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Hannah Garretty is snatched from her bohemian life on the island and vanishes into a forest lair where unspeakable things have happened and will continue to happen. We catch visceral glimpses from before the abduction, when she last came face to face with her own mortality. But can Hannah find a scrap of light in the absolute darkness of her ordeal?...

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On The Gathering Storm Reviews

  • Stephen
    2019-01-19 12:10

    An insidiously blood-chilling but highly literate novel that bravely takes the path less travelled by...and it makes all the difference between “run of the mill” and truly special. This one stamped itself on my memory.From a plot perspective, this is a fairly typical “random traffic encounter leads to sadistic psycho abducting heroine leading to a trauma-fest and life-changing survival-story” story, as exemplified by this gut-clencher from Mr. Mean Man:‘Here are the rules,’ he says, ‘You try to holler, I sever your vocal cords with an axe so fast yer dead with your mouth hanging open. You try to leave again, I cut one of your tits off and stuff it in your mouth. You speak out of turn, I have a blade that goes between your legs and starts carving to your gut til I can’t get through the bone. You do anything I don’t like and I put my blade into one of your ears so far it makes th’other one wiggle. Those are the rules. Forever and ever, Amen.’More on Mr. Mean Man in the “Things I Loved” portion of the review. However, Jason McIntyre, up and coming writing stud, apparently had zero iotas of interest in writing another genre scare piece. So, crafty cool cat that he is, he structured the telling of the story as a hazy, stream-of-consciousness, non-linear narrative that comes at us as snatches of memory, glimpses of the present, echos of dreams and whispery fragments of sensory experience, most of which arrive seeming overcast and slightly out of focus. This approach was a bit jarring to me at first because it was so unexpected. However, once I clued into what McIntyre was doing I was like, 'go on, good sir, the wheel is yours and I’m happy to have you chauffeuring this nightmare excursion.' Our main character is a photographer who enjoys/is cursed with occasional moments of premonition that are never clearly defined but always come true. As McIntyre explains: Hannah Garretty sees things. She’s always seen things. She’s a photographer and a good one too, so she sees regular, everyday things in a different way than most. But this is different. Tiny stolen moments like these are more than creative vision, more than simple daydreams. What Hannah sees are glossy postcards of the Yet to Come, held before her mind’s eye for a fraction of a second, then yanked from view without reason and never seen again. But they stay with her, these fraction-grasps of second sight, like the bloody spot burned on a retina after staring right at the sun: not a perfect reproduction, but a blurry and pale recording of the original.Well, one of these “grasps” leads Hannah to bring herself within the sphere of influence of the novel’s psycho de jour and the rest is a unique and harrowingly realistic take on the familiar trope that felt very authentic in its imagery. THINGS I LOVED **The depiction of the “horror” was superb. The entire experience is shown as a semi-conscious fugue state in which moments of shocking clarity are otherwise submerged inside drug induced periods “what’s happening” while Hannah’s brain both tries to fill in the pieces and protect her from the knowledge. The “fill in the missing pieces” cloudiness of the descriptions made the experience feel so much more real to me. I mean who would be thinking clearly in situations like this. A big bravo for this aspect. ** “Mr. Mean Man” is a despicable, sadistic sickfuckopath...but McIntyre doesn’t draw him as caricature. This is not some backwoods living “Deliverance” boy who couldn’t walk polite society, or some gore-bathing kill freak “representation” like Patrick Bateman from American Psycho. This is more Brad Pitt in Kalifornia; mostly normal but with that slightly askew “offness” and emotional detachment that makes him all the more creepy. This guy could be that guy standing next to you at the grocery store or passing you on the street that makes you shudder but your not exactly sure why. ** The writing is wonderful. Brisk, clever and pleasing to the ear, McIntyre has chops. This being a debut novel, I would imagine that we have some big bags of wonderful coming from this gentleman in the future. ** I don’t want to give away a spoiler here, but the flashback to Hannah’s “grasp” of the “love trail and the abs” (you’ll know when you get there) was an emotional sucker punch. McIntyre, as a guy, being able to write this as effectively as he did from Hannah’s POV was very impressive. A memorable scene, but I will say no more. THINGS I DIDN’T LOVEOne issue I had with the story is that I “hated” the set up of how Hannah lands herself in the predicament. It didn’t sit well with me. McIntyre, to his credit, does an admirable job of selling it and I admire Hannah’s reasoning, but it just didn’t feel plausible to me. So much of the story is made powerful by the plausibility of the story that this rubbed me the wrong way. Not a major problem, but one that definitely stuck with me. Overall, this is one that I definitely recommend, provided that you are okay with some deeply disturbing scenes of depravity. It is a wonderful piece of fiction from a writer who appears to have an amazing future in front of him. 4.0 stars. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

  • Lou
    2019-02-08 05:05

    A taunt, gripping, visceral story of survival of the most degrading kind for a human. The story is written well and a real page-turning cycle of struggle for a human soul. This is my first read from this author and he can really write and place you into the thick of it he can knock the socks of alot of the so-called best reads out there. I am going to check out his short stories and Jason is one to watch as his novels hit more audiences.(adult content in the story)Review also appears here.

  • Jason McIntyre
    2019-01-24 12:17

    From Lisa B at Smashwords: excellent read! this is a slow burn book at first. comes on like the heat of an august day and then breaks like a violent thunderstorm...

  • Ann Mauren
    2019-02-02 09:16

    At first glance, Hannah Garretty seems like a girl who’s got it all: she’s a head-turning beauty with a good job, great friends, and a particularly talented eye for photography. But there’s a flip side: she’s also got a crowded closet full of skeletons from her past and a frightening precognitive ability that fills her mind with a quick still frame-style glimpse of something yet to happen.It’s one of these ‘Grasps’ that sets her on a path to save a young woman from terrible danger. Instead, she finds herself trapped in the middle of unspeakable horror. With so many demons in her past wearing her down, can she find the strength and will to face the one who holds her now?This dark and chilling tale by Jason McIntyre marks his debut into the world of suspense novels, but you’d never guess that because his story plays in your mind like one told by a master of the craft. With a unique blend of beautiful, richly descriptive language and bursts of dynamic, realistic streams of thought from the heroine, McIntyre’s writing style had me gripped by the throat from the get go. Shifting seamlessly between her present, her past, and her visions of the future, the powerful subject matter is sometimes deeply disturbing but always riveting. Just like a real rainstorm, this story gets very dark as it builds with frightening intensity and booms and flashes in your mind. As the action comes to a head, themes of hope, endurance and courage shine like beams of light through scattering clouds once the storm begins to pass and the story winds down. It’s a wild, brutal, scary ride, but very satisfying after the air has cleared. If you enjoy the power of a psychological tempest, ‘On The Gathering Storm’ was written for you.

  • Darcia Helle
    2019-02-14 09:13

    Brutal. Disturbing. Engaging. Gripping. Moving. This book kept me up all night. First, because I had to finish it. Then because I couldn't shake it off.Jason McIntyre doesn't tell a story. He steps out of the way and allows his characters to bring you into their world. Use caution when reading this one, however, as the characters might not allow you back out.

  • Nina-Marie Gardner
    2019-02-05 11:54

    I love dark books, generally the more uncomfortable and unsettling the better - and On The Gathering Storm was there in spades. The story crept on me slowly, it was haunting, riveting - and (this is just a particular thing with me) I am always in awe of men who can write so seamlessly from a woman's perspective (and vice versa.)

  • Al Boudreau
    2019-02-17 07:57

    Jason C. McIntyre's, On The Gathering Storm, is a story in which the reader quickly becomes privy to what can happen when our wildest nightmares come to life. Suspense novels can sometimes seem contrived, with authors trying too hard to rattle our cages and throw us off balance. McIntyre rattled the cage so hard, and with such bold strokes, I was knocked down for long, ominous stretches then dragged inside a world in which sick and twisted individuals with broken minds hide in the periphery. McIntyre pushed the envelope, seemingly unwilling to take it back a notch to spare those who tend to be squeamish or easily disturbed. I'm glad he didn't. Let's face it---when it comes to unthinkable acts committed by humans, if it can be imagined, then one could certainly find themselves in the throes of such a horrific scenario. Storm's main character is forced to endure an experience most would not survive, creating a dichotomy---part of you will want to look away, while the other will crane like an ambulance chaser approaching a twenty car pile-up. Do you like dark and descriptive? This is your novel! A fascinating, gripping tale.

  • Giovanni Gelati
    2019-01-28 12:20

    Hello to everyone and thanks for checking with us on our second Self-Published Sunday. I can only thank my OCD for having different titles for different days of the week. I struggle still with at least four days of the week, but I think that conundrum will be solved soon. Anyway, we have featured self-published authors in the past and since the very beginning of our blog oh those many days and novels ago. Things have changed and morphed as things do as one finds their way in the dark, plodding around, bumping into stuff. Trust me I have plenty of bruises from the bumps along the way, hahaha.Back to the topic: self- published full length novels. I have decided to use today as that day. We have Graphic Novel Friday and Digital Short Saturday already and thought this would be a natural progression. Gelati’s Scoop has and will continue to feature and promote the author that has chosen a non- traditional path to showcase his or her work. We have featured the work of authors that have done this on many different platforms and are very proud of that. I read On The Gathering Storm on my laptop, but have used an ereader, my sons iPhone… it’s nuts and fun; I love it. Keep it coming. Needless to say, Sunday I think is going to be a fun day. Now to our novel!! Jason McIntyre’s novels and digital shorts have been fun for me to read as he is a bit of a different flav for me. Some of you I know groove on this type of stuff, but for me it is a bit of stretch. The thing about his writing, as I have totally digested almost all his work to date, is that he is willing to extend himself and put it out there. I enjoy the spirit he places in the novels, his spirit, and it seems to hit the right buttons. The reason that I stress that point is that he has done this work himself. There is no team molding his work with others’ ideas or focus groups, literary agents or anyone else to come between his words, his ideas and feelings and us the reader. That for me is what makes his plotlines and prose so riveting and engrossing. The twists, turns, action and suspense are gravy or icing on the cake.On The Gathering Storm was a mind bender and a very intense experience for me. McIntyre took me into places in my head I was not expecting to go and I guess when I was done, besides consuming some antacid tablets and migraine medicine I was better for the experience. I say that in all honesty and in a positive way. This guy is giving away some of his hard work on Smashwords in hopes that you will enjoy it and pick up his full length stuff, like Storm. I say if you are from Missouri and you say show me, go to Smashwords, read the free digital short he has like Road Markers or Shed , then compare your thoughts to my posts, and support a talented artist. Click the button right here and take a ride with Jason McIntyre and let him show you his chops, his style and artistry, disappointment is not to be had. What are you reading today? Check us out and become our friend on Facebook & Linkedin. Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on. You can also follow us on Twitter, and the Gelati’s Scoop Facebook Fan Page. Did you know you can shop directly on Amazon by clicking the Gelati’s Store Tab on our blog? Thanks for stopping by today; We will see you tomorrow. Have a great day.

  • EZRead eBookstore
    2019-02-07 05:05

    Jason McIntyre has something of a large indie following on sites like Smashwords and Goodreads, both of which I prowl regularly. There’s something romantic about a cult following for an independent author in a publishing world always aiming for the next popcorn blockbuster movie deal. Sometimes “big” books seem like extended scripts, and more work lacks the kind of writing that doesn’t transfer onto the big screen. Fight the power! I chose “On the Gathering Storm” because as McIntyre’s debut, it’s also his most popular. Let’s just say I’m not ready to crawl back under The (Publishing) Man’s thumb just yet.“On the Gathering Storm” is a gritty tale of survival for our heroine Hannah, who walks a fine line between sanity and insanity throughout. While the main portion of the narrative is a survival and captivity tale, we sink deep into Hannah’s mind and memories as she explores her past life and her development. It’s a dark and somewhat empowering story to read about Hannah, who may outwardly seem like the victim, but is inwardly a champion. It also says something about the victimization of women; challenging the assumption that they don’t have strength to overcome, to protect themselves. This book is violent, but challenging. It never feels like violence for the sake of it, which I think makes the harder parts more palatable. The nail-biting parts are still rough. I have two ulcers now, one named “Dexter” and one named “On the Gathering Storm”.McIntyre, from a snooty-writerly-standpoint, has incredible style. His dark voice doesn’t just end when it’s convenient; he takes us on an inner journey with Hannah because it’s truthful to how her brain works. It’s as distinct and raw of a writer as I’ve read in a long time. It’s so easy for major label editors to take a writer’s voice and dice it into tidy bestseller blandness. It’s the same kind of “fancy” tone that litters the “New Yorker”, making everyone sound like the same writer. McIntyre isn’t afraid to “inconvenience” his readers with style, which makes the book stand out, and impressed me a ton.A must read, but not for the faint of heart.

  • Charlie
    2019-01-20 07:52

    The story is chalk full of vivid descriptions that are carefully constructed to forge a lasting impression. When you close your eyes, you will likely be haunted by Hannah’s ordeal and the events of her life. What makes the story even more frightening is Hannah is a character that an everyday girl can relate to. She becomes as recognizable as a friend, a sister or a girl from work. Since I live in the Pacific Northwest, I am familiar with the setting (Canada) that is described. I could easily visualize each place and because of this, it made the terror even more real. Hints of the paranormal coming in the form of flash visions are introduced in the beginning. The insertion will be easy for even the most skeptical to accept because the character development and overall story is cemented in the now. Parts of the story are delivered in a series of flashbacks. I found myself deeply committed to these parts of the writing and felt the author squeezed all the use from penning the important scenes. Often, this technique can be flawed, but not in this graphic tale. I felt the flashback was actually a strength in the over all telling. A note: The story includes sexual detailing, violence and sexual violence related to a kidnapping that might be disturbing to some readers. I’m a big fan of the simile, but this story was packed with them. I was pleased they were original and did not lead to cliches. However, in my humble opinion it was a touch over done. The scene involving Hannah at her brother’s apartment loses it’s footing and touch with reality. Up until then, I was on board with the flashes and paranormal visions. Also, the bad events that take place there are a bit hard to digest. At one point, I was thinking this is going to end up being just a ‘dream’ kind of book because this is too fantastical. Lastly, the epilogue threw me for a jerky loop. Epilogues used as a lead to a series or teaser are widely popular and I admit, I use them in my own stories. However, I detest epilogues used as a summary device. I don’t want a sudden ‘by the way’ this is what happens to the characters (players) the next day, week or year. It feels insincere and frankly, rushed. I just spent three days of horror with this character and now I’m getting the rest of her life summed up in a few pages? I know some people dearly want to know, ‘then what happened,’ but I’m not that reader.

  • Tim
    2019-01-29 11:54

    Well it is definetely not hard to see why this novel has garnered such great reviews on here. With so many real life stories of situations very similar to the novel coming out in the last decade, it lends a much more real and sinister air to the book because this could happen to anyone.I think Hannah was such an excellent and well rounded character, and without giving anything away those flashback scenes whilst in captivity made her all the more solid and gave me a greater understanding as to how she could cope in that type of situation.I don't want to draw too tight a comparison, Room by Emma Donoghue features a similar situation, the depravity of Old Nick towards Jack and Ma is alot more alluded to than directly shown. In this case we are shown the full scale vileness that Rudy Meeks subjects his "boys" to and I have to say it got to me.The writing is superb, it made the pages fly by and McIntyre was really able to make the depravity and despair of the situation so palpable, whilst also telling the very emotional tale of Hannah's life without losing any of the tension, which i must say is a very hard thing to do.I think in the end the fact that this could happen to someone close to you or you yourself, makes this novel so unsettling. We are taken deep into the dark abyss of depravity and terror. It is a scary place to be in, but Hannah shines bright throughout and we can only hope that someone we love never has to go through this.

  • Jena
    2019-02-10 13:06

    Horrific, intense, magnetic!'On the Gathering Storm' is an all-too-real tale of terror, abduction, and one woman's will to survive. Jason Mcintyre's portrayal of Hannah Garretty is so compelling, that it's impossible to stop reading her story, even as the horrific scenes made me wish I'd never opened the book. Hannah becomes a real person, not just a character in a novel, and it's this facet of Mcintyre's craftsmanship that kept me turning the pages.The first few chapters seem a bit slow and overly detailed, but as the story progresses, those earlier paragraphs crystalize into a picture of Hannah's mindset and motivations. During her imprisonment, Hannah's narrative, in the form of stream-of-consciousness, is unsettling, because it's all too easy to imagine oneself in that situation. I don't want to give away any of the plot, but the ending of the novel is startling! It turned a predictable plot, into something unforgettable.'On the Gathering Storm' is not for readers who are disturbed by graphic violence. Otherwise, this book is for anyone who loves characters that become real people in the space of a novel, psychological suspense, and surprise endings.

  • Kimberly McMichael
    2019-01-21 07:04

    I found this story to have all the elements of a fabulous read. The characters are believable, and real. Scary Real!The Story could happen to anyone, and has happened to many unfortunate women (and yes sometimes men) It is a story of survival,of finding inner strength and courage when all seems lost…McIntyre’s ability to make you feel every nuance of the story is uncanny and I’m sure someday soon will be legendary. I found the ending to be spot on, not too much or too little. You will enjoy this book and being at the mercy of the author.

  • Tressa
    2019-01-20 11:13

    I had high expectations for this book, but it fell flat for me. Normally I appreciate how an author builds up a character by giving background on his/her life, but this book annoyed me by flashing back to the past too often and didn't dwell on the present enough. Unlike, say, Gonzalez's Survivor, I didn't get a feel for the terrifying things happening to the victim, and I didn't feel the anxiousness about her kidnapped situation as I've felt in books with a similar plot. There were times I felt as discombobulated as the drugged up girl and didn't really understand what was going on.

  • Sharon
    2019-02-05 06:07

    Shame I missed it as a freebie but for £2.15 I'm not complaining as it was a great read. Very atmospheric and scary, suspense thriller. I had to keep reminding myself that this was a male author as I really felt the characters of Hannah and Dirty Hair Girl during their horrific ordeal were truly believable. I didn't think a man could write with such empathy about this kind of subject nor be believable.I will certainly read more from this author.

  • Sheri
    2019-01-17 06:02

    On The Gathering Storm (Jason McInytre)Hannah Garretty is a photographer with big dreams. One day she gets into an auto accident. She gets the address of the other driver and decides to go to the house to make things right with the driver. That was her biggest mistake. She finds herself walking into a nightmare. Her life is at stake and she must use every ounce of energy and sanity to stay alive.Well Written with vivid detail, Jason McIntyre brings us into Hannahs world where you feel as if you are actually there. He brings to life a young woman with such accuracy that it is hard to believe a man wrote this. There is so much more I could say but I never do spoilers.On The Gathering Storm is a psychological thriller, that kept me up way past my bedtime. I was hooked from the first page up until the perfect ending. I highly recommend to psychological/thriller lovers. I look forward to reading more of Jason McInytre's books

  • Gail Baugniet
    2019-02-02 07:01

    Hannah Garrity has a precognitive ability that reminds me of the plot in Tom Cruise's Minority Report. Nothing good ever seems to come of possessing this ability.In Hannah's case, it leads her into a dangerous situation when she tries to help a young girl she believes is in trouble. Graphic language describes a prolonged ordeal, peppered with many flashbacks of Hannah's life. Jason McIntyre's realistic writing style is unsettling to read at times. The story's antagonist lacks any redeeming qualities, which leaves no room for pity or empathy. The reader might consider this character more comic than disgusting, except for the depraved ideas he utilizes for his own entertainment. The author's plot isn't original, but he's taken a theme and given it his own unique twist. That's what makes this story work.

  • Jeannie Walker
    2019-01-22 11:05

    A Five Star Riveting and Challenging ReadJason McIntyre has written this chilling tale giving readers a vivid picture with explicit detail. Hannah Garretty is a stunning and beautiful girl with a great job, great friends and with a great talent for photography. Yet, she has a harrowing past with many demons. She struggles with painful memories of being victimized but refuses to be a victim and ultimately becomes a victor. I can’t say “On The Gathering Storm” is an easy read, it is sometimes challenging like a crossword puzzle. But, it is a tale of survival. I believe men who read this novel will learn that women are fragile and delicate, but they can rise up to the task when push comes to shove. I believe women who have been victimized will come to the realization that they do have the strength to overcome.

  • Morgan Shamy
    2019-02-02 05:02

    On Gathering Storm was quite the unexpected ride. I didn't expect to be so drawn into the story the way I was. Hooking, haunting, and addicting. The author has a very distinct style that's refreshing and worked well with the story. He has a talent with putting us in Hannah's head, feeling and experiencing the horror through her eyes. I was completely immersed to the point that I felt everything Hannah felt, both the physical and emotional. The story propelled forward in ways I didn't expect. Fascinating characters with deep histories and themes that are woven in a way that aren't thrown in your face. Hannah's past is traumatic, but clever how it mirrors her present. I felt satisfied with the end, though it tweaks at the heart a bit. All around, definitely five stars and I can't wait to read Jason McIntyre's next book!

  • Janice
    2019-02-05 09:52

    I found this story entertaining and suspenseful, but very dark. I found it very disturbing what happened to Hannah, especially being detailed by a male author. The ending caught me by surprise, as it was not the usual happily ever after. I am interested to read more books by Jason McIntyre to understand what traits are carried into his future books.

  • Dawna
    2019-01-20 05:04

    This book is Horror at it's best!! Jason Mcintyre is a writer in his own league, His stories are visceral, heart-wrenching, and realistic. This is a scenario that could be playing out right now anywhere around the world. It really makes you think while also making you remember to lock the house up tight and read with the lights on!!! Well Done!!!

  • Heidi R.
    2019-01-28 10:02

    This is the first book I've read by Jason McIntyre. On the Gathering Storm is a dark, dark thriller. I was riveted by the story and will be reading more by this author.

  • Xtina Marie
    2019-01-19 11:52

    Wow. After finishing every Dovetail Cove novella that's been released in break neck speed, I wasn't ready to depart from McIntyre's writing. And wow did he wow me with On the Gathering Storm. The cast of characters is so colorful, so multi-dimensional- they become real people. Much of this book I spent either white knuckling my kindle, or holding my hand up in front of it so as to not try to skip ahead. The tension had my eyes wide as saucers and I couldn't put it down until it was late and I could barely see anymore. I loved this book, and it is safe to say that I am a life long fan of Jason McIntyre.

  • Jenny Conatser
    2019-02-12 09:05

    I read this book during the course of only one day. Given my recent slacker attitude toward the books I buy, that alone is indicitive of the excellent writing by Jason McIntyre. I think what I specifically enjoyed was the book's pacing; I have read other reviews describing the story as a "slow burn," or something like it. Though I understand what they mean in terms of plot revelation, I felt more like I was eating a Thanksgiving meal while reading; I just kept trying to stuff in the bites so that I could get to the next delicious morsel. There is something about the writing - the tense?, the pace?, the detail? - that grabs hold of you and never lets go. Thus, I stayed up waaaaay too late in order to finish Hannah's story. I certainly couldn't leave her alone in that skanky trailer. There are three things that prevented me from giving this books five stars. First, on the pages after Hannah leaves the trailer and before the...epilogue, I guess... I truly have no idea what happened. There was something about an elevator and her brother's apartment...but I think this may have been a writing device. Hannah's not really in her right mind during this section of the book, and if the writer's intent is to make the reader feel as muddled and confused as Hannah, well then that works well. If that's not the intent, I remain confused. That section had a dreamlike quality. I should say that I read it at two in the morning - very quickly - so I wasn't exactly in my right mind either. :)Second, in the epilogue, Candace is revealed to be carrying a child. Presumably, this child's father is the girls' captor. However, the author makes a point of saying that the man who held them captive never engages in sexual activity with the girls himself. I was fuzzy on the details there...Finally, I felt the ending to be a bit rushed. I thought it was a good ending, and well written, but I wish it had taken a slightly longer portion of the book. I had a lot invested in the characters of Hannah and Tannis, and was interested in the details of their relationship and life together, not just the summary of it. And I was so sad to learn that Hannah died so early. Obviously, that's just preference and isn't a commentary on the story or writing. It just seemed like a lot to go through for Hannah...she was such a strong character, becoming ever stronger, and I wish she'd had a full life to live.Overall, I very much enjoyed this story. It's one that will stay with me for awhile, and I will definitely read more by Jason McIntyre!

  • Apex Reviews
    2019-01-18 11:01

    There is nothing average about Hannah Garretty. She’s beautiful, she’s talented, she’s got a great job--and she has a closet full of skeletons and a striking supernatural gift. From the first page of On The Gathering Storm, Jason McIntyre’s psychological thriller, we’re entangled in the mind of 29-year-old Hannah Garrety, who has since childhood had the ability--or, perhaps, the curse--to see fractured glimpses of the future. It is one such glimpse that lands Hannah in a terrifying survival situation, during which she’s forced to encounter the ghosts from her past as well as her present. Caught in a web of deception, abduction, and a grueling physical ordeal, Hannah must summon every bit of strength in her to find a shred of hope. Shifting between the present moment, flashbacks, and glimpses of the future, Hannah is forced to come to terms with her mortality. Utilizing an omniscient narrator who knows more than they’ll admit, McIntyre takes the typical damsel-in-distress plot and uses it to explore the complex emotional relationships we form throughout our lives--and the haunting effects they can have on our minds, even years down the line. Hannah, at times a slightly unbelievable damsel, becomes the victim of her save-the-world complex and the lasting effects of the traumas she’s endured. Not for the faint of heart, the story includes some graphic accounts of violence both past and present. Though jarringly unrealistic at times, the novel nevertheless highlights the very real effects of physical and emotional trauma on a person’s life. As a portrayal of the average woman, McIntyre perhaps falls a bit short--but as a portrayal of a haunted, distressed woman, he hits the nail on the head.Megan MauroApex Reviews

  • Susan
    2019-01-30 06:11

    I was looking forward to reading this book because it has received many 5-star ratings. I was ready for a thriller full of riveting suspense that brings the stuff of creepy nightmares to life! But this book fell short of the mark for me.1: It is hard for me to feel sympathetic toward characters that do stupid things. Hannah experienced intense stranger-danger, yet chose to ignore the inner voice in her head that advised her against seeking out the bad guy. Even if she felt compelled to help the scared-looking companion of Mean Man, she should have taken the police with her or perhaps a strong manly friend, or at least a posse of girlfriends. Not only did it make it hard to feel sorry for Hannah, but it also made her difficult for me to relate to her (why would she do that? Is she dense?).2: The flashback scenes made the entire story feel disjointed. I wanted to know what was happening in the suspenseful present tense. The constant flipping back to the past disrupted my ability to enjoy the suspense of the present situation and it contributed little to the development of character.3: In the present-tense thread she is often drugged with halcion. This dampened the intensity of the terrifying things that were happening to her during her captivity. I thought this weakened the suspense tremendously.This was not the thrill-ride I was hoping I also agree with a previous reviewer regarding the over- use of similes in the book. This book is only 169 pages but the word 'like' is used 407 times.

  • Pamela Stallings
    2019-02-12 11:10

    Our main character Hannah is a up and coming photographer that seems to live a pretty good life. She has a bright future ahead of her, lives with some crazy roommates that she loves but things aren't always as they seem. In the blink of an eye everything gets ripped away from her and she finds herself fighting for her life. Will Hannah make it out alive???There's one word that describes Hannah to me... SURVIVOR. I loved her character, she felt so real like someone I'd be best friends with. This girl is tough and she's been through a lot. Her childhood and teen years were definitely hard but they shaped her into the strong independent woman that she is today. This story was very well written and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Some parts might be hard for people to read but it's a very thrilling story of survival. This is the first book I've read by Jason McIntyre, it will not be the last!!

  • Stacey
    2019-01-24 07:07

    My favorite books are the ones that hook me on the first page. Actually, those are the only ones I read. On the Gathering Storm was a must-read for me by the time I got to the end of the first chapter. I finished this book in two days because I had to know what happens next. Ironically, this novel about a kidnapping took me hostage and I only got away because I got to the last page.What’s great about it? It reminds me of Stephen King’s solitary novels – the ones where the hero is essentially alone in a horrible situation with no one else around (think Cujo and Misery) – but with some of the most beautiful writing I have ever seen. The characters are distinct and real, and the heroine is uniquely compelling. Even though the writing is top-notch, the author doesn’t disappoint on the action or the psychological thrills. This book is one of the best in the genre.Bottom line – this is a great read, and I am going to get the rest of the books by this author and clear my schedule.

  • Nathan Henrion
    2019-02-09 09:57

    Good first novel by Jason, who I met in the blog world, and picked up his work at Smashwords. I liked the setting, and the Sisterhood storytelling that we went after. Coming from a guy, that takes reservation about the book is that it is narrated in the present tense. Perhaps it is just me, but I found this to be really cumbersome, as if my mind just couldn't get moving with it. I think it would be a much stronger work if the tense was changed. That may be a stupid comment, but hey...All in all, Jason is a solid writer, and I enjoy his work the more I read it. He is worth checking out. (Personally, I think The Night Walk Men is fantastic).

  • Deborah
    2019-02-09 13:00

    I purchased this book to read on my Kindle because the proceeds would be going to a charity for abused women and children. It was a quick read. I can't make up my mind how I feel about this book. Sometimes I was enthralled with it and sometimes found it boring. I may come back and edit this review after I've thought about it some more. I do have to say the author described Hannah's menstrual cramps quite accurately. I felt them along with her!