Applewood

Applewood

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by Brendan P. Myers
     
 

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An epic vampire tale unfolds in a small Massachusetts town when fourteen-year-old Scott Dugan and his tightly bonded group of misfit friends are forced to confront a newly awakened evil.

At first delighted by the disappearance of the town bullies, Dugan and friends soon realize they must do battle against a growing vampire army led by the town's long dead Civil War

Overview

An epic vampire tale unfolds in a small Massachusetts town when fourteen-year-old Scott Dugan and his tightly bonded group of misfit friends are forced to confront a newly awakened evil.

At first delighted by the disappearance of the town bullies, Dugan and friends soon realize they must do battle against a growing vampire army led by the town's long dead Civil War hero.

Along the way, they'll find clues in the diary of a young boy not unlike themselves, and strength in their own unique bonds of friendship.

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Publishers Weekly
Somewhere in the pages of Myers's coming-of-age vampire story lie the bones of a decent horror novel, but it's obscured by muddy prose, confusing multiple time-lines, and unclear points of view. In the early 1980s, adolescent Scott Dugan and his friends are dealing with common challenges of youth in their small, history-filled Massachusetts town of Grantham. Dugan's paper route in his subdivision of Applewood, school assignments, bullies, girlfriends and family issues capture more attention than the ongoing disappearances in town. Eventually, and with limited adult aid, the boys collect enough circumstantial evidence to act on their belief that the town is under attack by a Civil War era vampire and his cohorts. Myers has a feel for the rhythms of a high school freshman boy's life and vernacular, but only readers willing to pay for what resembles a rough first draft will find those buried gems. (May) The Bite Club Rachel Caine NAL, .99 (352p) ISBN 978-0-451-233189 Caine (Glass Houses) offers a solid new entry in her lengthy Morganville Vampires series. Stellar college student Claire Danvers' boyfriend Shane Collins is drawn into an underground fight club that pits humans against vampires for a pay-per-view website. Under the protection of Morganville's Founder and secret ruler, the vampire Amelie, and with her part-time job as lab assistant to the vampire mad scientist Myrnin, Claire has become a little too comfortable with the local vampires for the much more hostile Shane. As Shane jumps at the chance to secretly work out his anger in front of an online audience, with the tantalizing prize of escaping Morganville forever, the murder of Claire's lab partner pulls her into a new round of vampire intrigue that threatens the Founder and all the humans of Morganville. Caine effectively balances the immediate mystery plot with long-developing series relationships, including not only Claire and Shane, but the complicated romance between their vampire housemate Michael and his goth girlfriend Eve, for a satisfying 10th installment that will please both series fans and new readers. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935303190
Publisher:
By Light Unseen Media
Publication date:
05/15/2011
Pages:
234
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Brendan P. Myers is the author of several novels, whose stories have also appeared in a variety of anthologies.

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Applewood 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Grantham, Massachusetts, Sergeant Lombard of the local police department controls the homicide scene until State Police Captain Jenkins arrives to take over the investigation. A teen taking a leak in the woods found the corpse of a young Caucasian male whose neck was ripped open, but little blood is in the vicinity. Lombard knows the vicious attack denotes the return of the beast after a quarter of a century of dormancy. He contacts his high school friend Dugan to come home to the decaying Applewood neighborhood so they can once again fight the evil that came to town during the Civil War when the Grantham regiment fought in Georgia. This is an engaging atmospheric horror thriller that hooks the reader with the opening corpse and never slows down until the final cemetery confrontation. Overall the story line is fast-paced though flashbacks to Dugan's early teen days and 1861 detract from the speed but enhance the sense of inevitable gloom and doom. Dugan is a unique protagonist who lost the ability to dream during his first encounter with evil while the malevolent one is a super vile beast. Readers will appreciate a trip to central Massachusetts as Brendan P. Myers provides an exhilarating deadly tour. Harriet Klausner