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The Loon [Kindle Edition]

Michaelbrent Collings
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A doctor who has lost his child. A woman in an abusive relationship. A man who thinks he is god. A madman who lives only to kill. These are the people who will come together and find that they are not alone. Cut off by a freak storm, they will discover the meaning of The Loon.

Editorial Reviews


"It's always so nice to find one where hardcore asylum-crazy is done RIGHT! As opposed to, say, the Hollywood version....  THE LOON is, hands down, an excellent book." - Christine Morgan, The Horror Fiction Review

"Highly recommended for horror and thriller lovers. It's fast-moving, as it has to be, and bloody and violent, but not disgustingly gory. The Loon also includes a fun element of mad science to make this a well-developed 'mad science and medical experimentation gone wrong' story. Collings knows how to write thrillers, and I'm looking forward to reading more from him." - Hellnotes

From the Author

As with so many of my books, there are twists and turns throughout THE LOON. So please remember: reviews are great, but please don't spoil the book for others by revealing the secrets!

Also, if you enjoy the book, pleaserecommend it to a friend! The only way to keep your favorite authors working to bring you YOUR favorite books is not only to buy the book, but to encourage others to do so as well. Happy reading....

Product Details

  • File Size: 1218 KB
  • Print Length: 419 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042AMFTI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,427 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Loon by Michaelbrent Collings April 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found "The Loon" a bit difficult to read due to the many editing errors, misspellings, punctuation errors, format problems and just plain language use errors which could have been taken care of by a good editor. One of the things so many Indie authors have not yet come to understand. Mr. Collings you are a writer, a good one, but you are not an editor and you need one.

The story itself was good, interesting, unusual and filled with characters that are believable, well portrayed and complex. The premise is interesting and well done. The horror builds slowly as each character moves inevitably toward his fate. It is realist and frightening. A book I preferred to read during the daylight. This story is not for the faint of heart.

If you like your horror with a great deal of violence, malevolence with a scare and creep factor at the top of the scale this is the book for you.

Karen Bryant Doering
Parent's Little Black Book
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Book February 21, 2012
I'm a big fan of horror, but when it comes to novels I love horror with a heart.

The main character is a man tormented by terrible mistake that he made and he takes the responsibility of trying to save the lives of several people; ultimately, this is novel of redemption, although there are several other themes that the book deals with (abuse, good intentions gone wrong, and others). The novel moves at a brisk pace, but the pacing does not sacrifice good characterization. The characters are diverse in their personalities and believable. Most of all, we can relate to them. This is horror with a heart because the most horrifying parts happened to characters that I actually cared about. Also, Collings handles the scenes of terror very well. What also attracts me to this books is the combination of science fiction and horror. In this case, the combo works well without too much explication. This book was hard to put down and I wasn't satisfied until I finished it. I highly recommend it.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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I read this book as part of our horror reading group.
This was our second group read of a book by Michaelbrent Collings.
The prologue of this story just sucks the reader right in and set the tone right from the start. This was an extremely fast paced story-the chapters at some points are only a page or a paragraph long.
The protagonist is the head psychiatrist for the Crane Institute which is a hospital/prison for the criminally insane. This Institute houses killers that are known world wide as psychos and as such, is a dangerous place to work.
The Institute is privately owned by Dr. Crane, otherwise known (in his own mind and in those of his employees ) as God. He pays well but rules with an iron fist.
And so the stage is set, it's nighttime and a dangerous storm is set to hit the grounds of the Institution. Will the guards, prisoners, and doctors survive the night? Read it and see.
It's hard to go into very much detail on this without spoilers, but I felt that a lot of the characters were not developed enough to form a clear picture of them in my mind. A few of the guards I just had pictured as Big and Bigger. There wasn't a lot of other information about them. Perhaps this was on purpose considering the course of the story-but I can't pursue that thought without spoiling anything.
There were a couple of characters that I could identify with and care about, which is why I continued reading. I had to see what would happen to them!
All in all, I think it was a good read if you're in the mood for something rather quick, imaginative and fun, without any deep meaning or morals to be learned.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars crossposted rave! May 1, 2012
It's always so nice to find one where hardcore asylum-crazy is done RIGHT! As opposed to, say, the Hollywood version.

The Crane Institute - known as the Loon to anyone not within earshot of Dr. Crane, who doesn't find it even slightly humorous - is not a place with therapy groups, crafts, or quirky patients who are well-groomed and really just misunderstood.

It's a scary place. A scary place of restraints, heavy medication, and staff who take the security measures very seriously. It's a prison of the old school, a fortress, a hulking pile of thick walls, locked doors and bars.

It's where the worst of the worst are kept. Mentally ill offenders, in the legal parlance. Effin' sick monsters, in other words. These guys aren't here to be counseled, treated, rehabilitated or cured. They are here because since we can't exactly put them down like rabid dogs, they've gotta be kept somewhere.

So, yes, in terms of the setting and psychopathology, the author nails it. In terms of realistic characters who have reasons to be where they are, also nails it. In terms of writing, dialogue, action, everything. Nails it!

And in terms of the trope where your characters are someplace already isolated and dangerous, and you want to cut them off further from rescue/escape? Instead of the Total Coincidental Storm Of The Century popping up midway through out of nowhere, this time it's established right from the beginning, taken into account, and plausible.

Even the plot with the woman and her kid who show up makes sense. When you're on the run from such a bad scenario that seeking refuge at the asylum seems safer, you know things have really hit the fan.

All that, plus Dr. Crane turns out to be a mad scientist conducting heinous experiments?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't put it down!
I couldn't put this book down, thus the five stars! This book kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Christianne Church
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Book arrived fast. The story was good/interesting, I read it within a few days.
Published 1 day ago by Nicole Torbett
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, meets the criteria for anyone who enjoys
Good story, meets the criteria for anyone who enjoys, horror and/or thrillers, Very creative,scary and violent without excess gore, Delves into decisions based on sanity and... Read more
Published 4 days ago by SB
3.0 out of 5 stars fast paced read
Fast paced read that is suspenseful. It is well written. I am looking forward to reading another book by this author.
Published 5 days ago by DENNIS MCCALL
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I didn't like the story very much.
Published 6 days ago by Kay F Tipton
4.0 out of 5 stars The Loon is looney!
Excellent premise. Read this book during a snowstorm which brought some reality to the story. Liked it!
Published 12 days ago by K. Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars worth the read
The book held my interest all the way through. I liked the short "chapters". One led to the next easily. There were twists and turns all the way. Not the story I expected.
Published 14 days ago by henri016
4.0 out of 5 stars fast paced thriller.
Not too bad. Kept my attention, and hard to put down.
A good one to read.
A little bit scary.
Published 17 days ago by kelly machicek
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
a strange book. the characters don't flesh out that much; some horror; weak plot
Published 21 days ago by diamond girl
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Could have skipped the beast. To unrealistic. Maybe more with the prisoners. Overall would recommend it. Quick read and entertainmenting
Published 22 days ago by Kathi
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More About the Author

Michaelbrent Collings is a #1 bestselling novelist and screenwriter, and one of Amazon's Most Popular Horror Writers.

His bestsellers include The Colony Saga, Strangers, Darkbound, Apparition, The Haunted, The Loon, and the YA fantasy series The Billy Saga.

He hopes someday to develop superpowers, and maybe get a cool robot arm.

Michaelbrent has a wife and several kids, all of whom are much better looking than he is (though he admits that's a low bar to set), and much MUCH cooler than he is (also a low bar).

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