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The Summer Man [Kindle Edition]

S.D. Perry
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Amanda Young grew up in Port Isley, a remote seaside community perched on the outermost shores of Washington. She’s watched as, each summer, the tight-knit small village braces for the invasion of vacationers seeking refuge from city life. But this year, a new kind of visitor arrives in Port Isley, bringing something most unexpected.

Soon after the season begins, a teenage girl’s mutilated body is found in a local park. The police declare it a random act of violence, but Amanda’s not so sure…because how can she explain that she had a premonition of the crime just hours before it happened? Or that the neighbors she’s known forever inexplicably are beginning to change…into lustful, violent shadows of themselves? Amanda knows something’s not right. And she knows it has something to do with the sinister stranger who’s come to town. But can she uncover his dark secret in time to stop him—and in time to save the souls of Port Isley?

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Bridget McKenna reviewed The Summer Man
A Little Bit of Summer Chill May 12, 2013
I haven't done much since S.D. Perry's The Summer Man arrived on my Kindle except read it. I'm an exceedingly picky reader, and in my opinion Ms. Perry doesn't put a foot wrong here from beginning to end. Her prose is superb, her plotting sure, and she handles a varied and utterly believable cast of characters deftly and skillfully while telling a gripping story that's well worth your time, money, and attention. I really hope I don't have long to wait for her next book.

From the Author

I love horror, and I love the unexpected, and I lived in a town very much like Port Isley for a year, when I was about 12. I'm very proud of this book, and I hope that readers enjoy it.

Product Details

  • File Size: 740 KB
  • Print Length: 498 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611099161
  • Publisher: 47North (May 7, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009OHHF94
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,799 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars started good, then ended poorly July 30, 2013
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This book started out exciting and tense and scary. It was a great, fun read. Then I became more and more aware that while I was getting closer and closer to the end, nothing much was happening in the plot. And then it just ended, with maybe 2-3 pages to 'explain' what had been happening the whole time. There's absolutely no pay-off or satisfaction to be had from finishing this book. Don't buy.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Bit of Summer Chill May 12, 2013
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Port Isley, Washington is experiencing its usual influx of summer people, backbone of the local economy. The town picnic, the open poetry night, and the carnival are the anticipated high points of tourist-town excitement for the season. But summer has barely begun when a double murder and suicide rock the complacency of townspeople and visitors alike, and change Amanda Young's life forever--because she saw it all happen in a vision. And no-one, not even Amanda, with her growing knowledge of future events, suspects that this is only the beginning.

I haven't done much since S.D. Perry's The Summer Man arrived on my Kindle except read it. I'm an exceedingly picky reader, and in my opinion Ms. Perry doesn't put a foot wrong here from beginning to end. Her prose is superb, her plotting sure, and she handles a varied and utterly believable cast of characters deftly and skillfully while telling a gripping story that's well worth your time, money, and attention. I really hope I don't have long to wait for her next book.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong and steady, intriguing and REAL May 15, 2013
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OK folks. Just finished The Summer Man by S.D. Perry, and I must admit that I honestly HATED having to (and at times, didn't/simply couldn't) put this one down to tend to other responsibilities... At first the plot felt just a tad slow yet somehow simultaneously busy, BUT with every page turned I came to see that this talented author was carefully crafting a very strong and scary story entwined with multiple truly fascinating character studies. I especially appreciated the dialogue that felt so very authentic, along with a close look at some supremely flawed yet captivating characters. Loved that this novel brilliantly combined all my favorite genres into one very masterfully told story. Deep and dark, yet delicious. :) For a debut novel, wow/holy crap - gimme more! Though I will never enjoy seafood bisque again thanks to S.D. Perry, LOVED The Summer Man!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! May 21, 2013
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Definitely hard to put down. The characters come to life here, and you can't wait to see what's going to happen. A great read from beginning to end, and I can't wait to see what this author does next!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent summer read! May 26, 2013
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I read this book in a day! Loved the characters...believable and haunting. The end was won't be disappointed except when you have to move on.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Read May 20, 2013
By tpolen
I'll start with what I liked about this book. I loved the setting. It's a small seaside town in the Pacific Northwest and I'm a sucker for just about any seaside town. I enjoyed the vibrant characters - some were a little quirky, which is always enjoyable, and it was easy to become vested in their lives and care about the large variety of characters. The dialogue was genuine and believable. The first couple of chapters held my interest, but then the book seemed to slow a little; however, the action picked up again somewhere around the middle and I was anxious to see where the story was going.

As for things I didn't really like, the first was a character dump. Near the beginning of the novel, I felt like far too many characters were introduced in just a few pages and it was easy to confuse them. There was also some word repetition - the same word may be used to describe something 2-3 times in a paragraph. As I mentioned before, the pace of the novel seemed to slow in places and some of the narrative probably could have been shortened. Near the end of the book, it seemed as if one of the characters figured out what was going on rather suddenly, the explanation being flimsy and unclear about the path to that conclusion. The completion of one character's story was very ambiguous, with no logical explanation given, leaving me disappointed.

Despite my dislikes, I still enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it if you like dark thrillers.

This review is based on a digital copy from the publisher and provided by Net Galley.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It Was About Time May 27, 2013
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If I may, I want to just start out by saying that I have always been fond of Perry's works. Her previous tie-in novels and novelizations of video games or movies have always been great, and I think it's ridiculous that it took her this long to write an original novel. It was about time. I don't think she gets enough credit for saving the story of the first original Resident evil game from its cheesy dialogue and voice acting/acting by writing a novel for them, or for making the screenplay of Virus palatable. All her books are blueprints for how to write good sci-fi.

Anyway, on with this new book of hers, I thought the story was very entertaining, certainly did not want to put the book down. I read it in between two days worth of busy work and was enjoying it (and that mention or reference on Carl Jung and his concepts of archetypes was great for me!). One thing that Perry does very well in all her novels, this one no exception, is that she's able to have a slew of characters in one story, but still manage to give you as much background or emotion as she can fit to each individual, which helps to give you empathy or other emotions once some thing (good or bad) happens to that character. Love them or hate them, these characters felt real. I especially felt this way about the main character Amanda and her somewhat gradual growth from a pot-smoking vagabond sex freak girl to a more (slightly more) responsible and quick-under-pressure woman. You feel the characters' mood shifts, ups, lows, and so on, and I liked that.

The story did move along slow in the beginning but because of so many characters. Some time had to be spent molding these individuals, otherwise you wouldn't have given a care about them, and so I had no problem in the speed of the novel there quite frankly.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than some of the reviews I saw. Great for someone looking for...
The plot was somewhat unusual and although the really isn't a lot of character depth, there is enough of it to keep you interested in what happens to them. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Dawn
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting book
Suspenseful as you don't know what's happening until almost the end. I enjoyed the characters in the story as well as the story.
Published 7 days ago by Cynthia L. Ochs
4.0 out of 5 stars Very different
Not really a sci-fi. But it is other-worldly. I found it sort of creepy and sick, but at the same time, I couldn' stop reading it. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Marirose, Montello, WI
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Read
This was not a typical read for me, but I really liked it. I read it first, on my Kindle, and then ordered the paperback for a family member.
Published 23 days ago by Katherine Hepburn
1.0 out of 5 stars long and stupid
I chose this book because I was going on vacation and wanted a summer read. I read the reviews and someone posted that it was a good summer book. It was not. Read more
Published 1 month ago by joy frutos
4.0 out of 5 stars Intense and satisfying
I gave the book four stars - it was a very intriguing read that kept me involved the whole time.
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent summer beach read
An interesting and chilling story of a small, peaceful seaside town in which everything goes very wrong one summer. Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Long
Book started off interesting,then almost immediately when down hill. I always finish a book but I actually had to stop after 2 weeks and take a break from it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Misty Greene
5.0 out of 5 stars First read by Perry!
This is a first read for me, suggested by a friend. It was a totally riveting book. I was hooked by the first page. Definitely will be continuing to explore other writings by S.D. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gina
4.0 out of 5 stars Needs a stronger ending...
I was provided a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. The Summer Man started strong and stayed that way almost to the end. Read more
Published 3 months ago by gremelkin
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Stephani Danelle Perry lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two children. She writes horror/sci-fi/fantasy multi-media novelizations and tie-ins for love and money, dabbling in the universes of Star Trek, Aliens, AvP, and Resident Evil, among others. The Summer Man is her first original thriller.

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