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The Spook House (The Spook Series Book 1) by [Emil, Paul]
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Length: 196 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 477 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 18, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B35462E
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The excerpt provided lead me to believe the novel would revolve around Jacob Abrams' military duty. It took longer to get into that portion than I was expecting, though the leading portion was important to the storyline even though it didn't seem that it was going to tie in.

Pros: The basic premise that The Spook House referenced could potentially happen in the future, may have already happened in the past, or could even be happening now. That alone creates a layer of horror. The majority of the characters were believable and from descriptions of their pasts were responsive in a way I would have expected. Time flowed well for the most part, and the author explained time shifts as he made them. I thoroughly enjoyed the visuals created while the characters were inside The Spook House - kept me reading 'just one more page.'

Cons: A run-through by a final editor would be helpful in tightening up the errors in writing that are evident throughout. I also found the main character slightly two-dimensional and not quite believable as a 16-, 17- or 18-year-old male. Having said that, I've never been a teenage male, so take that for what you will. There are also a couple of instances that are repeated more often than necessary in my view.

As this was gifted to me with a request for an honest review, that's what it will get. Overall, I believe it has a good running start at being a very good story with a bit more review and editing.
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As I said, this is the worst book I've read this year, but it is only May, so there is hope.

Why was it so bad? Nothing was believable. The military scenes stretched credulity to the point of breaking; the horror scenes did as well, even though horror (or at least supposed supernatural horror) is supposed to be beyond belief, and finally, the supernatural/metaphysical encounters did as well.

Oh, and of course there were the typical mis-spellings, and grammatical errors (your/you're, they're/their/there, etc...) but I've come to expect those at this point, and they don't bother me all that much anymore.
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Quite nicely presented with few editing issues (mostly typos I think). Liked the characters (Ashiera was very entertaining!).
Happy to recommend for both a thought-provoking and entertaining read.
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I found this book interesting because of the unexpected mix of supernatural, military and scientific elements. I was unsure at first, as my initial thoughts were that it was taking to long to fall together and I felt like there was a bit of information overload. But trust me, it all comes together and the more you read, the more you understand the authors need to have provided all this background. Overall a pleasant read as once I got half way through, I found it impossible to put down. The ending was also unexpectedly different and pleasant. It would be nice to have a follow up novel.
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When I first started reading this book I wasn't sure where it was going. Then it got into military issues and that's when the "spook house" got going. I really enjoyed this aspect of the book. It is scary enough what the military could be doing whether we are looking at fiction or not. Interesting concept!
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By Sashimoto on October 30, 2013
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I got this ebook for free - so whenever this is the case I try to review it as a "payment renderered service" and a thank you, for the sake of good manners. When I like it I always try to swing it for the author, because I especially love Indie authors - no pretentiousness; what you see is what you get.

This is a really creative & interesting story that works well, and is the kind of reading I equate to great junk food, minus the Kcal intake: fun, sinfully good, and requires no heavy lifting to be thoroughly enjoyed. It had it's tense, nail chewing moments, but it was pretty funny too, which is an unexpected bonus. The narrative of the main character is refreshing and natural - the kind of dialogue you might expect to hear in your own head, if you were listening for it.

I also chuckled at the pun play on words of "spook" - being either something supernatural & frightening, or an old-time name for CIA secret agent operatives (cute!) although I'm not entirely sure that was intentional (if it was, genius! If no, then fortuitous!).

It could use a smidge of editting if it ever goes to print, but it's hardly enough to complain about. I both liked & enjoyed it. Check it out, it think you will too.
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Fun,scary, twisted. I really enjoyed this story. You really dont know where youre going untill you get there. A refreshing take on the haunted house genre. Cant wait to read something else by Paul Emil!
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I didn't know what to expect. Soldiers in a haunted house? Cool! I'm game to read this one. Oh Boy! This story turned out to be far more than it let on to be. It took me all over the place. Twisted and unexpectedly so. Yet all of it pulled together. The thing I liked is that just when you thought the story was over... it wasn't in the slightess. It just relentlessly pulled you in deep. A mischievous book.
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