The Stronghold

The Stronghold

by Sebastian Bendix

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The Stronghold by Sebastian Bendix

18-year-old Bowie is the envy of his peers; the sharpest eye with a rifle, deadly as a viper in hand-to-hand combat, and set to marry the prettiest girl around. That all changes when a plane crashes into the island. Its sole survivor is Alexis, an exotic young woman who looks nothing like the fair-skinned people back at the Fort. Bowie brings her back to the stronghold, throwing the fearful community into chaos.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158891847
Publisher: Melange Books, LLC
Publication date: 11/28/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 262
Sales rank: 626,684
File size: 608 KB

About the Author

Sebastian Bendix is a Los Angeles based writer and musician, as well as host of midnight horror film series, Friday Night Frights at The Cinefamily. He attended school at Emerson College for creative writing and spent his formative years in Boston playing in popular local band The Ghost of Tony Gold. Upon moving to LA he transitioned back to writing, stepping into the world of horror fiction, where he has found success both online and in print with numerous stories published in genre imprints. Bendix self-published his first horror/fantasy novel The Patchwork Girl in 2013, and his second novel, The Stronghold, is a ripped-from-the-headlines thriller scheduled to be published by Fire and Ice in Fall 2017. Also an avid film lover, Bendix has a sci fi/horror script that has been optioned and is in development.

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The Stronghold 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Paula_Stewart1 More than 1 year ago
Survival Can Be A Matter Of One's Own Perception! If you like good post-apocalyptic stories as I do, you need to check out The Stronghold by Sebastian Bendix. This is hands down one of the best, if not THE BEST, story I have read in this popular and much read genre. Once in a while, I find a story that I can not put down and that I do not want to end. The Stronghold is one of those rarities. I must confess that I delayed finishing this read for a few days because I just didn't want the separation anxiety that I knew would come with "THE END." From the impressively believable characters that captivated me to the spotless proofing, editing, and structure this book is a beautiful piece of imaginative work. I must mention the proverbial CHERRY ON TOP, the perfect cover art. It conveys the feel and contents of what lies within perfectly. In summation, this well crafted and ideal compilation of skills would easily win a gold medal if the Olympics had this category. I can not wait to see what's next from Sebastian Bendix.
NNLight More than 1 year ago
Fear is a powerful weapon, especially when a group of people hellbent on building their own utopian island wield fear to rid their society of those different. The Stronghold is the story of Bowie, a young and skilled sharpshooter in the Fort Thunder militia. He’s got everything he could possibly want and his life is laid out in front of him. All that changes when Alexis crashes her plane on the island. Ignoring orders to stay away, Bowie pulls her from the wreckage and brings her back to the Fort. He’s intrigued by her as she’s nothing like he’s ever seen before. Her arrival creates all sorts of chaos to those living on the island and some even want her executed. Bowie is suddenly thrust in the middle and must choose between the truth and following orders. Is Bowie willing to risk his very life to learn the truth or will he keep quiet to protect life on the island and its fearful inhabitants? Wow! Just wow! What a gripping dystopian thriller! I was hooked from the first page and loved all the twists and turns. While it reminded me of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village, the story is very much a reflection of the world we’re living in. Fear against those different from ourselves makes monsters of us all and it’s this concept that’s throughout The Stronghold. Bowie is an amazing character and his growth is honest yet necessary. Fast-paced plot is peppered with intriguing characters and conflicts. Before I knew it, it was over. Highly recommend! My Rating: 5 stars
Francine1440 More than 1 year ago
The Stronghold is a young adult novel that has more thrills and excitement than most of the adult thrillers that I’ve read this year. First of all, the cover is very simple, almost nondescript, but for some reason it grabbed my attention. After reading the synopsis for the book, I wasn’t sure I could read another zombie survival novel but since it sounded somewhat different I decided to try it and I am so glad I did. Without giving anything important away, this is not a book about surviving a zombie apocalypse. Rather, it’s about surviving the people around you when you begin to learn about all of the lies that have been told. Bowie is set to become the newest leader of the militia on an island strong hold, the last place that has survived the destruction of the world some decades ago. He follows all of the rules and believes everything that he has been told by his commander, a grizzled old soldier named Byrne. When something from the outside world invades Bowie’s world, it makes him question everything he has been taught. It’s those questions that cause Bowie and a couple of his unlikely allies to take action. All three must run for their lives as Bowie becomes hunted by the very people he once trained beside. This is such an excellent novel that I couldn’t put it down until it was finished. There wasn’t a page that didn’t keep me wanting to turn to the next one. The characters are very well written and even though there isn’t a lot of information about most of them, they are still so realistic that they ignite strong feelings of dislike for some and a hope for survival for others. Bowie is the most fleshed out character and he is wonderfully written. I love the world that Mr. Bendix has created in these pages and the details he has given with all of the rules and way of life in the stronghold’s own little society are well thought out and planned. The action increases steadily through the book and it is quite a fast-paced story. I can’t say enough good things about The Stronghold and I look forward to reading more from Mr. Bendix. I read this in digital format and it worked well on my ereader.
StephySay More than 1 year ago
The Stronghold was an excellent book. There was a message of society that ran deeply throughout, but it brought to light questions of power and control, and of finding your proper place throughout. A group of people isolated themselves on an island when it appeared the world was falling into an apocalypse, and they created a safe hold for future generations. They taught their children that the outside world had crumbled and zombies now infested the earth. The second generation on the island was deeply devoted to Deacon's Bluff, despite its rigid rules. Bowie, born and raised on the island, was quickly moving up int he ranks of the militia and he was very proud and deserved the respect he was given. One day, a plane crashed into the island, something that the residents believed was impossible. Bowie ignored his orders to stay away and ended up saving a young woman from the wreckage. The society nearly fell apart when Bowie brought Alexis back to The Stronghold. Papa Bryne, commander of the militia, called for her immediate execution, but the other members of the council asked for compassion. Caught in the middle of the divide Bowie had to decide where his loyalties lay, despite the fact he could be run from the only home he believed existed. The writing was phenomenal and the editing was great. The depth of each character was so complete that these characters began to feel real. The author used amazing descriptions that helped the reader feel as though they were running through the snow with Alexis and Bowie, trying to dodge the dangers of the plot. The flow of the story kept me intrigued and desiring what would come next. I give this book 4 stars out of 5 and would recommend it to young adult and adult readers looking for adventure and who are strong enough to look into their own lives and societies.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Maureen Dangarembizi for Readers' Favorite The Stronghold by Sebastian Bendix is a futuristic, post-apocalyptic young adult novel. Bowie Neville grew up in a secluded island stronghold. His parents and others like them escaped the world when the system collapsed, spiraling humanity into a death spin. Raised on stories of man-eating zombies and brutal savages, Fort Thunder is all Bowie has ever known. When he rescues a beautiful young woman from a fallen plane, he is forced to rethink what he has been taught all his life and wonders about the world beyond their island. What really lies beyond the walls of Fort Thunder? As his enemies circle like hungry vultures, he may yet find out. Sebastian Bendix is a master storyteller who captivated me from start to finish. I literary couldn’t stop reading The Stronghold until I reached the conclusion. This story has everything that makes a story unforgettable. From the wonderful cast of characters, suspense, tension and enough action to keep you on the edge of your seat, The Stronghold takes its place among the YA greats like The Hunger Games series. Bowie’s story has a soul to it that goes beyond so many stories I’ve read in this genre. One of the things that made this book so exciting was the author’s insightful revelation of human nature, and the bigotry and hypocrisy that go into the making of a cult. Bowie was the kind of hero I like; strong yet vulnerable at the same time. This book was a great read, hands down, and would make an epic movie.