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The Awake in the Dark Series - Books 1-3 (The Awake in the Dark Series Box Set) by [McBain, Tim, Vargus, L.T.]
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The first three novels in the series that readers are describing as "so dark and so funny."

A 27 year old slacker has seizures during which he may or may not be astral projecting. What he learns might have the power to change the world.

One second JEFF GROBNAGGER is standing in line at the grocery store, and the next he's in an alley where a hooded figure strangles him to death.

So that sucks.

This happens over and over again, every time Grobnagger has a seizure. Alley. Choking. Death. Repeat. What for? Why would anyone want to kill him repeatedly? Is it just a recurring seizure dream? When a sniper's bullet shatters his apartment window, he realizes two things: he's in serious danger, and there's no way he's getting his security deposit back.

Who is the hooded man? And who tried to kill Grobnagger in real life? His quest for answers leads to a missing girl, cults obsessed with astral projection, an arcane puzzle sphere, an evil book, a private detective named Louise and a mustached man named Glenn that makes the most delicious food he's ever tasted.

No one he meets is who they seem, and every answer leads to more questions, more seizures and more horrific deaths that may or may not be transpiring on some mysterious plane beyond the physical world.

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All Jeff Grobnagger wanted was to be left alone. The events of Fade to Black (Awake in the Dark #1) shifted his goal from a life of solitude to figuring out what the hell is happening to him ASAP, so he can, you know, get back to the solitude.

His journey takes another twist when a burned corpse sporting a League of Light robe turns up in a vacant lot. Working undercover to solve the murder reveals bigger and bigger clues about his seizures. Solve the murder, solve the seizures? Maybe. He meets new people and is shown new places on the other side. But who and what can he trust? Just as he realizes that someone close may be working against him, he gets blindsided by the biggest shock yet.


The events of the first two books leave Grobnagger drained, often struggling to stay awake. He shuffles through life half awake, half tethered to reality. He still has no idea what is happening to him, but he's not sure he even cares anymore.

When those that mean him harm finally begin to assert themselves, however, Grobnagger finds himself and his friends under direct threat of death. Plans are made to cross over and rescue Amity once and for all from her vulnerable position in the other world. But his adversaries are one step ahead and a violent spectacle becomes inevitable.

Praise for the Awake in the Dark series:

"Fade to Black is the funniest book I've read in... I can't remember how long. Seriously funny. I think I laughed out loud roughly once every three pages. That's a lot of funny packed into one book! And not just an internal chuckle here and there, but an honest to goodness laugh out loud that made my significant other call, 'What?' from the next room repeatedly." - Lisbeth Ames

"I don't normally give five stars, but "Fade to Black" gets five stars from me for one reason: I haven't been this excited about a book in a long time. As I mentioned earlier, I am eagerly awaiting the second novel in the series, because I have to see what happens. It kind of reminds of the feeling I got the first time I watched Lost, the TV series. It feels like my eyes have been opened to a universe of possibilities, and I cannot wait to see how McBain and Vargus explore that world." - E. Branden Hart,

"Chuck Palahniuk (crossed with) the Dean Koontz Odd Thomas series." - Drunkle Dan, The Drunken Beardsmen podcast

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Read this series. It will be the best thing you do.

It’s not often that I read a story that hits me like the Awake in the Dark series has. There’s just something about it; a wonderful concoction of suspense, hilarity and amazingly layered characters.

Meet Grobs; Awake in the Dark series’ leading man. He’s an introvert, an unsuspecting hero, and a guy so in need of pep talk you’ll be rooting for him until the very last page, every time.

Jeff Grobnagger begins his journey in an alley, tied by his ankle and awaiting his death from the Hooded Man. He’s been there before, over and over again, each time meeting his demise. That’s just chapter one of book one. You’ll be hooked by the first paragraph, or at least by the time Grobs begins stroking a dead dog’s corpse while hiding in a dumpster.

He’s the guy that can’t catch a break, and the guy who just wants to sit in his small bubble eating a jar of pickles. The hardest part about reading Grobs’ story, is how deeply he resonates within you. In book one, you’ll fall in love. By book two, you’ll come to realise that you and he are the same person. By book three, you’ll give your left leg to make him real, just so the two of you can sit alone, in the dark, eating peanut butter off a spoon.

Grobs is what makes this series magnificent. He hides behind his satirical nature, always surprising you with his deeply philosophical thoughts. Layer, upon layer, he’ll get to you, right in the feels.

However, before I continue harping on about my newest fictional character obsession, or decide I need to start a fan-fiction series, I'm going to talk about the way this series is written.

McBain and Vartgus have thrown together an imaginative tale with an edge. There’s no fluff here.
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This is a great little series that I recommend EVERYONE should read! Follow the story of Jeff Grabnagger, a loner you suffers seizures that appear to transport him to another realm where nothing makes since. Pursued by a shadowy cult of New Agers and enlisted by an overly positive man in the hunt for his daughter who also was involved with the cult, Jeff soon finds himself over his head and out of his depth.

Taking you through a surreal, twisting plot that explores human nature and mysticism while blending in a fair amount of theoretical physics and pseudo-science, The Awake in the Dark series is cleverly written, very reminiscent of Dean Koontz in style without the sometimes heavy lifting required to read his work, you WILL find yourself unable to put these down, as you slowly fall in love with what should be a thoroughly unlikable main character, as the twists and turns take you winding down a path that is TRULY unexpected. Every book will leave you scrambling for more, and take it from someone who has been reading since book 1, this 3 in 1 deal is PERFECT! Clear your week, and delve into the world of murder, intrigue, magic and science (Science Magic?!?) that is the life of Jeff Grabnagger, the most believable un-reluctant hero to come along in literature in such a long time!

A truly refreshing experience for someone who is wide read and is looking for something truly different!
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