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The Calling: A Supernatural Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Robert Swartwood
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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When eighteen-year-old Christopher Myers’ parents are murdered, something is written on his bedroom door, a mark in his parents’ blood that convinces the police the killer has targeted Christopher as the next victim. To keep him safe, he travels away with his estranged grandmother and uncle to the small town of Bridgton, New York. And it’s in Bridgton that he meets an extraordinary young man who has come with his father to stop an unrelenting evil. Soon Christopher learns of the town’s deep dark secret, and how his parents’ murder was no accident, and how he has been brought to Bridgton by forces beyond his power—forces that just may threaten the destruction of all mankind.

THE CALLING is a 100,000-word supernatural thriller in the vein of Peter Straub and Dean Koontz.

Advance Praise for THE CALLING:

“THE CALLING is a powerful, gripping and terrifying novel, the sort that possesses your whole life while you’re reading it; it’ll stalk you through the day, and inform your dreams. Swartwood has delivered a novel that will become a classic.”

— Tim Lebbon

“Robert Swartwood’s THE CALLING is a diabolical rocket sled of a psychological thriller. Told through the vivid, almost druggy point of view of a young man on the edge, tangled in a web of tragedy and surreal horror, Swartwood’s novel gets under the skin and stays there. Highly recommended.”

— Jay Bonansinga

BONUS CONTENT: excerpts from SPOOKY NOOK and THE DISHONORED DEAD

About the Author

Robert Swartwood is the author of several novels and the editor of Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer. He lives with his wife in Pennsylvania. Visit him online at www.robertswartwood.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 543 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: RMS Press (27 Nov 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SYNSN0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,970 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Robert Swartwood is the USA TODAY bestselling author of The Serial Killer's Wife, The Calling, Man of Wax, and several other novels. His work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, The Daily Beast, Chizine, Space and Time, Postscripts, and PANK. He created the term "hint fiction" and is the editor of Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer. He lives with his wife in Pennsylvania. Visit him at www.robertswartwood.com.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great read! 13 Feb 2012
By mika 1
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I always read horror and struggled to find an author to match Koontz and Herbert. I read about 6 books from alternative authors on the kindle before finding this one and was far from disappointed. It was a truly gripping story. It felt like I knew the characters personally and was living the nightmare for them. Compelling with not many jobs in the house completed that week! Only one tiny critism, it finished too early!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unputdownable 12 Jun 2012
By firefly
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I bought this book on a whim not knowing what I wanted. I'm glad I did It's one of those books that has you hooked from the first few pages desperate to find out what is going on. There are so many threads to the story and they tie in brilliantly towards the end. The story is about Christopher who wakes up to find his murdered parents, his path to find out how they were murdered and how his familys past ties in with the present and the supernatural forces outside of his control. A thought provoking clever novel and a 'devishly' good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A different slant on an ancient curse story 9 Nov 2012
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I enjoyed this book once I got into it. It is easy to read. Without giving to much away it tells the story of a young man who's parents have been murdered and then what happens to him when he goes to stay with family in the back woods. The story has love, murder, a long term curse with the angel of death, premonitions etc. etc. I found it to be well written, albeit in the first person,with a few twists and turns which kept you interested.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 14 Mar 2013
By Kim P
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Loved this. One of the best thrillers I have read for a while. It kept me on the edge of my seat and I couldn,t put it down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 1 Mar 2013
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I started this book yesterday and got griped by it at the start could not put it down until I knew what happened, a very good read in my opinion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well written supernatural thriller 25 Feb 2013
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Being a huge James Herbert fan I've been looking for books in the same sort of genre. This is the first book I've read by this author and I really enjoyed it! Easy to read and well written with lots of twists and turns. I was in tune with the characters and from the writers descriptions could easily visualize the different locations. I'm going now to find another book by Robert Swartwood.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW - what a great book! 30 Sep 2011
By A. Lucas TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I enjoyed this book so much - I couldn't wait to get a spare half an hour, or to go to bed early, just so I could get back into the story. Christopher's parents are murdered, and he goes to stay with the only family he has left, even though he hasn't seen them for many years (the result of his grandfather kidnapping him, we later learn!). There are just so many twists and turns, so many 'coincidences' and so many of the characters are linked to each other, and to Christopher, that it's a joy to be able to keep up with them all! It really does draw you in and make you feel part of the story.

I don't want to spoil anything, so won't go into details - but I really do urge anyone who likes a supernatural tale to read this book. It's better than anything else in this genre I've read for a very long time! I'm now a fan of this author and can't wait to read more by him.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Angel stalking. 6 May 2012
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Christopher wakes up to find his parents murdered and mutilated. Then moves to a trailer park to stay with estranged family to be out of harms way.

He befriends the locals and the story unravels . . . each have their own back story and motive. Things are not as they appear. A dark angel stalks his movements and those of others connected to his family. He must pay for a sin committed by his grandfather.

He meets preacher Moses and his son Joey who have 'insider knowledge' of the demon
and it seems that revenge and testing mans' weakness is what this dark angel thrives on

A great plot, but too many characters have tenuous links to each other and to the supernatural goings-on. Some parts are fast paced so you whiz through the action but there are sections which do nothing to take the story forward.

Overall I really enjoyed and would recommend this book so 4 stars. The plot is good, the premise exciting,the pace mostly good.

I did minus 1 star as I must admit to skipping at least 4 pages of description of the trailer park town and for my liking a slight cull of some minor characters would have made the story flow better.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
this book has been riveting from the very beginning. So easy to read I just couldn't put it down. I'm off to find more from this great author.
Published 2 months ago by Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars The Calling
Really enjoyed this book and will definitely read more by Robert Swartwood and I would recommend his books to others.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs Lynne Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
Long winded and rambling, story line good but could have been written in half the words, sorry would not recommend
Published 3 months ago by Carolyn Dorrell
5.0 out of 5 stars addictive
This book was a wild card I downloaded to my kindle. I'm so glad I did! Fantastic read and keeps you guessing til the end. Read more
Published 5 months ago by LittleNicky
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed and I recommend!
As a previous review has suggested, matching up to Koontz and Herbert can be hard, but this guy really does it! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Hannah
5.0 out of 5 stars slow burner
good story slow builder but well worth the wait nice twist seems a bit far fetched but believable not compulsive reading
Published 7 months ago by mrs amanda jayne pocock
4.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable!
Supernatural thrillers are not my first choice but this book was well written and I had to keep reading it as I was so curious as to what would be happening next. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Alysha
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant read
I was completely hooked on this book from start to finish. I will be reading more from this author, superb
Published 9 months ago by Julie Fitzsimmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Never heard of the author before but found him through kindle store,glad I did,very good story,bit Stephen King style. A must read
Published 9 months ago by Stephanie
3.0 out of 5 stars Too complicated The general plot was fair
I found the opening chapters unnecessarily complicated Overall I have enjoyed the plot and the writers style I will read his next book
Published 10 months ago by Margaret Flynn
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