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The Killing Kind [Kindle Edition]

Bryan Smith
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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“Critics have hailed various authors as “the heir to Richard Laymon”. But for my money, Bryan Smith is the heir apparent. He proved it with 2009’s Depraved and solidifies it with 2010’s The Killing Kind, a wonderfully macabre and twisted pulp-ride about spree killers.”--Brian Keene, author of The Rising and Ghoul

In the vein of Natural Born Killers and The Devil’s Rejects, Bryan Smith’s The Killing Kind is the tale of a wild and uninhibited mass killer named Roxie. Rob Scott finds himself helplessly drawn into the tattooed and insanely sexy goth girl’s world of blood and mayhem. As Roxie and Rob cut a bloody trail across the country, a group of college students arrive at a beach house in Myrtle Beach for spring break. The young friends are blissfully unaware of the danger bearing down on them as they enjoy the sun and surf. Because Roxie and Rob are on their way to the beach as well…

NAMED ONE OF BRIAN KEENE’S TOP 10 BOOKS FOR 2010

BONUS CONTENT: This digital edition of The Killing Kind includes three chapters from The Killing Kind 2. This is raw material that may or may not actually appear in the final version of the still in-progress sequel. Buy now for an early peek at what happens next for the survivors of The Killing Kind.

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To the spoiled rich kids on spring break the rented beach house seemed like the perfect setting for partying, drinking and general fooling around. The neighbors wouldn't be able to hear their music. But the unhinged killers about to crash the party think the house is perfect too--the neighbors won't be able to hear the screams. And there will be much more blood flowing than booze. One by one as the night of terror wears on, the college friends will learn the gruesome results of meeting a very different kind of people...The Killing Kind.

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  • File Size: 607 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B005Q1MWJA
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bitter Ale Press (August 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008RSCO1U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,090 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bleak horror from one of the best. June 28, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you read my review for Bryan's last masterpiece, DEPRAVED, you might remember I mentioned this book. THE KILLING KIND is the best book Bryan Smith has written...period! Characters that come off the page full of life (unless they are being brutally killed), dialogue that is true to the character speaking...and a plot that will keep you up for one long begining to end reading session.
I don't want to say anything about the plot because it really does unfold in shocking ways. Let's just say that Bryan doesn't leave a lot of living bodies in his wake. Yes, it is a pretty bleak novel. But it is well worth the price. Another great piece of horror literature from one of the best. Buy it...read it...reread it. It is THAT good.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Much! February 6, 2013
By Karla
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The story reminded me of Jack Kilborn, Blake Crouch, and J.A Konrath's Killers - A Psycho Thriller. I thought that Killers is an intense, gruesome, horrific, story. Well Bryan Smith cranked this one to another level, one that is more intense, repulsive, horrific and too gruesome that Lucy's character of Killers is put to shame by Roxie/Missy. The characters are all unbelievably portrayed as mindless, heartless , revengeful, and hateful idiots. Whatever and however Mr. Bryan Smith was thinking to portray evil in its purest form definitely was achieved in this story. No doubt that he is one of the best writers of this genre because I was able to experience and feel the very purpose of Mr. smith's writing. I was horrified, repulsed, and wretched after reading the book. The characters and so the story is so twisted even the concept of love shared by two of the characters- Rob and Roxie is beyond words twisted.
I love horror, suspense, thriller stories, but this book is so disturbing that it gave me a headache after finishing the book. So much that I'm scared to read Mr. Smith's other books. I'm a zombies and supernatural story fan, but this book made me feel sick that made the zombies and ghost stories look like cartoon characters.
I thought I was tough and immune to horrific stories. Well I was wrong. As other reviewers mentioned this is not for those faint of hearts. Heed the warning because it is definitely true. The truth is I don't know how many stars I would rate this book. But I rated the book according to how I feel of liking it compared to not liking the STORY and not questioning or judging the author. .. And this book is not for me. Too much of killing , hate, rage and atrocities is definitely not for me.
Heed the warning ! And if you are curios as to what this book is all about, just read the title..it says it all.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Bryan Smith book!!!! July 5, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Great Horror novel. I can't say i enjoyed the subject matter as much as Soultaker or Depraved, but this book is brilliant; it reminds me of a Richard Laymon book, but with a rock 'n roll spice. If you love horror, you'll love this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unrelenting And Disturbing Violence December 20, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
3 AND 1/2 STARS

This is definitely one of Bryan Smith's better horror novels. Visceral and highly charged, the first half reminded me a lot of the late, great Richard Laymon. Smith focuses on a select group of characters and their rather graphic killing spree, mainly set over a week of rampant slaughter. There are quite a few scenes of violence that will make even most jaded reader uncomfortable. Although most of the characters, on the surface, are not very likable, the female killer, Roxie, is written with meticulous care. The author nicely balances her violent acts with just enough eroticism that you find yourself ashamed to be so attracted to her.

I did feel the motivations for a lot of the killings were questionable, at best. But you can ignore those details because it is clear this book is meant for pure entertainment and to shock and keep the reader, along with the characters, constantly guessing as to what will happen next. One element that hurt the story for me was that the plot was too dependent on coincidence; not a single witness around during the violent outbreaks, people being at the wrong place at exactly the wrong time, and random violence happening outside of the main story arc (the bar beating, etc.). What are the chances all this would happen over the course of a week?

I will admit really enjoying this book until the scene at the Walgreens store, about 60 pages from the end. It was here that I felt the story's reality begin to slip into the absurd and lose a little credibility. Author Smith still manages to tie things up nicely with an effective, if gratuitous, climax. The aftermath seemed a touch pedestrian and rather expected, but, even with its flaws, I can still confidently say this novel remains a very good read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Killer Read September 10, 2010
By Z. Fu
Format:Mass Market Paperback
TKK is the best Leisure horror that I have read in the past couple of years. This is my first Bryan Smith novel. It is certainly not going to be my last.

Action starts right from the get-go as the main killer abducts an innocent bystander and goes on a wild killing spree. Much of it recalls Natural Born Killers. The story quickly switches to a group of yuppie kids heading to Myrtle Beach for spring vacation. Even though this second plot slows the pace, there are enough sexual intrigues and melodrama to pull me through. The story really gets off the ground by the third act, in which the killer, her abductee and her protege invade the vacationers' beach house. The tension and gore ratchets way up. The emotional payoff is considerable.

The author has also left some of the killer's key decisions and motivations (purposefully?) vague, leaving room for interpretation, and possibly a sequel, which would be immensely welcome. He has created such a memorable killer. It would be foolish not to bring her back.

(Spoiler Alert!) My only reservation is that the author tries too hard to off all of his "good" characters, and leave "baddies" go unpunished. This kind of resolution might have felt refreshingly nihilistic 5 decades ago. It gets tiresome quickly. I subtracted 1 point for that. Otherwise, TKK is a killer read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Bryans Best
Book comes off as rushed. Story lines of "Lulu" the voice that speaks to the two escaped mental patients just suddenly stop. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Brett Grossmann
1.0 out of 5 stars Lacking Character Development
This is the third Bryan Smith book I've read and like the others I just don't find them believable. The dialog is so over the top and annoying, that's my biggest problem. Read more
Published 4 months ago by L. Ward
4.0 out of 5 stars The Killing Kind
This was my first book I have read from Bryan Smith and I was impressed. If you enjoy extreme horror and a decent plot line , I would recommend giving this book a shot. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Drown021
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner by Smith!
Every book I have read of Mr. Smith's have been engrossing and incredible. I haven't gotten one yet that I have been unhappy with. Read more
Published 6 months ago by karrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I had a pretty good idea of the story's premise before I purchased it, and I couldn't wait to dig in. Read more
Published 6 months ago by LC
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Published 7 months ago by Neil B. Mattingly
4.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Bryan Smith
Just when I think that Bryan Smith has reached the pinnacle, I once again read another of his books I purchased for my Amazon Kindle and get blown away. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Alina Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy Adventure
Loved it from beginning to end. Was a little confused when new chapters began introducing a new scene along with new characters, but caught on real fast as the characters merged... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Stacy K
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Really liked the story. It kept me entertained. Plowed through this book in 2 days. I will definately be reading more of Bryan Smith.
Published 12 months ago by Kim Baldwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved Roxie hated Rob
Amazing novel! I will definitely be buying/reading more of Bryan Smith's novels. Violence, sex, and horror! Fantastic! I just hated how weak Rob was throughout it all.
Published 12 months ago by Ze'ev
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