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The Bledbrooke Works

(The Scaeth Mythos #2)

4.64  ·  Rating details ·  11 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Ever notice how some places don’t feel right? No rhyme or reason, they’re just unsettling, without you being able to pinpoint the cause. The vaguely suspicious demeanour of the locals. The pewtered quality of light. The old and indefinably alien smell that blows on the breeze... difficult to say for sure, but there’s definitely something.

Bledbrooke is one of th
Kindle Edition, 68 pages
Published April 8th 2019 by Amazon Media
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Steve Stred
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
** Edited as review is now live on Kendall Reviews! **


As you’ve seen from previous reviews here and maybe over on Goodreads, I’ve become a big fan of John’s work. Whether it’s been Doggem, Call Drops, or A Plague of Pages, John continually delivers the goods. I still have yet to make it to his novel Bad Pennies, but I’m going to need to bump that up my TBR after this most recent outing.

The Bledbrooke Works is a stand-alone tale that is still interwoven in
Terry Tyler
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from the author, to read for Rosie Amber's Book Review Team. The fact that it was free has not affected this honest review.

I liked this story a lot—I've read an earlier novel and a shorter story by John F Leonard, and his writing has come on in leaps and bounds; this is a different class.

'Back before the Domesday Book, the little spot known has Bledbrooke had started out smaller than small...During the Middle Ages, it shuddered into a village while no on
Georgia Rose
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I chose to read The Bledbrooke Works from the submissions made to Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team. I received a copy from the author but this has not altered my review at all.

Donald Hobdike’s title is Manager of Works in the small, somewhat creepy, town of Bledbrooke, and has been for forty years. Over that time his role has become considerably less glamorous than it sounds and now extends to little more than managing the sewage system.

He is also, on occasion, sent communi
Lesley Hillman
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A new story from the Scaeth Mythos, The Bledbrooke Works does not disappoint.
I love reading these stories, John F. Leonard has a talent for subtle horror yet disturbing all the same. The Bledbrooke Works I feel is one of the subtlest yet. I was engaged with the two characters from the onset. Donald Hobdike, a cranky older gentleman who resents youth, yet at the same time he resents getting old. He is tasked with wayward youth Michael Bassey, ‘Mikey B’, who is sent to Hobdike to work of his debt
Maureen Turner
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing

This is the second John F Leonard book that I have read and although I have always shied away from horror novels, his writing is so compelling that I find I cannot resist trying his books. The title, The Bledbrooke Works had me wondering, but it's just an old sewage works - those nasty dirty places - that every town tries to ignore but cannot do without. This is no ordinary system of sewage tunnels though. Amongst the fatbergs and 'other' items there lurks something slumbering and very, very sin
Kim Napolitano
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Many times I’ve read a book and wish illustrations were weaved in, this is one of those books. Donald Hobdike takes good care of Bledbrooke Town. He oversees all of the work down below in the subterranean world of ancient sewers and water works. Something has woken up. Donald and a juvenile delinquent he’s taken charge of need to investigate a new plumbing issue that takes Michael into madness and Donald to face he’s own limitations, his privilege. No spoilers and it’s so easy to do with a Novel ...more
Keith Anthony
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This has been the first of Mr. Leonard's works I've read, and I'll certainly be reading many more to come. There's a knack some authors have of saying a lot with very few words and John certainly has that gift. There's something unashamedly English about his writing style, and it also has an old punk rocker vibe which translates to 'this is real and gritty, but tough sh*t it's coming your way'. Bledbrooke is deftly realised, and executed with a solid understanding of the genre. Great atmosphere, ...more
Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a great story! Mr. Leonard's got a way of writing that really appeals to me. I seem to like his work more and more with every book he writes. His cadence and use of language (I particularly enjoy learning British slang and idioms) is descriptive without getting bogged down. He's got a way of writing that makes reading very comfortable... even if the story is not. And this one sure ain't. I found myself wrinkling my nose and cringing more than once. It was a pleasure to read and I recommend ...more
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John was born in England and grew up in the midlands where he learned to love the sound of scrapyard dogs and the rattle and clank of passing trains. He studied English, Art and History and has, at different times, been a sculptor, odd-job man and office worker. He enjoys horror and comedy (not necessarily together). Married with two astonishing children, he now lives a few miles from the old Vict ...more

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