Pressure Kindle Edition
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"This book is seriously chilling... Truly a wonderful book." — Polu Texni
"This is a truly thrilling horror novel." —Nossa Morte
“Marvelously creepy.” —Publishers Weekly
“A masterpiece.” —The Horror Channel
“This dark and mesmerizing novel left me shaking.” —Gary A. Braunbeck, Stoker Award-winning author of Prodigal Blues
“Pressure is the closest I've come to having a nightmare with my eyes still open.” —Jay Bonansinga, bestselling author of Twisted, Frozen, and The Sinking of the Eastland
About the Author
Jeff Strand is the author of both horror and comedy books. Strand is commonly accredited for the creation of Andrew Mayhem, the hero of such thriller/comedies as Graverobbers Wanted (No Experience Necessary), Single White Psychopath Seeks Same, and Casket for Sale (Only Used Once). Jeff is currently the President of EPIC, an organization for electronically published writers.
- ASIN : B00AA4ADYE
- Publication date : November 19, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 5406 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 338 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #53,983 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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Truth is, you shouldn't read only one Jeff Strand novel. Matter of fact, you should read every title this man's got out there. That’s exactly what I plan to do. He is that talented, and you won't be disappointed. He writes witty, believable dialogue and his stories just consume the reader. You’ll stay up past your bedtime turning the pages, and for the loss of sleep he owes you his books should come with a doctor’s note so you can call out sick the next day. You have many fans Mr. Strand, keep up the great work. Pressure was top-notch! -- Ashley Blake, author of Nightriders
Wow!! This is an amazing psychological horror story! It goes beyond being a just a thriller!
From the onset of this story, it's clear that Darren Rust, even as a young boy, may have had, shall we say, disturbing tendancies? He's manipulative, able to cause chaos and destruction in the lives of those he feels are in the way of his ultimate plan. He's diabolical and maniacal and I wondered if anyone would be able to turn the tables on him.
Alex Fletcher seemed to be the only one Darren could relate to, despite Alex clearly wanting to distance himself. They cross paths a couple of times over the years, and each time Darren manipulates something in Alex's life that gives Alex no choice but to go along. But, now grown and with a family of his own, Alex finally has it all. But Darren isn't done. Not by a long shot.
Darren's character is so dark and so twisted and he always seems to get his way, even when the stakes are grisly and murderous. It was so frustrating but he was brillant in his execution of his plans.
The ending? Well, I'm not going to spoil anything but it was awesome! This was my first read from this author, and it won't be my last!!
What do you want me to say?
I loved it.
Pressure is divided into three parts: Alex as a tween in some sort of hardcore military-type school; Alex in college; and adult Alex living his best life as a husband and father. Each section becomes a little more hardcore, and Jeff Strand ratchets up the tension effortlessly, like the horror genius he is. The final section is horrifying in the very best way. I was honestly shocked. Not so much by the conclusion, but how often he dared to go there.
You know that line that authors seldom cross, because it's too taboo? Well, Jeff kicked that line in the b*lls and went on his merry way, much to the delight of this reader.
You need to read this...BUT:
There is a scene that contains animal death and mutilation, which is why I'm ultimately not giving a full five stars.
The mail truck comes. I go to gather the mail and here's a small package from Amazon. PRESSURE by JEFF STRAND. Swamp Thing? I had a new story by Jeff Strand! I put Alan Moore back into the beautiful slipcase and on the shelf. I didn't do much else until I finished Pressure. There was no place I felt good about pausing, IT'S horrifying. There, you should but it. I'm glad I did.
This is one of those epic novels that starts out with the meeting of our main character, Alex and our main antagonist, Darren as children. Jeff Strand masterfully separates the story into four parts: early school years, college years, marriage life, and the present. Every bit of the way Darren somehow manages to pop up into Alex's life. The story has plenty of action and whenever there's some 'quiet time', I always felt a sense of dread that something awful was about to happen. Whenever things were going good, Alex always had Darren in the back of his mind and as the reader, I felt that same way. Never before in a novel have a felt so much inside the main character's head as I felt with Pressure.
Seriously, I knew Jeff Strand was good, but I had no idea he was THAT good. If you miss this novel, you are missing out on what should be a cornerstone of horror literary. In my opinion, this book can stand toe-to-toe with anything from the likes of Stephen King, Clive Barker, or Richard Laymon.
Top reviews from other countries
I've read Jeff's work before and have been impressed with his story telling ability. This book is no different, if anything it's better than any I've read.
You can't help but get fully immersed into the crazy world of the characters and it will struggle to let you go. It's emotional, tragic, heart warming and brutal. One of the best psychological horrors I've read. Ever.
It is written as a narrative which works very well later in the book when things are merely eluded too, really builds the tension.
Split into three very distinctive parts of Alex's life, with a finale and, my favourite, an epilogue (tying up those loose, niggley end).
The story of a basically happy man Jeff Strands takes you through those angst ridden, who will like me/my parents hate me/what's wrong or right teenage years, to college life and then on into adulthood.
However, on his tail is Darren, who is just a little bit weird.
The first part is set in a boarding school which brings its own horrors as to the treatment of children and then expecting them to grow up to be nice, productive, socially acceptable people! The issues with Darren come to an alarming conclusion as Alex and his two friends discover their own version of the Law.
As Alex looks forward to the mayhem of college and a chance to be his own man, his life turns into a type of hell with a cat and mouse game of terror.
Life it seems, becomes perfect later on, all trauma is forgotten, but the hatchet vs cactus, the pit and Gallery of Horrors soon come into play; the lovely Alex is soon considering his kangeroo court again.
Whilst I really enjoyed how this was written and the basic story was great, I was irritated by the lead character Alex for mostly being a wimp, but I suppose that IS reality, how would we all react to strange, non socially conforming behaviour?
Having previously only read Wolf Hunt I was also surprised by the lack of humour, other than HeeHee, HawHaw and HoHo which did make me giggle a bit; that said this deals with some seriously disgusting stuff so comedy would probably have been out of place.
Really looking forward to reading all the other novels by Jeff Strand.
Also, 'Pressure' is a character driven novel. Alex, the narrator, swiftly earns our sympathy, and this is integral to how we percieve the events that occur around him.
Fireside reading it isn't, particularly in the second half. Like the other reviewers I have no intention of giving any plot details away - but I found the book harrowing, disturbing and shocking as it proceeds.
Strand knows how to deliver a thriller. Thomas Harris would have been proud of the twists, jolts and set-scenes here. Also, 'Pressure' makes so many of the books out there masquerading as thrillers look aenemic and hamstrung.