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The Mansion

The Mansion, December 2018
by Ezekiel Boone

Emily Bestler Books
432 pages
ISBN: 150116550X
EAN: 9781501165504
Kindle: B07CMWDTMV
Hardcover / e-Book
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"Will cutting-edge technology keep them safe?"

Fresh Fiction Review

The Mansion
Ezekiel Boone

Reviewed by Magdalena Johansson
Posted December 6, 2018

Horror

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 enemies.

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!

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SUMMARY

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 consequences.

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.


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