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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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PTSD for the rest of us

Something about Rick Gregory's voice takes me to another place. I hear him and also hear his characters. His narrator voice and character voice is unique and I love all of it. This story focuses mainly on five friends, namely one with PTSD, a wife who lost her husband but who isn't quite gone, one who found faith but lost it, and one who is lost and may be something else, I really was brought into the life of these soldiers. All of them have an integral part of the story.

The story is a hodgepodge of past and present, over viewing the lives of a few friends. Other than explaining the haunting I assume one has after going to war there isn't much "scare" until the end. This book, is in my mind, is where the character development starts and the following books are where the rest of the story takes off. Great start and lead off; but;, once you get there it ends abruptly. Now to wait for the next chapter. Looking forward to it. This book is leading to something great. Maybe lycans, maybe insectman, mabye even a ghost in the basement. All roads are possible.

Listen to this first story and stick with it. I hope the next includes the same narrator, Rick does a great job.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.


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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.

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Not His Best

I have absolutely loved every story I've read by Thomas S. Flowers until this one. I couldn't get into it and I also found it confusing (which probably didn't help me get into it). Since I've so enjoyed the works of Flowers I stuck it out until the end and it never felt explained/resolved to me. The horror aspect wasn't as prominent as I had expected/desired and it jumped back and forth between plot lines which was as distracting as it was annoying. All of that said, I like that narration of Rick Gregory, who has narrated many books I have enjoyed. He is good every time!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Scary for real!

I loved this book. As a veteran of the Army, I could certainly connect with the characters and understand what they're going through. PTSD is scary stuff for sure, but combine that with the imagination of Thomas Flowers and you get one creepy story! I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. Excellent narration by Rick Gregory!

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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.

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an intriguing tale

I received this book from the narrator of my own free will for an unbiased review.

And I liked it so much, it was so intriguing, beginning with the tale of this kids that when grown up went to war together and experience something pretty weird and even sinister together that ends in tragedy and from there a lot of interesting and creppy things began to take place and at the end I want, more than need to know what will happen next, because it's so intriguing since this house seem to be more alive than is said or more dead maybe? You should check this book out.

the narrator voice was so clear and the acting so accurate, I really immerse myself in the acting he delivered, it was like if I knew the people he was portraying it was amazing. this narrator has the kind of voice that will let you feel the story from beginning to end.

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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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  • Norma Miles
  • 01-11-18

Unseen unless seen and then it becomes apparent

Not so much the first of a series but the beginnings of a serial. Had the ending not occurred so abruptly without any resolution, and without forwarding, this reader would have ascribed a five star rating - so be warned.

Five childhood friends, Bobby, Jake, Jonathan, Ricky and Maggie are a very close group with the usual naughtiness and secrets of youth. And they call themselves The Suicide Squad after favourite comic book heroes. When war in Iraq comes, the four males join up. Maggie, by then married to Ricky, stays behind. What follows is both perfectly realistic - and very bizarre.

The earliest scenes in this book, with Jonathan and Ricky serving together, is probably one of the most fraught and mundane images of inside the mind of a soldier that this this reader has encountered. It felt so real. And very atmospheric. Indeed, that runs through the entire story, the 'after they come home' normalcy mixed with the horrors each of the gang, including Maggie, confronts. The pace is slow moving but the tension is always there, gripping and growing, puzzling and demanding to know what is going on? What happens next?

A fascinating story well performed by the narrator, Rick Gregory. I confess that, at the beginning, his reading seemed rather downbeat even though the character dialogue was excellent. But very soon it became apparent that his interpretation of the text was just right, mirroring the blankness of the protagonist's surroundings. An excellent performance meeting text and narration into one whole experience.

This is an horror story made all the more so by the ordinariness of the people and the plight of battle 'heroes' after they return. But nothing is normal for the gang. I was really fortunate in receiving a complimentary copy of Dwelling from the rights holder, at my request, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you so much. And I will certainly be looking out for the next book: I just have to know what happens.