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Born to Bleed: A Thriller Paperback – Apr 15 2011

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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Coscom Entertainment (April 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926712773
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926712772
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A bleeding heart is of no help to anyone if it bleeds to death. - Frederick Buechner Oct. 1 2013
By Cheryl Stout - Published on
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I enjoyed "Born to Bleed" but it had nowhere near the devastating impact that The Summer I Died (The Roger Huntington Saga, Book 1) had on me.

"Born to Bleed" is well worth reading, don't get me wrong. Roger is back and he has to be the unluckiest guy in creation. After the terrible, gruesome things that happened in book one, he finds himself and others in another life-threatening no-holds-barred situation.

But while "The Summer I Died" felt all too real, this time around felt like a story. A good story but a story.

I understand there is to be a Book 3 in the Roger Huntington saga and I will read it. I just hope it is more like "The Summer I Died." Brutal, shocking, realistic but with humor and another protagonist for Roger to play opposite. Hope that makes sense.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Born To Bleed March 29 2012
By R. Moschgat - Published on
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"Born the Bleed", takes place 10 years after "The Summer I Died".

The main character Roger has since moved to California and now paints for a living.
Setting out to start his latest piece of art soon turns into yet another nightmare.
The girl he has a crush on and her fiance are kidnapped and Roger sets out to rescue them. Little does he know that things will soon spiral out of control and he will once again find himself in another violent and bloody situation.

"Born To Bleed" was a quick, yet exciting read. The violence has been toned down some from the first book but there are still some pretty messed up things going on.
I can't wait to see where Ryan takes Roger next. Here's to hoping we don't have to wait too long to find out!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I see the potential now Dec 11 2014
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When I first read the first book I was blown away. The novel could have easily been a single book and not turned into a series. I wondered how the first book could possibly be followed by a second. Does Roger run into serial killers and sadists just on a whim? I almost stopped reading because of this absurd concept. However, I actually grew to like Roger more in this book. His character was more developed and interesting. The ending clarified the concept and I can now see the series thing working.
Like others before me have noted, the first book was much better. This book is definitely worth reading because of the new Roger and his possibilities.
Brilliant Sequel April 2 2015
By TheBooksofBlood - Published on
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The Summer I Died was one of the most horrific and powerful horror books I’ve read. It was a rare classic that really stuck with me. If you haven’t read it yet, you must! If you need further convincing here is my review: The Summer I Died. The story of our protagonist, Roger Huntington, continues with this second novel in the series. Having endured torture and tremendous loss, Roger has moved to the West Coast for a fresh start and to pursue his art. He’s haunted by the memories and trauma of the Skinny Man, the villain from the first book, but he’s doing his best to move on. His world comes crashing in when his (wished for) love interest, Victoria, and her fiance, Gabe, are kidnapped.

Roger, our hero, has to struggle with the urge to commit violence and kill the aggressors he meets, fueled by his experiences with the Skinny Man and his feelings of power and righteous revenge. Despite his struggles, he does deliver plenty of violence out of necessity, rather than relish. You really feel for Roger, who must be the unluckiest man alive to be put in these situations, but also somehow the luckiest, since he’s at least alive. He faces test after grueling test in his mission to rescue Victoria. You can’t help but root for Roger. He’s the everyman pushed to the limits – the kind of man you’d hope to be if you were put in such a desperate situation.

Born to Bleed goes in a different direction than the first book and feels less grounded in reality, but that doesn’t detract from the story. Of course, the second book in a series can’t just retread the ground covered in the first and expect to succeed. The gritty realism of the first book was a cornerstone to what made it so disturbing. Gone are the arduous pages of torture. That’s not to say this book is toned down much. The violence is significant, as you would expect, with plenty of gore and shocks. A co-worker happened to see my book open and read a particularly graphic scene, and now she thinks I’m a little unhinged. It’s a fair assessment.

The Skinny Man was a really effective villain, and with this book Thomas has given us a new set of bad guys and a new mythology. What we have are excellent antagonists – a whole different class – that really take some overcoming. I won’t spoil anything about them so you’ll have to read it for yourself, but trust me, they are evil, and once again, their crimes are graphic and boundary pushing. The climax is satisfying and the unexpected twist offers opportunities for Roger to go in new directions. The character has certainly come a long way from when we were first introduced to him. It all sets us up for the third book in the series which I’m eagerly anticipating, although I haven’t found an expected publication date. If you’re a newcomer it’s not absolutely necessary to have read the first book, but I’d recommend it as you’ll miss out on a few things.
Not quite as good as the first book in the series, but still shouldn’t be passed up. March 23 2015
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As several other reviewers before me have mentioned, I didn’t like this second book in the series nearly as much as I liked “The Summer I Died” (which was absolutely phenomenal and would be nearly impossible to top). It was still a very well-written piece of splatter horror, just not quite on par with TSID in my opinion. I finished TSID just 3 days prior to starting “Born to Bleed”, so in hindsight maybe I should have left a little more time in between books so that the first one wasn’t so fresh in my mind. I’m not sure if that would have made a difference in my opinion or not.

With TSID, I found every sick and twisted moment to be completely believable; even as intensely graphic and horrifying as it was, I felt it really could happen in real life. With “Born to Bleed”, however, I found it not quite as convincing. For example, some of the conversations between Roger and the bad guys during the heat of the moment seemed a bit impractical; I couldn’t imagine even the biggest bad-ass on the planet having such banter and general chit chat with his torturers as Roger was having. I understand that since Roger had already survived some extremely intense torture ten years earlier (as depicted in TSID) that the author was attempting to portray Roger’s “been there, done that” mentality. But still, I just found it a little hard to believe that his brain would even be able to formulate such witty comebacks while his extremities were being mutilated beyond recognition. Also, the end of the book started taking on a less believable / more paranormal theme. I have nothing at all against the paranormal genre, I just wasn’t expecting it here since TSID hadn’t really gone this route. That’s about when my thoughts started turning from “that’s some horrifying realistic s***” to “that’s just getting a bit silly”. The main reason I love the splatterpunk genre so much is because I can imagine the stuff really happening and that’s what makes it so frightening, but when it started down the paranormal road it took away a great deal of the terror, at least for me.

You should definitely read “The Summer I Died” prior to reading this book as there are many references to the happenings of ten years ago that help set the stage and provide important background for “Born to Bleed”. I believe the author is currently working on the third installment in this series which I’m definitely looking forward to reading. I’m just hoping he sticks to the more realistic, nightmare-inducing theme of TSID with the new one.