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Brood X: A Firsthand Account of the Great Cicada Invasion by [Cash, Michael Phillip]
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"Simple,straightforward, flashlight-on-the-face campfire tale meant to induce nightmares." - Mark McLaughlin - Foreward Reviews
 "Cash has written a harrowing tale of survival against all odds of a supernatural nature.As summer gets hot, Brood X will cool you down by sending chills down your back." Nina Schuyler, Author - The Translator
 "Part creature-feature with all of the traditional elements of the great 50s films...part homage to the fairly recent genre of found-footage horror films--Brood X is a quick, fun read." - Michael R. Collings -
 "A TwilightZone-like horror story of biblical proportions." - Mark McLaughlin - Foreward Reviews
 "Horror atits best...up close and personal, and inflicted with ways that address humanity's inherent fear of and disgust for bugs." - Mark McLaughlin - Foreward Reviews
 "Breathing new life into a genre that has been occupied too long by the usual suspects: sickness, the undead and global warming." -  Kirkus Review
"This book is so awesome it needs to be made into a movie. If I watched this story on TV I would probably never go outside again. I am rating this book up there next to the movie Arachnophobia from the 90s. I love the writing style. It was kept consistent with a narration where all the characters' thoughts were able to shine through -- the drama, the love, the humor...just magnificent." -
"It's fast paced, well-written and has some great characters from the very likeable school teacher to the conspiracy theory survivalist. With tension, humour and horror it is an excellent read, I couldn't put it down and read it in one day..." - David Savage, What's Good To Do, UK
"This is a great fast paced read and there is interesting characters and reactions to the invasion from the main characters taking the news warnings lightly to friends on financial hard times being moochers to serious doomsday survivalist neighbors." -
"Fast paced and filled with tension, Brood Ten is the perfect summer read when you're sitting outside listening to the cicadas sing." - Tara, Diving By Zero,

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Brood X - Awards:
  • NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner
  • Readers Views 2014 Reviewers Choice Award
  • Rebecca's Reads Choice Awards Winner 2013 - Horror
  • Script Pipeline 2013 Finalist - 4th place out of 4500 screenplays
  • 2015 New York Screenwriting Contest - Official Finalist in Horror 
  • 2015 Hollywood Screenwriting Contest - Official Finalist in Horror
  • Script Pipeline 2016 Screenwriting Quarterfinalist

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  • File Size: 434 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Red Feather Publishing (April 16, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 16, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CDR86SG
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Not the kind of book I usually enjoy but I did. My son and his wife just moved to North Carolina and these noisy, crunchy bugs come out there every so many years. I bought it, one for him and one for me, just for fun. And it was fun -- but I'm still glad I don't have to deal with them beyond the book.
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I think this is the author's first book but I read his second one, Stillwell first. I had read the description of Brood X and really wasn't sure it was my kind of book. But then I read Stillwell and loved it so thought I'd give Brood X a try. I really liked it too, maybe even more than Stillwell. This author is really good with developing characters that one can easily relate to. The husband seems more like a kid, a crazy teenager in some ways...he is unemployed yet seems to spend all the time...then he has plenty of warning that the Cicadas are coming in huge numbers yet he just takes it lightly and like it's just a big joke. And his wife is pregnant and very anxious about how it's all going to work out with the bugs and baby coming soon. He is sure he can handle everything but soon it gets very very difficult. Despite his seeming immaturity he does love his wife and you see him developing as a man as he realizes his mistakes and that he is up against something much worse than he could ever imagine. I was amazed at his patience with his "friends" who move in with him and his wife. I loved the ending.
Exciting book and I found it hard to put it down.
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We start this story with Seth and Lara. Seth just purchases a camcorder and finds himself with a lot of free time after being laid off from work. Lara is a teacher and learns that she is pregnant. Seth decides that he is going to film the entire pregnancy. Then there are news broadcasts about a giant swarm of cicadas is causing destruction throughout the northwest. It is recommended that you stock up on supplies. Seth doesn’t take this serious and gets a large freezer to appease Lara.

Seth is just starting to take this swarm serious when supplies start becoming harder and harder to get. Then an old school friend of Lara’s shows up with her husband needing a place to stay, things start getting complicated. We have the basic struggles of just trying to get along with another couple but then the cicadas start arriving. They destroy power lines, telephone lines, Wi-Fi and other things. Now Seth, Lara, the unborn baby, Marni, and Dominic have to survive as the cicada get worse and worse.

I don’t have a fondness for cicada, mainly because of how loud and annoying they are. But I will not look at one the same way again. Ugh! Just the thought of all the havoc they caused and thinking of Dominic just gives me the shudders.

This is a short book, and I admit that I just kept reading the pages without a lot of interest in the beginning. But then when things got rolling I couldn’t put the book down. There is a lot of build up with the cicadas and when they show up it gets really creepy fast.

This is a short book but very well written. I have read other books by Michael Phillip Cash and have to say that this fits in with the rest, creepy and a good read. This is a great book for those that like thrillers and horror stories.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
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I swear I was itching all over after reading this book. I’m not crazy about bugs and Brood X are huge cicadas.

I’m sure you’ve heard them in the summer, calling each other from tree to tree. They can get so loud it drives you indoors.

A lot of the people in Long Island heeding the warnings and packed up, heading to somewhere safe until the outbreak is over. The cicadas, Brood X, are due to hatch and they’ll number in the trillions.

Some people scoff and say it’s just bugs. Well, try this. Hold out your hand. Now picture a cicada as long as that hand. Have you ever seen one up close. They’re not pretty. And though they aren’t known to bite, the bugs don’t know that.

One bite from these buggers is excruciating. Imagine a swarm covering your body. And the females are the worst. They have stingers, and will try to lay their eggs in any available orifice.

So, in the beginning. Seth and his pregnant wife aren’t leaving. He blows it all off as nonsense. This didn’t sit well with me. What if it gets bad? No water. No electricity. No one to rescue them. And his wife is very pregnant. He came off as selfish and and a boor. I never did warm up to him.

And sure enough, things get really bad. The neighborhood is unrecognizable. It’s coated with crawling cicadas. They are clogging up the water supply. Chewing through the electric wires. And are so thick you can’t see to drive, even if you dared to go outside.

This story moves quickly. It doesn’t take long for you to get to know the characters and once the cicadas enter the tale things go bad fast. You’ll think of this book whenever you hear a cicada’s call.

Are you itching yet?

I won this book in a giveaway and couldn't be happier.
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This isn't the first book I've read by Michael Phillip Cash, but it's the first book he published – and after reading it, I can see why it won so many awards! I enjoy apocalyptic fiction, but this book puts a new spin on the genre – it's like a found footage film set to paper, so you get the atmosphere without the nausea-inducing shaky camerawork! I thought that was a pretty clever idea for a book, and a concept I've not run across before.

The story starts at the end, with an EMT who's found a digital camcorder and sits down to watch it with two hospital security guards. The home movie they're watching features a young married couple, Seth and Lara, and starts off with Lara announcing that she's pregnant with their first child. Seth is a happy-go-lucky sort of guy (which is a kind way of saying immature), and is taking neither his currently unemployed status nor the reports of an upcoming cicada invasion seriously. He scoffs at the preppers who are convinced that Doomsday is at hand, and his few concessions to the upcoming event (like buying an extra freezer to store food) are made only to appease Lara.

But the invasion is real, and the news reports weren't overestimating the scope of the problem.

The Great Cicada Invasion begins, and it quickly becomes apparent that Seth and Lara (and their unexpected, unwanted houseguests) are in no way prepared for the scope of the assault. The camera continues to roll and document the events as they progress from bad to worse. You see, the cicadas don't just cause the power to go out and the water to dry up – these gigantic insects are large enough, and legion enough, to attack and kill any animal unfortunate to be caught outside unprotected. Including humans.
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