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The Clearing [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Rydder
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After twenty years in the Marine Corps, Major Frank Cutlip comes home to the quiet hills of his beloved Pennsylvania to take up a new life as the sheriff of Allegheny County.

Professor Beth Lowe took up a post at Paxton University because she became enamored with western Pennsylvania’s charms, a more enduring love than she thought she would ever feel for a man.

When Beth’s dog is savaged by wolves, their peaceful lives are shattered, and their fates entwined. On the brink of death, the dog not only survives but grows larger… and more vicious. A thousand-year cycle of carnage is reaching its climax once more, and the peaceful wooded hills will soon be smeared with blood.

Sheriff Cutlip leads his community in a hunt for the hidden terror, but then his own brother is bitten, his blood corrupted by the ancient evil. The sheriff must confront terrible choices, and he can’t do so alone.

‘The Clearing’ — a novel of ordinary people thrown together in extraordinary circumstances.

About the Author

I was born in 1957 in a small town in Western Pennsylvania that had — and still has — one traffic light. There wasn’t a whole lot to do there, and we had few neighbors, so I learned to play quite a bit of make-believe – soldiers, cowboys and Indians, that kind of thing. At the same time, I loved to read and watch old movies. On Saturdays, my dad played in a country western band, and I stayed up to wait for him. It was during that stretch that I discovered the horror movie. You know the ones I mean. Karloff, Chaney, Lee. The masters, right? Fast forward 40 years. I’m now the project manager for a small civil engineering firm in picturesque Charleston, South Carolina with my lovely wife and four rescue pets, two dogs, two cats. Oh – and eight feral cats outside that put up with us because we give them two squares a day. Anyway, since childhood, I’ve loved to create. I played trumpet, sang, even dabbled in genealogy. Nothing quite did it for me. Over the years, I’d composed quite a few term papers and theses (there are a few ex-teenagers in this world who owe their English grades to yours truly), and unfailingly earned an “A”. My wife knew this, and one day just suggested that I try writing. What the hey, I thought. So I sat down and found a writing site called Hubpages. Nice little site, and I started getting the basics of writing a little from some of the inhabitants. I wrote a short story, and everyone liked it. So, I wrote another one. Except it kept growing, and I kept getting more ideas, and it lengthened to 20 thousand words, then 30, then 40. By the time I sat back, I had the rough draft of my first novel, except back then it was called “Werewolves and Flapjacks”. Somewhere along the way I decided to submit my work to publishers. The result was ‘The Clearing’.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2811 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481077686
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Greyhart Press (27 Feb 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BMEVA0W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #125,004 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was born in 1957 in a small town in Western Pennsylvania that had - and still has - one traffic light. There wasn't a whole lot to do there, and we had few neighbors, so I learned to play quite a bit of make-believe - soldiers, cowboys and Indians, that kind of thing. At the same time, I loved to read and watch old movies. On Saturdays, my dad played in a country western band, and I stayed up to wait for him. It was during that stretch that I discovered the horror movie. You know the ones I mean. Karloff, Chaney, Lee. The masters, right?
Fast forward 40 years. I'm now the project manager for a small civil engineering firm in picturesque Charleston, South Carolina with my lovely wife and four rescue pets, two dogs, two cats. Oh - and eight feral cats outside that put up with us because we give them two squares a day.
Anyway, since childhood, I've loved to create. I played trumpet, sang, even dabbled in genealogy. Nothing quite did it for me. Over the years, I'd composed quite a few term papers and theses (there are a few ex-teenagers in this world who owe their English grades to yours truly), and unfailingly earned an "A". My wife knew this, and one day just suggested that I try writing.
What the hey, I thought. So I sat down and found a writing site called Hubpages. Nice little site, and I started getting the basics of writing a little from some of the inhabitants. I wrote a short story, and everyone liked it. So, I wrote another one. Except it kept growing, and I kept getting more ideas, and it lengthened to 20 thousand words, then 30, then 40. By the time I sat back, I had the rough draft of my first novel, except back then it was called "Werewolves and Flapjacks". Somewhere along the way I decided to submit my work (now called "The Clearing) to three publishers. I was turned down twice, and miraculously was accepted by the gentleman who gently rules this site, Mr. Tim Taylor. And the rest, as they say, is history. By the way, you need to like Tim...he's a great guy, and I owe him much, which can never be repaid.
So. The Clearing. I don't know where I came up with the idea. Some shred of one of those old delightful movies perhaps, superimposed on modern times. It just came, and I just typed - simple as that. I do know that I modeled the story's location after my little one-lighted home town. And every one of the characters in my book shares either a first or last name from my life in the sleepy burg of Apollo, Pa.
I do hope you decide to pick up my book. And if you do, I hope even more you enjoy it. If you do enjoy it, rejoice, because I'm working on the sequel!

Even though I make wise cracks about all of it, this is all like living a dream - and I don't plan on waking up for a very long time.

Thomas Rydder - writer

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Kirstin
Format:Kindle Edition
What a refreshing take on the werewolf story! This was a beautifully orchestrated combination of fantasy, suspense, and action. Thomas Rydder did a wonderful job of creating this suspense thriller. The characters were portrayed with great depth and feeling. You truly connected to them and routed with them through their challenges, hunts, and dilemma's. I found it very refreshing the way the werewolves were portrayed and evolved... I thought the weaving of that fantasy into the thriller aspect very well done. There were enough ebbs and flows to the pace to keep the plot moving smooth, a lot of personal trauma and growth with all the characters, and a satisfying and positive resolution. A great read, and one that I would recommend to anyone.

I received a free copy as part of the Beta effort,in exchange for a fair, honest review
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bringing myth and legend up to date! 29 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book. The outline of the story is not necessarily one which would have encouraged me to buy the book and I suppose because I didn't feel hughely inspired by it, it has taken me a while to get around to reading it. But I was wrong! I think the author has woven myth and legend very well through a storyline that is based in modern time, rural, small town america. I liked the characterisation, the plot and the pace of the book. It is a fairly short but interesting read and well set up for a sequel - which I will probably read too. My one criticism is the way the main female character seems to move on so easily following the death of her friend. The event that happened would be devastating, and I felt that this was understated.

I received a free copy of this book through the Librarything early reviewer programme.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing An Old Legend Into The 21st Century 7 Mar 2013
By Abrach
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a free copy as a member of the Beta team, in exchange for a fair and honest review.
The Clearing sees a staple of Eastern European folklore transplanted into small-town America. A pack of ravenous werewolves is wreaking havoc across Western Pennsylvania; at its head `The Elder', the thousand year old carrier of an ancient virus. Anyone bitten and infected by one of the pack is of course transformed into a werewolf.
Carnage ensues as a motley group of lawmen, farmers and other local worthies try to destroy the werewolves without themselves becoming bitten and infected.
It takes a skilled author to convince his readers to believe the unbelievable, and in The Clearing, Thomas Rydder does that from the outset.
The setting is well described, the characters varied and believable, the ongoing love story between Sheriff Frank Cutlip and university teacher Beth Lowe a much needed counterpoint to the surrounding mayhem.
Strangely, I found some of the most effective passages to be those written from the point of view of the werewolves. This adds hugely to the story, although what it says about Mr. Rydder I'm really not sure. If I ever get around to asking him I'll make sure it's not during a full moon.
Certainly, the change of continent from Transylvania to Pennsylvania has helped bring the old legend into the 21st century. In fact this is a book that I could very easily envisage in film; although not 3-D. Please. I don't think my nerves could handle that.
All in all, `The Clearing' is a memorable book from a talented author, of whom I think we'll be hearing a lot more in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 1 Mar 2013
By Diane
Format:Paperback
I was fortunate enough to Beta Read this book. It is an excellent read. If you like a fast paced adventure and werewolves then this one's definitely a winner. Beth and Lizzie get a new dog named Flapjack, and so the adventure begins. Flapjack turns out to be no ordinary dog. After escaping and being bitten, Flapjack makes an amazing recovery. How could this happen? After some livestock problems in the area soon the Sheriff is involved. I don't want to give too much away about this well written book. It certainly deserves a read.
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i read a lot of this genre and was impressed to find mr rydder had managed to find a slightly different spin on a subject that has almost been done to death. i liked the writing style but found the characters all had a very similar 'voice' so seemed rather one dimensional. i agree with the reviewer who felt beth seemed less affected by her close friends death than was warranted.
( had i recently adopted a large dog who had run off in rather suspicious circumstances, returned badly injured by some unknown beast, was treated by an incompetant vet - rabies people! did we not read 'cujo?!' - showed signs of supernatural healing, and my cat suddenly started avoiding it, - cats always know when something dodgy is going on! - i would definitely be devastated if i then put my best friend in a position where they ended up horrifically mauled to death by said dog ).
i feel it would take more than not living in the house where it occured to help most women come to terms, let alone be mostly preoccupied by how to bed the nearest sherrif! i think the the two lead characters could have refrained from sex until book 2 and the developement of their relationship would have been more realistic and possibly used to effect in the story development. on a positive note, i enjoyed how the werewolves were described, the hunting and action scenes were very fluent and easily pictured and the little 'bear' interlude was a clever touch. i also like that we still have a lot of unanswered questions about the werewolves so the author has left room for twists with regards to adams fate. grammar and spelling errors were a bit irritating in a generally well written book and a couple of words were used in completely incorrect context. im only bein so picky as all the other reviews have neglected these points and a five star book should either be an outstanding story or at least perfectly copy edited! i will be keeping an eye out for book 2 and suggest anyone considering mr rydders work gives it a go!
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