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Born To Bleed (The Roger Huntington Saga #2)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  213 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
It's been ten years since Roger Huntington suffered through the bloody events in Skinny Man's basement. Ten years since the game of chance, the dismemberment, the torture, and the grisly deaths. Roger has moved to California where he now works as a painter and pines after his co-worker, Victoria. It's a seemingly bland life, which is how he likes it. But just as he can't f ...more
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Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
Hey Grandpa! What's fer dinner?

I could not work up an appetite for this second offering in the Roger Huntington Saga. The Summer I Died stands on its own merits, in my opinion, but this story dumped me in the deep end of the pool without my water wings.

Difficult to measure up to The Summer I Died, that is to be expected. I sorely missed the buddy aspect here, but applaud that the Red Sox cap is still in play.

Fine dining is much more than dressing for dinner. On the menu here is something even
Paul Nelson
Dec 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A 3.5 Rating
I think the most difficult thing with Born To Bleed is that it’s the follow up to an absolute classic, The Summer I Died is one of the most powerful stories you’re ever likely to read and it was always going to be an impossible task to match up to that.

Born to Bleed set ten years later gets its shocks from cannibalism and the people who claim it as there life blood and prolonged youth, Roger Huntington finds himself right in the thick of it once more as he attempts to rescue Victoria
11811 (Eleven)
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to 11811 (Eleven) by: Tressa
As others have said, this isn't quite as good as The Summer I Died but I doubt it is possible for that masterpiece to have been outdone. I'm still going with 5 stars on this one because it is excellent on its own and technically TSID was really a 6 star book. Highly recommended and I'd love to read another sequel.
David Church
Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Born to Bleed is a sequel to the Summer I Died. If you know anything about me, you will know that I have promoted the hell out of the Summer I Died, it was easily the best book I read last year out of close to 60 books. So when I heard Ryan wrote a sequel my first thoughts were how? I thought Summer ended perfectly and what could you really expand on? And my second thoughts were why? Just like when you have a horror movie you really love or using comic analogy ala’ Roger Huntington..a sequel to ...more
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Roger Huntington is one hell of an unlucky guy. Or is he? You see Roger survived a harrowing, life-altering ordeal that left him with complex PTSD and quite possibly psychosis of the full blown kind ten years ago, and now, just when he decides to end his therapy (having already come off his meds), his major crush and her boyfriend have been kidnapped. And guess what? Roger, who is no longer afraid (as he tries to reassure himself repeatedly), is the only person who can save them! Except he's abo ...more
♥ Marlene♥
Feb 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, horror, kindle
This is the sequel of The Summer I died and I read this a week ago and forgot to write a review.

It was definitely not as good as the first book but that is understandable because that book was great but it was also a surprise to me.
The element of surprise was not here in this book because I'd just finished reading book 1 but it was still good.

There were a few sentences that I loved.

I'll quote one: You dig like my grandma taking a shit.....slow and hopeful and in the end all she expels is hot air
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Another wild ride from Ryan C. Thomas! We start with Roger, ten years after he endured the events in The Summer I Died. This was a solid book as far as story lines go, but somehow the only character I really "felt" was Roger, himself. The fast paced action and grisly details were there aplenty. While this book was good on it's own, I think it was just hard to follow up the emotional turmoil built up in book one.
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Roger was seemingly indeed born to bleed. Ryan C. Thomas has created him to suffer. He survived the spectacular butchery of the first book, traumatized but alive. And now ten years later he's a 30 year old man, haunted but functional, trying to lead a normal life in sunny California (which is apparently a terrifying place where the rich literally consume the needy and the old eat the young)and making a living as an artist. The odds of something like what happened to him in the past recurring are ...more
David Church
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Born to Bleed is a sequel to the Summer I Died. If you know anything about me, you will know that I have promoted the hell out of the Summer I Died, it was easily the best book I read last year out of close to 60 books. So when I heard Ryan wrote a sequel my first thoughts were how? I thought Summer ended perfectly and what could you really expand on? And my second thoughts were why? Just like when you have a horror movie you really love or using comic analogy ala’ Roger Huntington..a sequel to ...more
Adam Light
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, series
Okay, so this was quite the amazing sequel to the masterful The Summer I Died. I was fortunate enough to have not been exposed to any spoilers before reading either one of them. I did however have high hopes because of all the rave reviews associated with this series. I have not been let down yet. I think Ryan C. Thomas has created something rare and exciting and I am delighted to see that there will be another sequel. After the way this one ended, I was really hoping for a continuation. It seem ...more
Apr 28, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: splatterpunk, 2011
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Trev Twinem
Nov 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Enjoyable second installment of the Roger Huntington adventures....Roger is one unlucky guy, having escaped Skinny Man in "The Summer I died" he is hoping to live a quiet life in California...not going to happen Rog!! The girl he adores Victoria is captured together with her boyfriend Gabe and both are tortured (Gabe killed, Victoria raped) Roger peruses the villains and in the usual "gore" fest he manages to dispense the baddies and finally rescue the girl...who will of course remain rather tra ...more
Sep 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Somewhat disappointing sequel to The Summer I Died which finds our "hero" Roger in a life or death battle with demented high-society cannibals. Unlike in TSID, where the over-the-top story worked so well, the plot just feels forced and silly most of the time. It's well-written, and the story does start well and moves along at a brisk pace, but it never develops into a real nail-biter like TSID did. The ending felt like it was stolen from the film Unbreakable and just made the story even sillier. ...more
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another awesome book! Ryan has such a way with words that he makes you believe you're the one in the book and it's terrifying! Love his work
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is VERY, VERY different from The Summer I Died. I THINK I like the first book better but honestly they are hard to compare. One thing for sure- the body count is MUCH higher in this book. Secondly, the ending threw me for a loop and proves that the third book will again be much different from its predecessors. I'm excited to give it a shot! Already have it queued up on my kindle.
Sue Jordan
As several other reviewers before me have mentioned, I didn’t like this second book in the series nearly as much as I liked “The Summer I Died” (which was absolutely phenomenal and would be nearly impossible to top). It was still a very well-written piece of splatter horror, just not quite on par with TSID in my opinion. I finished TSID just 3 days prior to starting “Born to Bleed”, so in hindsight maybe I should have left a little more time in between books so that the first one wasn’t so fresh ...more
Oct 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Just wow, I would love a peek into Ryan Thomas's imagination.
I thought this might be a little like TSID and while it's terrifying and gory, it's its own story.
Its been 10 yrs since Roger's time in the Skinny Man's basement. He's moved to California where he sells paintings out of a gallery and crushes on Victoria, a gallery employee. When he suspects Victoria and her boyfriend Gabe have been kidnapped it takes him on a horrifying and sometimes it seems supernatural journey. With no help from the
Brenda Seaberg
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've actually been done with this book for a few days, but was taking time to ponder it before writing this review. I did enjoy the first one, The Summer I Died, better than this one, but mostly because I found the pace in it to be much faster from the start. However this one certainly has its merits as well. Again, there is plenty of gore. And it ties in some strange happenings from the first book, giving a better understanding of it.

Would I recommend it? Yes! If you've read The Summer I Died,
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did enjoy this and loved the twist at the end. Will look forward to reading the next installment with great anticipation but I do hope it will be as heart stoppingly brilliant as the first book was rather than the pale imitation this one turned out to be. I'm pretty sure I was expecting too much as the first book was so good and I would probably have given this 5 stars had it been written by someone else. Please ramp it back up to give the readers what they expect in the next one :)
Daniel Barnett
Jun 14, 2014 rated it liked it
A solid follow up to the first--but nowhere near as impactful--Born to Bleed brings us more Roger Huntington, more torture, more sharp wit, and more brutal comeuppance as the main character finds himself, once again, in the worst situation imaginable. What it fails to deliver, however, is the same level of rawness and heart as its predecessor.
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lendable, horror
An excellent Sequel. I know most didn't like it as much as the first and I have to admit the first was better but this one was close. And the first book in the series was one of the best horror novels I have ever read. If you liked the summer I died then definitely check this one out.
Maxine Marsh
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A great sequel. The story isn't as intimate as the first book, but the heart and gruesome content is still there. Can't wait for #3!
Mandy Queen
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
it wasnt as good as The Summer I Died but it was still pretty cool
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Wow! It never stops for this kid eh? There are some truly nasty people in this one and the ending, I was not expecting.A great sequel.
Mar 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Summer I Died was one of the most horrific and powerful horror books I’ve read. It was a rare classic that really stuck with me. If you haven’t read it yet, you must! The story of our protagonist, Roger Huntington, continues with this second novel in the series. Having endured torture and tremendous loss, Roger has moved to the West Coast for a fresh start and to pursue his art. He’s haunted by the memories and trauma of the Skinny Man, the villain from the first book, but he’s doing his bes ...more
Jan 19, 2015 rated it liked it
you know how there are some books/movies that get a sequel and you're just like why did this exist and also what the hell just happened? that's exactly how i feel about this book. i loved The Summer I Died a hell of a lot and when i saw there was a sequel, i literally could not wait and i started reading it the very same day that i finished up the first book, but this one just... left something to be desired. maybe it's that roger changed so much between the first book and the second one (which ...more
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
10 years after his terrible ordeal in The Summer I Died, Roger Huntington finds himself in another nightmare predicament. Evidently, he is a psycho magnet. This time he is on the offensive as he tries to find and rescue his co-worker Victoria who has gotten herself kidnapped by some very sadistic cannibalistic whack jobs. Roger must fight not only the bad guys, but his inner demons and memories of the skinny man who nearly killed him years before. He will need to call upon all of his resolve to ...more
Deborah Gallatin
A-Maz-ing!!! Truly horrifying!

After reading the first book in the Roger Huntington Saga, I was a bit hesitant in believing that this narrative could live up to the horrors inflicted on Roger and anyone unfortunate to be in his circle. I need not have been so skeptical, for Mr. Thomas's talent truly shines as an author throughout this book. From the process of continuing the story,to the raw, descriptive torture seen through the eyes of not only Roger, but the victims themselves, to the complexit
Oct 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
A bleeding heart is of no help to anyone if it bleeds to death. - Frederick Buechner

I enjoyed "Born to Bleed" but it had nowhere near the devastating impact that "The Summer I Died (The Roger Huntington Saga, Book 1)" had on me.

"Born to Bleed" is well worth reading, don't get me wrong. Roger is back and he has to be the unluckiest guy in creation. After the terrible, gruesome things that happened in book one, he finds himself and others in another life-threatening no-holds-barred situation.

But w
Nov 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror-zombie, own, kindle
Another great, gory adventure from the brilliantly twisted mind of Ryan C. Thomas. This story is the sequel to The Summer I Died. In my opinion, TSID still reigns supreme but the sequel is still a fun, bloody read. What I like about the Roger Huntington saga is that his character is so well-developed...human, flawed and believable.
If you're looking for a book where the hero gets the girl in the end, surrounded by puppies and rainbows, this isn't the book for you. However, if you'd love a ride f
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The Roger Huntington Saga (3 books)
  • The Summer I Died (The Roger Huntington Saga, #1)
  • Scars of the Broken (The Roger Huntington Saga Book 3)

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