THE MANSION is Ezekiel Boone's
new book after fabulous The Hatching trilogy. This book is something
else completely. It's a story about an old crumbling mansion and a love
story that will destroy a friendship and turn two men into bitter
Shawn Eagle and Billy Stafford were once a great team, but Shawn's
girlfriend Emily left him for Billy. Shawn, however, ended up with the
innovative computer Eagle Logic that he and Billy had created together.
So, while Billy and Emily had each other, Shawn ends up one of the
richest men on the planet.
Years later, Shawn turns to Billy for help to help finish a program they
had started on together but never got to work properly: a next-
generation computer program called Nellie. Nellie is the ultimate
assistant, knowing what you need before you know it yourself. Shawn
has put Nellie in the old mansion he inherited and he needs Billy to
make it work. Billy agrees to it, but can he and Shawn pick up where
they left? And there is just something very wrong with Nellie...
THE MANSION is a pretty thick
book and I felt that too much of the story was spent on the backstory
of the characters and too little on the current situation with the
mansion. I loved getting to know Emily, Billy, and Shawn. But, at least
half of the book was spent on building the characters. It took ages
before Billy and Emily even set foot in the mansion. The writing is great
and there are great moments like when Shawn thinks about his
childhood. But, you need a lot of patient for this book. I found myself
most intrigued by Emily's twin nieces that both seemed to have second
sight. I wish the story had focused more on them because they shined.
THE MANSION could have been
great if the story had been more about the mansion in the present time
because the ending is truly fabulous. I would have loved to read more
about their time in the mansion rather than all the emotional baggage
that they had to deal with first. The mysterious mansion is such a great
place, suspected to be haunted, and now the place for a new
technology system to begin. And yet, so little time is spent exploring
the place. Final verdict: be patient, because the ending is truly great,
and it's worth the read to get to it!
In this white-knuckle thriller from the internationally
bestselling author of the “apocalyptic extravaganza”
(Publishers Weekly) The Hatching series, a family
moves into a home equipped with the world’s most
intelligent, cutting-edge, and intuitive computer ever—but a
buried secret leads to terrifying and catastrophic
After two years of living on cheap beer and little else in a
bitterly cold tiny cabin outside an abandoned, crumbling
mansion, young programmers Shawn Eagle and Billy Stafford
have created something that could make them rich: a
revolutionary computer they name Eagle Logic.
But the hard work and escalating tension have not been kind
to their once solid friendship—Shawn’s girlfriend Emily has
left him for Billy, and a third partner has disappeared
under mysterious circumstances. While Billy walks away with
Emily, Shawn takes Eagle Logic, which he uses to build a
multi-billion-dollar company that eventually outshines
Apple, Google, and Microsoft combined.
Years later, Billy is a failure, beset by poverty and
addiction, and Shawn is the most famous man in the world.
Unable to let the past be forgotten, Shawn decides to
resurrect his and Billy’s biggest failure: a next-generation
computer program named Nellie that can control a house’s
every function. He decides to set it up in the abandoned
mansion they worked near all those years ago. But something
about Nellie isn’t right—and the reconstruction of the
mansion is plagued by accidental deaths. Shawn is forced to
bring Billy back, despite their longstanding mutual hatred,
to discover and destroy the evil that lurks in the source code.