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Mountain Home

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  257 ratings  ·  81 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
Paperback, 134 pages
Published June 1st 2013 by Books of the Dead Press
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Adam Light
Sep 18, 2015 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! ...more
Mandy DeGeit
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
4.5 stars, rounded up because the ending was amazing and I appreciated the author's insight into this new edition via the author’s note at the end.

In the first book I read by this author, Come To Dust, what I loved most was the plot and the state of the world that he wrote about. In this book, I loved the characters the most. The two main characters, Lyn the protagonist and Joanie the antagonist, are both very well developed: you feel Joanie's pain and understand her motives, while you root for
Kit Power
Sep 24, 2014 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
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 19, 2013 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
Mark Matthews
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Excellent pace and characterisation. Shortish length was just right to keep everything going along nicely.
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
Nov 10, 2013 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
W. P. Johnson
Oct 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
May 26, 2014 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
Aug 02, 2014 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
Weston Kincade
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Justin Robinson
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I would have had this read in one sitting if it weren't for pesky annoyances like work getting in the way. It was that good. And not only that but you have to know how this all turns out once you're hooked. And hooked you are from the get go.
I'm reading it again. You should too.
Paul Anderson
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
MacLeod's debut is an unrelenting push for tension--looking back, even the down moments have wires running under them, twanging with more and more urgency as he drags the reader to an inevitable but still wholly satisfying conclusion. ...more
Nicholas Kaufmann
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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! ...more
Aug 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Intense thriller; surprisingly unique characterization. I recommend this highly.
Mar 16, 2014 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.
Alan Baxter
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
A powerful novel with a great cast of characters. Highly recommended. ‬
Michael Upstill
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has been such a long time since a read has completely grabbed and shaken me.
Two years ago I had the pleasure of first meeting Bracken MacLeod at the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival in Haverhill MA. I was a relative newbie to the local author scene so to speak. My main reading at the time were the big hitters - King, Barker, McCammon, Simmons, Masterton, Straub etc. The real reason I attended was to meet another author that had grabbed my attention but the day opened my eyes to a who
Dec 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
i'm giving this one 3 stars, even though i was quite disappointed with the structure of the tale... MacLeod can write, i have loved his other works muchly so, but this one is a bit off... it is his first so there's that... great beginning, epic beginning, then it just bogs down for the most part in time stamps of the present in the diner (do we need to know it is however-many minutes later, etc. every time? i get it, the author used a non-linear structure for the book itself, but i think place h ...more
Kenesha Williams
I read it in one night!

I couldn't put it down. A tight thriller with a supernatural edge that passes the Bechdel Test. If it weren't midnight I'd be downloading & reading another novel by Bracken MacLeod. This novel perfectly nailed human behavior and what choices we make when sh#t hits the fan.
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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 several magazines and anthologies including LampLight, ThugLit, and Splatterpunk and has been collected in 13 VIEWS OF THE SUICIDE WOODS by ChiZine Publications.

He is the author of MOUNTAIN HOME, a novella titled WHITE KN

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