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The Hole Behind Midnight [Kindle Edition]

Clinton Boomer
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,960 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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4 of 4 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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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, for a leatherneck January 5, 2014
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This book was definitely written by a millennial and child of the 90's

It's laugh-out-loud funny, raunchy without being disgusting, and subtle when it needs to be.

I very highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read, and I don't say that lightly. March 27, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
To put it briefly, The Hole Behind Midnight is an entity of its own. Though it would surely be a compliment to compare the book to works of known and established authors, it would also be impossible. Boomer has created a writing style of his very own. His characters are based out of a vivid imagination and his plot is, well, unexpected. It is only by a delicate balance of grounded factualization and insanity that this book's bizarre nature can sit soundly in a person's mind.

If I were to discuss my obsession further, I would inevitably gift you all spoilers.

That said, I have some advice. DO NOT read a summary. DO NOT ask anyone what the novel is about. Just read. Read with no expectations and see where Clinton J. Boomer can send your mind and soul.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very exciting and unexpected! January 29, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I was lucky enough to stumble upon a copy of this book and was pleasantly surprised! This story hit on a few familiar notes with characters that are easy to love and understand. This story takes the whimsical twist with childhood story references that collide with modern day technology and adult humor. This twisted tale pulls deep from Fantasy, Sci-Fi, & Historical non fiction that will keep you guessing and on your toes. AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A roaring good time June 23, 2013
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In the barest sense we could say The Hole Behind Midnight is Neil Gaiman's American Gods meets Jim Butcher's Dresden Files. Though this aptly describes the mechanical elements of the book it greatly underplays how masterfully they have been put together. Clinton Boomer has written fantasy for the Pathfinder RPG and here we see he can deliver in a modern fantasy as well, he also serves a good drink if you can find him behind the bar himself.

The story is fast pace, has great characters, and dollops action into the mix intermittently up to the finale which is so action packed it's like a summer blockbuster movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 1 month 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
Published 1 month ago by Matthew Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Urban fiction at its best
Boomer delivers an excellent romp of urban fiction with plenty of dirty humor and a great story to accompany it.
Published 12 months ago by SGIG
4.0 out of 5 stars More fun than a barrel of undead clowns!
A romp by the King of Anti-hero-gladesh in a land that makes a scary historical/theosophical/mythological sense. All a single second/minute/eternity long, right around midnight.
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book. Seriously.
The Hole Behind Midnight is unbelievably imaginative, creates a whole new world to set your mind in, and the best part? Read more
Published 16 months ago by Book_Eater
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Douglas Adams, and wish he took crack, this is for you
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. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Tad J. Wesley
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Great book! Incredibly funny and sucked me in until I finished it. A little confusing at points, but well worth the read.
Published 17 months ago by svitac
5.0 out of 5 stars Damn good book.
There are too many elements in this book to truly nail down why I liked it so much. Magical VHS tapes that absorb other magic. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Jaynarchy
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More About the Author

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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