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The Hole Behind Midnight [Kindle Edition]

Clinton Boomer
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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Book Description

“... fast, profane, full of joy, deeply intelligent, and just a lot of damn fun to read.” – Colin McComb, author of OATHBREAKER

“... reads like the fevered brainchild of Warren Ellis and Kenneth Hite. Smart, dark fun.” – Matt Forbeck, author of AMORTALS and VEGAS KNIGHTS

Royden Poole is having a very bad day. Strong-armed into investigating a break-in, a bizarre theft, two missing persons, and a shooting with no body, and all he wants to do is go back to pretending he's dead. And that's just a warm up.

There's an infinity of time and space just after midnight where the rules of reality you are accustomed to don't necessarily apply. Most people don't know anything about it. And of those that do, most don't want anything to do with it. But a heart's desire is there for the finding for those brave enough--or stupid enough--to look.

Explore behind the scenes of reality in the 25th Hour, a strange world of gods and monsters. A place of wonder and horror. A place of magic where secret kings and queens war for control, routinely wielding the powers of channeled peoples, places, and ideas--whether historical, literary, mythological, or imaginary.

Follow along with Royden on a foul-mouthed, darkly comic, hardboiled romp through the twisted underbelly of the world you thought you knew.

Product Details

  • File Size: 4729 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Broken Eye Books; 2 edition (January 21, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Z8G08S
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,446 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read, great imagery, and a fun story November 1, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This book surprised me, I didn't know what to expect going into it. I went into it expecting to give allowances for it being the authors first novel, for not having the backing of a major publisher behind it. I WAS AMAZED, Clinton Boomer found his stride right away, he made his characters have wonderful well rounded personalities, his writing style has a flow of it's own that keeps you in suspense and laughing through the whole book. Royden Poole is a very humorous and relate able character, he is the little dark imp inside of all of us, pun entirely intended. I recommend this book for anyone who has a sardonic sense of humor, for anyone who likes to see the underdog prevail by the skin of his teeth. There was one major flaw with the book though, it ended. While it was a timely and well rounded ending, I wish I could have just continued reading, it was such a fun read.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wry piece of wit for you to savor November 1, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Let me tempt you. This book is not what you expect. It is more than just hilarious, and it is more than just bizarre. It is touching, it is mind bending, and it is fun. If you read this book you will not only be satisfied with your purchase, you will be hungry for more. This book will show you the hole you never new existed. Not the hole behind midnight, though you'll find that too. I speak of the void of Clinton J. Boomer in your soul, your very being.

Buy this, fill that void, be content. I did and I am.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Check the rear view for the PC Police August 27, 2012
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This is a narsty novel. Between the bluntly informal language, the unconventional small hero, a cast of hundreds (many in said cast owning extra sets of genitals), and chemically influenced metaphysics . . . well, you've got a seriously narsty novel here.

And that's a good thing. Almost too much of a good thing sometimes. The story of the King of Jangladesh and midnight access to sideways realms spills out in a torrent of politically incorrect behavior: theft, violence, murder, obscenity, sex and angst; stalls in places when the story gets stuck in philosophical quick sand; then speeds to the blow-off: power plays of archetypes being thwarted by the little guy.

The Hole Behind Midnight is amazingly funny, dark, original story telling. I'll be watching for what Boomer comes up with next.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I don't read a lot of fiction, but was recommended this by a friend, so I picked it up, and once I did I couldn't put it down. Now I'm anxiously awaiting promised sequel (which has a teaser first chapter at the end of this one).

Our main character, Royden Poole, is not your average protagonist hero. He's less than 4 feet tall, and to call him a "good guy" is certainly a stretch. He lies, he steals, he cheats, and he has a mouth like a sailor. (Not a book for the kiddies, or people who are sensitive to foul language or "adult imagery".) But he still is a character you can empathize with, and you want him to succeed, primarily because the stuff he's up against is FAR worse than he is, so the story still works.

As my title says, the style of writing is highly reminiscent, to me, of the late great Douglas Adams (of "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" fame, some of my all-time favorite fiction). But Douglas Adams would have had to turn up the "naughty language" dial a lot, and get kind of gross.

The setting is modern-day earth, sort of. There is a fantasy element introduced in the form of a "hole" that occurs in reality at midnight, for those attuned to it, they can step sideways into time. Hence the title of the book. I won't get into all the details of how that works, but basically it allows people "in the know" to use magic during that time that wouldn't otherwise be possible, and the way this is handled is brilliant in terms of the literary work.

Again, I highly recommend this to anyone who can handle it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic July 16, 2013
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Now let me preface this, I am not a wordsmith, nor am I accustomed to writing reviews.
Now then.
Where to start with this book..
It's a headtrip. You simply don't ease into the story, it's like if Alice got punted head-first down the rabbit hole. I was pretty well convinced that this book would cause me nightmares, though so far that assumption is unfounded. Boomer's writing style leaves nothing to the imagination, from the characters themselves, to the backgrounds and locations, even sounds and smells.
Urban fantasy with mythological overtones isn't a good enough description for this novel, but it's the best I can do.
It is definitely a book intended for adults. No denying that.
I laughed, I cried, I lost a great deal of sleep.
I very much look forward to reading more from Clinton J. Boomer. His imaginative prose makes this avid reader (and admitted crazy person) quite happy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked Cool January 10, 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
The Hole Behind Midnight is a wild and wooly romp from its roll-out-of-a-hangover start to its reality-rending climax, plunging into the unhinged otherworld that lurks behind the final tick of the witching hour.

Blitzing past the boundaries of contemporary urban fantasy, THBM is something new and exciting. The magic and mystery of "the 25th hour" is brilliant, fresh, and intricately developed, providing a truly new mythology that simultaneously reaches back into the most ancient roots of civilization and flowers with wonder in the modern day. The hopelessly flawed yet completely relatable protagonist, outcast/street sorcerer/detective Royden Poole, wields cigarettes like talismans against the dark arts, binding demons into VHS tapes and pontificating at length about the mystical significance of interdimensional travel in strip clubs. (Excellent) story aside, the magic mojo of this book would be enough to pick it up and commit it to memory.

Edgy, irreverent, and more than a little naughty (like, really naughty), THBM is packed full of oh-my-goodness moments which simultaneously shock and delight. It's not for the faint of heart, but effortlessly and unapologetically embraces its NC17 trajectory, riding the carpet-bombing of F-nukes all the way down. Clinton Boomer sows delicious profanity across the auditory landscape like he's Johnny F**king Appleseed, creating rich characters and thoroughly engaging dialogue which remind you fondly of modern monologue-masters like Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith.

The Hole Behind Midnight is wicked cool.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
The Hole Behind Midnight is a confusing mash-up of several different genres and settings, almost as if the author couldn't decide what to write about, so they wrote everything they... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Blaine Cobb
4.0 out of 5 stars Twisted, dark, and fun
An unexpectedly wonderful read. I would love to see this twisted story made into a movie just to see how a director would handle the scene with a spoon, a magic feather, the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Daltana
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Simply amazing!
Published 4 months ago by Keani Guthrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Not For Your Mother, Unless Your Mother Is Terrible
This book is so much, packed together so tightly, and still manages to be easy and fun to read. You will laugh at the despicable, loudly and repeatedly. Read more
Published 4 months ago by James M Castlebury
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story, part detective novel
A great story, part detective novel, part urban fantasy, and a whole lot of fun. This story pulls back the veil from the mundane world to show glimpses of the magic lurking out of... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gordon D. Duke
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it from the prologue...
What can I say? Boomer's an amazing writer and this certainly showcases his talent.
Published 4 months ago by Erik C Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very fun, interesting, and completely different while keeping your favorite parts of different genres together.
Published 5 months ago by Charles Cunningham
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, sarcastic and full of adventure.
This book took me back to when I was 12 years old reading Douglas Adams's "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" because I laughed so much reading this book. Read more
Published 7 months ago by BigDom
5.0 out of 5 stars My dreams were weird for weeks....
I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Boomer at a local game convention. He was very nice and gave me a signed copy of this book to read. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Holly Sanderson
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like what you just read
Read the first page. If you like what you just read, then keep on going, because the rest of the book only gets crazier. Read more
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Clinton J. Boomer, known to his friends as 'Booms,' resides in the quaint, leafy, idyllic paradise of Macomb, Illinois, where he attended 4th grade through college. He began writing before the time of his own recollection, predominantly dictating stories to his ever-patient mother about fire-monsters and ice-monsters throwing children into garbage cans. He began gaming with the 1993 release of Planescape, which shaped his Jr. High years, and he was first published professionally in the Ennie Award-winning Pathfinder Chronicles Campaign Setting from Paizo Publishing after placing in the Final Four of Paizo's inaugural RPG Superstar! Competition. He currently devotes a full 99.9% of his waking hours to thinking about fantasy-adventure in general or ninjas, more specifically. Boomer is a writer, filmmaker, gamer and bartender; his short comedic films, the "D&D PHB PSAs," have over 3,500 subscribers on YouTube and and have been viewed more than a million and a half times. A member of the WereCabbages creative guild, a frequent freelance contributor to Rite Publishing, Sean K. Reynolds Games, Paizo Publishing, Reality Deviants Press, Zombie Sky Press, Legendary Games and the Hellcrashers setting, his debut novel The Hole Behind Midnight was released in 2011; Daniel O'Brien, columnist for and contributor to the New York Times bestseller You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News called it " ... Raymond Chandler meets Douglas Adams by way of a fantasy nerd's fever dream. And it's AWESOME."


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