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Indian Summer [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Duncan
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Indian summer. It's the time of year after the leaves change color, when the weather is bright and warm and winter's cold and slush still seems months and months away. Summer's last hurrah. For nine-year-old Eddie Gilmarten and his mother, who have fled to his aunt's farm in the Shawnee Hills of Southern Illinois, Aunt Gene's isolated home is the perfect place to escape an alcoholic father. But all is not well in this idyllic country setting. Eddie and his Ma aren't the only souls who have sought refuge on his aunt's sprawling property. There is a dark entity at large, and a man of secrets with a twisted mind and a terrible appetite for innocence.

An indie best seller since his first novel The Oldest Living Vampire Tells All debuted in 2010, Joseph Duncan (previously published under the pen name Rod Redux) has been favorably compared to genre masters Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Robert R. McCammon. Indian Summer is a touching coming-of-age tale that blends history, horror, and heart wrenching tragedy. A must-read novel for fans of books like The Green Mile, Boy's Life or John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.

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  • File Size: 4193 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Cobra E-books; 2nd edition (June 14, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005784AQ0
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,110 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected, But Great Nonetheless July 17, 2011
By Melissa
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I was looking for, and expecting more of a supernatural tale when I bought this, and this had elements of that in it, just not to the degree I had assumed. However, that does not diminish in any way how wonderful this story is -- really. The characters and story were very pleasant surprises and it is a tale that stays with you. It sort of reminds me of when Stephen King goes off his "expected" track but still delivers a great story -- this is one of those cases. Honestly one of the best books I have read in quite some time and completely deserving of all 5 stars.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indian Summer 1935 June 24, 2011
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Indian summer is the latest book by Rod and probably one of his best.
The story center around a young boy named Eddie and his ma who are on the run from Eddie's pa. The reason they are on the lamb is tha pa is a mean drunk who beats the tar out of them everytime his in his cups. one night dinner isnt on the table and things get out of hand prompting Eddie & his mom to escape to only place they think is safe a old farm house in Illinois. The farm is on a huge tract of land owned and lived in by Eddie's great aunt Gene and her farm hand Albert. Thinks seem great at first They are safe and Pa cant find them. but things change Albert is a creep and theres a demon in the woods behind the farm. Along the way Eddie makes a couple friends a Ganster and a young indian boy who can change shape.
I dont really wanna give away anymore than I already have but if your fan of Rod's the you will not be disappointed. This guy is a master story teller in my book oh and if you not a fan I think you will be.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST read!!!!!!!! September 1, 2011
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Any reader(s) familiar with Redux's prior novels will be taken aback by Indian Summer. Instead of his brilliant approach in reinventing classic "monsters", this piece is a fictional memoir of the human experience in all of its tragedy and beauty with its own monsters. It is not devoid of horrors and atrocities, but these are true-to-life experiences rather than supernatural. Eddie, the 9 yr old boy who is the focal point, endures through his innocence being stolen from him via a series of events that are NOT for the squeamish. But again, the emotions, reactions, and circumstances are all very real. Redux captures the viewpoint of a child with eerie precision and actually returns the reader to that state of mind. There is a spectrum in Indian Summer of both pain and redemption that has not been successfully brought about by most authors. As a fan of Redux's other works, I didn't expect such a blunt and direct story lacking in his signature dark humor, which is another aspect that makes this that much more unique. I'll make no comparisons to other writers or books, but whatever elements you may be familiar with have been reinterpreted. If you can handle a dark depiction of reality, you have no excuse to not read Indian Summer.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome June 30, 2011
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I read everything I can by this author the DAY it comes out; this was no exception. Waited til I read it a second time before reviewing it. It is as good as anything he's ever written (and better than some). Not only that, he really expanded his literary chops on this one; rather than the often-humorous, urban-fantasy type works that precede it, this one has a Steinbeck-esque lyricism that I loved and a setting far removed from vampires, zombies, or Cthulu-like monsters. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a great read with characters so real, you miss them when you are done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good storytelling right to the end. March 15, 2015
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An excellent story set during the depression. There really wasn't anything supernatural about it and what happens to him is horrible. He is only 9 years old and he has some horrible things in his life and some wonderful things. I didn't want to put it down until the very end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The story started out a little slow but after a ... February 28, 2015
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The story started out a little slow but after a couple of chapter it got to the heart of the story and was very interesting. Well written.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Rod Redux book so far September 1, 2011
By Vida
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I've read almost every book from this author (except for Mort,) and have really liked all of them. This one is very different. There are no vampires,
zombies, or biphalic P.I.s, but a very real 9 year old boy named Eddie. He's not an obnoxious trouble maker, but just a normal kid who unfortunately has to put
up with some bad people in his life. I love the setting of the book and I agree with another comment that says this has a Steinbeck feel to it. I don't
want to give any of it away, but just want to say that the ending is very satisfying. Although this Redux book turned out to be nothing like I expected it to be,
it is my favorite one so far.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Spoiler! Harsh and gritty, Not for all readers. January 29, 2015
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I hate spoilers! I make great efforts to avoid any sort of spoiler. That said this is a touching and well written story of abuse, pedophilia, and catharsis. It is mostly a poignant reflection of the mid west during a rough time in a child's life at a tough time in our countries history. Quite possibly worthy of the Steinbeck references. My biggest fault with this story is in its marketing and lack of fore warning regarding homo-erotic pedophilic descriptions and language. With adequate warning and expectation I could easily rate this as four and possibly five stars. I was blindsided, and not in a good way.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Indian Summer
This book was different the way it was written, the way they talked was kinda hard to follow. But I did enjoy it.
Published 2 months ago by Dawn R
5.0 out of 5 stars Joseph Duncan has become my new favorite author, replacing
This book had captured me from the very first page. Joseph Duncan has become my new favorite author, replacing, in my heart, the likes of Stephan King and Anne Rice. Read more
Published 2 months ago by pendelll
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good.
I enjoyed this book, from an author that I'd never heard of, so much that I bought something else from him afterwards. So far, it is just as good.
Published 10 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Still think about the characters.
An awesome if some what short read. A great story that I believe most readers could relate to on some level. Young and old will find something in Mr Redux's intricate yarn. Read more
Published 19 months ago by megmargaret61
5.0 out of 5 stars Indian Summer
This book was a great read. It was told from the standpoint of a nine (almost ten) year old but the cynicism of that child grown up. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Paul Hildreth
5.0 out of 5 stars Indian Summer
Couldn't put the book down. good story line, good action, glad the boy surrived, so much happened to him, and glad he got the monster in the end....
Published 24 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story teller
Loved this book you lived every moment in this boys life through his eyes and his thoughts this author tells a great story
Published 24 months ago by patricia reinsch
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Very well written. I felt like I was there suffering the same experiences with little Eddie. I grew very attached to some and wanted to kill others with my own hands.
Published on March 9, 2013 by Rayna Carroll
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok
I guess I was expecting more. I was a little disappointed. I have read other books by the same author thought it was similar.
Published on December 6, 2012 by MARSHA CASH
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Page Turner
First lets just get it out of the way and recognize a couple facts; 1 - Rod Redux is not right in the head. Read more
Published on October 16, 2012 by Paul A. Mccann
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More About the Author

With almost a thousand positive reviews and several #1 best sellers in their category, Joseph Duncan is one of the most highly acclaimed indie authors on Born and raised in Southern Illinois, Joseph worked as a landscaper, a comic book artist and owned his own business for ten years before trying his hand at writing. His first novel, The Oldest Living Vampire Tells All, was a surprising hit, and allowed Joseph to become a full time author. He has since produced 13 more novels and several short stories, many of which regularly inhabit the best seller charts on Joseph was offered a publishing contract but turned it down, preferring instead to work independently. His horror and fantasy novels have been favorably compared to the fiction of genre masters like Stephen King, Dean Koontz and Anne Rice, and are often praised for their lush descriptions, interesting wordplay and originality. Though some readers have found his works challenging due to their subversive content and explicit violence and sexuality, Joseph has been a perennial best seller since his debut in 2010. If you'd like to contact Mr. Duncan, you may do so at You can also "friend" him on Facebook, or visit his (sporadically updated) blog Red Ramblings.

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