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Apocalypse Hill (Apoc Hill Miniseries Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Say You're Sorry" by Melinda Leigh
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Set in the fictional Apoc Hill, dark forces centre around the inhabitants of an old house, where a young girl lives with a murderous father and brother, she herself now prone to murderous thoughts from the demons within, setting in motion a hideous chain of events.
Bill Reed is a writer, keeping busy in his daughter's absence, who suddenly finds himself faced with terrifying behaviour from those around him.
Meanwhile as the mayhem begins, another young girl, Alice, waits patiently for her father in a car, quickly noticing that something bad is outside, and hoping for his return.
Although the title suggests apocalyptic goings-on, this is very much a horror apocalypse rather than the usual end-0f-world/post nuclear/zombie outbreak that has been flooding the market lately, and while there are still some elements of traditional stories in this vein, Stott's solid horror credentials breathe new life into the genre with some genuinely creepy characters, and as macabre events unfold relentlessly, the reader is constantly in a state of flux, and wrenched from any comfort zone they may have had. The fear and confusion of the main characters seep silently into the subconscious, and Stott's knack of taking an everyday location and transforming it into a seething hellhole is a rare talent.
The ending introduces the second part, while offering enough story to satisfy the reader, yet I predict few will be, as this page turner delivers on every level, and will drag you kicking and screaming back to the next instalment.
PLOT: This is a combination horror/zombie-type story. Mr. Stott reveals the apparent cause of this zombie outbreak, which involves unnatural forces combined with supernatural beings. It is inventive and different, and the overall idea is arguably the author’s strongest feature in the book.
WRITING: Mr. Stott writes simplistically and to the point. His style puts the words out there for folks to read and understand, and his description is void of similes or other writing devices. What you read is what you get. Some folks will like this, others won’t. The book is well-edited, and the author has ensured there are no glaring grammar errors.
CHARACTERS: There are few main characters, but we do gain some insight into their motivations through their words and actions; however, most of these motivations are based upon fear. At times, Mr. Stott creates some contradictions that don’t fit. For instance, one character describes his friend and partner as a monster, one he unfortunately had to kill to save himself, yet he falls into a deep depression a few pages later and turns his weapon on himself. The character of The Yellow Man, who is trying to control the actions of others, at times comes off as weak and other times his exhortations appear more wheedling than powerful…and telling Bill (a main character) that his actions were “cold” was jarring, the word out-of-character with this embodiment of ancient evil. This character could have been more powerful but words spoken during his appearances weaken him at times.
The motivations inducing characters to stay close to Apoc Hill and the horrific events seem more invented and contrived than natural. For instance, Bill wants to leave the area (most people’s natural inclination) but is prevented from doing so, and one important reason is potential danger to his daughter who is thousands of miles away from what is happening at Apoc Hill. Another example (without revealing too much of the plot): A main character approaches a loved one, ignoring the unnatural actions the loved one is exhibiting (most notably by not talking and holding a knife as a weapon). Most people would question this, but this character refuses to do so until it is too late and the danger has now been forcibly added to the story.
JUST SO YOU KNOW: Violence can be graphic, which is almost expected in this genre. Vulgarities appear throughout the story. (Stars not subtracted for these items, but are listed for those who might object to reading books with these included). Note that there is a semi-ending to the story, although the final pages make it clear that these characters are still in danger and will live on in another book.
OVERALL: An inventive plot weakened by unclear character motivations. While this may be addressed in the next book, I will leave that to readers who decide to move forward with the Apoc Hill series. Three stars.
This realm is not an easy genre to write and adult horror less. The phycological mess of the minds of the characters is credible. The background was an interesting as the now.
The characters where well crafted. How the author; moves, changes and had total control of the characters is excellent. If everybody includes the Author, Readers and Characters where placed at an Asylum, believe me were never got out & the doctors will had a party.
The author creates a scenario worthy of the story. How he lead by different roads and at the same time in the same path t9ld me this author is worthy of folllowing.
I can't wait to read more from Stott. All this lead me to a 5☆ Review in this book.
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