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The Desert [Kindle Edition]

Bryon Morrigan
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Give up trying to leave. There’s no way out.
Stay up high. You are safer up here.
Stay out of the fog.
Do not go into the hole.

Those are the final words in a bizarre journal left by the last apparent survivor of a platoon that disappeared during the Iraqi invasion in 2003. Seven years later, Captain Henderson and Specialist Densler realize that what happened to the "Lost Platoon" is now happening to them. Trapped in the middle of the desert, they must confront the horrifying creatures responsible for their misfortune, or risk suffering the same fate as that of the soldiers before them.

"Bryon Morrigan is a hard-hitting, no-nonsense horror writer who definitely has the right stuff! Read one of his novels and you will become a fan. I look forward to his next outing." -- John Russo, co-author of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD

"A fine mesh of horror and military drama that I can't recommend enough." -- James A. Moore, author of Blood Red and Harvest Moon

"It's fun, fast-paced, and deliciously creepy." -- Jonathan Maberry, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Ghost Road Blues and Bad Moon Rising

"The Desert has more dangerous twists and sinister turns than Richard Nixon on crystal meth. When the end comes, all I need is a fifth of whiskey, a loaded handgun, and a copy of this book." -- Brian Keene, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Rising and Dark Hollow

"If only every author’s first novel could be so fun...What’s most compelling about this novel is that it is not your run-of-the-mill horror story. It is original and draws you to the edge of your seat on more than one occasion. Bryon Morrigan has the right stuff and is well on his way to becoming an exciting new face in a genre in desperate need of just that." -- Monster Librarian

"The Desert is a sly combination of action and horror with enough chills to keep a reader on their toes and enough heart pounding action to keep a reader's blood racing...In short, this is a great book by a talented author whom I hope to see more of in the near future." -- Magus Press

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"If only every author's first novel could be so fun...not your run-of-the-mill horror story...original and draws you to the edge of your seat on more than one occasion." --Monster Librarian

"...a sly combination of action and horror with enough chills to keep a reader on their toes and enough heart pounding action to keep a reader's blood racing..." --Magus Press

About the Author

Bryon Morrigan has a Masters Degree in History, a B.S. in Forensics, (Honors Program, Cum Laude), and is pursuing his Ph.D. He has worked many diverse jobs, including Private Investigator, Army Cryptanalyst, and even Elementary School Teacher.

Product Details

  • File Size: 364 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press; 2 edition (April 20, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By T-Rexx
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book tells two stories, both linked together. The first is narrated through a diary, retrieved on the corpse of a soldier who mysteriously disappeared in Iraq with his unit back in 2003. The second starts when this very diary is retrieved by a team of 2 soldiers patrolling the Iraqi desert in 2009 in search of WMD. Both of these stories are linked together by the geographic location of the action (a small, deserted, remote village in Iraq) and the fate of both teams who happen to be facing the same malevolent threat of unknown origin that roams in and around an isolated village in the desert.

Good stuff-
- Originality of the plot which features the US Army in Iraq with a sharp horror edge.
- Humor. Although quite black at times, it is caustic and realistic. Obviously, Hensler is reaching the end of his career in the military, and has a hard time hiding it. Humor was so realistic and well placed at times that I could not help but wonder: this was the author's personal humor and train of thoughts on the Military, not just Hensler's, right??
- Some explanatory attempts at linking the nature of the threat to religion were, although a bit short lived, interesting in their originality. Also, they gave a broader scope to the whole book by adding a touch of, if not philosophy, at least religious and human thinking to an otherwise horror-focused story.
- The writing style. To the point, with very little waste of time. Very military-like approach. Fast paced depiction of the action. No time to get bored.
- Knowledge of military stuff due to the author's professional backgrounds in the military.

Not so good-
- The length of each chapter. Too short.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soldiers vs Creatures fom hell December 7, 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First, I must say that I read this creepy yarn in one sitting. It kept me guessing in the begining and didn't waste time building the action up to freight train speed. I rarely find novels now that deliver the goods when it comes to monsters like this one did. It's kinda like the movie Aliens in the desert. Just without a little kid and civilians to get in the way. Nope, this is a straight up fight with creatures from hell.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monsters From Hell Cometh December 18, 2007
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A fun and fast-paced yarn of American Soldiers in Iraq, battling - not the weak-kneed Iraqis - but a variety of nasty monsters from Hell. It's intense and scary. I read it in two days and haven't been able to leave the house since. Send Help.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but something bothers me April 11, 2008
By James V
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I recently read this book while I was serving in Iraq with the US Army and ordered it because it features American soldiers in Iraq. I figured I could relate to the novel(minus the supernatural element) and decided I'd have it sent to me in the desert. It had an interesting premise and held my interest but at the same time I found it unrealistic. By unrealistic, I mean that no unit would ever send 2 men out on a mission ina single vehicle. Even if Iraq cooled down, you would never have two soldiers out on their own. Personally I feel that the two main characters should've been out with their platoon. This would've allowed for more characters and a chance to see what happened to the original missing platoon by having the same things happen to the current platoon. It started out strongly when told from a dead soldier's journal. The book had great potential and would be great reading, but being in Iraq at the time and knowing how missions go, it was hard for me to really enjoy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rough Start, Decent Finish October 23, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Based on the summary and nature of the tale I really wanted to like this book. Sadly, this book needs a good editor. There were just so many common mistakes in the presentation: overt info-dumps, rough and stilted exposition, telling-not-showing (lots of internal dialogue), a private journal written as if it were a letter to non-military personnel (and in first person present tense!), all of which came off as the writer trying to hide that he was speaking directly to the reader, etc.

I nearly stopped reading after the first three chapters, and had to grit my teeth and soldier on through the rest of the awful journal entries. I had paid for the book (and felt I was continuing to do so), so I figured I should at least finish it.

However, this isn't the worst book I've ever read, so I can not give it one star, or even two (especially for a first work): the plot was engaging, and there were some truly creepy moments in the book. I think it could be made to shine with the touch of a hard-nosed, quality editor. Even though still rough, the tale does find its voice and begins to really engage a little before the mid-point, after which I found myself better able to ignore the (lessened) presentation problems and be drawn into the story and situation.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There is no escape! April 27, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
When Specialist Densler is dragged out on a search for phantom WMDs in the middle of the Iraqi desert by his incompetent Captain, the last thing he expected to find was the remains of the long-missing "Eight Up Platoon," who disappeared years earlier. And if that was a shock, it was nothing compared to their next discovery, a desolate village filled with unspeakable horrors. A village no one can escape from and which contains nothing less than a gateway to Hell itself.

The Desert is a completely compelling mix of military action and supernatural horror, like mixing Three Kings [Blu-ray] with classic haunted house and Lovecraftian themes. It's obvious from everything to the equipment to the jargon that author Byron Morrigan has either served in the military or spent a lot of time with those who have. That adds a level of authenticity to the military elements of the story. As to the supernatural elements - those feel like they were scraped directly from your worst nightmares. The best part is that no matter how wild the story gets, it still feels very real. You can almost see the fog-illuminated passageways, hear the bestial roars and taste the blood and sweat as the main characters make their desperate attempt to break free of the desert's supernatural hold on them.

Between the unforgettable characters, realistic dialogue and non-stop suspense, The Desert is a fantastic horror tale that is all but impossible to stop once you begin. The pages just fly by, and by the end you feel like you could shake desert sand out of the book (or Kindle). If you're a fan of fast-paced supernatural horror stories, The Desert is well worth picking up, especially at the bargain Kindle price.

Disclosure - I was given an electronic copy of this book by the publisher for reviewing purposes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected!
A cleverly written story with an unusual plot, at least in regards to Iraq. Definitely didn't expect the story to take the path that it did. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Leevora
3.0 out of 5 stars What happened to the end??
This is a book that started out with great elements of surprise and tension but dribbled out toward the end. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Nora milner
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovecraftian War Story
This book has in at all the elements of pulp fiction that we love. Action, Adventure, zombies, and long legged beasties. Heck even a short I think 2 paragraph love scene. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mith
4.0 out of 5 stars Good reading
If you were in the army you could relate to this book. It keeps you reading page after page. Not like any other horror story . Read more
Published 14 months ago by rick budrewicz
4.0 out of 5 stars First foray into the green mist...
The Desert is author Bryon Morrigan's debut novel and tells the tale of a mysterious abandoned village buried deep in the Iraqi Desert found not once, but twice by the U.S. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Patrick S. Dorazio
4.0 out of 5 stars The Desert
Bryon Morrigan does a great job with this story. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down. I read it in just a few hours and it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole... Read more
Published 19 months ago by R. Moschgat
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
This book was better than I thought it would be. I was relieved to see some resolution at the end of the book, not too many stories like this tie the story together at the end but... Read more
Published 20 months ago by B. Tibbs
2.0 out of 5 stars Weak freshman effort
I feel like I should cut this guy some slack; it's his first novel, so of course there are going to be growing pains. Also, it's cheap, if you buy it for the Kindle. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible
This book has a bunch of twists and turns, kept me on the edge of my seat, and is very unique. I enjoyed it very much and look foward to reading the second book.
Published 21 months ago by Alica
4.0 out of 5 stars Review comments
The plot was very bizarre. however the book was well written and I like the non stop action and suspense.
Published 22 months ago by jim blackwood
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