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The Disquiet

The Disquiet [Kindle Edition]

Michael Burnside
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After waking from a nightmare, a confused man realises that the real nightmare has yet to begin. With his only clue a child's drawing in his pocket, Peter along with four new companions, also with erased memories, must work out why they have been placed in an abandoned derelict prison.

And who are the people trying to kill them?

The debut novella from Michael Burnside

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 137 KB
  • Print Length: 68 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Burnside (5 Mar 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HMN94S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #546,785 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Michael Burnside is a Ballymena man from Ballygowan, born in Belfast Northern Ireland in the late seventies . Over his early years, he developed a love of science fiction, horror, thrillers, comics and video games, while coming up with as many excuses as possible to get out of doing PE. He has written many short sketches that were filmed for various amateur projects, as well as working with the FLWA (a small time Irish wrestling promotion) creating characters and storylines.
He currently lives in Belfast.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Debut 17 May 2012
By Luke
Format:Kindle Edition
Many times in the past I have been guilty of starting a book, and for whatever reason (usually boredom) I never reach the end. That issue never arose whilst reading this book.

The story revolves around main character Peter, who finds himself in a cell with no recollection of how he got there. Realising that there are others in the same situation, they decide to work together to understand why they have ended up in such a place, with conflict and twists along the way.

Like others have mentioned, the ending was well executed and delivered a great twist, but what went before it was also very good; the dialogue and relationships between characters were authentic and the story on the whole moved at a pace that kept me interested throughout.

Looking forward to more from this author.
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2.0 out of 5 stars not too bad 17 Mar 2014
By Gary
Format:Kindle Edition
Grew up with the author, not too bad for a first out novel!
Worth a read give it a go
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1.0 out of 5 stars needs a lot more work 20 Mar 2012
By Jrzin - Published on
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My suspension of disbelief was not only hung by the neck until dead but I feel like a ton of bricks was chained to its feet too. When a small group of people are running for their lives and find a hole in the floor leading to the end of a tunnel, a lit tunnel by the way - that is specified, I just cannot believe that they will all be surprised by the 90 degree turn 20 feet later. Not surprised that the tunnel makes 90 degree turns but specifically - spelled out while they were turning it - suprised by the turn because that they hadn't noticed it before getting to it. If that were the only such jolt, it would be one thing but it is very typical in this book.

There is very little character development. The regular use of obsenity (ok, just one common word) doesn't help the story. I didn't notice any typos or formatting problems when I read it on my kindle.

The basic idea is pretty good.
3.0 out of 5 stars The disquiet. 8 July 2014
By Lisa - Published on
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This story was a lot like Mr. Burnsides other book "Broken Fawn". The ending was different but it still felt the same. I'm still not sure whether this is a good thing or not. There were a few misspelled words, but nothing that a little minor editing wouldn't fix. I'll have to read a few more stories from this author to see if he can change it up any. I did love some of the quotes at the beginning of each chapter. I would recommend this story and author.
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3.0 out of 5 stars great idea...poorly executed 30 April 2012
By Christine Staeven - Published on
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This manuscript is based in an interesting and novel idea. The premise is really good. Mindsweep plot device works as a fresh approach - lending to a pretty interesting and unpredictible ending.

There are huge suspension of belief issues. I will never get to a parallel bizarre world wherein the people imprisioned (after breaking free of cells) yell and shout about willy -nilly without a seeming care as to where their captors may be lurking about. There is no concern about noise level and being found out. I also find it hard to get to where a person shoots off two PRECIOUS bullets "for good meaure" once already safe from the "growl." The main character actually is blase' when he wakes in a cell and tells himself he is not really concerned (paraphrasing here) . Who would not panic just a bit - even with some chemical altering? There are other such belief issues to overcome.

There are spelling, grammar and punctuation errors galore. OF is used for OFF almost 100% of the time, STARRED is used for STARED in all cases, ED is used when LY is the proper conveyance, seen is NOT synonymous for saw - just to cite a few grammar things. Dialogue is punctuated incorrecly frequently (using a comma or period when question mark is required) . Quotations are misplaced inside commas for other than dialogue bits. There are several instances where the sentence just did not make sense as written due to wrong words and tense switches occurring within it.

This is where I would normally discourse on lack of character development. However, the author gets a pass on that due to the fact that it is impossible to lend too much depth to those without memory due to brainwashing. Aside from character description it is hard to lend history in order to have the twist at end and be in the brainwashing plot device. Thus, it works for this story and the relatively short span of time from waking to freedom does not allow for fleshing out characters with incoming memories or flashbacks.

Overall this would have rated one star. The save was the twist at the end which added novelty to the whole of the premise and book. This could be a four or five star rated story if the writer made a go of editing properly.

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