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Dead Religion [Kindle Edition]

David Beers
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Book Description

Parents obsessed with resurrecting an ancient God...
A psychiatrist treating a patient with horrific nightmares of humanities damnation...
An FBI Agent trying to understand the explosion of the largest hotel in Mexico City...
Dead Religion by David Beers


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Alex Valdez grew up in a family quite abnormal for most Americans. His parents thought it their destiny to resurrect a dead God, thought it Alex's blood right.

Alex grew up and realized the insanity behind his parents' hallucinations. He married. He moved on.

Until the dreams start calling to him again, the dreams that his parents had, the dreams that led to their horrific deaths. The God calls Alex now, commands him to come back to where it all started, to raise Him from the dead. His wife's insistence on psychiatry sessions and pills do nothing to stop the night terrors, do nothing to stop Alex's impending sense of his own doom, of his wife's coming death.

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FBI Agent James Allison is sent to Mexico to discover why a man named Alex Valdez destroyed an entire hotel, killing everyone in it. A seemingly normal man who went to work each day and loved his wife. A man with no history of aggression, no infractions against the law.

A man with a past that Agent Allison can't understand.

In a time when miracles and Gods have been pushed to a past age, Agent Allison must walk the fine line between insanity and reality, trying to uncover the facts behind the terrific loss of life in Mexico City before the same torments find their way into his own life.

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Brittany turned the key inside the lock and pushed on the door. She looked in for only a second before dropping her keys and purse. The couches were splayed open, the stuffing pulled out and strewn around the living room. The material covering the back of one had been slashed so many times it was little more than ribbons. A black X was smeared across the television screen, the cord that should have been stuck in the wall cut in two.

Sweat opened up on Brittany's face and scalp, her heart beat spiking.

No burglar did this but she didn't want to enter. She'd rather walk off a goddamn cliff than go inside her house. Brittany had seen things like this--sure--but never this severe. Never seen knives slash. Never seen drawings on their television. Never seen anything this fucked up.


Are you in danger? The question came unbidden.


Does it matter?


She walked in, leaving the keys and purse behind. She moved slowly, trying to come to grips with her house. She could see inside the kitchen from where she stood in the living room--disarray didn't describe it, neither did devastating. Plates on the floor, broken, with blood smearing some, already beginning to dry in other spots. Pans, knives, and silverware were scattered across the floor. The faucet poured water into the sink, flowing over the basin. All the drawers and cabinets stood open and the chairs to the kitchen table were missing. Someone (your dead husband, darling) had tipped the table on its side carved words underneath it--although she couldn't read all of it from where she stood.

She could see the word mine. Brittany didn't care about the rest; she only wanted to find Alex. She glanced around the living room again, seeing something new. The wall held knives in it. Seven butcher knives, all stabbed hilt deep into the white wall. They formed a smiley face, two knives for the eyes, and a semi-circle below with the other five. Blood dripped down the wall from one of the blades; it would reach the carpet soon (and that shit won't rinse out, honey).

Brittany could see a pile of clothes in front of their bedroom door. He was in their room.

Brittany moved down the hall, jogging now. She neared the clothes. Blood soaked through most of what she saw. She held her breath--the shirt could have been dipped in a washing bucket that held blood instead of water.

She stopped. The door to the room stood open and the only light in it came from inside the closet, outlining the closed door.

"Alex?" she called from the bedroom door.

A cry came from the closet--maybe from pain, maybe surprise. Brittany stepped inside, seeing the trail of blood from the clothes for the first time. Her husband was inside. Bleeding--and that became all that mattered. She ran to the closet, opening the door and finding Alex--the back of the closet, clothes pulled from hangers and strewn all around him.

Alex looked down at his left wrist; a knife poked carefully into the flesh and blood forming around the point. Skin stood flayed open on Alex's chest with blood running down to his bare groin. A deep, dark 'X' was carved into his body. The cuts began at his collar bone and traveled down to his ribs on both sides.

Brittany understood that wasn't simply blood; it was life leaving her husband--still pumping, trying to find veins to carry it home, but only finding gashes that forced it into the world. Even if she could get the knife away from his wrist, he would still die if they didn't get to a hospital, bleeding to death in this closet.

"Baby, put it down. Put the knife down." She walked inside, stepping on more clothes stained with blood. Alex looked up, his face dripping sweat.

"He's here, in the house," Alex whispered. "He's come for me now." Animal like fear radiated from him.

"No, no one's here. It's you, just you and me, sweetie. Put the knife down, put it down and I'll protect you--I swear to fucking God, honey."

He looked down at his wrist; his right hand tightened on the handle.

Brittany looked at his grip and simply swung her fist, connecting with her husband's temple. As he fell back, she reached for the knife, grabbing it by the blade, feeling the knife slice through her palm, sinking even deeper as she pulled on it. Alex gave the hilt up and Brittany flung the knife behind her.
She reached for him--both of them bleeding now--and pulled him close anyway.

Alex fell into her as a doll would, nothing holding him back. He wrapped his arms around her waist and tears blossomed.


Kneeling in front, Brittany put her lips to his neck and kissed. "I'm here now. It's okay, it's okay, it's okay," she whispered.

About the Author

David Beers is in his mid twenties. He blogs at http://justafewmorehours.blogspot.com. He is currently finishing up his MBA, and working on his second novel--tentatively titled End Times.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Horror Novel Reviews: Honesty in the Terror July 29, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Dead Religion had a lot going for it before I so much as touched the cover: the author's last name is Beers for God's sake. I'm already a fan, I absolutely love beers. How could I possibly lose?

On a serious note, Dead Religion is a wild, imaginative tale that somehow, despite some pretty unorthodox surprises, feels wholly possible. To bring you into the loop, so that you might understand why that's a bit strange to say, realize that this story deals with powerful deities, death dealing humans, extreme paranoia, some schizophrenic tendencies; family bonds. It's all crammed in there, but the supernatural element of the story is one of the strongest and most pronounced points.

The connection Beers creates between the novel's protagonist and his younger brother feels as though it travels a fitting trajectory and the link between Alex and Brittany Valdez, two cogs in a dark, menacing machine, is fantastic.

While the story is all over the place, leaping from different perspectives and time frames regularly, Beers capitalizes on smooth setups to trigger fluent transitions. It's a good thing the man understands how to tie a narrative knot: it'd be damned easy to find yourself completely lost in this one, were Beers a less savvy storyteller.

But the broad scope of the story is actually the true crux of this delivery. It's exactly what drives the reader to plunge through the pages (thanks for knowing that this is a tale that despite its magnitude, didn't require 1000 pages to be well relayed). Virtually everyone in this story is living a closeted Hell, and there are strong ties that bind, although they don't make themselves apparent until about the midway point of the book. There's good pacing here, and a cohesive execution that keeps the story fresh.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dead Religion is alive and well! September 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Dead Religion is a chilling psychological/supernatural thriller that works its way into your brain like a worm and takes you into a horrifying new world. It is an excellent first novel for freshman writer David Beers. He weaves a story that draws you in and doesn't let you go...even after you've finished. Remember the name "David Beers" because you will hear it again.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dead Religion February 4, 2013
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This book was OK. It was very exciting in some places but the majority of the book moved slow for me. It was an OK read but took me longer to finish than expected due to some of the dragging situations. Over all, this book was not a complete waste and has some surprises.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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If apocalyptic could describe a writing style (never mind theme) then reading David Beers' Dead Religion would be the template. Every chapter, every event, every moment is world shattering and soul destroying. It's amazing the characters can even manage getting out of bed in the morning--but of course, the poor, sleep-deprived souls in this brand of horror novel are only allowed to ever dream in the blackest of blacks and reddest of reds. The adjectives and descriptions are so intense and final (e.g., "endless pits", "endless green depth", "the seemingly endless amount") one routinely feels caught in a climatic moment, only to discover another chapter of bottomless horror. The impression that things are forgone and hopeless suggests the author is most interested in his readers enduring a book-length thought experiment in real-time eschatology. So this is the way Beers' world ends: not with a bang but a whimper...from the collective mouth of countless decapitated heads.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead Religion is mind-bending October 11, 2012
By Wryheat
Format:Paperback
The official description does not do the book justice. The premise of the book is that an extra-temporal being, known as the Aztec god Huitzilopochtli, wants to get back in business. To do that he needs willing blood sacrifices. Channeling through Alex Valdez, Huitzilopochtli attacks through induced hallucinations and those hallucinations begin to infect anyone who comes in contact with Valdez. Often the characters in the book, and sometimes the reader, can't tell reality from hallucination. Valdez fights the hallucinations and Huitzilopochtli. Valdez must kill Huitzilopochtli to end the madness. Huitzilopochtli, to gain former power, must cause Valdez to willingly sacrifice himself to the god. Who will win?

If you are a fan of Stephen King stories you will like this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great first effort from David Beers October 15, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I must begin this review with a disclaimer -- Dead Religion is not my typical read. My typical fare includes legal thrillers, stories of corporate espionage, or your garden variety murder mystery. And, when I started this book, I thought I was in for the same thing. I was wrong, but I was pleasantly surprised.

David Beers' method of crafting the story from alternating perspectives, even alternating temporal settings, keeps the reader on his/her toes. Each moment built on the last, and in the book's second part, I found it impossible to put down. I enjoyed the depth to which we learned about the characters, but I also enjoyed the mystery that shrouded them in our view of their current states, as well as their disturbing pasts. With each chapter, I felt like I had it "figured out", only to have those thoughts dashed, sometimes as soon as within the next paragraph.

I applaud Mr. Beers, and look forward to his next works. He is certainly an author whom I would support in the coming years.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Meh…
I had a LOT of trouble getting through this one. It's the literary equivalent of "Halloween III." You remember, that one where there is no Jason. Read more
Published 28 days ago by John the 19th
5.0 out of 5 stars Old and new clash
Ancient beliefs wreak havoc on several modern-day folks in this suspenseful story. Suggested by Book Bub, I will seek out
more from this author. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jo Lynn Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars worth five stars
Loved it! It was so different I really didn't know what to expect at times. Wonder if there will be another.
Published 1 month ago by luci
1.0 out of 5 stars Gorey
Too far fetched and gored for me. Several times consider not finishing it, but I stuck it out. Just not my genre.
Published 1 month ago by Charlotte Heier
4.0 out of 5 stars Wowser
Very good worth the time
Everything YOU think it will be and more.Read it and see for yourself, you won't be disappointed
Published 2 months ago by lorraine
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy and I love it.
I love horror and I love thriller. Always have. From the first chapter, Dead Religion hooks you. I didn't want to stop reading it, so I didn't. Read it all in one sitting. Read more
Published 2 months ago by is4bosq
2.0 out of 5 stars Two stars for good character development only
Otherwise dont waste your time. This book was really unbelievable as well as having a very poor story. And the ending? Please.... It's just bad, dont even consider it.
Published 2 months ago by Ral
5.0 out of 5 stars I would read it again
Good read from start to finish. Very entertaining and not boring at all. I would read it again. How there is a part 2
Published 2 months ago by Theresa Humphries
2.0 out of 5 stars Graphic Horror but No Believabilty
The story had an intriguing premise, but the author was unable to drive the plot home due to a lack of details that would catch the reader up in the horror. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Elf
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced, but a bit hard to follow
I was not pleased with the stanic nature of the book, but can't criticize that. However, I found the book a bit hard to follow, as it tended to jump around in time with few clues... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Joanne Green
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I used to deliver pizza. I was pretty good at it, too. I mean, it's not that hard, but if I'm not going to brag, who is, right? Anyways, so I'm delivering pizza while I'm in college, and my boss has been in the pizza industry like six years. He's supposed to graduate from college this year, and I ask him, what are you going to do after college? We're all supposed to go out and conquer the world right after college, so this guy has to have some kind of plan.

He looked at me like I was delusional.

"I'm a writer, man."

Those four words changed my life more so than anything else ever spoken to me.
I'd always written, since I was twelve participating in online-wrestling forums in which you acted out your character. I wrote because it came naturally. Never once, in the entirety of my nineteen years did I think that writing could be a career though, until a Pizza Sage said those four words to me.

So what did I do? I went home and wrote a short story and immediately understood that I was the greatest writer to ever touch a keyboard. I brought it to the Pizza Sage and he told me what anyone could have told me--it was horrible. I might be dumb, probably am, but I'm also tenacious.

I spent the next seven years writing almost every day. My first novel grew to the length of 40,000 words, then I threw it away. My second novel grew to 140,000 words. I didn't throw it away, but it was rejected about 50 times by agents. My next novel ended up at around 55,000 words, which I showed to a few friends and shelved. Then I wrote Dead Religion, which is the only reason I have an author page at Amazon.

I have had four short stories published, paid and unpaid. 'Effects May Vary' won an award that was voted on by readers, which was pretty cool.

I want to own a yacht.

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