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An Odd Quartet [Kindle Edition]

Michael Brookes
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An Odd Quartet is a collection of four dark short stories, each with a twist in the tale. 

The Yellow Lady 
A grave robber encounters a ghost from a story he was told as a child. 
This Empty Place 
At the heat death of the universe, the Grim Reaper contemplates his existence. 
Forced Entry 
A special forces team enters a suburban house to rescue a family taken hostage, they encounter more than they were trained for. 
The Reluctant Demon 
A young demon prepares to take his possession exam.
This Drabble Enhanced edition also includes some of my favourite drabbles (100 word stories). If you've already bought this then you can download the book again to get the extras for free.

Product Details

  • File Size: 199 KB
  • Print Length: 44 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,447,953 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Odd Quartet November 25, 2012
By Joo
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a collection of just 4 short(ish) stories. For me they were a decent length each and I loved 3 and just liked a fourth.

The first is a ghost story, but I liked the twist to it. It was very unexpected and I suppose quite a modern take.
The second, about Death, was interesting enough but didn't impress me too much.
The third was my favourite. Told in radio messages when a Special Forces team go into a hostile building, I found my heartbeat rising and the tension sky high.
The fourth was also a decent story with an interesting twist.

As a whole, I thoroughly enjoyed these stories.

* I bought this from Amazon's UK site which is why it doesn't say "Amazon Verified Purchase"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stories May 6, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I loved these short stories. Especially the one titled The Reluctant Demon. This is a great concept that I have never thought of before and really loved it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unguessable endings October 17, 2012
By Ignite
Format:Kindle Edition
As the name implies, this is a novella length book containing 4 short stories. Their themes are both the usual and the unusual - the ghostly haunting, the personification of Death - a Swat Team entering a building and a Demon undertaking his Demon Test! They are dealt with very imaginatively and I really enjoyed reading them. The endings are all a little different from what you'd imagine and I like that in a story. I don't like to know or guess the ending.

Michael Brookes' writing style is easy and accessible. He can certainly turn out a story you will remember.
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This review is for the Kindle edition ebook.

Four for the price of one! Four short stories, read them one a day or all at once, they are still good stories.

This book contains four unrelated short stories. These are dark tales, each with its own twists and turns.

I like getting four stories in one book. It makes it very convenient to read these stories. I am one who sometimes wants something to read on the way to work, on the bus or train. I appreciate the fact that the author is willing to allow me to do that. Since these are short, I can read one completely, on short trips.

I think Michael Brookes writes to entertain his readers. He gives you the meat of the story, and lets you dream of alternatives to what he wrote. I especially the third story of this set, Forced Entry.

These stories will delight those who enjoy short stories. If you are looking for something to fill those few minutes on the bus, grab this book. It gives you about two days of travel back and forth, with a different story each way.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A couple were good. January 12, 2014
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I read the first two. After that the rest didn't really hold my interest. It was free so no big.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short but great! November 9, 2013
By R.E.
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a copy of this book of 4 short stories in exchange for my honest review and because they are brief, I won't give away much, but I will say that most of them are different ideas than I have seen before and I really liked that, but my favorite story among this collection is titled "Forced Entry".

One of my all-time favorite movies is Aliens, my favorite scene where the marines are making their way towards the colony of red life signs and you hear their chatter over the comms. This story was all dialogue and you'd think that wouldn't work, but oh it did, it really did! I want the author to write a full-length novel based on this idea. I want him to expand this short, or develop an entirely new story, but I want lots of dialogue, lots of fear, and I want it soon. Please? =D

"Forced Entry" alone gets my 5 stars but the collection as a whole is a great taste of what Michael Brookes can do.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A quick, fun read October 2, 2013
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It has been speculated that writers of the bizarre must have broken minds. I say, they simply have potent imaginations because they are the ones who can see beyond the edge of reality, capture those images, and truly bring them to life. Michael Brookes is surely in possession of a most potent imagination.

I appreciated the departure from the norm and morbid humor of The Yellow Lady, and the interesting method of delivery of Forced Entry, a story with no clear protagonist or antagonist. The tale of Death gave me much to ponder and I was particularly tickled by the devilish twist in The Reluctant Demon. While entertaining in their own way, I'm not certain I cared for the string of drabbles at the end. As an author, I can recognize and applaud the complex difficulty that goes into the creation of such a brief tale, but as a reader, I prefer stories with a bit more girth.

All in all, An Odd Quartet is a quick, enjoyable escape into a darker world--a trip well worth taking.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bare Bones August 25, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I really wish I could give this book a higher rating, but I just don't feel I can. I won it through Library Thing and was looking forward to seeing the work of a young writer. The ideas behind the stories are great, but the stories themselves feel incomplete and bare-bones. They follow a "this happened, then this happened, then this happened" structure, and don't sink into the individual moments in a way that would let the reader feel as if he/she were living them. If you like quick, stripped-down horror stories, you may like this book. If you're more interested in extended reading experiences that place you in the action, it probably won't offer enough to satisfy you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Nicely Twisted
The Odd Quartet is indeed an odd quartet of creepy short stories told from the most unusual perspective. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Sierra
3.0 out of 5 stars Odd Quartet
Four short stories each with a unique tale and twist.
The Yellow Lady
The story begins as a ghost tale over a campsite, quickly changing into a grave digging scheme, and... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Joelle Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars My Review
This is a collection of short stories with a humorous while potentially scary feel.

The writing flows easily and crisply. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Monica F
3.0 out of 5 stars AN ODD QUARTET-4 short stories
Very entertaining collection of short stories with a diversity of writing. Stories were well written and contained interesting endings. Would recommend the short stories to anyone. Read more
Published 18 months ago by James Phillips
4.0 out of 5 stars An Odd Quartet
I enjoyed reading this collection of four short stories particularly 'The Yellow Lady': a ghost story with an unusual twist. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Cathy
4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing collection of dark tales
Having already read 'The Cult of Me' by Michael Brookes, I knew I was in for something dark with this collection of four tales. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jonnyboy
5.0 out of 5 stars Each story was a Great Read
I thoroughly enjoyed every story and loved each twist in their endings.
I will certainly be reading more stories from this author...
Published 21 months ago by Chris Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Horror Shorts
I received a copy of this book for honest review. 'An Odd Quartet' is a collection of four short horror stories and, as a nice bonus, a handful of flash fiction stories at the... Read more
Published 21 months ago by chettsgenie
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More About the Author

By day I work as a Producer for one of the leading UK independent game developers. I currently live in probably the flattest place in the world in the east of England, although over the years I have lived all over the country. I've always been interested in writing it is only recently that I've really pushed myself to finish a complete book. That effort has now seen the light of day and I'm looking forward to starting the next book. I'm also an avid reader with Ian M Banks and Terry Prachett being amongst my favourite modern authors. My favourite story of all time is Paradise Lost, a hard read, but a sublime story.


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