Mine by Brett Battles

Book Description:

Published: July 19, 2016

Format: Audio/Audible

Something happened that night in the woods at Camp Red Hawk. But all Joel and Leah can recall is sneaking out for a late hike with five camp friends, and that only the two of them and their friend Mike returned.

They have no memory of what happened to the others. No memory of anything after leaving the camp.

In the years that follow, they realize something has changed inside of them. They are different from others, in ways they never should be. In ways that send their lives down disturbing and terrifying paths.

As they grapple with adulthood, their only hope for understanding why they’ve been altered lies with them finding each other again. But how is that possible when their memories of one another have been erased?

Review –

I am a fan of Brett Battles and will be listening to books three and four in the  Project Eden series very soon. This series is a blend of thriller, horror and crime drama, and that’s what I’m used to when I think of Brett Battles. Mine is none of those things. Instead it’s a sci-fi meets coming of age. It’s a common enough story about how aliens plan to take over the earth and eliminate the humans but this has the addition of the bond of friendship. Without the friendship the three survivors had between them, none of them would have come out alive.

The only thing that disappointed me was the ending.  There was an epilogue and it was very very predictable. I wish the author would have made it a cliffhanger.

All in all, it was a great listen.

 

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After the Cure by Deirdra Gould

Book Description:

Published: August 24, 2013

Eight years ago the December Plague swept through the human population of earth. The Infected were driven mad by the disease, becoming violent and cannibalistic, killing even those closest to them without hesitation. Six years ago, the tiny surviving community of Immune humans found a cure, and the Infected began to wake up and realize what they’d done. Over time, society has begun to rebuild itself. It’s now ready to judge those responsible for the Plague. Nella Rider, the court psychologist and Frank Courtlen a defense attorney are trying to establish the truth. But more depends on it than they know. Can they find the answers they need before the fragile remains of humanity vanish for good?

Review –

This is zombie fiction at it’s best!

The plot is captivating and it’s scary to think that there are people out in our world TODAY crazy enough to pull off something like this. It also shows the lengths the human spirit will go to survive.  The characters are well-defined and Frank and Nella have such  good chemistry that you can’t help but route for them. Though this book is a good “stand  alone” it is the first of three in a series and I will definitely be reading those in the future.

If you like post-apocalyptic stories or the zombie genre, this book is for you!

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Origin by J.N. Konrath

Book Description:

Published: April 8, 2009

1906 – Something is discovered by workers digging the Panama Canal. Something dormant. Sinister. Very much alive.

2009 – Project Samhain. A secret underground government installation begun 103 years ago in New Mexico. The best minds in the world have been recruited to study the most amazing discovery in the history of mankind. But the century of peaceful research is about to end.

Because it just woke up.

When linguist Andrew Dennison is yanked from his bed by the Secret Service and taken to a top secret facility in the desert , he has no idea he’s been brought there to translate the words of an ancient demon.

He joins pretty but cold veterinarian Sun Jones, eccentric molecular biologist Dr. Frank Belgium, and a hodge-podge of religious, military, and science personnel to try and figure out if the creature is, indeed, Satan.

But things quickly go bad, and very soon Andy isn’t just fighting for his life, but the lives of everyone on earth…

Review –

A very eerie story of coming face to face with the most evil thing on earth or anywhere else and what happens when you try to out smart it.

A great read.

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In The Tall Grass by Stephen King and Joe Hill

Book Description:

Published: October 9, 2012

As USA TODAY said of Stephen King’s Mile 81: Park and scream. Could there be any better place to set a horror story than an abandoned rest stop?”

In the Tall Grass begins with a sister and brother who pull off to the side of the road after hearing a young boy crying for help from beyond the tall grass. Within minutes they are disoriented, in deeper than seems possible, and they lost one another. The boy’s cries are more and more desperate. What follows is a terrifying, entertaining, and masterfully told tale, as only Stephen King can deliver.

Review –

This is a very short story that will keep you from stopping on any deserted highway and walking into tall grass. Very spooky. I loved it.

 

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The Fun House by Dean Koontz

Book Description:

Published: 1980

Once there was a girl who ran away and joined a traveling carnival. She married a man she grew to hate—and gave birth to a child she could never love. A child so monstrous that she killed it with her own hands…Twenty-five years later, Ellen Harper has a new life, a new husband, and two normal children—Joey loves monster movies, and Amy is about to graduate from high school. But their mother drowns her secret guilt in alcohol and prayer. The time has come for Amy and Joey to pay for her sins…

Because Amy is pregnant.

And the carnival is coming back to town.

Review –

I’ve only been to a carnival once or twice but after reading this book I’ll never go again.

Really suspenseful and creepy with well-defined characters and “beasties”and plenty of blood and guts.  Horror at it’s best, written by one of the best.

If you like spooky, this is for you.

 

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Bedbugs by Ben H. Winters

Book Description

September 6, 2011
FOR RENT: Top two floors of beautifully renovated brownstone, 1300 sq. ft., 2BR 2BA, eat-in kitchen, one block to parks and playgrounds. No broker’s fee.

Susan and Alex Wendt have found their dream apartment.

Sure, the landlady is a little eccentric. And the elderly handyman drops some cryptic remarks about the basement. But the rent is so low, it’s too good to pass up.

Big mistake. Susan soon discovers that her new home is crawling with bedbugs . . . or is it? She awakens every morning with fresh bites, but neither Alex nor their daughter Emma has a single welt. An exterminator searches the property and turns up nothing. The landlady insists her building is clean. Susan fears she’s going mad—until a more sinister explanation presents itself: she may literally be confronting the bedbug problem from Hell.

Review –
I’m not going to give away too much but know that is like a Stephen King meets Twilight Zone in its spookiness and horror and will leave you ITCHING for more. #notsorryforthepun  
This is a great read.
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Pestilence (Dr. Samantha Bower Medical Thriller #2) by Victor Methos

Book Description

August 11, 2013
A RACE AGAINST THE CLOCK…

The most lethal virus in history has begun its spread to the mainland United States. Fast-spreading and with the ability to take over the host’s immune system, the pathogen seems unstoppable.

A FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL…

Dr. Samantha Bower of the Centers for Disease Control has encountered the virus before and it nearly cost her her life. Now, with the disease spreading among the civilian population at an incredible pace, the military has stepped in and declared martial law.

Dr. Bower’s own sister is caught in the middle when she is apprehended in the quarantine zone. Samantha must fight not only the worst nature has to offer, but her own government as well if she wishes to save her family.

A LOOMING THREAT…

A mysterious man is killing those that could stop the virus. Leaving a trail of bodies in his wake, his motivations are unclear. And he has chosen a new target: Samantha Bower.

Review –
In the second of the Plague Trilogy or The Dr. Samantha Bower Medical Thriller Series the spread of the deadly virus is spreading at an uncanny speed and nothing medically can stop it. On top of that, there are assassins who roam the world killing off anyone who might find a cure.  Why?   Read the book.
Very Good.
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Seven,Eight … Gonna Stay Up Late ( Rebekka Franck Series) by Willow Rose

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Published: April 18, 2013

She thought she could keep it a secret.

Just fourteen years old, Amalie thought she could take off and go to the festival with her best friend without anyone knowing it – without her parents finding out. She thought she was safe when she met a man offering her drugs. She thought she was safe when she went alone to her tent to take the pills. But when she opened her eyes and found herself in the man’s basement, she knew she wasn’t safe anymore.

She was trapped.

“Seven, Eight … Gonna Stay Up Late” is the fourth novel in Willow Rose’s Best selling series about the Danish journalist Rebekka Franck.

Review –

Another chapter of Nordic Noir with mystery, murder, internet forums, European heiresses and Rebekka Franck to save the day. A bit graphic but still a good read.

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Wayward (Wayward Pines #2) by Blake Crouch

Book Description:

Published:September 17, 2013

Welcome to Wayward Pines, population 461. Nestled amidst picture-perfect mountains, the idyllic town is a modern-day Eden…except for the electrified fence and razor wire, snipers scoping everything 24/7, and the relentless surveillance tracking each word and gesture.
None of the residents know how they got here. They are told where to work, how to live, and who to marry. Some believe they are dead. Others think they’re trapped in an unfathomable experiment. Everyone secretly dreams of leaving, but those who dare face a terrifying surprise.

Ethan Burke has seen the world beyond. He’s sheriff, and one of the few who knows the truth—Wayward Pines isn’t just a town. And what lies on the other side of the fence is a nightmare beyond anyone’s imagining.

Review –

This is a FANTASTIC  series and will be made into a television program in 2015 on Fox and I can’t wait.

All of the people of Wayward Pines are there because of one man, who considers himself a God. He  and several hundred people were placed in suspended animation and awakened  1800 years into the future because said he could see the end of the world as humans had known it. When he was “brought back” he and his minions had to rebuild the entire town and put up a high high electrified fence around it to keep out the “abbies”, the abortions of previous humans, who are now monsters  and prey on the new town inhabitants.

Only a handful of people know the truth and Ethan takes it upon himself to tell everyone the real history of the town and of David Pilcher, the man responsible. Some don’t belive at first but eventually they do and when Pilcher  sees that they will all turn against him he does a horrific thing. HE TURNS OFF THE POWER TO THE ENTIRE TOWN INCLUDING THE FENCE THAT KEEPS THEM SAFE.

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Seed by Ania Ahlborn

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Book Description

July 17, 2012

With nothing but the clothes on his back—and something horrific snapping at his heels—Jack Winter fled his rural Georgia home when he was still just a boy. Watching the world he knew vanish in a trucker’s rearview mirror, he thought he was leaving an unspeakable nightmare behind forever. But years later, the bright new future he’s built suddenly turns pitch black, as something fiendishly familiar looms dead ahead.

When Jack, his wife Aimee, and their two small children survive a violent car crash, it seems like a miracle. But Jack knows what he saw on the road that night, and it wasn’t divine intervention. The profound evil from his past won’t let them die…at least not quickly. It’s back, and it’s hungry; ready to make Jack pay for running, to work its malignant magic on his angelic youngest daughter, and to whisper a chilling promise: I’ve always been here, and I’ll never leave.

Country comfort is no match for spine-tingling Southern gothic suspense in Ania Ahlborn’s tale of an ordinary man with a demon on his back. Seed plants its page-turning terror deep in your soul, and lets it grow wild.

Review –
A well written horror story to read on a dark night.  It will keep your interest from beginning to end.
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