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J. Cameron McClain started life in Huntsville Alabama, home of the Redstsone Arsenal and the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space programs. His grandfather was one of the flight surgeons for those space programs, thus he was introduced to the ambitious concept of humans flying into space at a very early age. Not to mention he met Miss Baker, a distant cousin who flew in space a while before us reticent humans decided to give it a go. The first book he can remember receiving as a gift was entitled Thirteen Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey. Soon after that, he saw his first ghost, one of many, many such revenants who have passed by—and through—over the years. Having been introduced to the paranormal at a young age, he has enjoyed a close and mostly cordial relationship with it since that time. J. Cameron McClain has lived in ten or so states in the US, Tanzania, Kenya, Japan, India, England, Wales and South Africa. He is usually making his way through four or so books at any given time. He cooks spicy Indian curries. He doesn't always drink beer, but when he does, he drinks stout.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Ballacourage Books (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985295619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985295615
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,469,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Teresa H. Garcia on October 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
It took me a few days to finish reading "The Five Watchers," but not because it was slow reading. It was actually a very fast paced book that drew me along on hooks wanting to know what happened next. If found it a much more satisfying read than a lot of ghost stories or horror stories because I was able to more fully get into the heads of the characters.

The characters were well developed and engaging. I can't choose which fascinated me more, but the pig was highly memorable and a huge surprise. Jon Gilden was pretty memorable too, there were audible sounds of surprise at what happened to him. The first part (I don't want to say exactly what it was and spoil it for readers) of what happened to him made me put my Nook down and get a drink to calm down and process, because I was feeling it as strong as the characters that witnessed in. The other psychic also intrigued me... she went even though she had been warned to be prepared for her own death. I was very surprised by how she went out. And in the arena of psychics... just what is it about Noriko that is her protection?

I need to mention setting as well. Shady Glen you wouldn't be able to pay me enough to be in any bordering county. It is that vividly described. I was intrigued, but if anywhere is evil, that's it. At the same time, I want to know even more of the history. I was wanting to know more of the legend of what that thing was that was imprisoned.

There was some gore, so if you've ever had nightmares about being alone in a slaughterhouse, you might want to have the lights on. This is one violent spirit in this story, and in my opinion, very well researched. This is a ghost hunt I could believe. The mystery elements make this a multi-genre book as well, so it has a wider appeal than to just ghost fans.
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I received this book from the author for free in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. All thoughts contained in this review have rattled around in my head alone.
This novel just made it to my Favorites shelf....seriously one of the scariest books I've ever read! Here goes.....
Spook 'N Spectre Productions is responsible for a ghost hunting show on the new Horri-Fi Cable channel, called "Hunters in the Dark", where friends name other friends to go on a ghost-hunting expedition. If you make it through the first round, your friend then moves into the second round -- if you and your friend are successful, you each win $5,000. The purpose of the show is to send novice paranormal investigators into supposedly haunted locations, in order to either debunk or prove the existence of paranormal activity. The nominated participants are all excited about their trip, and think of it as no more than a way to get a little publicity and maybe some cash in the mix.
Enter Shady Glen (proving that locations can be characters too): Two production assistants acting as scouts from Spook 'N Spectre are sent location-hunting to find the creepiest location. They travel to Pennsylvania and are shown around Shady Glen by the realtor who handles the property for its unspecified owner, and who refuses to cross over into most of the property at all...actually makes both scouts sign double indemnity clauses that says they can't sue if they are hurt or killed on the property.
The property includes an old schoolhouse (built in mid-1850s), Watchers Sanatorium, boathouse, farm, barn, and slaughterhouse surrounded by 5 large mountain peaks. The area had been abandoned for almost 30 years, despite having had renters in one or the other building every so often who met unfortunate ends.
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*Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest and fair review.

Wow what a horrific trip!!! Hands down the most intriguing, heart thumping, adrenaline rush, horrific story, I have ever read. I loved the summary of the story, so I just had to read this book, and I'm glad I did.

The history, the town, the world building made it believable. I have to admit I was tempted to Google the place, to see if it actually existed. The story is so full of background information, which adds to the mystery of Shady Glen. The description of the place not only adds to the mystic of the story but to its depth. The author describes the place with such detail, I couldn't help but imagine the place and the feel of it.

At the beginning of the story I got a little confused, because there were so many characters being introduced one right after another. It was hard to figure out who was who, but I stuck to the story and let me tell you it was worth it. It was a very well developed horror story. Definitely not for the faint of heart.
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It's hard to talk about this book without giving away things that might spoil it for others, so I shall remain somewhat vague on purpose. If I told you my favorite part (or even where it happens) it would give away part of the story. For me the build up was a bit slower than I'd like seeing as there are a number of characters, but when things started happening -they STARTED HAPPENING and I could easily see it as a rather frightening movie some day. Certainly someplace I would prefer not to be.

I'm not sure if I would classify it as a ghost story, or a horror story. Probably a bit of both, but mainly in the horror genre. I will say I have driven through the area mentioned in the book, and if I do so again I doubt I will take any side roads or investigate any old buildings. Especially if people tell me "that place has history."

That being said, after reading it I really wanted to know where things were going from here, which I suppose is the sign of a good book (especially as it seems to be a trilogy). Where's the next one?
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