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Brother's Keeper, a post-apocalyptic novella [Kindle Edition]

Glen Krisch
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Book Description

"Every new book by Glen Krisch is a reason to celebrate."
--Kealan Patrick Burke, author of The Turtle Boy and Kin

Growing up, Jason and Marcus Grant were close as only brothers can be. As they reached adolescence, they started to drift apart, taking opposite paths into adulthood. Jason went to college before getting a job at for the local newspaper. Marcus chose a path littered with drugs, violence, and self-destruction.

Now adults, Jason has cut Marcus from his life and considers himself an only child.

Clean and sober, Marcus finds his true calling when he joins the Arkadium, a secret society dating back millennia. They plan on setting history back ten thousand years by unleashing a world-wide calamity that will destroy modern man's domination of the planet. As the Arkadium set their plan in motion, Marcus reaches out to his brother, wanting him by his side to record the new prehistoric era. Jason is forced to make a choice, join his brother in the time of humanity's descent, or die like so many others.

A 16k word novella that introduces the forthcoming Brother's Keeper trilogy of novels. Book 1 is due Winter 2012.

Editorial Reviews


What the Critics are saying about the works of Glen Krisch
"Krisch writes with sheer force and raw power-a welcome entry to the horror ranks."
-- Scott Nicholson, best-selling author of The Red Church

"Every new book by Glen Krisch is a reason to celebrate. Seeming to come from out of nowhere, he writes with the kind of assured, lyrical style that makes other writers salivate. Count me as one of them. He knows what makes a story tick. He knows the value of character. And he knows how to scare you. And he does it all like someone who has been writing since before King was King. Mark my words: The future for Krisch is going to be a bright one, and I'm hard-pressed to think of anyone who so completely deserves it."
-- Kealan Patrick Burke, author of The Turtle Boy and Kin.

"Where Darkness Dwells is a wonderful story, rich with imagination, adventure, and lots of heart and soul. And yes, it's scary! There is great complexity in the people and the town that Glen Krisch creates. He doesn't give us cardboard paper dolls to represent good and evil. These are living, breathing characters. Most everyone has their faults and even the more villainous characters are in possession of a soft spot. But yikes! The villainous characters do some seriously heinous things."
-- Carole Lanham, author of The Whisper Jar

"Where Darkness Dwells, is fast paced with a lot of twists and turns that will keep you turning the pages, wanting to find out what happens next. Even with such a large and varied group of characters as well as all the twists and turns I never felt that Glen lost focus as the story moved along quickly, and didn't lag for me at all."
 -- Famous Monsters of Filmland

From the Back Cover

Marcus Grant stood on the swollen banks of the Black Hawk River, watching the white chop churned by three weeks of spring rains disintegrate upon reaching the concrete and steel abomination spanning its width a hundred yards downriver. He eased down onto his haunches and flicked his fingers over the water's surface.

It's a good day for the world to end.

He had been tasked by the Arkadium with learning the history of this water, to know its every depth, twist and turn. The river originated from a natural spring hundreds of miles to the east at the border of Michigan and Indiana. For over a century, man had tamed and contorted its flow with unnatural levees and a series of three constricting dams. The river coursed through Indiana, crossed over into Illinois near Kankakee before bisecting the entirety of the state. By the time its flow reached the Mississippi, it teemed with the effluence of several million industrialized people.

"In the end, there is a beginning," he whispered, his fingers casting rippled waves from shore.

Through his studies he learned to not only understand the water's pain, but to identify with it as well. The tiny waves broadened, becoming more linear as they gave their energy to the slurry barreling toward the turbines of the Black Hawk River Dam. He imagined the waves not diminishing, but instead gaining momentum, picking up speed by the second until they crashed into the dam's machinations, crushing them under its mighty roar. The devastation from his imagined wave was similar to what would soon be unleashed by the Arkadium.

The Arkadium's time had finally arrived. Waking from a long gestational slumber, rising from the silence that had kept them hidden in plain sight for millennia, ascending to their rightful place in the world. His contribution to the Arkadium's awakening would take place here, in sleepy Concord, Illinois. One small impact rippling outward, one small impact birthing larger and larger calamity until the sun rose and fell upon the damage meted out by his people.

And then the world would begin again.

Product Details

  • File Size: 213 KB
  • Print Length: 53 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Stray King Publishing (December 27, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073WV30Y
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking, Krisch's latest is a must-read February 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is a difficult one to review, because there is no way I can summarize it without spoiling it - every line, every idea, is an integral part of the whole, and to try to snip out any little bit ... well, it just won't work. Suffice it to say that this is an end-of-the-world idea, going into the relationships between brothers all the way back to Cain and Abel, and involving a secret society that has existed for at least that long as well. It's fascinating and, to a certain degree, makes some sense of that ancient story and why their god was so offended at the offering of fruits of the field over the blood of an innocent animal. You'll see what I mean - you really need to read this, whether you love horror, psychological suspense, end-of-the-world scenarios or just really beautifully clean writing, you will enjoy it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Read By Krisch! February 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm not normally a fan of apocalyptic-type fiction, but I loved this book. The story revolves around a cult/religious group and two estranged brothers. What truly creeped me out is how easily this fictitious plot could become reality.

The plot has all the things I love in a story - mystery, suspense, danger, and unexpected twists. But the characters are what pulled me in. They feel real, with both good qualities and faults. This, for me, is Glen Krisch's strength. In just a few pages, he makes me care about the characters and, at that point, I will follow them anywhere.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the series! February 1, 2012
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The start of the end of the world as a great manmade flood and the takeover of life as we know it by militia/religic type clans is alway the precursor to a great read!This novella released January 31st is just the beginning of a planned trillogy that appears to be an apocolyptic novel of sorts. This enterance into the story is energy driven and thought provoking and stops just in time to leave you wanting more from the next book. I can't wait for the series to start!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very clean, well written prequel to the main event August 7, 2012
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As listed, this is a novella...not a full length novel. This quick and adrenaline rush filled reading experience basically sets the stage for what will be the full length book.

As many others have said, it's the story of two brothers - one very bad and one relatively good - long estranged and brought together as one of them launches the end of the world. This bloody and savage start to the apocalypse really does set the stage for what will surely be a page turner and a half.

Because the story is short and very tautly written, it's almost impossible to give any kind of summary that won't completely spoil it. I'm not a huge fan of spoiling unless I find it absolutely necessary so I'll just leave the summary where it is and go with my opinions.

Religious overtones are not just overtones in this story. It's front and center. What I don't know is whether or not the story will go with the delusional aspect or introduce a specific spiritual element to it. It would be easy to fall into either camp given the content of this novella. I'm very much looking forward to finding out.

And I just gotta say, I'm so very glad I don't have a brother like this one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Strong story, assured execution February 23, 2012
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Rating: 3.5* of five

The Book Report: Jason and Marcus are dysfunctional brothers from a dysfunctional family. Mom's a cold fish, borderline sociopath; dad's a dishrag, cries easily, and clearly dissociates from his life with a cold woman whose affections he simply can't engage. Neither "parent" spares much time for their sons, and Jason, the elder and the family fixer/achiever, tries to make it all work...until the day Marcus basically kills himself with a heroin overdose the same time as Jason's full scholarship to Washington University is announced.

So Marcus sinks into a self-destructive spiral, Jason struggles with his emotional scars, and the story opens with Jason reconnecting with one of Marcus's few good efforts: His girlfriend Delaney, an ex-goth chick and cutie who convinces Jason to go with her in a search for a new, improved Marcus, who has found God.

Boy howdy, has he found God. God has told Marcus what to do, and he's setting out to do it: End the world, one dam at a time. Jason is unwillingly roped into Marcus's millennarian plans, with a secret and unorthodox role to play in the Brave New World that Marcus is calling into being. Whether he wants to play that role or not.

My Review: This novella is a very quick read, and it's far more assured and well-made than much of its competition. It's clearly only a small piece of a larger mythos, which the author's promotional materials suggest will be coming online soon.

The pace is brisk; the characters are quickly and efficiently limned; the plot is firmly and boldly erected.

This is a solid effort from a writer to watch. Get your Kindle edition and pass a pleasant hour in the company of Krisch's creation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting May 22, 2012
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This is a fast pace read. Well told and well edited.

It is difficult to say much - there is pretty much a spoiler in anything said. Basically a tale that is the start of a series (seeming) - which kind of made the ending a "cliffhanger, " causing this to be a serial (like a soap opera - you have to "tune in next book" to get the rest of the story). Which is why 4 stars instead of 5. I prefer any book that can stand alone - even if is part of a series. This tale did not grab me enough to commit to future reading of the serial.

Recommended if you like good writing and don't mind committing to future works to find out what the ending really shall be. If you prefer a book that concludes without requiring future purchases to find out where /how it really ends - this may come up short of your wishes.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Am I, My Brother's Keeper?
I enjoyed reading this book very much and look forward to continuing the post-apocalyptic experience by reading more from this author.
Published 1 month ago by Michael
2.0 out of 5 stars Cheated
I feel I have been cheated. I purchased this book as advertised: a novella. Novella is defined as "a short novel". This is instead a teaser for a book still being written. Read more
Published 11 months ago by G. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
A different type of apocalypse, instead of zombies overtaking the world, it's water and a religious cult. It was very enjoyable and the ending left me wanting for more.
Published 16 months ago by adreanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Leaves you wanting more.
This is a short novella that packs a punch. Krisch is an amazing writer who weaves this story about a estranged family and a post-apocalyptic world coming together perfectly. Read more
Published 17 months ago by djpayn
2.0 out of 5 stars Brothers Keeper
It was an ok book. Not typically my genre so I was not thrilled with this book. I would not recommend it.
Published 18 months ago by R Geiger
3.0 out of 5 stars A Twisted Biblical Cult
2. 5 Stars
I really didn't connect with any of the characters: Jason, the writer, mowing his parent's lawn. Read more
Published 19 months ago by MizNikki {Horror After Dark}
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth my time
This is a novella, so I expected it to be short, but it lacked enough detail for me to really understand it. Maybe I'm just not that deep, but I was more confused than entertained.
Published 19 months ago by ValerieB
4.0 out of 5 stars Cliff Hanger
It's a cliff hanger. You're left wondering how everything will play out not only for the characters but globally as well. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Tiffany Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced and Dynamic
What a joy to read something so well written, so well put together and with such a great plot. Two brothers on a path set towards apocalyptic destruction, one powerless to stop it... Read more
Published on June 15, 2012 by Malina Roos
3.0 out of 5 stars A fair paced story
This book is good if you like cliffhangers. I don't. Instead of a true ending, you're left having to read a series. Read more
Published on April 9, 2012 by Georgia Carter
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More About the Author

Glen Krisch's novels include The Nightmare Within, Where Darkness Dwells, and Nothing Lasting. His short fiction has appeared in publications across three continents for the last decade.

He is also an editor for Morrigan Books. As a freelance editor, he has worked on books by Tim Lebbon and Lawrence Block, among others.

Besides writing and reading, he enjoys spending time with his wife, romance author Sarah Krisch, his three boys, simple living, and ultra-running.

He enjoys talking to his readers. Feel free to stop by his website to see what he's up to:

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