My Brother's Destroyer

Narrated by: Kain Foster
Series: Baer Creighton , Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
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"Immersive.... Brutal.... Primal." (Kirkus Reviews)

Ever since his brother electrocuted him as a boy, Baer Creighton feels an electric tingle when people lie to him. He lives in the woods, stills unrivaled moonshine, and limits human contact to regular buyers, his niece Mae, and her three kids. It’s a good life, sharing humor and philosophy with his sole companion Fred, a back-sassin' pit bull getting on in years, until Fred goes missing then arrives dumped in a ditch, a victim of a local dog-fighting ring. 

Armed with a Smith & Wesson, audacity, and a moonshiner's know-how, Baer hunts the dog thief. Was it Cory Smylie, pothead son of the Gleason police chief - who resented Baer for making him treat Mae right? Or Baer’s brother Larry, whose real feud with Baer started not with the prank electrocution but back 30 years to when Baer stole Ruth and Larry stole her back? Maybe it was Joe Stipe or one of those lugnuts he kept at his side like a private Secret Service? Stipe ran the dogfights, exerted a heavy influence on every form of backwoods commerce, and a couple years ago, tried to muscle Baer out of his stillin' operation. 

Convinced justice must be proportional, Baer seeks the truth. But he tips his hand and begins a war of attrition against a cabal steeped in blood sport and thirsty for violence....

With his niece in danger, the ex-love-of-his-life Ruth missing - either dead or plotting against him - and all the town's finest trying to burn him down or shoot him on sight, Baer vows to bring a reckoning to every man present at the fight ring. 

Though vengeance doesn't come easy for Baer Creighton...it comes. And when you discover who stole Fred, you’ll know you’ve found a new master of the dark surreal. 

"My Brother's Destroyer is a fantastic read, and I highly recommend it for your next book." (Manhattan Book Review)

"I was left completely in awe." (Seattle Book Review)

©2013 Clayton Lindemuth (P)2018 Clayton Lindemuth
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As authentic as it gets.

I am Appalachian born and bred. I was raised about 40 miles from Asheville NC, and have read many attempts at catching the mountain people’s way of living and thinking. This book nails it. There’s only one word I woulda changed. Fireflies. In the holler I come from they’re lightening bugs. Just listening to the story I’m thing this dude has to be local. Loved every second of it!!

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The light is right.

I’m so glad I found this book and bought the audible version. I immediately recommended it to my cowboy friends after listening to a couple of chapters. Mind you, I’m a 61 year old female who lives in rural south Texas who loves animals and nature, but no where close to being a cowgirl. The author drew me in and the narrator cinched my attention. If you like a good western, you’ll love this story. Even though it is not a western epic, it is told like one. It’s a man’s love of his best friend, Fred, that develops this story and tugs at your heart while entertaining you with Baer’s dry personality and inner wisdoms. Full of surprises, and words that make you laugh out loud. You can’t go wrong listening to Kain Foster nail Baer’s character to a T. The story will open your mind to the fact that every living soul has a reason and the light is right.

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Bear's just trying to git by...

I loved Baer Creighton (our main character/protagonist), and all his gruff, moonshinin' ways. A man living on the fringe of society. A man who doesn't trust the system, not banking, and certainly not the justice system!
Baer's a modern day man, who along with his dog, Fred, are just tryin' to git by... survivin' life's pitfalls such as, dirty cops on the take, and a local gangsta' boss who wants in on Baer's business... But, this is not an easy book to read in fact if it was a fantasy it'd be labeled as Extra Grim/Dark... extra heavy on the Grim and extra heavy on the dark, because when Baer takes on the "Gangsta' Boss", he also has to take on the local dog fightin' ring!
So if you have a soft heart, be forewarned! Things are gonna get kinda messy...
Kain Foster's narration sounds smooth and natural as he delivers Baer's troubled story!

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Bad News Bear makes a good story

You want to like Bear. He's as imperfect as the rest of us. Admits hard truths to himself over the course of mountain life and the pursuit of vengeance.
Don't mess with a man's dog or way of making a living.

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What’s not to love?

I loved the narrator! The book was very relatable to me. The love a man has for his dog is almost a great as the love he has for his children. It’s so good to see justice served to those who deserve it.

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Great read!

Lindemuth is unsurpassed for his characterization of a certain group of Americans - born, bred, and nurtured on honor, sufficiency, and pride.

The narration is superlative.

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the death of Fred

loved the details in this novel. they are well written zand easy to imagine. the auto performance was outstanding. it was difficult to stop reading.

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Give yourself a chance to know the character ♡

At first I was hesitant about the main character's voice (Baer) but it fits once you really get to know him. I have listened to all of the books and have to say they only get better.

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Not To Be Missed!

I've been reading a wide variety of fiction for most of my sixty-one years and there are a number of authors who stand out as truly gifted. Unfortunately, a relatively small number. Clayton Lindemuth has taken his place in my list of Most Favored due to his incredible talent for creating a world which immediately envelopes you, fleshes out characters in a way that feels up close and personal and makes makes me crave more.
Baer Creighton is a complex guy, one who has a strict personal code and possesses several quite remarkable talents. He can be incredibly compassionate then brutally merciless in the same moment in a way that is breathtaking in his clear sense of purpose. As much as this man seems to step outside the norms of society in his determination to set things right in his vision of what is just, as much as people like him would make many citizens nervous, I believe we could use more folks who had his sense of accountability. Also, how do you NOT dig a guy who loves dogs as much as he does? Do yourselves a favor - get to know Baer. You'll be glad you did.

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Brilliant, front to back.

The story telling was spell binding and help me all the way. Character development can somtimes be a dry patch but not here. I felt as though I'd known these folks my entire life. The narration is what sealed the deal for me. Make sure you have a while, you won't want to put it down!

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