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Desolate by [Brumm, Robert]
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Howard Bell thought he hit rock bottom the day he returned to his former employer with a loaded gun. Instead of putting a scare into his ex-boss as he intended, things quickly get out of hand, and he kills five people. Howard is sentenced to life at an experimental prison camp off the coast of Antarctica, and he soon learns the true definition of "rock bottom." Prison life at the remote island involves back-breaking work in the illegal mine run by the corrupt warden and his abusive guards. After a mysterious object is discovered deep in the mine, the inmates and staff start dying from an unknown infection. Howard is lucky to find himself one of the few survivors immune to the pathogen, but he and his fellow inmates learn something far more sinister and terrifying also has emerged from the mine. The truly lucky ones are already dead.

This book is intended to be read by adults and may be unsuitable for children under 17. Contains indecent language and descriptions of graphic violence.

Approximately 24,000 Words.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 418 KB
  • Print Length: 132 pages
  • Publisher: DeadPixel Publications; 2 edition (Aug. 8 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005G3RN7E
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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Totally got involved in this story. Will definitely be looking for more from this author as I like his writing style.
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I really enjoyed this book, its quirky in its theme, this first installment sets the stage and history for the next in the series. I am excited to see what happens to the main character. This book could stand alone as a complete story, but I am so thankful that it continues....and what a way it continues in number two! I'm in, already finished two and checking daily for three.
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A could not put down till finished kinda book.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0a95f18) out of 5 stars Desolate Delivers! Aug. 31 2011
By Bvzz - Published on
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Robert Brumm delivers a gripping science fiction thriller with his debut novel.
This story introduces us to Howard Bell, an unlikely protagonist sentenced to life
at an experimental prison of the antarctic coast. The narrative rapidly evolves
into a suspenseful tale of horror and survival. Mr. Brumm's fast-paced, unsullied
writing style propels the story forward with an urgency that keeps you on the
edge of your seat. I had a hard time putting this down until I reached the
satisfying conclusion.

I'll be watching with great anticipation for more from this promising new author.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0a95f6c) out of 5 stars The Human Condition July 14 2012
By Max Zaoui - Published on
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Desolate is a fast-paced, thrilling and modern story. Modern in the sense that it is relevant with our time. I've read here and there that some people think the story is too short, or the characters not developed enough. Actually, I think Robert Brumm did the right thing by cutting everything to the bone (metaphorically speaking), as it made the action gain in terms of rhythm. Had he added more descriptions and details, everything would have been slowed down and it wouldn't have worked quite the same. Novels can't be written the same way for ever: in the 19th, Balzac could spend two pages describing a chair. No one could stand that today. Moreover, simple descriptions leave more room to the reader's imagination, which is fitting in a story meant to be frightening. As for the length, there's something about today's fast-paced society that makes us crave shorter works of fiction. Think of the success of series on TV: I think the format chosen in Desolate is really satisfying.
As a young author, Robert Brumm is a "product" of his time, and is thus influenced by TV series and films. Desolate is a mix of many of these, like a homage to all the stories we love (Lost, Alien...) and the author knows that we will see the references. That's why I don't think he needs to describe more than he does: the reader can fill in the blanks because he is in a familiar territory (even if paradoxically he isn't, stranded on this island with the characters...). SPOILER ALERT: the following paragraph is filled with spoilers.
That's why so many things happen in so few pages too: Howard loses his woman, his job, goes mad and kills his boss and a family, ends up in the worst prison on Earth (a desert island), meets crazy convicts and crazy guards. That would be Part I. Then a strange door is found in an underground place, behind which there's a spaceship, out of which both an alien and a virus come out, killing everyone in the place... The accumulation could be absurd and ridiculous. It's actually not: it is voluntary and the result is close to what the movie Scream accomplished: scaring the s--- out of you while being funny and paraphrasing all the horror films.
The chain of events, this downward spiral Howard is going through, is so exaggerated as to acquire epic, mythological proportions. Like a modern-day, negative double of Ulysses, he goes from one bad thing to a worse one. The tragic element springing from the fact that he brought (almost) everything upon himself. It's like an allegory of Life when things start going wrong.
Robert Brumm knows what he is doing, in other words. The story may look simple at first, but it's up to the reader to bring their own interpretation to it, because it's open enough to do so. Hence the (apparent) simplicity, like what you can find in a fairy tale. The choice of an island as a starting point is not at random either. From The Lord of the Flies or The Island of Dr. Moreau to Lost, islands allow the author to place his characters in a specifically secluded surrounding, where only terrible things can happen. Such is the Human Condition, the definition of which, and that will be my conclusion, fits Desolate on every point:

"The human condition encompasses the unique and believed to be inescapable features of being human in a social, cultural, and personal context. It can be described as the irreducible part of humanity that is inherent and not connected to factors such as gender, race or class. It includes concerns such as the meaning of life, search for gratification, sense of curiosity, the inevitability of isolation, or Thanatophobia (the fear of death)."
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0a99264) out of 5 stars Barely an outline of a story April 25 2012
By Terreciel - Published on
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The premise of the book has promise, but it's so underdeveloped, it reads more like a high school writer's idea of a dystopia/alien/contagion story. It can't quite decide which to be or how to incorporate these three themes coherently. The plot speeds along so briskly that it's over before it even gets going. The writer needs to research topics on which he writes, such as Antartica or work prisons, even if the story is primarily about an alien (which, in fact, takes up very little of the story). I won't even go into minimal character development, awkward dialogue, or poor grammar/proofing. The ending is the best part because of the greater implications.

With a good writers' group providing honest input, with research, with multiple drafts, this could be a good book. Right now, it's just an idea.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0a9915c) out of 5 stars So addicting! Aug. 1 2012
By Atina B. Tan - Published on
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I picked up this book on the recommendation of Wool Series writer, Hugh Howey. I'm so happy I did. You get plunged immediately into a world unlike anything you could imagine. Not only does Brumm do a great job of creating the setting through great imagery, but he also makes you care about his characters by giving just enough back story but not too much that it get's boring.

Once I finished his first book, I immediately got his second book and was just as hooked. His books are fast paced and truly entertaining. My only complaint is that they aren't long enough. But he fits enough into his short books to fill an entire novel.

I can't wait until installment #3!!!!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0a99348) out of 5 stars I didn't find this... March 2 2012
By T. Sickles - Published on
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... quite as good as Windigo Soul, another of the author's books, but it was still well worth the read. This story follows Howard Bell as he is introducted to a new life on an isolated prison island near antarctica. Howard is an unlikely prisoner, commiting his crimes in the heat of the moment while under the influence of alcohol. He figures out that he is not going to last long with hardened criminals unless he makes a friend or two, and thus meets Carl. While out on work detail in a nearby mine, an odd discovery is made, which soon turns an already nightmarish situation worse. Howard and Carl run for it, but can they get away from what was unloosed?

This story moved quickly, and what you think is the end of Howard's nightmare may just be the beginning. I recommend reading this one!