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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.

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  • File Size: 528 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press; 2 edition (April 20, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 20, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XJKYKU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564,795 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By T-Rexx on June 11, 2008
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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 By Cthulhu4u on December 7, 2007
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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 By T. Jones on 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 By James V on April 11, 2008
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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 By Raven Daegmorgan on October 23, 2009
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Max Zaoui on October 23, 2012
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It's probably happened to you dozens of times too: you picked a book on Amazon a little at random, mainly because it was free. You don't like the cover, you don't know the author's name, the summary makes you think of a Z series film... You're not even sure you're going to bother trying. For me, The Desert was that kind of book.

You've been here before: you just started the opening page, expecting to drop the whole novel altogether in five minutes - not literally drop, of course, since you're reading this on Ipad - and the first sentence makes you think: "That's not quite bad..." Thirty minutes later, you're still reading. You may even have forgotten an important meeting. The Desert is that kind of book.

Some books dress up as action-packed blockbusters, yet they reveal a true literary style and a form of patience, allowing the tension to build up and the atmosphere to trap you mercilessly. It's a clever way to make you suspend any kind of disbelief. It's even cooler when the author manages to make you laugh with a good joke here and there, without the tension dropping. The Desert is that kind of book.

It's a great feeling when, back from work after a long day, you've somehow forgotten what you were reading, and when you open the book again, you're like, "Oh, yeah, that's right! Cool! Now, let's see how they get out of this one!" The Desert is that kind of book.

You can be a good or a bad reader, there are times in your life when it's more difficult to find a moment to read, and when some longish books scare you off. Others appeal to you because they're shorter, and well cut into small chapters that feel like little thrilling slivers of suspense that you can dose at your own appreciation.
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