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The Loon [Kindle Edition]

Michaelbrent Collings
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 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.

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"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....

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  • Print Length: 419 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042AMFTI
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Loon by Michaelbrent Collings April 17, 2012
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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
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16 of 18 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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13 of 15 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 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Howling at the Loon May 17, 2012
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Employees at the Crane Institute earn very good salaries, but before you run to submit your job application, you should know that the Institute houses only the craziest and most deadly loonies and I'm not just talking about the inmates.

This is a character-driven prison/asylum thriller that will have you turning the pages with both excitement and morbid fascination. Life at the Institute is already dangerous with everyone permanently on edge, but when a huge storm cuts off the power and the unthinkable happens, it turns into a full blown nightmare with slim chances for survival.

In the darkness, throw together a doctor with a terrible incident in his past, an abused woman with a young daughter in tow, the authoritative head of the Institute, a highly deranged killer and a motley collection of guards and inmates and you get a smorgasbord of terror and thrills.

Amanda Richards, May 17, 2012
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4 of 4 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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1.0 out of 5 stars Really really awful book
This book started out so well, a very well-written story of a family tragedy. And then -- monsters and mad scientists? How did this happen? Read more
Published 16 hours ago by marcia riley
1.0 out of 5 stars Too violently for me
I started this sad story and saw it we going downhill rapidly. So I zipped through to another point in the story and saw great violence. Too much for this girl.
Published 3 days ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Lackluster story
I really, really wanted to like this book. I had high hopes from the beginning, but the more I read, the more I realized that this just wouldn't live up to it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really enjoyed this book. It was really different,but good.
Published 1 month ago by Pat Perez
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
very exciting easy read could not put down will read other books by same author
Published 1 month ago by sherry cannon
4.0 out of 5 stars You don't want to meet the monster in the dark!
The Loon is one of those mad scientist created horrors. There's also a psychiatrist in need of a psychiatrist who turns out to be a hero. Read more
Published 1 month ago by H. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars I felt like some of the characters could have been developed a ...
This book was very interesting. I felt like some of the characters could have been developed a little better. I hate it when the ones I like get killed! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karen E. Mcnabb
4.0 out of 5 stars Gave me the chills!
The story line is almost believable, and the story telling is right on target. Not too much gore to spoil the story and enough description to feel the cold from the storm. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Elaine T. Renouf
5.0 out of 5 stars loon
The loon was a very good book. Very very good
Published 1 month ago by helen runser
5.0 out of 5 stars Friends and stranger's.
Wonderful. Good to the very last drop, or I should say, last word. Enjoyed the way the author developed each character, as well as the story. Gripping.
Published 1 month ago by Gabrielle Jackman
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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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