|Digital List Price:||$3.29|
|Print List Price:||$15.99|
Save $13.00 (81%)
The Invasion Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
Kindle Feature Spotlight
|Length: 235 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
Matchbook Price: $0.99
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
Try Kindle Countdown Deals
Explore limited-time discounted eBooks. Learn more.
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who bought this item also bought
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
Showing 1-7 of 16 reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
“There is something ominous about a front porch light glowing in the daytime. It speaks of a place left in limbo, of lives interrupted and of simple, everyday tasks forgotten. It signifies that for this house, night has yet to end.”
Damn if that didn’t suck me in right from the get-go!
The night is certainly long for the family tucked behind the once-believed secure walls of the Carmela house. Deb, a romance novelist, has just finished hosting Christmas dinner for her brother, his boyfriend, her niece, and literary agent. After the guests have tucked themselves into bed, they are brusquely awoken by strangers in the home, who then tie them up and taunt them before things escalate further. And then Mr. Fear arrives…
Although The Invasion is a straight-up home invasion horror, this is not a merely a burglary interrupted but a story of psychopathy and cultish belonging. For the invaders, it isn’t about robbery so much as it’s sheer entertainment for them, their enjoyment fueled by their victim’s fright.
At times, McBean’s work is downright savage, and he doesn’t shy away from the cruelty of his crazy invaders, who get off on filming their horrendous crimes. The character work is nicely executed (no pun intended), and by the final pages I was really feeling for Deb, and her friends and family, and the devastation that’s been unleashed upon them. McBean uses their shared history as both friends and family to give us insight into their past relationships with one another, and with the Carmela house itself. Although the focus is squarely on the humans within, the house itself provides the narrative with its shape and structure as each chapter takes us on a tour of the large residence.
The Invasion is a chilling story, and while it is violent it never delves into overdrawn sequences of torture porn. McBean relies on his characters and atmosphere to bring the biggest scares, along with the frightening threat of home invasion that many readers will bring to the reading all by themselves.
[Note: An advanced copy of this title was provided by the publisher for review.]
I cared so much for Debra, Paul, Taryn and the rest that when the violence began--and there are no punches pulled here--there were times I wanted to put my Kindle down. Jack Ketchum's name gets thrown around a lot, but there's enough elegance and passion here that the comparison--especially to OFF SEASON--is well and truly earned. There are shades of King and Joe Hill to be found, too, but McBean isn't an imitator, he's taken his influences and used them to enhance his own unique style.
Highly recommend this one.
The Invasion is an intensely terrifying story. Having read other books by Brett McBean (Desolation Game: Wolf Creek 2) I expected him to bring on the horror and I wasn't disappointed. We start off getting to know just enough about a group of family and friends to see that they are decent people who love one another. The scene is set. It's cozy and warm like a fuzzy robe on a cold night. Then BAM! A group of people break in with only one goal in mind,,, to terrify, torture and murder the people in the house. The storyline reminded me of The Strangers or You're Next, and as with those stories I spent a lot of time thinking 'Get out of there! Run! No, don't hide there!'. The cult and their leader, Mr. Fear, are terrifying in their total disregard for the lives they are taking. Viewing the people they are torturing and killing as nothing more than playthings that will garner them internet fame. One of the cult actually states that "I can't do it if it's not being filmed It won't count if no one else can see it.". This coldness and lack of empathy are horrifying to me. It makes The Invasion a very effective horror story. The only complaint I had about this book is the house. It would have been a five star read without the chapter from the house's perspective. I would still recommend it to horror fans. A darkly twisted 4 star read.