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Skull Session | [Daniel Hecht]

Skull Session

Despite his brilliance, Paul Skoglund hasn't held a steady job for years, partly because of his Tourette's syndrome, a neurological disorder that forces his body into wild swings and to blurt out words that are hilariously, often tragically, inappropriate.
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Despite his brilliance, Paul Skoglund hasn't held a steady job for years, partly because of his Tourette's syndrome, a neurological disorder that forces his body into wild swings and to blurt out words that are hilariously, often tragically, inappropriate.

When his eccentric, wealthy aunt asks him to take on the repairs of her magnificent hunting lodge, he is in no position to refuse. But inside the lodge lies a scene of almost superhuman destruction: a violence now mirrored by a series of disappearances and deaths haunting the region. As Paul delves into the wreckage, he can't help but wonder what dark passion, and what strength, could cause such chaos.

Janet, Paul's icy ex-wife, plans to use his condition to wrest away custody of their young son. And in his otherwise uncertain world, Paul is sure of one thing: nothing and no one is going to come between him and Mark. But quickening events lead him deeper into his family's past, and as Paul faces the darker aspects of his own nature, he must brave the possibility that in saving those he loves, he might well destroy himself.

©1998 Daniel Hecht; (P)2005 Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"A narrative that's populated by believable characters and infused with healthy doses of medical science and psychology. Skull Session is a story that keeps the reader guessing till the very end." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    David Cobb, CA, USA 07-18-05
    David Cobb, CA, USA 07-18-05
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    "Great enough for ME to review!"

    Though I don't usually put my opinions up for public, for this book I had to. The story is an incredible mix of intense psychology and suspense. The explicit language and the sexual interludes make this for the mature only--fair warning. Fortunately, this is just the type of book a cartoon-plagued parent needs to get her brain thinking at an adult level again. I was absolutely riveted throughout the book. Literally, I could not put my iPod down. I highly recommend both the story and the author. I'm looking forward to hearing more from Daniel Hecht in the near future.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Christina Youngstown, OH, USA 07-23-05
    Christina Youngstown, OH, USA 07-23-05
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    "Another great book by DH"

    Also read Land of Echoes and City of Masks both are GREAT! They are the only two books (so far) that include the paranormal investigator Cree Black. I suggest these for the paranormal mystery fan!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Louise WINTON, CA, USA 01-13-06
    Louise WINTON, CA, USA 01-13-06
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    "Brilliant"

    I'd never read anything by Daniel Hecht. Wow, this tale is extremely well written and read. At the very beginning of this novel I was drawn in and had difficulty pausing the read; as I didn't want to miss a syllable. I even played part 1 and 2 over just about when they were close to coming to an end. I really wanted to make sure that I didn't miss anything. And what a mystery! Course I found this pretty humerous but then again I do have a warped sense of humor. One down 3 more to go. Hopefully Daniel is still writing and releases another tale very soon. Love the paranormal/psychophysical premis. This book gets 5+ stars from me.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John S. Atherton Portland, OR USA 07-15-05
    John S. Atherton Portland, OR USA 07-15-05 Member Since 2001

    G'Pa

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    "You're going to like this one.."

    if you like a weird mix of science, science fiction, mystery and good story telling. Hopefully this reading does justice to the creative mind that wrote it. Check out other books by this author too.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Carolann Oxford, MI, United States 11-16-05
    Carolann Oxford, MI, United States 11-16-05 Member Since 2002

    I live in Michigan and have been a member of auible since it's onset. Hobbies are photography and writing...I am in the process of formatting my first novel for kindle and I hope everyone will read it. I LOVE AUDIBLE and listen to at least 3 unabridged books a month. !

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    "Playing with my head"

    This author really tied his story together...kept me in suspense throughout. The research and factual information challenged the readers intelligence and enhanced the pleasure. Iwas just a tiny small bit dissapointed by the ending...But as soon as I finished I listened to Hecht's book Land of the Echos....Just as riveting.!!
    I hope this author ....KEEPS BRINGING THEM ON...What a wonderful mind.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Gordon New York, NY 01-15-06
    James Gordon New York, NY 01-15-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Skull...Duggery"

    Daniel Hecht has written a brilliant, innovative and spine tingling novel laying bare the "tics" that live within all of us. Using neurological disorders, chiefly Tourette's Syndrome, to explore the demons that we let control us, Hecht has created Paulie, perhaps the most frightening yet enlightening hero in modern literature. And the story is populated with memorable and heartbreaking characters. Read this book; you will be permanently changed for the better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Marlowe Los Angeles, CA United States 08-23-05
    Brad Marlowe Los Angeles, CA United States 08-23-05 Member Since 2003
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    "I respectfully disagree"

    I found this book very hard to get into and, in fact, put it aside a couple of times before committing. I should have listened to my first instinct on this one.

    The extensive and, in my opinion, tedious "neurological disorder" background information made this book feel more like a term paper than a novel and when it becomes clear why the author spent so much of his/our time on this medical and pseudo-medical material in order to (attempt to) justify his big finale -- it just feels forced and false. In essence, the reader/listener must slog through hours and hours of tedium in order to arrive at an entirely un-credible (not incredible) and over-the-top conclusion.

    The author's Cree Black series is far better, though those books still feel a little slow and clunky, to me. If you're looking for paranormal thrillers Stephen King still reins supreme, with Dean Koontz a distant second.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 03-06-12
    Ellen Chesterton, IN, United States 03-06-12 Member Since 2008

    I'm a bibliophile since early childhood. Love speculative fiction, odd premises, mystery novels that teach about different places and times.

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    "A Very Different View"

    I really liked this. There's a bit TMI about brain chemistry, but it went to places I really didn''t expect. I really found it compelling,even with the over exposure on the science,

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    Jim Grace Thomasville, GA. United States 10-16-10
    Jim Grace Thomasville, GA. United States 10-16-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Wish I could have liked it better!"

    I love a mystery, especially psychological drama. This book had great promise but somewhere along the line it lost me. I stayed on to the bitter end...but didn't love it.

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    L. Williams Philadelphia, PA USA 06-12-10
    L. Williams Philadelphia, PA USA 06-12-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Terrible Ending Mars Atmospheric Thriller"

    The first 2/3 of the book is well-written with complex and evolving characters. Yet, as the story reaches its deeply unsatisfying and in-credible resolution, the author bogs down the plot with endless pages of scientific theory. In the end, the author creates complex characters either to abandon them entirely or have them behave in ways that don't seem to fit who we expect them to be. This is a long audiobook - three parts - and frankly, after investing so much time in it, I felt gypped by the last disappointing hour of the story.

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