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About the Author
Cats had a presence in his home from the very beginning, quickly becoming his siblings, friends, and (benevolent) masters, and playing a role in many of his future works. Similarly, an old graveyard on a nearby hill was a real (and beautiful) thing in Brooke's youth, which probably influenced his love of scary stories.
Brooke has written for videogames, animation, comic books, and film. He loves mythology, travel, really good TV, and frozen yogurt.
Many of the events in his work (dream sequences included) actually happened.
THE CAT'S MAW is Brooke's first novel.
You can learn more at www.brookeburgess.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When Billy gets run over by a car, his prognosis isn't good. His leg is badly injured and it may not heal. Now Billy has always been plagued with bad luck but this is the worst thing to ever happen him. He is down in the dumps when a cat suddenly appears. The cat makes Billy feel better and he begs his mother to let him keep it. From that moment on, Billys life is changed forever. He is set on a quest to lift the Curse of his bad luck. Along with voices that promise him healing if he can open the gate, and the Vets daughter, can Billy figure out what is happening to his quiet life? This was not at all what I expected, in a good way. This was such a fast paced and fun book. My heart broke for poor Billy. He is cursed with bad luck and has no real friends. Yet he is such a sweetheart!! He is bullied by a neighbours kid and has pranks played on him all the time, yet it doesn't dampen his spirit. I so wanted to grab Billy in a hug!!! He is such a lovable character!! The plot of The Cat's Maw was so fast paced and entertaining that I flew through the pages. I'm not much of a cat person but I always enjoy a great story!! The Cat's Maw is packed with great writing and even better story telling. I enjoyed finding out about Watchers, Shadows, and the Enemy that Awakens, it was all very intriguing. While at times this does pull on the heart strings, there is still some laugh out loud moments courtesy of Billy. There is also some pretty tense moments concerning him too!! Anyway, this was a tense and thrilling read and one I'm glad I got the chance to read. There is a lot left unanswered so I will definitely pick up the next to see if they are answered because I want to know what was the cursed cargo at the start and who is the Gray Man at the end?? In all a wonderfully written and adventurous read!
LibraryThing Book Review~ Billy Brahm has been accident prone his entire life and beginning to wonder if he's cursed. Billy's adoptive parents don't understand him at all. Enid Thomas accepts Billy as is and knows that he'll find his path sooner rather than later. When a cat adopts Billy much to his mother's dismay yet can clearly see that Billy is happy. Billy has been having strange dreams yet doesn't know what they mean. Will Billy discover the mystery about cats? Will he find his path? Your answers await you in The Cat's Maw. This new to me author showcased a great story and characters that you couldn't help but love. The characters are real, honest, raw, down to earth, and bit flighty too. The story brings out the past weaving it into the present which is compelling and fascinating. I look forward to more from this author in the future.
I loved this first book in a series called "The Shadowland Saga". It is about an injured boy coming of age and is like a tale from the "dark side" got mixed up in the 60's. It is very suspenseful, and I can't wait to read what comes next!
This is definitely a book for young readers who love cats - they'll fall in love with this story from the first page on. As to all other readers, they'll be pulled into a mystical, exciting tale that won't let go. The main character has a tough time with life; he's a bit prone to accidents and bad luck tends to peek in on him more than naught. He doesn't have a lot of friends and in attempt to keep him from totally falling into the anti-social abyss, his mom sends him out the door to "find friends". That he gets hit by a car, immediately pulls at the heart strings. Yep, Billy is a unlikely hero, which will automatically draw reader's sympathy. When cats come to his rescue, it's almost impossible not to fall into this intriguing world. The story keeps the reader on the edge of the seat. Some scenes are a bit gruesome, something I'd rather my own children didn't read, so that's why I'd definitely recommend this to someone first over ten. But this high suspense does keep these slightly older readers turning the pages and is guaranteed to keep them reading until the middle of the night. The writing is well-done and the dialogue believable. There were times that the story bounced around a bit (especially in the beginning), but all in all it created a dark atmosphere, which lures to suspense. In other words, grab the flashlight and blanket because this is a story which will make upper middle graders who love suspense (and cats) ignore their bedtime curfew. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite The Cat’s Maw is a fantasy/mystery for preteens by Brooke Burgess. Billy Brahm is a lonely young boy who lives with his parents. He is extremely accident prone and always manages to seriously injure himself. This frustrates his parents who think he is just as weird as others perceive him to be. Billy adopts an odd cat and begins having bizarre dreams. He has conversations with cats and other strange creatures. They urge him to look for a key that will unlock a mystery, but no one believes Billy, except the vet’s daughter and his elderly neighbour, Mrs. Thomas, who owns dozens of cats. The tiger in Billy’s dreams keeps haunting him. He, in turn, annoys his parents with regular disappearing acts, while following the eerie voices he hears. I find The Cat’s Maw by Brooke Burgess suspenseful, but a little slow paced. The prologue is intriguing and the story an imaginative one, but it takes a while to get to the core of the plot. Brooke Burgess elaborates a lot on Billy’s accidents and oddities and this took up most of the pages, with a few scattered clues to guide the protagonist and reader to understand what the mystery is really about. It only comes together at the conclusion of the story. Billy’s parents act normal, given the circumstances and child they have. If you prefer reading fantasy stories that tends to be a little eerie, then you will certainly like The Cat’s Maw with its nice illustrations and book cover.