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Do you love Thrillers with a touch of the supernatural?
Edited and recommended by noted editor Don McNair


When extreme religious fundamentalists known as the Phineas Priesthood led by Ezekiel Yates and his three cousins, target Xantara Pembroke because they believe she is a witch, they launch a major conflict between unworldly disciples of good and evil. This 60,000-word, ac
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Published May 9th 2014 by Smashwords Edition
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John Mathews
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a tense, well-thought out fantasy thriller, with vivid scenes and imagery. Religious extremism based on extreme prejudice results in "punishments" that you need to read to believe. I found myself twinging and reading several scenes over and over again, delighting in the shock that they brought me. The characters are unique, well-developed, and dynamic. Definitely a great read for lovers of this genre. This kind of religious extremism is sadly entirely believable and eye-opening, even in ...more
Barron
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very good story! Highly recommended, especially if you have an interest in New Age and alternative religion.

Imogene Pembroke is a precious seven year old girl who was born to take her place in the Avebury Guardians, a group of eight women who are the descendants of a group which has guarded a mystical stone circle near Stonehenge for over 5000 years.

On a school nature trip to a local island near her home, Imogene is brutally murdered by a deranged religious fanatic named Ezekiel who believes tha
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Dennis Cardiff
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone over eighteen years
This is a very powerful and fast paced read. The characters are well developed and the writing has a good flow. I was hooked from the start. I have enjoyed reading about religions past and present and the message in this book rings true. How many wars and atrocities are committed under the guise of religion? The Crusades is a good example, so are the 'Troubles' in Ireland. Many religions, Christianity included, have usurped the customs practised by a previous religious sect. Extremism in any rel ...more
Ailyn
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Initially I thought this is just another Inquisitor Era (like 12th to 18th century) where so called pious extremists persecute people from being different. Until I realized that it is the current time that the author had placed this horrifying event in.

When Xantara Pembroke became a target of the Phineas Priesthood, it was well planned and expertly executed by Ezekiel Yates and his congregation. The motive was to hurt the Guardians and put a stop to 'witchy' practices.

I cannot delve into the det
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Brian O'Hare
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Years ago I used to love those movies when a young couple are driving miles and miles towards a new life, and have to stop off en route at a small community to rest up spend the night. Usually there’s a barnlike church, sometimes with strange symbols on it, people talking and behaving oddly, a grizzled community leader who looks fierce and is forever quoting the bible ... and you knew, you just knew, that you were about to get the living daylights scared out of you.
Extreme Prejudice brought back
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Phillip Stephens
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: diversion
Imogene’s Message will appeal to Sherborne’s intended audience—readers who enjoy stories about celestial beings and angels and who want to embrace a message of tolerance and acceptance. Sherborne cleverly lays out the emotional hooks to keep her reader’s engaged, their fingers crossed and hopeful to the last page. She follows the formulas laid out by Bob Mayer’s in his successful Area 51 series with sympathetic heroes, nefarious villains, government agencies, convoluted conspiracies and other wo ...more
Diane Coto
Oct 27, 2014 rated it liked it
This ‘thriller of extreme prejudice’ begins as soon as the reader opens the book. It is extreme; it is ugly; and it’s not for the faint-hearted. Xantara Pembroke, the protagonist, has been captured because she is different. Xantara means “protector of the earth.” She was one of eight Energy Guardians; she was a healer for the ancient order. Their location is a village called Avebury Circle which is very near to Stonehenge. Several zealous fundamentalist sects (people referred to them as ‘fundos’ ...more
Teressa
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it

"Imogene's Message: Extreme and Interesting"

I'm not sure how I feel about this story. IMOGENE'S MESSAGE was interesting however it was hard for me to keep up with the plot. I felt lost several times in the story. There were also a few passages that were definitely extreme as well as a few places where I could have done without the details. There was a heavy religious or spiritual theme to this story.

I really liked the character of Imogene and would liked to have had the story based more about he
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Robert Webster
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: recommended-book
A gripping supernatural thriller.

Extreme Prejudice - Imogene’s Message, is excellently written. It is very descriptive with an original and powerful tale. The characters are faultlessly portrayed and the descriptions of the quaint English settings make it easy to imagine with a feeling of being there.
However, it is difficult to pin this novel down to a few genres as it has everything. It is a good old-fashioned ghost story set in modern times with a twist. Based around the Pembroke family, it
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Maggie Thom
Feb 18, 2015 rated it liked it
This story had such a powerful start, I loved the first chapter and even got a ways into the story but then it kind of went sideways for me. The writing is good, there were some graphic, gruesome scenes but they held my attention and kept me wondering where the story was going - I'm always rooting for good to win over evil, and there was definitely some evil in this story. This story clearly outlined and gave a really good sense of the fanaticism and small mindedness of some. The characters were ...more
Jen Winters
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Imogene's Message: A Thriller of Extreme Prejudice

I must admit that I have never read a thriller before, so this was my first experience with the genre. It was a rollercoaster of emotions for me. In one moment I was thinking, "Ooooh, how pretty!" And in the next I was being shocked and horrified by the events. Sherbrooke certainly pulled me into her world and sent me tumbling through the suspense of her characters lives.

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Miranda Shanklin
Feb 02, 2015 rated it liked it
I had a hard time getting into this book. It moved along at a steady pace but still seemed to drag a little for me. The story line was very interesting and grabbed my attention but I found it hard to follow some of the radical views held by some of the characters.

The characters were very well introduced but I found the easy persuasion of many of the characters to be hard to handle. They would change their fanatical beliefs to suit what they wanted instead of sticking to the beliefs that they we
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Allan Lewis
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This thriller has it all, murder, rape, terrorist and it starts off with a kidnapping. It is set in a English village near Stonehenge where two different religious groups are pitted against each other, both believing they are doing Gods work and the other doing the devils work.
You can't help but feeling sorry for detective Jim McCullage as he starts to investigate the disappearance of people in the village. He soon finds out he is dealing with two religious sects, one, the Energy Guardians of t
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Deedra
Jul 21, 2015 rated it liked it
This is the first book about Imogene's message.Both books could have been shortened and made into 1 book.Maybe the flow would have been better.Imogene is a child of a 'witch'.A cult of christians wants to take over the world and decides to use Imogene's family as an example.Between this and book 2 we have Ezekial and his brothers,uncles ,etc heads of different sects killing people and saying stupid sterotypical stuff.'You have offended the lord,now you die','man shall not lay with man,no you die ...more
Ian Williams
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read right from the first page. I enjoyed being thrown into the middle of the story without warning. It made what followed more of a surprise.

The plot zips along at a rapid pace with lots of varied characters popping up along the way. My favourite by far was the truly evil and effortlessly threatening Ezekiel, who sent chills throughout me whenever he enacted his horrific punishments.

I liked the old fashioned English town setting, (the story is modern day. Thought I'd say to preve
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Tracey Lampley
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was a very good read. Good characters populate the setting. A wonderful plot keeps the pages turning. I rate this a five star read.
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My name is Chris Sherborne and after raising three lively boys in the UK, our family moved New Zealand, and now live on the beautiful Gold Coast of Australia. I’ve been writing self-help, mind, body, and spiritual audios for the last ten years.

I’m the author of the Quantum Factor Life Enhancement Series, and Law of Attraction Series. You can find my Life Mastery Apps on iTunes. I’ve also written t
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