The Five Watchers

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Strangers on a ghost-hunting video shoot must learn to trust each other as they fight for survival in a secluded valley containing a very real and deadly spirit presence. More

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Words: 129,550
Language: English
ISBN: 9781301908684
About J. Cameron McClain

J. Cameron McClain started life in Huntsville Alabama, home of the Redstsone Arsenal and the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo space programs. His grandfather was one of the flight surgeons for those space programs, thus he was introduced to the ambitious concept of humans flying into space at a very early age. Not to mention he met Miss Baker, a distant cousin who flew in space a while before us reticent humans decided to give it a go.

The first book he can remember receiving as a gift was entitled Thirteen Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey. Soon after that, he saw his first ghost, one of many, many such revenants who have passed by—and through—over the years. Having been introduced to the paranormal at a young age, he has enjoyed a close and mostly cordial relationship with it since that time.

J. Cameron McClain has lived in ten or so states in the US, Tanzania, Kenya, Japan, India, England, Wales and South Africa. He is usually making his way through four or so books at any given time. He cooks spicy Indian curries. He doesn't always drink beer, but when he does, he drinks stout.

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Review by: belladoll on Oct. 27, 2012 :
I received this book from the author via the group Lovers of Paranormal on Goodreads in exchange for an honest review. Let me just say, holy crap Mr McClain, way to spook me sir. (It took me longer to read this then others, primarily because I read at night, in the dark, before bed. Not my smartest move to date.) Needless to say, I really enjoyed this book! I had been waiting for something to totally freak me out, and this did it for sure. It's ominous from the start, dark, and disturbing. I felt the weight of the mountains pressing down on me, the tightening in my chest, and blood banging through my head in anticipation. (And then my kid snorts in her sleep and I jump out of my skin...) Well done sir, very enjoyable.

**Spoiler, kind of** Also the book was left open for a potential second? Would love to see a continuation of the story, what's a couple more heart palpitations...right?
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Review by: THG StarDragon Publishing on Oct. 25, 2012 :
It took me a few days to finish reading this, but not because it was slow reading. It was actually a very fast paced book that drew me along on hooks wanting to know what happened next. If found it a much more satisfying read than a lot of ghost stories or horror stories because I was able to more fully get into the heads of the characters.

The characters were well developed and engaging. I can't choose which fascinated me more, but the pig was highly memorable and a huge surprise. Jon Gilden was pretty memorable too, there were audible sounds of surprise at what happened to him. The first part (I don't want to say exactly what it was and spoil it for readers) of what happened to him made me put my Nook down and get a drink to calm down and process, because I was feeling it as strong as the characters that witnessed in. The other psychic also intrigued me... she went even though she had been warned to be prepared for her own death. I was very surprised by how she went out. And in the arena of psychics... just what is it about Noriko that is her protection?

I need to mention setting as well. Shady Glen you wouldn't be able to pay me enough to be in any bordering county. It is that vividly described. I was intrigued, but if anywhere is evil, that's it. At the same time, I want to know even more of the history. I was wanting to know more of the legend of what that thing was that was imprisoned.

There was some gore, so if you've ever had nightmares about being alone in a slaughterhouse, you might want to have the lights on. This is one violent spirit in this story, and in my opinion, very well researched. This is a ghost hunt I could believe. The mystery elements make this a multi-genre book as well, so it has a wider appeal than to just ghost fans.

And, of course, I want to know what happens next. What happens now that the Malevolence has gotten loose? It is a very sweeping story, especially with how the plot swings around a paranormal investigation show. This book, because of how well written it is, is now one of my favorites. Thank goodness (for me) it's part of a trilogy.
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Review by: Stacy on Oct. 10, 2012 :
I received this book from the author for free in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. All thoughts contained in this review have rattled around in my head alone.
This novel just made it to my Favorites shelf....seriously one of the scariest books I've ever read! Here goes.....
Spook 'N Spectre Productions is responsible for a ghost hunting show on the new Horri-Fi Cable channel, called "Hunters in the Dark", where friends name other friends to go on a ghost-hunting expedition. If you make it through the first round, your friend then moves into the second round -- if you and your friend are successful, you each win $5,000. The purpose of the show is to send novice paranormal investigators into supposedly haunted locations, in order to either debunk or prove the existence of paranormal activity. The nominated participants are all excited about their trip, and think of it as no more than a way to get a little publicity and maybe some cash in the mix.
Enter Shady Glen (proving that locations can be characters too): Two production assistants acting as scouts from Spook 'N Spectre are sent location-hunting to find the creepiest location. They travel to Pennsylvania and are shown around Shady Glen by the realtor who handles the property for its unspecified owner, and who refuses to cross over into most of the property at all...actually makes both scouts sign double indemnity clauses that says they can't sue if they are hurt or killed on the property.
The property includes an old schoolhouse (built in mid-1850s), Watchers Sanatorium, boathouse, farm, barn, and slaughterhouse surrounded by 5 large mountain peaks. The area had been abandoned for almost 30 years, despite having had renters in one or the other building every so often who met unfortunate ends. Murders and horrific events have plagued the Shady Glen area since its inception, and the land seems hungry for more blood. A horrific massacre of schoolchildren closed the school shortly after it opened...the hospital was shut down after the head surgeon (Dr. Stills)was discovered performing brutal, inhumane experiments on patients -- then it was later opened as a hotel, where a sadistic pedophile named Nadler murdered countless men, women and children....and the list goes on and on.
In any event, the production company decides that in order to ramp up the ratings for its declining show, it needs to plant some extra "Ghosts" in Shady Glen, to make sure the investigators catch unexplained things on camera. But what they don't consider - at all - is that Shady Glen doesn't need any help in that arena. Against the scouts' recommendations, Spook 'N Spectre sends all of the investigators into Shady Glen -- and the mayhem ensues.
A cast of colorful characters - keep your eye on Tuiren, she is an intriguing one - keep the story fast-paced and alarming from start to finish. I'll admit that I actually had to stop reading two nights in a row (it just got too scary for me!). This book will seriously scare the S- out of you :)
GREAT JOB, J. Cameron McClain!
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Review by: Ballacourage Books on Oct. 05, 2012 :
I'm not sure if I want to know more about the location backstory, or see where this tale is leading to in the future. Either direction in time is good. This guy can write, and has some fiendish ideas as well!
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Review by: Sonya Rousseau on Oct. 02, 2012 :
What a terrifically rip-roaring ride,filled with suspense, horror, and atmosphere so thick you could spoon it up like custard. This is a wonderful first novel, and I look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy. Kudos, J. Cameron McClain!
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Review by: Sue Erickson on Sep. 21, 2012 :
Excellent!!! What a story!! looking forward to reading more of your work!~!!!!!
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