Born To Bleed: A Thriller
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Born To Bleed: A Thriller

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  84 ratings  ·  27 reviews
It's been ten years since Roger Huntington suffered through the bloody events in Skinny Man's basement. Ten years since the game of chance, the dismemberment, the torture, and the grisly deaths. Roger has moved to California where he now works as a painter and pines after his co-worker, Victoria. It's a seemingly bland life, which is how he likes it. But just as he can't f...more
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David Church
Born to Bleed is a sequel to the Summer I Died. If you know anything about me, you will know that I have promoted the hell out of the Summer I Died, it was easily the best book I read last year out of close to 60 books. So when I heard Ryan wrote a sequel my first thoughts were how? I thought Summer ended perfectly and what could you really expand on? And my second thoughts were why? Just like when you have a horror movie you really love or using comic analogy ala’ Roger Huntington..a sequel to...more
Paul Nelson
A 3.5 Rating
I think the most difficult thing with Born To Bleed is that it’s the follow up to an absolute classic, The Summer I Died is one of the most powerful stories you’re ever likely to read and it was always going to be an impossible task to match up to that.

Born to Bleed set ten years later gets its shocks from cannibalism and the people who claim it as there life blood and prolonged youth, Roger Huntington finds himself right in the thick of it once more as he attempts to rescue Victoria...more
Another wild ride from Ryan C. Thomas! We start with Roger, ten years after he endured the events in The Summer I Died. This was a solid book as far as story lines go, but somehow the only character I really "felt" was Roger, himself. The fast paced action and grisly details were there aplenty. While this book was good on it's own, I think it was just hard to follow up the emotional turmoil built up in book one.
Roger was seemingly indeed born to bleed. Ryan C. Thomas has created him to suffer. He survived the spectacular butchery of the first book, traumatized but alive. And now ten years later he's a 30 year old man, haunted but functional, trying to lead a normal life in sunny California (which is apparently a terrifying place where the rich literally consume the needy and the old eat the young)and making a living as an artist. The odds of something like what happened to him in the past recurring are...more
David Church
Born to Bleed is a sequel to the Summer I Died. If you know anything about me, you will know that I have promoted the hell out of the Summer I Died, it was easily the best book I read last year out of close to 60 books. So when I heard Ryan wrote a sequel my first thoughts were how? I thought Summer ended perfectly and what could you really expand on? And my second thoughts were why? Just like when you have a horror movie you really love or using comic analogy ala’ Roger Huntington..a sequel to...more
11811 (Eleven)
Feb 05, 2013 11811 (Eleven) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to 11811 (Eleven) by: Tressa
As others have said, this isn't quite as good as The Summer I Died but I doubt it is possible for that masterpiece to have been outdone. I'm still going with 5 stars on this one because it is excellent on its own and technically TSID was really a 6 star book. Highly recommended and I'd love to read another sequel.
♥ Marlene♥
This is the sequel of The Summer I died and I read this a week ago and forgot to write a review.

It was definitely not as good as the first book but that is understandable because that book was great but it was also a surprise to me.
The element of surprise was not here in this book because I'd just finished reading book 1 but it was still good.

There were a few sentences that I loved.

I'll quote one: You dig like my grandma taking a shit.....slow and hopeful and in the end all she expels is hot air...more
Adam Light
Okay, so this was quite the amazing sequel to the masterful The Summer I Died. I was fortunate enough to have not been exposed to any spoilers before reading either one of them. I did however have high hopes because of all the rave reviews associated with this series. I have not been let down yet. I think Ryan C. Thomas has created something rare and exciting and I am delighted to see that there will be another sequel. After the way this one ended, I was really hoping for a continuation. It seem...more
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Trev Twinem
Enjoyable second installment of the Roger Huntington adventures....Roger is one unlucky guy, having escaped Skinny Man in "The Summer I died" he is hoping to live a quiet life in California...not going to happen Rog!! The girl he adores Victoria is captured together with her boyfriend Gabe and both are tortured (Gabe killed, Victoria raped) Roger peruses the villains and in the usual "gore" fest he manages to dispense the baddies and finally rescue the girl...who will of course remain rather tra...more
Brenda Seaberg
I've actually been done with this book for a few days, but was taking time to ponder it before writing this review. I did enjoy the first one, The Summer I Died, better than this one, but mostly because I found the pace in it to be much faster from the start. However this one certainly has its merits as well. Again, there is plenty of gore. And it ties in some strange happenings from the first book, giving a better understanding of it.

Would I recommend it? Yes! If you've read The Summer I Died,...more
Daniel Barnett
A solid follow up to the first--but nowhere near as impactful--Born to Bleed brings us more Roger Huntington, more torture, more sharp wit, and more brutal comeuppance as the main character finds himself, once again, in the worst situation imaginable. What it fails to deliver, however, is the same level of rawness and heart as its predecessor.
Somewhat disappointing sequel to The Summer I Died which finds our "hero" Roger in a life or death battle with demented high-society cannibals. Unlike in TSID, where the over-the-top story worked so well, the plot just feels forced and silly most of the time. It's well-written, and the story does start well and moves along at a brisk pace, but it never develops into a real nail-biter like TSID did. The ending felt like it was stolen from the film Unbreakable and just made the story even sillier....more
I did enjoy this and loved the twist at the end. Will look forward to reading the next installment with great anticipation but I do hope it will be as heart stoppingly brilliant as the first book was rather than the pale imitation this one turned out to be. I'm pretty sure I was expecting too much as the first book was so good and I would probably have given this 5 stars had it been written by someone else. Please ramp it back up to give the readers what they expect in the next one :)
An excellent Sequel. I know most didn't like it as much as the first and I have to admit the first was better but this one was close. And the first book in the series was one of the best horror novels I have ever read. If you liked the summer I died then definitely check this one out.
Maxine Marsh
A great sequel. The story isn't as intimate as the first book, but the heart and gruesome content is still there. Can't wait for #3!
Wow! It never stops for this kid eh? There are some truly nasty people in this one and the ending, I was not expecting.A great sequel.
Mandy Queen
it wasnt as good as The Summer I Died but it was still pretty cool
Jenna **Dreams**
Good nook, although not quite as good as the 1st. Review to come
10 years after his terrible ordeal in The Summer I Died, Roger Huntington finds himself in another nightmare predicament. Evidently, he is a psycho magnet. This time he is on the offensive as he tries to find and rescue his co-worker Victoria who has gotten herself kidnapped by some very sadistic cannibalistic whack jobs. Roger must fight not only the bad guys, but his inner demons and memories of the skinny man who nearly killed him years before. He will need to call upon all of his resolve to...more
Once again, this is an excellent novel full of breathless suspense and grotesque imagery.

A slow start, but nevertheless entertaining throughout. The characters are well thought out and you warm to them well. So well it's actually painful to see what happens to them.

There are many references to the first book in this series - The Summer I Died - and I would strongly recommend reading that first to get a better grasp of what Roger has already been through.

The ending didn't exactly take me by surpr...more
A bleeding heart is of no help to anyone if it bleeds to death. - Frederick Buechner

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 w...more
Another great, gory adventure from the brilliantly twisted mind of Ryan C. Thomas. This story is the sequel to The Summer I Died. In my opinion, TSID still reigns supreme but the sequel is still a fun, bloody read. What I like about the Roger Huntington saga is that his character is so well-developed...human, flawed and believable.
If you're looking for a book where the hero gets the girl in the end, surrounded by puppies and rainbows, this isn't the book for you. However, if you'd love a ride f...more
John Putignano
Summer I Died this is not. At first this book started out great, got ridiculous and ended with disapointment. I really want to like this book but all I can say on the direction is what the fuck? I will give three stars because in the beginning I was on edge as tension built but like I said, what a let down.
A good sequel to the classic splatter novel "The Summer I Died". You just know Roger Huntington is gonna get into some serious (and I mean REAL BAD) trouble. He's the kinda guy who's luck is never good! Thomas is a top top horror writer. Also check out the excellent "Ratings Game".
Jessica Ceballos
i really love the suspense and gore in this book. but i wish i got more from the ending.
After the heart racing The summer I died this didn't have the spine chilling affect as the 1st book but it was still a good read that I finished easily & eagerly waiting for book 3 and The Summer I died movie.
I was a bit disappointed. But it is hard to live up to live up to the genius that is Summery I Died.
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I am the author of the novels The Summer I Died, Ratings Game, Born to Bleed, Salticidae, Undead World of Oz, Hissers and more. I hope to learn a lot from the readers on this site, and get some good book recs in the process. Thanks!
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