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The Desert by [Morrigan, Bryon]
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"If only every author's first novel could be so fun...not your run-of-the-mill horror story...original and draws you to the edge of your seat on more than one occasion." --Monster Librarian

"...a sly combination of action and horror with enough chills to keep a reader on their toes and enough heart pounding action to keep a reader's blood racing..." --Magus Press

About the Author

Bryon Morrigan has a Masters Degree in History, a B.S. in Forensics, (Honors Program, Cum Laude), and is pursuing his Ph.D. He has worked many diverse jobs, including Private Investigator, Army Cryptanalyst, and even Elementary School Teacher.

Product Details

  • File Size: 528 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Permuted Press; 2 edition (April 20, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 20, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XJKYKU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #687,900 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book tells two stories, both linked together. The first is narrated through a diary, retrieved on the corpse of a soldier who mysteriously disappeared in Iraq with his unit back in 2003. The second starts when this very diary is retrieved by a team of 2 soldiers patrolling the Iraqi desert in 2009 in search of WMD. Both of these stories are linked together by the geographic location of the action (a small, deserted, remote village in Iraq) and the fate of both teams who happen to be facing the same malevolent threat of unknown origin that roams in and around an isolated village in the desert.

Good stuff-
- Originality of the plot which features the US Army in Iraq with a sharp horror edge.
- Humor. Although quite black at times, it is caustic and realistic. Obviously, Hensler is reaching the end of his career in the military, and has a hard time hiding it. Humor was so realistic and well placed at times that I could not help but wonder: this was the author's personal humor and train of thoughts on the Military, not just Hensler's, right??
- Some explanatory attempts at linking the nature of the threat to religion were, although a bit short lived, interesting in their originality. Also, they gave a broader scope to the whole book by adding a touch of, if not philosophy, at least religious and human thinking to an otherwise horror-focused story.
- The writing style. To the point, with very little waste of time. Very military-like approach. Fast paced depiction of the action. No time to get bored.
- Knowledge of military stuff due to the author's professional backgrounds in the military.

Not so good-
- The length of each chapter. Too short.
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First, I must say that I read this creepy yarn in one sitting. It kept me guessing in the begining and didn't waste time building the action up to freight train speed. I rarely find novels now that deliver the goods when it comes to monsters like this one did. It's kinda like the movie Aliens in the desert. Just without a little kid and civilians to get in the way. Nope, this is a straight up fight with creatures from hell.
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It's probably happened to you dozens of times too: you picked a book on Amazon a little at random, mainly because it was free. You don't like the cover, you don't know the author's name, the summary makes you think of a Z series film... You're not even sure you're going to bother trying. For me, The Desert was that kind of book.

You've been here before: you just started the opening page, expecting to drop the whole novel altogether in five minutes - not literally drop, of course, since you're reading this on Ipad - and the first sentence makes you think: "That's not quite bad..." Thirty minutes later, you're still reading. You may even have forgotten an important meeting. The Desert is that kind of book.

Some books dress up as action-packed blockbusters, yet they reveal a true literary style and a form of patience, allowing the tension to build up and the atmosphere to trap you mercilessly. It's a clever way to make you suspend any kind of disbelief. It's even cooler when the author manages to make you laugh with a good joke here and there, without the tension dropping. The Desert is that kind of book.

It's a great feeling when, back from work after a long day, you've somehow forgotten what you were reading, and when you open the book again, you're like, "Oh, yeah, that's right! Cool! Now, let's see how they get out of this one!" The Desert is that kind of book.

You can be a good or a bad reader, there are times in your life when it's more difficult to find a moment to read, and when some longish books scare you off. Others appeal to you because they're shorter, and well cut into small chapters that feel like little thrilling slivers of suspense that you can dose at your own appreciation.
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By all standards this was in fact a short horror story that entertained me. This was not a great work or even a very polished one however. Made for a good "traveling read" while commuting.

The essence of the story was awesome; plot, setting, monsters, and characters were all good. The problem for this work was that the uneven writing. Some parts were amazing and then others felt like forced after thoughts.

It is obvious that the writer had a grand image of the world and metaphysics of his creatures, however instead of giving his characters and actions a chance to display this world he sat down and told us every right out. The general style of the writing was more akin to an outline than a novel.

On the brightside it seemed like Bryon had knowledge of military life (and not just action movies) and he struck at some very heartfelt human experiences. Combine that with a fairly inventive world of demons and I had trouble putting it down.

The other issue was that what would be terrifying monsters generally became harmless one way or another at the more pivotal moments. It took the element of danger out of the driving force. By the end I was hoping the monsters would win.

I think overall this could be a great book (I would LOVE to help rewrite this into a four part epic series--Bryon call me!). As is it is too weak to stand on its own and too strong for me to stop reading.

I will be interested to see what else this writer puts out. See my full review on the examiner.com under Oklahoma pop-culture, @filozophy
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