The isolated, maximum security prison for the criminally insane that houses some of the nation’s deadliest, most frightening psychopaths. But when a freak storm cuts off all communications and causes a massive power outage, the prisoners get loose...and find there is nowhere to go. The blizzard rages outside.
The inmates are now in charge and the staff must band together to survive.
And then they all discover that the inmates aren't the most dangerous thing about The Loon. Because below the prison is a secret place. A dark place. A place where a creature of monstrous appetites has been born. And it's very, very hungry....
The Loon is a #1 Amazon best seller written by novelist Michaelbrent Collings, whose other best sellers include Darkbound, Apparition, The Haunted, Rising Fears and Billy: Messenger of Powers.
©2011 Michaelbrent Collings (P)2013 Michaelbrent Collings
I enjoyed the narration and thought the performance was well done. Engrossing story.
I've read Collings' "Darkbound" and first three installments of "The Colony" series. While there was still a speculative element in "The Loon," the horror in this particular story was more real-world than fantastic. I'm not sure I've read/listened to anything else quite like this before.
The Monster passages had cool effects and were my favorite to listen to. Paul, Rachel, and Becky were the characters whose points of view I craved most to return to. Steiger was also extremely creepy and well done. There were a variety of accents that came through in various minor characters that I thought were well done. Narrator did a good job making the unlikable characters unlikable, and the likable characters sympathetic with tone of voice, accents, and other effects.
I found this book very intense and enjoyed it much better when I digested it in small doses, listening a few hours at a time. Yet, it was extremely engrossing.
THE LOON is just another shining example of why Michaelbrent Collings is one of my favorite writers working today.
I have to state up front that I have a soft spot for stories about mental institutions. But even given that, this book instantly sucked me in and kept me along for the ride. I listen to audibooks in the car on the way to and from work and kept finding myself sitting in the parking lot for ten minutes after I'd parked just because I didn't want to pause the book.
The voice over actor's voice got to me initially, which would be my only negative criticism. He had a strong voice but felt more like a commercial announcer at times than an audiobook reader. However, I quickly found that setting the Audible app to 1.25 speed corrected any issues I was having. I highly recommend playing around with the speed function on the app, not just for this book but any book you may be listening to. I usually find that most readers are a tad on the slow side for me anyway and so this function is a godsend.
The only bad thing about the book is that it ends. Without giving anything away (the joy of reading, at least for me, is the joy of discovery), I can say THE LOON is a terrifying, unflinching thrill ride that you will have you gasping for air - and then asking for more. I can't wait to check out the author's next book.
Okay, I'll admit that I'm a sucker for a creepy setting, and an isolated, snow-bound madhouse offers plenty of that. The setting is very much a part of the story, and its effective use by the author, along with a collection of characters we can identify with (or at least recognize) and care about, contributed greatly to my enjoyment of the book.
Not all of the characters are likable, by any means, but I enjoyed them all, and often, I was a little suprised wihen some of them (no spoilers) were killed, even though I'd been expecting it.
"The Loon" is a fun, unashamedly B-movie of a read, with equal parts mad-science horror and psycological terror. This was a quick, satisfying listen.
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The Loon was an exciting psychological horror with everything that you could ask for. The setting of prison for the criminally insane, aptly nicknamed "The Loon", that's far off in the country, away from anyone that will come poking around, or come to save you from a ridiculous blizzard. Characters that are extravagantly diverse, you have a normal guy showing up for his first day of work as a prison guard that is struggling with actions that killed his own son while trying to save him, a mother and daughter that have escaped and dispatched a horrible and monstrous husband and father, a guard that the narrator insists on making sound like Fat Albert, a crazy and mad scientist that just happens to be the owner and proprietor of the prison, one really scary and brutally insane prisoner, and oh yes the, for lack of a better word, creature, that happened to be the "pet" of our lovely mad scientist. Michaelbrent Collings is quite a story teller, almost too much so, I felt that there was too many descriptions of people and things, I noticed that there were a few descriptive words that he would favor over others, such as "the horror" and others. Many storylines and characters to explore and develop that I think took time away from what could have been spent generating more suspense and gut wrenching horrors. But once everything came together and the climax was reached it was like hell was let loose upon prison where only lucky and likeable characters survived.
There is nothing thrilling, terrifying or page turning in this book. The story itself is extremely lame. But what is terrifying is the narration.
As each character was introduced you easily pick who was going to live, who was going to die. The beast existence was only briefly explained, and I had a really, really hard time buying it
The accents were way too stereotypical. I at first thought that the book was going to be making fun of itself, then I realized it was truly trying to be a horror story.
This is a fair story only. It could be spooky if told in the dark around a campfire where being spooked is the quick goal. The criminally insane are not the ones to fear the most here, the owner of facility is a whack job and creates a monster using the prisoners as experiments that is super reanimating eating machine and anyone in its path is on the menu and consumed in a variety of mutilating and painful ways. Eck.
Spooky, and creepy story, yes, but it lacked a bit more character building that would have drawn me in more. The characters who had potential to be really interesting to me came just short of the mark, I was left detached from their plight.
Filled with drama
No, but I will.
Stiger, because of the way his mental illness was portrayed. How he thought and how his story ended fit together perfectly.
It was a good book, action filled and packed with drama.
Michaelbrent Collings writes fantastic books and The Loon is one of the best. If you like heart pounding thrill rides, this one is for you. And the characters are well written to the point that you really care about them and bite your nails down to the knuckles worrying about them. Once it grabs you, it never let's go. Recommended as are all of his books.
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The Loon is a tense, violent tale with characters who work well in this type of action based story.
The Loon has a some unique twists, but essentially follows the familiar and scary horror trope of a varied group of people trapped in an isolated location with a monster. The Loon of the title is a psychiatric facility. The author did an excellent job creating an atmosphere of impending crisis and isolation.
The escaped serial killer was well drawn and there were several tense scenes involving him. The sense of inescapable horror infused the entire book.
I'd recommend this for readers who enjoy monster based horror.
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