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The Digger's Rest

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Dare to follow K. Patrick Malone into the deep dark heart of The Digger's Rest, his second full length horror novel chronicling the journey of a motley team of art archaeologists sent to excavate a newly discovered castle ruin in the South West of England in search of proof of the mistress of King Arthur. What they uncover, however, is a legend much older, more mind rendin ...more
Paperback, 388 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by A-Argus Better Book Publishers, LLC (first published July 1st 2009)
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Jan 31, 2014 Ema rated it did not like it
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I'm sorry. I couldn't finish this. I got about a hundred pages in, and couldn't continue. The writing style was just too amateurish, and though the story seemed like it had potential, the form was just unbearable. My main issues were the many lengthy, overly-sentimental flashbacks and awkwardly over-detailed descriptions. The perspective also seemed to jump around alarmingly, and the dialogue was kind of cheesy, like that of a local-channel afternoon soap-oper
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Jul 15, 2013 Jerry Husak rated it liked it
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I got this book as a First Reads book and was looking forward to it. I wasn't sure what to think of this book after I finished it, and I'm still not sure. Like in his "An Unfinished House", Malone uses a large portion of the book to build characters before getting to the supernatural component of the story. I like this style, and the characters in Digger's Rest, while at first unbelievable, become believable and likeable. However, the WHY behind the supernatural component of this story, coming s ...more
Oct 16, 2015 Shawn rated it it was amazing
I don't normally recommend doing this, but this is the one case I think you should: go to the end of the novel and read the author's note first. I picked this novel up months ago to read, right after finishing a great read by K. Patrick Malone, The house at Miller's Court. For some unexplicable reason, I read the author's note first. In doing so, I decided to take the suggestion of reading this novel with the music that appears in front of each chapter. I have never done this, and it took some t ...more
Nov 18, 2014 J rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book via the First Reads program with for an impartial and honest review.

The beauty I found in this book is the testament to fostering/mentoring young adults. So much focus is put on adopting/fostering children that it's good to be reminded that older kids need guidance, and love. I enjoyed the character development leading up the mystery/fantasy aspect. Mr. Malone had me caring about his characters, so much that at certain periods in my reading I almost threw the
I was pleased to receive this through Goodreads First Reads (although I was a little bummed that I wasn't able to win it in time to read it before Halloween, as it had promised to be creepy).

Creepy, it most certainly was. Unfortunately, I can't say much without ruining the whole story... so I won't. I will say this though. It took a turn I wasn't expecting. When the back of the book and the description on here said something about eerie, haunting legends and such older than King Arthur, I figure
Michael  Berquist
I was grateful to receive The Digger's Rest by K. Patrick Malone, as a Goodreads First Read.

This novel is a great suspense/historical novel that combines modern educational detectives a la Dan Brown or Noah Wyle's The Librarian that uncover long buried historical secrets. The best part of this novel, in my humble opinion, was Malone's attention to class system satire. He paints his characters in stereotype, but it allows them to reach deeper meaning. This was one of the best pieces of satiric c
Jessica Smith
Mar 08, 2016 Jessica Smith rated it liked it
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I received a copy of The Digger's Rest through a Goodreads first-reads giveaway, in exchange for my personal review.

I spent a couple of hours pondering the story, how I would rate it, and what I'd say in the review. I'm still a little on the fence about it. I did like it but there were a few things that bothered me as well. The novel on a whole has likable characters and an interesting plot. I loved all the history that's woven in and it did make me cry more than once. However, the entire first
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K. Patrick Malone is the author of four multi-award winning small press horror novels; supernatural tales with a distinctive male perspective voice driven by finely detailed characters that tug at your heart or grab you by the throat. Critics describe his work as, "Riveting." Foreword Magazine said Inside A Haunted Mind was, " Riveting from the start. . . Malone's powerful descriptions keep the re ...more
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