Testimonials

Crystal Lanham
Sam Martin, whom is a adventuress, has a special gift. She can see things that others can’t, such as people who have passed.

As a child, at the age of 11, her gift was able to help save her best friend Sally, when she is kidnapped one day after school by men planning to shoot a pornographic film to sell on the black market. Thankfully the police are able to make it there in time.

At 18 she meets Jack, Sally’s boyfriends military friend. After a short whirlwind romance while the guys are on leave, Sam is smitten. After writing him on a daily basis while he was deployed, they are married when he returns from Vietnam. However, there marriage is short lived, as she quickly grows apart from him when they move back to his home town, and begin to party all the time. After her failed marriage she begins to work on honing her sixth sense.She ends up with Harry, who works for the police department when a vision of hers leads to a rapist being apprehended.

I don’t want to give away too much of the book, but Sams life intertwines with a few other main characters,and the author is able to smoothly transition from character to character. A real page turner!

Robin Perron
Deadly Destination by Cat Denison is an adventure story with an interesting plot. It follows the life of Siobhan Angela Murphy AKA Sam and the impact that her very special gift has on her as she grows. Teased as a child for her “weird” ability to see events as they are happening elsewhere, Sam learns that her gift can help others in very difficult situations.

We begin the story when she is 11 years old and telling the police the details that lead to saving her best friend Sally from pedophiles. While her visions became less frequent for a time, they intensify when she hits adulthood and meets her first husband. They fall madly in love and marry soon after his return from the Vietnam War. She soon starts to feel weird about their relationship and decides to use those instincts to obtain a happier life where she can use her gift to help others.

Childhood acquaintance and fellow protagonist Kenny Callahan grew up in a large family with an abusive father. At the age of 10 Kenny snapped and beat his father bloody with a baseball bat. This payback earned him some time in juvenile hall but did not improve things at home with his father. Kenny and Sam eventually find themselves on opposite sides of an exciting conflict.

The structure of the book is easy to follow even though it follows 2 different plotlines and the characters make you want to know what will happen to them. All in all this is a good book.

E A Fow
Deadly Destination is an interesting concept novella which feels like it could have/should have been a much longer novel. Narrated in first person, first by Sam a young woman with second sight, and then by Kenny, a criminal bent on revenge, the book zips along, perhaps a little too fast. Sam is a really interesting character, who goes through many ups and downs and isn’t afraid to take new roads in her life. She’s a great heroine, and Denison’s attention to Sam’s work and career choices is refreshing in this kind of fiction. It’s great to see a woman supporting herself and having relationships – having a whole life and being a whole person. The first person style allows Sam to tell her own story, but with the exception of the incident which affects her childhood and her later relationship with a policeman named Harry, the episodes of her life flash by, and all would benefit from more pages and development. It’s Cat Denison’s first published piece of long fiction, and if this is going to develop into a series (which it has real potential for), I hope she will give Sam and her central mystery plots more time to develop and deepen – her ideas are really interesting and deserve expansion. Still, it’s worth reading, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of Sam.
Grady Harp, December 13
Cat Denison has elected to write her first full novel with a concept that seems as though it will beg for additional volumes – the use of the concept of the ‘sixth sense’. Not that the concept is unique – consider the film by M. Night Shymalan, later adapted into a book by Peter Lerangis called `The Sixth Sense’ – but few have opened the door into the manifestations of this phenomenon as it is carried from childhood to adulthood with the skill that Cat Denison demonstrates.

But getting the horse before the cart, `the sixth sense’ is defined as a power of perception seemingly independent of the five senses, or keen intuition; a supposed sense or means of perception, such as intuition or clairvoyance, other than the five senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell; and a supposed intuitive faculty giving awareness not explicable in terms of normal perception. Using these `dictionary type’ definitions spurred Denison to develop a storyline that follows the concept of the sixth sense – parts of the tale are in the present, parts in the past, and the entire story is told in terms of three characters’ viewpoints – a very powerful way to bind the concept of a story into the manner of telling it. It is the old dependable `form follows function’ concept that applies to all of the arts.

Cat Denison wisely opens her book with a prologue of her heroine Sam Murphy, `a thirty-something terminally independent woman’, reflecting on her childhood history and how she arrived at the calm of sailing on the ocean after the spirited life she has led. And quite appropriately she unfolds her tale divided into parts titled Sam’s Lighthouse, Kenny’s Lighthouse and then the collision of worlds and final destinations – all literary significant indicators of the tale to come. A very brief synopsis seduces the reader: Sam Murphy is an adventuresome beautiful Irish heritage woman with the gift of a sixth sense who stays true to herself, even when it sometimes isn’t what she perceives others might want her to be. Kenny Callahan leaves his hellhole of a home life to work his way out west with three of his brothers, leaving a trail of robberies behind them, working their way towards that brass ring waiting at the end of the ride. Harry Metcalf rounds out the trio of characters as he enters the scene as a once happy, smiling young cop who has turned into a `Lone Wolf’. It is the manner in which Denison weaves these three characters – cop, criminal, and free spirit – into an explosive and tragic encounter that permanently changes each of their lives.

Well written, incisive, suspenseful, erotic, and electrically charged, this book likely represents a beginning of a series, so well are the seeds sewn for the next book to follow.

Thomas Hill, Author of Warrior’s Song Launchpad Book Reviews
Life is never boring for eleven-year-old Siobhan Angela Murphy (Sam). Sam is full of life and expectation for the adventurous life she wants to lead. But first she has to explain to the police how she knows about a recent crime.  It seems that she had seen her best friend, Sally, get abducted! While her tips did lead police to the location of the perpetrators, Sam admits that she had obtained the information from what she calls her “personal movies.” In other words, Sam is clairvoyant.

Kenny Callahan, the other protagonist, got his fair share of physical abuse from his father while growing up.  One day Kenny just snapped and found himself at the end of a bloody baseball bat, having just fought back against his abuser. These early encounters with violence lead Kenny down a sinister path—one that eventually places him in the same coastal California town where Sam now lives. But while Sam is in a stable relationship, progressing along in her career, and in a rewarding relationship, Kenny has become a professional bank robber and drifter who is two seconds from self-destruction.

Author Cat Denison weaves this tale of intrigue and nail-biting suspense with amazing clarity and skill. Her delicate prose breathes life into the two protagonists in Deadly Destination. Sam’s sensitive, calm, and carefree demeanor clashes with Kenny’s fiery, bombastic, and egotistical rhetoric, which later culminates in a shocking reunion of past acquaintances.

Perhaps the most wonderful aspect of Denison’s writing is her ability to keep the reader on the edge of his/her seat while moving on to another part of the story. While the main narrator is clearly Sam, Kenny—who eventually becomes the antagonist—is also well developed. It is also interesting how the two characters’ lives are so intertwined.

I am quite sure that we will see more from Cat Denison soon.