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The Remnant [Kindle Edition]

Chandler McGrew
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Angels have returned. Now all Hell is breaking loose.

Trace Wentworth has a connection with rats. They attempted to devour him in his youth. Then beneath the streets of New York the vermin save him when he flees from the same Mormon Fundamentalists he believes murdered his fiancée, Ashley. When he learns that she is alive and her fellow Brethren are under siege Trace joins them, only to be drawn deeper into the world of intrigue and danger that may yet cost all of their lives. One secret connects both sides in the battle, and it will almost certainly destroy the Mormon faith.

Previously by Chandler McGrew, In Shadows:

“Chandler McGrew (is) showing us how to scare the pants off readers with his latest paperback original…” – The Chicago Tribune
“…a born-to-be-a-TV-series story about a 13-year-old blind and deaf boy who can hear evil spirits, and a police officer who gets dragged back from Texas to his Maine roots by a force stronger than life.” – Chicago Tribune
“In Shadows is actually a finely woven tale of terror-and one of love as well.” – Fangoria

Night Terror:

“…plays on the primal fears that cause most adults to lose sleep. An author to watch and read.” – Denver Post
“In the small-town Maine that Stephen King has made famous, Chandler McGrew sets a new tale of terror.” - Forbes Book Club

The Darkening:

“…cleverly written in a spiritual style that calls to mind Dean Koontz’s recent (and better) works… an exciting delight - a trip into realms some feared would never be explored again. ” –
“addictive…one part Rapture drama, one part Lovecraftian horror story, one part blood-soaked chase… a thrilling one-sit read.” – Publisher’s Weekly

Cold Heart:

“‘The best opening 10 pages I’ve read this year…reads like a good martini tastes: icy cold, with flecks of terror where the ice chips should be.” – Contra Costa Times
“‘An engrossing reading experience.” – Midwest Book Review
“Incredible tension and suspense… get a copy soon.” – Mystery News

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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009JEBV92
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd give it 10 stars if I could ... October 27, 2012
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'The Remnant' is a twisted tale of fundamentalist Mormons, brutal killings, and preternatural rats, alongside the endearing almost-lost love of Trace and Ashley. Writer Trace is a man hell-bent on getting revenge for the seeming murder of his love, Ashley. His latest manuscript 'implies' the monstrosities of said murderers, the 'New' Latter Day Saints, and nearly costs him his life. Ashley is formidable and strong, both mentally and physically, thinking nothing of heading into the darkness of night, shotgun in hand, to defend her home. Both these main characters are likeable and realistic, and I felt for them throughout.

The novel takes a profoundly disturbing look at the power of brainwashing - a fascinating concept that we are all mildly subject to via TV commercials. In the novel the entire town of California City is brainwashed to complete and graphic subservience by the loathsome leaders of the NLDS. Once certain town dwellers are relieved from the cult's thrall, the fallout is powerful and understandably unforgiving.

As the story progresses, it also takes us back in time, periodically, to tell of a ghastly and defining event in Trace's childhood. Trace's near-death encounter with intelligent, scheming rats is one of many paranormal whisperings in McGrew's writing - whisperings that give you chills and keep you awake at night.

This fast-paced compelling novel contains just the right amount of descriptive prose, and never too much as to seem to be there just for the sake of it - which causes me to skim. I never skim read a single line of 'The Remnant.' In my recent review of 'Crossroads' (one of my all-time favourites!) I entitled McGrew, in my opinion, as Master of the Genre, 'right up there with King and Koontz,' - now, assured that 'Crossroads' was no one hit wonder, I can say with all certainty that never has a title been more definitive or deserved. So do I recommend 'The Remnant?' - I'd give it 10 stars if I could.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wild twisting ride of intrigue and terror October 23, 2012
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From the first paragraph to the last sentence, Chandler McGrew has the reader riveted to the story; pulled into his twisted world of cults and darkness.

The story set-up is brilliant, taking unexpected turns at every chapter. I was never totally sure where it was headed and loved the way the story unpeeled. McGrew's character development is intricate: Trace Wentworth - a man of substance - has dark secrets too frightening for him to admit, even to himself. His antagonist is simply diabolical. There is enough romance to keep a gals attention and everyone's heart pounding from terror.

If you are a lover of suspense thrillers, this is the book for you. You had me at "A night as bleak and dismal as a gravedigger's stare..."

A Rat King... Are you serious?

I cannot wait for the sequel and I may never sleep again...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful doozy of a story! October 29, 2012
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First off, very interesting storyline. Chandler drew me in with the action packed first chapter and didn't let go until I got to the end. A suspenseful read about evil Mormons definitely delivered what it set out to do. I like unique stories, and Chandler came up with a doozy!

Trace and Ashley were both really well developed characters and the back story with Trace and his rat attack was simply horrifying!

If you are up to being on the edge of your seat during the whole book I would definitely recommend The Remnant. It shows the dark side of a religion gone cult and gives us a harrowing account of a crazy man (Fredt) who is a complete loony bin all for the name of Jesus.

I am looking forward to reading Chandler's other works because his talent shines in The Remnant!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A work of fiction you can`t put down November 24, 2012
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Sinister and thought provoking fictional look at LDS fundamentalist sects. A book that makes the reader think about his or her own beliefs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me Reading to the end April 9, 2013
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I liked this book, and thought it well written. I could see a mini-series coming from it. I recomend it as a good read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Remnant February 26, 2013
By uaw 182
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I find the book interesting,I'm not really in the mind control when it comes to the mormen church. This was not my cup of tea. But if your into this kind of book,it's a great read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very thought-provoking January 31, 2013
By cindy
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Makes me want to read all his books,AND validates what I have felt about structured religions. It may be a work of fiction, but it has many truths in it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars definitely in remnants January 25, 2013
By julielm
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While the writing was good, and held my interest, the story line was all over the place. I felt like I had started in the middle of a story. The writer had to keep going back to fill in the blanks so the story would make sense to a degree. After I finished reading, I checked to see if it was part of a series, it isn't.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of all reads!
All the books I have read so far this year, this is the best one.
It hooked me good in the first page. I thought, finally a book that
hooks me right away. Read more
Published 4 months ago by starlyt
5.0 out of 5 stars A first rate paranormal page turner
I first started this a couple of weeks ago but I thought maybe it was a sequel but after reading two other books by the author, In Shadow and Crossroads, I accepted that this one... Read more
Published on January 25, 2013 by Bad Wolf
1.0 out of 5 stars The Remnant
Found that I could only finish part of the book. It just did not come together in a coherent way for me-others may find it engrossing but I didn't.
Published on January 23, 2013 by KT
4.0 out of 5 stars AN OK READ
this was a free copy and goand glad you had that kinda offer and will keep ordering through Amazonod value
Published on January 19, 2013 by gary kelty
3.0 out of 5 stars 3* Suspense/thriller with mystical/paranormal overtones for persons...
The Remnant, an e-book edition by Chandler McGrew is, for this reader, most difficult to characterize. Read more
Published on January 18, 2013 by John H. Manhold
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Reading
I like to read a book that has a plot and just for the enjoyment of reading.
I do not like to have bad language in any book that I read
Published on January 17, 2013 by Merrilyn Hofmann
5.0 out of 5 stars authopholloway
WOW!!! Move over Dan Brown. Not since The Da Vinci Code has a book blown me away like this one. This author is a wonderful writer. I simply loved reading this. Read more
Published on January 16, 2013 by authorpholloway
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard Reading
This book was hard reading for me went back and forth in time but was very interesting concept on the Mormon Faith and also very scary thing about the faith It made me want to look... Read more
Published on January 11, 2013 by marlee
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book.
I don't know how factual this book is, but it certainly brings out the brainwashing (and potential violence) of Mormonism. Read more
Published on January 10, 2013 by Brokewing
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More About the Author

Although he is the author of four critically acclaimed supernatural/suspense thrillers, Chandler McGrew, lives in quiet seclusion in the mountains of Maine. He writes ten to twelve hours a day, fueled by liberal doses of coffee and Pepsi, with only an occasional dollop of single malt scotch to take the edge off.

Born in Texas he lived for almost a decade in Alaska where his first novel, Cold Heart, is set. I Love a Mystery called the book a 'tense and satisfying read.' While the Contra Costa Times said it was 'The best opening 10 pages I've read this year...reads like a good martini tastes: icy cold, with flecks of terror where the ice chips should be.'

Not a bad start for a man who didn't begin to write professionally until he was in his forties.

Chandler followed Cold Heart with Night Terror, a psychological thriller about a woman who has lost her only son and believes she may be losing her mind as well. Like all his novels the book is peopled by characters who might be your next door neighbor. Or they might be escapees from a boobie hatch. The Denver Post said the novel '...plays on the primal fears that cause most adults to lose sleep.'

That's an adequate description of all of Chandler's work.

The Darkening, his third book, is a dark, apocalyptic thriller in which two very different individuals must not only find each other but themselves as well before discovering the path that will lead them to salvation. Publisher's Weekly, the industry standard, said of the book that it was an " part Rapture drama, one part Lovecraftian horror story, one part blood-soaked chase... a thrilling one-sit read."

Which brings us to In Shadows, McGrew's latest which the Chicago Tribune called "...a born-to-be-a-TV-series story."

McGrew has the uncanny knack for touching readers and frightening the bejeesus out of them at the same time.

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