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FREE on every eBook platform. Free PDF Download, Just click the Download Sample Chapter Button at: http://www.blog.kybunnies.com/books/a... Something has moved into the Amador Hotel. Hector, Marcos, Bev, and Tony of the Paranormal Posse are called in to either debunk the haunting or get rid of whatever is causing the problems. With the surprise arrival of Hector's son, he tr FREE on every eBook platform. Free PDF Download, Just click the Download Sample Chapter Button at: http://www.blog.kybunnies.com/books/a... Something has moved into the Amador Hotel. Hector, Marcos, Bev, and Tony of the Paranormal Posse are called in to either debunk the haunting or get rid of whatever is causing the problems. With the surprise arrival of Hector's son, he tries to keep his professional and personal lives separate, but whatever is haunting the Amador Hotel has other plans. Finalist in Horror Contest 2013.

30 review for Amador Lockdown

  1. 5 out of 5

    Giselle

    A really quick read; Amador Lockdown reminds me a bit of the TV series Ghost Hunters. In this book we've also got a group of ghost hunters that are called to the Amador Hotel to check out some strange occurrences. As a fairly short book, it works to give you a few chills, but nothing too momentous. As I truly enjoy ghost stories, I was really curious about Amador Lockdown as soon as I read its brief, but eerie synopsis. We are right away introduced to four ghost hunter friends who call themselves A really quick read; Amador Lockdown reminds me a bit of the TV series Ghost Hunters. In this book we've also got a group of ghost hunters that are called to the Amador Hotel to check out some strange occurrences. As a fairly short book, it works to give you a few chills, but nothing too momentous. As I truly enjoy ghost stories, I was really curious about Amador Lockdown as soon as I read its brief, but eerie synopsis. We are right away introduced to four ghost hunter friends who call themselves the Paranormal Posse. Yes, very cheesy name, but they are an interesting dynamic group. Since the novel is short, there isn't an incredible amount of character development. It's more focused on the plot itself which is actually quite engaging. The writing format gives the book a really creepy vibe: While introducing the hauntings, it's told in interview style with the people who have witnessed unexplained events in this hotel. It's also intriguing that we get a few parts written in the ghosts' perspective. It's all very ominous. As having heard many haunting stories, the twists aren't incredibly unexpected, but they're entertaining nonetheless. If you enjoy ghost stories, Amador Lockdown is an eerie tale that you can easily read in one sitting. It's not especially deep or complex; it's a simple fun, mindless read. -- For more of my reviews, visit my blog at Xpresso Reads

  2. 5 out of 5

    Katy

    Since I did the editing on this book, I feel uncomfortable rating it or writing a "real" review - however, I will say I very much enjoyed editing this book and learning about the characters. I'm also now curious about the ghost traditions of the TX/NM area and, if I had any extra time, I'd probably start doing mad research on it. As it is ,I'll have to just pick other people's brains .... At any rate, if you enjoy ghost stories and stories that end with a shocking twist, definitely check out Amad Since I did the editing on this book, I feel uncomfortable rating it or writing a "real" review - however, I will say I very much enjoyed editing this book and learning about the characters. I'm also now curious about the ghost traditions of the TX/NM area and, if I had any extra time, I'd probably start doing mad research on it. As it is ,I'll have to just pick other people's brains .... At any rate, if you enjoy ghost stories and stories that end with a shocking twist, definitely check out Amador Lockdown.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Bandit

    This turned out way better than I expected. I don't normally like the paranormal investigator stories, but this one ended up being more of a possession story, much more interesting. Good writing, likeable characters, excellent dialogue, nice twist at the end, this was a pretty enjoyable and entertaining read. Very quick too, not even 3 hours. Recommended.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tony Parsons

    Operation Desert Storm Captain Lisa Dodd (CJ) was inspecting a bunker that had been blown to smithereens. Fast forward, FBI SA Lisa Dodd was looking at tapes of the Devil’s Den. New Mexico. Mr. Rangel (old man, State Parks division), Amanda Meeks (40+, common-law wife), & Erin Rangel (daughter), had carried on sadistic/cruel serial killings for many yrs. Sarah Hutchins made sure everyone knew she adored men. 1 night she met Matt Ridley at the Rusty Spur. The sex was great. He was off to the US Ar Operation Desert Storm Captain Lisa Dodd (CJ) was inspecting a bunker that had been blown to smithereens. Fast forward, FBI SA Lisa Dodd was looking at tapes of the Devil’s Den. New Mexico. Mr. Rangel (old man, State Parks division), Amanda Meeks (40+, common-law wife), & Erin Rangel (daughter), had carried on sadistic/cruel serial killings for many yrs. Sarah Hutchins made sure everyone knew she adored men. 1 night she met Matt Ridley at the Rusty Spur. The sex was great. He was off to the US Army basic training. Mary (mother) of course did not approve of Sarah. When he returned they broke up & went their separate ways. Rusty Spur. Santa Rosa, NM. What was Raul talking to Lolita Ramirez about? I saw Eve Ensler The Vagina Monologues at 1 of my grad college alma maters. I was not that impressed with the presentation. I’m making an educated guess; your about as close to a heart-felt feminist as you can get. Since both my kids (daughter, son) played MS, HS & college sports & my 2 granddaughters for now are carrying on in mom’s footsteps I will always support Title IX. 1 of the best all time songs ever written Procol HarumProcol Harum Procuol Harem “A whiter shade of pale.” Warning: This book contains extremely graphic adult content, violence, or expletive language &/or uncensored sexually explicit material which is only suitable for mature readers. It may be offensive to some readers. I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review, only an honest one. All thoughts & opinions are entirely my own. A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A fairly well written feminist perspective book. It wasn’t always very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish, but never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great feminist perspective movie, a college PP presngtaion, or better yet a mini TV series. Well this 1 was different. It was just OK for me so I will only rate it at 4/5 stars. Thank you for the free Author; PDF book Tony Parsons (Washburn)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Darcus Murray

    This is one of those books for me that caight my attention when I read the summary and the request for a review. I accapted the request with every intention of reading and enjoying it. I found the idea and plot line very interesting and it peaked my curiosity, but I just couldn't get into it. I was easily distracted and honestly, it took me two days to read twenty pages. I really hate it when a book doesn't hold my interest because it makes me feel horrible. I always try to give the book the ben This is one of those books for me that caight my attention when I read the summary and the request for a review. I accapted the request with every intention of reading and enjoying it. I found the idea and plot line very interesting and it peaked my curiosity, but I just couldn't get into it. I was easily distracted and honestly, it took me two days to read twenty pages. I really hate it when a book doesn't hold my interest because it makes me feel horrible. I always try to give the book the benefit of the doubt, but this book just wasn't for me. Maybe a different type of reader will enjoy it more. There are different types of books for different people, and this one is better suited to a different reader than myself.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn F.

    I was asked by the author to review this book. First off, I want to state I'm not really into ghost hunter books which this one is. The story about the son had me very confused and a little angry with the father. When everyone says stop, you need to stop because in the end it didn't really help. The interviews of previous tenants in the early part of the book were okay but again I was confused as to what they really meant. I just think that someone who is into this style of books would enjoy it I was asked by the author to review this book. First off, I want to state I'm not really into ghost hunter books which this one is. The story about the son had me very confused and a little angry with the father. When everyone says stop, you need to stop because in the end it didn't really help. The interviews of previous tenants in the early part of the book were okay but again I was confused as to what they really meant. I just think that someone who is into this style of books would enjoy it more.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Super story! The whole concept of how this book played out was interesting to me from start to finish. The characters were intelligent and i loved the way Marcos and Hector worked so well together as a ghost hunting team. I recommend this book and will definitely look for other stories by this author again.

  8. 5 out of 5

    jospeh jack

    I was so disappointed 😞😞,. THIS BOOK HAD THE ABILITY TO HAVE BEEN A GREAT STORY! THERE WAS NO ENDING AND USE .OF OTHER WRITERS WORK SIMPLY TO BE FILLER! TO BE USED FOR CUTTING THE AUTHOR'S NEED TO WRITE MORE DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS BOOK! ;( 😐

  9. 4 out of 5

    Liz at Fictional Candy

    Well this story was definitely different, and not quite what I was expecting. But I enjoyed it very much. We start with a group of paranormal investigators, The Paranormal Posse. Kind of a funny name, but if you’ve ever seen any of the paranormal investigation shows on TV, you know most of them have a keen sense of humor. The Paranormal Posse specializes in investigations and also runs tours at different locations, allowing the public in on the investigating. At the beginning of the book we meet Well this story was definitely different, and not quite what I was expecting. But I enjoyed it very much. We start with a group of paranormal investigators, The Paranormal Posse. Kind of a funny name, but if you’ve ever seen any of the paranormal investigation shows on TV, you know most of them have a keen sense of humor. The Paranormal Posse specializes in investigations and also runs tours at different locations, allowing the public in on the investigating. At the beginning of the book we meet the team as they are on a tour. One of the lead guys, Hector, believes he is seeing shadows – ghosts! Fantastic, I think, we are into the action right off the bat. I love that. Marcos, another investigator in The Paranormal Posse, suggests that The Amador Hotel may be having paranormal problems. The team begins interviews with people who claim to have had paranormal experiences there. I really enjoyed the way the author used these experiences as a way to introduce some mini-stores into the book. Some of the interviews are rather tame ghost stories, but there is one from a boy named Julio that gave me chills! And while interviews begin, we get introduced to another twist. Hector’s ex-wife is having trouble with their teenage son, Darren, and is signing custody over to Hector. Darren seems to be a teen that has an urge to rebel. It doesn’t matter; of course, Hector is thrilled to have his son back. But not everything is as it seems. Darren is a handful, and there are some secrets his mother conveniently forgot to mention to Hector. And then we are also getting some glimpses into the paranormal realm. I liked the way the author handled these scenes. Not a lot of detail was given; things were kept fuzzy just like they were to the spirits. There is a definite creepy factor within these scenes that lends to the overall chill of the story. Soon enough interviews are over, and it’s time to take on the physical investigation. Then the story really starts to get interesting. You think nothing is happening, but that is foolish to be so naïve. Something is most definitely happening. Overall, I very much enjoyed this story. It had some definite twists and turns that were very interesting. The main character, Hector, was a kind man with a big heart. And when the unthinkable happens, he keeps his faith in what he knows to be true, not necessarily what everyone is telling him. There are some scenes near the end that I wish were a bit more detailed and longer, but only because I was enjoying them and wasn’t ready for it to be over. I’m not exactly sure how I feel about this book after it’s over. The story is good, and the writing was good. Everything is good. But something happens, and I can’t tell you exactly what (because any hint of telling you would be a spoiler). It was very unexpected, and not what I anticipated at all. I guess you will have to get ahold of this story and find out for yourself! I’ve read a few ghost stories, and this one was different than most in the way that you are basically “behind the scenes” of a paranormal investigation team for most of it. That in itself was a unique standpoint on a book. If you like good old fashioned ghost stories, then you are in for a treat with Amador Lockdown.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Pam K.

    I received this book free from LibraryThing in return for an honest review. The Paranormal Posse, a group of Ghosthunters led by Hector, are hired to debunk rumors that the Amador Hotel is haunted. Once they interview people who witnessed odd happenings, they decide to do an overnight tour. Hector brings his 16 year old son, Darren, with him. Darren is having trouble adjusting to his new life with Hector. With divorced parents and a new step dad, Darren is kicked out of mom's home and sent to live I received this book free from LibraryThing in return for an honest review. The Paranormal Posse, a group of Ghosthunters led by Hector, are hired to debunk rumors that the Amador Hotel is haunted. Once they interview people who witnessed odd happenings, they decide to do an overnight tour. Hector brings his 16 year old son, Darren, with him. Darren is having trouble adjusting to his new life with Hector. With divorced parents and a new step dad, Darren is kicked out of mom's home and sent to live with dad. During the overnight stay at the hotel, things happened that even the Posse have never dealt with before. Darren disappears and Hector is out of his mind with worry. I liked the general story. Characters were fabulous. Writing style and dialog were excellent. Once the excitement started, I was all into the book. But it took too long to get going and ended too quickly. I wish it was a longer novel with more ghostly happenings.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kriss

    What a pleasure this book was to read. A well written and down to earth ghost story. With everyone writing a new paranormal romance, mystery or urban fantasy novel these days, it is hard to find a good old fashioned ghost story. This one is set in a real hotel in El Paso. It opens in one of the most famous graveyards that I have also visited on a ghost story. From the first page this book felt comfortable, like I had slipped into my favorite sweats and curled up with my favorite tea cup under a What a pleasure this book was to read. A well written and down to earth ghost story. With everyone writing a new paranormal romance, mystery or urban fantasy novel these days, it is hard to find a good old fashioned ghost story. This one is set in a real hotel in El Paso. It opens in one of the most famous graveyards that I have also visited on a ghost story. From the first page this book felt comfortable, like I had slipped into my favorite sweats and curled up with my favorite tea cup under a warm comfy blanket. But it is not just a ghost story, it is a few stories rolled up into one. It is a story about loss and the search for what has been lost, from several different view points, not all of them earthly. I was rapidly turning each page with excitement! Amador Lockdown is a thriller in the real sense of the word! The story keeps you guessing and leaves you guessing till the very end. With such a classic style of ghost story it is refreshing that Ms. Russell was able to keep this mystery going with such consistency in style and also such capriciousness catching me off guard several times. I can honestly say I did NOT see any of it coming! It many ways it is also a story about loss. Loss of hope and loss of faith and the struggle to find them again, not just for Hector and his son, but for the spirits lost behind the veil. Many questions arose that were never answered including the one that I tend to always ask at the end of a ghost story, “So what happened to.....?” We may never know! Coral was able to draw me in and developed her characters so strongly I was able to get a deep connection with them that makes me need and want to know. Which would be my only complaint. I want and I need to know more! I want the answers to the question, "What happened to...? I have had my own share of ghostly encounters when I was living near Tombstone and Bisbee, AZ. Reading this just cements my beliefs more. The light happy fun of the Paranormal Posse to the dark sadness I felt with Hector's rage at those who did not believe him when he knew there was someone else that came back from that hotel lockdown, more then just his son )(that is if any of him was still left inside). It was so well written I felt the horror and anticipation right along with Hector, the fear that this child is truly lost forever, and I felt curiosity at who existed now. I hope we get some answers, only time and Coral's quill will tell! I would recommend this to anyone who likes a well written book about ghosts and real people. There is nothing fantastic or long legged in this book. It is about real people, their fascination with the paranormal and the relationships that exist in every day life.

  12. 5 out of 5

    David Brown

    I don’t find American horror films particularly scary and haven’t done for many years now. Whenever I have the inclination to be terrified I turn to South Korean and Japanese horror films which always leave me unnerved. It’s a while since I read horror and I don’t recall the last time I read a ghost story so I was intrigued by Amador Lockdown. The novel focuses on the Paranormal Posse – a quartet of friends that investigate the spooky and paranormal. At the outset they are giving a tour in an ee I don’t find American horror films particularly scary and haven’t done for many years now. Whenever I have the inclination to be terrified I turn to South Korean and Japanese horror films which always leave me unnerved. It’s a while since I read horror and I don’t recall the last time I read a ghost story so I was intrigued by Amador Lockdown. The novel focuses on the Paranormal Posse – a quartet of friends that investigate the spooky and paranormal. At the outset they are giving a tour in an eerie graveyard but they go further afield when they are given an assignment at the Amador Hotel, full of history and supposedly haunted. The Posse head for the hotel for a lockdown to begin the hunt for ghosts. This is a fast-paced and short novel with little time to catch one’s breath. Hector, Marcos, Bev and Tony make up the Paranormal Posse and they are a good bunch of characters to take our hand as we enter the Amador Hotel. There are numerous viewpoints including some fascinating interviews from people who have been to the hotel and witnessed strange events including a wedding celebration being disrupted. Something is lurking in the shadows of the hotel and it doesn’t seem to suffer guests gladly. We soon get to the lockdown itself where the book’s biggest chills can be found. Posse member Hector has had his plans somewhat disrupted by the arrival of his son, Darren, who he brings to the hotel in an attempt to re-establish a relationship. The question is do the Posse discover ghosts in the Amador Hotel or is it all a complete hoax? I enjoyed Amador Lockdown. It never stops to waste time in pondering insignificant things. Instead the story moves along at an electrifying pace and is hard to put down. I read 80% of this book in one day and would have finished it had I not started late in the day. There are few books I can say that about. The different viewpoints are fascinating including perspective of whatever is haunting the hotel. Russell builds the narrative up well to a very surprising conclusion. You’ll think you’ve got it sussed but then that final segment hits you and it hits hard. Completely unexpected. My only complaint is that the book is too short. It was over too quickly and I was left wanting more but that’s the sign of a good writer though, right? Amador Lockdown is a quick but exciting ghost story. Although it won’t take you long to get through the experience is a worthwhile one and the ending is well worth the wait.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Home. Love. Books.

    To read this review and more like it check out my site www.ufreviews.com From the synopsis I immediate thought of all of those tv shows that deal with people hunting down ghosts. There is certainly an audience for people who enjoy ghost hunting. I think people in general like the idea of people from the past sticking around, it's kind of a fun thing to think about and certainly can have plenty of uses in a book. That being said I am not a person who likes to be scared, so that was really my only To read this review and more like it check out my site www.ufreviews.com From the synopsis I immediate thought of all of those tv shows that deal with people hunting down ghosts. There is certainly an audience for people who enjoy ghost hunting. I think people in general like the idea of people from the past sticking around, it's kind of a fun thing to think about and certainly can have plenty of uses in a book. That being said I am not a person who likes to be scared, so that was really my only concern when I was reading this book. However the book really isn't scary, more like suspenseful, which is something I really enjoy. Also the book isn't all that long so you don't have a lot of time to be scared. I also think the books length worked in its favor because it kept the suspenseful parts were I think more effective due to the length of the book. I have to say I am also impressed by the authors characters they created, they all have a pretty good rhythm to them and are pretty interesting. It impresses me because the books length could be a hinderance when trying to create fully fleshed out characters, but this author did not really have an issue at all with that. I think the biggest strength of this book is that it pulls you in. You want to know what happens next. I think the author did a good job with keeping the reader guessing about what was going to happen next, and then being able to hold on to that power until the very end. I also liked that the book felt more like watching an episode of a tv show, or a movie. I think the book used pretty good imagery and it made it all the more easy to picture what was going on in the book in my head. Which I enjoy. Overall, I think the book is pretty well written and it is a pretty enjoyable to read. I like that it took place in a hotel, I think it's a fun setting for a book. I think anyone who enjoys watching ghost hunter shows, or if you are at all interested in checking out something like that, then this is most certainly your book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    J.C. Andrijeski

    I don't usually read ghost stories, I admit, but I was intrigued enough to pick this one up, partly because it was set in a part of the United States that I'm fairly familiar with, and partly because I like the author. The novel starts off as a pretty light story, despite the subject matter, with a group of paranormal investigators calling themselves "the Paranormal Posse" giving tours in a haunted graveyard and running investigations upon request of home owners and others who have experienced a I don't usually read ghost stories, I admit, but I was intrigued enough to pick this one up, partly because it was set in a part of the United States that I'm fairly familiar with, and partly because I like the author. The novel starts off as a pretty light story, despite the subject matter, with a group of paranormal investigators calling themselves "the Paranormal Posse" giving tours in a haunted graveyard and running investigations upon request of home owners and others who have experienced a fright. The team in the Posse have been working together for years, and the characters, despite their ghostly professions, are very grounded, real and likeable...and their dynamic with one another really works. Then things start getting weird...building to a "lockdown" in the historic Amador Hotel, a lockdown being when a team of ghost hunters spend the night in a haunted building and attempt to communicate with the resident spirits. I don't want to give anything away by saying too much, but dang, it gets pretty freaky after that! The ending wasn't at all predictable or what I expected...it was touching, upsetting, scary and very powerful. The relationship between one of the ghost hunters, Hector, and his son Darren really forms the heart of the book in a lot of ways. My only complaint really was that I wanted MORE. I actually could have read a longer book on this...there were a number of issues that I found myself wishing had been explored in more depth, including the history of the hotel, Darren's mysterious psychiatric ailments, the being at the end (I don't want to give anything away on that), and others I'm probably not remembering. All in all though, a great book! Highly recommend.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Grampy

    “Amador Lockdown” by Coral Russell is a riveting tale of paranormal excellence. Hector and the Paranormal Posse (that is NOT the name of a rock band) were doing just fine with their public tours of allegedly haunted buildings in old El Paso, Texas. They even did the occasional “ghost hunting” routine to prove or debunk rumored hauntings. When they decided to debunk the notion that Amador Hotel was haunted, they discovered a far darker “other side” than they ever expected to experience. On top of “Amador Lockdown” by Coral Russell is a riveting tale of paranormal excellence. Hector and the Paranormal Posse (that is NOT the name of a rock band) were doing just fine with their public tours of allegedly haunted buildings in old El Paso, Texas. They even did the occasional “ghost hunting” routine to prove or debunk rumored hauntings. When they decided to debunk the notion that Amador Hotel was haunted, they discovered a far darker “other side” than they ever expected to experience. On top of all the damage precipitated by unhappy spirits, Hector’s son, Darren, whom he had only very recently taken into his home, disappeared. Hector’s ex-wife, his parents, his friends, and even the police, all believed Darren had simply run away from Hector’s home. When the police found and returned Darren to Hector’s house, it seemed as if everybody else was right. But Hector could tell it was not Darren on the inside; another, more evil, spirit had taken control of Darren’s body. “Amador Lockdown” is a highly enjoyable book. It is also very well written, and comes with a complex but easy-to-follow plot. The characters were very believable in every respect, and their interaction was precisely what you would expect. Darren’s behavioral problems were also exactly what you might expect from a young teenager whose parents had divorced, and whose new Step-father was abusive. Coral Russell did some serious homework before writing this enticing tale. I fervently recommend “Amador Lockdown” to anybody and everybody who has an interest in haunted buildings, ghosts, or any other aspect of the paranormal. In a word – “Amador Lockdown” is awesome!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Books

    Gloriously spooky, this book follows the paranormal posse as they investigate the strange happenings at the Amador Hotel. No special powers here, just four people with an interest in ghosts and the paranormal in general. When Darren, a rebellious teenager who is said to be out of control, enters the situation, things get truly complicated. When I started reading “Amador Lockdown”, I thought it was going to be yet another ghost story. I soon realized how wrong I was when, a few chapters into the Gloriously spooky, this book follows the paranormal posse as they investigate the strange happenings at the Amador Hotel. No special powers here, just four people with an interest in ghosts and the paranormal in general. When Darren, a rebellious teenager who is said to be out of control, enters the situation, things get truly complicated. When I started reading “Amador Lockdown”, I thought it was going to be yet another ghost story. I soon realized how wrong I was when, a few chapters into the book, things started getting intense and spirit possession entered the picture - turning "just scary" into downright frightening! What really impressed me immensely about this book was that the author used realistic situations, existing technology and paranormal phenomena known to most people. This realistic touch continues throughout the book with characters who are the kinds of people we meet in day to day life. As the story is not very fast paced, it provides an almost unbearably slow build-up of tension to a truly hair- raising finale and an ending with an unexpected twist. Every chapter starts with a quote which hints at the contents thereof and what the reader can expect. This ensured my undivided attention and kept me reading. “Amador Lockdown” is a fast read which I easily finished in one evening – but disappointingly with a rather blunt ending for such a terrific book. I still highly recommend it for those who are looking for a good old-fashioned ghost story with a bit more to it and a moderately shocking ending. (Ellen Fritz)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    It’s no secret how much I enjoy the supernatural. I’m a sucker for all of the paranormal TV shows, regardless how cheesy they get sometimes. I just can’t resist a good spooky story. I’m sure we have all heard something go Bump! in the night or a strange sound that sent chills down our spines as we secretly wondered what the heck it was, right? Well, Russell brings that creepy feel to life in Amador Lockdown. Russell starts off this creepy paranormal tale with the Paranormal Posse leading a tour g It’s no secret how much I enjoy the supernatural. I’m a sucker for all of the paranormal TV shows, regardless how cheesy they get sometimes. I just can’t resist a good spooky story. I’m sure we have all heard something go Bump! in the night or a strange sound that sent chills down our spines as we secretly wondered what the heck it was, right? Well, Russell brings that creepy feel to life in Amador Lockdown. Russell starts off this creepy paranormal tale with the Paranormal Posse leading a tour group through an old graveyard, setting the tone for the entire story. As the team is called in to investigate, and hopefully debunk, the strange happenings at the Amador Hotel, it becomes quite clear that they may be in over their heads. Parts of the story had me thinking about Rose Red and a line about houses being alive and if we listen we can hear houses breathe…this line is fitting for Amador Lockdown too. Overall, I enjoyed the riveting plot and the eery feel of the ghost hunt. The historical quality of the Amador Hotel was well researched, highlighting some of its unique history. Readers that enjoy Gretchen McNeil’s Possess and Kendare Blakes’s Anna Dressed in Blood will definitely find Amador Lockdown appealing. It’s a fast read that is simply too hauntingly good to put down.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jana Williams

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I Received the Book "Amador Lockdown" from the Author and I Told Her I Would be Happy to Review it When I Finished Reading it! First of All I want to Thank Coral for Allowing Me to Read This Awesome Book and I Apologize that it Took Me a Little While to Get Around to Reading it! I Had a Motorcycle Wreck and I Have Bad Neck & Back Pain So I Spend a Lot of Time in Bed So it Gave Me the Perfect Opportunity to Read This Book but Had I Known I Would End Up Loving it So Much I Would've Made Some Time I Received the Book "Amador Lockdown" from the Author and I Told Her I Would be Happy to Review it When I Finished Reading it! First of All I want to Thank Coral for Allowing Me to Read This Awesome Book and I Apologize that it Took Me a Little While to Get Around to Reading it! I Had a Motorcycle Wreck and I Have Bad Neck & Back Pain So I Spend a Lot of Time in Bed So it Gave Me the Perfect Opportunity to Read This Book but Had I Known I Would End Up Loving it So Much I Would've Made Some Time to Have Read it Earlier! Paranormal Books are Amongst My Favorite Genres to Read, Right Up There with Romance and This Book Didn't Disappoint! I Love Anything to do with the Supernatural Like Aliens, Ghosts, Miracles, and Angels and I Watch All of the Sci-Fi Stuff on TV Too! This Book Kept Me on the Edge of My Seat and I Literally had to Sleep with the Lights on While Reading this Book, Lol! I Just Want to Say that if You Love this Kind of Stuff that You Will Love this Kind of Book and I Will Definitely be Reading More from this Author in the Future! Thanks Coral for Giving Me this Chance; I'm So Glad I had the Opportunity to Read Amador Lockdown! I Hope Everyone Gets a Chance to Try this Book, it's Worth a Read! Have a Great Day Everyone! Thanks, Jana

  19. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    The story begins with a team of four who do paranormal investigations and tours on the side, seeing anomalies occasionally, and well-versed in the equipment of the trade. An investigation is soon underway which, as the title suggests, is a lockdown at the Amador. The Amador is an historical site and hotel that is experiencing irregularities which are now causing its bookings to suffer. Several events have been ruined by eye-witness accounts which have forced a skeptical admittance to the crew. The The story begins with a team of four who do paranormal investigations and tours on the side, seeing anomalies occasionally, and well-versed in the equipment of the trade. An investigation is soon underway which, as the title suggests, is a lockdown at the Amador. The Amador is an historical site and hotel that is experiencing irregularities which are now causing its bookings to suffer. Several events have been ruined by eye-witness accounts which have forced a skeptical admittance to the crew. The pace goes back and forth between the crew and the preliminary investigations and then proceeds onwards to the investigation of the hotel itself. A little further into the story a side-plot begins to appear. It deals with Hector, (a member of the investigative crew), and his sixteen-year-old troubled son. After years of paying child support and not being able to see his son, Hector is now faced with the trials of renewing contact. The book is interesting as it explained the tools of the trade for a paranormal investigation and it will surprise you with the adjacent turn it takes further on. All in all, an engaging book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jenna Scribbles

    This falls into my DNF pile. I wanted to enjoy it and keep going, but I couldn't. Was the story horrible, no. I just couldn't see it through all the issues. The formatting problems on the Kindle version are very frustrating and easy to fix. The entire book is justified left, there are line spaces between each paragraph which spreads the book out and causes a lot of clicking/page turns, and there are many, many lines breaks where there shouldn't be. Also, I know this title was edited, but I think This falls into my DNF pile. I wanted to enjoy it and keep going, but I couldn't. Was the story horrible, no. I just couldn't see it through all the issues. The formatting problems on the Kindle version are very frustrating and easy to fix. The entire book is justified left, there are line spaces between each paragraph which spreads the book out and causes a lot of clicking/page turns, and there are many, many lines breaks where there shouldn't be. Also, I know this title was edited, but I think it needs a closer look. I found - Ffundraiser Mocha Frappe - why is that capitalized? Maybe if it said Starbucks Mocha Frappe and the drink is trademarked it should be capitalized. Ladies and Gentlemen, - again, gentlemen shouldn't be capitalized. Am I being picky? Maybe. But remember this - I have 400 other books waiting on my Kindle. Given all the issues with this ebook I decided to pass, award it a DNF, and move onto something cleaner. I also know that the author is offering this title as a freebie. Freebies should be shining examples of an author's work. This one does not shine.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    I get bored easily, so my favorite types of books to read are psychological thrillers and mysteries. Unfortunately, I am also usually able to predict the ending before I'm halfway through most books. You've read the overview, and it takes nothing away from the suspense and unexpected ending that I found here. At points, Coral used points of wit and humor to push you through to the end. It is easy to "know" and identify with some of these characters just enough as you travel along with them on the I get bored easily, so my favorite types of books to read are psychological thrillers and mysteries. Unfortunately, I am also usually able to predict the ending before I'm halfway through most books. You've read the overview, and it takes nothing away from the suspense and unexpected ending that I found here. At points, Coral used points of wit and humor to push you through to the end. It is easy to "know" and identify with some of these characters just enough as you travel along with them on their journey, but not a lot of time is thrown into too much character description or development as is seen in many novels. However, there were a couple of characters I would have preferred to know better. Amador Lockdown is rather evenly paced and transitions decently throughout. The characters are likable, and the ending wasn't 100% expected which is a good thing. Further development of some areas would have made Amazon Lockdown a better and more intense read, but it was still enjoyable and kept me wondering.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    Amador Lockdown by: Coral Russell I won this book on LibraryThing/giveaway This is a paranormal book. It starts in a cemetery that is suspected of being haunted with a group of paranormal investigators that call themselves the "Paranormal Posse". The Paranormal Posse give `ghost tours' for everyday people wanting to experience the paranormal. The real activity starts when they start to investigate and give an overnight tour at an old haunted hotel called the Amador. There are several layers to this Amador Lockdown by: Coral Russell I won this book on LibraryThing/giveaway This is a paranormal book. It starts in a cemetery that is suspected of being haunted with a group of paranormal investigators that call themselves the "Paranormal Posse". The Paranormal Posse give `ghost tours' for everyday people wanting to experience the paranormal. The real activity starts when they start to investigate and give an overnight tour at an old haunted hotel called the Amador. There are several layers to this story. There is the ghost activity, but there is a family crisis with one of the investigators. There is even a tragic surprise in the end. I don't want to give away the story, so I'll leave it at that. This is a novella length book and I feel it's very well written. If you like watching the tv shows where they hunt for ghosts, you will definitely like this book. It has all the suspense that you might expect. If you enjoy the suspense of ghost stories I think you will enjoy this book very much.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kel (Faerie-bookworm)

    It wasn't what I was expecting, which was a nice twist. Hector, head of the Paranormal Posse (like the name), is given custody of his 16 year old son, Darren. Hector's partners understand that family comes first so they start the investigation of the Amador Hotel and the weird things that have been happening there. Fundraisers and events are being done to raise money to restore the building, during these events weird, unexplained things happen, which brings in the Paranormal Posse. There isn't a It wasn't what I was expecting, which was a nice twist. Hector, head of the Paranormal Posse (like the name), is given custody of his 16 year old son, Darren. Hector's partners understand that family comes first so they start the investigation of the Amador Hotel and the weird things that have been happening there. Fundraisers and events are being done to raise money to restore the building, during these events weird, unexplained things happen, which brings in the Paranormal Posse. There isn't a lot of character development with the rest of Hector's team or back story so you don't really get to know them that much, the good thing is that it doesn't take away from the book at all. It was very hard to put down once I started, the suspense of "what's gonna happen next?" and feeling some of the fear that the characters felt really pulled me in. The twist at the end though, that was unexpected and I love books that do that, it left me wanting more.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Wallace

    Deeply Chilling. This story takes you on a wild unpredictable ride that makes a convincing case for the thin line between life and death. There is enough intriguing research intertwined with the setting and plot to give this ghost story a realistic feel. As a result, I can tell you right now that I’ll never agree to a ghost tour that includes a lockdown. If you ever think you know what will happen on the next page, you will be wrong. That’s one of the things I love about Indie stories is that th Deeply Chilling. This story takes you on a wild unpredictable ride that makes a convincing case for the thin line between life and death. There is enough intriguing research intertwined with the setting and plot to give this ghost story a realistic feel. As a result, I can tell you right now that I’ll never agree to a ghost tour that includes a lockdown. If you ever think you know what will happen on the next page, you will be wrong. That’s one of the things I love about Indie stories is that they don’t stick to a formula. Plus, this author came up with a clever and memorable twist that would make for a great scary movie. I’m a picky reader and I devoured this book in one sitting, so hats off to Coral Russell. I’ll be reading lots more of her books.

  25. 5 out of 5

    S.M. Johnson

    I won't recap the plot, as it has been done, but let me tell you, I'm not planning to stay at the Amador Hotel any time soon. Here's my disclaimer - I am generally not a reader of ghost stories. That being said, Ms. Russell weaves a creepy tale that teaches me about the acoutrements of paranormal investigation, yanks me down a dark hallway, and leaves me, in the end, gasping in surprise. Hector's newly-formed and difficult relationship with his son hits dead on the mark, and I'm hoping to get to I won't recap the plot, as it has been done, but let me tell you, I'm not planning to stay at the Amador Hotel any time soon. Here's my disclaimer - I am generally not a reader of ghost stories. That being said, Ms. Russell weaves a creepy tale that teaches me about the acoutrements of paranormal investigation, yanks me down a dark hallway, and leaves me, in the end, gasping in surprise. Hector's newly-formed and difficult relationship with his son hits dead on the mark, and I'm hoping to get to know the other members of the Paranormal Posse in Ms. Russell's future work. This is the second ghost story I've read by this author. She has a natural sense of story and plot, and I expect her narrative to become more and more sophisticated with every tale she pens!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Baethge

    Amador Lockdown by Coral Russel is a fun book that tells of the haunting of an old hotel. When a group of ghost hunters, The Paranormal Posse, try to have a fun ghost tour of the place, they suddenly find themselves dealing with angry hotel owners and even possible possession. Although they wanted to show off ghosts, Hector never counted on the fact that his own son’s body could be stolen by a spook lusting for life. Believe in ghosts or not, you have to appreciate the horror of Hector when he st Amador Lockdown by Coral Russel is a fun book that tells of the haunting of an old hotel. When a group of ghost hunters, The Paranormal Posse, try to have a fun ghost tour of the place, they suddenly find themselves dealing with angry hotel owners and even possible possession. Although they wanted to show off ghosts, Hector never counted on the fact that his own son’s body could be stolen by a spook lusting for life. Believe in ghosts or not, you have to appreciate the horror of Hector when he starts to see what has become of his son. The steps that this dad will take to try and rescue his child are understandable and leave you wishing him the best.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    I absolutely LOVE ghost stories. Especially out of the ordinary ghost stories. This is such a story, a wonderful spin on the paranormal. This book has everything you could ask for, evil spirits, not so evil spirits, teenagers who bodies are stolen by the ghosts wanting to come back to life (that alone should get your attention) and parental love. We see how far one Dad will go when a spirit wanting to cling to life wants his son's body. This author has surprised me and kept me in suspense until I absolutely LOVE ghost stories. Especially out of the ordinary ghost stories. This is such a story, a wonderful spin on the paranormal. This book has everything you could ask for, evil spirits, not so evil spirits, teenagers who bodies are stolen by the ghosts wanting to come back to life (that alone should get your attention) and parental love. We see how far one Dad will go when a spirit wanting to cling to life wants his son's body. This author has surprised me and kept me in suspense until the very end, a shocking unexpected end to a fast paced, action packed ghost story. Hear me Sci-Fi channel? This book would make an awesome TV movie.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Scott Rhine

    This is part of Coral's "Paranormal Posse" collection. I read it in one sitting. Starting with the focus on the Posse and jumping at shadows in the cemetary was great. I think the interview style of interleaving the initial events works very well. Like a forensic crime show, this despicts how paranormal investigators do legwork and the tools of the trade. This story is a good portrait of normal people with everyday problems that get interrupted by the supernatural. Apart from the ghost angle, it a This is part of Coral's "Paranormal Posse" collection. I read it in one sitting. Starting with the focus on the Posse and jumping at shadows in the cemetary was great. I think the interview style of interleaving the initial events works very well. Like a forensic crime show, this despicts how paranormal investigators do legwork and the tools of the trade. This story is a good portrait of normal people with everyday problems that get interrupted by the supernatural. Apart from the ghost angle, it asks fundamental human questions. How far would you go as a parent to fix a problem with one of your own children? Favorite line: "You know the serial killer, Ted Bundy? He had it."

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jess Stampe

    LOVED it! I opened this book (a novella, really) this morning to see if it was my cup of tea and was hooked from the first page. I read it from cover to cover nonstop because I simply HAD to know what was going to happen next. Also, there was so much tension and freakiness in the book that I was a little scared to walk into my dark closet after finishing the book. What can I say? I scare easily (i.e., the movie SIGNS gave me the chills). Read more at Food For Thought. LOVED it! I opened this book (a novella, really) this morning to see if it was my cup of tea and was hooked from the first page. I read it from cover to cover nonstop because I simply HAD to know what was going to happen next. Also, there was so much tension and freakiness in the book that I was a little scared to walk into my dark closet after finishing the book. What can I say? I scare easily (i.e., the movie SIGNS gave me the chills). Read more at Food For Thought.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lesley McCullough

    A hauntingly good paranormal ghost story holding the tension from start to finish. Although less than 100 pages in length it had plenty of content and good characters. Intriguing read leaving a desire for more ghost hunting adventures with the Paranormal Posse (the main protagonists). The relationship between father and son, the glimpse into the spirit world and the twist at the end create more depth to the narrative. If you like a good old fashioned ghost hunt then this is for you.

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