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Valley of Death by L W Smith

January 17, 2013

41xau3WViGL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-55,22_AA300_SH20_OU03_Drawn into a world of intrigue and deceit, where your status and the number of zeros on your bank account determines the definition of legal or illegal, we again meet Annie Leeson.  Beautiful but not so charming, she has become an adult and is walking in her adopted father’s footsteps as a Policewoman.

At the beginning of the book, L W Smith takes us on a short ride in the past as he gives us a hind view of what happened in Mountain of Death to Annie Leeson, and he ties the fate of what she has become beautifully into the second book of the series. The connection provides the red line, which unites both books together.

Valley of Death opens up in the dream world of the protagonist.  Memories of a past that was forgotten come to the front through a chance encounter with a girl who had been brutally rape.

Smith draws a picture in this encounter that jars Leeson’s memory as he eloquently threads a story together, which could be as real today as in his own fictional world.

This book is not for the fainthearted.

  • It is not for those who have an aversion to profanity, which is used on the ghetto streets of any small or large city. 
  • It is not for those who would like to keep their eyes closed to the evils that walk the street and are a menace to our society.
  • It is not a book for those not willing to examine the ills of a society, which leaves children defenseless and watch as they are forced to succumb to the perverse appetites of some adults.

Annie Leeson, adopted daughter of a former policeman with a questionable pass has finally come of age, after a bestial zoo experience, in a basement where she was locked in a cage and repeatedly raped at will.  Her experience from her childhood shapes her views of sexual intimacy and her sexual actions.

A top policewoman, she is excellent at her job, but her curiosity almost costs her her life,  and the life of another she desires to keep.

Smith paints her as the hardcore protagonist who has no problem kicking butt, bending male fingers or kicking them in their balls, yet she has intense compassion to help children, who have been sodomized, brutally raped, and abused by people in high positions, who consider themselves to be above the laws they create.

41xau3WViGL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-55,22_AA300_SH20_OU03_We meet some old friends in Valley of Death, and some new ones that will cause you to lift your eyebrows.   We encounter violence. Brutal violence enacted on other human beings.  In fact, there are some scenes in Valley of Death where my eyes watered at the sordid bestial acts done to underage non-conforming children, who had no choice in the matter.

The author has managed  to give us a birds-eye view of what happens behind closed doors of people with depraved minds.

I wrote, after reading Mountain of Death, the first book in the series, by L W Smith,  it was the perfect book for those considering to enter the Mental Health or Medical field with the aim of helping the less fortunate.  Having now read, Valley of Death, I reiterate and stand firm in my  assessment.   The sequel, Valley of Death, as well as, Mountain of Death are excellent studies of society, and they display what happens when people are caught up in their own perverse desires,

  • Without morals,
  • Without ethics,
  • Without integrity.

Thus, to say this book is an excellent read is an understatement. It is so much more.

  • It is a study of surroundings we tend to ignore,
  • True, it contains profane language, which will be much too much for some,
  • And for others, the love scenes will be embarrassing,

Yet, I say, these parts of Smith’s book are not overdone. The book is by no means pornography.  You only need to visit the red light areas of your town, and you will find yourself in the middle of Smith’s Valley of Death. The scenes are astonishingly realistic.

Congratulations, L W Smith!  You have continued to remove the blinders from our eyes and have given us a well thought out and well written book. It is highly commendable and recommendable, and  in my opinion, required reading for all who enter the mental health or medical field to help those people who have been mishandled and abused.

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Pat Garcia

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  1. What a fantastic review! As I am a fan of Lauries’ blog, i understand where his stories come from. I agree with you Patricia, that we can put blinders on at times and chose to ignore those things that are not pleasant in life. Fact is, it is there whether we chose to see them or not.


    • Good evening Liz,
      Thank you. It means a lot to me hearing that come from you. Laurie has written a fantastic second book. Sequels are difficult to write, and he has managed this one so well. It had me coming and going in my emotional world.



  2. laurie27wsmith permalink

    Hi Pat, that is – well an excellent review of my book. I thank you so much for taking your valuable time to read and review my work, Thank you.


    • Hi,
      You are quite welcome. I enjoy reading well thought out and well written books, which catch my attention. Your book caught my attention. I had no idea how you would continue in the series. I only knew, it would be difficult, because series are hard to write. You have done an excellent job in tying everything together and also bringing the reader up to date. I applaud you for an outstanding work of literature.



      • laurie27wsmith permalink

        Thanks Patti, that means a lot to me. I should show these remarks to the woman who called my work porn, she couldn’t give a constructive critique so fell back on her ideals I guess. Never mind. Series can be a bit difficult, although I think I’ve pulled it off with the third book, River as well. Set a couple of years after Valley. Your thoughts on my writing mean a lot to me.


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