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Danny 1.0 - Hope House (The DANNY Quadrilogy) [Paperback]

Chancery Stone
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6 Dec 2010 The DANNY Quadrilogy
The Jackson Moores have been tilling the land of Hope House Farm on the West Coast of Cumbria for many generations, but they have been harbouring a dangerous history of dark and sinister secrets for far longer: cancerous secrets, that have slowly eaten away at their family, their sanity and their very existence. Nemesis comes in the shape of P.C. James Henderson, when he first spies Danny - youngest son of the family - on his way to commit a crime - or at least to conceal one. This pivotal moment sets Henderson on a doomed road of infatuation and addiction, ending in ruin and, ultimately, death. For Danny is no ordinary boy and he belongs to no ordinary family. Until now, the Jackson Moores have managed to keep their skeletons firmly inside the closet, but when Henderson unwittingly uncovers their twisted House of Usher, the whole rotten construct starts to sink into the mire, dragging everyone with it in a spectacular display of ruthless revenge.

Product details

  • Paperback: 928 pages
  • Publisher: Poison Pixie Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (6 Dec 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956715435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956715432
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,325,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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How can you tell a story in a paragraph ?

How do you tell a life in a paragraph?

Do I give you bare facts? Born - none of your business. Place of origin - East Kilbride. Parents - yes, two.

Or maybe the creative version. Didn't read my first book till about the age of eleven/twelve (don't know exactly, because I can't remember much childhood). First two books, The Genie Hottabych and The Rose and the Ring. Also read every fairy tale I could get hold of and was lucky enough to read Victorian versions, not bowdlerised modern versions. Loved all those evil parents and threatening places. Loved the melodramatic orphan stories in The Judy. (Now, I have got to be a rarity here. I actually wanted to be an orphan.) Wasn't allowed to read The Jackie or teen/women's magazines as these were "Capitalist Pornography". Once unwittingly bought a copy of OZ in the street in Glasgow when I was a teenager which my mother made me dispose of "before my father saw it". Deeply ironic as it was destined to become a very valuable rare edition, and my mother did have that greedy little materialistic edge.

Fell into The Citizen's Theatre and its obsession with subversive drama. Saw a lot of nude men and learned about the Marquis de Sade whose works cost me a fortune, bought from abroad.

Do I need to go on through detective fiction, horror, magic realism, the classics, Jacobean drama, far too much bad theatre.......?

I could list my jobs. Although I tried to avoid them, I worked randomly when it couldn't be helped. Selling radar spares, running restaurants, a sweet shop, a newsagents, debt collecting, nude modelling, dancing, bar tending, filing clerk, cleaning.... You get the picture.

Or my lifestyle. Over 17 different houses. Lived in Glasgow, London, Cumbria, Aberdeen, Orkney, Fraserburgh, Manchester, Morecambe. Never married, never had children (always swore as a child I wouldn't and everybody said, "Ah, you're saying that now, but you'll change your tune." Well, they were WRONG). Kept cats, went walking, danced, was a party animal, lived in seclusion, never did drugs, once got stoned on tranquilisers and sexually assaulted a priest, don't smoke, had my first cigarette on stage, don't drink, once sat outside in the most exquisite rain I ever saw so drunk I couldn't stand, eat too much and never diet.

Does any of this tell you anything? Does all of it tell you something ?

I always feel people's work tells you all you need to know about them, even if it's only that they are very convincing liars.

So... my biography.

Read DANNY and know me......

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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome dosen't cover it! 7 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
The Jackson Moores make you truly redefine the term disfunctional family. "Danny" is captivating in it's complexity and depth. Chancery has given us a family that you will find hard to see all the secrets they conceal let alone try to understand. You are quickly drawn into the angst that surrounds Danny and his relationship between his parents and brothers at Hope House. Chancery gives you fleeting glances of the emotional and physical trama Danny suffered and his ongoing suffering. This was the best book I have read in EVER! I was surprised at the effortless flow of the story as Chancery sends you from one extreme into another as this story grips at your mind and emotions. This drama and there is no better word for "Danny" is purely addictive to the open minded reader. There is content some might find offensive such as m/m romance and incest, but it would not be the powerful work it is with anything less graphic. You will not be disappointed in "Danny" it is masterful work. Chancery gives well your moneys worth in this the first of the Quadrilogy. I have both paperbound and kindle editions. This is the first Book I can atest to reading several times, and each time I find a new revelation. My advise "BY IT" you will be glad you did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and emotionally intense 5 Jun 2012
Danny 1.0, ironically titled Hope House, is the first part of the Danny Quadrilogy, one of the most original, daring and exquisitely plotted stories I've ever read. The author takes the time and space to develop her characters to the point that they feel so real you forget they are fictional. The writing is elegant in a sparse, smooth way. Danny is an addictive and intensely emotional read. But what I loved most was that it is utterly unpredictable throughout. As others may have already pointed out, this novel dives deep into the dark corners of the human mind and heart and so isn't for the squeamish. This book contains a huge amount of graphic, mostly m/m sex scenes, depicting in detail any kind of sex act you can possibly imagine. There is a lot of rape, physical violence, blood and gore; worse, there's child abuse in all its forms--sexual, physical, verbal, emotional. There are incestuous relationships of the heartbreaking kind. And yet, none of it amounts to gratuitous pornography. Still, if you have trouble with any of the above, this book may not be for you.

The Danny Quadrilogy chronicles the story of the Jackson Moores, who own a farm in rural England. Set in the Eighties, but reaching both backward and forward in time, it depicts ultimate child abuse and family disfunction before the terms became popular. In the relative isolation of their farm life, the Jackson Moore boys have survived their toxic childhood by developing socially unacceptable and often dangerous behaviors. John, the oldest brother, elicits opposing emotions from the reader. Driven by unvoiced needs and intense jealousy, he is physically imposing, even threatening.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Danny Darko 2 Jun 2012
I must confess to being very interested in books with dark subject matter, abuse being one of those subjects. However i don't just wish to be freaked/angered/sickened by sensationalistic writing (let me make that clear, Danny is not sensationalist). I want to see the subject explored...realistically, and aside from the narrative conventions of the thriller there is psychological realism in this wonderful, unnerving, compelling, haunting book of blood. Some of the secrets of Danny and the Jackson-Moore family are very tantalizingly hinted at (as Jill, another reviewer, comments)and these hints contain several lifetimes in hell of the dysfunctions resulting from long term, systematic familial sexual abuse. All hinted at, very occasionally (ahem) exploding off the page. But there's so much, much more than this, it's not another broken lives story, oh no sireebob; There's murder, strong,unique characters, obsession, noir-ish corruption and descent,and there's a lot of man on man action, a hell of a lot.
There appears to me no obvious thematic comparison to Bret Easton Ellis' American Psycho, but feeling the after effect of reading something i haven't before is comparable. Both authors have a way of detailing extreme events in a neutral style.Something about the way the characters come out of the page,about deciphering the triple meanings or snippets of conversation spoken just out of earshot, and something about not having a damn clue about where this insane rides going next? I've got volume 2 in the post, I'll soon find out...
Don't mistake content for form, this is set to be CULT
Now,Anyone fancy popping over to Jerrett's? :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Worlds Best Book Ignore it at Your Peril 17 Dec 2013
This is my favourite book of all time, when it comes to recommending DANNY I can't possibly word how amazing it is. The book is the first instalment of many to come in the series and is such an enjoyable read that it should be compulsory.
The book surrounds a farming family, where sex, murder, incest and violence are frequent occurrences. Ian the middle brother, the runt of a family surrounded by lust, fear and lies, the one everyone ignores but quite possibly the very person they shouldn't take their eyes off, perceptions can be deceiving. John, the eldest, whose inexhaustible levels of love and hate lead him and everyone around him to despair and ecstasy in equal measure, the centre of a destructive dysfunctional world that's so addictive it should carry a written warning. Then we have Danny the supernaturally beautiful, irresistible, youngest brother of the three, the boy that everyone wants and he's not one to refuse an offer, but which is the one he couldn't refuse if he tried.
DANNY is daring, sexy, emotional, taboo bursting, addictive, irreplaceable, genuinely original, obsessively readable, passionate, it has no equal and I cannot recommend it enough.
Read it now and experience the inescapable world of DANNY.
(Then read DANNY Volume 2 The Revenant, the only book that can possibly approach it)
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