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review 2016-05-11 03:49
Relic of Death - David Bernstein
Relic of Death - David Bernstein

When two mafia hit men have their luxury SUV breakdown in rural upstate NY after disposing of a body, they come upon a house on a dirt lane. They beat on the door to no avail. No one is home. The door is reinforced and won't budge. They try to shoot their way in. No dice. They end up bludgening the door open with the blunt end of a splitting maul. Once inside, they find a safe that is just begging to be cracked. Inside, they find only a briefcase. However, this briefcase is full of diamonds. What the hit men thought was their lucky day only turns out to be the beginning of death and destruction for all who possess the briefcase.

 

Bernstein takes us down a rabbit hole where the naughty briefcase goes from person to person in a roller coaster ride of mayhem that will remind you of shades of the Twilight Zone, Tales From the Darkside, and Friday the 13th the Series. Great story and highly recommended.

 

4 1/2 Temptations out of 5.


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review 2014-07-05 10:33
Relic of Death by David Bernstein
Relic of Death - David Bernstein

Relic of Death was my first read from David Bernstein, an author I’d not heard of before and another intriguing novella from the Darkfuse stable.

 

Sal Diamente and Bruno, two Armani suited, Rolex wearing hitmen have just made Danny “The Blade” Kilpatrick dig his own grave, bullet to the head, fill in the hole and they’re back on the road to Brooklyn. A quarter of a mile after dumping the evidence into the river, the SUV breaks down leaving them stranded, no phone calls of course, Sal is too clever for that. The only option left – They walk.

 

An hour later, they come to empty residence that is heavily fortified, someone’s put a lot of effort into stopping people breaking in, interesting and it’s now almost a challenge to see what’s in that house. One sledgehammer and some heavy swings later leads to an old fashioned safe hidden in the basement. Getting into that safe is now all that exists in their world.

 

The only thing in the safe is a briefcase and it’s filled with diamonds and that leads to a test, one of friendship, a test of loyalty as their minds sink to unfathomable depths. Their future depends on the decisions they now have to make and Sal thinks his friend is going to ruin it all.

 

The briefcase contains what the Keepers call the Relic of Death, it feeds on your inner most desires and corrupts them, leaving death in its wake. The story introduces various characters, giving us enough history to care what happens to them as the briefcase passes from one to the next. A Relic that once in the possession of man will leave a path of destruction behind it.

 

Relic of Death is certainly a dark enjoyable story and a decent introduction to David Bernstein’s work.

 

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review 2014-07-01 00:00
Relic of Death
Relic of Death - David Bernstein A couple of thugs lost in the woods and looking for a phone, stumble upon an ancient force in a remote cabin and unwittingly throw it in the car. That’s when it starts talking to them.

It’s just a briefcase. It holds whatever you desire. If you want what’s inside (and trust me, you do), you will have to pay the price. Go ahead and open it. You know you want to.

Written and paced well, Relic of Death is a solid novella from David Bernstein and Darkfuse.
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review 2014-04-21 00:13
Relic of Death
Relic of Death - David Bernstein

When their car breaks down, two hitmen find a safe in a cabin in the woods. Inside the safe is a briefcase full of diamonds and soon the hitmen are at odds. But is the briefcase more than a briefcase?

I got this from DarkFuse via Netgalley.

The DarkFuse novella series keeps barreling forward, mowing down all other novella series in its path. This entry, Relic of Death, is more crime than horror, centering around a tried and true crime fiction MacGuffin, the mysterious briefcase.

This particular briefcase, however, drives people to madness and death, appearing to contain what the possessor wants the most. I have to think that it may have been inspired by the mysterious briefcase from pulp fiction.

The Relic of Death travels from owner to owner, leaving blood and insanity in its wake. What more can you ask for in a mysterious briefcase? Four out of five stars.

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