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Blood Pond (Blood Pond #1)

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  192 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
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Ten years ago, August's adolescent brother was brutally murdered, and dumped in Blood Pond. The one person he is sure can identify the killer is on the run.

Bruce can't escape the horror of what he experienced the night his friend, Tommy, was slaughtered in front of his eyes. Although he survived, he is still on the run, running from shad
ebook, 1st Edition, 212 pages
Published September 25th 2010 by Silver Publishing
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A.J. Llewellyn
Mar 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own-a-copy
I may be biased since this is someone near and dear to my heart but I can be objective and in this case I admit I was so disturbed that this said near and dear author could write something so scary that I am a little bit nervous.
DJ Manly has written a harrowing, compelling account of one man's struggle to overcome his brother's murder. He is so obsessed (as he would be) that it has controlled his life.
I found myself wondering if I should start sleeping with one eye open once I realized what was
Serena Yates
Aug 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay
Where do I even start with his one? It is an amazing book: the build of tension and the revelation of the mystery surrounding August's brother's death are extremely well done, the quality of the writing made it a joy to read, and the characters came to life for me as if they were real people.

August is just as much a haunted character as Bruce, the man he suspects of having information about his brother's death. Their interactions go from those of total strangers to being lovers, and back to dist
Aug 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
What a great story. It took me awhile to get into this, (I admit) I was a little nervous about seeing horror in many of the reviews. BUT once I started it I could not put it down. (I almost burnt a batch of holiday cookies cause I was too engrossed in the story,lol)
It was a wonderful "suspense/thriller" story, the characters and story come to life as if you are watching a 5 star mystery/thriller movie.
Anyone who likes a good thriller should give this a read!
Great story D.J..

Kelly H. (Maybedog)
Actually a good thriller, keeping me on my toes. I suspected what might have happened but I was still kept guessing up until near the end. What I thought was happening could have been wrong, I wasn't sure. Not insta-love but no love and then attraction and then suddenly head over heels. I didn't really buy that at all, especially on August's part.

Apparently there were questions left unanswered that are clarified in the sequel but I think the only things I found were either plot holes or could be
Cole Riann
Feb 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Creepy good! Despite the fact that I was satisfied with the resolution of the mystery, I still liked the first half the best. I thought it had some of the best writing and I loved the way the characterization of both August and Drake are peeled away layer after layer. It was well written and a delight to read. I actually had to put the book down at one point, despite the fact that it was the middle of the day, and go make sure my window was locked. *Insert creepy music*

I'm excited to read the se
Dec 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Ten years ago, August's brother, Tommy, was killed and his body dismembered. August cannot shake the feeling of guilt of not being there for his brother. An ex-cop, he leaves his job and goes to "hunt" the person he thinks might help him find a murder. A friend of Tommy, named Bruce, who was with Tommy the day he was mising. Bruce is a troubled man. Continuously haunted by nightmare of seeing his friend, Tommy, being tortured and murdered, Bruce tries to escape by drinking and running from town ...more
Serena Yates
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay, other-paranormal
Where do I even start with his one? It is an amazing book: the build of tension and the revelation of the mystery surrounding August's brother's death are extremely well done, the quality of the writing made it a joy to read, and the characters came to life for me as if they were real people.

August is just as much a haunted character as Bruce, the man he suspects of having information about his brother's death. Their interactions go from those of total strangers to being lovers, and back to dist
Feb 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
This story moves at a breathtaking pace. Despite the fact we KNOW it’s a romance and supposed to have a happy ending, the author managed to sow doubts about not only Bruce, but August, too; the solution wasn’t immediately apparent, although hinted at if you know what to look for. Thus the actual mystery was suspense-packed and nail-bitingly creepy like a good horror movie. A warning in regard to this: I’m afraid the mystery/ suspense label on this book is not quite sufficient. As I see it, Blood ...more
Sandra Moreno
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome!
I would also like to know where DJ got this insight from but am glad he did because he wrote one hell of a fantastic book with it!

From the very first page, this seriously chilling tale will grip you until the end and you will definately want even more after that! and thankfully there is a sequel coming in a few weeks because this is definately a book that has lots more to tell.

August Greystone and Bruce Monkton are really great characters, dealing with tragedy in their past
I really enjoyed this. Kept me turning pages to find out what was really going on. So much so that I bought the 2nd book!

I thought Bruce was a little whiny and needy, but I got over it quick. I also didn't buy their romance, but I was more interested in the mystery.

Also a pretty big typo, in my opinion: during a conversation with Karl (14% on Kindle) Karl calls "Clay" "Bruce" (view spoiler)
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
This one is hard to rate for me. While I'm not sure it fully deserves the 4 star, it's not just a 3 star either.

It's dark, disturbing and overall not necessarily an easy read. That I loved! What put me off was at times some of the sex scenes seemed thrown in without rhyme or reason. And I was a little disappointed in the relationship building that I felt was lacking. So while it wasn't a true PWP, it did have a bit of that feel to it. And that left me slightly disappointed.
This book was tagged as horror but I don't know why.
August goes in search of the man, who as a teenager, had witnessed his brother's death. He finds Bruce in Montreal battling his demons.
The pair return to their honetown and begin to investigate the brother's death.
A good mystery which kept me guessing up to the end.
It ends on a cliffhanger so you'll want to have book 2 ready to read.
Oct 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic terrifying gripping!!! Wonderfully written
Becky Condit
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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There’s no need to pack,” August said softly. “That was the police in Lancaster.” He turned to look at Bruce. “A fifteen-year-old went missing from Whitehead two days ago. They just found his head….at the bottom of Blood Pond.”

Stunned…..absolutely stunned. This is how I felt after reading Blood Pond by DJ Manly. This is a suspenseful, gripping, horrifying look into the darkness an
This book was so, so good and really grabbed my attention. At the beginning of the book you jump right in with August who is trying to track down Bruce, who was friends with his murdered brother. Bruce is panicky and understandably scarred from the events that took place ten years prior and has been continuously moving around to avoid being found. Being found by August certainly wasn't the plan. After some convincing by August, the book takes off from there as the two MCs try and piece together ...more
Feb 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Contemporary, mystery/suspense

OMG this was a good story. Hats off to D.L. Manly! Blood Pond was a wonderful little murder mystery with a nice amount of smexy!

August is a former police detective trying to find out who killed his younger brother, Bruce is a man trying to forget and escape his past. August knows that Bruce his the key to finding his brother's killer but that requires Bruce to face the past he has been trying to escape. The unsolved murder of a loved one is bad enough but t
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm being generous with an extra star on this one. The amount of eye-rolls and mutters of 'oh, come on' toward the end of this really mean it should be a one star, but I have to admit, before I got to the end, the beginning had some promise--an ex-cop chasing a psychologically damaged witness across the country should make for a nice, twisty thriller. That promise was betrayed by a silly ending, however.

Shallow, inconsistent characters, unexplained decisions, clichéd plot with one potentially ov
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Darn...ate my review.

I loved this book, all the way up to the epilogue. The epilogue sucked. The rest was pretty exciting. I was very hopeful that we were going to get the story line that we got...but there was that little niggling doubt. Maybe I was wrong, maybe it wouldn't end up with a HFN or HEA.

Now the epilogue was a rushed summary that wrapped up the story. The writing wasn't the same. Just a hey, it all worked out, now SEX. Although I kept hoping for a twilight zone ending, I didn't care
Diane Adams
Feb 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book a lot. The plot was really good, and the mystery really had me going. I liked the characters a lot and I was very happy they found something special in each other. It ended with a nice twist. Excellent book that will keep you on your toes until you're done!
Nov 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
A good emotional read. It was full of ups and downs. Starts slow but about halfway through it became almost manic. The first half sets up for the crazy ups and downs of the second half. It was a really good read and I look forward to the second!
Damian Serbu
Mar 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
A very short novel, but fun to read. A great mystery with good suspense. And, as expected, great sex scenes!
Laura M
Mar 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great read!
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Creepy, and yet hot.
Mar 06, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Habit forced me to finish reading it only if I could get over my freaking OCD guh...
Pia Veleno
Mar 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
5+ stars. Scary, and creepy, and twisted. Full resolution, plus a killer cliff-hanger. Well done. I must read more of DJ's horror!
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Christ! Really, really loved this book.
Sep 30, 2010 rated it liked it
this was an interesting book with some different turns and twists...i liked it but a couple of times i had issues.
Feb 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, d-j-manly
Closer to 4.5
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I am at a loss as to what to say about this book. WOW!
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
Wow, 83.5% off today only from the publisher- price drop to $0.99!! 9/17/13!
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