“Dead & Dead for Real” was awesome. Katherine is such an amazing character, and Nick is a great match for her. All too often I read works that feel clearly derivative of other books (especially in thrillers/espionage/terrorist genre), and although I appreciate literary influences when something this original comes along it is a refreshing change of pace! It wasn’t predictable or cliché, (seriously did not see that twist with the ‘voice’ coming) and sometimes it was cutthroat and harsh, and other times I was nearly breathless from the intensity and violent passion--especially toward the end – don’t think I put it down once in the last quarter of the book or so. I finished it in a few short nights and went through so many highs and lows, it felt like a rollercoaster. I enjoyed the ending and was happy to see that this is the beginning of a series and with more to come? But it’s not a cliffhanger (thankfully). Lots of violence and action and dead bodies, but it’s not graphic or overly gratuitous. Works with the story well. Recommend to fans of action/thriller/suspense

5 Stars Cam Jones—Indie Book Reviewers



Fantastic! Wow what a crazy ending! Actually the whole book was pretty great, but I literally could not stop reading once after the 60% mark. I almost feel like I just read 5 different books instead of just one – So much happens, it would be impossible to sum up (I don’t do that anyways). This is an impressive effort from author R.L. Clayton, and it is quite clear that he is an author to watch. There is the spark of something wonderfully original here (rare for this genre!) and the writing felt as natural as it did effortless and yet with great energy and passion that brings excitement to the pages. You can’t fake or even teach that, in my opinion. Clayton has a natural voice for this fast-paced genre, and I could totally see this being a movie (or it at least it felt that way while I was reading it) It’s quite intense, and has that big “epic” feel to it which I love, but without all the bloat that can sometimes weigh down books like this. Great cast of characters who are flawed and have some personal demons, but skilled, intelligent, believable, and complex… just like this book. So many surprises here, and I love that I was caught off guard – that doesn’t happen to me with books very often. An entertaining read that will appeal to fans of the thriller/suspense genre. Glad to see there are more books to come with Nick and Katherine – they are quite the team!

5 Stars Jenna Brewster—Indie Book Reviewers



I read a lot of action and thriller books, so this is definitely a genre I’m familiar with. I’d never read anything from Robert L. Clayton, but the premise seemed intriguing – especially with the paranormal element. I’m always on the lookout for new authors, so I was curious to see how he would deliver in this one “Dead & Dead for Real”.  While not a perfect book (but is any, really?) I was pleasantly surprised with both the quality of the writing and the creative risk-taking Mr. Clayton used to set his book apart from the masses. He genuinely impressed me with his world-building and interesting characters and inventiveness on many levels. Great detailing gives this story authenticity with regards to military life and police procedures, and we genuinely feel transported into this complex, wild ride from the very beginning.  We also really feel like we are ‘in’ Kiki and Nick’s heads and sharing their ‘extraordinary’ experiences with them – whether it is memories or voices or the current dramatic situation they are in at the time. The chapters are short and the whole thing is very fast-paced – perfect for the genre. The editing is very good, the only thing was the frequency of introducing characters with just first names (and sometimes never get a last one) and sometimes it is hard to tell who the speaker is in conversations. But other than that, the delivery is great and I think this a very promising start to an exciting series! Recommend.

4-5 Stars Stephan Beacher—Indie Book Reviewers





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