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The Summer Man [Kindle Edition]

S.D. Perry
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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: #104,140 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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31 of 32 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 27 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 21 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 13 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't quite deliver but tries to June 30, 2013
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Starts out with an interesting beginning, main character is well developed, it keeps you pretty interested and has some creep factor going on but did not live up to it's promise at the end.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Remind me to never move to west coast June 13, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Why is everyone in this book drunk, divorced and living a completely crappy life? And that's before the bad stuff starts to happen. Downer of a book with a very skewed outlook on your typical community make up. Made getting sympathetic toward the characters impossible, they were all the same messed up stereotype. Not recommended reading.
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7 of 9 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wasted time June 11, 2013
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This book was hard to get into. Like another poster mentioned, there were too many characters introduced too quickly. I was entertained just enough to not abandon the book but not enough to be enthusiastic about finishing. The story was all over the board and confusing at times. I kept waiting for that "ah ha" moment where everything would fall into place and make sense. The end has come... I should have quit long ago.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars the summer man review
The book started off slow and I had a hard time getting into it, but once I did I couldn't pit it down! It gets you hooked quickly and keeps you wanting more.
Published 3 days ago by leximac442
3.0 out of 5 stars You had to suspend probability to really enjoy it. More like science...
This book was okay. You had to suspend probability to really enjoy it. More like science fiction.
Published 15 days ago by Edie Green
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Loved it
Published 1 month ago by C J Nogly
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Did not enjoy reading it
Published 1 month ago by Brigitte Cuppari
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
If you want to sit down and read something that draws you in to the story then you have found the perfect book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert A. Benson
1.0 out of 5 stars may want to avoid.....
I read this because I wanted a summer mystery, and it was on sale. I have to be honest, I admire anyone who can complete a book. . . . Read more
Published 2 months ago by heasttom
3.0 out of 5 stars Bookworm
If you are interested in supernatural powers, this is a book for you. There was lots of killing and weird things going on. One girl, Amanda, had the insight into everyone. Read more
Published 4 months ago by bookworm
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 4 months 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 4 months 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 4 months ago by Marirose, Montello, WI
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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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