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Hull's Landing (A Short Novel) [Kindle Edition]

James Melzer
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Nestled deep in the heart of Pennsylvania is the small borough of Hull’s Landing. While it may seem like just an ordinary place, The Landing holds a secret so dark, that there are those who will do anything to protect it.

For decades, young girls have been disappearing like clockwork. While some have their suspicions, the entire town lives in fear - and for good reason. When Rita Clemens, a former member of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, decides to make her new home in Hull’s, she begins to uncover what the locals have tried to keep hidden for so long.

As the race against time begins, Rita will have to do everything she can to protect herself, and to save a child’s life, before one of the world’s oldest evils can be unleashed.


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For fans of classic Stephen King.

About the Author

James Melzer is an award-winning novelist and short story writer. He currently resides in Pennsylvania with his wife, stepdaughter, bearded dragon, crested gecko, and 2 Chinese water dragons.

Product Details

  • File Size: 372 KB
  • Print Length: 122 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gemineo (April 14, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WOWYZO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #681,580 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've said before in previous reviews that I enjoy stories that make me feel something, whether it be anger, sadness, happiness, etc. James Melzer`s novella Hull's Landing is yet another book that's produced very strong feelings in me, as well as an urge to protect my kids from the monsters in this world that would do them harm if given the opportunity.

To begin with, I was first introduced to Hull's Landing back when James began podcasting it via his official website. My initial reaction to the opening scene was "This is frakked." And I didn't mean it in a "this author can't write" way because he can. (I truly feel that James is a very talented author.) What I was referring to was the opening of Hull's, which is definitely one of the disturbing I've ever read, to say the least.

The opening scene was one that grabbed my attention and pulled me in, making me want to castrate every single male in the opening scene. (And I'm sure it's affected other women in the same way.)

Sure, Hull's Landing is dark, scary and more than a bit depressing and gory at times, but that's the way a book of this nature is supposed to be. It's supposed to make you disgusted. It's supposed to make your stomach roll and your skin crawl. It's supposed to make you hate someone. The fact that James was able to accomplish all that and so much more speaks volumes about this story.

While Hull's starts out very dark, the ending is filled with hope and the belief that darkness and evil can be overcome by goodness and light. And I don't know about you, but I enjoy stories that end that way.

In closing, if author James Melzer can't understand why he's doing so well in the sales department, he needs to pack up his wife and come visit me in Maine so I can smack him. I've read several of his stories now, and I can clearly see why he's selling as much as he is. HE CAN WRITE ONE HELL OF A STORY! (Keep up the good work, James. I can't wait to see what the futur
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars hull's landing June 6, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Hull's Landing is a good, albeit somewhat graphic, book about one towns struggle with evil. It was definitely an interesting and well written read, but if you can't handle violence, rape and some gore this may not be the best book for you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doubleshot Reviews book review May 3, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
For the past several decades, Hull's Landing has had a dirty little secret that is so dark those who know the truth will do anything in their power to protect it. The entire town lives in fear, some because they know exactly why young women continue to go missing and other because they merely have suspicions, but no proof.

When former Pittsburgh Bureau of Police member, Rita Clemens moves to Hull's Landing she begins to slowly unearth the horrific secret that the locals have tried to hard to keep hidden. With time not on her side, will Rita be able to save herself and young woman's life and stop the world's oldest forms of evil from being unleashed?

I was briefly introduced to Hull's Landing when author, James Melzer, initially began podcasting the story. I was immediately hooked and was highly irked when all of a sudden the podcast stopped and I was left hanging. (Note to author: FYI, I'm still slightly irritated that I had to wait so long, sir!) However, as you can see James Melzer finalized Hull's Landing and released it as an eBook for our reading pleasure.

Now let me clarify when I say, reading pleasure. Hull's Landing is a hell of a story. It is well written with fun and interesting characters, some you want to get to know better and some you want to see die a slow and painful death. However, Hull's Landing does not a have pleasurable storyline. Oh no, it is raw and gritty and makes you shudder to think of some of the things happening in real life...which I'm sure they do/have happened. It is definitely not for the weak at heart. While I would not say it's overly graphic, James Melzer definitely knows how to paint a portrait of imagery that will leave you cringing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Master of Horror in James Melzer May 24, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
WOW! WOW! WOW! Hull's Landing by James Melzer brought me back to the early works of Stephen King and Dean Koontz who are the masters of horror. James Melzer is right up there with this novel. The Man in the Tennis Shoes controls everyone's minds in this small town and convinces them to kidnap local girls to use as vessels for his demon children. A former police detectives comes back to Hull's Landing in search of answers, but turns out not to be what she expected in the ultimate battle of good and evil. Highly recommended to anyone who loves a good scare. It was an awesome read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chewed me up! May 20, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
These are the kind of stories I like. It sucks you in, chews you up, but never bothers to spit you out. Instead you stay trapped inside. I love it.

Even though pieces of the plot we have all heard about in another story a time or two before, how it is told is like no other. Girl goes missing; girl is abused, old town cop returns to save the day. Town folk are in on girl disappearance. You know the story.

But wait until you see the man in the white shoes.

Nothing will ever be the same.

Next is Melzer's book, Snowmen...I wonder if I should be cautious.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good vs. Evil in a condensed form August 23, 2013
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Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The first few chapters of this quick, fast paced read, was highly graphic and captivated my interest. As soon as the white running shoe character was introduced, the story took a quick dramatic turn. Depending on your religious interest level, you will either like or dislike this story. I don't want to give the story away, but I was slightly disappointed as soon as the story took this twist. Once the true nature of the story was revealed, I enjoyed the rest of the novel. Very quick easy read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book!!!!
Book was well written and very scary. Great storyline and plot. Would love to read other stories by this author. Highly recommend this story.
Published 1 month ago by Rosemary Muchisky
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible spelling errors
Truly disappointed in this book. Started out holding my interest but went down hill fast. Had to force myself to finish reading.
Published 5 months ago by ibebecca
4.0 out of 5 stars Hull 's Landing
Very well written, but could have been edited better for punctuation. The imaging and story made it hard to put down.
Published 7 months ago by K Joppock
4.0 out of 5 stars Well done
The content was quite disturbing. However, it was a very well written story and I enjoyed it. It kept me interested.
Published 8 months ago by April26th
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
scary
Published 8 months ago by laurie savala
5.0 out of 5 stars Hull's Landing
This book was really really good, I really enjoyed it. A fight between good and evil and it was very well-written and I would read from this author.
Published 9 months ago by Dawn R
2.0 out of 5 stars PROOFREAD, learn English grammar and usage. Then PROOFREAD again.
A "widow" is a woman. A "widower" is a man. "Bare" is naked, "bear" is something you carry or endure. A chicken is in a coop. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ivory Trader
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you wonder about all the evil in the world.
Even though this is a horror story, it still makes you aware of all the evil that still goes on in the world that people turn their backs on.
Published 9 months ago by Kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story
This is a fast moving story that held me. It was well written and I enjoyed it very much. The story had a lot of twists that I loved.
Published 9 months ago by Klender
4.0 out of 5 stars Evil Is Thwarted
This is more A horror story of Good Vs. Evil. Evil Is Thwarted, and banished, at least in Hull' s Landing. The story holds your attention, and is a quick read. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rosie D.
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James Melzer is an award-winning novelist and short story writer. Since branching out on his own to become a self-published author in 2011, Melzer has sold more than half-a-million eBooks around the globe in various genres.

He currently resides in Pennsylvania with his wife, stepdaughter, and husky.

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