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Mountain Home

4.22  ·  Rating Details ·  183 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews
Lyn works at an isolated roadside diner. When a retired combat veteran stages an assault there her world is turned upside down. Surviving the sniper’s bullets is only the beginning of Lyn's nightmare. Navigating hostilities, she establishes herself as the disputed leader of a diverse group of people that are at odds with the situation and each other. Will she - or anyone e ...more
Kindle Edition, 177 pages
Published June 1st 2013 by Books of the Dead Press
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Adam Light
Sep 20, 2015 Adam Light rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very impressed with this novella. I can't recommend it enough. This is an author to be reckoned with. Great book!
Mandy DeGeit
Jul 24, 2013 Mandy DeGeit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mountain Home is Bracken MacLoed's debut novel, but you'd never know it.

Bracken has created an intricate story with great characters and interesting plot lines that will keep you turning the page. The suspense starts at the very beginning and Bracken manages to sustain the tense emotion throughout the entire book.

Mountain Home covers the plight of a group of characters that are put to the test when a local diner is caught under sniper fire. Some of the characters are out for themselves, whereas
Kit Power
Sep 24, 2014 Kit Power rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mountain Home is a superb hard core thriller. Mr Macleod has a real gift for character and setting - the people in this story feel painfully real. Likewise, the mill they are put through, while extreme, has the awful ring of authenticity to it. The book evokes Stephen King's The Mist, Rambo, and the action movie genre in general, but has far deeper, realer and richer characterisation than that genre usually musters. This is not thrills for thrills sake, but rather an intense exploration of peopl ...more
Matt Andrew
Sep 22, 2014 Matt Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I took a writing workshop with horror author Jack Ketchum about a year ago, and two dictums summed up his approach: “Don’t waste my time” and “Don’t look away.” In other words, if you’re going to put words out there for others to read, make it worth their while, and make those words something that’s going to stick in the reader’s mind long after they’ve finished the book and moved on.

In Bracken Macleod’s debut novel, he didn’t look away, and he didn’t waste my time.

It’s pretty standard fare: a g

Man nehme ein abgelegenes Restaurant in den Bergen Idahoes und eine durch Kriegsverbrechen gebeutelte Veteranin, bei der ein letzter Tropfen das Fass zum Überlaufen bringt. Fertig ist ein Amoklauf einer an Waffen ausgebildeten Spezialistin, die Besucher und Mitarbeiter des Lokals unter Beschuss nimmt. Bereits zu Beginn legt sie ordentlich los und niemand im Fadenkreuz wird verschont. Als sich die letzten Überlebenden verschanzen können beginnt eine Be
Jun 02, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mountain Home gives you equal parts thrill ride and poetic horror. MacLeod excels at creating a story rich with a number of versatile characters that make the story happen; their stories don't happen to them. Characters that feel real in every sense, with interactions and dialogue that is some of the strongest I've read in the genre. Bracken MacLeod blew me away with sickeningly intense action,characters that make you feel...pity,fear, numbing anger, worry. I relish a book that can give me a sto ...more
Jun 04, 2013 Errick rated it it was amazing
To call this book a "page turner" would be belittling. It's more like reading lightning, the pages burn with an unstoppable plot. Once the action is set in motion, no character is safe until they've run the gauntlet MacLeod has lain for them. That it's characters have an emotional punch all there own makes this book stand out from any other thriller that dares to mine this territory.
Jan 25, 2015 Sydney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could have sworn I posted this already, but it looks like it disappeared...
This review was printed in Shroud 14: The Quarterly Journal of Speculative Fiction and Poetry.

“A bullet has no conscience to consult as it flies from the barrel of a gun. It doesn’t feel the wind or the sun or the rain as it speeds toward its target. It penetrates the innocent and the guilty with equal intent and creates victims with the same enthusiasm with which it saves them from the bullets of others. No feelings of
Jun 11, 2013 Claudia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes things pile up around you and the stink and the pain of it is too much to bear. It smothers you with helplessness and frustration and the only thing you can do is to start kicking. Thus it is with Joanie Myer and Lynnea Lowry in Bracken MacLeod’s book “Mountain Home.” The problem with creating victims is that sometimes in the process, you rip away enough of the outside to allow the strength they keep buried inside to break out. Some of us have a great deal to lose and some of us have s ...more
Nick Cato
Aug 25, 2013 Nick Cato rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joanie Myer is a retired veteran who served her country in Afghanistan and Iraq. She's a master sniper and just wants to live the rest of her life in peace at her isolated Idaho home. But someone else doesn't want her there and builds a diner right across the street in an attempt to drive her away.

But unfortunately for him, Joanie doesn't budge.

MOUNTAIN HOME is a seige/revenge thriller that gets in your face before the second page ends and never lets up. MacLeod slowly reveals what makes Joanie
Joanne - is from Canada
Aug 04, 2016 Joanne - is from Canada rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wobble
I don't remember how I heard about this one, but when I finally got around to reading it, I had no idea what it was about.

A diner is held hostage when an ex-military with a sniper rifle proceeds to pick them off one by one due to a long-standing animosity with the owners. The really sad thing about this book is not how terrifying the situation is (which it absolutely is), its how, even in this time of crisis, the people inside the diner continue their petty disagreements and jealousies and can't
May 29, 2014 Angel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Overall, I was in love with this concept from the opening moments of insane violence. What stood out most was MacLeod's crafting of an incredibly likeable and intensely tragic villain in Joanie Myer. Outstanding work leaving me with sympathy for a person with a blood lust like hers.

The rest of the cast is strong, and ultimately kept the book engaging. Everyone had their own voice and motivations.

Minimal critiques with a few moments that felt a little drawn out. Didn't particularly need the very
Mar 09, 2015 doungjai rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could have easily read MOUNTAIN HOME in one sitting, but life and other things got in the way. As it is, I can't even tell you the last time I devoured a book so quickly. MOUNTAIN HOME is that good.

MOUNTAIN HOME focuses on two women -- Lyn, a waitress at a roadside diner who's longing to leave Idaho for a better life; and Joanie, a retired Air Force sniper who stages a brutal attack on the diner. Throughout a series of flashbacks, we discover what happened to Joanie and how she ended up becomi
Apr 26, 2014 Kaisersoze rated it really liked it
There is something extraordinary about Mountain Home. It's not that it's well-written, or compelling, or features characters that elicit strong reactions from the reader. It also isn't that the antagonist becomes sympathetic as her backstory is filled in - despite the despicable actions she resorts to. Neither is it the growth in the main character over the few hours in which this story take place. It's not even that Mountain Home throws the reader head-first into proceedings and never let's up ...more
Mark Matthews
Jun 02, 2013 Mark Matthews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mountain Home. The words elicit wonderful images of a quiet vista. This was what was on the mind of one damaged Iraqi war veteran, until this gets threatened by some power hungry locals.

What a cool novel. I devoured it. 'Tour De Force' is an overused term, but fits perfect for this thriller. Mountain Home starts with a small pulse and great characters, and then it pounds harder and harder with each scene. The characters play off each other wonderfully as they are trapped in the diner, and the ji
W. P. Johnson
Oct 16, 2013 W. P. Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very impressive debut. A literary thriller if there ever was such a genre. I was fortunate enough to chat with Bracken at a convention months ago during a panel about violence in horror and asked the entire panel if there was any value in terrorism and random pointless violence in the genre and he said something along the lines of that being what his novel was about. Curious, I downloaded it and just got around to reading it. I think it's a perfect example of existentialism in horror fiction, a ...more
Aug 02, 2014 Jack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bracken MacLeod's excellent debut novel centres around Lyn, a waitress at a secluded roadside diner called Your Mountain Home Kitchen. Across the road to the diner lives Gulf war veteran Joanie Myer. The diner's owner wanted to buy Joanie's house, but she wouldn't sell, so the diner was built to spoil Joanie's picturesque view, and hopefully drive her out. But some people don't give up that easy! Some things can escalate, and people under pressure can snap. In a way "Mountain Home" reminded me o ...more
Jun 03, 2013 Adrienne rated it it was amazing
I thought I'd read for an hour or two and then go to bed. Ha! Five hours later, I'm cathartically wrung out - in the best way possible - after having experienced an intense and harrowing journey. The pacing is perfect, with an incredible mix of action and back story that really gets you into the psyches of the major characters. You see so clearly through their eyes that the lines between hero and villain are wiped away, leaving behind raw human experience and a glimpse into the darker sides of e ...more
Weston Kincade
Jun 02, 2013 Weston Kincade rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bracken MacLeod’s Mountain Home is a thrilling tale that took me places I never expected. With an explosive storyline that keeps you on your toes, the real surprise turned out to be his characters; real, growing, and full of vitality that you both love and love to hate. Joanie and Lyn’s intertwined stories are inspiring and horrifying, and after reading Mountain Home, it is astounding to consider the impact just one person can have. Read this novel, but be prepared. This is a tale of personal pa ...more
Christopher Irvin
MOUNTAIN HOME is a thrilling debut from Bracken MacLeod. The shock and awe of the first few pages will have you hooked. Parts siege, character study, revenge thriller, real-world horror reminiscent of Jack Ketchum, a hint of supernatural and more, all wrapped into a tightly paced package. And while the plot is superb, it’s the characters and setting that bring it home for me, pun intended. MacLeod crafts real and relatable characters that you’ll find yourself caring about, all the way to the bit ...more
Scott Goudsward
Jan 24, 2014 Scott Goudsward rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mountain Home to me, was a book that I had to let "sink in." Even though I finished the book months ago, I still find myself thinking about it. Mountain Home is Bracken MacLeod's debut novel and I have do doubts with the quality of the writing, story telling and characterization they'll be many more. It's everything you would expect from an action thriller novel, step in and get taken on a hell of a ride. Quick, fast, great pacing and action packed.
Justin Robinson
Jun 04, 2013 Justin Robinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced and admirably cruel, Mountain Home is a spare tale that periodically explodes into violence leaving the reader with horrified whiplash and wondering if that character we just got to know was just mercilessly disposed of.
Jul 21, 2013 Angie rated it it was amazing
Like other reviewers, I read this in one sitting, only pausing to plug in my dying ipad. Compelling characters drive this story and the action holds you in suspense. You won't want to put it down.
Mar 22, 2014 Kristi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tense and paced like a train barreling toward dynamite. But the end felt this way, too. And the supernatural element was more deserving of some fleshing out. Still, I ripped through it.
Nicholas Kaufmann
Jun 02, 2013 Nicholas Kaufmann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I blurbed this book! I thought it was a very accomplished debut novel from an author who not only has something to say but the skill with which to say it. Here's hoping for more!
Aug 22, 2013 Max III rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intense thriller; surprisingly unique characterization. I recommend this highly.
Adrian Young
Dec 23, 2013 Adrian Young rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The best way to describe this novel is: hell for leather. A searing bullet-train of a siege thriller with existentialist overtones, and a supernatural twist reminiscent of the Wotan myth from Norse mythology. However, the novel's virtues extend beyond mere propulsiveness of plot or high body count, both of which will appeal to seasoned readers of survival horror; MacLeod has a knack for crisp, one-stroke (but resoundingly effective) characterizations, and above all action choreography--the scene
Nathan Robinson
Mountain Home by Bracken McLeod
Published by Books of the Dead Press

It’s a simple premise, beautiful in its perfection. Welcome to Mountain Home.
An isolated roadside diner.
Brimming with customers.
And a crazed sniper, wronged by the world at every turn.
Bracken McLeod’s debut novel opens with guns blazing as heads explode and bullets fly from the first chapter and doesn’t let up as the finger is paused on the trigger throughout. Mixed in with the action are shocking flashbacks that perfectly flesh
Mar 17, 2016 Josh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A group of people are holed up in a remote diner, trying to survive being shot at by a sniper across the street.

That’s essentially the plot of Bracken MacLeod’s debut novel, Mountain Home. Plot is by no means the focus here, though. The scenario frames a painfully honest portrayal of some of the uglier aspects of humanity. The characters are thrust against their will into a highly stressful situation, hidden qualities and truths about them coming to light.

Point of view shifts between characters,
David Eccles
Oct 23, 2013 David Eccles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Mountain Home" is a huge display firework of a novel, and the audience (you, the readers)are invited to watch the display that Bracken McLeod has painstakingly set up for us. The touch paper has been lit, and we're all now just waiting for the inevitable explosion to happen.
It seems like it's just another day at the "Your Mountain Home Kitchen", until the owner of the house opposite the diner decides otherwise, unleashing an all-out assault on the building and its occupants, with deadly consequ
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Bracken MacLeod has worked as a martial arts teacher, a university philosophy instructor, for a children's non-profit, and as a trial attorney. His short fiction has appeared in various magazines and anthologies including Shotgun Honey, Sex and Murder Magazine, Femme Fatale: Erotic Tales of Dangerous Women, Ominous Realities, Eulogies III, Wicked Tales, Beat to a Pulp, Protectors 2: Heroes, ThugLi ...more
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“A bullet has no conscience to consult as it flies from the barrel of a gun. It doesn't feel the wind or the sun or the rain as it speeds toward its target. It penetrates the innocent and the guilty with equal intent and creates victims with the same enthusiasm with which it saves them from the bullets of others.” 2 likes
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