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The Calling: A Supernatural Thriller by [Swartwood, Robert]
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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: 3035 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: RMS Press (27 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SYNSN0
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #125,117 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Really enjoyed this book good plot and very well written
unfortunately the religious aspect has put me off
slightly and if there is a series I won't be following
it up. A good enjoyable read though.
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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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"The Calling" is an exceptionally satisfying novel of the Supernatural. Set in one of the same locales as the "prequel," "Spooky Nook," this story is fine as a stand-alone (but I recommend, for the reader's continued satisfaction, reading "Spooky Nook" as well). Author Robert Swartwood delves into some Supernatural venues not usually the purview of horror writers, makes that choice work excellently, and horrifies readers while keeping us thrilled with the novel's progress and pace.

Christopher has just turned eighteen and graduated; like many adolescents, he acts out quite a bit and stays out late. The next morning, after oversleeping, he discovers he is the only person left alive in his home: his parents have been slaughtered. Initially suspected of the murders, he is eventually exonerated and sent from his Pennsylvania home town to upstate New York to live near his grandmother and detective uncle. On the surface, his life seems almost normal, but Christopher and his family members have already served a session in hades, so to speak, and as is gradually revealed, nothing is normal about him, his family, or his ancestors--or the town to which he relocates.

Robert Swartwood keeps the Supernatural heat turned up, yet at the same time we are given a perspective on Christopher's coming of age, in the emotional, metaphoric, and metaphysical sense. I can't wait to read more from this author.
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I found myself speed reading this book to the end. Not because it was great, just because I wanted it to be over. Sorry Mr Swartwood, I wasn't to keen on this book. Even as it started I felt like I had joined the book at chapter 3, it was too fast, to unbelievable. But then some places were just too long and dare I say a little boring.

It was an ok book, but it have and will read better.
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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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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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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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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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