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The Damned Summer (The Ruin Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Scott Weaver
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Book Description

When the paths of good and evil intersect, the resulting conflict can sometimes result in a scarring of the place where it happened. The town of Storm, Illinois is one such place, for long ago, a battle that resulted in a stalemate between the two forces had left a powerful imprint on the soil, an imprint that seems to scream out to the cosmos for a rematch, as if the land yearns for the battle to be finished so it can finally heal.

The demon from the original fight hungers for the rematch as well, in desperate need for the prize that was fought for, a prize that seems to have finally returned to the mortal world after nearly 500 years. A prize that is held among a group of teenagers whose main focus is partying and having a great summer before their senior year. Easy prey as far as the demon is concerned.

The side of good in this conflict is an ageing Vietnam vet and his small dog. The vet spent his youth running with the demon, but now fights against it every night in the meeting grounds of the physical world and the spiritual world, the place known as dreams.

It is in this summer of celebration and sin that the final clash between the demon and the old man with his dog will finally come to an end. A summer where the older generation fights for the souls of the oblivious younger generation. A battle that will not only determine the fate of the teens, but also those close to them as well.


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About the Author

I've had an overactive imagination as far back as I can remember, but I didn't start putting a pen to paper until I was a punk teenager. All of those old writings were lost one night in a drunken stupor when I burned them up over some girl whose name I can't even remember now. I think about those old musings from time to time, trying to remember them all, knowing I never will, but the adolescent yet poetic destruction of those early stories over some girl still makes me smile. Especially not being able to remember her name, I love that. The writing floated out of my life with the ashes of those burnt pages for the next couple of years. College, working and partying took up all my time, there was none left for the storyteller. Then something happened two months before my junior year. Right before my transfer to a new university, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Needless to say, things went into a downward spiral for awhile there, but I eventually found my way out of the woods of despair and got on with my life. One of the good things about that time was I found my old friend, the storyteller, and we've been on speaking terms ever since. I have to admit the MS has amplified my ability to dive into the darkness of life's surprises, but it has also shown me the importance of disabled people being equally represented in fiction. Sure, sometimes they have minor parts, but rarely the main protagonist, I'm going to do my best to change that.

Product Details

  • File Size: 468 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (October 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009OLVIKM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #747,731 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Horror Novel Reviews: Honesty in the Terror August 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I did it. I judged a book by its cover. Scott Weaver's, The Damned Summer landed in my lap sometime back, and I immediately knew this was going to be a masterpiece. With a cover as magnetic as this one, how could it be anything other than a homerun, right? How wrong I was. I really wanted to enjoy the novel (okay, I really, really wanted to enjoy this one!), it looks and sounds refreshing. There are no vampires stalking the shadows, the hordes of zombies everyone is trying to stuff down my throat aren't exactly cluttering the page. But the truth is, there's not much here to really dig on.

The story is really just a good old fashioned "good versus evil" tale, and it could have been highly engaging, but it gets so murky it's easy to completely lose track of why we're reading the novel at all, let alone attempting to care about any form of conflict. The action unravels in Storm, Illinois, but it isn't hard to forget that, as this little town receives nearly no push as a character itself, and when you've got a supposed epic battle brewing, the locale should certainly function as a memorable unit. But it doesn't, and virtually every character blends into one another due to the fact that Weaver has trouble delivering a smooth narrative. Scott doesn't paint a picture at all here, but simply... tells readers what's going on. There's a big difference between something like, say, the clouds swelled under the moon's soft fluorescent mask. Heavy with the lord's tears, cumulus threatened to empty her heart, and The weather was bad, it was going to rain. But the latter is what we get. It's drab, slow moving and tough to juggle in the eye of the imagination because it feels as though little imaginary work went into the assembly of the story.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun story! October 11, 2012
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I love a good fight between good and evil. Scott has chosen a down to earth approach with salt of the earth characters that are very real and full of flaws. I LOVE it! The book is suspenseful and creative. It reminds me of a Stephen King Novel. Scary and full of depth. Danger lurks at every turn, will good triumph over evil? Can't wait for his next book!
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars master of words and scenes. January 20, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
At first I did not agree with the descriptions of partying, cigarette smoking, alcohol, pot - but then I realized the story is about a demon and how he tries to lead the innocent off the right path.

"Nice guys finish last ..."

"... at the simple truth of the bad of Johnny just tasted sweeter than the good of Drew, which was just stupid ..."

Nonetheless, I was really glad that after half of the book, one of the most important characters had the nerve to say no partying tonight I need my sleep.

Once I had read my way well into the book, the plot took off and was intense, suspenseful and interesting.

The author is quite a master of words, painting images of fight scenes, carnivals and storms on an exciting literary canvas. I could imagine this book would make a good movie.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read. February 21, 2013
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I really go into the characters of this book. It left me wanting more and more from the writer! Enjoy!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read July 21, 2013
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This is an amazing book. I enjoyed the plot and it kept me interested from beginning to end. It is a must read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ready for the next one! September 11, 2013
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****** Spoiler Alert***********

The book started out different from any thing else I have read in quite a while. The Damned Summer really got under my skin and I had a hard time putting it down. The gritty way the good in Scott's characters come through make one feel better about the imperfect world still being able to overcome evil. It is getting to be a harder fight. I am really looking forward to the next in the series. It also makes me want to read more from Scott Weaver.

I like the characters in this story, very believable, they live in every small town across America. but I hated to see Drew and Jenny removed already!

Seriously looking forward to the next in the trilogy.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I chose this books because of high reviews. Writing was good with smooth flow . BUT 35% of the way in it was still building characters and no story line to keep you interested what little hint of story of evil watching bad decisions was the same for each character. So if anything could have happened it would had to been a hurried finish. Could not keep my attention so I gave up.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read July 22, 2013
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The character depiction and switching of perspectives during this book was interesting to me. I like to observe the plot from all angles and this book gave you that. I would like to read about the demon and where he came from.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars A mess
It's hard to know where to begin with this mess. For starters, there are scenes and characters which go absolutely nowhere, presumably to be addressed in a later book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alan S
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch out for the demon.
The characters come to life in this story. You get into their lives and hope they'll make the right choices and some of them do some of the time. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Laurie Beth
1.0 out of 5 stars Picked up by accident
I found the story line really tired, took it off my cue, deleted it from the carousel and hope to never see it again.
Published 5 months ago by Alfred D. Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a really good read
This was a good read. The pace of the storyline was good and the plot made sense. Great job with this one!
Published 5 months ago by TallahasseeAndrews
5.0 out of 5 stars good v.s. evil with great twists
Author writes a compelling story that draws you to his characters. Can't wait for next in series! Must read this one!
Published 10 months ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
From the beginning I could not put this book down it kept meat the edge of my seat I would definitely recommend
Published 10 months ago by Casondra Marie King
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome.
***Spoiler Alert***

I absolutely love this book, every word paints a picture in my head of each scene in this book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by The Triggs
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT
ENJOYED MR WEAVERS STORY HOPE MANY MORE ARE ON THE WAY. WILL KEEP TRACK THANK YOU AGAIN FOR SHARING YOUR TALENT
Published 13 months ago by Benny R Dodge
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Great characters and lots of action. Love the stories direction! I look forward to reading the next book in the trilogy!
Published 14 months ago by Marie
1.0 out of 5 stars not for me
I didn't read much and delected it rom my kindle. It just wasn't for me. I like upbeat and refreshing.
Published 14 months ago by Frances K.
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I've had an overactive imagination as far back as I can remember, but I didn't start putting a pen to paper until I was a punk teenager. All of those old writings were lost one night in a drunken stupor when I burned them up over some girl whose name I can't even remember now. I think about those old musings from time to time, trying to remember them all, knowing I never will, but the adolescent yet poetic destruction of those early stories over some girl still makes me smile. Especially not being able to remember her name, I love that.

The writing floated out of my life with the ashes of those burnt pages for the next couple of years. College, working and partying took up all my time, there was none left for the storyteller. Then something happened two months before my junior year. Right before my transfer to a new university, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Needless to say, things went into a downward spiral for awhile there, but I eventually found my way out of the woods of despair and got on with my life. One of the good things about that time was I found my old friend, the storyteller, and we've been on speaking terms ever since.

I have to admit the MS has amplified my ability to dive into the darkness of life's surprises, but it has also shown me the importance of disabled people being equally represented in fiction. Sure, sometimes they have minor parts, but rarely the main protagonist, I'm going to do my best to change that.

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