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Sinema: The Northumberland Massacre [Kindle Edition]

Rod Glenn
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Book Description

"Masterful writing" ~ Friday the 13th star and horror icon, Adrienne King

A winter's tale with a sting.
There's a newcomer to the small Northumberland village of Haydon...a charming novelist and film buff, researching a crime thriller about a serial killer on a rampage in a remote Northumberland community. The only trouble is, it's a work in progress and it's going to be non-fiction.

392 men, women and children stand in his way to achieving a sadistic dream.

As the worst winter in more than a century approaches, can two investigating police officers trapped with the terrorised residents stop this monster?

"This novel was one the most heart racing, jaw-dropping novels that I have ever dared to finish." ~ The Crack Magazine


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    Let me just catch my breath and recoil, from the vice grip of having my knees curled so tight to chest, whilst reading this novel. Was I scared...yes! Did I imagine the author secretly plotting out the lines of his book on a small local village near to me as I was reading it...yes! Hannibal Whitman, the inner psyche of a neurotic film buff sets his sights on a small village in Northumberland, Haydon, as his residing point for a few months, to do research for his book. The residents warmly welcome him but when a young girl disappears, Whitman, being the new guy, is suspected of playing a part by the local Police and is verbally eaten alive by the village gossips. No evidence is found connecting him or locating the girl and soon Christmas draws near. However nothing could prepare the idyllic rural community for what Santa would bring them this year. This novel was one the most heart racing, jaw-dropping novels that I have ever dared to finish. I had grown to know and think fondly of all the characters of the village and never imagined the horrific and gruesome fate that awaited them, by befriending this seemingly gentle stranger. I feel guilty, like I should have warned them. This is definitely a book I'll be giving friends and family for Christmas.
    -- The Crack Magazine, December 2007

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    The blizzard had reached a writhing frenzy of gusting, icy winds and driving snow, pierced only by a small shape, low in the black sky, being buffeted by the raw Northumberland winter. Angry nimbostratus clouds filled the sky, obliterating moon and stars completely. The sea of mature pines below were laden with a heavy coating of snow that whipped and swirled amongst the swaying treetops. Not a single light could be seen to pierce the night for miles around.
    The windscreen wipers of the Northumbria Police helicopter whipped frantically from side to side to preserve the struggling pilot's view. Beads of sweat clung to his furrowed forehead as he fought with the collective lever and cyclic yoke to maintain altitude and bearing. And yet, despite the gruelling task, he still managed to whistle a cheery festive tune.

    Good King Wenceslas looked out
    On the feast of Stephen,
    When the snow lay round about,
    Deep and crisp and even...

    His passengers, two plain clothed policemen in the back, had remained sullen for the best part of the journey from Newcastle Airport, but now, as they neared their destination, the older of the two, finally spoke up with an irritated glance toward the pilot. "I don't think that's particularly appropriate, given the circumstances."
    The whistling stopped immediately, but the pilot offered no apology.
    His younger colleague, looking decidedly pale, rather hesitantly, said, "How could this happen, Super?"
    "We don't know the hows or the whys yet, son, we just have the facts," Chief Superintendent Hewitt said flatly. Three-fifteen ringing. "We've got a major situation, Sir..." He needed strong black coffee and a cigarette, and a lot of answers. The tall, almost skeletal, man looked swamped in the thick overcoat, scarf and woolly hat. His features were gaunt, the grey skin drawn tight across bony cheekbones and sunken around the eyes and temples.
    Switching his attention to the pilot, leaning forward in his seat, he asked, "Any news of Wright or Mitchell yet?"
    The frail speck of a helicopter rattled with a renewed assault from the elements, delaying the pilot's reply. There was a brief stomach-churning jolt as they dropped lower, but the pilot was quick to compensate. Without taking his eyes away from the swirling snowstorm materialising out of the darkness beyond the windscreen, the veteran pilot said, "No, Sir. No further updates."
    "Don't you think calling in the Army was a bit excessive?" Sergeant Wilkinson was saying. The twenty-eight year old Geordie was only two months into his promotion to the rank and, for the first time, was feeling decidedly out of his depth.
    Hewitt turned to stare at the younger man. "A bit excessive?" he repeated incredulously. "We've got multiple murders, a crime scene the size of a dozen St James's Parks and suspect or suspects still at large. I'm going to use every damn resource I can, Sergeant."
    He let out a sigh which turned into a wheezing, bronchial cough. Wilkinson opened his mouth to speak, but the old man offered a dismissive wave with his free hand as the other covered his mouth with a Northumberland Tartan handkerchief. Once it had subsided, rasping, he added, "You're the local, Wilks; Division told me that you were born and bred in Rothbury, and that's not a kick in the arse off where we're headed." Shoving the hanky back into his coat pocket, he stared with rheumy eyes at his subordinate. "I'm going to need you on this."
    Wilkinson took a deep breath and ran a hand across his bristly crew-cut.
    Forest gave way to undulating moors, thick with snow-encrusted heather and coarse grasses. A solitary, isolated farmhouse, black and lifeless swept by below them. No beacon or searchlight offered to light their way, but they pushed on into the darkness regardless with bleak resolve. Woodland once again rushed up beneath them, heaving like black, turbulent water. The helicopter swung low over the twisted, nightmarish shapes then, abruptly, the village materialized out of the storm.
    The small clusters of stone houses and shops were in darkness, apart from the illumination of flashing lights from emergency vehicles on the ground and dozens of bobbing beams from handheld torches. Snow swirled violently amongst the buildings and whipped at the deep drifts that had built up over two days of heavy snowfall. The figures on the ground appeared distorted and elongated, moving quickly from building to building, despite the shin-deep snow.
    "Looks like the power's still out," Wilkinson said, grimacing at the prospect of leaving the cosy confines of the helicopter.
    Hewitt grunted, but otherwise his attention remained fixed on the chaotic scene below. Whilst his face remained as grim and unmoving as a statue, his mind was boiling with unanswered questions. One thought elbowed its way through to the fore; was this nightmare over or just beginning? In response, a shiver danced across his bony shoulders.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 567 KB
    • Print Length: 288 pages
    • Publisher: Wild Wolf Publishing (3 Aug. 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B003YCPM18
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
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    Rod Glenn was brought up in the north east of England and lives in Newcastle upon Tyne with wife, Vanessa. His writing is of a dark nature with darkly humorous undertones. He also an actor, some roles include World War Z, Broken England, The Bad Samaritan Must Die, Run, Vera, Inspector George Gently, The Monuments Men, Fury, Macbeth, Bill, The Fairy Flag, Dolls and Ripper Street.

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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Crackin' Read 30 Dec. 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition
    If the Cliché Police see "a real page-turner" as a crime they'd better arrest me now because that's exactly what Sinema is..... a page-turner. The author paints the characters in a refreshingly believable warts-and-all way, and as the plot develops and the tension mounts the reader is swept along with the characters (victims and villain alike) feeling the tension & fear and vividly living each moment. A terrific read. In fact I'd go as far as to say the best read I've enjoyed all year.
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    30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Beware of Han! 31 Mar. 2008
    Its a well known fact that the song 'Sympathy for the devil' by The Rolling Stones was inspired by the book 'The Master and Margarita' by Mikhail Bulgakov. I can honestly say after reading Sinema by Rod Glenn, I think Mick Jagger might reconsider, believe me, Behemoth has nothing on Han Whitman.

    'Sinema' tells the story of Hannibal 'Han' Whitman, enthusiastic movie goer, a friendly and happy go lucky kind of man and homicidal maniac but you can not help but like him which was the hardest part about the book, all the village members liked and accepted Han and the fact that he is planning their demise makes it hard reading but compulsive reading.

    Han Whitman is not a complicated character which sounds odd considering his 'dream' but he is very clear on what he wants to do and how he is going to do it, never blaming anyone, he does what he wants to do, a mass murderer without an excuse, its quite refreshing on some level, on other levels even more disturbing.

    A great read but an unsettling one, but that to me is the sign of a good book, it stays with you for a long time and this book really does stay with you.

    Rating: 10/10
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 23 July 2008
    By SJSmith TOP 1000 REVIEWER
    Intense thrilling and downright scary! It took me a chapter or so to get into it as I didn't particularly feel anything for the main character to begin with until he became his alter ego Hannibal Whitman. The psychological aspect is what appealed to me for this book and I wasn't disappointed and as soon as we moved to the location of Haydon in Northumberland I was sucked into the world of Han and his crusade to create his own massacre.

    The movie references abound throughout this tense novel and I loved the artwork at the start of each chapter; movie pictures adapted for the chapter heading. The name of Hannibal is picked with reference to the relevant movie character and becomes the character's new persona for six months whilst researching a serial killer on the loose in a small village. Haydon, with its population at just short of 400 is about to be destroyed by one man in an event that he hopes will go down in history for its anonymous killer.

    I was engrossed in the chase, how he sets up his prey, learns all about the villagers including the conversations they have. This was actually, for me, more interesting than the main event. Wonderfully written, will leave you with chills down your spine and also wondering if there is a continuation to be made - will Hannibal strike again with a new persona in a new location?
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read 27 April 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition
    This book is a prime example of how my Kindle was well worth the money. If I'd have walked into a bookshop I would never have even looked at this book let alone bought it, and what a shame that would have been.
    I've bought a fair few of these cheaper books on Amazon for my Kindle since I received it at Christmas and have had my eyes opened to the joy of new authors.

    This was a well written, extremely well thought out book. How Rod Glenn came up for the idea for this story is scary to think about, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. He obviously has a very good knowledge of the area in which the book is set and is also a huge fan of movies and music. I found the snippets of song lyrics and film references to be genius within the story.

    I enjoyed the character of Han, although I found myself quite disturbed as to how much I related to the character in some ways. Glenn has written this in such a way that, although I obviously didn't agree with what Han was planning and doing, and although he is quite obviously the villain within the story, I found myself seeing things from his point of view. I even, at one point, found the tension within the book to be very intense, then realised that I was tense because, without realising it consciously, I was actually willing Han on in his mission and hoped he would complete what he had set out to do. This is something I have never felt when reading this type of book before and shows just how remarkable Rod Glenn's style of writing within this book is.

    It is a bit disturbing in places but I didn't find it to be overly graphic. It's definately worth a read and I will be looking out for more of Rod Glenn's books in the future.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars i have chills down my spine 25 April 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition
    This is a story about a man. An ordinary man who is a film buff and runs a DVD store. He also has a vision of becoming the most prolific serial killer in UK history. He does his research, meticulously, and picks a village of 392 residents in Northumberland. He packs his bags and goes to stay in the village under the pretext of writing a novel. He gets to know the villagers and befriends them. Then one snowy night he puts his terrifying vision into practice.

    Well, this completely blew my socks off. Half the book was a slow burn as we got to know the characters and the other half just took off at a blistering pace and I almost couldn't keep up it was so frantic. I could quite easily see this as a film. I had several characters in my head when I was reading it, all from 'slasher' movies. This book is so much more than that though. It seriously put chills up my spine and certain parts felt very claustrophobic as the terrified and trapped villagers tried to work out what was going on. The writing was wonderfully descriptive but not 'flowery'. In fact it was stark and in your face! The ending was great and left open for a sequel, which I am off to read now.
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