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The Invasion by [McBean, Brett]
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It was supposed to be a quiet end to a long day: five close-knit family and friends settling in for some much-needed sleep after coming together for an early Christmas party.

Instead, it’s the beginning of a shocking night of brutality when six intruders break into the sprawling residence of Debra Hillsboro, a middle-aged romance novelist with a fierce devotion to her loved ones and a strong kinship with her home of almost thirty years.

Armed with smartphones and a modern brand of madness, the intruders – an internet-age cult disconnected from humanity and addicted to causing fear and mayhem – have come to the secluded property for one purpose: to terrorize, and ultimately kill, everyone inside all while filming their heinous crimes.

Outnumbered and cut off from the outside world, the terrified occupants find themselves trapped in a fight for survival as a once place of safety is turned into a deadly maze of darkened rooms and forbidding hallways. On this sweltering summer night, they must somehow find a way to escape before the cult turns the beloved home into a house for the dead.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 766 KB
  • Print Length: 235 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sinister Grin Press (15 May 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01EZHAACG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #347,902 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel.

The Invasion is an intensely terrifying story. Having read other books by Brett McBean (Desolation Game: Wolf Creek 2) I expected him to bring on the horror and I wasn't disappointed. We start off getting to know just enough about a group of family and friends to see that they are decent people who love one another. The scene is set. It's cozy and warm like a fuzzy robe on a cold night. Then BAM! A group of people break in with only one goal in mind,,, to terrify, torture and murder the people in the house. The storyline reminded me of The Strangers or You're Next, and as with those stories I spent a lot of time thinking 'Get out of there! Run! No, don't hide there!'. The cult and their leader, Mr. Fear, are terrifying in their total disregard for the lives they are taking. Viewing the people they are torturing and killing as nothing more than playthings that will garner them internet fame. One of the cult actually states that "I can't do it if it's not being filmed It won't count if no one else can see it.". This coldness and lack of empathy are horrifying to me. It makes The Invasion a very effective horror story. The only complaint I had about this book is the house. It would have been a five star read without the chapter from the house's perspective. I would still recommend it to horror fans. A darkly twisted 4 star read.
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By Adrian Shotbolt TOP 100 REVIEWER on 28 June 2016
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The first night that I decided to jump into ‘The Invasion’ by Brett McBean I read around 20% of it on my Kindle. I liked what I read. The book was set in my home country of Australia and had an interesting way in which it was written; each chapter takes place inside of a different room within a house. We are introduced to the characters inside of the house and before you know it they have some unwelcome visitors. That is pretty much the synopsis. The next night I started reading again, couldn’t put it down and finished it.
The story caught my off guard a little. It is quite long (300+ pages) and things take shape very early on. When the intruders entered the story so soon I thought the author had made a terrible mistake. How could this invasion keep me engaged for another 200+ pages? Isn’t it going to run out of ideas? Will it run out of steam?
What I didn’t know was enough about Brett McBean. I am aware of him and his work but have never read any of his stories before and so here is where I start gushing about this book…
‘The Invasion’ is THE best horror book that I have read in 2016 (along with ‘Mister White’ by John C. Foster). McBean is a superb storyteller. ‘The Invasion’ hit all the right buttons for me as a reader and I will tell you why: The characters are excellent; just a bunch of very ordinary, unspectacular folk that you could easily imagine living next door to, and this is why what happens to them is all the more horrific and upsetting. The dialogue is natural and free flowing; never feeling forced or out of place. The tension McBean creates is intense, due in part to the pacing of the chapters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Startlingly Bleak Home Invasion Story 16 May 2016
By Michael Hicks - Published on Amazon.com
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The Invasion, by Brett McBean, is a startlingly bleak home invasion story, but one that is wonderfully written. The opening paragraph alone delivers the goods and the promise of what’s to come.

“There is something ominous about a front porch light glowing in the daytime. It speaks of a place left in limbo, of lives interrupted and of simple, everyday tasks forgotten. It signifies that for this house, night has yet to end.”

Damn if that didn’t suck me in right from the get-go!

The night is certainly long for the family tucked behind the once-believed secure walls of the Carmela house. Deb, a romance novelist, has just finished hosting Christmas dinner for her brother, his boyfriend, her niece, and literary agent. After the guests have tucked themselves into bed, they are brusquely awoken by strangers in the home, who then tie them up and taunt them before things escalate further. And then Mr. Fear arrives…

Although The Invasion is a straight-up home invasion horror, this is not a merely a burglary interrupted but a story of psychopathy and cultish belonging. For the invaders, it isn’t about robbery so much as it’s sheer entertainment for them, their enjoyment fueled by their victim’s fright.

At times, McBean’s work is downright savage, and he doesn’t shy away from the cruelty of his crazy invaders, who get off on filming their horrendous crimes. The character work is nicely executed (no pun intended), and by the final pages I was really feeling for Deb, and her friends and family, and the devastation that’s been unleashed upon them. McBean uses their shared history as both friends and family to give us insight into their past relationships with one another, and with the Carmela house itself. Although the focus is squarely on the humans within, the house itself provides the narrative with its shape and structure as each chapter takes us on a tour of the large residence.

The Invasion is a chilling story, and while it is violent it never delves into overdrawn sequences of torture porn. McBean relies on his characters and atmosphere to bring the biggest scares, along with the frightening threat of home invasion that many readers will bring to the reading all by themselves.

[Note: An advanced copy of this title was provided by the publisher for review.]
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Darkly Twisted! 17 May 2016
By Angela - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel.

The Invasion is an intensely terrifying story. Having read other books by Brett McBean (Desolation Game: Wolf Creek 2) I expected him to bring on the horror and I wasn't disappointed. We start off getting to know just enough about a group of family and friends to see that they are decent people who love one another. The scene is set. It's cozy and warm like a fuzzy robe on a cold night. Then BAM! A group of people break in with only one goal in mind,,, to terrify, torture and murder the people in the house. The storyline reminded me of The Strangers or You're Next, and as with those stories I spent a lot of time thinking 'Get out of there! Run! No, don't hide there!'. The cult and their leader, Mr. Fear, are terrifying in their total disregard for the lives they are taking. Viewing the people they are torturing and killing as nothing more than playthings that will garner them internet fame. One of the cult actually states that "I can't do it if it's not being filmed It won't count if no one else can see it.". This coldness and lack of empathy are horrifying to me. It makes The Invasion a very effective horror story. The only complaint I had about this book is the house. It would have been a five star read without the chapter from the house's perspective. I would still recommend it to horror fans. A darkly twisted 4 star read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars These intruders are out for blood . . . 29 July 2016
By K. A. Y. - Published on Amazon.com
THE INVASION, by Brett McBean, begins with a simple statement guaranteed to capture your attention: "There is something ominous about a front porch light glowing in the daytime . . . It signifies that for this house, night has yet to end." With an opening like that, you just know that things are going to get--dark--quickly.

Debra, a romance novelist, is hosting an early Christmas party for her brother, Paul, his partner, Adam, her niece, Taryn, and literary agent, Carl. Shortly after most have retired for the evening, a group of youths invade the house. After gathering the family into the lounge, the intruders gather an assortment of knives and other vicious instruments, while filming the captives with their smartphones. One announces that they are waiting for their leader, "Mr. Fear", to arrive.

". . . Mr. Fear . . . He's . . . special. He understands life and death . . . He can see into people's souls."

As the fear and torture begins, McBean alternates between scenes of the mutilations taking place, and of building his characterization through the thoughts and actions of each. The drama and fear NEVER lets up--once this tale begins, it runs full throttle forward. Even brief moments of hope: ". . . Get out of the house.": are eclipsed by thoughts of impending defeat instilled by the constant state of terror the family is kept in.

". . . What good was . . . against a six-foot-two man with murder on his mind?"

Some of the youths come off as being merely bored with life--hurting others just for a thrill, and because they can. More frightening than those, however, is Mr. Fear's philosophy: " . . . Killing is a lot like creating art: you have the power and control to do whatever you want and if you do it well, it frees your mind and takes you to a higher plane of existence."

McBean will pull at all of your emotions in this one! The adrenaline just doesn't let up until you settle yourself down for the night.

You may want to double check the locks on your doors and windows . . .

Recommended!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifyingly real 20 May 2016
By Mallory Heart Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Review: THE INVASION by Brett McBean

The author has exhibited so much talent and interwoven so many layers of meaning into this novel that not once did I panic due to the nature of the plot--planned multiple home invasions by a technologically spiffy "cult." Okay, a couple of scenes and references really perturbed me. But we are so thoroughly introduced to the characters before the ugly events commence, that I just breezed along, wrapped up in the family and friends, cheering them on, rather than focusing on the pain and terror. Also, none of the "victims-to-be," as the terror squad perceives them, are wimp-outs, each in her or her own way has character strength and determination, compassion and empathy--all traits missing in the cult members, who are all human-shaped voids, commanded by a Black Hole with a metaphysical bent.

Mr. McBean, bring it on. You've far surpassed expectations in this supremely rapid-paced thriller.

Disclaimer: I reviewed a digital ARC generously provided by the author, for review purposes and blog tour, without remuneration. This review constitutes my impartial and honest opinion.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invasion Invades Your Psyche! 21 May 2016
By C Is The Big Dog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
A violent and brutal home invasion story written in a beautiful and captivating way. The beauty comes from the writers style and his craft which is unparalleled. I was unaware of the author, much to my chagrin, until I received an ARC for an honest review. I did not know what to expect and was hooked by the opening paragraph which was intriguing and haunting. The story is bleak and violent and unrelenting. There are a lot of twists and turns, and somehow McBean creates a sense of immediacy as well as intimacy and we are inextricable linked to the participants. Highly recommended. An excellent read.