- Series: Subdue
- Paperback: 306 pages
- Publisher: Limitless Publishing, LLC (November 25, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1680583891
- ISBN-13: 978-1680583892
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 41 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,080,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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That said, each character in this book comes back from war damaged in one way or another. Jonathan watches his best friend, Ricky, die in an attack in Iraq, losing a leg in the same attack. Bobby returns with a werewolf curse (I didn't see that coming) and Jake is a minister who loses his faith due to his experiences. Each man must deal with his demons in his own way. While trying to find his way back to God, Jake indulges in women and alcohol and Jonathan and Bobby drink to forget. The characters in this book are extremely complex and you can't help but connect to each one in a different way.
As for the horror element in Dwelling, it starts off subtle at first and steadily builds throughout the book. Bobby is learning what he is and wants to know why it happened and how he can control it. Jonathan and Jake see “ghosts.” They all have to figure out if what they're experiencing is real or if it's just a manifestation of their PTSD. Then we have Maggie, Ricky's widow who is being kicked out of base housing and must find another place for her and her dog, Moxie, to live. She sees an ad on TV for a Realtor selling a large home in another part of Texas and packs up all her stuff with the intention of buying the house she saw on the commercial. Problem is, everyone associated with the house is killing themselves.
I'll be honest. This isn't my first Thomas Flowers book and the first one I read left me less than impressed. However, Dwelling completely sucked me in, making me care about each of the characters, and I was a little pissed that it ended where it did. I'll certainly be picking up part 2 of the series.
In summary, if you like military fiction, historical fiction, great characterization, and a tightly woven plot with a creepy vibe, I think you'll love Dwelling.
Written by: Thomas S. Flowers
Narrated by: Rick Gregory
This is a book I requested and the review is voluntary.
I had bought the whole series and then I saw the offer for audio reviewers and I jumped on it and was very happy when I was picked. This is a very good book in character study. Each of these people are so well developed. The story is about a bunch of kids that grew up together and the guys went to war together. They all, but one, come back. But they don't come back the same. They see things... The widow of the one lost buys a house they all had seen as a kid. A spooky house that she seems to be drawn to but couldn't seem to remember much about as a kid except one picture of them all together outside of it. The book ends as a cliffhanger...ugh...I hate that but love this book. I normally knock a book down a star for that but this book has so much going for it that even having a cliffhanger, it still deserves the full 5 stars. The plot, characters, creep factor, the suspense, etc. This is one great book and I can't wait to see what happens.
The narrator really adds to suspense, the characters, the creepiness, and the overall feel of the book. He is the perfect narrator for this book. It would not be the same if I had just read this book. Awesome! Great job!
Dwelling sets the scene and introduces us, very intimately, with the characters of this novel series. It took me a little while to get caught up in this one due several chapters dealing with military life, which I'm not familiar with as a life-long civilian, but once the story hooked me, I couldn't put it down. I love the flashbacks, both of the group of friends when they were kids and of the various people who have lived in the house over the years. Dwelling is another great book from Flowers with an ending that urges you to move right on and pick up Subdue book 2. I recently finished book 2 and can't wait for the next chapter of this compelling horror story!
I fully understand what a "trilogy" is, one story leading into another. But each volume should have a beginning, a middle and an END. This tale is only the beginning and middle, with no end in sight. And the story as told so far was not compelling enough. I could care less about being led by the nose through a second, third, fourth, or however many future volumes there may be. I won't be reading any of them.
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DWELLING is the first war-related novel I have read since Philip Caputo's A RUMOR OF WAR, decades ago.Read more
Great read until the end....wished I had not read it.