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Shaken from Within: The Brighton County Chronicles

Shaken from Within: The Brighton County Chronicles

by Paul Egli

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“The Brood” has cast a demonic shadow over Brighton County, Iowa. This quiet little patch of small-town living is about to become a war zone. Life in Brighton County grows deadlier by the day, and things will never be the same. The citizens face a choice. Will they flee or will they fight?
SHAKEN FROM WITHIN is a rare combination of suspense, drama, humor, and inspiration that will continually have readers crying, laughing, and sitting on the edges of their seats. Nothing is predictable. No one is safe. Formerly peaceful Brighton County becomes an exciting, gut wrenching, and brutal place with predicaments so dire they can only be overcome through the grace of God and the courage of conviction.
Michael “Mike” Ward is middle-aged, wheelchair-bound, angry, and mean. He thinks his life is meaningless. Fourteen-year-old Emily, recently escaped from a pack of pornographic Satan worshippers, recognizes a hole in Mike’s life – his desperate need to be needed – and believes that she can fill it.
Emily’s former captors – “The Brood” – are determined to get her back, and they will stop at nothing. To make matters even worse, law enforcement cannot be trusted because some are corruptly involved with the evil, powerful “Brood”. There is also the disconcerting fact that people keep showing up dead.
Unexpected heroes rise to the occasion and, through the use of “non-standard” methods and the help of a mysterious cave-dwelling vigilante, do what the Feds have tried to do for years; they begin to take down The Brood. Along the way, vigilantes are joined by more vigilantes and aided by a host of oddly endearing characters that seem to emerge from nowhere, risking everything for Emily and others who are tormented by The Brood.
In addition to Mike, Emily, and Mike’s endearingly old-fashioned farm family, readers will meet a reluctant new sheriff who doesn’t want the job, a beautiful FBI agent who is somehow fond of Mike, a seemingly-insane Count who leads a colony of bridge dwellers, a group of church choir members acting like street thugs, mysterious vigilantes dwelling in caves, a feisty band of Kentucky hillbillies, and other unforgettable, purpose-driven misfits.
Through it all, The Brood is dealt a blow, and Mike begins to rebuild the bridges he had managed to so thoroughly burn. Somehow, in the midst of all the turmoil, Mike finds a reason to live.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940012975881
Publisher: Brighton Publishing LLC
Publication date: 06/10/2011
Series: Brighton County Chronicles , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 375
Sales rank: 828,238
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Paul Egli was raised on a farm, has always lived in Iowa, and would not trade his upbringing for anything. He graduated from Dubuque Senior High School in 1981 and from the University of Iowa in 1986.
Soon after college, Paul married Julie. They moved to Bettendorf for three years and then returned to Iowa City, where they’ve lived, worshipped, worked, served as foster parents, adopted four children, raised a beagle and two dachshunds, and still remain today. Paul has been blessed with wonderful family and friends. He says, “It’s a wonderful life!”
Although Paul’s characters are fictional and inimitable, backdrop from his life seems to find its way onto the page. Fictional Mike Ward and factual Paul Egli, for example, happen to have the same disability – quadriplegia, paralysis from the chest down.
“In a way, it was easy to bring Mike to life; his daily challenges are just like mine. In another way, it was painful; Mike kept reminding me of my own struggles. I hope that’s where the comparison ends. Once you know Mike, you’ll see what I mean.”
Not an overly prolific author, Paul believes that quality is much more important than quantity. “I would much rather give readers one outstanding piece of work – one that moves, inspires, transforms, or at least profoundly entertains – than thirty that are soon forgotten.”
He has been accused of obsessing over his writing, and he takes it as a compliment. “I don’t see any point in producing just another novel. If it doesn’t have an impact, then it isn’t worth the time. The reader lets you know if you’ve delivered something great.”

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