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Brood X: A Firsthand Account of the Great Cicada Invasion Paperback – May 4, 2013
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"Part satiric take on contemporary yuppie expectations...part anatomization of contemporary marriage...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 - hellnotes.com
"...a Twilight Zone-like horror story of biblical proportions." - Mark McLaughlin - Foreward Reviews
From the Author
- 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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Top Customer Reviews
Exciting book and I found it hard to put it down.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A thrilling and hair raising plausible story of disaster caused by an every bug that's a common inhabitant of every North American's summer. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Rabid Reader
I can’t make this stuff up. The morning after I finished this book I was on Facebook, The Weather Channel, and I saw a post I had to click on. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Philip Bailey
If you've ever read 'an end of the world' story then you know what Brood X is about as this book is pretty predictible. But it does have some surprises. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bev Ash
This has been sitting on my kindle for a little while and on a whim I opened it and started reading, well, once I started I couldn't stop!! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Natalie @ BookLoversLife
I found this story intense. I love horror but this story made me cringe, oh no bugs. You really get involved with the characters and get caught up in the drama. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Joanne
Brood X - so realistic about a cicada invasion in the highly populated east coast of America and its effect on the people's lives, actions, and beliefs. Read morePublished 4 months ago by darlene franklin
I happen to like Cicadas. Their songs have never bothered me, nor their funny little shells they hatch out from. When I saw this book I thought, this could be interesting. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
My interest was piqued from the get go with this amazing story, and skillfully planned plot that wouldn't stop. Read morePublished 6 months ago by wondermommy