Great Reviews for Throwaways keep rolling in!

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Great mystery read October 18, 2020
Author did a good job in writing an imaginative, emotional and mysterious story line. A little dark and heavy so beware if you’re not used to reading these types of books. But very relevant to the world around us right now. Recommend if you want a deep and interesting page turner.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Good Read October 17, 2020
I enjoyed this book. This was an easy read with good flow. For me the 1st chapter was a bit of overload on information, but once past that, it was a good read. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and seeing how the story turned out.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

An entertaining dive into a seedy world October 16, 2020
His discovery of a dead girl floating off the Florida coast throws diver and marine researcher Jake Savage into the shifting current of a mystery that slides through the seedy side of coastal life in Key West, Florida and into the even seedier side of a greater life, the world of child sex trafficking, including a headline villain who recalls Jeffrey Epstein.

Such is the convoluted world of “Throwaways,” a mystery by Elliott Light.

Faced with a disinserted police detective (who eventually comes around) and the moral imperative to right the wrong, Jake plunges into the dangerous search for the name of the dead girl and her killer.

Jake is the amateur investigator, the carrier of the hopes of the “throwaways” of the story: himself, as he overcame at age four the murder of his mother; the street girls who are turned into drug addicted prostitutes and playthings for rich men; any number of the characters who get attached to Jake’s quest, and even Detective Murphy, lost in a stagnant career and seriously ill.

The reader wants Jake and his gang to succeed; ultimately the reader knows they will.

“Throwaways” presents the veneer of a mystery, an entertaining exploration of a noble and righteous quest, a story at whose heart is a big idea that feeds a certain desire – who doesn’t want to be the average guy who brings down an international sex trafficker?

That idea will allow the reader to forgive instances in the book that could have used more attention. At times there is the aura of danger and terror, but nothing the reader feels; the seedy side of beach life is such because the author tells the reader it is; and the world of billionaire sex traffickers is bad because, well, it is unambiguously supposed to be.

That said, “Throwaways” provides a good read. While it doesn’t grab the reader by the throat, it gives us average guys hope that some of the world’s evil can be exposed.

A note: I am the author of mysteries and Anita-Dugan Moore, who created the stunning cover for “Throwaways” and was an editorial advisor, also created the covers for my books.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Not the usual crime story October 16, 2020
It is a story for today. a well-written page-turner and a highly imaginative story – I understand it’s the author’s first story of its type. Quite a dark subject but the way the author handles the subject matter, it is well managed.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book is a very intriguing and well written. October 13, 2020
As soon as I got into the first few chapters, the book has a way of pulling you in with all the descriptive details the writer paints as you get further into this dark mystery. It’s a great read and I highly recommend to anyone that loves a good mystery book.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Emotional, well-written October 13, 2020
Elliott wrote this novel as if he had been through this story in person. The scenes were so real and detailed and I could imagine just like I were a spectator in the scenes. The story unfolded as a body of a young girl was seen in Key West. People who like suspense novel will really enjoy it. Enjoyed it!


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Great book! October 13, 2020
I was hooked from the very beginning of this contemporary mystery novel. Putting it down in for any length of time was not an option. Jake Savage, a 27-year-old diver working for an environmental firm off the coast of Key West, is photographing predator fish when he discovers a dead young woman floating above him. Where did she come from? Was she murdered, and if so, why? On Jake’s journey to find her killer, we meet Ethel, his step-mother from his complicated past, and Tess, the caregiver, who will have a more important role to play later on. Jake’s clues ultimately come together and solidify into a believable conclusion, rather like a spider’s intricate web that stuns us with its construction. I wholeheartedly recommend this book, and hope for more from Elliott Light.

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Detailed, Emotional Story October 26, 2020
Child trafficking. This is a page-turner with scenes so real you become part of the story. The characters have personality so much so that the reader gets to know them and root for them. This dark, intense story is a page-turner you won’t be able to put down.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Very well written! October 26, 2020
A very well written, almost too much but just descriptive enough to captivate the reader while taking them on a emotional journey into today’s current and relevant topics centered around trafficking, abuse, money and power. It’s dark and disturbing but so is the reality of what happens in our underground, and sad, disposable world.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Great Stuff! October 24, 2020
Great characters and a great setting for a mystery adventure. Despite the sun and surf, it’s written with a descriptive abruptness that hints at noir. The story is well-structured, with great dialog. The plot gets more complex as it moves along and the consequences for the hero and heroine more dire. I loved it, and I’m looking for the next Elliot Light novel right away!


Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Jake is the real thing October 23, 2020
A lot of authors set out to create likable,believable characters, but few succeed to the extent that Elliot Light has with Jake Savage. Throwaways was a great read and I’m eager to read of the Jake’s future exploits.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Easy to read: tense and emotional October 23, 2020
A solid new mystery series from this author. This brings to life the new age of internet and involved things like the me too movement.

Very powerful stuff….not for the faint of heart…chilling.

Highly recommend I will be looking for book 2.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Dark & Meaningful October 22, 2020
This is a fairly dark story that shines a light on the horrors of human trafficking. As someone who has spent a lot of time in South Florida the setting of this book hits “close to home” & made the reading experience that much more impactful. I’m generally not interested in a topic such as human trafficking but the book made contending these ideas engaging. If you’re interested in dark stories based on reality then I’d recommend this book.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

This Book is interesting. October 21, 2020
This book gives alot of “throwaways” in the story. It’s definitely imaginative and easy to follow when it comes to the characters and the story line. This is a book to read if you like interesting storylines that’s engaging, but dark and intense as well.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Life Reality October 20, 2020
Throwaways by Elliott D. Light is based on today’s reality. The rich are in a class of their own and many of them forget about the little people once they get there. Though-provoking, intense, disturbing, and nerve recking.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

Good Read October 19, 2020
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The hook of the main character Jake spotting a body on his dive set in motion a plot that was well-paced and laced with mystery.

Characters had personality and there were emotional connections. You get to know and root for them.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery.

Editorial Reviews for Throwaways!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Throwaways is reminiscent of many of the #MeToo headlines seen in the media today.”

“Throwaways is a timely statement about the ‘have’s’ and the ‘have not’s’ of today’s society. It frankly illuminates the corruption and greed of the uber wealthy as they consume what they desire from the weak and the less fortunate, and then simply toss them aside like yesterday’s garbage. This story could have been ripped from many of today’s headlines.” 

  – Charles Rieger
Ph.D., Artificial Intelligence

CATS AND CHARACTERS

You may have noticed that in various ways my website pay homage to cats. My do everything book guru, Anita Moore, has sprinkled a kitty silhouette in the margins and included a sketch of a kitty sitting on a desk that I drew years ago.

This shared affinity for felines is not just a coincidence. Anita reviewed The Gene Police and noted that the book featured cats in various scenes:

Oh, and Shep has cats…lots of cats; just a few more creatures in need of help that he doesn’t turn away. These critters end up being a fun addition to the book too. I don’t say that just because I love cats (don’t judge me) but because they become tertiary characters due to how Mr. Light treats them.

A character’s reaction to an animal or an animal’s reaction to a character adds depth to a story. For example, in Lonesome Song, the fact of Reilly Heartwood’s death is made more real by the reaction of a cat:

The open casket was at the end of the room. A stray beam of sunlight danced across Reilly’s waxen face. I watched as a male tabby cat appeared on the closed end of the coffin. He walked confidently toward Reilly’s head, his tail raised in a question mark. When the cat was half way across the coffin, his gait slowed and his tail twitched nervously. He continued to move forward in a crouched position, until he came to the edge of the opening. The cat stepped gingerly on Reilly’s chest, his head bobbing as he took in the scent of the dead body. He looked up, his mouth open—it was the feline’s way of tasting what he had inhaled. A moment later, he was on the floor, scurrying away. I could see by the fluff of his tail that he had encountered something frightening. I wondered if the brave tabby would spread the news to the others that Reilly had used up his nine lives and was no longer of this earth.

In Chain Thinking, Shep refers to the cruel treatment of a cat to question the relationship of humans with God:

Howard Doring had justified testing on animals by declaring that humans were made in the image of God. …. How about the sick person who coaxed a lovable old cat like Van Gogh to approach, then violently slashed off his ear? I thought ofVan Gogh and how he had probably run happily to the human who called to him. I imagined how he swiped his attacker, a feline gesture that means “good to see you.” I wondered what Van Gogh would say about humans, to humans, if he could speak. How do humans, knowing the cruelty we as a species are capable of, stake claim to such a relationship with the Supreme Being?

In The Gene Police, cats again are used to reveal the troubled nature of the character Willet:

“I know who you are,” replied Willet angrily. “I’m not stupid. I’m just fucked up. Paranoid delusions and tremors.” He nodded as if confirming a thought. “Yeah. I took drugs. Fucked me up good.” With his gun, he motioned toward the bunkhouse and Robbie and I turned and walked to the door. As we stepped inside, Willet yelled, “Hands on your head!”

A moment later, the four kitties surrounded his feet.

“They won’t hurt you,” I said.

“I know that. People hurt people. People hurt animals. I prefer the company of cats to any humans I’ve met.” To my surprise, he knelt down and rubbed each cat behind the ears. I considered tackling and disarming him, but I was afraid I might break all his bones.

Willet put the gun down and slid it over to where I was standing. “I don’t know if the gun actually works. Anyway, it’s not loaded. I can’t afford bullets.” Willet laughed as one of the cats butted its head into his chin. “These creatures calm me. They tell me something about you. I think I’m okay for the moment.”  

Cover Art for Throwaways by Elliott Light

In Throwaways, cats provide a brief insight into the thinking of a traumatized girl:

The living room was a small space made more so by an odd collection of furniture, cat trees, and scratching posts. Kizzy was sitting in the middle of the floor, the object of attention of three kittens vying for ownership of her head and shoulders. The yarn attracted the attention of an orange tabby cat who chased and batted at it enthusiastically.

I sat on the floor a few feet from Kizzy and cast the yarn in her direction. “I call this cat fishing,” I said. “You want to try it?”

For a moment, Kizzy ignored me. Then she grabbed the end of the string and pulled it toward her. The three kittens and the tabby gave chase. She smiled as they took turns pouncing on it, falling over, and chasing it again.

“Do the kitties have names?” I asked.

Kizzy looked at me, making eye contact for only a moment. She pointed at a gray-striped kitten. “That’s Daniel. I had a brother named Daniel. The black kitten is Licorice. Daniel was always eating it. It made his tongue black. The girl kitten is a calico cat. I don’t have a name for her yet. And the orange kitty is Trouble. That’s his name because he’s always climbing the curtains or pushing things off counters. He may be my favorite.”

“Did Alicia like to play with cats?”

Photo by
Andrea Marciani

A scowl flashed across Kizzy’s face. She scrambled to her feet. “I want to leave.”

Like many folks, I observe the interaction of humans and animals without conscious effort. I’ll leave you with one of my favorites pictures. What does this say about me?

For more information about Lonesome Song, Chain Thinking, The Gene Police click here. Learn more about Throwaways by clicking here.

Writing a book? Need a graphic design? Check out Anita Moore’s website and services at www.cyber-bytz.com. She does cover art, interior formatting for print and digital books and can walk you the entire way through the publishing process!

Becoming Real

Do you remember where you were and what you were thinking in January of 2020? What were the issues that floated through your mind before the words “corona virus” popped up in your daily conversations? When did COVID-19 become real? When schools closed? When a loved-one got sick or, worse, died?

If you are interested in one man’s journey through COVID blindness, read Tony Green, What Are We So Afraid Of?, Washington Post, October 11, 2020.

Cover Art for Throwaways by Elliott Light
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Throwaways is a book about children we don’t see. Jake Savage, the protagonist of the book, doesn’t wake up wondering about young girls who are being trafficked for sex. He is more concerned with the damaged caused by lionfish than the plight of girls who have learned to live on the street. That’s not to say that the lionfish invasion isn’t important. But until Jake encountered the body of young girl floating in the Gulf, homeless girls weren’t on his radar. Hisfirst reaction is to want to help, that is, until someone who understands these girls sets him straight:

“For the love of God, you have no idea what you’re dealing with. You’ve got a heart full of good intentions and a head filled with images of homeless girls pining for home. They aren’t. By the time they get here, they’re feral. They’re throwaways. No one’s looking for them because they aren’t wanted. The ones who make it here have acquired survival skills the hard way. A few make it back to the world you live in. Most don’t.”

Throwaways is a novel. But while the story is fiction, the problem isn’t. Children leave home every day and become prey for predators. Perhaps in the process of entertaining, Throwaways will also enlighten. Hopefully, the story will stimulate conversation that will lead to questions. 

The first step to saving these kids is to see them.

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“As I came closer, I realized she couldn’t have looked at me because she had no eyes. She had no eyes!”

The body of a young girl drifts over a reef where Jake Savage is photographing lionfish, beautiful brown-striped creatures with feathery pectoral fins that could almost make one forget their venomous spines. For an instant, Jake thinks she might be watching him, but she has no snorkel or mask. She isn’t wearing a swimsuit, but rather is clad in only a shirt and panties. And she can’t have looked at him because she has no eyes. What has this child done to die so young, to be forgotten and left to drift until consumed by the creatures of the sea?

A voice whispers to let her go, but he can’t leave her to the whim of the wind and tide ….a simple decision with deadly consequences.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Throwaways is a timely statement about the ‘have’s’ and the ‘have not’s’ of today‘s society. It frankly illuminates the corruption and greed of the uber wealthy as they consume what they desire from the weak and the less fortunate, and then simply toss them aside like yesterday’s garbage. This story could have been ripped from many of today‘s headlines.”

— Charles Rieger Ph.D., Artificial Intelligence

“Throwaways” – Coming Oct. 13th!

The official release date for “Throwaways” by Elliott Light is just around the corner!

Cover Art for Throwaways by Elliott Light
Cover art by Anita Dugan-Moore, www.cyber-bytz.com

“As I came closer, I realized she couldn’t have looked at me because she had no eyes. She had no eyes!”

The body of a young girl drifts over a reef where Jake Savage is photographing lionfish, beautiful brown-striped creatures with feathery pectoral fins that could almost make one forget their venomous spines. For an instant, Jake thinks she might be watching him, but she has no snorkel or mask. She isn’t wearing a swimsuit, but rather is clad in only a shirt and panties. And she can’t have looked at him because she has no eyes. What has this child done to die so young, to be forgotten and left to drift until consumed by the creatures of the sea?

A voice whispers to let her go, but he can’t leave her to the whim of the wind and tide ….a simple decision with deadly consequences.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

“Throwaways is a timely statement about the ‘have’s’ and the ‘have not’s’ of today‘s society. It frankly illuminates the corruption and greed of the uber wealthy as they consume what they desire from the weak and the less fortunate, and then simply toss them aside like yesterday’s garbage. This story could have been ripped from many of today‘s headlines.”

— Charles Rieger Ph.D., Artificial Intelligence