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Bleeker Hill [Kindle Edition]

Russell Mardell
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“They are just stories, there’s nothing to be scared of in stories.”

Britain of the not-too-distant future is a country at war with itself. After years of anarchy and chaos, of bloodthirsty gangs and citywide destruction, The Party are now fighting to restore order through whatever means necessary – the fist, the bullet and even the terrifying practice of The Wash. It is a war between the lawless and their self-appointed judges, and neither side will relent until the other is destroyed.

After an attack on their headquarters, a small band of Party members flee across the country, seeking refuge in a safe house deep in the snowy forests around Bleeker Hill. But as they near their destination, it soon becomes clear that the enemy they are running from may not be the biggest threat they will face. Because Bleeker Hill is far from safe…and they are not alone.

As night closes in and the tensions within the group threaten to spiral out of control, each of them is soon forced to face a nightmare from which it might not be possible to escape.

Bleeker Hill has a dark history and many stories to tell, and it will be heard…

Blending a fast paced dystopian thriller, with tense, claustrophobic horror, Bleeker Hill will keep you in its grip until the very last of its dark secrets is revealed.

Reviews for BLEEKER HILL -

"Bleeker Hill will delight fans of dystopian literature." - Portland Book Review

"Mardell's language has a cinematic quality to it that would make BLEEKER HILL well-suited for adaptation to the big screen. The ugliness and terror of a world gone horribly awry is sobering and fans of dystopian and horror novels will love it." - IndieReader

"This is a riveting book that balances the horror of a broken country and the lengths at which a man will go to survive, with a subtle line of supernatural terror. Where Russell excels is in his ability to infuse the story with an intelligent look at psychological and moral dilemmas that face our rag tag group of survivors, while still maintaining a thoroughly enjoyable read." - Ginger Nuts of Horror

"From the first page, over the muddy roads, I was hooked, completely. If we are going to have an apocalypse, and the world is going to go all dystopian and sideways, Bleeker Hill is how I would imagine it would be. Horrific. Frightening. Savage. Chaotic. This might be for you, especially if you have no problem sleeping with the lights on for a few days!" 5/5 - Tome Tender

"A Book to be quietly creeped out by on a cold, rainy day" - San Francisco Book Review


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"Bleeker Hill will delight fans of dystopian literature." - Portland Book Review

"Mardell's language has a cinematic quality to it that would make BLEEKER HILL well-suited for adaptation to the big screen.

The ugliness and terror of a world gone horribly awry is sobering and fans of dystopian and horror novels will love it." - IndieReader

"This is a riveting book that balances the horror of a broken country and the lengths at which a man will go to survive, with a subtle line of supernatural terror. Where Russell excels is in his ability to infuse the story with an intelligent look at psychological and moral dilemmas that face our rag tag group of survivors, while still maintaining a thoroughly enjoyable read." - Ginger Nuts of Horror

"From the first page, over the muddy roads, I was hooked, completely. If we are going to have an apocalypse, and the world is going to go all dystopian and sideways, Bleeker Hill is how I would imagine it would be. Horrific. Frightening. Savage. Chaotic.

Looking for a read on the dark side filled with realistic characters who often communicate with snarky dialogue, probably hiding their fear through attitude? This might be for you, especially if you have no problem sleeping with the lights on for a few days!" 5/5 - Tome Tender

About the Author

Russell Mardell has worked in both independent film and fringe theatre for over ten years. He originally trained in film production and has worked as a writer and director on a couple of short films. Since then, he has worked for several years as a playwright and has written five plays, two of which he also directed. Russell has had plays performed in theatres in London, Manchester and Salisbury.

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  • File Size: 437 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00D3KP5O0
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Apocapyptic Horror with Grit! September 12, 2013
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Dark, gritty, a little too realistic feeling! Wait, did I just say that? From the first page, over the muddy roads, I was hooked, completely. If we are going to have an apocalypse, and the world is going to go all dystopian and sideways, Bleeker Hill is how I would imagine it would be. Horrific. Frightening. Savage. Chaotic. Bleeker Hill is supposed to be a safe haven, but its underground labyrinth of tunnels is filled with one horror after another. Is there no true refuge? Where is the protection of The Party, or have they gotten too power hungry to see the havoc and disasters before their very eyes? What is The Wash?

Author Russell Mardell uses his command of all things terrifyingly nightmarish to create a bleak world with little to hope for, only a small chance to survive and a stark look at the depths to which humans will sink. With great care to each gruesome detail, I was awash in the gore and blood, the fear of the mysterious and unknown and the stark terror of what the characters had to face as they could no longer rely on those they once trusted to survive. Is this a testament to true human nature? Will we fight like a pack of wolves over a small bone?

Looking for a read on the dark side filled with realistic characters who often communicate with snarky dialogue, probably hiding their fear through attitude? This might be for you, especially if you have no problem sleeping with the lights on for a few days!

I wish to thank the author for this review copy and the nightmares that followed!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Bleeker Hill begins where Mardell's last book, Stone Bleeding, left off, in a country torn apart. Though they exist within the same universe, Bleeker Hill doesn't feel much like a sequel, it doesn't require any knowledge of prior events and centers on a completely new group of people.

A man named Sullivan has been released from jail and forced to join a small group that is loyal to The Party, a pseudogovernment that took over in an attempt to bring some order to the chaos that the former government left behind. But The Party has gone mad with power and taken things entirely too far. After their headquarters are attacked, the group flees to one of the few remaining safe houses in Bleeker Hill. It's one of those towns that everyone has heard stories about but very people have actually been to and for good reason. Stories themselves can't hurt anyone, but the secrets that they hide just might.

It took me quite a while to get into the story. In the beginning, a number of characters are introduced quickly and with little background to distinguish one name from another. This initially confused the heck out of me, but was really the only way to do it. As a reader, you come to know the characters as they come to know each other, and they discover things about themselves and this strange place they have ended up in.

One place where Mardell's books really stand out is in their use of descriptive language. He never falls into the trap of taking pages to describing something when merely stating its existence would be enough; however, there are times when it seems like single breath is held for pages and every single thing is illustrated in minute detail.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Horror Layer Cake November 18, 2013
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First of all this an unrelentingly grim tale, from beginning to end. There is almost no explication; it just plunges you into the nightmare. A very well crafted nightmare. A not always clear but vividly described layer cake of dystopian post-apocalypse, mad scientist, zombie, ghost, military, possession, haunted house, and perhaps older, deeper evil. Would make a perfect movie, in fact written like one. Took a long time before characters emerged that I cared about but I was compelled to plunge through to the end. Although very different it reminded me of The Ruins, one of my favorite horror stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars APOCALYPTIC HORROR! December 2, 2013
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I don't know quite what to say, except I really loved this book! Suspense, horror, action, horror, and more horror. An intense apocalyptic tale that I will never forget. Couldn't put this book down. Just wanted more and more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended August 3, 2014
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A dark novel with lots of twists and turns. A fallen society leaves a varied and interesting group fleeing for a safe house, which is by no means safe at all. Complex characters, and a suspense filled story runs alongside a back-story of one of the main characters, gradually revealed and linking in perfectly with the main story. Excellent writing filled with edge-of-seat moments and chills.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OKAY March 1, 2014
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I was excited to read this book after seeing how highly rated it was by others. I really don't understand the five star reviews. This book was so dragged out, I did finish it to give it the benefit of the doubt, but many times I wanted to give up (I always finish a book I've started ). I've read many books of this genre (horror) and this one really was not one of those.

I felt like there were some things that both the author and his editor could have modified. The narrative was confusing and unclear at times while the dialogue was irregular and unclear in certain areas. It just wasn't a good horror read.

Great plot but good have been executed better.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Horrible, horrible book. Don't waste your time. Hopefully, the author gave up writing after attempting this ridiculous story.
Published 16 days ago by stevieyz19
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read
Good book, but not great. Could have cut 100 pages by just not talking about the snow and cold so much, but an interesting storyline and overall entertaining.
Published 2 months ago by Marc McDonough
2.0 out of 5 stars Dragged On
I didn't hate this book but it certainly doesn't deserve a five star review.....it just went on and on which is a bit frustrating to read.
Published 5 months ago by C. Owens
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling Story
As a reader we look continually for the next book that will change our life. Otherwise, why read? You might say the next indelible impression is right around the corner. It may be. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jay Scully
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Dystopian Novel, Disturbing, Haunting and Hella Creative.
A very dreary and dark novel based in a dystopian era written by UK novelist Russell Mardell. The book is really well written and can easily be seen as an adapted movie; one that I... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rebel Regan
5.0 out of 5 stars Reading
I havent read this yet but it sounds very good! Thank you for the free books reading is an important part of my life
Published 9 months ago by jayne Isaacs
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense
Good story line. Author deserves 5 stars. Would highly recommend this book. Look forward to reading more from Russel Mardell.
Published 10 months ago by mema0000
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More About the Author

Russell is an English playwright, producer, director and novelist. His stage plays include 'Cool Blokes: Decent Suits''The Seventeenth Valentine' and 'Freestate.' His debut collection of short fiction 'Silent Bombs Falling on Green Grass' was published in 2010 and his first full novel 'Stone Bleeding' was published in 2012.

For more information visit his website - www.russellmardell.co.uk

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