• Title: When the Serpent Bites
  • Author: Nesly Clerge
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 304
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • When the Serpent Bites Frederick Starks has it all a gorgeous wife who was his high school sweetheart three beautiful children a mansion and cars others envy millions in the bank respected in his community admired by h
    Frederick Starks has it all a gorgeous wife who was his high school sweetheart, three beautiful children, a mansion and cars others envy, millions in the bank, respected in his community, admired by his employees, loved and respected by loyal friends He revels in the hard earned power and control he s acquired As the saying goes, All that glitters is not gold, which StFrederick Starks has it all a gorgeous wife who was his high school sweetheart, three beautiful children, a mansion and cars others envy, millions in the bank, respected in his community, admired by his employees, loved and respected by loyal friends He revels in the hard earned power and control he s acquired As the saying goes, All that glitters is not gold, which Starks discovers when gut wrenching betrayal by his wife sends him over the edge and into a maximum security prison There, Starks is a new fish, stripped of nearly everything he s always relied on In that place, where inmates and guards have their own rules and codes of conduct, Starks is forced to face the darker side of life, and his own darker side, especially when the betrayals, both inside and outside the prison, don t stop He must choose which path to follow when the line between right and wrong becomes blurred one that leads to getting out of the physical and emotional hellhole he finds himself in or one that keeps him alive.

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    1. It is because of books such as "When The Serpent Bites" by Nelsy Clerge that I read, it was more than words it was an experience into what it is to be human. What Clerge has written will have you thinking and questioning so many aspects of life. Whenever I put the book down, I found that I was still thinking about it me that is a sign of a great book!The story revolves around the protagonist Fredrick Starks, who has the type of life that most people can only dream of. He marries his childhood sw [...]

    2. This book was a very unique read for me this year so far, I liked that it had a distinct plot and direction, I could not compare it to anything else. Fresh. Got to like that to start with right? Originality is sometimes hard to come by in the land of novels these days. For me this is a very strong character driven book.It has an intense focus on the main character Starks, whom I loved to hate and had many conflicted thoughts and feelings about as the book weaved it's way from start to finish. It [...]

    3. I have taken my time over this book. I have inhaled it, digested it but I have never spat it out. Its a tasty read that keeps your juices salivating as a bookworm, as anyone who likes a brilliant all round story. When the serpent bitesWhat a fantastic title for a story. I was kept wondering when this was coming to "bite me on the butt" because I just knew this title was going to be reasoned out somewhere.I had to just lay in wait for it.Starks has it all. He has a lovely gorgeous wife, he has st [...]

    4. I enjoyed "When the Serpent Bites" the debut novel by Nesly Clerge.The story is about Frederick Starks. Starks makes the decision one night to confront his wife's ex lover. The circumstances that occur next drastically alters Starks life, and lands him in prison. Predominantly the story is set in the prison where Starks is trying to stay alive. It is also told through flashbacks and memories of Starks and his wife Kayla before the incident. Gradually we learn that perhaps Starks is not quite the [...]

    5. Frederick Starks is a very angry man and unable to cope knowing his wife Kayla and three children are living in the mansion he worked so hard to purchase to make her happy, is now inside with her latest lover enjoying the high life. But the one boyfriend Kayla had in the past which really stuck in his craw the most was Ozy, and Starks wanted to get even. As blind rage took over, he drove to Ozy’s home and confronted him where things soon escalated out of control. Not knowing or caring if Ozy l [...]

    6. “When The Serpent Bites” is the debut novel for author Nesly Clerge, a story of tragedy and deceit, a novel about one man’s uneasy challenge to survive prison and choose the right path to a new life. First I have to say that this book was not what I expected…it was so much more. And for a debut novel, it has blown me away! It was that good! This novel is hard to classify under the genres, as it has many elements to satisfy a wide range of readers from legal and crime lovers, to psycholog [...]

    7. When Starks made the fateful decision to visit his wife’s ex-lover late one night “just for a chat”, the violence that erupted caused his life to catapult out of control. The ensuing court case and guilty verdict put him in “Sands”, a maximum security prison which had a deadly reputation and a lot of hardened criminals.Frederick Starks was used to being in charge – the CEO of his own company which was worth millions; he had always had people on his side. He had met Kayla in high scho [...]

    8. The first word that comes to mind is WOW! The second word that comes to mind is DOUBLE WOW! This is not what I expected just reading the blurb. It is so much more!Frederick Starks is a man who just went over the edge. He has confronted his wife's ex-lover and when he is taunted by the man, brutally assaults him, putting him in a coma.Starks is normally a fairly calm man, not given to outbursts of rage. He is a successful business man, makes a lot of money, supports his wife and kids in a manner [...]

    9. 3.5 starsGoaded by his wife’s lover Starks loses control and savagely attacks him. Now serving time for his crime Starks must learn to survive. Attack or be attacked.When the Serpent Bites is a story of how a moment in time, one wrong decision, can change a life forever. How circumstances mould you and make you the person you become. It’s about trust and betrayal. How not letting go of anger can cause insurmountable problems. How pride can dictate your actions and the consequences of those a [...]

    10. My debut novel When The Serpent Bites is on . I had the opportunity to meet some very nice people on this site. I've posted the editorial reviews. “From debut author Clerge comes a novel about one man’s quest to survive prison and find answers within himself. The prison fear is vivid, the odds insurmountable and the conclusion anyone’s guess, though it certainly won’t come easily. An arresting prison tale about penance.” -Kirkus Reviews5 STARS"The characters have real depth―something [...]

    11. Thank you to the author for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.When I started reading this book, I had no idea what to expect. I wanted to start and read a few chapters, but no. There is no going slow with this book. This was fast paced right from the beginning and I couldn't put it down even if I wanted to.This was an absolute rollercoaster of a book. It never stopped moving. I could imagine everything that was being told and it was insane from the first word. S [...]

    12. Dark, edgy and full of grit, When the Serpent Bites by Nesly Clerge is a suspenseful tale of one powerful man’s fall from grace and his slow metamorphosis into a man who found his way to the top of a far more deadly heap. Survival to Frederick Starks meant control, in the business world, his family life, and the community. He fought hard to get where he was and never expected his plummet would revolve around his own lack of control and place him firmly in the confines of a maximum security pri [...]

    13. Hopefully, my rating and/or review doesn't keep people from checking this novel out. It's written well, it just wasn't what I expected and, ultimately, desired it to be.I was hoping for a gritty jail story. And there's some of that, just not nearly as much as I wanted. Every time the jail story got good, there'd be chapter upon chapter of backstory chronicling the death of a relationship. I could probably have dealt with it better if I didn't feel that both of the people in said relationship sho [...]

    14. Starks had everything he wanted, a beautiful wife, three children and a comfortable lifestyle. He was the luckiest man in the world, until it is abruptly taken away and he snaps.I have to first comment on the writing. It was amazing. This author threw everything into this novel, clever hooks, masterfully written characters and an extremely deep plot.The main character Starks was to me very hard to like at times, but still you couldn't help but feel compassion for the man as he travels down a har [...]

    15. When the Serpent Bites is the first in a trilogy of books by Nesly Clerge. The book opens with Starks (our main character), still reeling from finding out that his wife cheated and makes the choice to confront the man she was cheating with, even though it was roughly a year later.This seems to be the beginning of the end for our main character Starks. It is the beginning of a dark road that he ventures down and one can hope that he finds the light at the end of the tunnel. With that being said W [...]

    16. Review available on Pacific Book Review.4.5 out of 5 StarsThe hero, or rather protagonist, of “When the Serpent Bites” is Frederick Starks. Starks is no hero, which should be made clear up front. He is a man who scrapped his way from the bottom to rule over his own successful business empire. Starks worked hard to provide for his wife and his new family, but he might not have always done so the right way. It is important to know Starks is not a perfect father or husband, or a moral businessm [...]

    17. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*I will admit that crime thrillers are not my exactly my genre of choice, so there's that lol. What intrigued me about this book was the fact that the MC went to prison and, if anyone knows anything about me, they know I LOVE a prison story. There's something about witnessing someone's transformation from upstanding citizen (or not) who made a mistake, to cold blooded, calculating and 'will do whatever it takes to survive.' It just [...]

    18. Clerge’s Novel is a mind-blowing read. The book starts off with a confrontation between the protagonist and his wife’s lover. The confrontation turned violent and Starks brutally assaulted the man sending him into a coma. A trial took place which was about 1/7 of the book. It’s easy to think this book was a legal drama but it’s not. The author executed the trial scenes flawlessly. It feels as if you are in the actual courtroom. The main character is sentenced and goes to jail, and you wi [...]

    19. Frederick Starks is a highly-successful, very wealthy CEO. He somewhat inexplicably confronts not his wife current but her once-removed lover, goes over the edge, puts him into a coma and ends up in jail as a result. Starks is a complicated man who suffers from some very conflicted feelings toward his wife. Perhaps love has been one of those feelings, but they mainly seem to be feelings of possession and he seems to suffer from wounded pride rather than true injury.I am a little at a loss for wh [...]

    20. 3.5 starsMy biggest complaint with this book is the length. Trimming it down 50 pages or so would have made the book tighter.Other than that, this is a great examination of the choices we make. I have a brother who's a corrections officer. He always says, we're all just one bad decision from being behind bars. It's true, & this story is an exploration of Starks' bad decision, & how he handles the consequences.We come to know the history of Starks and his doomed marriage through his sessi [...]

    21. An episode of The Wire, jacked on meth and steroids, curb stomping Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe.This isn't a "read", it's an experience. A visceral one that deserves my strongest recommendation. Unquestionably looking forward to more from Mr. Clerge.I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

    22. Quite taken by itI was quite impressed with this book overall. The very first thing I liked is the adroitness the author showed in conjuring an atmosphere that seems quite relatable yet somewhat layered in mystery, so that it looks like an enchanted land. Indeed, the following passage brings to life the suburb in a way as you feel like you have lived there before; at the same time, it engulfs you with a fear of the unknown; perhaps this is the author's way of indicating the events that are about [...]

    23. Frederick Starks, an extremely wealthy and respected businessman married to his high school love, one night chooses to confront his wife's ex-lover and then has to learn to live with the consequences, a stay in a maximum security prison. This first part of the trilogy takes us through the courtroom drama, episodes of Starks' life growing up and building his empire and the life-changing consequences of that one fateful night as Starks adjusts to prison life. When The Serpent Bites was a profound [...]

    24. I had to wait a full day before I wrote my review, that is how flabbergasted I was by this read.Totally unexpected beginning and equally unexpected ending BEGGING for a sequel.The beginning softly meanders and BAM I was hit by the level of violence. You know when you are trying to figure out who the protagonist is, then the author hits you with this massive event before you'Ve figured out who's who in the zoo. Very clever angle at characterization.The plot had so many twists and turns. Kept on a [...]

    25. I was given this by the author in exchange for an honest review - I don't do any other kind!I liked this book very much as it was a very gritty, but totally honest, read. The main character, Starks, is likable one minute, frustrating the next, and then making the reader feel downright angry for him being so stubborn. A man who adapts to his new way of life by doing what he has to in order to survive.Don't start this book thinking that there are going to be good guys and bad guys, and a focus for [...]

    26. What a book!! Starks is interned over an act of revenge on his pride- something he has been brought up to be proud of. Is he validated by doing so perhaps not the clean living person he thinks he is. Most of this book takes place during his incarceration, during which we learn of the man, his life, his marriage and his thoughts and previous acts. A book to make you think and really get into the mind of a character. The ending, despite me "always liking a good ending" wasn't perfect but didn't di [...]

    27. Firstly, great title. One decision sends Stark's life into a devastating spin. He lives a great life, is a successful business man respected by all, has a gorgeous wife and three beautiful children. However infidelity has its way of ripping hearts apart, and Stark's heart is not happy. His wife is involved with another. Starks then makes the fateful decision to confront the man involved which then leads to a stay in a maximum security prison. Strong story and charactets, will not say more about [...]

    28. This book was really just amazing. It's about a man who feels the sting of betrayal and the story of how he reacts to it. He has some shortcomings himself, which he almost seems blind to. All the characters are very real and full of depth, and the stories all weave together perfectly so there is never a dull moment. I'm still thinking about this book; it stays with you. Good thing I guess, since there is clearly more to the story. I'd recommend this book to everyone.

    29. When the serpent bites is a debut novel.One night goaded by his wife's lover Stark loses control and attacks him and puts the man in hospital in a coma.Stark lands himself in prison for doing this even though he is rich that doesn't help him get off.In prison stark gets into trouble with another inmate and his life spirals our of control.Great book I liked the descriptions of prison life.Looking forward to book 2.

    30. This book was a really fast read; usually it takes me two days on average to finish reading a book (I always have at least five going at once and I read sections of each one in order) but it was definitely one that brings the reader into the adventure instead of just going over an adventure.

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