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A group of inseparable childhood friends are now adults, physically and psychologically devastated by war....

A horrifying creature emerges from a sandstorm just before Ricky Smith dies in battle. Forced to leave base housing, his widow Maggie buys a home on Oak Lee Road in the town of Jotham. Maggie is isolated in the historic house...and disconcerted by strange clicking sounds inside the walls.

Jonathan Steele attempts to drink the painful past away....

Jonathan was wounded in that fateful battle and now suffers from PTSD. He wants to put the nightmare behind him, but when Ricky's ghost appears with cryptic warnings about Maggie's house, he begins to question his sanity.

Bobby Weeks is a homeless veteran struggling with a lycanthropic curse....

Afraid of bringing harm, Bobby stays far away from those he loves. But after a full moon, a mysterious woman approaches him and reveals a vision about a house with a sinister presence, and he realizes staying away might no longer be an option.

Minister Jake Williams lost his faith on the battlefield....

While Jake will do anything to reconnect with God, he turns to vices to fill the religious void. But a church elder urges him to take a sabbatical, and a ghost tells him to quit the ministry, and his life is more out of control than ever.

When Maggie wakes in a strange subterranean cavern, she can't deny her home harbors dark secrets. Desperate, she sends letters to her old friends to reunite in Jotham, and events conspire to draw them all to the house...unaware of the danger awaiting them.

The friends have already been through hell, but can any of them survive the evil dwelling beneath the House on Oak Lee?

©2014 Limitless Publishing (P)2017 Thomas S. Flowers

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Slow.

The basic idea of the story is about a group of friends that grow up together. All the guys go off to war and, of those that come back, they come back changed. Maggie, another of the group, is married to one of the friends, but he dies in the war. She is now a widow and is drawn to a weird old house she barely remembers seeing as a child. She wants all her childhood friends to reunite and so sends out an invitation. Thee house isn't as it seems though!!

This was a hard book to rate simply because, while I really enjoyed it, I just found it a little disjointed and a lot slow!! Parts of the book were gripping, when suddenly the story seemed to change character with no warning. I felt like as soon as I was starting to get to know a character, it would shift to another one, and another and then come back to the first. It was all over the place.

There is a lot if characters in this, and we get to know their backstory a bit, which I liked a lot. For me anyway, it's the characters that made the book readable. They all go to war and all come back irrevocably changed. They were all well written, but I did want a little more development with them.

This is the first in the series and as such, does have a lot of world building to do, so I can understand why the action took a while to take off. I do think I'll read the next just to see what happens!! In all, it's a good enough read!

Rick Gregory did a good job with this. He is clear and easy to follow, and his cadences and inflections were fine. I do think he needs to work on his character voices and distinguishing them a little more. Sometimes his tone stayed the same no matter which character was talking.

I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Narrator is awful

The narrator is nearly monotone, cannot pronounce some words, pauses after reading 3-4 words inside a sentence, does not do characters well and has some weird echo thing he tries to do to indicate speaking over a distance. For me, this book is absolutely ruined by the horrible narration. This book is supposed to be creepy and mysterious but the narrator tells the story like he is explaining physics to someone.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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The devastations of war!

You got to get into the minds of a war veterans. You could see how they suffered from PTSD.

Too much strong language for my liking.

Narrator a bit monotone.

I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good Start of a SERIES

I really enjoyed listening to this book which has it all action, paranormal/ghosts, horror and good characterization. It is about the suicide squad (5 close childhood friends) (Maggie, Rick, Jake, Jonathan and Bobby) now grown up. Maggie marries Ricky and all the boys enlisted into the military and goes to Iraq and the story tells all of the horrors then onto their return except 1 who died, 1 missing extremity, 1 losing faith, 1 becoming alcoholic all have some form of PTSD. The book was also heart wrenching, my complaint is it was not complete and left you hanging having to listen/read the rest of the series. Narration was good. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. THANK YOU

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Friends, War, A house, suspense, Haunting, creepy!

Dwelling: Subdue, Book 1
Written by: Thomas S. Flowers
Narrated by: Rick Gregory
This is a book I requested and the review is voluntary.
I had bought the whole series and then I saw the offer for audio reviewers and I jumped on it and was very happy when I was picked. This is a very good book in character study. Each of these people are so well developed. The story is about a bunch of kids that grew up together and the guys went to war together. They all, but one, come back. But they don't come back the same. They see things... The widow of the one lost buys a house they all had seen as a kid. A spooky house that she seems to be drawn to but couldn't seem to remember much about as a kid except one picture of them all together outside of it. The book ends as a cliffhanger...ugh...I hate that but love this book. I normally knock a book down a star for that but this book has so much going for it that even having a cliffhanger, it still deserves the full 5 stars. The plot, characters, creep factor, the suspense, etc. This is one great book and I can't wait to see what happens.
The narrator really adds to suspense, the characters, the creepiness, and the overall feel of the book. He is the perfect narrator for this book. It would not be the same if I had just read this book. Awesome! Great job!

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Creepy as heck

Ok, so this story jumps around a bit, and the narrator mispronounces hallelujah a couple of times, but that doesn't take away from the crazy, creepy plotline, for me. I'm dying to listen to the rest of the series. Well done, so even with a couple of errors, was well worth the listen. Five stars across the board.

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Slow build up

This is the story about how each individual of a group of friends deals with PSTD after fighting in Irak. There are also two girls, married to two of the guys, and we see how all this affects them too. Maggie, Ricky’s widow, purchases an old house that holds old memories, but the house is not what she remembers.

The premises of this book were great, and it is a nice story, but the problem here is that the build up takes forever. There are some cool scenes from the war, but nothing interesting happens almost until the end. I understand that this is just the beginning of a series, but I think you need to give something more to the reader even if it is just the first book.

The characters were interesting and their interactions gave them depth. Their conversations were fluid, and it was easy to relate to them.

Each chapter is narrated from a different POV, which made the story richer, but the lack of events made difficult to keep the attention and interest.

I enjoyed Rick Gregory’s narration, but I would have appreciated more differentiation between characters. As we have changing POV, the story becomes a bit confusing since the male characters sound just the same. I think this is not an easy book to narrate, though, due to how it is written. I would also would have appreciated a bit more emotion in some occasions, the narration sounded a bit monotone.

I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

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Patience pays off

It took a minute (a while) to get into this book, but knowing Thomas Flowers and trusting him to be a good writer, I wanted to stick it out. The war-torn histories of the characters were depressing, and it's no wonder they were bitter, pissed off and suicidal. Thomas Flowers has a great imagination and a wonderful ear for dialog.

Rick Gregory is no stranger to horror and he's done a great job on a number of other books. I listened carefully and he held my attention well.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Confusing

Some reviewers complained about the narrator. I thought he did just fine, and I listen to a LOT of books. They do offer an audio sample to see if the narrator's voice is to your liking, so why not listen first?

The story itself left me confused. The author jumps from character to character in such a way that I found myself back-tracking to make sure I understood what was going on. I know this is supposed to be book one of a series, but none of the characters have even the slightest hint of even the beginnings of a resolution to their plight. The book ending was, to me, akin to breaking away mid-sentence...frustrating. To me, the characters are barely sketched out. I am not interested enough to buy book two. Sorry, but this book was provided for free in exchange for an honest review, and this is my honest review.,

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Freaky!

I loved this authors writing. He does creepy, scary well. What I wasn't so sure about is the plot. John lost his Levin the war while he watched his best friend Ricky die before his eyes, powerless to stop him. Jake is a priest who watched a soldier die in front of him and Maggie is Ricky's widow. John and Jake see ghost soldiers. Maggie is distraught. Together they were the self proclaimed suicide squad. Then there's the house. It has a history of death through various eras.

It wasn't explained how the characters, suicide squad and house fit together and the story ends abruptly. I love cliffhangers but this isn't a cliffhanger. It's an incomplete story. If the author had included a couple extra chapters tying everything together I'd probably be giving this book 5 stars.

My advice is to buy book 2 and read one after the next. I'm assuming/hoping how they're tied is in book 2.

I was given this book free for an honest review.