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Seed [Kindle Edition]

Ania Ahlborn
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)

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With nothing but the clothes on his back—and something horrific snapping at his heels—Jack Winter fled his rural Georgia home when he was still just a boy. Watching the world he knew vanish in a trucker’s rearview mirror, he thought he was leaving an unspeakable nightmare behind forever. But years later, the bright new future he’s built suddenly turns pitch black, as something fiendishly familiar looms dead ahead.

When Jack, his wife Aimee, and their two small children survive a violent car crash, it seems like a miracle. But Jack knows what he saw on the road that night, and it wasn’t divine intervention. The profound evil from his past won’t let them die…at least not quickly. It’s back, and it’s hungry; ready to make Jack pay for running, to work its malignant magic on his angelic youngest daughter, and to whisper a chilling promise: I’ve always been here, and I’ll never leave.

Country comfort is no match for spine-tingling Southern gothic suspense in Ania Ahlborn’s tale of an ordinary man with a demon on his back. Seed plants its page-turning terror deep in your soul, and lets it grow wild.

About the Author

Born in Ciechanów, Poland, Ania Ahlborn is also the author of the upcoming thriller The Neighbors, and is currently at work on her third novel. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of New Mexico, and enjoys gourmet cooking, baking, drawing, traveling, and watching movies, as well as terrifying readers with her macabre tales. She currently resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her husband and two dogs.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 613 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612183662
  • Publisher: 47North (17 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073XV3K8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,693 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Had great potential...but.. 17 July 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Read the sample and thought, this could be good. However, the story had a real promise, but the book felt to me as though it was a short story. Whilst i really dont like 'padding' in a book, i feel this one lacked setting, and structure, and atmosphere in a lot of areas.
Not the scariest book you will read, but has some good moments.
I have just finished it and feel not enough questions were answered.
On the plus side, the book races from start to finish.
In conclusion, i feel a bit short changed with this book, it had real potential as a meaty story, i found the 'baddie' a little too laughable, could have been so much more. I wont be looking for the next book im afraid
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66 of 70 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I am writing this review to save others from wasting a few hours of their lives on unnecessary blandness. The story never develops (it reads more like a short story) it is never scary, lacks atmosphere and includes a cop-out ending: life is too short for books like this.

I am not an English native speaker (I'm Dutch), but even I notice that, harsh as it sounds, that this writer just can't write very well.

At one point I started noticing how the author tried to describe things, but lack of talent/skill made her turn to a list of similes such as: "It sagged into the yard LIKE a broken limb". "It hung outward on a single hinge LIKE a lose tooth." "It was jutting into the grass LIKE an outstretched hand looking for help." "They open up LIKE a flimsy bag of marbles." "The left headlight pointed too far to the left LIKE it was searching for roadkill" "She was sobbing LIKE a girl who'd just lost everything". (And at that point in the story, she had just lost everything...oh dear...).
And it is not that I had to search this book for these jewels of descriptions: I lifted the above all from 1 or 2 consecutive pages. They were sand after a day at the beach.

Luckily the author had a thesaurus handy, and at one point an alternative for `LIKE was found':

"AS THOUGH he was being electrocuted (but then, of course, it was followed by:) LIKE an epileptic on the cusp of a grand mal."

How about this treasure:
"There was a sickening tinge of finality to their division, AS THOUGH they'd reached the end of something."
Yes! It was Final, like it was the End of something!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read from start to finish. 19 Oct 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I haven't read a horror book for years. I bought a kindle to download books that I wouldn't usually read and having *met* Ania on twitter I thought SEED sounded like a good book to start with.

I usually take a week to read a book, fitting it in around writing and work (and sport). I'd read about 40% of Seed and settled down to read some more. I couldn't put it down. It is very unusual for me to read more than half a book in one go but with Seed I HAD to keep reading.

The pace of the story kept me interested throughout and the different narrative strands are expertly woven together to create a very satisfying story. For me this was a definite page turner (or Kindle next page button clicker - that doesn't quite have the same ring does it!). I wanted to know about the characters and how the events panned out.

I needed to decide what rating to give the book. Given that I couldn't put it down it had to get the full 5* treatment. I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to all.

Well done, Ania! I look forward to more stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars poor 28 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
poor story. poor ending, poor characters exorcist based tale. had promise finished the story wished i had't bothered. Sorry Ania
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2.0 out of 5 stars Beware the shadowy demon of the unexplained 12 Nov 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
While it kept me interested there was little explanation or interrogation of what was happening or why. It's left a number of unanswered questions but was curious enough to keep going. Plus it's short.

It was OK, I kept reading in the hope there'd be more exploration of what dark dealings where going on but alas was met with an abrupt, sadly predictable, ending.

But it was free on the Kindle Lending Library so that's a plus.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From The Aussie Zombie 28 Jan 2012
By Kat
Format:Kindle Edition
Seed by Ania AhlbornIt must be really difficult to write a horror story. After all, we are battered to the point of death with it in so many ways - movies, television, and books- that it's easy to become a little immune and even a little cynical about the genre as a whole. A book must be so much more difficult - you don't have any special effects, ghosties jumping out of the shadows in full surround sound in a dark movie theatre, or bimbos to shout `don't go into the basement!' at (and they are my favourite part!)

I love horror, but it's been a long time since I read one that was truly spooky and made more than a passing impression on me. For that alone, Ms. Ahlborn is already ahead of the game.

I was sold right from the get-go - the fluid writing and vivid, but not overpowering, descriptions of the Deep South had me swatting imaginary mosquitoes and dreaming of fried chicken. The Winter's are the average struggling-to-make-ends-meet family, which makes them all the more likable and believable - the kids are cute, Aimee is the loving mother and Jack is the father who just wants his family to be happy and safe while working hard to build a better life for his wife and kids.

It's difficult to write a review without a spoiler, so all I will say is if you love horror buy this book. You just may want to consider carefully whether you read it alone in the dark!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I didn't like it
Published 16 days ago by ron fisher
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A real twist at the end that keeps you reading until the last page.
Published 1 month ago by Emnmax
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad news for this family.
Quite well written, but badly explained and a silly ending. It didn't frighten me at all, but generally unpleasant.
Published 1 month ago by jennyolderbutbetter
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok
story left questions unanswered. unrealistic response of main character as to events that were occurring. really just an ok read.
Published 1 month ago by pat wildman
4.0 out of 5 stars A creepy horror not afraid to shy away from nasty plot twists. Very...
I enjoyed this quite a bit. It's a cool story, and doesn't shy away from being quite nasty in places, so the horror parts really work well. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nostrodanus
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty creepy. not enormously well written but do you ...
gripping read. pretty creepy. not enormously well written but do you care when it reels you in?
Published 1 month ago by KatyDavies
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes your heart beat faster
Kept me on the edge of my seat,the pace keeps flowing. Recommend this to anyone who likes to be engrossed in a book.looking forward to reading what else this author has to offer
Published 2 months ago by Amanda
4.0 out of 5 stars Spooky
Spooky read, actually had to stop reading at night and wait for daylight!
Published 2 months ago by dp1975
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very spooky gave me the creeps thoroughly enjoyed will definately read more books by her
Published 2 months ago by ann hood
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A very good read
Published 3 months ago by Mrs Lynn Irving
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