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Stranger Still

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  302 ratings  ·  88 reviews
Your sins are Legion… and now you belong to him.

Legion is a teacher. An avenging angel. A murderer. A madman. Born in the blood of a dying mother, raised in the underground lair of an insane father, he travels the world looking for those who keep secrets and sins. He finds those who have fallen short, and teaches them the lessons they need to leave their mistakes behind. E
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Published March 10th 2020 by Written Insomnia Press
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STRANGER STILL is the sequel to author Michaelbrent Collings novel, STRANGERS. Unlike most "sequels", this novel can be read without having read its predecessor first. If anything, this tells a story from an entirely different point-of-view, filling in details that we were never privy to in the original book.

The scope of this novel covers more locations and incorporates many more characters. Legion is by far the one that gave me the most "conflicting" emotions.

"Legion is of normal build. He i
Sherry Fundin
Stranger Still by Michaelbrent Collings is a stand alone novel, even though it is a sequel to Strangers. I didn’t realize I had Stranger on my Kindle, but now that I have met Legion, I have to know more about him.

He named himself Legion. He is a punisher. Doling out lessons to sinners.

Sheldon, but not the cute kid on Young Sheldon, or the genius on Big Bang Theory. No, this Sheldon is a hot mess whose specialty is kidnapping, torturing and murdering. He thinks he’s a god and revels in the gross
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another great book from my favorite author. I loved the three brothers. They were like avenging angels.
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a sequel to the book Strangers, but it can easily be read as a standalone. I thoroughly enjoyed it! I love Michaelbrent Collings' writing, and this was no exception! It is a fast paced book that I didn't want to stop reading. It had so many different elements included in it.. horror, action, murder, and even comedy. There were even a couple of surprises! You need to read this book!! Thanks to the author for a digital copy of the book. I voluntarily chose to review it. ...more
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Your sins are Legion...
... and now you belong to him.
Legion is a teacher. An avenging angel. A murderer.
A madman.
Born in the blood of a dying mother, raised in the underground hideout of an insane father, he travels the world looking for those who keep secrets and sins. He finds those who have fallen short, and teaches them the lessons they need to leave their mistakes behind.
And if he has to teach a lesson that ends in death, well... sometimes that's the cost of proper education.
That's why,
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Stranger Still is the sequel to Strangers, the book where the main character, Legion, was first introduced. Although, he was not named Legion in that book and had two others with him. Legion is solo in this story but he is never truly alone, that is a little hard to wrap your mind around initially but it feels pretty natural as the story goes on. I have not read the prequel and I will admit that I was mighty curious about the what happened to Legion and his brothers but that is just my innate cu ...more
Colin Garrow
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Legion has a purpose – to teach, to avenge and to murder. Witnessing a married couple kidnapped at the side of the road, he follows them, knowing he’ll have to make choices about his actions—who to save, who to kill. But with a Russian crime syndicate involved, there are a lot of decisions to make in his bid to uncover the truth.

This is the third book I’ve read by this author, so I knew to expect a bit of creepy and a bit of weird, but this one is just plain off the wall. Michaelbrent Collings h
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am becoming a huge fan of MichaelBrent Collings!

I thought ‘Stranger’ was cool but this was even better.

Usually with sequels you get an author following a pattern or a formula that worked the first time. In this case, it is really a self-contained story, that may have some of the same themes as ‘Stranger,’ but does a one-eighty in terms of storyline.

For those of you tempted to pick this up.... there is a chapter at the start that I felt dragged a bit and became a little redundant. It is the pa
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished my review for the first part of this series, 'Strangers', with the question 'Can it even get any better than this?' and the answer is very simple: yes! Where 'Strangers' presented a slow-cooking, claustrophobic, and psychological nightmare, 'Stranger Still' adds an unexpected, exquisite sense of humor. While the plot was very different from 'Strangers', especially in terms of explosive action, some constants remained the same: the underground setting where events take place and Legion ...more
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, suspense
This was so incredibly close to perfect for me when it comes to a psychological thriller/horror novel!

The story follows a group of people - most of whom no sane person would ever want to meet - whose paths cross with explosive and deadly consequences. We learn more about Legion (who appeared in Strangers), but this functions extremely well as a standalone novel, and I don't believe that reading the initial novel is a prerequisite for enjoying this one to the fullest.

Set in the present-day US, th
Kim Napolitano
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m fairly new to Mr. Collings’s work when I joined his street team of reviewers and was pretty excited to be a part of it all. I have to say, this has been my favorite book of all I’ve reviewed on the Team. I have to be honest I didn’t read Stranger in time for the sequel but I felt I didn’t miss a beat. Legion and his ghost brothers are accidentally swept into a crime happening with the Russian mob. Two people are kidnapped by a egotistical psychopath named Sheldon Steward, a hired gunman and ...more
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I like the idea of having a sequel of Stranger that's standalone. And I think it worked even though Stranger is a good book you don't have to read it before reading this one.

This book is about Legion (and Fire and Water). It's strange to say but Legion is like a good guy with a really bad moral compass. And he's nuts. His childhood is described in this book and we get to know why he must be One and why he had to match in the last book. In this one he struggles with the fact that he can't match a
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Michaelbrent Collings has done it again!
Stranger Still brings back some twisted characters that were introduced with his book "Strangers" and expands Legion's bizarre mission to punish the sinners.
Mr. Collings is an expert at creating characters that you sympathize with and care about, even if they're dirty, rotten scoundrels. He also excels at crafting a story that ropes you in and keeps you hanging on every word. Stranger Still is no exception. Excellent story, tense action and suspense.
His c
Karla Kay
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suspenseful and disturbing! Uniquely written. A main character in its own classification.
"Your sins are Legion.....and now you belong to him ."
I can't decide if I want to like Legion or if I want to hate him!😱
Vicky Lelove
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"My name is Legion, for we are many."
Apr 18, 2020 rated it it was ok
Yuck. Book one got 3 stars, this one got 2.

A disjointed disappointing read.
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, horror
It's Michaelbrent Collings. Nothing more needs to be said. ...more
Deb Threadgill
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was given an Advanced copy for an honest review.

The Prelude starts out strange and as the book goes on it does get Stranger Still

If I could give it more than 5 stars I would.
There were three then One The drowned one is Water, the burned up one is Fire and in the first few chapters we learn the live one is Legion ( which can mean many as in the three in one) or that others have  many sins.
Danielle Anton is a newly married and works in the Office of the State Public Defender.  Her new husband is
David Zaine Aarons
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a big fan of Michaelbrent's work who's also an acquaintance (we don't know one another well, but we stop to chat at conventions), I hope he'll forgive me for saying I consider 2013's original Strangers one of his weaker efforts, one of only a few of his books that just never clicked for me. Strangers wasn't bad by any means, but in spite of a series of interesting and chilling ideas at the core, I neither liked nor empathized with its cast and felt the text looped into cycles, retreading itse ...more
C. D'Arc
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Unfortunately, I didn't find out that "Stranger Still" is a sequel to "Strangers" until after finishing the book and reading the Author's Note. Oops. All the same, I only noticed a large learning curve in the prologue as the story poetically introduces Legion (who used to be One).
Quick Plot Overview: Danielle is a lawyer of petty criminals, who strives to give them only the justice they need. She's newlywed to Alex, and during their drive to their honeymoon, they're kidnapped by Sheldon Steward
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Well! And here I was thinking that a sequel to Strangers would be more of the same - psycho murderer man survives Book 1, moves on to do more murdery stuff in Book 2, ends up with a disciple who then continues murderer man's work and maybe survives to Book 3, yada yada yada. You get where I'm coming from? It's been done before!

But has it? Nope. I was wrong. This book was better than the first. I'll try not to give away any spoilers, but I can't believe that by the end of this book, murder man -
Claire Davis
Mar 21, 2020 rated it liked it
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have given Strangers Still by Michaelbrent Collings three out of five stars ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️

This is the sequel to the first book, Strangers. Strangers Still can be read without having read the first book in the series. I don’t know if I’m just going through a really big reading slump at the moment, but it took me such a long time to read this book I feel like I’d normally whizz through it because I enjoyed it but half of the book I felt a little da
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had a lot to live up to, because I found Strangers to be SO unlike any book I had ever read, and it COMPLETELY blew me away. So, in the beginning of Stranger Still, I found myself wondering if that "literary lightening" would strike twice, for me. But, as the plot rolled along and the tension mounted, I learned to NEVER doubt the ability of MbC's writing to zap me twice in a row!

The action and thrills never stop in this electrifying story that delivers clever twists and blindsiding tu
Jun 16, 2020 added it
Well I must say this book is definitely just what the title says. I know that Mr. Collings has a book called Strangers, and I'm thinking this book is maybe the sequel to it, but I'm not sure. So when I first started reading this book I felt like " Oh yeah, this is a strange book ", I almost debated on whether I should continue or not. I'm really glad I kept going because the more I read, the more I was sucked in to keep going. I have never read a book like this before but now that I have I am de ...more
Sean Flanagan
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you've never read Michaelbrent Collings, there's hope for you; if you've read only one and are reading this review, you're probably beyond hope.

Disclosure: I received a pre-publication copy of the book; I purchased it as soon as it was published. (The only error I could find has been corrected.)

MbC ended the previous book, "Strangers" with a note about the story's seed and incubation, concluding with the statement that he would not develop the story any farther. ("Probably.") Frankly, I was s
Who would you trust more - someone who can quote Lord of the Rings or a Cadbury-egg loving newlywed? A defender of orphans or unrepentant killer? No matter who you chose, you'll change your mind multiple times in reading Collings' latest novel, Stranger Still. There's humour, blood, bravery, stubbornness, dark corners of places and souls, chocolate, road trips, loving siblings, enemies, trees and tunnels - and several reveals that smacked me upside the head, laughing creepily. Collings sure know ...more
Robert Ullrich
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-challenge
I was fortunate to wrangle an advance copy of Strangers Still by Michaelbrent Collings; the follow up to one my of my Collings favorites, Strangers. Stranger Still picks up down the road from where Strangers left off.
I don't typically make a recommendation with a caveat; this time I am. I strongly recommend you get your hands on a copy of Strangers and read it before embarking on the second half of the journey. Strangers has a unique twist you need to experience. Without it, Stranger Still is st
Carolynne Ford
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Legion and his brothers create the best memorable bad guy that isn't really a bad guy - sort of.

What I loved most about Stranger Still is how the character's stories were so different in the beginning, but the author pulled all of them together in a magical, artistic fashion that shows off his literary skill and prowess. It has been a long while since I read a book that made me stop and ask myself "what did I just read?!?!" and then simply could not put the book down.

I'm new to this author, but
Stephen Ormsby
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Let me just start by saying that I loved this one hell of a crazy book. It moved at such an incredible pace that I could barely hold on to the book, fearing that it would run away from me. Even though this is a sequel to Strangers, I did not feel that I needed to have read it. This story stands alone very well.
As a psychological thriller novel, it had everything in it to make it fast-paced, exciting, and downright creepy. The characters are interesting and well-written, especially our lead chara
Mystee Pulcine
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic horror story. Though this story is "stand-alone" and many will say that they read this one first and then Strangers, I would have been super upset if I read the prologue of this book before Strangers, as that would have completely ruined the twist ending of Strangers for me. I highly recommend reading the first one first.

I love that this book gave the readers what they had been asking for from book one - more info on this stranger and his history. I'm not sure how I felt about the pr
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One of the most versatile writers around, Michaelbrent Collings is an internationally bestselling novelist, produced screenwriter, and multiple Bram Stoker Award finalist. While he is best known for horror (and is one of the most successful indie horror authors in the United States), he has also written bestselling thriller, fantasy, science fiction, mystery, humor, young adult, and middle grade w ...more

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