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The Benson (Experiment in Terror #2.5) [Kindle Edition]

Karina Halle
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A short, sexy and scary read.

The Benson hotel in Portland, Oregon might look like your ordinary, swanky turn-of-the century hotel, but deep in the heart of this historic icon, lie a few restless souls with secrets that won't stay buried.

Amateur ghost hunters (and your favorite "will they or won't they" pair) Perry Palomino and Dex Foray spend an evening exploring the hotel for their Internet show "Experiment in Terror" - but this is no ordinary hotel and this is no ordinary episode. There's someone here in the Benson, someone dead, who will push the boundaries of what the duo know about ghosts and challenge Perry's very notion of the truth.

The Benson is a short novella  in the Experiment in Terror Series. It occurs between books #2 (Red Fox) and #3 (Dead Sky Morning) but can also be read as a standalone and is the perfect primer for anyone interested in the best-selling series.

Editorial Reviews


Praise for the Experiment in Terror Series:

"I would highly recommend this series to any lover of a good ghost story or paranormal romance. It is the best of both worlds!" - Pawing Through Books

This series just keeps getting better and better. As for my guessed it....5 LARGE stars" - Beckoned by Books

Overall I can't get enough of this series" - Seeing Night Reviews

"This series never ceases to amaze me" - I Heart Reading

Even though it's a shorty, I'm always excited to go on a paranormal adventure with Perry and Dex; and THE BENSON (Experiment in Terror #2.5) does not disappoint" - Cristy

From the Author

This is quick little book, a super condensed version of the series. I wanted it to explore the ghosts that our favorite ghosthunters talk about in the other novels, sort of like one of those "monster of the week" episodes that the X-Files would throw in the lineup, to give the audience a chance to breath, a welcome change of pace.

The Benson (EIT #2.5) gives new readers just enough to be scared, to be intrigued by Perry and Dex's relationship, to want to know more. At the same time, there's a very satisfying and tidy conclusion that isn't often found in the full-length novels. Overall, it's fun for the hardcore fans and a nice introduction to those wanting laughs, thrills and chills.

Experiment in Terror - a mature New Adult Horror/Romance series 
  • Darkhouse (Experiment in Terror #1)
  • Red Fox (Experiment in Terror #2)
  • The Benson - a novella (Experiment in Terror #2.5)
  • Dead Sky Morning (Experiment in Terror #3)
  • Lying Season (Experiment in Terror #4)
  • On Demon Wings (Experiment in Terror #5)
  • Old Blood - a Novella (Experiment in Terror #5.5)
  • The Dex Files (An Experiment in Terror Companion Novel #5.7 - August 13th, 2012)
  • Into the Hollow (Experiment in Terror #6 - October 23rd, 2012)

Product Details

  • File Size: 127 KB
  • Print Length: 51 pages
  • Publisher: Metal Blonde Books (January 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006UON5ZW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,725 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Customer Reviews

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars short, sweet, spooky fun February 2, 2012
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This little novella takes place shortly after the events of Red Fox. Dex and Perry are investigating a hotel in Portland close to where she lives. A posh hotel that goes back many years, the Benson has a history of ghost haunting and The Experiment in Terror dynamic duo are there to investigate, get it on film, and continue their web series.

This has the same fun feel as the previous two novels just in condensed format. It also manages to pack a good bit of tension and spookiness into a small package. It's a VERY quick read but that's ok. A little one off novella about a haunting here and there is a cool change of pace.

Halle does a good job of catching new readers up to speed on the previous events in Dex and Perry's life and goes into their non relationship a little bit. Although I can't recommend Darkhouse and Red Fox highly enough, this would be a good litmus test for anybody who's on the fence about trying it out. I'm sure it will leave new readers wanting to go back to the beginning and get all the rich back story of these great characters.

Now I'm off to start Dead Sky Morning. New readers, give this one a go! And for fans of the series this is a nice little fill in treat. Great stuff!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Autumn Review for The Benson October 29, 2012
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This book is a novella, so it only took me about 30 minutes to read. What I liked the most about it was that it gave us an idea of what Perry and Dex work on in between big tapings.

The Benson is about a haunted hotel. Perry and Dex go to get footage for an upcoming show. Of course, Dex leaves Perry ALONE and that's when the magic happens. Despite the creepiness of the story, I liked how Perry actually helped the ghosts move on and find peace.

That's really about all I have to say on that. I liked it. It's worth reading as part of the series.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Unable to read technical error November 30, 2012
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I installed and un-installed this book 3 times and it wont open for me. Please advise on how I can fix this issue,. Thanks
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Benson (Experiment in Terror #2.5) May 30, 2012
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I really loved the first book in the Experiment in Terror series, so I got this (as well as #2 and #3) to accompany. Be advised: this is a longish story, not a book. That doesn't diminish it in any way--it is a bit creepy--but it gives less substance or chills than the books do. The author may have seen it as a needed transition between #2 and #3, but it really isn't necessary.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun and sexy short story. January 13, 2012
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The Benson is a perfect introduction to the Experiment in Terror series. It's short, sweet and fun to read. What you get is a shortened version of the other books, with a creepy ghost story and more sexual tension between my favourite literary non-couple, Dex and Perry. If you're looking for a quick, fun read, this is it. But be careful, because you will be hooked!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dex...need I say more March 12, 2014
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Not much to this one. It is a small offering from Karina Halle. However any story with Dex and Perry are going to end up on my Kindle. 'Nuff said.
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4.0 out of 5 stars LOTS of stuff in this little book!!! March 4, 2014
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This is a quick, but important novella for the EIT team. We get the fun of a EIT book with a little spookiness, but more importantly, character development. We get to see Perry grow and change a bit as she comes into herself and shows more confidence. And is that admiration and caring that Dex is showing toward her? I think it may be! Read this one. It is totally worth it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Benson December 27, 2013
By Jann
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I read this because I really didn't have anything else to do at the time. I found it predictable and a basic read. I think it would be best suited for maybe the teen years.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I was a little disappointed by how short this was
I was a little disappointed by how short this was, but I still really like it. The best part: Perry helped a ghost! Finally! I hope this is a new trend in the rest of these books! Read more
Published 20 days ago by Melanie Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars must read
This book was really scary and I loved it!!
Published 26 days ago by Jennifer Mo
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good one
Another good installment for the series. Very scary and written well. Love this book.
Published 2 months ago by Judy L. Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars Shortly
A nice bit o infor when reading book 3. I enjoyed bit and moving on to the next right away.
Published 3 months ago by angela
4.0 out of 5 stars I quite enjoyed this series
I quite enjoyed this series, but have to give it up now as it's got too expensive for #8 on. Shame really.
Published 3 months ago by Sharon Wills
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
short and sweet...I didn't have to read it but I couldn't get enough of this series.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good short story
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars It was fast and easy. I would say about one chapter but it ...
This is a short story after Red Fox of Perry and Dex (obviously) going to The Benson Hotel in Portland, Oregon. Read more
Published 6 months ago by BookConsumer28
5.0 out of 5 stars Short but sweet
This is a short story that details one of their minor shows in between book 2 and 3. It is only 57 pages and doesn’t focus much on their relationship, but it does get a bit spooky. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Megan Bedroom Bookworms
4.0 out of 5 stars great
Wonderful novella to link the story lines together. Can't wait to read more!!!!! I do enjoy whenever I shop at AMAZON.
Published 8 months ago by James M. Pleus
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More About the Author

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Waxman Leavell Agency and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

Hit her up on Instagram at @authorHalle, on Twitter at @MetalBlonde and on Facebook. You can also visit and sign up for the newsletter for news, excerpts, previews, private book signing sales and more.

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