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2.86 of 5 stars 2.86  ·  rating details  ·  74 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Mary and John Hilt are offered a contract to restore the Mandiev mansion built by the Mandiev brothers and isolated in the barren flatlands of eastern Colorado. Big pay and a getaway, it is what they desperately needed.

Unknown to Mary, there was an accident on the property years ago, one that killed hundreds of people from the surrounding four towns to include the Mandiev
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 358 pages
Published August 30th 2011 (first published January 3rd 2011)
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Sara Meehan
I should have known from the grammatical error in the book's description on Amazon that this was not going to go well.

The premise of "The Necro Device" is intriguing. In the interest of giving it a fair shot, I stuck with the book through the first chapter, but even that much was flush with "tell" rather than "show" writing, sloppy punctuation, erratic changes of tenses and clunky dialogue. For example, this sentence taken verbatim from the book:

"Drunkenly, a man stood up from his seat. 'Me!' He
Great original plot, great characters, good idea. The problem is that this book isn't very reader friendly. It needs a good edit, and for the author to use a thesaurus instead of repeating the same descriptive words & actions that a character does over and over. It also jumps around in tense & style alot. This book is a great example of a writer 'telling' emotion & not 'showing' any of it. I found myself not caring what happened to anyone, despite how hard I wanted to. I still finish ...more
Oct 23, 2012 Sandy added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
NO stars !! Clearly the writer of the book does not have a grasp of the English language and all the added unnecessary drivvle made this book very hard to read, much less finish. I would never read anything written by this author, if that's what you could call him, again! Not only that, when I placed my review on The Amazon website, when I wasn't sure I wanted to finish this stupid book, the author harrassed and bullied me on the website, calling me a troll and saying I did not read his book. In ...more
Sep 09, 2013 Katy marked it as unfinished
Shelves: ebook
Tried reading it, couldn't finish. The writing was bad enough to be distracting. I did not write a full review as I figured this was the author's first book and that hopefully future books would be better. After I saw the author was wondering why no one has reviewed the book, I asked him if maybe he would have preferred me to write one of my rare one-star reviews for a book so bad I couldn't finish it, and rather than reply he just blocked me. So, I'm adding in this short explanation for anyone ...more
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Apr 22, 2012 Mallory Heart Reviews rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Horror, suspense, Supernatural
Recommended to Mallory Heart by: Great Minds Think Aloud
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This novel literally begins with a bang, a lead-up to a graphic tragedy which changes the destiny of a famed family and of a community. Then, leaping ahead thirty years, a new path ensues. John and Mary Hilt of Colorado have contracted to prepare a long-abandoned estate for charity auction. Isolated, rural, located in a locale of suspicion, grief, and resentment, the mansion is an oddly-shaped structure, willed in perpetuity with an accompanying trust of twelve million dollars. Accompanied by th ...more
awful. painful dialogue.
Lee-Ann Graff-Vinson
What happens when you try to restore a mansion which has brought nothing but heartache to the people who live in torment of its past? What happens when rumours of evil beings haunting the manor begin to come true? What happens when the evil takes over your very soul?
The Mandiev brothers performed death defying feats under the circus top. One fateful night, during their final performance of the night, something went deadly wrong. Hundreds were massacred, including the Mandiev brothers. The town
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Opening: This was one of my favorite parts of the book. The author puts the reader under a big top where the Mandiev brothers are preforming outrageous stunts one after another.

Plot: Mary, John, and Felicia for a little bit, try to fix up the Mandiev mansion for an auction, and Mary's mind is slowly changed by the house's dark secret. The book takes around a hundred pages to setup the mood of the town towards the mansion and to introduce the characters. It felt a little too long.

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This book was the most suspenseful book that I have ever read. It keep me wanting more I couldn't put it down I read it three times. You meet Mary and John Hilt and they have been hired to restore a mansion of the famous Mandiev brothers,They were circus performers that died in a freak accident, or was it?
This book puts you in Mary's shoes and you go through all this crazy delusional episodes with her. But when you find out close to the end the secret that you start trying to figure out in the b
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Hmm, not sure where to start here. Overall, I enjoyed the book but found my "need to want to read it" waning. It started out super strong and about half way through it started to become slightly scattered and redundant in its narrative flow. I am not sure if the middle chapters were purposely done that way to create "fluff" to stretch the book out. But whether intentional or not, it kinda brought the book to a snore for a while. The ending was better but you could kind of predict the ending.

I finished reading Mandiev last night and I really enjoyed it. It was suspenseful, the characters were well developed and I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good read with a lot of action and twists. This is M. T. Dismuke's first book and well worth reading.
The POV threw me off from the beginning and the story just dragged. It read very much like a screenplay (but not of a movie I'd want to see).
Allison Sautkus

This book was awesome!!
A.B. Shepherd
I'm giving this one 3 1/2 stars. I kind of have mixed feelings about it and I've been trying to sort them out before I wrote this review. Overall a book I am glad I read. Definitely worthwhile.

First I'll list my pet peeves with this. Mr. Dismuke either had no editor or had a bad one. There were far too many "motionless waves" and the typo "shinning" when the intention was "shining" was repeated many times. "Click" and "Ding" are not dialogue and I didn't like them written as such. It's like the
On reading the first chapter, I thought this is going to be good. Next, I proceed to the following couple of chapters and I have that sinking feeling, that I am going to be disappointed. It was the dialogue between the family, I found it grating and this was a bit of a let down all the way through the book. Having a teenager myself I could relate to the scenario although Felicia was at the worst end of the spectrum in being difficult, provocative and downright obnoxious. Once the story got under ...more
Fantastic. I loved the dialogue. Great 'show' story with very little 'tell'. Great plot, great story line, great twists all the way through the novel.
This book has a very interesting premise but I felt the implementation was lacking. I was never able to empathize with any of the characters in the story. I just didn't find any of them likeable and their motivations were not very convincing. The book really needs a good editor. The authors confuse "to" and "too" in a couple of places. There are a couple of instances of just using the wrong word, e.g. "retched" instead of "wretched". The formatting is poor, the paragraphs have no indentation nor ...more
Nora aka Diva
Aside from some clunky dialogue and some rather bizarre conveniences that pop up throughout, this was a fun and intriguing read. The ending was a bit of a pleasant surprise. All in all I did enjoy reading this novel.
Simon Parker
Some gripping and emotive stuff but I'm afraid to say I kept putting it down as the pace didn't seem to keep up
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