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- The Box (The Temple of the Blind #1)
- The Box (The Temple of the Blind #1)
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- The Box (Temple of the Blind, book 1) by Brian Harmon.
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This was a very well written original story filled with mystery, suspense and intrigue. The characters were realistic and fit together well in this unusual tale about a mysterious box. I don't give spoilers so it is difficult to say too much, however, this is a horror with a difference, something to trigger many questions and wonder about the capabilities of humankind. I will say that I was surprised at the unexpected turn of events and its explicit nature but it did fit in with the story.
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Very we This was a very well written original story filled with mystery, suspense and intrigue. Very well done, so good that I am now reading book 2. Oct 22, Kristen rated it really liked it. Unanswered questions I'm kind of disappointed we didn't find out what was in the other side of the fear room or if brandy ever said yes to the date. And what about the coins and the man?!! So many unanswered questions.
Great Book Very good. Hope there is a sequel! I hope to see if they go back or if the ancient coins bring on another adventure. Mar 13, Ruby rated it really liked it. This was a good book. I think this was a very good book. I could not put it down from the start. Everything was great, just the sex scenes were a bit much but done well.
I usually stop reading and delete the book, but I kept reading Brian had me stuck in the book. I think you will like this if you are older than Oct 30, Brienne Dubh rated it liked it Shelves: Albert and Brandy are chem lab partners but otherwise just acquaintances. After Albert finds a mysterious wooden box in his locked car and Brandy finds the key to the same mysterious box in her car, they set out on an adventure to solve the clues provided in hopes of figuring out why these things were left for them and by whom. Nothing is ever straight forward and they find themselves searching throughout the night in an underground system of tunnels and strange chambers, each with its own peril Albert and Brandy are chem lab partners but otherwise just acquaintances.
Nothing is ever straight forward and they find themselves searching throughout the night in an underground system of tunnels and strange chambers, each with its own perils. Will they figure out who left the box and key? Will they even survive the night? You'll have to read it to find out. I'm giving this book a 6 out of The story was good. There were points when they were inside the tunnels when I was right there with them, terrified and confused by all that they encountered.
The way the relationship developed between the two from mere strangers to partners that depend on each other for safety and sanity was very realistic and not overly romanticized. I hesitate to give a higher score for a couple of reasons. I found it a little timid. There's a part in the book, when they enter a room that is later referred to as the 'sex room. They are overcome with a lust that neither can control. A lot happened and it was very well written. However, I would have liked the author to dive deeper into the emotional and psychological after effects of it.
Then again, perhaps the way he approached it was more realistic. Also, some of the other rooms that were encountered were worthy of the same attention as the sex room and I felt that they weren't given enough attention. I wanted to feel the various emotions more intensely.
I think I'm just very harsh with my ratings maybe. I'd tell the story to a friend but wouldn't necessarily buy it as a gift for someone. Review by Eliza Blythe Escapology Reviews Nov 18, Vrinda Pendred rated it really liked it Shelves: This was a truly original book with fantastic description, in the vein of a modern H P Lovecraft. A university student finds a mysterious box waiting for him in his car - which was locked, so no one could have delivered the item - while a fellow student is left the key.
They unite to open the box and discover a map to an underground location accessed only by a sewage pipe. They naturally go to investigate. When they do, they discover behind a false wall an ancient city replete with deadly traps This was a truly original book with fantastic description, in the vein of a modern H P Lovecraft. When they do, they discover behind a false wall an ancient city replete with deadly traps and disturbing statues. They are met with a series of emotion rooms and can't make it past the fear room, where for whatever reason the images inspire terrible ideas in their minds and they are so panicked, they decide to turn back.
That's where I got frustrated. After all that edge-of-your-seat drama, the end was, 'They turned back. It was so anticlimactic - and unnecessary, because in a sequel, they decide to have another go and make it to the end The author should find a way to combine the two books. I guarantee he'd get better reviews, then. Jul 27, Steve Bouchard rated it it was ok. After finishing the first two books in the "Rushed" series, I was looking forward to trying out Harmon's "Temple of the Blind" series.
Unfortunately, "The Box" is not as compelling as the "Rushed" novels. While the lack of humor that infuses the other books is not a problem, it was not surprising to find that "The Box" was written earlier than "Rushed," as the writing is not as tight. In the end, I felt the journey was kind of pointless, as the characters travel the peril-laden caves, but give u After finishing the first two books in the "Rushed" series, I was looking forward to trying out Harmon's "Temple of the Blind" series.
In the end, I felt the journey was kind of pointless, as the characters travel the peril-laden caves, but give up before reaching the end. And then they turn around and within a couple of chapters, fairly easily backtrack to the beginning. They didn't really learn much about the reason for the strange journey--besides great treasure could have been theirs--or about each other--despite some forced "intimate" moments, Looking ahead at the rest o the series, the books seem unbalanced in size, and possibly in scope as some reviews indicate.
While it might be worth it in the end, it seems like the series might fare better and be more balanced if it were structured into three longer books instead. While this one didn't grab me enough to invest in the rest of the series at the cost of five books, I am looking forward to Harmon's thirds installment in the "Rushed" series instead.
I was so intrigued about the mystery of the box and then the cover of the book just set my mood, that I could not put down this book. ALbert was so focused on finding out the meaning behind the mystery box that was left for him that he left no stone unturned as he led Brandy on his unground expedition. I don't know if I could have venture as far as the two of them did under the ground without more planning or more supplies, as I was getting creeped out with the details of their journey. This boo I was so intrigued about the mystery of the box and then the cover of the book just set my mood, that I could not put down this book.
This book is for the mature reader as some of the rooms led the couple on adventures they never imagined possible and their behavior was risky and spontanous. One thing leads to another and the author does an excellent job having the book come alive for us readers without overkill. The ending was not what I expected and I was hoping for something entirely different, I guess that just means I have to pick up book 2. For mature readers only as sexuality and nudity are included. Jun 01, Shawn Cannon rated it it was amazing.
I spent the afternoon reading this entire book.. The suspense kept each page turning after another.
Harmon wrote an adventure that deserves to be seen on the silver screen. Though, it was spiced with enough eroticism that the movie version would not be able to carry over the sexual elements this story had. His descriptive ability brought the story alive in my mind's eye. I had to even turn the light on and close my closet door, because the creep factor was enough to enhance my sense of awareness I spent the afternoon reading this entire book..
I had to even turn the light on and close my closet door, because the creep factor was enough to enhance my sense of awareness as I emerged myself into the world he created. I was left wanting more. This was a great read and I highly recommend it. May 06, Flamingcrystal Flamingcrystal rated it really liked it. The writing is excellent and the story is intense -for adult readers, only. Albert a student, found a mysterious box with strange carvings inside his car.
There was a name carved on the box, the name of Brandy. He tried to open it but could not pry it open with anything. It needed a key. Inside the box were 5 items. Albert and Brandy begin to explore the mystery of the box.
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It lead The writing is excellent and the story is intense -for adult readers, only. It leads them under the ground, into various tunnels. The tunnels lead them to a creepy world. Here they endured challenges both physical and psychological and that nearly drive them to insanity. Mar 27, Doreena rated it it was amazing. Do not start reading this book with preconceived notions about horror-suspense. You cannot neatly classify this book into one specific category. On the contrary, this story has a little bit of mystery, horror, adventure, even erotica.
Which was my sticking point at first, because I bought this book in the thriller section. Ahh fair readers, that was my first mistake, once I was passed that, I really enjoyed this story. It is HIGHLY original, and will keep you on the edge of your seat while bitin Do not start reading this book with preconceived notions about horror-suspense.
Don't try to guess where the story is going, you won't.
Just sit tight and hang on for the ride. It's a great one. Off to buy the second book Feb 06, Miles rated it it was amazing Shelves: I feel weird reading what he writes, almost voyeuristic. Perhaps I'm entering into my second childhood at Maybe I've just never grown up. Regardless, I just really, really enjoyed reading "The Box".
The 'simple complexity' of Brian's writing keeps me captivated.
This is the second book I've finished; and I'll read more of his stuff! Dec 19, Leanna McManus rated it it was amazing. Couldn't put this book down! It was weird and creepy in all the right ways! Brian Harmon does a really good job describing the setting and the emotions of the characters. I promise you will feelclaustrophobic, sacred, and at moments relieved and a sense of joy right along with the characters of this book.
Have fun on the adventure that awaits you when reading this book! Nov 04, Joel rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Fans of Horror, Adventure, Thriller and Mystery. A thoroughly enjoyable read. At turns horrific, mysterious, thrilling, and arousing, this book is an adult adventure that deserves more attention. Brian Harmon has a compelling voice and writing style that begs to have a wider readership. Now on to book two! Jul 11, Summer rated it did not like it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So much build-up and then they give up and go back.
I wanted the mystery to be answered. Then he would always reach for his cell phone and check his voicemail. He never took it with him to class for some reason. If there were any messages that required a response, he would do so. And he would always play Solitaire while he talked on the phone. Every time, as soon as he was finished dialing, he would sit down at his computer and load the game.
The moment he hung up, he would turn it off. Once he was done with that he would pocket the phone and leave through the bathroom to visit with Scott and David, their suitemates in the next room. He would return after a while for his keys and wallet and then disappear until later that evening, anywhere between eight and eleven, depending on how much homework awaited him. He would then sit at his desk and work until exactly midnight, when he would go straight to bed. He rose every morning at a quarter to seven and showered and shaved.
He left for his first class right at seven thirty. He always ate lunch at eleven. He always ate dinner at half past four. He was, without a doubt, the most boring human being Albert had ever met in his life, and he was actually surprised at how annoying that was. Carrie from across the hall. She was looking for you while you were at dinner. Derek said nothing more. He returned the phone to his desk and then stepped into the bathroom and locked the door. At six-foot-three, he appeared awkward at first sight.
He was scrawny, almost geeky, but with his neat hair and piercing brown eyes, he was still fairly handsome. He was also very charming when he wanted to be. Albert had been sharing this room with him for only a short time, but it was already perfectly clear how they were going to get along. The two of them could coexist peacefully enough; their different interests made this room one of the only places on campus where they were ever likely to cross paths.
Albert was a computer science major. Derek was a business major. Albert liked to read; Derek liked to go out. They would never be friends. In fact, Albert could hardly stand the guy. Besides his maddeningly boring routines, he was arrogant, self-centered, stubborn, closed-minded, cold natured and lacked any real sense of humor.
Yet he was manipulative. He could suddenly become the most lovable human being alive when he wanted something, a tactic that Albert found dazzlingly obnoxious. Albert had already noticed the time Derek was spending across the hall, trying his best to turn on the charm for Carrie and her suitemates. The names on their doors were Carrie, Danielle, Gail and Tanya.
He was pretty sure that Gail was the heavyset blonde and now he knew which one was Carrie, but he still did not know which of the remaining two was Danielle and which was Tanya. Derek returned from the bathroom, snatched his keys off the desk and left the room without speaking a word.
A moment later his voice drifted back from across the hall. Albert spent no time wondering about Derek or Carrie. He turned his attention back to the box and immersed himself again in its curious secrets.
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He even called his parents and sister to see if they knew anything about it, half expecting it to be some sort of bizarre, belated birthday present, but no one knew anything about it. Everyone seemed to have the same opinion: He supposed he could just break the box open.
He could smash it or saw through it. It was only wood. After all, it might be important to somebody. This left some characters frustratingly ambiguous. On one side, for example, there were ten characters arranged in three rows. It was impossible to tell whether some of these characters represented numbers or letters. The straight vertical lines could have been the number one or the letter I, for example. Or even a lower-case L. The S could have been a five. The two Os in the bottom line were drawn as squares, and could have been zeros instead, or for all he knew they could actually have been intended as squares.
There was simply no way to know for sure, which made the clue that much more puzzling. He had pondered over these three lines for hours now, trying to decipher them. The middle line could have been the Roman numeral seven, but with nothing else to go on, and no idea how to decipher the other two, he had no way of knowing for certain.
It could be a V and an eleven. For that matter, the lines comprising the V were slightly crossed at the bottom. It could even have been a sloppy X. Frustrated, he turned the box around. Perhaps the most haunting of the messages was written on the side opposite the keyhole. Here there were five lines. The first four were complete words.
The fifth line was not a word, but just three letters: G, N and J. These lines were much easier to read than the previous three, even with their straight-line lettering, but with the legibility came a haunting feeling. It was as though someone were calling out to him for something. But what could yesterday mean? Or did it mean the past in general? Help come together yesterday. It made no sense. And how did the last line fit in?