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(Bulwark Anthology #0.5)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  144 ratings  ·  91 reviews
Librarian note: An older cover for this edition can be found here: 31-Jul-2017.

Clay Finnes is the sheriff of a small town in Georgia called Bulwark. Recently separated from his wife, all he can think about is what went wrong, and will Jenna ever come back to him. He's troubled by a bothersome reporter trying to build a story from what he thinks is a normal day in his life.
Published April 2019 (first published July 31st 2017)
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Miranda Reads
4.5 stars
Psssst! I just did a video about this book! Check it out!

*Ahem* Onwards to the review!

"Who told you about Linden Lane?" Her voice quivered a bit. "You don't need to go to Linden Lane. Forget you ever heard about it."
The town of Bulwark is going crazy and Sheriff Clay Finnes is at the center.

He's still reeling from his missing child, the loss of a close friend and to top it all, the town reporter circling his crumbling marriage like a shark.

Add in the downright weird sh*t going
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
3.5 Stars

A Modern-day re-telling of Hansel and Gretel. It was fun, creepy, and entertaining!

"There's things out there in the middle of them woods
That'd make a strong man die from fright
There's things that crawl and things that fly
And things that creep around on the ground"
- Charlie Daniels Band

I often have a soundtrack going through my head when I read certain books and for some reason, with the green expanding muck and things that went bump in the night in this book --- I kept hearing "The Leg
Julia Ash
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
BULWARK by Brit Lunden is a Hansel and Gretel style retelling which earned 3.5 stars from me!

Clay Finnes, Bulwark’s small-town sheriff, is emotionally struggling to survive his worst nightmare. Several months before, his baby was kidnapped—snatched without a trace. His wife Jenna became understandably inconsolable until the distance between them grew to separation and an impending divorce.

The nightmare, though, was only ramping up.

An out-of-town family gets lost on a remote backroad in Bulwark.
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss-arc-s
This was a cute re-telling of the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale which was a favorite of mine when I was a child. A quick read at just under 150 pages perfectly filled a couple hours today. Two alternate endings are provided and I personally preferred the 2nd. 3.5 stars!

Thank you to Edelweiss and Chelshire, Inc. for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Wolves roaming the town, eerie greenish water flooding a street, a dying woman’s declaration about a witch, a street and an address that never existed, until now. Small town sheriff Clay Finnes is about to enter another reality as he discovers there is more to his town than meets the eye and it will change his perceptions of the impossible forever.

Welcome to BULWARK, quite possibly a horrific real life Hansel and Gretel story, complete with a mysterious Gingerbread House on a street that doesn’t
Simi Sunny
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first time that I have read Brit Lunden's book, Bulwark. I had won signed copy from her, and I was grateful enough to read it. There were some elements that remind me of, not only Hansel and Gretel, but also Little Red Riding Hood. And you can't imagine what the ending is going to be once you reach it in the story. :)

Sure, there's some drama and adult content, but there's a hint of fantasy in the book.

Hope to read some of the books in the Bulwark in the anthology that piques at my i
Sherry Fundin
Hanzel and Gretel’s story has nothing on Bulwark and the Gingerbread House.

It all started with and accident and a large puddle of water appearing from nowhere…and the town went to hell.

Clay is the small town sheriff and is prime marriage material. Dayna is the local reporter and dogging his every step, causing many personal problems for Clay.

It had been fifty years since the ‘unusual’ killings.

There are plenty of scary moments when I wondered who would survive and, of the ones who would bite the
Ronda Six Garnett
May 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent short story....I can see this being made into a movie :)
Laura Thomas
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Small town settings are such a draw for me. Especially in the horror and paranormal genres. Brit Lunden sucked me right into this one with her flawed, vulnerable character, Sheriff Clay Finnes. His daughter has been missing for a long time and his marriage is crumbling. Things happen to challenge him to the core as he follows the bread crumbs for answers.

Bulwark may be a shorter read but the author packed it with so much mystery to ponder. What’s real and what isn’t keep you guessing. Where does
Shawn Remfrey
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: home-library
At first glance, this is a middle reader book. It's page count is at 104 and most of the wording is set for 'newer' readers. However, adult themes such as sex and violence are prevalent. This book is perfect for an adult who has difficulty reading or is newer to the world of reading. In my world, everyone is a voracious reader. That isn't true for everyone. This book definitely satisfies the need for paranormal-thriller fiction that isn't too intimidating. And let's be honest, sometimes you real ...more
Faith Jones
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m still getting my head around the freshly sprouted rootlets of Radish, the new portable device, short format fiction, publishing platform for commuters and other swifty nifty urban modern people on the go, attention spans pitched in the mid-range between humans and troubled spoonfish. Still, the audience is, I sense, comprised of people who would not be reading books otherwise, so this new service has got to be a good thing for developing a reading habit and adding an income stream for hard-p ...more
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Clay lifted his head and looked around the room. It was filled with monitors.’

For a famous author of children’s books to take on the nom de plume Brit Lunden in order to switch to adult novels, it seems impolite to praise her as Carole P. Roman. But the lady knows this world of literature and has written guides to assist new authors in the intricacies of Indieworld publishing, and she includes that beautiful photograph of her warm countenance on this site, offering those of us who have followed
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this story a lot. It did have a bit of a slow beginning though, and the reader is introduced to a couple of characters that don't really play a huge part in the story, which I thought was a shame. It also contains one minor issue; (view spoiler). However that was my only issues with this fun, short paranorm ...more
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Iread Book Tours and the author for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

The Bulwark Anthology
By: Brit Lunden

REVIEW ☆☆☆☆☆

I can't believe how much I love this story. It's a short fast read that manages to be sufficiently eerie, confusing, emotional and unputdownable. While there are bits of Hansel and Gretel, I don't see this as a retelling because it goes in it's own unique direction. Bulwark is first in a ten book antholo
Mary Brannian
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Horrifyingly Riveting

The unexplainable loss of their infant daughter Claire caused Jenna's and Clay's marriage to implode. An indiscreet moment drives the final spike into their failing relationship. Still reeling from the loss of his child and wife, Sheriff Clay Finnes finds himself embroiled in a horrifing situation that spirals out of control.

A seemingly run of the mill auto accident is the catalyst; the couple involved are ranting about the witch at Linden Lane that kidnapped their children.
Trinton Garrett
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Received this "Bulwark" by Brit Linden a Paranormal - Thriller yesterday to read and write an honest review. I started reading it yesterday evening and made it halfway through before falling asleep. By mid-morning, I had finished the book. "Bulwark" by Brit Linden is a real page-turner!

A book about a sheriff of a small town in Georgia, Bulwark. Recently separated from his wife and lose of his young daughter, has much on his mind when on a night of a full moon things went from troublesome to down
Melissa ownsbey
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The authors books are always
good and ive liked each and every book
ive read
her childerns books are fun colorful
teaching them about number and other countrys
very good they are
now for first time im reading an adult
book writtten by the author
its super good
short fast read i enjoyed it
intresting unsayul things happened in the bok
part thiller and paranormal so good
Sheila Goicea
I received an ARC of this book from Chelshire Inc. via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.


All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.

Content Warning: Explicit Adult Content, Murder, Gore, Kidnapping of a child, Sacrifices, Vulgarity

The soil always startled him with the intensity of its color. It was as if it held the inhabitants’ lifeblood, collected from its violent past. Bulw
Joselyn  Raquel Moreno Burke
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this one of my own free will to do an honest review.

The beginning was pretty interesting actually, the way this little town came to be shred in a mysterious plague of the supernatural with a lot of things happening at once.

Now in some things it did appeared a little forced or maybe rushed through, not a bad thing necessarily but something in that felt lost.

Now it reeled me a lot in the middle when poor Clay was discovering things, and actually thought it was crazy, that was fun.

The wa
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it
This is a quick read. I read it in about a hour. It does have a creepy factor to it. One might put a few goose bumps on your arms. Although, it was not that scary or creepy for me. That is not to say that this book is not to be read.

Clay is the main lead. He is good. I could get behind him as engaging and relatable. There was a few times where I did want to scream at Clay in regards to the way he reacted to some of the situations. The further I read, the story just built upon itself. There is a
Can you imagine werewolves, vampires, trolls, witches, and gingerbread houses in small town Georgia? Neither can Sheriff Clay Finnes, even when people around town start reporting such things. A seeming domestic dispute with a wife stabbing her husband in the neck with a fork turns out to be rather perplexing when the M.E. says that all the blood had been drained from the body. A deputy is sent out to look into reports of a pack of wolves in the woods, although there are no wolves in the area. A ...more
Rabid Reader
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bulwark is a well written, captivating story with thrilling twists and breath holding turns. You find yourself immersed in the struggles of Clay and Jenna; the loss, misunderstandings and longing pulls at your heart. Even though this is a novella, the author injects depth into her characters and you soon become invested in their lives. The plot pieces meld together well and it keeps you interested from start to finish. I enjoyed the two options for ending the story, but for me the perfect end wo ...more
Robert Yokoyama
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like the title of this book. A bulwark is a person who serves a foundation for other people to rely on. This describes the main character in this novel. His name is Clay Finnes. He serves as sheriff in the fictional town called Bulwark He is a father who grieves for the loss of his missing daughter, and he is determined to find her when he finds his daughter's sock. There is another character in this book that I like named Dolly She is a regular human being on the surface, but she is ac ...more
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the short novel that was the beginning of the anthology. Let's just say I would never want to live in Bulwark, Georgia! Yikes---a lot of really strange occurrences--children missing--a green pool of water but there is nowhere it came from! And a Gingerbread house deep in the woods on the other side of that green, slimy pool. And the town has kept all this secret for years.

Will the Sheriff be able to figure this all out--vampires, werewolves and witches all conspiring against him?
Sam (Rescue Dog Mom, Writer, Hugger)
I am grateful to have received this book as a gift.

I found this to be a very interesting paranormal story with many twists and turns with a touch of romance. There's so much to like about this story, the town, the sheriff (my favorite character). I found it difficult to put down. And it had a happy... or did it? That's for the reader to decide. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bulwark by Brit Lunden is the first book in the series that I listed to on Audible. I have to say the narration was great and Dan McGowan did a good job with the narration. However, it was the story itself that stole the spotlight as Brit Lunden really managed to pull me in to the story as I began to feel the need to keep reading to discover the truth.
Dee Dee
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an excellent, fun little thriller. The writers ability to take readers on such a captivating journey shows how much can be done in a short read.
Laura Matias
Mar 28, 2020 rated it liked it
So, I came to this book with no expectations at all. I usually don't read paranormal. It was a good, short read.

And (I don't know if this is a spoiler or not) but I preferred the first ending.
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“They say she comes back every 50 years. She needs fresh blood to stay young and beautiful, and she takes children. Steals them and keeps them.”

Welcome to Bulwark, a fictitious small town near Georgia you try hard to believe is cute and quiet. Now welcome to Bulwark, the novelette by Brit Lunden that is not long enough to capture even the slightest tranquility you want this town to have.

Seems like Sheriff Clay Finnes picked a bad week to give up aspirin. In the course of this fast-paced thriller
Pat Byrnes
Mar 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Would you like to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city and set up residence in a sleepy little town? Well, don’t plan on moving to Bulwark Georgia!!! Brit Lunden will take you on a paranormal thrill ride in Bulwark.

Sheriff Finnes life hasn’t been all rosy. His daughter was abducted, and the strain ended his marriage. Then a car accident sends his life on a roller coaster ride that will test his sanity. Finnes is in route to the abandon mill area of town for a reported one car acci
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Brit Lunden is a prolific author who’s written over 50 books in assorted genres under different pen names. Bulwark was her first effort in adult fiction and was chosen by several of her fellow authors as the basis for a new series, A Bulwark Anthology. Using her characters, they are creating new denizens in spin-off stories to this bizarre town. Brit Lunden lives on Long Island in a house full of ...more

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