Book Review: Applewood by: Brendan P. Myers

Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Light Unseen Media

Publish Date: May 10, 2011

Origins: From Publisher for Review

Format: Trade Paperback

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble  

Synopsis: When a mutilated body is found in the woods near the central Massachusetts town of Grantham, Scott Dugan comes home for the first time in more than twenty years. He returns to the decaying house where he'd grown up, one of many derelict homes in the long-abandoned neighborhood of Applewood.

More than two decades earlier, Dugan and his tightly bonded group of friends had been struggling with the same pains that plagued millions of teens like them--bullies in school, broken families, money problems, relationships. But the evil that revives to spread through Grantham confronts them with a far darker and more destructive adversary. In 1861, Grantham sent its own home town war hero, Colonel Alexander Pope, and a company of locals to fight for the Union cause in the Civil War. Marching through the isolated rural regions of Georgia, the Colonel and his soldiers discovered a horrible secret hidden behind the lovely facades of the plantation mansions. When the veterans of Grantham came home, they brought something else with them.

Now that something else has awakened once more to grow and feed. Dugan and his friends are among the few who realize what's happening to their town. They band together to ferret out information about the history of the Colonel and to fight the threat. But victory, if it's even possible, will come at a terrible cost. Some, like Dugan, will never be the same.

Review: Mr. Myers has written a tale that will leave you with gooseflesh and a desire to sleep with the light on. In Grantham, Mass. things aren't all they seem and it's up to a group of kids to battle the evil that threatens to take over their town. Part Stephen King's It and part Lost Boys, Applewood will keep you up late into the night. I liked the flashbacks into 1861, taking us back into the eerie beginnings of the trouble in Grantham. Most of the story takes place during Dugan's teenage years, with the present time as bookends. Pick up Applewood and be transported into a world of horror and the courage it takes to face the evil head on!



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