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Diary of the Displaced - Book 1 - The Journal of James Halldon Kindle Edition

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Readers are calling the DIARY OF THE DISPLACED series:
"A wild ride through a stunning imagination." ... "An epic journey through places best left in darkness." ... "I was hooked in the first few pages." ... "Mysterious, compelling, and brilliantly imagined." ... "Unpredictable with great character development." ... "Great books...enjoyed from first word to last." ... "Unexpectedly excellent!" ... "Very bizarre and imaginative."

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James Halldon wakes up in a strange and dark place, surrounded by endless junk and debris.
He has no idea where he is, or how he got there.
No food.
No water.
No light.
Almost no memories of his past.
And there are things moving in the darkness around him. Things that growl.
And daytime never seems to come...

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  • File Size: 1547 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Element 12 Ltd; 1 edition (April 17, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 17, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #424,857 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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GLYNN JAMES is an author of science fiction, post-apocalyptic, dark fantasy, horror, and dystopian fiction. His love of science fiction and horror began when he was eight years old after discovering HP Lovecraft and Richard Matheson, and then later on James Herbert, Clive Barker, and Stephen King.

In addition to co-authoring the ARISEN books - a zombie apocalypse series that has sold over 200,000 copies - he is the author of the dark sci-fi series "DIARY OF THE DISPLACED", the post-apocalyptic series THROWN AWAY - and a bunch of other stuff.

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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Boats36 on April 18, 2011
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Few stories will grab your imagination, keep you reading and fill your mind with strange an exotic images than "Diary of the Displaced". The strange land and stranger beings depicted in the story will take you to a place that grips your soul. You actually "become" James Halldon and feel his emotions as you race from one scene of courage, fear, bewilderment, pain and insight after another. Fast paced, thought provoking and throughly entertaining, it is a highly recommended read and a triumphant production from the mind of Glynn James.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By DandyDan on May 7, 2011
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I had never previously read anything from Glynn James, but I have quickly become a great fan. The Diary of the Displaced is fascinating in two ways. First, the characters are engaging and deep even though the story is extremely brief. I found myself enthralled with each of the characters and wanted to know what would happen to them next. James Halldon in particular seems to behave very much the way I would in a similar situation. The second reason I found myself waiting on pins and needles for the next chapter was that technique itself: releasing it chapter by chapter. Stephen King is the only other one to pull that off in my recent memory (in The Green Mile), though I hear Dickens did it long ago as well. I found the short chapter releases to act almost like a drug for me (but a good drug!) - I couldn't wait to get my next fix. I was also very pleased with the ending of the series. Overall, I found this series very much to my liking and I now count Glynn James among one of my favorite authors, a list that includes Robert McCammon, Stephen King, and Dean Koontz. I can't wait until the next series comes out.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By D. Shipley on June 28, 2012
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I got this as a free download from POI, and I might have been disappointed had I paid for it, but for free, it was not a waste of my time to read. It was somewhat convoluted, and confusing at times and the ending was not very satisfying. Why the 3 stars then, you might ask. Well, I found the characters pretty interesting and I didn't see the ending coming. I will confess that this was my first zombie book so this may not be the most "informed" review, but I wanted to leave a review to represent us novice zombie readers. It is a fairly short story and I finished it in one afternoon. It kept me interested and I would read another book in the series, it just didn't wow me. I hope this was a little helpful to someone trying to decide on whether to download this book or not.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By DoskoiPanda on October 18, 2011
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Diary of the Displaced by Glynn James is about a man who wakes up in a dark, unfamiliar place with no idea of when or how he arrived there. As the story progresses, he explores this new, dark world, discovering strange dog-like creatures; weird, Frankenstein-esque zombies; giant mushrooms; and other, stranger things. This story is equal parts stranded survivalist; memory mystery; ghost story; treasure hunt and horror adventure, set in an eerie semi-apocalyptic landscape and is told in diary-form.

The author generates an excellent sense of atmosphere; at no point do you think the landscape he has created is safe or familiar. Even when a familiar item turns up, it only deepens the sense of unease because it isn't where it ought to be. Because the story is told using a single point of view, the reader is put in a state of sympathy in something like the same state of confusion as the narrator. His questions are largely ours, as is his frustration at the lack of answers. The antagonist* has the feel of a folk tale, and is largely effective because of the shadows and half-truths of the rhymes in which he is shrouded; nothing is as creepy as a child's rhyme.

On the downside, I felt that the writing could be tighter and that minor issues - grammar and typos - could have been spotted by an editor. Recounted conversations also felt stilted a bit, and could be made smoother and less expository**, though I do recognise that making them flow in a more regular manner could be difficult or awkward. Naturally, you're only going to remember the highlights/ important parts of a conversation if you're writing it into a diary; I just felt that they could be a bit better.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Book Bookman on October 10, 2012
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Imagine waking up in a place where the world's junk has been deposited. Add to that the fact that you can't remember how you got there let alone the past. This is the world the main character is thrust into. Be with him as he tries to figure out the new meaning of life: survival. Throw in some mutated-type dogs, some etheral ghosts, zombies, and one mad antagonist who wants to kill you dead. The book started off good, stayed course for awhile and kind of faltered a bit before the big climax. A fun read. The story never really resolves itself as the ending sets the stage for part II which if I have time I might read. I wish I could say I can't wait to read the next book like I do say with a Vince Fylnn novel or the HArry Potter series. But I can't. But that's me not you. Give it a read you may very well get hooked.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ambar on May 7, 2011
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i can't stop telling everyone how great this book is i have not read anything this good in a long time start reading and you won't be able to stop until you finish
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