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Chains Paperback – March 18, 2021
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Within the folklore of the low countries in Europe there is an ancient nocturnal creature of nightmares, a trickster, a shapeshifting demon, merciless and horrifying, that torments its victims before killing them. This creature is still among us today, feeding on the fear of its prey.
Max is about to meet this creature and will be tested to the limits of his fear and his will to survive. There is no choice but to play at the monster's game, the consequences of which could mean the deaths of Max's mother, his girlfriend, his friends and the loss of his very soul.
Ursel has survived the horrors of WWII only to be deceived and deluded into entering into a pact with a demon, a pact that will give him riches and long life but will cost him everything he could ever love: his wife, his son and his grandson.
"Chains" is a thrilling horror novel that takes the reader on a journey to an unnamed northern Canadian town, to the cities of Belgium, to WWII Poland, to the South Manhattan Bowery in New York City, and to a place of dragons and demons.
This is a story about the links that bind us together, which are the indestructible and everlasting chains that connect our fates.
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- Publisher : Tellwell Talent (March 18, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 284 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0228842395
- ISBN-13 : 978-0228842392
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.64 x 8.5 inches
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“Chains” tells the story of The Kludde - a monster from Dutch folklore that is a shapeshifting trickster that torments his victims - and his main victim, Max, and his family and friends. Once the Kludde targets you, it is hard to get away. He enjoys the chase and the fear that comes from it.
I enjoyed the characters and their story and how M.Todd was able to weave them all together. I was a little confused when he navigating from Max’s story and went to Germany, but picked right back up of telling the story of Max’s grandfather- who made a deal with the Kludde.
This story reflects the fear you had as a child that the boogeyman was going to get you. As it’s based on folklore, this could be the boogeyman of your nightmares. The story was well-written, although slow at times, and was a great read for those who love horror and thrillers.
Not only was this a thrilling read, but Todd also had something to say about hope and the connections that bind us to one another, how trauma shapes us, what survival looks like, and great fear. In the same vein and imagery as Clive Barker or Guillermo del Toro, Todd has produced a book that is fit for anyone who loves ancient beasts of horror and a psychological thrill ride.
Pigeonholing. Brick and mortar bookstores are very good at pigeonholing. However. forcing books into specific categories doesn't work well. I give you the ever-changing shelf space given books deemed 'horror.' When browsing a brick-and-mortar bookstore, I would always peruse the horror and science fiction shelves. I have always been attracted to the speculative. On what shelf would you put CHAINS? Personally, I would put it in a section called Read These Books!
CHAINS is about good and evil, men and monsters, power and fear. There is a monster that seems formed of every monster literature has ever created. It is a shapeshifter but not a were-creature. It is a vampire but not a bloodsucker. It is alien but not from some far-flung planet. As is my wont, I turned to Google to see what the internet has to say about the Kludde. Although new to me, this creature seems well known in Dutch folklore. It may seem strange, but over the past several years, I have taken to 'fact checking' even things in fiction. I have always said that a day where I learn something new is a good day… today is a good day.
The complex plot of CHAINS is offset by the normalcy of Max, Emily, and their close friends. As they become embroiled in the terrifying circumstance Max must face at the claws of the demon, you will feel the thrill of danger, the strange delight of fear. Afterall, they, like you, are only human.
A well-written debut novel often portends future books worth reading. If I am reading the tea leaves correctly, there should be a sequel. I for one, want to know more about Emily. CHAINS is a fine piece of writing that deserves to be read.
PS: Take a deep breath and read 'About the Author.' I did… then asked myself 'when does this man sleep?'
The Neander Sex Slaves bass player stumbled out of the dressing room with his arm bleeding from a severe cut.
The Concert was quickly cancelled.
Maximilian “Max” Rien Bakkers was fascinated by deaths by drowning.
Today is Saint’s Day, & tomorrow is All Souls’ Day.
Officer Swithen & Officer Evans were speaking to Ken Sugiyama (son) about some vandalism.
Emily had been volunteering on/off for BFF’s Julianna’s mom Jennifer Connelly.
Piper bar. There were musicians doing solo’s & several bands presenting.
Rein (25, f, Subliminale Occulte Marketingnetwerken en Allianties Mutual Bakkers-Ursel Limited SOMNAMBUL marketing firm secretary) worked for Ursel Bakkers (Rien’s eccentric father, SOMNAMBUL owner).
Later Rien’s funeral was held, the eulogy was read, followed by the burial & dinner. Everyone gave their condolences to the Bakkers family.
Rien & Lars Van Buskirk (Rein’s younger brother) had drowned.
Hennie (f) thought Ursel had something to do with their deaths.
A Kludde (Tormentor, Child Terrorizer, Trickster, shapeshifter, complete with internal guts, no outward solid state) had confronted Hennie.
It spoke & whispered Sit Draco Mihi Dux & vanished as soon as it appeared.
Max & Emily read up on the creature.
adjutant Lieutenant/Dr. Battel ordered trucks to go into the Jewish ghetto & pick up as many of them as possible & then bring them to the Wehrmacht barracks to be placed under the protection of the soldiers stationed there.
Sergeant Major Rolf Brandt had disappeared somewhere along the San River. 2 German soldiers had spied claw marks in the grass. They didn’t report it to their superiors what thewy saw.
Grandfather Ursel found out Hennie “Hen” (wife/mother) had died & Maximillian “Max” (son) disappeared.
Mr. Kledde (Kludde, trickster, shapeshifter, monster, liar, black Bullmastiff/Rottweiler mix) came to see Grandfather Ursel.
I do not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing free books from publishers & authors. Therefore, I am under no obligation to write a positive review, only an honest one.
An awesome book cover, hand drawn black/white pictures, great font & writing style. A very professionally written paranormal book. It wasn’t always easy for me to read/follow from start/finish, but never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters & facts to keep track of. This could also make another great paranormal movie, an animated cartoon, or better yet a mini-TV series. Not really my cup of tea so I will only rate it at 3/5 stars.
Thank you for the free Author; Tellwell talent; Goodreads; Making Connections; Making Connections discussion group talk; PDF book
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
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On that subject, Todd’s writing style is precise, easy to absorb and allows a certain level of contemplation while reading. There are many deeper meanings weaved into the pages, though none slow the pace of what turned out to be a fast read. A highly recommended book. Inventive. Enthralling and enjoyable despite the very dark subject matter. I look forward to future writings by this author.