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Sinema: The Northumberland Massacre

Sinema: The Northumberland Massacre [Kindle Edition]

Rod Glenn
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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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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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  • 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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,809 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 26 April 2011
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I have to say that I really thought this was going to be a blokes book to start with, but I had read the reviews and seen the stars and the price really, really appealed to me, so I added it to my long list of ebooks, not really expecting to read it in the near future (I have loads to read and a book has to grab me in the first chapter for me to carry on) ...well this book did. It grabbed me and didnt let me go until I had finished it a couple of days later.

I wont go into the details of the book as its been done in many reviews here, suffice to say that I really enjoyed this (it is a little different to the books I normally read) and at 69p it is a real bargain.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prepare to Brick it! 23 April 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the most original book i have read for some time. If you like thriller's, infact if you like reading, this book is definitely for you. It starts off really well and just gets better with an unrelenting pace. The main character Hannibal Whitman is as unnerving as he is endearing. If this book is ever allowed to be made into a film it will rival any cult classic movie!

With ease I rate this book 10/10!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh My...... WOW 19 April 2011
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Well I finished this yesterday and can say that I was gripped by this for 2 days and have recommended this to a few friends..

I loved the premise and was so glued to this book..

Had the same sort of feelings toward this book as I did to my fav Author John Walkers books "Wrath and Remeberance"...

Hmm I suppose that this is very presumptious but Rod Glenns writing style really did remind me of Steven King... Very gripping

Enjoy, but so be warned that this is very gory... and I loved it!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nasty - everything I want in a book! 13 April 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this cheap to take on holiday and it was one of the best things about my vacation!
Sinema is a well written book that doesn't hold back on the nasty, gore filled violence.
The author manages to create a whole community that you become involved with and as a reader you get to see the disaster that is building up - like a traffic accident - that noone can do anything about.
Being a film fan (particularly horror) I loved the references, nods and little touches he added.This was the best &0.70p I've ever spent - I'll be keeping my eye out for more by this author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 23 July 2008
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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