mission from God to protect William, a boy with incredible faith that gives him supernatural powers.

They flee to Esther and William’s estranged father, Harold Rose, only to find him also out for murder. Later their nightmare gets worse when Harold kidnaps Esther and takes her to an underground lair where he is part of a grisly occult group who is stealing the blood of their victims and infusing themselves with it. In the end, William’s gift saves them all.

Have you ever had one of those nightmares where you’re being chased by something and no matter what you do or how fast you run, you just can’t seem to get away, can’t seem to put distance between you and them? That’s the feeling this story evokes.

Mike Dellosso’s Bio: 

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Mike now lives in Hanover, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Jen, and their four daughters. In addition to his novels of supernatural suspense he writes a bi-weekly column for his local newspaper and is an adjunct professor of writing at Lancaster Bible College. He received his BA degree in sports exercise and medicine from Messiah College and his MBS degree in theology from Master’s Graduate School of Divinity.

Mike writes novels of suspense for both the mind and the soul. He writes to both entertain and challenge.

My Review:

Marnin (Marny) Toogood has had a curse on his life since he was born, according to his Grandpa.  Unfortunately, Marny has believed this lie and the guilt of all the subsequent circumstances in his life.  The beginning of this batch of curses started with a lazy day at the filling station, playing checkers with his boss, Mr. Condon.  It was a full-serve station (remember those?), and a new car arrived with a male driver and a young girl in the back seat that he’d never seen before. Small town, Marny recognizes every car that comes through.

After Marny filled the car up, he found a dropped message that put him on the heels of salvation for Esther Rose, and subsequently, her brother, William, from their “uncle” Gary.  William had a deformity, but also had a ‘special gift’ according to Gary.  Thus it was his job to care for and ‘save’ William.  Upon Gary’s capture of the three young people, the three worked to get away that night.  Succeeding, they drove to Esther’s estranged Dad.  He was no better, and captured Esther and ran.

From the moment Marny saw the car at the station, to the end of the book, is a literal frantic passage of circumstances that one is hard put to understand.  A nightmare!  About the time you figure the young people had escaped a horrible trap, in rushes another.  This repeats itself in rapid succession in totally new ways that keeps you reading well into the night.  Yes, it’s a fast read, but it’s packed with scenarios that come out of the twilight zone–thus the title of my blog, “frantic nightmares…of reality” for everyone involved.

Mike is able to satisfy both your mind and soul.  The wretchedness of men, who are caught up in the occult, childhood calamities, and revenge versus the faith of William as he encourages the others to pray.  The characterizations are complete, though some are uncomfortable and horrific.  The dialogue fits into the wretched scenarios.  Your heart is touched by the all that the young people have endured, both before and during this chain of events. Your mind is on overdrive trying to figure out who, why and how in every situation.  Your adrenaline is pumped!

FRANTIC ramps up to be the best thriller by Mike to date!  If you love a great thriller, this is one book you will not want to miss!  Start to finish, you’re hooked.  Test yourself to figure out the reasons behind the bizarre behaviors before you are done reading.  Is there a solution?  A reconciliation?  A restoration?  It’s there for the asking. Will anyone ask?

This book was provided by the author, Mike Dellosso, as part of The Darlington Society, in exchange for my honest opinion.  No monetary compensation was exchanged.


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