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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Thoughtful Horror As You Like It July 21 2007
By Willeford's Kid - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Braunbeck is a master of the evocative dark fantasy novel. Few authors are as capable of generating as much emotion as he is in a genre that is too often frowned upon for over-the-top gore or simplistic storylines. Braunbeck is willing to take his themes to the max, with no simple solutions or easy answers.

In MR. HANDS we are introduced to a young man with psychic abilities who can use his supernatural skills to seek out pain and evil and destroy it. However, those in the greatest pain are children without hope and destined to awful ends, and in providing mercy killings, the young man is dubbed a serial killer. After many years of following his calling, and gathering the ghosts of these children inside himself, his power has grown much stronger. Eventually this mystical power comes in contact with a mother whose missing daughter is feared the victim of a sexual predator. Her rage and pain are able to call upon this energy and give it the face and body of a small wooden doll. It's also given a name. MR. HANDS.

Now MR. HANDS is on a mission of vengeance and offers absolutely no mercy to those he is set in motion against. Not even when a mistake is made and an innocent might have to suffer.

Braunbeck makes us feel all the driving forces of his characters. The confusion, fear, anger, misunderstandings, and unresolved hurts. His characters are fully human, with all the frailties and faults the rest of us have. His wonderfully imaginative story is gripping, horrifying, and provocative, with enough blood to satisfy the gorehounds but also strengthened by a superior writing style. The fantastical elements in the novel all serve the purpose of underscoring the conflicted nature of the human condition. Serious and thoughtful, this is horror at its best.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great book, read in one sitting Sept. 21 2007
By Avid Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I came across this book browsing the local Borders and purchased it expecting an entertaining little book. All I can say it that I got that and more. As an avid reader it takes a lot to keep me awake and reading, but I started this book on Thursday afternoon and finished at 4:00 am Friday morning. I literally could not put it down expect the few times I had to wipe the tears from my eyes. Yes, this is a horror story but it is so much more. The pain and suffering of the children and "Mr. Hands" came across loud and clear. This is a novel of love, redemption and the humanity in us all. A highly entertaining read that I have all ready lent out and recommended to several people.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Fighting evil with evil Oct. 8 2007
By - Kasia S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The unique beauty of this tale has to share the spotlight with the rich emotions the author stirred in, to make it as believable as possible. While reading this I often wondered how personal any of this could have been for him and for the sake of anyone's sanity I hope they never get to experience these events in person.

Mr. Hands starts off as three separate events that come together to form a tight and haunting ending. It all begins with a little boy who was born not out of an act of love but by what his father called - a mistake. He was loved by his weak mother and he was abused by the father, harvesting special powers that helped him seek out children who suffered the same way he did. His mental scars never let him grow pas his eleventh year while his body grew into that of a man, a man on a mission to end child abuse and to inflict punishment, not revenge on the parents who did it to them. Ronnie, for that was his name, ran into Lucy Thompson, another main character, when he was a few years old and left her with what he thought of as a gift. In reality his actions started a chain of events that would some day conclude in cataclysmic proportions in the small, sleepy town of Cedar Hill. Much happens in between, mostly bad things that are best not spoiled to the reader. Years later they meet again but under much darker circumstances, where a creature of death and blind justice is born, making monsters out of those who wants to do good by helping to kill others. This was part horror and part supernatural with a dose of gray morality threw into the mix.

The book is a very fast read and the author does a great job of describing everything in an immaculate detail. After reading it I am still haunted by the pain and suffering the kids endured, especially since that kind of abuse happens in real life, and the ice pick feeling of sheer fear in throats of their parents, those who genuinely loved and missed them was more than real. The element of cruel punishment inflicted on the guilty was satisfying but it came with a hefty price tag to those who administered it.

- Kasia S.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
So Far, Best Book Of 2007 Oct. 5 2007
By William M Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Mr. Hands may be the finest work of Gary A. Braunbeck's career, and quite possibly, the best thing he'll ever write. I was absolutely spellbound by the story, characters, and rich mythology he created. I can't recall a horror novel that had me as emotional as this (right up there with Jack Ketchum's THE GIRL NEXT DOOR - both involve the endangerment of children and their helplessness).

Besides a few typos (shame, shame, Leisure Books!), I found every chapter, every paragraph, and every sentence infused with such passion, it was hard for me to get the lump out of my throat. As a parent of two young children, this was a difficult book to read, but the message of hope and helping others in need made it easier to get through. I can't recommend this book enough. So far, this is my favorite book of 2007, in horror, or any other genre. Mr. Braunbeck, I feel priviledged to have read such a wonderful and powerful book. Thank you.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Rough stuff with emotional resonance. Dec 10 2007
By JCS - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
There are others here who have written reviews with details, so there's no reason for me to go over them again. I will say this was a rough read, hard stuff, emotionally stretched taut, and completely honest to those emotions. From what I have read by Braunbeck, this is a specialty of his. Sure, it's horror, but it's horror that connects, reaches in and squeezes the heart and soul; it's not by the numbers slash and slaughter, blah blah, who gives a flying squirrel stuff, no. This stuff CONNECTS. It's not just the horror elements that appeal. The best section in the book is Part Two, chapter one. In the grief support group. Lucy Thompson's reaction to the rhetoric. Everything here is perfect, the spiel, the reaction, everything. This is writing, my friends. Braunbeck is a master of this kind of thing, where the average person can relate and think, "Yeah, that IS right!" Pick up this book, pick up the *amazing* Prodigal Blues, pick up Destinations Unknown, all brilliant!

JCS

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