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Publisher:  Amazon ISBN-10:  0011076658 Type: 


Copyright:  Sept. 17, 2010 ISBN-13:  9780011076652

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An occult thriller with a female protagonist, Janet Stapleton, confined to a wheelchair, living in a remote farmhouse, pursued by an unhuman fiend. She didn't believe in out-of-body experiences until one changed her life forever.

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    The horror was starting again.   That is the opening sentence in this novel, a supernatural thriller about vengeance, love, courage--and getting one more chance! The story deals with mindlinks, thought transference, reincarnation and mindless obedience to a father's demonic will.

The heroine is a middle aged woman named Janet Stapleton,who lost the use of her legs in a mysterious car accident that killed her husband, Russ. For reasons she doesn't understand, her astral body is being called upon to witness a series of brutal slayings. As the story unfolds, it is revealed that she either knew these victims directly or they were related to people she or her husband knew.

    The hero is a Manhattan police lieutenant named Eric Siuda,
who investigates the slayings and who becomes romantically
involved with Janet. Together they sort out what is happening
and manage, with Russ Stapleton's beyond-the-grave help, to
thwart the villain, a man named Jim Dawson. Russ, who had a long
and tortured history with Jim Dawson, recognized the evil in the
man and is determined to destroy him even after death. Lacking
the physical means to accomplish the deed, he draws an unwitting
Janet into his nightmare scenario as intermediary.
    Jim Dawson, a psychopath dying of AIDS, seeks eternal life
through reincarnation in his imbecilic son's body. Arlo, the
retarded son, has a normal twin named Bruce Lovdal, who is a
doctor. Both sons are "drafted" by their domineering father to
help avenge their mother's death. Jim Dawson, unable to accept
the fact that his wife cheated on him, has convinced himself that
she was fatally infected with the AIDS virus during routine
surgery by a hospital research group nicknamed the "Baker's
Dozen," and he sets out to destroy every member of that group.
    Arlo, who was injured in utero when his father kicked his
mother in a fit of rage, has spent most of his life in an
institution for the mentally impaired. Jim and Bruce "rescue"
him, then keep him chained in the basement of a large, decrepit
house on Long Island Sound. Via a mindlink, Bruce uses Arlo to
perform many of the revenge killings. But as Bruce and his
father soon learn, the mind links have a down side. They allow
Arlo to grow, to assimilate their capabilities, and by doing so
diminish their ability to control him. Arlo's growing resolve to
survive soon threatens them.
    From the beginning Bruce is aware that someone is watching Arlo
during the killings and he is determined to find and destroy the
watcher. Much of the book deals with his attempts to track her down, the people he kills along the way, and what happens when he finally confronts Janet in Eric Siuda's apartment.
    The conclusion pits Janet and Eric against Arlo in the basement
of the Long Island house. Arlo, by this time, has been transformed
into a troika of villains, his body housing, in addition to his own,
the spirits of Bruce and Jim Dawson, both of whom Janet Stapleton has managed to kill. Each of the three entities wants to survive as the dominant being in Arlo's body, and a devastating internal power
struggle leaves a weakened, yet still powerful, Jim Dawson to face
Janet and Eric in a supernatural, unearthly showdown to the death.


The horror was starting again....
Just like last Tuesday and the Tuesday before that.
An unnatural quiet outside the hundred year old Connecticut
farmhouse. A sullen, all too familiar, resonance of previous
Janet Stapleton gripped the arms of her wheelchair tightly,
her belly detecting its coming before her other senses, a low-grade fear more akin to disquiet than outright terror.
A shimmer of tears came to her bright hazel-blue eyes.

She arrived without warning and hovered over the death scene like some avenging angel, yet never ventured in close enough for him to see her clearly, get a feel for who she was or what she was doing there.
She posed a serious threat and had to be disposed of. His work needed to be done in secret and no meddling voyeur could be allowed to interfere.
But how could he find her?
She only appeared when he killed. Only arrived during the last few seconds of the sacrificial act.
For a moment tonight she'd actually thought to follow him home. Then, abruptly, pulled back, afraid, knowing he was on to her and she would die.
He grinned. It was only a matter of time until he identified her, until she felt the cold steel of his switchblade, and joined the others in hell!
Of that he was sure.
There was no way he could fail.
Not with his father's guidance.

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A Must Read by Mandy
This is the second ebook I've read written by John Brinling and, I must say, I am not disappointed.

This is a murder-mystery/whodunit/paranormal experiences all wrapped up in one. Once I began this book, I was quickly intrigued and did not want to stop.

I will say that the reader pretty much knew who was committing the murders early on into the story, but that did not take away from the story! All it did, for me, was to make one wonder how everything was going to work out so the evil person/people would be found out. Would good triumph over evil? Would Janet have a happy ending? These questions and more kept me aptly reading until the end.
If you enjoy a murder mystery with a slightly different twist to it, then trust me when I say that you will enjoy reading The Watcher.

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