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Grand Masquerade: A Supernatural Suspense Novel

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Beware the terror lurking beneath a mask of smiles...

Grand Masquerade is a must-read supernatural thriller from the bestselling author of Sky Parlor, Stephen Perkins.

Read with the lights on.

On an ancient ley line, deep within Vermont's dark forests, lives a mysterious and frightening secret...
A forbidden door to a world beyond human perception.
And three hunters are about t
Kindle Edition, 314 pages
Published February 2nd 2020 by Star Born Publishing LLC
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Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Grand Masquerade has an amazing beginning with bodies disappearing into the forest, birds circling, accident victims brought back to life, and emotion-laden prose, and, of course, the mysterious Others to whom promises have been made. But, the storyline focuses on political intrigue, creepy industrialists, and the whole dam thing breaking. After a Promising start, which may indeed have promised too much, the story, which was an amalgam of this and that, gets lost in the pages causing this reader ...more
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you are familiar with X-Files, Lost, or Stephen King novels, you have probably heard of ley lines. Ley lines entered public consciousness in the 1920s after the book The Old Straight Track was written by Alfred Watkins. He noted that many ancient structures could have straight lines drawn between them. They took on a pseudoscience-feel in the 1960s when people began putting forward the idea that “earth energies” ran through ley lines. They have been a fascination for many since that time and ...more
Jimmy Jefferson
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Supernatural horror from the depths of the Green mountains

This is a great supernatural horror story that takes place in a sleepy little Vermont town. When some bizarre things are discovered in the woods outside of town, the president of a super tech company meets with a Senator to discuss the implementation of a twisted mind control program called minerva. The meeting takes a drastic turn when their worst nightmares begin to appear deep in the forest. This book has a great storyline and will pu
Guy Wheatley
Mar 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
The prose is …. interesting, and virtually unreadable. It’s almost as though the author thought he was getting paid by the adjective. I found a couple of places where an entire paragraph was a single sentence. The sentence structure could have been designed by Yoda. The strange wording and long and flowery descriptions smother any action to the point I often forget what action the adjectives are describing.
Then we have the character. I say “the” character because they could all be the same perso
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Grand Masquerade: A Supernatural Suspense Novel by Stephen Perkins grabs the reader from the very chapter as young Tad Keyes believes he is one of the chosen for the ultimate promise. His motorcycle and jacket that is left behind tells another story. The mystery builds as the State Troopers investigating Tad's disappearance are mutilated. Strange things happen in the Green Mountains, just where Richard Madden takes Senator for a little one on one time of manipulation.

Stephen Perkins is just an
Píaras Cíonnaoíth
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A must-read supernatural suspense thriller...

Grand Masquerade by Stephen Perkins is a superbly written and richly descriptive novel with brilliantly drawn characters and settings. The threads of storytelling are expertly woven in this supernatural suspense thriller that guarantees the attention of the reader. Skillfully constructed and set against the backdrop of shady political dealings and the dark foreboding forests of Vermont, this book will have you turning the pages from beginning to end.
Grand Masquerade is a dark suspense supernatural thriller by Stephen Perkins that promises thrills and to pull readers deep into its pages with conspiracy theories, danger, thrills, and bloodthirsty supernatural creatures. The author promises thrills and chills as dark deeds come to light and an ending that that is worth pushing onward to.
Grand Masquerade is the first book that I have read by this author and being an avid fan and reader of supernatural thrillers I was excited to see where the au
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The Grand Masquerade is an intriguing suspense novel that, at first, was very entertaining.

What I liked:
○ The cover!
○ The introductory events. The book started off like an episode of X-files. You're thrown into an eerie landscape with an ominous cloud of the supernatural hanging over each paragraph.
○The setting. The author sets up each chapter with its own detailed sights, sounds, smells. You can really picture what the character what experiencing.

What I didn't like:
○ The flowery language. Wh
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
In "Grand Masquerade: A Supernatural Suspense Novel," author Stephen Perkings is full of completely suspenseful sci-fi elements, leaving you hooked on every word. Have you ever thought one-day communication could be so high tech, it didn't take anything beyond what your body already possesses, your brain? That's what Minerva entails, a new futuristic app that enables people to communicate on a global scale without the use of any device, just their mind. Interestingly enough, it was being created ...more
Mar 25, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2020, netgalley
What I liked about Grand Masquerade:
- I enjoyed the setting descriptions in this book. The author has a very flowery writing style, which makes it easy for him to transport the reader to small town Vermont.

What I disliked about Grand Masquerade:
- I found the author's writing style very difficult to read. He would add tons of extra adjectives and use very proper wording to describe the character's actions and the scenes.
- An example was when the author wrote "Washington's District of Columbia" i
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it

Stephen C. Parkin's Grand Masquerade, is a masterpiece of a writing document if I can say. 1st the author brings what I will call political mindsend into the game. I believe always, politicians usually have a hidden agenda. And as most rich people, the author brings the truth of the matter and situation, they usually have some people who do their dirty laundry or rather work. So based on that fact the author brings the characters very well and their roles well player in the book. I tried
Carolina Solano
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The belongings of a certain Tad Keyes are found along the Vermont forest trail along with his motorcycle, apparently the boy magically disappeared without leaving a trace; There is only his jacket which is ripped to pieces as if an animal had attacked him.
Simultaneously, in New York City, Richard Madden introduces Minerva to a new innovative technology system that enables people to communicate without using any device, just their mind. Richard, to convince Senator Barkley to endorse his bill, in
Carol M.
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a mystery and horror story packed with suspense scenes that will make your heart skip a bit. The book begins with the sudden disappearance of a young man in Vermont’s dark forest, leaving the State troopers totally perplexed. Then, the reader is taken to the state of New York where Richard Madden, the president of an important corporation, is about to launch a controversial app that will change the future. Yet, Senator Barkley wants to pass a law that will affect Madden’s plans. To gain ...more
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There is something scary in the woods
Stephen Perkins once more shows us his writing prowess in this mysterious adventure. First Tad Keyes gets missing with his motorbike parked close to the Vermont forest. Days after, they found more dead bodies with villagers pointing fingers to grizzlies.
A greater conspiracy boils down, and it is one that aims to control the human mind. Richard Madden was in charge of the project called Minerva. The presidential spokesperson Senator Barkley does not buy the
Tim Terry
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A terrifying masquerade that ensues as an ancient sinister evil lurking in a remote wood comes face to face with modern corporate greed.

In the ancient forest near the remote town of Vermont is an area located directly where powerful forces converge to create a brooding and sinister evil. When business tycoon, Richard Madden sends his son to entertain a presidential candidate and entice him into endorsing their mind-controlling technology to be released on the ignorant masses, powerful eons-old f
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it

A novel to read at the edge of your seat

As the saying goes: “Do not judge a book by its cover”, and I dare say that I did. The first thing that caught my attention was the cover. It is so creative and attractive that invites you to read the story. “Grand Masquerade” was written by Stephen Perkins, a well-known writer of novels of this genre.
The story is set in Rupert, a small town situated in Vermont which is said to be “haunted" or called "dark forests”. Unfortunately, a mysterious death of a
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Grand Masquerade is a supernatural suspense thriller written by the bestselling author Stephen C. Perkins. This is a middle-length book with no more than 310 pages, divided into 23 chapters.

This mysterious novel is set in Rupert in the state of Vermont, where a boy disappeared near the Vermont forest, leaving no trace, only his motorcycle and his jacket were found. Later on, some bodies were also found and people in Rupert got really scared. Meanwhile in Manhattan, Minerva, a new futuristic tech
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Grand Masquerade was written by Stephen Perkins. This fiction book is written for a general audience. It is a fast, absorbing, creative and interesting story about a boy who is brutally killed and his father, who is a farmer, couldn’t find his son’s body. Part fantasy thriller and part drama, this novel can easily make you feel lost in the fiction.
The story is narrated in third person. It is set in a town called Rupert; a small and isolated town in Vermont. I think the place that the author cho
Sol Tyty
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Grand Masquerade, by Stephen C. Perkins, is composed of 23 short fast-paced chapters narrated in the third person. It is a supernatural, macabre and full of suspense novel about some bizarre things that happen in the woods outside of Rupest, a small town in Vermont.
If you have read Stephen King at some point in your life, you can say this book has some elements that resemble King’s.
Gran Masquerade has great characters and an amazing storyline which, as the book unfolds, would make you want to k
Alfredo R
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A must-read, spine-tingling story
Grand Masquerade: A Supernatural Suspense Novel tells the story about a city which is about to be destroyed. However, this mysterious town is protected by spiritual beings called “the Others”, who are ready to do everything it takes to protect what they own.
The writer, Stephen Perkins, describes the settings in a way that allows us to be there while reading. The plot is easy to follow, the vocabulary is simple and the characters are unusual. The story is specta
Aug 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Grand Masquerade: A Supernatural Suspense Novel by Stephen Perkins is one on those books you don’t want to finish but at the same time you want to know what is going to happen next. It’s a supernatural book mixed with very interesting topics related to the world of politics, power and entitlement.
The story goes about some very greedy executives and politicians planning to flood a small town to start a project related to surveillance and control. But something will prevent that from happening, th
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Indeed a page turner. It was difficult for me to put down Grand Masquerade by Stephen C. Perkins because it was absolutely a stunning supernatural suspense thriller. There are moments that I was so shooked because of the events that I didn't see coming. The thing I loved about this book in particular is the storyline which was easy to follow and full of interesting happenings. The main hero was also likeable and very believable.

As for the setting, I loved that it was set in a quiet and sleepy to
Agustina Sureda
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Stephen Perkins takes you on a trip to Vermont to find out that it is not a quiet little town anymore, but a very dark scenario indeed. Years of human sacrifice have brought prosperity to the small community of Rupert Township, and it is up to our main characters to discover the secret and save the people from this terrifying place. Meanwhile in New York City, a utopian world is forming through advanced micro-chips. The new technology, Minerva, would be inserted into people’s wrists, allowing fo ...more
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nothing is what it seems in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Beneath a mask of smiles, you will find dark intentions, supernatural experiences, and surely exciting suspense and thrilling terror.

Under the appearance of a public confrontation between them, a high-tech executive and a US presidential candidate are planning to flood a small Vermont town. The behind intention is to evacuate the town's people to a camp where they will be implanted with a mind control device. But that town is located o
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
A supernatural Thriller set deep in the heart of Vermont’s forests; this book will take you on the hunt. When three hunters become the hunted, things are not always as they at first appear. A sinister plot to flood a small town and implant all the residents with a mind controlling device is interfered with by the Others. Spiritual Beings who have guarded this land for centuries. The ones in charge of the plot, an Executive and a presidential candidate come to the town to oversee the plan and com ...more
Ivana S.
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I read from this author: Stephen Perkins. “Grand Masquerade” is a supernatural and suspenseful book with lots of twists and turns that keeps you at the edge of your seat. This novel is written for a general audience. Everyone will have a great time reading it! No matter the age.
The story is narrated in third person. It is set in a Vermont town. It is about two important people: a high-tech executive and a US presidential candidate who have to fight together to help people
Mia C.
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Grand Masquerade is a book written by Stephen Perkins, best selling author. This middle length book of a bit more than three hundred pages has a mixture of the supernatural, suspense and thriller.
This is a read that I enjoyed at the edge of my seat and with the lights on, obviously. It is certainly a page turning novel that once I started I could not put it aside. There has been a long time since a reading did not scare me like this one. It was like watching a movie.
The author has a very enjoya
Jenny Goff
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was full of suspense and scary twists and turns. There were some slow parts in the book but for the most part, this book really kept my interest as I wanted to find out what was really going on in this small, haunted town in Vermont. I liked that there were multiple story lines going on at the same time, from within the town and outside of the town. I also liked that it was not completely obvious right away which people in the town were not actually humans, but were the Outsi ...more
Melina A.
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Stephen C. Perkins has done a great job here! Grand Masquerade is a tale that falls into the category of thriller and consists of short but easy-to-read chapters written in the third person.
I am a big fan of Stephen King and when I first started reading this book it reminded me of King’s writing style. There are a lot of elements present in Grand Masquerade’s prose which can usually be found in King’s books.
The book is splendidly written and the characters have been drawn in a fantastic way. The
Caro Rey
Oct 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Gripping Read

“Grand Masquerade: a supernatural suspense novel” was written by Stephen Perkins, best selling
author. The author did a great job here with this novel, making it a page turner from the first to the last pages.
Character portrayal is great; all the characters are very well developed. Moreover, the
plot was carefully thought, making it a gripping read. I’ve read many good comments about this book and luckily all of them were right. It is a must read and very entertaining novel.
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