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Refuge by Jason K Macomson

While visiting a reclusive aunt in the mountains of Western Maine, Carol is stranded at night on a desolate road after an automobile accident. When she sets out alone to search for help, she finds herself stalked by vampires and then rescued by an unlikely pair of vampire hunters. Eric and Will are not what they seem at first, though, and Carol is unsure if they are really her heroes or if something more sinister lies behind their actions. Over the next three days, the trio is forced on the run from murderous vampires, and Carol slowly learns the truth about both Will and Eric. Questioning everything she thought she ever knew about the nature of good and evil, Carol must confront difficult questions about the existence of God and where she will spend eternity. When she is captured by the local vampire coven, she faces a life and death choice, and Will and Eric must risk everything in an attempt to save her life.

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ISBN-13: 9781329152304
Publication date: 05/24/2015
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

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Refuge 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
G_Harrison More than 1 year ago
This one being labeled Fantasy is not only a definite misnomer, but one geared toward making for a few discontented readers and unjust down-votes for the author. That said, the work is decidedly Christian lit clothed in vampire lore, and, as such, is tantamount to a homily/Christian allegory of the Bunyan "Pilgrim's Progress" variety... and there is nothing wrong with that, though I think it would help for readers to know that going into it (which I did). Is the "pontificating" a bit heavy-handed, as some suggest? If Christian fiction is your thing, I fail to see how one could justifiably argue such, as that is, innately, the quintessential point of the genre: for Christians to promote their faith. If Christian fiction is not your thing, then this wouldn't really be a book to buy only to leave a downvote for the author for having incorporated the Christian element into it as he did, when the Christian element and the very extrapolation of the faith are what he intended in writing the work. Of course, while not as heavy on the gore or occult as typical horror, even of the Gothic variety, I fail to see how secularists could not enjoy the work, too, as author Macomson incorporates the faith-based aspects of his tale into what could only naturally be considered a "mythology" of the story for those that do not believe in God. Is Macomson more overt or heavy-handed than, say, Anne Rice with it? Maybe, but his intentions were vastly different than hers were, as well, and the difference is really a matter of subtly rather than nuance, as the elements of spirituality were there in Rice, too (arguably the greatest modern master of the vampire lit). And Rice is probably a good segue into my few complaints with "Refuge," which namely consist in my wishing it had been fleshed out a little more when it comes to the characters and plot development, as well as a feeling Macomson sometimes got a little lazy in his reliance on certain tropes that left the novel feeling cliche in places—Rice, of course, though not credited for it critically, was lavish in the richness of her prose, descriptions, et al., and truly old school. But my complaint there is in general with modern lit and not so much "Refuge" itself, it should be noted to Macomson's credit—minimalism is just the style these days, after all. But there are a lot of nice flourishes here, too, especially for those with a background that will allow them to catch them, e.g., the use of Demetrius for a character name, the Aslanian gambit Macomson employs in one place, etc. And, I'll defend the Christian slant to the novel, as well, because that is the thing—in a field where there isn't much new to vampire lore—that makes "Refuge" unique. Take that away, and you're left with the typical vampire mythos, the rogue damned looking for redemption—executed in true Tantalus fashion—and the standard fare of the genre. And that is not a complaint, only an admonition that the lore here is standard fare, and the incorporation of a Christian homily is what sets the work apart. As for my review, do note that I rarely give five star reviews, on the one hand, and that I did take off one star for my complaints. That said, I do think "Refuge" a solid first-time offering from its author. And, for the couple of hours enjoyment it gives—and for the unique approach Macomson brings to the table—I think it worth the investment, especially if you get it on in ebook format.
LShurtleff More than 1 year ago
This book is well worth the read! New and unexpected twist in a vampire story line. Can't wait to read the sequel! Excited to see how the characters and their story develops!
ReadersFavorite5 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite Refuge is a paranormal novel by Jason K. Macomson focusing on young adult characters. The central heroine of the story is Carol, who finds herself stranded in the wild and isolated mountains of Western Maine due to circumstances beyond her control. It’s here that her worst nightmares are realised when Carol comes face to face with a gruesome collection of vampires, only to be saved in the nick of time by dynamic hunting duo Will and Eric. But Carol soon realises that her saviours have their secrets too, and the lines between good and evil are not as clear cut as she once thought. Carol must make a difficult choice in the face of death, and question everything she thought she knew about faith in the process. Jason K. Macomson has put a fascinating spin on the vampire genre by adding the sub-theme of Christian faith to the mix. Carol explores some really interesting themes about the nature of evil during her adventure, which are sure to leave readers conflicted and thoughtful when they’ve finished the high adventure and exciting rescue mission portion of this book. Refuge follows a standard plot line for the paranormal genre, with plenty of tense moments and dramatic teenage angst, but it’s really the themes of the plot that stand out above the character development. Overall, die-hard fans of the vampire fiction genre are sure to love the familiar tropes that have been employed, and they might just find something new to ponder along the way too.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jamie Georgianson for Readers' Favorite On her way to see her aunt, a young woman named Carol comes across a man after suffering a car accident. This unknown man eventually leads her to two other unknown men named Eric and Will. On first sight these two young men seem relatively normal, however Carol later finds out that they are anything but, as both of them are revealed to be vampire slayers. Soon, without truly knowing it, Carol has become a part of this duo and all three of them must quickly find a way to bring down the vampire known as Master and his coven. But is the idea of vampires, vampire slayers, covens and God too much for Carol to absorb in such a little time? Refuge by Jason K Macomson was a good read for many reasons. One of those reasons is Macomson’s depiction of his vampire characters. They are more realistically described than usual and the novel is similar enough to Twilight that fans of Meyer’s novel can enjoy Jason K Macomson’s novel too, but is different enough that Refuge can be seen as a novel in its own right. I enjoyed how detailed and well written the novel is; how engrossing the storyline is, and how Carol does not accept the existence of vampires as quickly as we would expect her to. I especially enjoyed the merging of vampires and religion, and I believe Macomson managed this combination very well. All in all, Refuge is an intriguing, suspenseful novel with an unexpected ending that suggests another well-written and suspense-filled sequel.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Refuge by Jason K Macomson is a gripping story that will take readers into a world of Christian values and vampires, making this faith based story a compelling read. Carol finds herself stranded on an isolated road after an accident while visiting her aunt. As she sets out to look out for help, she runs into vampire hunters, Eric and Will, who rescue her from vampires that are after her. Three days together with Will and Eric make her understand them more. She is faced with a choice of life and death after being captured by the local vampire coven. Will Eric and Will be able to save her? The story oscillates between good and evil, and the character sketching and dialogues are quite interesting. It's the kind of plot that has an element of eeriness to it, but at the same time is not that scary. The vampire theme makes it fascinating for young and older readers alike. The definition of good and its victory over evil unfolds as the story progresses. The author's writing style is simple, descriptive and fluid, giving the story a good pace and movement. The author pulls readers into the story with an intriguing plot and interesting characters that, by their strangeness, will keep readers intrigued by their behavior till the very end. The narration is very descriptive, making the story visual, and it comes alive as readers turn the pages. Exceptional plot, very original and different. The cover design gives the book an eerie vibe.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite A sudden car accident on an icy Maine road is just the beginning of trouble for young Carol Westdale. As she looks for help on the lonely road, Carol is approached by a tall stranger who seems to compel her to come to him. What happens next starts a chain reaction of running and fighting that Carol can hardly comprehend – this stranger is a vampire that goes up in flames when attacked by two other strangers. Saved by Will, a true believer in ‘The Way’, and Eric, a ‘good’ vampire, Carol joins with them to find refuge from the coven that now wants her dead. Refuge by Jason K. Macomson portrays the struggle between good and evil, leaning heavily on basic Christian belief in the power of trusting in God. Personal choice is a key component to the plot and it is Will’s choice to dedicate himself to God that keeps him safe from the vampires. It is also Eric’s choice to fight his vampire nature and protect humans that makes him a target for the coven. Carol must make a choice, too, even though she has never really thought much about God or faith. Will her choice save her or put all three of them in jeopardy? Vivid descriptions and exciting action hold your interest in Refuge by Jason K. Macomson as the characters are swept up in a fight for their lives. A straight forward explanation of the power of faith provides the definition of refuge for believers when confronted with evil and is clearly contrasted with the intent to harm while turning one’s back on God. As religious as this may sound, Macomson gets this point across without preaching – it is through the action of the characters and realistic dialogue that the concept is portrayed. Refuge is an excellent story, both fast paced and entertaining, that happens to have a deeper message if you want to think about it.
Tam7369 More than 1 year ago
Refuge by Jason K. Macomson is an awesome must read to those who enjoyed vampire fiction. it is thrilling, riveting and and hard to put down novel. Most importantly, Refuge is Christian based that has it's main character, Carol ,questioning the existence of God and the fate of her eternity. Mr. Macomson's intriguing book leaves you wanting more to the story. I am so looking forward to the next novel of the fascinating trilogy. Tammy Callaway .
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Brenda Casto for Readers' Favorite Refuge by Jason K. Macomson is a page turning vampire tale that pits good against evil and left me with breathless anticipation wondering what the final outcome might be! After the death of her parents, eighteen-year-old Carol Westdale feels adrift, and decides to spend the holidays with her aunt, who happens to be the only family she has left. Traveling at night on snow covered roads, she has an accident just a few miles from her destination that truly puts her in the wrong place at the wrong time. She has no idea the lone dark figure she sees in the middle of the road is actually a vampire, that is until Will and Eric who happen to be vampire hunters swoop in and save her. The story that they share with her about who they are and what they stand for is something that is extremely hard for Carol to believe. Unsure of who to trust or what to believe, she finds herself faced with making a choice that could ultimately seal her fate for eternity. Jason K. Macomson blends together a paranormal tale of vampires along with a faith based message that makes for a uniquely interesting story that begs to be read. Richly written, with just the right amount of emotion, the story drew me right into Carol's plight. Her skepticism and doubt made for a more realistic plot, while also laying the foundation for Will to disclose who he and Eric were and what they stood for. There is plenty of action without being gory, and the suspense of the final outcome kept me on the edge of my seat. The final twist that provided the ending was something I would never have imagined happening, but it also whetted my appetite for the next book in the series. The faith based themes are an integral part of this story, and actually made Refuge a stand out story for me, because Mr. Macomson points out the choices we all have and how making the right choice can affect us for eternity. While geared toward young adults, this book will appeal to anyone who is looking for a great vampire fiction tale. As someone who is a huge fan of the vampire fiction genre, I feel that Mr. Macomson has created an intriguing story that is second to none, and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.