The Calling

The Calling When eighteen year old Christopher Myers parents are murdered something is written on his bedroom door a mark in his parents blood that convinces the police the killer has targeted Christopher as th

  • Title: The Calling
  • Author: Robert Swartwood
  • ISBN: 9781463760618
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Paperback
  • When eighteen year old Christopher Myers parents are murdered, something is written on his bedroom door, a mark in his parents blood that convinces the police the killer has targeted Christopher as the next victim To keep him safe, he travels away with his estranged grandmother and uncle to the small town of Bridgton, New York And it s in Bridgton that he meets an extrWhen eighteen year old Christopher Myers parents are murdered, something is written on his bedroom door, a mark in his parents blood that convinces the police the killer has targeted Christopher as the next victim To keep him safe, he travels away with his estranged grandmother and uncle to the small town of Bridgton, New York And it s in Bridgton that he meets an extraordinary young man who has come with his father to stop an unrelenting evil Soon Christopher learns of the town s deep dark secret, and how his parents murder was no accident, and how he has been brought to Bridgton by forces beyond his power forces that just may threaten the destruction of all mankind Advance Praise for THE CALLING THE CALLING is a powerful, gripping and terrifying novel, the sort that possesses your whole life while you re reading it it ll stalk you through the day, and inform your dreams Swartwood has delivered a novel that will become a classic Tim Lebbon Robert Swartwood s THE CALLING is a diabolical rocket sled of a psychological thriller Told through the vivid, almost druggy point of view of a young man on the edge, tangled in a web of tragedy and surreal horror, Swartwood s novel gets under the skin and stays there Highly recommended Jay Bonansinga

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  • Robert Swartwood

    USA TODAY bestselling author of The Serial Killer s Wife, The Calling, Man of Wax, and several other novels He created the term hint fiction and edited Hint Fiction An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer.

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  • The day after 18 year old Chris's high school graduation, he awakens to discover his parents have been brutally murdered, and the killer is now after him. Shipped off to Bridport to stay with relatives he has not seen in 10 years while local authorities hunt down the killer, he slowly gets to know the Grandmother and Uncle he has been estranged from all these years. There he meets 10 year old Joey, a young man with very special gifts.But the relocation has not fooled the killer and soon dreadful [...]


  • After reading Robert Swartwood's short story, "Spooky Nook", I was eager to dive into "The Calling- A Supernatural Thriller".If you're a reader of the Horror/Thriller genre, you'll recognize a few familiar plot themes; orphaned teen, unfamiliar surroundings, mysterious strangers, and family secrets.I wanted to like this book. It received nothing but praise from most of the reviewers on this site.My big complaint is that it felt a little preachy.In "The Calling", our hero laments something selfis [...]


  • This book sounded fantastic. Sadly, I found it lacking in every area.The characters are dull and the main character seems more concerned with chatting up the local pregnant girl that dealing with, or even having, any emotions he may be feeling about his parents murder two weeks prior.Sadly, I got half way through and then it went on the Too Dull to Finish shelf.


  • Interesting reading. Slow and steady storyline. I wasn't sure if it was a thriller or religious story. This story was not predictable like many books that I've read.


  • This is definitely one of the more interesting stories I've had a chance to read. The story kept me interested for the most part, there were a few times when I got bored and/or irritated with the content. Most of my problems with the story came in the formatting. Chapters were too short and several could have even easily put together into one. (A story with 42 chapters does not sound too pleasant even with 329 pages.) The letter with several pages of italicized text was a bit hard on the eyes. T [...]


  • Review eof The Calling by Robert Swartwood5 stars“The Calling” is an exceptionally satisfying novel of the Supernatural. Set in one of the same locales as the “prequel,” “Spooky Nook,” this story is fine as a stand-alone (but I recommend, for the reader’s continued satisfaction, reading “Spooky Nook” as well). Author Robert Swartwood delves into some Supernatural venues not usually the purview of horror writers, makes that choice work excellently, and horrifies readers while ke [...]


  • Somebody, or something, murdered Christopher’s parents. Years ago Christopher’s grandfather tried to kill Christopher. But Christopher’s grandfather loved him, so why the attempt at homicide? Grandfather even left Christopher a gift, a handwritten bible. There was even an additional chapter that did not appear in the original bible. This all leads to a base for the story involving a crisis of faith. Is there a God or not? Therefore, is there a Satan or not? What about angels, either good o [...]


  • This was a very hard book to put down. I really enjoyed it. 18-year-old Christopher Myers' parents were murdered & something written on his bedroom door in his parents' blood. Convinced that he is the next target, Chris travels away with his estranged uncle & stays with his estranged grandmother in the small town of Bridgton, New York. It is in Bridgton that he meets an extraordinary young boy who has come with his father to stop an unrelenting evil. Chris is sucked into the town's deep [...]


  • I actually got done reading this book yesterday, and had to think about it. I really liked the book, and will read it again, but for as few pages as it contains, Robert manages to get a lot of substance into a small space. Unlike some authors we all know, that use a lot of pages to say very little. Yes, the book is, technically, a horror, but the themes dealt with are not simplistic. They are (and this is just from the first time through, I'm sure I can find more with a second read)choices, cons [...]


  • This was a crazy.zzare and really fun book to read. It was written in a way where it just kept you turning the pages because you just needed to know what's going to happen. There is a supernatural mystery that flows thru the book and each time part of the mystery is answered, another question appears in it's place. This is NOT a feel good happy ending book but you don't feel depressed at the end.just glad to have read it. There were a couple of things that I felt were a bit off and that the endi [...]


  • Atmospheric and dreadful - in a good way. This is the first thing I have read by Swartwood but while doing so, it was apparent to me that he is pretty good at what he does. I got the feeling that this novel had exactly the tone and presented in exactly the way he intended it to. "The Calling" does that thing that I is most important in horror novels that do not rely overly much on gore or shock; it creates a sense of dread in the reader's mind about the underlying cause of all the conflicts pres [...]


  • Swartwood delivers an awesomely eerie story of the classic battle between good and evil. Imaginative, yet concise, I was made to stay up late to see where the novel would lead.I thought the characters were written so well and noone seemed extraneous just to fill space. I particularly enjoyed Sarah and of course, Christopher.No spoiler alert here but the ending was fabulous. I'm frequently let down by endings. It's as if the author didn't know where to end or how to wrap it up. They should take l [...]


  • Disclosure: I received this audiobook for free in return for an honest review.Some books spend so much time focusing on backstory that I begin to wonder when the action will start. The Calling, most decidedly, is NOT one of those books! The story begins with Chris's discovery of his murdered parents and follows his journey after that event. The Calling includes references to Bible passages as well as supernatural elements -- those details flesh out the story and also make Chris's journey even mo [...]


  • I enjoyed The Calling, and found the characters interesting and unpredictable. The main plot kept twisting and uncovering the character's secrets, and the end satisfied me. The dialogue was particularly readable, and the book's themes stayed with me after I'd finished.Sluggish prose got in the way sometimes, and many characters' whole backstories were revealed, sometimes told in a single sitting. The book would be stronger if things were edited down.But, if you want to read a compelling, chillin [...]


  • This was a great book. It was very reminiscence of a Koontz book. I love how Christopher was a very realistic character. He isn't a shining hero, he is a flawed individual (who of us isn't?) who simply believes he can't live with himself if he dosen't do the right thing. The book is haunting. It has stuck with me since I began reading it and I'm sure it will stick with me over the next week or so. It is a very realistic horror. One you can almost imagine yourself stuck in.If paranormal horror is [...]


  • I liked this book but yet it still wasn´t my favorite to read. It had a great plots and great characters but still didn´t spark my interest enough for me to want to read it non-stop. The Calling has a ton of exitement and suspense but somehow didn´t succeed to interest me. Otherwise, its a great book if you like horror but not cheesy movie horror. In a summary to the book, the main character, Christopher, his parents are murdered so he goes to live with his grandmother and learns about supern [...]


  • A solid, refreshing read!It's a very unique story and I loved the references to faith throughout. Loads of action and well-rounded characters. My only complaint is that the ending felt a little rushed. The author glossed over a couple of key parts so I thought I'd missed a page or 2. He cleared those points up at the end but I found the segues jarring. Still, I look forward to reading more of Robert Swartwood's other novels.


  • I absolutely loved this book. Swartwood weaves a story about a young man whose life is turned upside down after his parents are murdered. He moves in with his estranged grandmother and starts to piece things together. The Calling had me up all night, reading when I should have been sleeping. There were moments when I didn't realize that I had stopped breathing, and moments when I tensed up so much that I hurt the next day. THAT is suspense done right!


  • The calling the calling is a different read It is definitely a supernatural thriller that keeps you at the edge of your seat. it's hard to put down once you get started. it was hard for me to understand at the beginning but once I really got into it it was interesting and exciting. I will definitely be downloading more of Swartwood's books


  • I think the author was trying to write a book to equal King's The Stand but he did not come anywhere close. For me it was a waste of time and money.For me it was a waste of time and money. I think the author wanted to write his version of The Stand, but he didn't have what it takes.


  • Unusual story with a hint of GodI liked this book &gave it 4 stars because I couldn't give it 3 1/2. There was a part towards the end when it felt to me like the author was just trying to meet a "number of characters goal" rather than keeping the story from, IMHO, dragging. But it was still an enjoyable read.


  • I really enjoyed this book. It was very good story telling and kept you in suspense. The author also did not cop out at the end, which is one thing that I hate about this genre sometimes. I love Stephen King books and I found that Swartwood was very similar in his story telling and tension. Will read another from this author.


  • This book surprised me. I figured it would like so many others that I had read. It really surprised me though. It was engaging throughout and the plot blew my mind. The writing was fantastic and the characters seemed real to me. Kudos!


  • Excellent. Struck just the right balance between light and dark. This is self-publishing done the way it COULD be - by a season, excellent writer, with excellent formatting, attractive cover art, and credible blurbs. Well done.


  • A page turner! Being on Christopher's journey of his family's past and the discovery of his 'abilities' was a rollercoaster ride. Was not expecting the twists and turns of the story and becoming invested in the plot and the characters.


  • I didn't like it. I got to page 70 and I was bored with it I want a book that picks up from the start. No excitement to keep reading.


  • Believable even tho I told myself it couldn't happen,or could it?Action packed and held my attention. Want to know more about how his life is evolving. Also about Sarah and baby.


  • A supernatural thrillerThis was a great different book. It kept me guessing up to the end. Good slant on evil. Would recommend, good summer read.




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