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An Ancient Evil Stirs ... After returning home from the war, Sheriff Chet Cooper just wants to live a normal life. Unfortunately, moving on isn't that simple. Then he meets Kate, the pretty school secretary, who teaches him how to live for the future rather than dwell on the past. It looks like things just might go his way. But when a troubled teenager makes a pact with an An Ancient Evil Stirs ... After returning home from the war, Sheriff Chet Cooper just wants to live a normal life. Unfortunately, moving on isn't that simple. Then he meets Kate, the pretty school secretary, who teaches him how to live for the future rather than dwell on the past. It looks like things just might go his way. But when a troubled teenager makes a pact with an ancient evil and people start dying, Chet's dreams of a normal life are threatened. While confronting his own demons, the young sheriff finds himself plunged into a battle with a demonic power that's hellbent on destroying his town and everything he loves.


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An Ancient Evil Stirs ... After returning home from the war, Sheriff Chet Cooper just wants to live a normal life. Unfortunately, moving on isn't that simple. Then he meets Kate, the pretty school secretary, who teaches him how to live for the future rather than dwell on the past. It looks like things just might go his way. But when a troubled teenager makes a pact with an An Ancient Evil Stirs ... After returning home from the war, Sheriff Chet Cooper just wants to live a normal life. Unfortunately, moving on isn't that simple. Then he meets Kate, the pretty school secretary, who teaches him how to live for the future rather than dwell on the past. It looks like things just might go his way. But when a troubled teenager makes a pact with an ancient evil and people start dying, Chet's dreams of a normal life are threatened. While confronting his own demons, the young sheriff finds himself plunged into a battle with a demonic power that's hellbent on destroying his town and everything he loves.

30 review for The Summoning: A Paranormal Horror Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Gudger

    Great book! Could not put it down.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    I was thoroughly impressed with The Summoning. I tend to steer clear of horror/suspense novels because I really like to sleep at night but decided to support Brady Longmore in his writing endeavors as I am from his small hometown. I decided that I would take my time to read his novel and would just read a chapter each day during my lunch break at work. My resolve to draw it out lasted a couple of days until I reached chapter 3 where we meet Sheriff Chet Cooper. At that point, I decided that I wou I was thoroughly impressed with The Summoning. I tend to steer clear of horror/suspense novels because I really like to sleep at night but decided to support Brady Longmore in his writing endeavors as I am from his small hometown. I decided that I would take my time to read his novel and would just read a chapter each day during my lunch break at work. My resolve to draw it out lasted a couple of days until I reached chapter 3 where we meet Sheriff Chet Cooper. At that point, I decided that I would rather bring it home and spend my evenings engrossed in it even if it meant sleep lost. It really was nearly impossible to put down! The characters are well developed and so relatable as we saw them battle and overcome their personal demons. The descriptions of circumstances, places, and events are so vivid that my mind was filled with images as if it were a movie as I read. One of my favorite parts was the unpredictability of the ending. As I read the book I continually tried to piece the puzzle together to figure out how Brady would resolve the story and, despite the many endings I fantasized, I was entertained, enthralled, and surprised by how well the story was resolved. As a plus, I even had the happy ending I always look forward to. It was fantastic! This book definitely deserves all 5 stars and is one that I would recommend to almost anyone regardless of if they enjoyed horror/suspense novels or not. Great work, Brady! I look forward to reading more of your work in the future!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dan Hillam

    Totally enjoyable, Totally frightening! This book is outside my normal genre. I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed the experience of reading The Summoning. A number of years ago, Mr. Longer had introduced me to a website called "Ancient Manuscripts". I had a great time exploring many of the books and stories on that site. Its author has long since passed away, so, a couple weeks ago, I asked Mr. Longmore what kind of interesting things he was reading these days. Brady told me that he's been spend Totally enjoyable, Totally frightening! This book is outside my normal genre. I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed the experience of reading The Summoning. A number of years ago, Mr. Longer had introduced me to a website called "Ancient Manuscripts". I had a great time exploring many of the books and stories on that site. Its author has long since passed away, so, a couple weeks ago, I asked Mr. Longmore what kind of interesting things he was reading these days. Brady told me that he's been spending less time training and a lot of time writing. He told me about The Summoning and about his blog. As my lovely Bride and I spent that evening reading Mr. Longmore's bio and blog, we were hooked! Brady is a terrific writer! Can't wait to read his next book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tara

    I could not put this book down...I ignored everything in my life, including my husband until I finished this. Very creepy and descriptive, I could easily picture everything in my head. I also loved that it takes place in a small town in the 1950's. I highly recommend if you like scary reads. I could not put this book down...I ignored everything in my life, including my husband until I finished this. Very creepy and descriptive, I could easily picture everything in my head. I also loved that it takes place in a small town in the 1950's. I highly recommend if you like scary reads.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Lee

    Kept me on the edge of my seat Wow this is one of the best horror books I've read in a VERY long time. As a fan of Stephen King I can say Mr. Longmore spins a tale.of old evil waiting to be resurrected like one of the best writers. Kudos Mr. Longmore on your first and hopefully not the last horror novel. I rate your writing right up.there with the best horror story writer and hope your next book is close behind! Kept me on the edge of my seat Wow this is one of the best horror books I've read in a VERY long time. As a fan of Stephen King I can say Mr. Longmore spins a tale.of old evil waiting to be resurrected like one of the best writers. Kudos Mr. Longmore on your first and hopefully not the last horror novel. I rate your writing right up.there with the best horror story writer and hope your next book is close behind!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brian Enoch

    Like watching a classic horror movie! What a fantastic book! So descriptive and Brady created characters that I actually cared about. The story takes place in in a simpler time and the dialog really captures the feel of days long ago. It was like watching an old classic horror movie- it was scary but without the unnecessary vulgarity! It was so different and refreshing and although a fairly long book, I didn't want it to end. I am eagerly awaiting more books from Brady Longmore, fantastic job! Like watching a classic horror movie! What a fantastic book! So descriptive and Brady created characters that I actually cared about. The story takes place in in a simpler time and the dialog really captures the feel of days long ago. It was like watching an old classic horror movie- it was scary but without the unnecessary vulgarity! It was so different and refreshing and although a fairly long book, I didn't want it to end. I am eagerly awaiting more books from Brady Longmore, fantastic job!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Don't write a lot of reviews but this book was amazing. Had that darkness that I love, demons, the undead, relatable characters, and of course a love story. I look forward to when this author comes out with his next book. I'll be one of the first in line. Don't write a lot of reviews but this book was amazing. Had that darkness that I love, demons, the undead, relatable characters, and of course a love story. I look forward to when this author comes out with his next book. I'll be one of the first in line.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    THE SUMMONING is an exceptionally good debut horror novel. It’s a bit under 600 pages but reads much faster. The pacing is excellent but it is the clarity and depth of the characters that sets THE SUMMONING apart from many of its brethren. The clearly drawn characters are used to create a love story that is key to the supernatural happenings. Part ghost story, part witchcraft, and an unusual setting in a small town in the late 1940s. I’m not sure why the author please fled this (underutilized) ti THE SUMMONING is an exceptionally good debut horror novel. It’s a bit under 600 pages but reads much faster. The pacing is excellent but it is the clarity and depth of the characters that sets THE SUMMONING apart from many of its brethren. The clearly drawn characters are used to create a love story that is key to the supernatural happenings. Part ghost story, part witchcraft, and an unusual setting in a small town in the late 1940s. I’m not sure why the author please fled this (underutilized) time period but it works. Except for a couple of linguistic anachronisms (and a few too many dangs for my taste), the writing is crisp and squeaky clean. Starting off with a grisly murder for our small town sheriff and close buddy deputy to solve, we get to know the town and many of its people very well as things go from bad to weird and worse, as our hero falls in love with the newest immigrant, a spunky high school administrator fresh in town. The love story is well done and becomes intertwined with the horror. The whole thing is a bit like boiling a frog starting in cold water, and the inclusion of more and more horror happens so slowly and steadily that we’re in the middle of gruesome stuff before we know how we got there. Very well done. Highly recommended. JM Tepper

  9. 4 out of 5

    Christine Dunne

    Thrilling This a wonderful story that keeps things moving until the very end thank you Ok I enjoyed the read to the very e

  10. 5 out of 5

    Don Benevento

    Very impressive Not that it matters to anyone but I give this book s high recommendation. Nice mix of horror and suspense. Some things may be tough on the squeamish but I think most fans of the genre will be able to handle. I did think a little too much time was spent on the romance and I nearly deleted a star because of it. I had hoped too for a little more from the ending but I don't want to expand on that and ruin anything. Overall it is a very fine read. Very impressive Not that it matters to anyone but I give this book s high recommendation. Nice mix of horror and suspense. Some things may be tough on the squeamish but I think most fans of the genre will be able to handle. I did think a little too much time was spent on the romance and I nearly deleted a star because of it. I had hoped too for a little more from the ending but I don't want to expand on that and ruin anything. Overall it is a very fine read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    WONDERFUL! I laughed! I cried! I didn't want to put it down! What a fantastic read! I can't believe a book like this actually brought me to tears...TWICE! The only reason I stopped reading was to sleep! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The two main characters were very well done (the sheriff and his girlfriend) as well as that subplot. Longmore also includes many other very well organized and seemingly well researched subplots: PTSD, which was quite a surprise and written for the perfect character WONDERFUL! I laughed! I cried! I didn't want to put it down! What a fantastic read! I can't believe a book like this actually brought me to tears...TWICE! The only reason I stopped reading was to sleep! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The two main characters were very well done (the sheriff and his girlfriend) as well as that subplot. Longmore also includes many other very well organized and seemingly well researched subplots: PTSD, which was quite a surprise and written for the perfect character (one of the times I cried); the "new girl in town" and her reason for having moved there, especially, which was done very sensitively and lovingly; and even though several children were used as antagonists, they weren't portrayed violently or in a gory way that some readers find offensive. There were a few small editing errors in the book, which is why I didn't give the full 5 stars - but I REALLY wanted to, and you really aren't bothered by them much. I think once a "they're" was used instead of "their" and just a couple other things, but they are so few and far between that you don't notice. Biggest one, I think, was in the beginning when the wrong name was used for a character (but that could have been me reading it wrong, too). I believe the author used one name, switched to another twice, then went back to the original name again. Confused me for a second. But I'd certainly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys this genre. Heck, even if you don't, why not try something new? This is a great book to test out this genre to see if you like it! I give two thumbs up!!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    This was a solid 4-star read. I was surprised how well this story flowed and there were no real parts that dragged on to long. The action was pretty consistent. I agree with another reviewer that the edit could have been a little better. I also thought that the author should have given us a better idea of the time period that this was all taking place in. We know it is after WWII but not the exact year. My guess was 1949 given some general descriptive passages. The love affair between Chet and K This was a solid 4-star read. I was surprised how well this story flowed and there were no real parts that dragged on to long. The action was pretty consistent. I agree with another reviewer that the edit could have been a little better. I also thought that the author should have given us a better idea of the time period that this was all taking place in. We know it is after WWII but not the exact year. My guess was 1949 given some general descriptive passages. The love affair between Chet and Kate was a little dated and hooky in that these are grown people and it took them forever to finally have sex (virtually the last page of the book) after like months and multiple dates. That's rare in today's world but maybe that's the way it was back in the 1940's. Anyway, a very nice long horror read. I will look for his next novel and hope it is better edited. Well done Brady!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Cook

    Potential I really got hooked into this book UNTIL Coop meets Kate. I was discouraged when Kate began her tears and sobbing and Coop playing into it. I quit reading when I could stand no more.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Stafford

    One of the best horror/paranormal books I've read in a long time! One of the best horror/paranormal books I've read in a long time!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Julie Hillam

    This is such a great book! I highly recommend! Its g got great suspense and spook factor against a feel good old timey 'Andy Griffith ' town. It makes you feel good and surprised and tingly at the same time. No bad scenes I want to gloss over just good clean spooky fun! Jump right in the waters fine! He's a great writer! Right up there with Dream Koontz! Loved it! Second time reading it! Perfect fall read. This is such a great book! I highly recommend! Its g got great suspense and spook factor against a feel good old timey 'Andy Griffith ' town. It makes you feel good and surprised and tingly at the same time. No bad scenes I want to gloss over just good clean spooky fun! Jump right in the waters fine! He's a great writer! Right up there with Dream Koontz! Loved it! Second time reading it! Perfect fall read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Grace Morrell

  17. 5 out of 5

    DAVID D OCONNOR

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Mudd

  19. 5 out of 5

    Susan Graystone

  20. 4 out of 5

    Marianne Sabo

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lesbookdragon

  22. 4 out of 5

    Pamela Jackson

  23. 5 out of 5

    Theresa M Hahn

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rett Longmore

  25. 4 out of 5

    belinda

  26. 5 out of 5

    DENISE

  27. 5 out of 5

    Linda G. Morey

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tora

  29. 5 out of 5

    Susan F. Williams

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth R. Hart

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