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The Donors

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An evil force is at work at the Hospital where Nathan is recovering from injuries he received at the hands of his Mom's abusive ex-boyfriend. Demonic looking men with pale faces and glowing eyes lurk in the shadows. Someone is harvesting skin and organs from living donors against their will. In his dreams, Nathan can see these demons in their true form -- evil creatures wh ...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published June 29th 2012 by JournalStone
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May 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of dark fantasy, lighter horror, those who hate abusers
Recommended to Katy by: LibraryThing Early Reviewers
Book Info: Genre: Dark Fantasy Reading Level: Adult

Disclosure: I received a free ARC in ebook format from Journalstone via the LibraryThing Early Reviewer’s giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis: An evil force is at work at the hospital where Nathan is recovering from injuries he received at the hands of his Mom’s abusive ex-boyfriend. Demonic-looking men with pale faces and glowing eyes lurk in the shadows and it appears that someone is harvesting skin and organs from living donor
Christopher Payne
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: journalstone
An evil force is at work at the Hospital where Nathan is recovering from injuries he received at the hands of his Mom’s abusive ex-boyfriend. Demonic looking men with pale faces and glowing eyes lurk in the shadows and it appears that someone is harvesting skin and organs from living donors against their will.

In his dreams, Nathan can see these demons in their true form-- evil creatures who feed on the fear and hatred they help create in their victims. Nathan’s only ally is the Doctor who cares
Cynthia Rielley
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ok, that was a creepy creepy creepy creepy-ass book. Not that that is a bad thing. Whooo! Good ride, glad I am off. I am not going to sleep well tonight and I blame Jeffrey Wilson. Creepy. When's your next book coming out?
Bob Milne
Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Donors is one of those rare books that manages to challenge, and indeed alter, your perceptions. I started the book in complete sympathy with the 'lizard men', so much so that I looked forward to their appearance on the page. It made me feel guilty, and a bit dirty, but I took no small amount of pleasure in the pain they inflicted upon the human monsters of the tale.

Until, that is, the course of the story began to change, and the certainties that I held were not only challenged, but ultimate
Brett Talley
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
If you read enough of a writer’s work, you start to get a feeling for their strengths and weaknesses. And when an author gets in his groove, it can end up creating something truly magical. Jeffrey Wilson is a talented writer, no matter what he puts his hand to. But when he creates a story that is quintessentially about family, that is when he shines. In The Donors, he has done precisely that, and it is the readers who have benefited.

The Donors is a wonderfully well balanced story about evil, re
"The Donors" by Jeffery Wilson is a suspenseful and frightening story. The book opens with shadow creatures outside of a hospital. The creatures are waiting for an opportunity to feed on the pain and misery of the E.R. patients. Five year old Nathan ends up as a patient in the E.R. because he was burned by his mother's boyfriend. His mother's boyfriend, Steve, ends up being questioned by police about what happened to Nathan. Two strange cops named Mr. Clark and Mr. Smith come to question Steve.
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Five-year-old Nathan is rushed to the hospital after being abused by his mother's boyfriend. As bad as his ordeal has been, though, things are worse in the hospital because he starts having horrible nightmares. Someone or something is cutting up people for their organs without their consent and while they are wide awake. Only Nathan's pretty sure they aren't dreams at all. In fact, he's pretty sure they're real and he is a big part of the horror. Fortunately, his favourite doctor and nurse belie ...more
Joe Young
Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
An engaging story that chronicles the terror of a small boy who is living in an abusive situation with his mothers boy friend baby sitting him while his mother works and resenting the task and hating the child he is watching. What complicates the story is the second year resident medical student that is treating young Nathan after he is badly burnt and his arm broken by the cruel boyfriend, Steve is also the product of an abused childhood where every day was lived in pain and fear while his moth ...more
Hal Bodner
Sep 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you're a fan of monster tales, you'll definitely want to check out "The Donors". While you'll find no traditional vampires or ghouls here, Jeffrey Wilson has managed to capture the essence of the classic monster novel in a very innovative way.

Wilson never quite explains his monsters and, in most cases, that's a serious literary flaw. But in "The Donors" Wilson achieves something that lesser authors try to do and often crash and burn. He's created a monster in his Lizard Men which is both bel
This was a surprisingly dark novel. It starts off with a young boy getting abused by his mother’s boyfriend. At the hospital, he meets Dr. Jason Gelman, a man who has something very important in common with Nathan. I liked this novel, but it’s not what I normally read. The antagonists in this book were the Lizard Men, creatures that feed on fear and pain.

This isn’t the type of book I normally read because in this book, it’s pretty clear who the bad guys are. It’s simplistic in the sense that you
Kelly Knapp
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: horror buffs, hospital buffs...
Recommended to Kelly by: Goodreads Firstreads giveaway
Nathan is five years old. His mother works full time and his mother’s live-in boyfriend, Steve, is his sitter. Steve should not be allowed near children, but he thinks he has punished Nathan enough to keep control. But Nathan is hungry, so he quietly tries to fix his dinner of Spaggettios.

When Steve catches him, he decides the boy needs to learn just how dangerous the stove can be and forces the boy’s hand into the flames of the gas stove, breaking Nathan’s arm while causing deep tissue burns.

Jun 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Nathan was at home with Steve, his mother's boyfriend. Steve was mean. It was still going to be a long time until Nathan's mother returns home. Nathan decides to cook himself dinner. Suddenly, Steve comes marching into the kitchen and burns Nathan's arm. Nathan ends up in the hospital in the burn unit, where he will receive skin grafts.

Steve is about to meet his worst nightmare. The Lizard men. The Lizard men are judge, jury, and executor.

This book was full of gruesome, gut-wretching moments. E
Sep 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Doctor Jason Gelman was bored, he had seen it all in the ER and unless something happened within the last ten minutes of his twelve hour shift getting off would drag. Suddenly he was called to attend a five year old little boy who had a broken arm and severe burns on his fingers, instantly he was propelled back to an eight year old boy and an abusive father that broke his leg in a drunken rage..............

Nathan Doren had tried to be quiet, but he was hungry and Steven, his mother's boyfriend w
Jul 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
What happens to those that rob, beat up and generally are bad people?

In this hospital they are taken away to another world to be a donor. But not in the sense of what you believe.

If you are visited by The Lizard Men be careful as you have been bad...very bad. And they will make you pay. Bit by they make you wish you had not done anything wrong in the first place.

But as there power grows so does their wish to get more donors. Who can stop them? Who is the innocent who believes enou
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a great horror book full of supernatural monsters and people with forgiving and courageous spirits who somehow find a way to forgive and still fight the bad. One reason I really liked it was because I've worked in hospitals and the descriptions just brought me back. The characters seemed real to me, although 5 year old Nathan was sometimes too mature for his age. I guess having gone through what he has in his short life was what forced him into being "mommy's little man."
I am already pla
Sarah Hulcy
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Certainly a different take on "the monsters are coming to get you" tale! This book has a good pace and involves interesting and realistic characters. The "bad guys" are real monsters (from another planet or space-time continuum) and must be faced down by someone who believes he or she actually CAN destroy them. There is pathos, hope, fear and dread; but also strength, concern and putting someone else first. Together, those qualities of the characters make this a worthwhile read for horror fans - ...more
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Five year old Nathan is brought to the emergency room after his mother's boyfriend breaks his arm and burns his hand to teach him a lesson. Dr Jason Gelman feels an instant rapport with the boy due to his painful childhood due to abuse. Nathan mentions the strangle dreams he is having to the doctor and Dr Gelman has a sensation of de'ja vu. Well written horror and hard to put down. Can Jason save Nathan from the horror he remembers or will they become donors? Great way to spend an afternoon in t ...more
Benjamin Ethridge
Jul 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of the more suspenseful, tense things I've read in a while. Wilson has definitely shown he can do action-driven plots, as well as more thoughtful, cerebral books (Traiteur's Ring). In THE DONORS his main characters are very likable and the Lizard men are brutal nasties I always looked forward to seeing again, despite their smell.

If you like fast-paced horror fiction, you're going to have to check this one out.

Monica Skeens
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Definitely a Horror Book, very descriptive with gory details. Well written story line with hospital being overtaken by an evil force attempting to do good by killing the Evil people who entered the hospital for treatment. The Evil force however drags in Dr's a nurse and a child patient to help them along with their killing of the Evil people. Recommended for people who are into Horror however this is not for the faint of heart. I received this as an ER book and I am glad I got to enjoy it.
Pam K.
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I recieved this book through Librarything's member giveaway program.

Starting with little Nathan getting burned by big bad Steve, his mom's boyfriend, this book keeps you entranced. From the detailed torture supposedly to make the bad people feel remorse,to the agony of those caught up in the operations, to the bravery of Nathan and Jason. Jeffrey Wilson has given you it all.
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Carl Alves
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Donors is a macabre tale that spins between the world of the known and a shadowy world where these creatures known as the Lizard Men prey on unsuspecting victims of a hospital. Their aim is to inflict as much pain and suffering on their victims as they can, meanwhile harvesting skin and organs from the donors. Nathan, a young boy who finds himself in the hospital after being horribly burned by his mother’s boyfriend, has a special gift that makes him a threat to the Lizard Men. Together with ...more
Jessica Bronder
Feb 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nathan is a five year old boy that has found his was to the ER after an “accident” with his mother’s boyfriend, Steven. There he meets Dr. Jason Gelman. Jason sees himself in Nathan since he grew up in an abusive situation too. Enter Mr. Clarke and Mr. Smith, two strange cops that are there to question Steven about the accident with Nathan.

Mr. Clarke and Mr. Smith are creatures that can disguise their appearance. But they are attracted to the hospital with its pain and suffering. There they har
Eirian Houpe
May 31, 2013 rated it it was ok
An interesting premise, though poorly delivered.

The premise of Wilson’s book was reasonable enough, but it could have been a far more frightening and gripping book if time had been taken to build the suspense, and not give away too much too soon; to allow the story to build more slowly and to show more of what was going on, rather than tell all there was to know. Most of the ‘horror’ in the book came from half-heartedly written descriptions of a person being eaten alive by the bad guys in the st
Joyce Gilmour
May 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Donors by Jeffrey Wilson is probably not a book that I would have picked off the shelf to read, but when presented the opportunity to read it for MWSA, I chose to “get out of my box” and try a genre outside of my comfort zone. The cover alone would have scared me away, however, I am glad to say that I accomplished the reading of The Donors. I found myself wanting to constantly get back to reading this book…it drew me into its pages—scary as they tended to be.

Jeffrey Wilson created believable
Richard Hayes
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Note: I received a copy of this book from the author and/or publisher. All requested is a honest review and all expected was a copy of the book.

This is a book that I wasn't sure if I should give it 3 stars or 5. The reason is this book I just couldn't get interested in and I don't know why but I would read a few pages, put it down, then read a few pages and put it down. It wasn't until about the last 10% of the book that I really became interested. As I said I don't know why I couldn't get inter
May 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
I won this book through a Goodreads Firstreads giveaway. I had some conflicting emotions while I was reading this book. When I first read the summary, it reminded me of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode, 'Killed by Death.' I have to say that I was very happy that this was not exactly the case. Instead of a 'monster/creature' killing the children in the book, it tortures people who hurt them. However, that was the best concept the author had. I liked that there were multiple people who knew ab ...more
Angie ~aka Reading Machine~
As Halloween aproaches, I find that reading spooky books is a fun way to honor the season. I'll be honest there were times when I was creeped out and others that eerie chill that creeps up your spine is more accurate way to describe this book. An another review mentioned that Mr. Wilson knows how to creep you out with his words to move the story along. I have to agree with this reviewer. I can read creepy books but watching horror movies sometimes is more than I can take. I find that Mr. Wilson' ...more
The Donors by Jeffrey Wilson The Donors by Jeffrey Wilson - I won this book from First Reads so I'd like to start by saying thanks to First Reads and Journalstone. The book was pretty good. It wasn't too scary but it was graphic and gory at times. The story itself was good and it was nicely written. There were some parts I found a little strange for instance at one point several of the characters all found themselves naked yet no one seemed to really care like it was no big deal. Over all it was a pretty cool book and I t ...more
S. Wideman
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
On one hand, this was an okay book. It was a great horror about a boy and his doctor battling an evil that lurked in the halls of a hospital. On the other hand, it was boring. The monster is not only revealed early, but then shown the same way each time. I barely felt like the boy and his doctor (Nathan and Jason) were ever in much danger until they went into the lair of the monsters. All the "horror" came from the scenes of monsters cutting up and torturing abusers and gang members. The "dreams ...more
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Jeffrey Wilson has at one time worked as an actor, a firefighter, a paramedic, a jet pilot, a diving instructor, a Naval Officer, and a Vascular and Trauma Surgeon. He also served numerous tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Navy combat surgeon, deploying with an east coast based SEAL Team as part of a Joint Special Operations Task Force.

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