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review 2018-10-12 06:41
Going Underground in Eleven by Carolyn Arnold @Carolyn_Arnold
Eleven - Carolyn Arnold





Carolyn Arnold is a prolific writer and I have been reading her work for a while now. Her thrillers are to die for and I am excited when I have another one of her books in my hand.


Eleven was FREE at the time of posting and if you are a thriller lover, this is a must read.


Publisher:  Hibbert & Stiles Publishing 


Eleven (Brandon Fisher FBI series, #1)

Amazon  /  Goodreads




First, I would grab this book because it was written by Carolyn Arnold. Second, I have been reading her work for a while now, and I now she won’t disappoint my, but she may blow my mind. Third, SHE DID!


Carolyn Arnold’s novels read like Criminal Minds episodes. I love how she breaks down the crimes and the criminals, taking us through the process, step by step, clue by clue. And this is one mystery that keeps on giving. I was super creeped out early and it never stopped. I wonder where Carolyn came up with the idea for Eleven. Is she smoking something?


Salt Lick. Kentucky. Underground. Creepaliciously gruesome and I feel chills running up and down my spine just writing this.


Eleven, the symbol of purity, but I sure don’t see it here.


Focus, analyze, and be objective is what is required and Brandon is thankful for the training that allowed him to do exactly that, especially in the current circumstances. This is Brandon’s first case with the Behavioral Analysis Unit of the FBI. His coworkers ride him, calling him Kid, Pending and Slingshot.


We watch Brandon grow and learn as he works under Jack, a Supervisory Special Agent. Danger strikes too close for comfort, but he slowly learns to keep control of his emotions, or he would be useless to the investigation. His first case, and it is a horrific one.


WOW…I am only at 28% and the story is so intense, I wonder how I will make it to the end. Do I cheat and peak? NO! Don’t do it. It would ruin everything. It is the anticipation, the awful, sickening journey that makes it all worthwhile. I will savor the threats and danger. I will crawl around underground with them…there go those shivers again.


There is so much more of the story to come, I can’t imagine what surprises are in store for me, but Carolyn’s ability to write with suspense and make her characters seem so real that at times I forget this isn’t a true story, is one journey I know I won’t regret..


The killer they are looking for is just out of reach. They will get there, but will it be in time? There is more than one life at stake.


Stories and scenes that happen underground really freak me out. I shivered and cringed my way to the end and loved every minute of it! If you love mystery, thrills and suspense of the highest caliber, this is a must read and Carolyn Arnold is an author you want to follow. I anticipate many more horrific stories to come. Bring it on, Carolyn!

“You have one great weakness.”

“You’re too positive.”

“You think we catch all the bad guys, that we can stop the evil in the world.”

“You believe in hope even when there is none.”

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  5 Stars








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review 2018-10-06 13:22
Station Eleven ★★☆☆☆
Station Eleven: A novel - Emily St. John Mandel

I can see why some would really love this book. It’s well written in terms of the prose and it is one of those books that has Things to Say. I could not love it, though. This is a post-apocalyptic story that spends the majority of its time looking back to its characters’ lives and the world as it was pre-apocalypse. Or, in other words, to society as it is today. It is a book about Now, set in a future world and society that should be infinitely more interesting.


Worse, it failed to engage my emotions in any of the gazillion characters introduced. They went places, and did things, and felt feelings, and I didn’t care about any of them.


And worst of all, this was an unsatisfyingly implausible post-apocalyptic world. The few explanations of how it works just seem implausible. Over 300 people gathered to create a new society in an airport. How did they sustain themselves after all the airport snacks and restaurants ran out of food? They hunted for apparently plentiful deer in a nearby forest. With an NSA handgun and apparently giant stockpile of bullets. After that? Who knows. The story is more interested in how they created a school to teach their children, not about life skills needed to survive in a post-apocalyptic world, but about how you used to be able to push a button and talk to someone on the other side of the world, or about how you could fly in planes. Characters spend all their time talking about the lost internet and all the information lost to them with it. Hello, people, have you heard of books? They apparently only read gossip magazines. And so on.



Audiobook, via Audible. Excellent performance by Kirsten Potter. I read this for the 2018 Halloween Bingo square Doomsday: anything related to the end of the world, doomsday cults, or a post-apocalypse world.

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text 2018-10-05 12:15
Station Eleven - 58%
Station Eleven: A novel - Emily St. John Mandel

Starting to get tedious, but not so much that I'd DNF at this point. Why is it that the characters in a postapocalyptic world spend more time in pointless recollections of the old world, bemoaning the lack of internet for looking up information, than on actual survival planning or basic life skills? I know there's been a move toward electronic media, but print books do still exist. They break into stores and homes but spend time looking at people's clothes and toys and never even mention looking for books on gardening or mechanics or well-digging or whatever. 


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text 2018-10-04 14:49
Station Eleven - 20%
Station Eleven: A novel - Emily St. John Mandel

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that when a resident of a small town whispers to you that a prophet has taken over and you'd better stop asking questions and leave ASAP, then you'd better run away fast.


Except in books, where otherwise sensible people just keep hanging around and asking questions. 

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text 2018-10-03 14:08
Station Eleven - 10%
Station Eleven: A novel - Emily St. John Mandel

This is off to a really good start. I hope I can keep up with it on audio. Supposedly the timeline jumps around a lot - not an ideal pick for audio, but this was on sale, so..

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