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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sheep Book Review: McFall by Scott Nicholson

McFall 
By: Scott Nicholson

When wealthy developer Larkin McFall moves to the small Appalachian Mountain community of Barkersville, generations-old tales of supernatural phenomena, sudden deaths, and odd disappearances resurface. Larkin laughs off the stories as superstition, while promising to bring a bright new future to the dying town.

Sheriff Frank Littlefield senses a diabolical motive in McFall’s good intentions. High school friends Bobby Eldreth and Ronnie Day also suspect that an evil menace has invaded Barkersville, but both soon fall under McFall’s spell. Has the sinister presence that once infiltrated the abandoned—perhaps haunted—red church spread to the community as McFall turns the family property into a luxurious subdivision?

When those who oppose Larkin McFall’s ambitions begin to die horrifically—or even worse, become the man’s biggest supporters—Sheriff Littlefield’s investigation uncovers a man with no past and no fingerprints.

A man who destroys people by giving them exactly what they want.


"If Evil had fortified secret strongholds across the globe, the red church was certainly one of them."


Intriguing characters, enthralling story, and poetic writing… Oh, my!

There are great stories, and there are well told stories. Two different things. The magic happens when an author can bring both to the table, and Scott Nicholson has in McFall. This might be his best work. The word tangible comes to mind. I could see, hear and feel the mountain river running under the bridge, and the horrors it held. It is like the words and story flowed onto the pages just like the river it centers around. Watching Larkin McFall, now one of my favorite antagonists, play the towns people of Barkersville was a page turning thrill. Every character in this story had depth and felt real.


McFall takes place many years after the events in The Red Church and Drummer Boy, but you don’t have to read them to appreciate this story. All relevant information is provided.

This is an evil vs good story with a blurry line between the two. Ghost stories often come off as hokey to me because writers use tired, eye rolling horror clich├ęs. There aren't any in McFall. There also isn't any gore used to shock the reader. This is the subtle horror of how easy it is to control human nature and base instincts by giving someone what they want the most.

This is a damned great read for all fans of speculative fiction.

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McFall is an amazon serial novel
I will take a moment to explain what a serial novel is. A book is published in episodes. Like a TV series. When you buy the book you pay the one price. All the episodes that have been published up to that point will be sent to your kindle, and you will receive all subsequent episodes as they are published at no extra cost. After all the episodes are published, the complete book will then be available for purchase as a whole book, but I am not sure if it will be at the same bargain price. McFall is a 6 episode book. If you look on the amazon page for McFall all this is explained with green text in the book description section so you know what you are getting.
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5 “game within the game playing” Sheep




Sharon Stogner

About the author:
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Author Scott Nicholson has written 15 thrillers, 60 short stories, four comics series, and six screenplays. He lives in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, where he tends an organic garden, successfully eludes stalkers, and generally lives the dream.


 
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