- File Size: 699 KB
- Print Length: 208 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Caliburn Press, LLC. (September 1, 2013)
- Publication Date: September 1, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00F5I6ZWE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,750,297 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Much of the action takes place at Modewood, a mansion constructed within the vicinity of Shipwreck Coast, named for the high number of tragic deaths occurring in the area. Brother Desmond, the owner, is the leader of a Zarathrustan cult preaching the principles of Nietzsche, with desires to conquer earth and the nether world.
He can only do this by harnessing the power of Briony a 14 year old, possessing the ability to open portals to the next dimension. She has been imprinted at an early age, so once beckoned by Brother Desmond, she joins the cult at Modewood.
Having recently lost his wife in an unexplained supernatural murder, Matt Brannigan sets out to save his daughter from the evil clutches of the devil worshipping Brother Desmond. The law is powerless to intervene, so he enlists the help of her psychic Godmother Clarissa and together they attempt to save Briony.
As soon as they trespass on the grounds of Modewood, Brother Desmond unleashes his psychic fury. Having the power to alter the very atmosphere that surrounds them, as well as manifesting each of their most terrifying nightmares, Matt and Clarissa realise that their battle will be against the Devil himself.
Anyone who loves a good horror story featuring the Devil incarnate will get a good creep out by this one. Read it, I dare you!
Very well written and very fast paced most of the way through, although at times I did find myself a little lost. (Probably because I was worried that the meat cleaver would make another comeback, which much to my disgust, it did!)
But seriously...A great book for lovers of horror, just not for me. I like my romance novels, so I’ll stick to the milder stories from now on.
I’ve given it a 4 star rating because of how well it was written and also because I know horror readers will love it!
I read this book late into the night and I must say I had to leave a hall light on so I could get to sleep! I am not usually such a scardy cat, some of my favourite authors are Dean Koontz and Stephen King.
There was just something that resonated with me about this story. I recognized the places and settings in the book, it could be in my neighbourhood. As a parent of teenagers I really got the highs and lows of dealing with teens in the story. The frustration you feel as a parent when you feel powerless to stop what is going to happen and the supernatural/psychic slant gives it a really spooky edge.
My only complaint is that I wanted it to be longer! I wanted more story about the family and the powers of his wife or even perhaps Matt the husbands latent abilities. I can definitely see a prequel story, if Mr Collins would be good enough to write it!! I would buy it as soon as it hit the Amazon online store.
The Beckoning by Paul Collins
Damnation Books, USA 2013
Reviewed by Dawn Meredith
Haunted by the murder of a young woman, a case in which he had to defend the killer, Lawyer Matt Brannigan struggles to reconcile his private notions of justice and decency with his work. He decides a new start is the only way to move on. Matt is a typical father, protective of his teenage daughter Briony and not always the cool guy he'd like to be in her eyes.
Matt's world explodes when his wife, Helen, is killed by a strange coldness which suffocates the life out of her body. Distraught, Matt descends into his own personal hell. Soon after, his psychically gifted daughter disappears into Modewood as a `member' of Brother Desmond's well organized sect. Briony is on a quest for answers to her mother's unexplained death, burdened by the notion she was somehow responsible. Himself a suspect, Matt begins to see a connection between his wife's sudden death and Modewood. He must use every trick he knows, every contact, to find the truth and rescue his daughter from the creepy and very powerful Brother Desmond. Before he loses her forever.
Collins has created a thoroughly believeable world, with characters who linger in your consciousness long after you've finished the book. Along with a wispy trail of unease. Can the notion of supernatural forces really be swept away with the skeptical hand of science? Matt is a likeable and courageous hero, Briony a girl of surprising mental sturdiness (which is immensely gratifying), and lecherous Brother Desmond, a worthy demonic nemesis. Collins writes with clarity and ease. The multiple points of view flow naturally from one to the other, giving insight which does not diminish from the story's impact.
This story tastes deliciously dank and morbid, driven relentlessly by disconcerting diabolical elements which kept me turning the pages long into the night.