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

Glynn James
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Book Description

Book 1 of the Diary of the Displaced series (Parts 1-24 of the original serial novel)
NOTE: you can now buy the entire serial novel an omnibus edition.

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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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...

About the Author

GLYNN JAMES, born in Wellingborough, England, in 1972, 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 60,000 copies - he is the author of the dark sci-fi series "DIARY OF THE DISPLACED".
More info on his writing and projects can be found at glynnjames.co.uk

Product Details

  • File Size: 1520 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482523426
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Element 12 Ltd; 1 edition (April 17, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WXEVOW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,687 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wild ride through a stunning imagination. April 18, 2011
By Boats36
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping story May 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read June 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric Dark Escape Fantasy ... October 18, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Displaced is correct August 1, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Compared to whats out there I'll give this a score of 3. Compared to books 1-3... a 1.5 at the most. Its too bad because I was hooked for the first 4 chapters and the story went off into left field. Halfway through the book I would think to myself "Ok, the pieces are now in place, here we go!". Sadly, it turns out nothing could be further from the truth.

Plot and minor writing/editing issues aside I do not think this is a solid book. Unfortunately, plot tends to be a major piece of a book. I expected some "Stephen King" stuff to happen, but not too much. Just see the "world" through the POV of more interesting characters. But I expected the latter portions of the book to setup a better ending. What I got though, left me both disappointed and slightly confused.

Certain characters are still bumbling around doing something (and I use the word something because I don't know what they are doing/thinking, and I don't think G.J. has a clue either). The plot seemed to move very little. Sure things happened, but I couldn't (and still cant) lose the feeling that nobody ever really reached a goal or accomplished anything. I'm thoroughly confused with the ending and at the same time totally unsatisfied/confused at the fate of the major character. All things considered, one is not missing much in this book in terms of plot substance.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very bizarre and imaginative
I really enjoyed this book. At times I couldn't put it down. It's very well written. I plan to read more from Glynn James.
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 12 days ago by sherry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book.....
Published 14 days ago by KyLee
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nicely written and edited
So refreshing! This is the first book I haven't been able to put down in quite a while. Very nicely written and edited. The characters were very well developed and interesting. Read more
Published 14 days ago by shelley whalen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Such an intriguing story. I've enjoyed all the Diary of the Displaced books, and I hope more are written soon.
Published 16 days ago by Dawn Parr
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Good story and interesting writing style. Liked it very much.
Published 16 days ago by Lindsay
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read. Well worth the time and the effort
Excellent read. Well worth the time and the effort. I highly recommend this author.
Published 18 days ago by Kenneth C. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
The story leads you along with twists and turns, hopes and dreams, fear and fantasy. It is a recommended read.
Published 20 days ago by jsteach
5.0 out of 5 stars Glynn James and his Dairy of the Displaced are Keepers!
Powerfully elusive enough to read in two sittings and that is only because I had to stop and go to the bathroom. I like this book a lot. Read more
Published 20 days ago by J. Hodge
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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More About the Author

GLYNN JAMES, born in Wellingborough, England, in 1972, 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 100,000 copies - he is the author of the dark sci-fi series "DIARY OF THE DISPLACED".

More info on his writing and projects can be found at -
Website - www.glynnjames.co.uk
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/glynnjamesfiction
Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/GlynnJames

or you can email dod@glynnjames.co.uk to be added to the newsletter.

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