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Review: The Mansion by Ezekiel Boone



Blurb from Goodreads:
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.
My Review:
 
This would have been a more interesting movie than the lack of compelling read it made.  I do like this author a lot but this book dragged on.  Instead of anticipation/suspense, it felt like all the action was quickly condensed and over before it began.  I also didn't love the ending.  But the beginning was intriguing and there were moments of brilliance here . . . I think a screenwriter could make this shine!!

The Mansion came out earlier this month on December 4, 2018 and, if you've ever wanted to read a Christmas horror story, you can purchase HERE.  I will bet you that this is made into a movie!
She'd read once that inmates who've been wrongfully convicted have only two choices: to give up or to find some transcendent state where they could fight for justice without being bitter. It sounded stupid to her, but maybe it also made sense. She was still angry with Shawn for breaking his promises to Billy, but it didn't consume the way it consumed her husband.

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