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3.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  135 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Book 4 of the Barry/McCall Series

The homeless of Montreal are dying at the hand of ‘Allan’, a serial killer set on ridding the city of street people…

… As the killer taunts the police about the increasing body count, Captain Dave McCall calls on the services Jonathan Addley and Chris Barry, both operatives with the government’s clandestine ‘Discreet Activities’ team…

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Published July 11th 2011 by Claude Bouchard
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Nov 15, 2011 Ba rated it it was amazing
Shelves: twitter-authors
I've been reading Claude Bouchard's work, daily - 140 characters at a time, for months on twitter. His banter with another author (to be reviewed soon) led me to reading excerpts at his website, and his blog. I have all of his books in my possession. I let this one be the first novel to read completely because of a unique quality: the characters are named after some of the people he interacts with on twitter. My name is in there. Who doesn't want to share their name w ...more
Mar 03, 2012 Lee rated it it was ok
Shelves: wombat
With this book it's simple to figure out the ending after the first few pages. I don't necessarily mind that, especially if the events leading to the ending explain how the ending happened. This book does not.

This book is a travelogue -- and not a very good one at that. It's more of a brag book than anything else. It's not scary, or a psychological thriller. Not by a long shot. So the author knows his wines, has been to a lot of the same tourist traps millions of others have been to.

I kept tryin
Eric Thomasma
Jul 24, 2011 Eric Thomasma rated it really liked it
An excellent read! Of course I might be slightly biased because I'm featured in this story. OK, not really me, but Claude used my name for one of the characters (with permission, of course). The story unfolds as a lighthearted romp around the world with a loving family. The fact that the main character apparently just abandons his prestigious position to become "Family Man" seems somewhat odd, but realigning ones priorities can often seem that way. At some point, and I'm not sure when, I realize ...more
Sep 18, 2014 Bret rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-ever
I made it a habit to not read authors that spew hate and vitriol. (Source)

from: Claude Bouchard
to: ""
date: Wed, Sep 17, 2014 at 8:01 PM
I learned of your pirating site by chance on Facebook and was dismayed to not that you have eight of my books up. Eight! I will not fill out your fucking forms to have them removed, you goddamned, motherfuckers! You are fucking thieves who are robbing me and many other authors who are trying to earn a living with their har
Jon-david Mafia Hairdresser
Jul 09, 2013 Jon-david Mafia Hairdresser rated it it was amazing
Forgive me for writing a review so long after I finished this book--shame on me because I loved it!
I was already a fan of Claude Bouchard and this little "Vacation" of a book turned out to be thrill right that started out oriented. But, just like Claude is on Twitter, something is always just a little amiss... And then things happen.
I read Asylum in one sitting. So will you.
Youngblood Hawke
Sep 30, 2011 Youngblood Hawke rated it it was amazing
This was a very interesting, well written book with a really "different" plot. Often plots have been told over and over again all by different authors. But Claude Bourchard has delivered a really interesting twist that I thoroughly enjoyed. It is captivating, holding my interest all the way through. I recommend you read it.
Feb 29, 2012 Natalie rated it it was ok
It wasn't terrible but wasn't the best either. The detail of the trip got to be a little much and I figured something was up when the family just kept going and going and going on their trip. The ending was a little expected but worked.
Feb 25, 2012 Christina rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle-reads
bored,bored,bored. kept waiting for obvious conclusion. was not a shocker ending. surprised by the high ratings. did not give up on this story.
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Jul 10, 2012 The Digital Ink Spot rated it really liked it
The main character, Doctor Matthew Russell, is a workaholic. Pushing his family further and further away with each broken promise, Matthew decides something must change and nothing is the ever the same again.
If you love to travel then you will love this book. At every stop along the Russel family vacation is danger. Every member of the family has a near death experience. Luckily, Matthew is there to save his family and keep them safe. Every heroic deed allows Matthew to prove his newly found dev
Jemima Pett
Feb 16, 2012 Jemima Pett rated it it was amazing
This is not a children’s book but is clean, family oriented and intriguing. Dr Russell suddenly decides to solve his family troubles by taking indefinite, unplanned leave from his job, and takes his wife and two kids on the holiday of a lifetime.

What a holiday! Just imagine the most enjoyable tour of the West Coast of North America, staying in the best hotels, doing all the outdoor sports and sight-seeing trips (they missed out Mount Rainier but maybe it’s changed since I went there). Every now
Peggy Holloway
May 13, 2013 Peggy Holloway rated it really liked it
This wasn't my favorite book by this author. I think it would have made a wonderful short story. I felt like it rambled quite a bit. He describes, in detail, each ride the family took, each hotel room, each restruant, and even details about the food they ate. There was way too much filler without substance. It was as if Claude had this wonderful idea for a plot but had to fill in most of the book with mundane details before getting to the surprising ending. I don't know if it was because it ramb ...more
Nancy Silk
May 05, 2012 Nancy Silk rated it liked it
After reading about 30 percent of this book, the pace slowed with detailed descriptions of the Russell family vacation. The vacation starts in Canada, down the California coast, eastward to Las Vegas, and on to Florida. They board a plane for Rio de Janeiro. I took time to go to and checked the reviews of this book, and there were many. It appeared the reviewers were split between loving this novel, highly praising the author, or they were very critical and found the story boring. I d ...more
Julie Baker
Mar 14, 2012 Julie Baker rated it it was ok
Wow... talk about a let down. It started off great! You could feel the twist building and then nothing. It turned into a travel brochure for the most unrealistic vacation EVER! I have never seen one family more plagued with troubles than this one. Then the absolutely unrealistic activities and places they went... you knew it had to be all in his head. But the way he took it all the way to the last 2 pages before revealing the twist was ridiculous. I got so tired of the "vacation" it made me feel ...more
G.E. Johnson
Mar 26, 2012 G.E. Johnson rated it really liked it
I downloaded "Asylum" during a free promotion on Kindle because I was intrigued by the title and description. As a fan of psychological thrillers, I felt like I would enjoy the book and it did not disappoint. About halfway in, I did figure out the plot, but was still surprised at the extent of the twist at the end.

The heavy detail in the book slows the pace down a bit and as a fan of psych. thrillers and horror, I would have liked to have gone deeper into the psychology of the main character. H
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Sep 12, 2013 Marcella rated it it was ok
This book was free on the kindle and definitely worth what I paid for it. After a few pages it was clear what was happening and the book devolved into a very long travelogue (complete with hotel names and locations) wherein the family gets in trouble and super dad saves the day. Over, and over and over again. And really, he pee'd on a man? The ending was expected and abrupt. Not satisfying, but at least it was such a quick read that little time was wasted.
Jul 09, 2012 TaenneLeigh rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: adults (some older teens)
Recommended to TaenneLeigh by: other books by the author
This book was quite the interesting roller coaster with psychological thrill, mixed feelings and fantasy. It took me way by surprise and that's what earned it the five stars I gave it. I like it when an author is very knowledgable of his/her surroundings, foods, wines, etc. It makes the story more tantalizing for me because these are areas of interest for me.

And, I'm still reeling.
Mar 06, 2012 Jean rated it did not like it
Totally disappointed in the book. If you want to take a vacation with Matthew Russell and his family, this is the story to read. I literally skimmed through half the book. Too much detail about the various places visited and every tidbit of food they ate. Not my kind of book. Ending of story left you hanging.
Mar 02, 2012 Yvette rated it it was ok
I have to admit I skimmed through a majority of this book.... I liked the concept of the book but the characters were way too irritating & the traveling was monotonous and tedious. You have the ending figured out from the beginning - getting to the end was a chore.
Cynthia Hill
May 24, 2012 Cynthia Hill rated it did not like it
This could potentially be the worst book I've ever read: completely implausible, a twist seen coming a mile away, stilted dialogue, and a long, overblown travelogue. Could potentially have been a decent short story.
Feb 24, 2012 Elaine rated it did not like it
Though this book has great ratings, I don't get it. To me it was just a guy on vacation with his family and then the end which I won't get into here for obvious reasons. What was so great about it?
Apr 18, 2012 Yvonne rated it it was amazing
WOW!! This book was definatly NOT what I thought!! You are so drawn in by the story, you get to the
end and you wonder what the hell just happened!! Loved it!!!
Oct 17, 2012 Helen rated it it was ok

Knew what was coming, just carried on reading to find out when it would be......
Sep 27, 2012 Michelle rated it liked it
a little different....but fairly enjoyable read
Sep 07, 2012 Amy rated it did not like it
So boring I couldn't finish it.
Lydia Brown
Mar 02, 2015 Lydia Brown rated it really liked it
Crazy book but a good read!!!
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I was born in Montreal, Canada, at a very young age, where I still live with my spouse, Joanne, under the watchful eye of Krystalle and Midnight, two black females of the feline persuasion. In a former life, I completed my studies at McGill University and worked in various management capacities for a handful of firms for countless years. From there, considering my ext
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