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The Eaton

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  378 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Spanning over 100 years of mid-Michigan history, The Eaton tells the story of Sam Spicer, a young entrepreneur who purchases the dilapidated Michigan Central Railroad Depot in Eaton Rapids with the dream of opening a hot new martini bar. But when he and his friends discover an abandoned underground hotel directly beneath the property, they must discover what happened to th ...more
Kindle Edition, 421 pages
Published September 27th 2015 by AE Press (first published January 1st 2015)
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11811 (Eleven)
A little too Scooby Doo near the beginning and too Solaris near the end but still a good read overall. Solid narration on the audio. ...more
This started out as a good, spooky story. A group of people follow their friend into the bacement of an old building he has just recently procured. He secretly has discovered floors of a whole other underground hotel that was built many years ago. The deeper they go the more beautiful and interesting the hotel gets. The owner sees dollar signs and how this attraction would draw many eclectic, deep pocketed adventures. It is when they are on their way back up when the spookfest begins. Strange cr ...more
Catherine Putsche
“Reading John K. Addis was like reading an eighties horror movie. It’s fast paced, macabre and full of gritty atmospheric settings, along with a relentlessly chilling plot from an author who’s mastered the genre!”

The story begins when Sam Spicer, the main protagonist, becomes the legal owner of the long-abandoned Michigan Central Railway Station in Eaton Rapids, with big dreams of turning it into a hot new martini bar. However, Sam’s plans come to a sudden halt when he and his friends discover
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
rating: 3.5 rounded down ☆

Throughout reading this, I couldn't get this out of my mind:

This was a good first book. The biggest issue I had with it was, well, two things. The lesser of the two was the location. I thought it was all very convenient for the story while also being something that would never happen IRL. It didn't even have a brush of what could possibly happen. From the creation to the secret nature of it all, even after 100 years, I just call
Aug 06, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Debut that hints this author has chops. If I was this budding author's editor, I'd encourage him to keep writing; not only because of the possibilities that seem to shimmer beneath this first effort, but also because of his obvious enthusiasm and creativity. The *method* he uses here reminded me of Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None," but don't take that as a spoiler! I bring up that exact point because as I read, I began to feel a little like the emphasis of the book switched from the ...more
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story was a major thrill ride. And the added bonus, it is set in a town near my home. I have been inside many 19th Century train stations and hotels so I had a visual picture playing in my head while reading this story.

I throughly enjoyed Addis's fast paced and in depth writing style. I hope to see and read more published works by him in the future.
Melanie Marsh
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Eaton is a super creepy book. It reminded me a lot of The Shining by Stephen King, but not immensely. It has that same creepy hotel feel where you don’t know what’s real and what’s not. I actually think The Eaton would make a pretty cool movie if it were done right.

I like how the author has the past and present stories alternating to some degree. It’s not as confusing as it probably sounds, but it really does help the reader get a better understanding of what’s going on. The hotel seems lik
Donna Backshall
What fun! I read The Eaton, and was reminded of the pure exhilaration I felt as a kid when I discovered Stephen King. Don't get me wrong with the obvious comparison -- The Eaton was unique and wholly entertaining, and incomparable to anything I've read in a long time. But when you think back to the delight of discovering those classic and exquisitely creepy novels like Pet Sematary and 'Salem's Lot, you've got what I felt about The Eaton.

The Eaton was gory and scary and had some sweet twists. It
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-publisher
Mr. Addis has gotten it right. He shows what self-publishing can be. He has written an exciting first novel, edited it well, designed the cover and done the leg-work to get it published. It will be available for purchase soon.

The Eaton is the best kind of horror. Chapter One starts off feeling like a normal, contemporary novel. Sam and Sarah and a few friends are getting together to see Sam's new purchase. He bought an old train depot in Eaton Rapids and plans on turning it into a new hot spot.
Alec Drachman
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing debut by a really talented author. As the action unfolds, and we start jumping back and forth in time, the narrative becomes irresistible. I couldn't put it down. There are some very unique horror elements and a few grizzly scenes unlike any I've ever encountered. Without giving too much away, let's just say that cutting edge electric technology of a hundred years ago might not be well suited to people in the present day. This is one of those books that will stick with you after you read ...more
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Eaton" is an astonishing debut by John K. Addis. A tense and suspenseful thriller set in Mid Michigan, filled with historical information. I could not put this down! The characters, the setting, the story is nerve racking, spine tingling and ultimately horrifying! Self published, this novel needs to be picked up by a major publisher ASAP with a forward written by Stephen King and immediately optioned for a Major Motion Picture. Fresh, original, and truly terrifying.

Kirk Montgomery
Oct 29, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if i can continue on with this one...just listened to a pretty gruesome minute,and by the sound of some reviews,there's more in store.

Warning: disturbing animal cruelty.

I should've stop listening a long time ago.
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Entrepreneur who need to do better property inspections, monsters with a weakness, Final Girls
(Mild spoilers below, though nothing that will surprise anyone who is even a little bit familiar with the genre.)

The Eaton is basically a classic monster tale, written for a generation that didn't grow up with classic monster tales like those that dominated the horror genre in the 80s. A young guy named Sam buys an old abandoned railroad depot in Michigan with plans to turn it into a trendy hipster bar, but as he and his friends check the place out, they find an ancient elevator going down. It t
Caryn Coyle
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being a big fan of Stephen King, Dean Koontz & Michael Patterson, I completely enjoyed this book.

I both could not put it down once picked up & avoided picking it up because I wanted to savor it & didn't want it to end.

There is always an air of mystery around old abandoned buildings...John has taken that sense of the ethereal, embraced the macabre & delivered an amazingly mature first novel.

Given the ending (nope-no spoilers here)-I'm wondering what the sequel will bring...

I look forward with gle
Renny Barcelos
It started pretty good but went down quickly. The whole concept of the creature was way tooooooo far fetched and lacking for me to suspend my disbelief enough to buy it or care about it. Also, I scare easily but couldn't be afraid all through the book which for a horror novel is a bad sign.
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful throwback to 80's horror
Oct 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy old school horror along the lines of early Stephen King, then you might want to check this one out. This is a debut, self-published work that from a technical standpoint is as good as any traditionally published.

What Addis does best is convey to the reader the slow rising terror as the characters realize their situation. Sam just bought an early 1900s train depot. He is celebrating along with a diverse group of people that helped make it happen. And then they find a hidden trap door
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would give this book 4 1/2 stars. It was a very interesting read and the flip flop between the past and present was very well done, creating enough suspense to keep you interested and revealing the story in tantalizing layers.

A few reasons I didn't give it 5 stars:
- the ending (don't want to give it away but it just fell flat for me)
- a few too many flashbacks caused by the creature/human interactions.
- there is a supposedly powerful creature that can break an elevator from its cabling and
Mia Jo Celeste
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: done
Wow, what could be better than an old-fashioned Monster-in-the-House story? I bought this when it was a daily deal on Audible and once I started listening, I couldn’t stop.
Sam Spicer, his soon-to-be fiancee and a group of interesting friends are partying in his newly purchased railroad depot. He wants to make it into a bar. Anyway, they find a secret staircase that leads to an elevator that leads to an amazing underground hotel. Once they take the elevator down, they’re trapped, and, of course,
Cydni Perkins
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was super cool. I really fell in love with the hotel as we were exploring it. The flashbacks were effective and most of the time I understood where we were in the overall timeline. The characters were almost all well rounded people with serious flaws. The villain is understandable to the point where I kind of got why he needed to do what he was doing. The thing I really disliked was how the point of view jumped around. Any character's thoughts could come through at any time. But the st ...more
I haven't read this book yet but I grew up and do work in Eaton Rapids MI. at a retirement home. My clients say they see and hear black child running around playing all the time. We are build over part of the Underground Railroad. I've also seen and experience a lot paranormal activity upon my first six months of working there. Not so much anymore I'll see an occasional black shadow of a human figure here and there.
Mitch Larkins
I loved this premise, and hidden underground hotel with a mysterious past. I thought it was absolutely brilliant. It was well-written as well. What absolutely ruined this for me was what is supposed to be our main character, Sam. He was weak, cowardly, inept, passive, and annoying. My favorite character was the older construction guy. He seemed to have real motives and passions, and almost an arc. The villain was also pretty brilliant and unique. I wouldn't mind a sequel.
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, fiction
this was an enjoyable eighties style horror fiction. I had a lot of fun with it.
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfectly creepy! Loved the author's afterword.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, reviewed, 2017, horror
( Format : Audiobook )
""I am all of me that is left.""
Sam has a dream: to open a chic cocktail bar in the old station building in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, and with fiancé Sarah, and four other friends goes to celebrate his taking possession of the building and to explore. To their joint amazement, they discover a hidden underground hotel, named The Eaton, twelve stories deep and accessed by a still operational elevator. All is magnificent Victorian splendour. But something feels strange and when
April Hamilton
This book has a good premise and is generally well-written, but there were a few things that bothered me about it and ultimately led me to put it down about 3/4 of the way through.

There are a lot of instances where the characters do things that seem unrealistic, and when character reactions don't ring true.

I enjoyed the flashbacks to the turn of the century period when the underground hotel was originally built and found those characters more interesting than the contemporary, main characters, b
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
Not for me

I read a previous review that mentioned that there were far too many flash in this book. They were correct. I also spotted comparison to 'The Shining' which is NOT correct. The only thing the two have in common is being set in a hotel. There is a scene of animal cruelty and the writer managed to drag politics into one scene which had absolutely no point. The characters weren't likeable and after finishing the story I really have no clue why it was dragged out so long. I'm normally fini
The Eaton is the debut novel and my first read from author John K. Addis. In reading the "blurb" I'd anticipated a mystery/suspense read. Think a young Stephen King! 10-hours 57-minute/421-pages of edge-of-your-seat/can't-turn-the-page-fast-enough suspense. I admit I sped it up to 1-1/4 speed to listen & I'm voluntarily reviewing it because every book needs reviews. Jeff Hayes' narration was outstanding narration adding to the book's enjoyment. I look forward to reading more from this author. I ...more
Dec 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am trying to think about the book and justify why I am giving it 3 stars and keep thinking "just because it was a 3 star book". By that, I mean it was a mildly entertaining old school horror novel. Nothing about it particularly drew me in and nothing really turned me off. The book had an eclectic cast of characters. I did not feel strongly about any of them and was not overly upset when the monster started picking them off. Overall, it was a good book to pass some time, but that was about it.
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John K. Addis is an award-winning designer and marketing professional in Lansing, Michigan. When not advertising the products and causes of his clients, Addis enjoys expressing himself creatively in as many ways as possible. In the past two decades, Addis has composed a variety of works for small music ensembles, drawn a daily comic strip for The State News (Studentangle), written & directed a mic ...more

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