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Twenty years after surviving a school shooting Tanner Khan and his fellow classmates reluctantly agree to hold a reunion. Although they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, they come back to their hometown and reunite in the defunct school building. Old flames are rekindled, fears are ignited, and their lives are about to explode in a whirlwind of memories, haunted ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by nexGate Press (first published March 14th 2011)
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Vone Savan
Nov 26, 2011 Vone Savan rated it really liked it
When people are traumatized, we often internalize the source of that trauma for fear of having to relive it. Without help, those fears will manifest and eventually cripple us, ultimately preventing true happiness. Reunion by Jeff Bennington was a novel that delves headfirst into this issue—and the results were great. Bennington was able to create a book that was all at once: touching, thoughtful, metaphysical, suspenseful, and smart.

The book starts with David Ray, an extremely damaged teenager.
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Lou
Aug 23, 2011 Lou rated it really liked it
Very real the incident of mass killing of students, something you see on the Headlines often. The author gives you the backstage pass to a school shooting, the run up to the day and lives of the survivors after. As the community tries to pick up life again as if it never happened an idea of a school reunion comes up but are they really prepared for what is to follow this one quite strange reunion of sorts.
Written in a good haunting pace with few surprises round the corner.
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Emily
Oct 07, 2011 Emily rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2011
I was loaned a copy of this book by the author and I have such mixed feeling about this book. Honestly I didn't like it. I ususally love paranormal fiction, and enjoy getting emotional attached to storylines. That didn't happen with Reunion. I couldn't relate to any of the characters, and at first I simply thought that it was because I couldn't relate to what they had gone through. As the book went on though, it became more of an issue with underdevelopment. They all felt very stiff and common. ...more
Tammy
Summary: Twenty years after surviving a school shooting Tanner Khan and his fellow classmates reluctantly agree to hold a reunion. Although they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, they come back to their hometown and reunite in the defunct school building. Old flames are rekindled, fears are ignited, and their lives are about to explode in a whirlwind of memories, haunted by the spirit of David Ray, the troubled teen who killed many of the students.

Once they're inside the school, they
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Erika
Apr 14, 2011 Erika rated it it was amazing
Let me begin by saying that I can’t do this book justice in the short amount of space that is THE REVIEW. The concepts presented here were too breath-taking, the characters too realistic, and the supernatural elements just the right touch of creepy, heart-pounding, other-worldly thrill ride. BUT I can tell you a bit about my experience that was my reading of REUNION.

David Ray and the school shooting – David Ray, the school shooter, is one of those characters I had a really hard time putting my f
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Courtney Conant
Apr 29, 2011 Courtney Conant rated it it was amazing
While making my way through this ARC that I received from Jeff Bennington, I found myself entranced. It was the first book that I read on my Kindle (an entirely new experience for me) and I couldn't put it down. I have to say that this was an excellent book and worth the read.

Bennington really grabs the reader with this supernatural tale, dragging them kicking and screaming the whole way. Now keep in mind, this is not a horror novel but it does have many horrific aspects to it. He brings you int
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Blodeuedd Finland
Apr 19, 2011 Blodeuedd Finland rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-by-anna
*read by my friend Anna*

"Reunion” (by Jeff Bennington) is fictional, and not based on anything that has happened in real life. It is the author’s third story, with more on the way.

Reunion” can be described as a paranormal thriller, but as the author writes in the foreword, it is also a mixture of “supernormal, horror, romance, suspense, and dark fiction”.

The story starts with a school shooting in Crescent Falls, a small fictional town in Idaho. A young man, David Ray, opens fire in his high scho
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Jay Krow
May 21, 2011 Jay Krow rated it really liked it
David Ray walked into school, pulled out a gun and killed eight students; that’s how this paranormal thriller, written by Jeff Bennington begins. From the first sentence you know this won’t be your ordinary tale of the paranormal. Bennington melds great prose with a social voice that explores the trauma that survivors of school shootings deal with every day.

It’s evident that Bennington did his research for this story. The pain and the range of emotions the characters exhibit is raw, and as real
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Sony
Apr 05, 2013 Sony rated it did not like it
Terrible! I don't understand the 3 1/2 star rating on this book at all. It's the epitome of lazy, self-indulgent, preachy writing. The depiction of the school shooter was so stereotypical and shallow that it made me wonder if the author was writing this book in reaction to a recent tragedy, rather than using it as a part of the set up to a real story. I hate cardboard characters, and preachy writing, so this book really annoyed me. But what really makes me angry is the writing. It's clumsy, and ...more
Jeff Bennington
Sep 05, 2011 Jeff Bennington rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I mean..come on...I loved it!

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Jenny
Jun 27, 2011 Jenny rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, kindle
This book is about a group of students who survive a school shooting and what their lives are like 20 years later. I knew the subject matter could be sensitive to some people but I found that the author did a great job of giving it respect but also changing it enough so it was a good fiction story.

I enjoyed how the author developed each of the characters and adequately described how different people would be affected by PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). Each character faces challenges with
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1412
Mar 17, 2011 1412 rated it it was amazing
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Veronica Noechel
Apr 07, 2012 Veronica Noechel rated it did not like it
Wow. Um. Where do I begin. I'm hesitant to write a review, under the "if you can't say somethin' nice" clause. I thought the concept of a horror/supernatural novel based on the whole school shooting phenomenon was promising. Unfortunately, the characters didn't ring true and their dialogue was extremely wooden. It was almost as if the story was being written by someone who had never met an actual human, but had seen a lot of prime time television. The people didn't *act* like people. Spoiler ale ...more
Nathiel
Jun 27, 2011 Nathiel rated it it was amazing
Jeff kindly sent me this book for reviewing and I am still in awe with it, it was so good.

The characters are amazing because they seem so real, as none of them are perfect (far from it actually)

David Ray was a haunted young man, who while I hated him for what he did, I also found myself feeling very sorry for what he had suffered.

As for Tanner, Maria, Lana, Noah, Nick, Bryan and Kate, well we get to see how they are coping with seeing their friends dying infront of them, 20 years later and the t
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Jeannie Walker
Aug 17, 2011 Jeannie Walker rated it it was amazing
This book of fiction takes us into a world that is all too realistic in the horrifying trend of school violence that has been taking place too often in our society. Bullying and violence have no place in our schools and the practice should be stamped out before it causes violence.
The author starts out with a terrible shooting at a high school where several students were killed and injured. Thankfully, at the end of the horrific rampage, the deranged shooter turns the gun on himself. However, la
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Julia
Mar 16, 2011 Julia rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Mona at RexRobotReviews.com (Post 5/9/11)

Reunion by Jeff Bennington is an incredibly hard hitting novel that embraces the lives of not only the victims but of the person committing the crime. Reunion is not what I would consider an “easy” read. Not to say it was bad, it is an extraordinarily exceptional story, just that it emotionally involves the reader. This story is about a horrific event, an event that touches not only those involved but an entire town, and possibly even far more
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Stacy
Sep 09, 2011 Stacy rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I really enjoyed this book. If I didn't have a newborn I would have been able to read it much quicker too! It's a quick read and is very captivating! It has all the good qualities that make up a good book. Jeff is a wonderful writer and I am definitely going to look into his other books. Reunion had a powerful message, and was also very exciting and nail biting. Sometimes I felt sad, then happy, then scared. The beginning, I felt, was very powerful with the school shooting. It made me thing a lo ...more
Vicki Scullion
Oct 21, 2012 Vicki Scullion rated it really liked it
Although a story about a high school massacre is not my preferred reading material, I found myself drawn into this novel almost in spite of myself. The characters were compelling and three-dimensional. The supernatural elements were creepy, and I ended up on the edge of my seat, anxious to find out how the plot elements were going to shake out. I was not disappointed. If you're looking for a scary, haunting story to read this Halloween, I recommend this one.
Bridget
Apr 18, 2011 Bridget rated it it was amazing
One of the best things about being a book blogger is learning about new authors. I love it when an author like Jeff comes along and asks me to review a book like REUNION. I enjoyed this book so much and if I hadn't been invited to participate in this blog tour, I might not have known about this wonderful book and talented author. It encompasses all of my favorite genres: thriller, supernatural and romance. REUNION is a must read for all book lovers!
Jaime
Apr 21, 2011 Jaime rated it really liked it
This was an interesting read and very unique. Quite unlike any book I have ever read. It was a supernatural thriller that also had several romantic subplots.

This book is about a school shooting and the survivors who are still trying to piece their lives together. Years later they meet at a class reunion and realize the horror has just begun.
Benjamin Jones
Mar 23, 2011 Benjamin Jones rated it it was amazing
I just finished reading Reunion by Jeff Bennington and, in two words, very impressive.

As one reviewer stated, Jeff asks some hard hitting questions in regards to what happens to the lives of those that are forced to live through a massacre such as a school shooting which takes place in the novel. Not only the students but how does it affect the town as a whole and everyone that lives in it?

Not to divulge too much I will say that Reunion is a wonderful page turner and never feels cliche or formul
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Jena
Apr 25, 2013 Jena rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, 3-stars
There is a five-star novel within these pages, and it's a must-read, because it contains one of the most powerful beginnings ever. The reason it received only three stars from me is more of a positive than a negative, to my way of thinkin. This book tried "to be all things to all people", and in so doing, it lost some of its luster.

In my mind, there are two novels inside this book. The "five star" tells a reality-based story of teenagers who face the tragedy of a school shooting and live to tell
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Jenny
Jul 01, 2011 Jenny rated it liked it
Review originally posted at: http://supernaturalsnark.blogspot.com...

Actual Rating: 2.5/5

MY THOUGHTS
Reunion catapults us into a world that is both disturbingly realistic in its focus on the horrifying trend of school violence and also frighteningly fictional as the terror of the paranormal is added to human cruelty. We are exposed to the permanent emotional, mental, and physical scars of a school shooting, our senses kicked into overdrive as we realize the trauma for the survivors is not over, b
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Daniel Audet
May 03, 2011 Daniel Audet rated it it was amazing
Shelves:
Author Jeff Bennington has just released his latest novel. The reviews look good for this book on a controversial yet all too common issue we see happen again and again in the U.S. Jeff has taken this matter of mass school killings and gone a step further, the aftermath for survivors. Looks good, Miranda from My Eclectic Bookshelf posted a good review as have numerous others, so, I will be reading the book soon. I really like the hard or soft cover version so I'll hold out for my copy before I r ...more
Wendy Cartmell
May 30, 2012 Wendy Cartmell rated it liked it
Twenty years after surviving a school shooting, Tanner Khan and his fellow classmates reluctantly agree to hold a reunion. Although they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, they come back to their hometown and reunite in the defunct school building.
I enjoyed the first half of the book, was intrigued by the premise and looked forward to Mr Bennington's self proclaimed efforts to commemorate those involved in high school shootings. The cast of characters was interesting and the book moved
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Carissa
Apr 15, 2011 Carissa rated it really liked it
Has anyone ever noticed that schools are kind of creepy?


You don’t necessarily see it during the day, but late at night when the lights have been turned off and all the halls are empty…a school can become a downright eerie place. Weird settling noises, slamming doors, and hissing boilers can do funny things to your imagination.


Anyone who has ever been caught in one after hours knows what I’m talking about.


So, when Jeff Bennington approached me about reading an early copy of his latest book, Reuni
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Heather
Apr 02, 2011 Heather rated it it was amazing
I love supernatural thrillers as a general rule. I'm not easily shocked or scared, and Reunion did not disappoint. A small portion of the beginning is devoted to the school shooting itself. Jeff Bennington does an excellent job of putting the reader inside the mindset of a troubled and abused teenage boy who turns to murder and suicide to end his pain. You're also introduced to the main players in this tale, their hopes and dreams just as they are about to graduate. The writing is smooth and the ...more
Miranda Lynn
May 02, 2011 Miranda Lynn rated it it was amazing
This book was not what I had expected, I will tell you that from the start. This book is fiction and is not based on any real massacre. It starts out with a student planning to get revenge for the bullying he has had to deal with throughout his life. You follow him through his preparations, through the massacre and then you jump ahead 20 years and find out about some of the survivors of the massacre. Where they are what they are doing and how they are still dealing with PTSD to that very day.

One
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1000 +
Sep 01, 2011 1000 + rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Blurb:

20 years after a devastating school shooting 5 senior class survivors find themselves returning to their home town for a Reunion and long awaited closure. What was supposed to be a healing experience turns deadly as the dead gunman reeks havoc on the lives of those who dared to return.

A touching story of the strength of love, the devastation of abuse, and the power of faith.

Lets Talk About It:

From the very first page you could feel the strength of the written word, the eeriness describ
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Michele Tater
Mar 16, 2011 Michele Tater rated it it was amazing
Book Title: Reunion
Author: Jeff Bennington
Publisher: nexGate Press
ISBN: 9780615443683
Reviewed by Michele Tater for The Couch Tater Review

“Your karma is that you lived and you must honor and to remember and to live a life worthy of your having survived.” Ducan Williams

Although it is a work of fiction, this book examines the fatality of the human psyche and how people handle experiences differently, even if it was the same event. Crescent Falls, Idaho seems to be like any small town in the Unites
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I'm the bestselling author of REUNION, Twisted Vengeance, Creepy and The Indie Author's Guide to the Universe.

I live in Central Indiana with my wife, four children and two stray cats. I obsess over details, dream strange dreams and teach a creative writing course for a homeschool co-op. Look for my upcoming paranormal thriller, Act of Vengeance, coming in late 2011.

I grew up in Saginaw Michigan,
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