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Forsaken J D Barker s Forsaken is a remarkable debut a gripping tale of suspense in the tradition of Stephen King Dean Koontz and John Saul Truly the birth of a new master in the genre Bram Stoker Award Nom

  • Title: Forsaken
  • Author: J.D. Barker
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  • J.D Barker s Forsaken is a remarkable debut, a gripping tale of suspense in the tradition of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and John Saul Truly the birth of a new master in the genre Bram Stoker Award Nominee Superior Achievement in a First Novel A talented writer with a delightfully devious mind Jeffery Deaver 1 International Bestselling Author Incredibly written, J.D Barker s Forsaken is a remarkable debut, a gripping tale of suspense in the tradition of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and John Saul Truly the birth of a new master in the genre Bram Stoker Award Nominee Superior Achievement in a First Novel A talented writer with a delightfully devious mind Jeffery Deaver 1 International Bestselling Author Incredibly written, supremely creepy I don t say this lightly J.D Barker is a force to be reckoned with Tosca LeeNY Times Bestselling AuthorBook One of the Shadow Cove SagaInspired by Actual EventsExcerpt from the Journal of Clayton Stone 1692She was examined today without torture at Shadow Cove township on the charge of witchcraft She said she was wholly innocent of the crime and has never in life renounced God I watched as they brought her out A poor, sickly thing, worn by her time behind the walls of her prison Her bared feet and hands bound in leather, her clothing tattered to that of ruin Despite such condition, her head was held high, her eyes meeting those of her accusers Upon being stripped and examined, on her right side is found a bluish mark, much like a clover leaf it was thrice pricked therein but she felt no pain and no blood flowed from the wound She still refuses to provide her name so we remain unable to search baptismal records, nor has her family stepped forward to claim her as their own We have no reason to believe she is anything but an orphaned child I find myself unable to look at her directly in the moments preceding her trial She is watching me though with eyes of the deepest blue, she is watching me.Thad McAlister, Rise of the WitchWhen horror author Thad McAlister began his latest novel, a tale rooted in the witch trials of centuries past, the words flowed effortlessly The story poured forth, filling page after page with the most frightening character ever to crawl from his imagination It was his greatest work, one that would guarantee him a position among the legends of the craft.But was it really fiction He inadvertently opened a door, one that would soon jeopardize the lives of his family.She wants to come back.At home, his wife struggles to keep their family alive Secretly wondering if she caused it alla deal she made long ago A deal with the Forsaken.

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    1. What a fantastic horror novel this is. I devoured this book, no matter how creepy or chilled I felt, I just kept going, I had to know what was going to happen. This is my first book I have read of J.D. Barker but it will not be my last, absolutely exceptional writing.When horror author Thad McAlister began his latest novel, a tale rooted in the witch trials of centuries past, the words flowed effortlessly. The story poured forth, filling page after page with the most frightening character ever t [...]

    2. This was a fast paced novel that I enjoyed! It's a story about a horror writer, (oh no, not another one you may be thinking), but this one is slightly different. A story comes to the protagonist, Thad, almost completely whole; streaming through him like lightning, it comes out on paper. This story is more than just a fictional, historical account of the witch trials in Salem, MA. It may not be fictional, for one thing, and it may not take place entirely in the past. I liked how this tale was rel [...]

    3. “If you really want to upset a witch, do her a favor which she has no means of repaying. The unfulfilled obligation will nag at her like a hangnail.”----Terry PratchettJ.D. Barker, an American author, pens a heart-stopping and extremely hair-rising story, Forsaken that is the first book in the Shadow Cove Saga series, that accounts the story of a writer who writes horror thrillers and want to be one of the best writers this world has ever known, but little did he knew that the story that he [...]

    4. Heart PoundingMind SpinningAnxietyCouldn't put downAbove are a few definitions of this book.Book – Forsaken (Shadow Cove Saga #1)Author – J.D. BarkerPublication Date – November 30, 2014Genre – Horror/ThrillerType – Part of SeriesCliffhanger – YesRating – 5 out of 5 StarsComplimentary Copy generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. My Thoughts - Story When I started to read the Prologue and saw “Needful Things”, I honestly rolled my eyes and thoug [...]

    5. 4.5 stars full review to come.I confess, as I began this book, starting at the prologue, I double-checked I was reading Forsaken by J.D. Barker. I had a split second of confusion as the author with the permission of Mr. Stephen King name dropped one of my favorite books.Then after a short prologue Barker jumps into his novel introducing the reader to successful novelist Thad McAllister, his wife Rachel and young daughter Ashley and lest we forget another key character Ashley's "imaginary friend" [...]

    6. Perhaps the best measure of any book I read is how enthusiastic I grab the kindle, and reading this book, I looked forward to every moment I could power up. Forsaken is a unique story with two intertwined plotlines. A brief backstory of Witch trials from hundreds of years ago is linked to a horror writer who has just written his greatest piece of work yet. Only this book is different, and the price for putting it on paper and unleashing it onto the world puts his children and pregnant wife at ri [...]

    7. 4.5 starsA great story of an ancient witchcraft, with ties to the Salam Witch Trials. This was one of those stories that you keep telling yourself "just one more chapter", and before you know it, hours have elapsed.Rachael McAlister wants to get just the perfect gift for her struggling writer, fiancé, Thad. Little did she realize the repercussions that would come years later as a result. Thad is now a bestseller author, but he isn't quite sure if his latest story came from his imagination or fr [...]

    8. Nominated for the ‘Bram Stoker Award’ in 2014, “Forsaken” is the first in ‘The Shadow Cove Saga.” This fast paced novel takes place over an action packed few days and concerns horror writer Thad McAlister, his pregnant wife Rachael and their young daughter, Ashley. Many years ago, Rachael bought her young, aspiring writer fiancé, Thad a journal in a small, Oceanside town – hoping to inspire him – with disastrous consequences. Many years later, Thad is a bestselling author and ab [...]

    9. It's been a long time since I've read a witch-themed horror book - I recognize some of the ideas used in this one, with a few of them being new. There was something familiar about it, almost like the characters themselves were haunted by something they recognized in the back of their minds. The book goes back and forth through brief experts in the novel of something that happened back in the day with the original witch trials, to the current day where an innocent family now has to pay the price [...]

    10. Forsaken By J.D> Barker was awesome was a little slow at the beginning but once it got into the storyline it drew me in from beginning to end. This is a dark horror book delving into witch craft & the unknown, J.D. Barker wrote the complete horror story he is up there with Stephen KIng & Dean Koontz.Thad MCallister is a too bit author who is going nowhere until he writes a best seller & suddenly he is taken over by the journal IS IT HIM WRITING IT OR SOME FORCE CONTROLLING HIM!!Hi [...]

    11. I thoroughly enjoyed this story that brought past and present together in a very imaginative and exciting way. An unfortunate family are thrown into a frightening and deadly encounter with a long dead witch and her creepy modern day followers. The end had a twist that I did not at all see coming, and then the prologue was completely unexpected. Very good, smart writing that made the unbelievable, believable. The narration was good but I did speed it up to 1.25, for me the regular speed made the [...]

    12. Forsaken is a great book for horror fans. I’ve loved reading horror since I was a child. Although I don’t read horror as much these days, I do enjoy a good horror from time to time, and I definitely enjoyed this one.Book One of the Shadow Cove Saga tells the story of an author and his newest horror novel. One that is different to any of his previous novels, much darker, yet it came to him so easily, almost as if the story had written itself. Remember that saying “Sticks and stones may brea [...]

    13. I received a free copy of Forsaken from the publisher for an honest review. Rachel McAlister was looking for something special for her author husband Thad. Rachael walks into this little unique store located in the town of Castle Rock, Maine. The proprietor of the store Mr. Gaunt claims to have something for everybody. He shows Rachel three things. The last one caught her eye. It was a journal of Clayton Stone from 1692. The Journal was about the Salem Witch trials. Thad McAlister was writing hi [...]

    14. I finished this weeks ago and forgot to add it. It was one of the better witchcraft themed books I've read in recent years. I definitely intend to read the sequel.

    15. *This book was on the read now list at Netgalley*This book is creepy!! I'm going to have to add a few **SPOILERS**Ok, so the cool part is Thad's wife stops into the shop, "Needful Things". Does that ring a bell? She picks up this journal for Thad to do his writing in, he's an author. The journal belonged to Clayton Stone from the Salem witch trials, but was never written in besides his name. Thad seems to have no trouble writing out this new horror novel, which is actually true. The book brings [...]

    16. I liked this book. Thad McAllister suddenly becomes a best selling author following his wife's purchase of an old leather journal as a gift for him from a store called "Needful Things".And like all other gifts from this store, there is a price to be paid - not a monetary one.Thad has had a story haunting him ever since he received the journal. It virtually wrote itself, and now it is time for it to be published. It is his greatest work, one that will guarantee him an exalted position among the l [...]

    17. Forsaken by J.D. Barker has been on my “wish list” for a long long time. Other things just kept getting in the way of me acquiring it and reading it. When a friend of mine and fellow blogger/reviewer, Maxine Groves, messaged me to let me know she was helping with the promo for the book and would I be interested in a review copy, I decided enough with the waiting and let’s get it in the “near future” to be read pile. Why the hell did I wait so long! Thanks Maxine (she knows her books p [...]

    18. This was such an atmospheric and spine-chilling read; J.D. Barker has produced a unique and disturbing tale and I highly commend him for his creation. My main interest in this book came from the comparisons with Dean Koontz and his writing, which I tend to love, and so my expectations were high when undertaking ‘Forsaken.’ Not only did this book deliver on its promises, it surpassed them and took me on a terrifying journey I am unlikely to forget. After a difficult start to their lives, ever [...]

    19. I am a big horror movie fan. The creepier it is .e better. I also love books by Stephen King, who I believe is the master of horror books. Spine-tingling, sometimes gory and most definitely creepy. And then I read this book! JD Barker knows how to write horror!! I found this story to be eery, creepy, and frightfully good. What I really enjoyed was the pace of the story. me hooked throughout. What I also found extremely clever was the story within a story. A hard concept to master correctlyd the [...]

    20. Can not believe this was a 1st novel read in two sittings.J.D.Barker certainly has a amazing future a head of him.And with 4MK just published and read (bloody brilliant by the way) I can't wait for his next novel.

    21. Great horror storytelling doesn't just get under your skin, it stays there, merging with your flesh and bones like this was how it was always meant to be.Forsaken, by author JD Barker, takes us into a world where the writer may have created something very nasty - very nasty indeed. Not only that - it threatens to harm our hero - Thad - and his family.Things are not looking good for the McAlisters.Thad is a writer, and as with most writers in the Stephen King universe, if you are a writer, you wi [...]

    22. One quick glance at the excerpt and I knew I HAD to read Forsaken: Book One of the Shadow Cove Saga. I’m a big fan of scary and spooky stories and couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into this. So why then did it sit in my Kindle for a few months collecting dust? I honestly don’t know and I’m ashamed to have waited this long, all I can say is that sometimes titles get lost in the shuffle! If I would have realized what a little gem I had I definitely would have read it months ago :)Thad McAlis [...]

    23. First of all I want to point out I was contacted over reading this book - so yes I have been asked to review it but all my comments are my own made after reading the book. For that I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read this book.So here goes. I have read more than my fair share of books, including horror books so the feeling of deja-vu when reading a new title especially a new book by a new author is all too easy (and sometimes unfair) to make assumptions and links to othe [...]

    24. (I got an ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)I'm not too sure how to rate this novel.Its plot managed to be "simple" enough without being boring, able to bring enough elements to keep readers entertained, as well as interesting twists, especially at the end. This isn't something easy to achieve. The wink to Needful Things made me go "wait, what?" for a second, but it all made sense, and was in fact a nice addition, all things considered. (I a [...]

    25. It's a good thinga) I don't care if people see the cover of the book I'm reading, andb) there's Kindle, if I dobecause the cover really is cheesy. Lose the faded in woman's face and we're fine. Otherwise it looks like the countless cheesy prints you'd find in Walmart, you know: those with mysterious faces looking at you, women or the ever popular big wolf face superimposed on a forest.Yes, I don't care if people see the cover of what I'm reading (and I can say that with all confidence because I [...]

    26. I was really disappointed when I reached the end of this book. Why? I can't start reading the next book in The Shadow Cove series, as it hasn't been published yet. When my appetite has been whetted, I don't want to have to wait to find out what happens next!I don't like to share plot details in my reviews, as I don't want to spoil the book for others, but as this book progressed, I just couldn't predict what the outcome would be and in the end I could no longer decide who my loyalties lay with. [...]

    27. Clickity, click, click!Forsaken is the story of a horror writer, named Thad. He finally finds success when he creates a novel about a witch. As the story continues, we realize that the characters of his book are in fact becoming real and his pregnant wife and daughter soon find their selves surrounded by the fictional world that Thad had created. I have to compliment this author on the easy flow of his story, the many twists that kept me engaged the entire time. Each time I thought I had figured [...]

    28. Forsaken by J.D. Barker was the first book I have read by this author and will not be my last. This was a grade A suspenseful horror story that had top notch character and plot development that pulls you in from the beginning and doesn't let you go! Barker weaves a haunting tale that captures the imagination and leaves you wanting more. Loved the nod to King as well! I cannot wait to read the second in the series. A big thank you to the author for providing a copy in exchange for an honest revie [...]

    29. ‘Forsaken’ is a truly gripping horror story, one that captivated me from the start. I’m pleased that it’s the first book in a trilogy, because the ending has whetted my appetite for more. I devoured the book over two sittings, and after the first one I couldn’t wait to read on.Thad McAlister is a successful novelist who achieves fame and fortune once he uses his journal, bought for him by his wife, in which to write his stories. He’s about to deliver his latest book to his agent, and [...]

    30. One of my favourite books this year. I thought that the story was very interesting and by the time I finished it I wasn't left feeling disappointed. I liked how it combined parts from the past and the present day. The 1692 journals chapters about someone accussed of witchcraft reminded me of the Salem Witch Trials.The writing was good and I wanted to keep on reading. I thought that the writer had written them very well and I imagine that it is very hard to write about a different time. The chara [...]

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