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Iron Butterflies Rust (Division #5)

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In this Division Mythos novella it's been three years since Frank Gunn's wife pulled his service pistol at the local carnival and set events in motion that stained everyone involved with an eight-year-old boy's blood. Meanwhile Frank's life has fallen apart around him—he is on voluntary leave from the police department, the media has made him look like a fool, and his ...more
Hardcover, Signed Limited Mini Hardcover, 150 numbered copies, 224 pages
Published August 2011 by Delirium Books
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Paul Nelson
Iron Butterflies Rust is the second novella I've read by Lee Thompson and this maintains the high standards set by my introduction to this authors work in When We Join Jesus in Hell.
This is a tale steeped in tragedy from an author who plays your emotions as easily as a fiddler plays his strings.

Frank Gunn is a cop, with a loving wife Tanya and a baby on the way, now off duty and enjoying time at a Carnival. Pleasant times are shattered when disgruntled father Albert Chambers goes looking for the
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K.E.
Jan 13, 2012 K.E. rated it really liked it
Here we meet Frank Gunn, a detective, a father and an ex-husband. The near-fatal wounding of a child, the failure of his marriage, the wrong turn his life has taken, weighs on Frank. When his ex goes missing and the Lizard King begins stalking him, Frank’s life turns from depressing to horrific.

IRON BUTTERFLIES RUST is easily recognizable as Lee Thompson’s work. This writer’s voice grows stronger with every piece. IRON BUTTERFLIES RUST plays with the same themes as NURSERY RHYMES 4 DEAD CHILDREN
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Trev Twinem
Nov 22, 2013 Trev Twinem rated it really liked it
So you're travelling through life and you have it all; nice home, loving wife, secure job and a kid that looks up to you...and then in a moment it all disappears and is no more. Frank Gunn good cop encounters one day a situation that changes his life for ever, in an instant his wife Tanya has removed his gun and shot at Albert Chambers who, in a crazed attempt, is holding his kid and pointing a gun at his ex Angela.....bang!! accidentally the child Jeremy is shot and goes into a coma from which ...more
Chris
Apr 02, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, 2012-reads
On the surface, this novel is about how one catastrophic event can be a defining moment, a pivot point, for the lives of all the people involved. All are changed and ultimately they must all face their demons alone. It is more "realistic" and stylistically very different from "Nursery Rhymes for Dead Children" and in many ways darker.

Lee Thompson is a very good writer. Most novels feature formulaic and structured plot and draw from an accepted palette of symbolism or metaphor to create a desired
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Justin Walters
May 21, 2012 Justin Walters rated it it was amazing
This is the first novella I've read by Lee Thompson, though I have read and enjoyed some of his shorter work, and I'm happy to say that it did not disappoint.

On the surface, IBR is a story about a horrific incident and the consequences it eventually brings about. It goes much deeper than just that, though. Thompson seems to have this innate ability to take abstract concepts - tragedy, horror, vengefulness, despair - and make them come alive on the page. We feel with his characters as they bare t
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Benjamin Uminsky
Aug 28, 2011 Benjamin Uminsky rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
This is now my second piece I have read by Thompson, and I think that there was strong improvement over his novel. While I did enjoy his recent novel, NURSERY RHYMES for DEAD CHILDREN, I felt that there were some significant mechanical flaws (multiple disjointed story lines, odd POV for the narration, awkward transitions between dream and real worlds).

In this new novella, IRON BUTTERFLIES RUST, those flaws do not make an unwanted appearance, and we are left with a fascinating story of loss, lone
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K. Wood
Aug 31, 2011 K. Wood rated it really liked it
I've been lucky enough to witness Lee Thompson grow as a writer. I've read a lot of his short fiction, from the not so good to the excellent, so it's a no-brainer that I'm sticking with this cat. He's got the chops and delivers them yet again with Iron Butterflies Rust.

This is a tale written close to home, I think, one of love, hate, failure and redemption, and the richness—the realness—of it all shines through even the darkest moments of the story. And it's plenty dark.

There were a couple part
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Dave Thomas
Dec 30, 2011 Dave Thomas rated it it was amazing
If you aren't reading the work of Lee Thompson, you should be...

"Iron Butterflies Rust" is an excellent introduction to his striking prose, wonderfully written characters, and truly original ideas.

When Frank Gunn's wife pulls his pistol from his waistband at a local carnival, trying to protect an eight-year-old boy named Jeremy Chambers from his seemingly crazy pistol-wielding father, the whole situation turns bad. Real bad. Three years later, Frank, his wife Tanya, the Chamberses, and the chil
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Jennifer
Sep 15, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Another great, authentic story from Lee Thompson.
Robert
Oct 02, 2014 Robert rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014

This was a quick little read about the horror of an event which four people cannot escape.


Frank has been dealing with the accident involving a young boy with the same name as his own son for a long while and the man who started it is about to get out of prison. Suddenly things begin to happen to Frank - a mysterious visitor in the night, people go missing, plots around every corner. He only recognizes the truth when it might be too late...


I enjoyed this book but found a few plot holes within th

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“Lee Thompson knows his horror-noir. He fuses both genres together in the turmoil of terror, tragedy, blood, guilt, and lost chances at redemption.”–Tom Piccirilli, author of THE LAST KIND WORDS

Lee Thompson is the bestselling author of the Suspense novels A BEAUTIFUL MADNESS (August 2014), IT’S ONLY DEATH (January 2015), and WITH FURY IN HAND (May 2015). The dominating threads weaved throughout hi
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Other Books in the Series

Division (8 books)
  • Before Leonora Wakes (Division, #1)
  • Within This Garden Weeping (Division, #2)
  • The Collected Songs of Sonnelion (Division, #3)
  • Nursery Rhymes 4 Dead Children (Division, #4)
  • As I Embrace My Jagged Edges (Division, #6)
  • The Dampness Of Mourning (Division, #7)
  • Down Here In The Dark (Division, #8)

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