"For a start, there is that compelling pace, punchy prose, and accelerating plot that so easily hooks a reader and keeps him going. After all, who would not be sucked in, so to speak, by this: '"Something sucked the blood from that man." Swenson pointed to the corpse in the next room. "I'm talking vampires and werewolves."'" - Joel R. Dennstedt, Readers' Favorite
The original starting point is a novella that brings to mind legend, myth, and folktales, such as werewolves, vampires, and witches...oh my! - Insatiable Readers (blog)
"If the Brothers Grimm and Stephen King had co-authored a novella, Bulwark would be the result. Lunden's story is a modern, paranormal take on the classic Hansel and Gretel. If you like to sleep with the light on after having the wits scared out of you, Bulwark is the perfect read." - BlueInk Review
"Clay Finnes is the sheriff of a small town in Georgia called Bulwark. Recently separated from his wife, all he can think about is what went wrong, and will Jenna ever come back to him. He's troubled by a bothersome reporter trying to build a story from what he thinks is a normal day in his life. Clay has to admit that the fantastical stories, told by an accident victim as well as unusual sightings of wolves, things are getting a bit strange. A visit to the ominous Gingerbread House makes him realize that his life as he knows it will never be the same. An inherently riveting and original little novel by an accomplished master of narrative storytelling, "Bulwark" by Britt Lunden is unreservedly recommended for community library collections and available for personal reading lists in a digital book format (Kindle, $0.99). Also very highly recommended is Britt Lunden's "The Knowing" (9781947188990, $8.99 PB, $0.99 Kindle) which is volume one of the 'Bulwark Anthology' series." - Midwest Book Review
"Quill says: If you like your thrillers with lots of twists, plenty of "creepy," some paranormal events, and a fast-moving plot, check out Bulwark. You might just be afraid to turn off the lights after reading the last page." - Red Feathered Quill
"Brit Lunden, is the pseudo-name for the beloved modern writer of both children's fiction and history, Carole P. Roman. Once again the author proves her versatility and talent in delivering a suspenseful horror tale reminiscent of a creepy old fairytale involving monsters and witches and an old gingerbread house. For those readers who enjoy sci-fi and paranormal television shows like Grimm and Supernatural, this action-packed novel is fast-paced, and eerily spooky. From page one, I could not put the book down, wanting to find the mystery behind the enigmatic old house and the connection with the towns missing children. People and places are not what they appear to be as an evil lurks beyond a façade of innocence and fantasy. Fans of modern-day horror will not be disappointed in this story which will keep the reader engaged until the end. An unexpected treat is the second alternative ending that the author includes after the completion of the story. Bulwark is Roman's first work of fiction for adult readers. I look forward to seeing more works published by the author." - Patricia "Lemon Bee" Dompieri, Lemon Bee and Other Peculiar Tales
"Brit Lunden's paranormal fantasy novella, Bulwark, is genuinely eerie and spooky, filled with the kinds of scary effects that true lovers of the dark crave and rarely find. There are no gushes of blood or other cheap special effects, just a consistently good pulse-pounding story about an ancient evil and the one man who stands up against it. Readers who grew up with the likes of Barker, King and Lovecraft will have a field day reading this classy, dark fantasy novella. And, yes, it's that good. Lunden's plot is first-rate and her writing is smooth, assured and polished to a high sheen. Bulwark is most highly recommended." - Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite (5-Star Review)
"There are many small town characters who come alive from the first page and you will wish to revisit in future stories." - Charlotte Pawson (firstname.lastname@example.org), a Reviewer on Amazon, BookBub and B+N
"This is a short book but heavy on action, chills, thrills and creepy happenings. There are quite a few characters, but it is easy to keep track of them. The author kept me guessing as to who would make it out alive, what was really going on and how would the story end." - Debra Cohen (email@example.com) founder of the blogger openpostbook.com.
"I enjoyed Bulwark by Brit Lunden. It is a wonderful mix of old tales and new situations. Though it may seem like the story is going along a predictable path, Lunden throws in a refreshing twist that kept me reading. The book runs along at a good pace, building up to a terrific ending that made me want to read more tales with these characters. The writing is vivid and the dialogue is realistic. As well, there is romance, betrayal, monsters, magic, interesting characters and more, creating a satisfying paranormal story for the shadow side of me that likes a little creepy and a lot of mystery." - Kris Moger, Readers' Favorite
"Quick, down and dirty, Brit Lunden gives us a simple reading pleasure that is perfect to satisfy the need to escape into a different reality! She has done a marvelous job of setting the stage for things that go bump in the night, adding just a dash of romantic tension for flavor while stirring a cauldron of suspense into a slightly dark, yet intriguing read! No matter your reading tastes, you will not be bored or need to sleep with the lights on at night, but you will be hooked! This little thriller even has an ending that you won't see coming!" - Tome Tender, tometender.blogspot.com
"Author Brit Lunden has weaved an entertaining story that spans paranormal, romance, and mystery. Thanks to the splattering of action and the mysterious connection of characters and happenings, this fast-paced story is well suited to those looking for a light and enjoyable thrill. The final paragraph offers a clever spine-tingling ending that will leave some with an eerie little smile and others with hairs standing up. Recommended highly for it's commercialappeal." - Bianca Schulze
"Bulwark is all about the plot. Lunden keeps the narrative moving at a brisk pace, introducing one catastrophe after another, only to delicately bring them all together. Every character has a purpose; every line advances the story, confounds the reader, but offers necessary clues." BookTrib
"However the concise readability of Ms. Lunden's supersonic prose means this book is not merely derivative of its precursors in the horror genre. For a start, there is that compelling pace, punchy prose, and accelerating plot that so easily hooks a reader and keeps him going. After all, who would not be sucked in, so to speak, by this: '"Something sucked the blood from that man." Swenson pointed to the corpse in the next room. "I'm talking vampires and werewolves."' - Joel R. Dennstedt, Readers' Favorite
"A mix of fantasy and horror, a contemporary retelling of Hansel and Gretel. It's a great read, entertaining and engrossing. I loved the world building, the characters and the plot that kept me on the edge. Highly recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this ARC, all opinions are mine." - Anna Maria Giacomasso, a reviewer on GoodReads and Amazon
"I received an ARC of this book from Chelshire Inc. via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.
All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.
Content Warning: Explicit Adult Content, Murder, Gore, Kidnapping of a child, Sacrifices, Vulgarity
"The soil always startled him with the intensity of its color. It was as if it held the inhabitants' lifeblood, collected from its violent past. Bulwark had seen its share of drama over the years; it had been the site of a major Civil War battle."
Clay Finnes, the main character in Bulwark, has seen a lot in his line of work. As sheriff of Bulwark--a small town in Georgia--he's used to the general unpleasantness that comes with the job. Lately, things in this small town have changed. Rare sightings of wolves, graphic deaths, and unusual events have stirred up the community and brought to the forefront a very unpleasant event that happened in Clay's life the year before.
Clay and his wife had separated after their infant daughter was kidnapped from their home. Unable to discover the culprit, the couple eventually separated due to the pain the tragic event caused. Recent events, however, point Clay in a new direction to the identity of the unimaginable kidnapper.
"The Bavmordas were different. Wicked."
Rich in local lore, this short, loose Hansel & Gretel retelling will keep readers on the edges of their seats. Don't expect for the ending to be anything but shocking.
Sexual content: Explicit adult sexual content.
- Sheila Goicea, a Blogger (Foals, Fiction & Filigree) who also posts on Facebook, GoodReads and Amazon
" Lunden's pacing is excellent, as are the eerie, yet understated descriptions throughout. A nice plot twist at the end brings Bulwark to an interesting close, made more so by Lunden's inclusion of an alternate ending that will make readers' jaws drop. Bulwark is a quick and entertaining supernatural mystery read." - Caitlin Lyle Farley for Readers' Favorite
"If you're looking for dark, mysterious fiction that touches on the world of fairy tales, then this short, sharp read is sure to please you. Brit Lunden writes with great atmosphere, making a highly readable experience that continued throughout." - K.C. Finn, Readers' Favorite