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review 2017-05-04 10:49
THE LAST MOTEL by Brett McBean

They only wanted to stay one night.
But one night can last a lifetime at… THE LAST MOTEL.

A husband and wife…
A pair of petty criminals…
A young man…
And a perverse serial killer…

 

It’s Halloween night, and the Lodgepole motel is seeing more action than it has in years. The owner can feel trouble coming as she checks in each of the guests. None of them can shake the feeling of déjà vu as they meet, and start to get to know each other. They’ll soon find out they are all linked by events that happened earlier that night – each link/event being more fukked up & twisted than the last!

 

Full review posted HERE.

 

 

Source: beckisbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/04/the-last-motel-by-brett-mcbean
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text 2016-09-30 03:19
September Read Roundup
Kings of the Promised Land: A Novel - Justin Gabriel,Anna O'Brien,Vanessa Moore,Rene Holt,Deb Haggerty
The Awakening - Brett McBean,Pete Kahle,James Newman
Federal Underground (Penn Mitchell's Ancient Alien Saga) - Jeff Bennington
The Daughters of Palatine Hill: A Novel - Phyllis T. Smith
The Yeti: A Novel - Rick Chesler,Jack Douglas
Rapture Theory: Book One: Rise of the Antichrist - Cliff Winn,Christine Winn
Carnival - William W. Johnstone
Awakening: The Prequel To Charlotte (The Charlotte Chronicles Book 2) - Stuart Keane
Into the Darkest Corner - Elizabeth Haynes

A good month! I read 26 books and reached my goal of reading 200 books for the year!

The books above were my top 9 reads for the month, with the first 3 being 5 star reads and the rest 4 stars. The other 17 were broke down into 10- 3 star reads, 6- 2 star reads and one DNF.

 

Of my top 3 reads, I cannot recommend, "The Awakening" by Brett McBean enough, especially if you liked, "Boy's Life" by Robert R, McCammon. 

 

"Kings of the Promised Land" is an excellent re-telling of the biblical story of King Saul and David. I'm still actually reading it, but I love it and should be done with it tomorrow.

 

"Federal Underground" is a thriller, shock full of conspiracy theories and malevolent aliens.

That was a fun read :)

 

 

 

Looking forward to October, not because of the holiday, as it's just another day for me, but because they show lots of scary movies on TV, and I love to watch them. So, with my reading goal out of the way, I am going to take it easy, curl up on my comfy bed with some popcorn and prepare to be scared!

 

Hope you all have a great October!

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review 2016-09-17 01:41
The Awakening by Brett McBean
The Awakening - Brett McBean,Pete Kahle,James Newman

Synopsis:

Welcome to the small Midwestern town of Belford, Ohio. It’s a quiet, friendly town. On one corner of Main Street you’ll find Barb’s Corner Store. Opposite you’ll see the town square, with its neatly trimmed lawn and statuesque gazebo. There’s everything you need here. There’s even a local bogeyman. You know the type: reclusive, looks a little strange. The person all the kids are afraid of. Every town has one. Except this one is stranger than most.

Meet Mr. Joseph. With his severely crooked neck and nasty facial scar, the old man from Haiti is the one resident all the kids whisper about and are scared to go near. But there are things about Mr. Joseph no one knows about. He has no heartbeat. No breath passes by his lips. And he has been dead for over ninety years.

It’s summer vacation and fourteen-year-old Toby Fairchild is looking forward to spending a lazy, carefree summer playing basketball, staying up late watching monster movies, and camping out in his backyard with his best friend, Frankie.

But then tragedy strikes. And out of this tragedy an unlikely friendship develops between Toby and the strange old man across the street, Mr. Joseph. Over the course of a tumultuous summer, Toby will be faced with pain and death, the excitement of his first love, and the underlying racism of the townsfolk, all while learning about the value of freedom at the hands of a kind but cursed old man.

Every town has a dark side. And in Belford, the local bogeyman has a story to tell.

 

I can't say enough good things about this book. It was a well written, totally engrossing, coming of age tale that totally captivated me! It captured the magic, and not so magical moments, of being a teenager perfectly and I couldn't help but be reminded of my childhood plenty of times throughout this book. I couldn't put it down and I highly recommend to everyone out there. That's all I will say about it...just read it. You won't be disappointed.

 

5 stars and a favorite

 

 

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review 2016-08-17 09:50
The Invasion review
The Invasion - Brett McBean

I've heard the name Brett McBean throughout various horror channels for some time. His novels all sounded interesting to me, and as a fellow Aussie, I was determined to give him a shot.

The short story is I'm very glad I did.

The slightly longer story goes like this.

McBean quickly proved himself to be a talented wordsmith in his latest novel, The Invasion. Not surprisingly given the title, this is the story of a home invasion that takes place in suburban Australia, with the tired revelers at a small Christmas party set upon by a group of predators whose agenda is at first unknown. It's the kind of tale which usually lends itself to a 100 minute feature film. but McBean here successfully adapts this sub-genre of film to book, and - especially for the first half - ratchets up the tension in an incredible way.

McBean's character work - at least among the protagonists - is especially strong. From the home's owner, a successful author with major marriage issues, to her gay younger brother and his long-term partner, McBean manages to breathe life into these characters, so that by the time horrible things befall them, the reader is caught and invested in their fortunes. He also goes to great lengths to make the house in which the events take place a character all of its own. This was both a strength and a weakness for mine, as early passages detailing each room of the house fit in well, but as the narrative progressed, there were a few too many occasions where everything ground to a halt for those same passages to take place.

A further slight disappointment for me was the pacing suffering a notable lag in the third-quarter of the book. Thankfully, however, McBean course corrects perfectly with an ending that bumped my score up a half-star.

Finally, the less said about the home invaders, the better, as a strength of the novel is gradually learning why they are doing what they are doing. And really, that's where The Invasion shines. Because who, after all, has not started at a bump in the night? Or wondered whether that was the squeak of the side door opening? Who hasn't asked themselves what they would do if someone came into their home uninvited in the dead of night?

Now if you'll excuse me, I need to hunt down some more novels from McBean.

3.5 (Rounded up to 4) Diminished Smart Phone Batteries for The Invasion.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1669347262
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review 2016-06-10 08:34
Review of The Invasion by Brett McBean
The Invasion - Brett McBean

I am happy to say that I have a gorgeous signed/remarqued Thunderstorm edition of this  one and this is one of the coolest looking Thunderstorm books I own and also happens to be a kick-ass story. 

I will admit that The Invasion started my spiral into full-blown Brett McBean addiction. As I look at all of the beautiful signed/limited edition McBean's I have amassed on my bookshelf over the last few months, I will also admit that it was worth it. In a genre where fear rules, Brett McBean may very well be king. Sorry, Stephen. 

As you have probably already intuited, it's a book about a home invasion. My first thought was "how original," right? And then I read it. If you haven't already lost your hope for humanity, please check it at the door and make sure your cell phone is fully charged. This is a book that makes me both cringe and wonder who is sicker-- McBean for writing this or me for liking it? If you like to complain about our stereotypical "Millennials" just wait until you meet McBean's cult of killers and their not lack but non-existence of empathy for whatever toys happen to be in the box they choose to play with; in this case it is Debra and her unsuspecting Christmas dinner party whose stuffing and gears are about to become the main course.

Hi, my name is Andi and I have a problem. There are still some McBean books I have been unable to locate on this side of the world. All I have to say is buy this book. And maybe also someone get our favorite Aussie to the US please.

 

© 2016 by Andi Rawson of Andreya's Asylum

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