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Don't have a Kindle? Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Showing of 4 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. My early childhood was spent in Germany and I recall being lifted on my father's shoulders in Hamelin among the cheering crowds to catch a glimpse of a piper on stilts dressed in colourful medieval clothes.

As far as I remember the children who followed that entertainer returned home. In Helen McCabe's Piper the tale is deeply chilling as the storyline follows a timeless entity, who may have lured children from their homes for the Children's Crusade, and more young ones later to former Eastern Europe. The story picks up the outrageous Piper in Romania. Mysterious and disastrous rituals by young women with a stranger in an isolated community are investigated and the culprit is thought to have died.

However, he seems to have re-appeared in New Hampshire, where he sets to work captivating the women and young children of a family. All that is, except a disabled mute teen, who recognises the dangers. Because the novel is split between events in Romania and the US the reader is treated to contrasting yet very believable environments.

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Even so, the characters grip you and take you deep into their souls so that the awful experience of those victims in Romania travel horrifically, yet more under your skin, to the American sunshine. Many mistakenly take the legend of Hamelin's Pied Piper as an amusing tale but the dark side with respect to paedophilia, abduction and mass hysteria are in sharp focus in Piper.

How Diep Koppelberg, the pied piper, captivates his victims with hallucinations and illusion remains a mystery as is why he chose Sunny Mead.

Not that I subscribe to the need to know everything in a book, so such details don't spoil the narrative for me. Helen McCabe has a keen observational eye and an easy-to-read style as typified by such descriptions as: Having said that it is easy to have empathy with Pip, the mute disabled boy, who has an acerbic attitude problem and is extraordinarily well portrayed.

By far the best scene for me is chapter nine, at the dinner table, where the family invite the new music teacher aka the pied piper. Little did the family and other guests know that the playful flautist was driving them insane. The madness is temporary but boy it is terrifically crafted. Be careful how you read it or you'll find sanity slipping For me the book ends at Chapter 15 with a satisfying denouement in New Hampshire, yet leaving an escape hatch open for the future.

After that is a kind of two chapter return to Romania, a tidying up process that is an anticlimax, especially considering there is a sequel on its way. For any reader who enjoys interpretative explorations of legends, this is a must read. McCabe's take on the Pied Piper of Hamlin is a dark, sometimes twisted reconfiguration of the original fairy tale. The Piper of this day and age does not only mesmerize your body, but also your soul; he's a destructive force that rattles every little micro-society of his choosing.

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The novel is divided into two books, the second superior, in my opinion, to the first but only because it reveals not the "why" of the Piper, but the terrible "how. In 'Piper' Helen McCabe has created a compelling tale of evil and its capacity to transcend time. Well-researched and deftly written this modern day story based on the Pied Piper should never be read at bedtime! I look forward to the sequel. One person found this helpful. I'm surprised by the positive reviews I've seen concerning this novel on Amazon. Piper features paper thin characters, illogical events and character choices, and poor prose.

Overwritten is an understatement. October 2, Sold by: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention helen hardt blood bond bond saga dante and erin blood bank new orleans wait to read must read better and better put the book keeps getting held captive page turner stay away dante gabriel things happening steel brothers twists and turns erin is an er nurse vampire romance.

Showing of 86 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Ria - Reading Is Our Satisfaction. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Helen Hardt has written an absolutely gripping and enthralling story - it was simply superb. This is definitely going to be a saga of epic proportions.

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Unchained is the collection of books from the Blood Bond Saga and it is totally unputdownable. Erin and Dante's story will have you spellbound from the beginning. I'm a lover of the paranormal genre and this is definitely sitting near the top of my list. Dante is a vampire who has been broken by his past, he is desperate;y trying to deal with all of his issues, but now another has arisen, Erin.

Erin is a nurse he has fallen in love with and she cannot deny the pull she feels towards Dante. But there is a major problem Erin does not know he's a vampire. As much as Dante is drawn to Erin, he continually finds himself hesitating, but he is not sure why. Erin desires him constantly and cannot understand why Dante continually rejects her.

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Does his time spent in the Queen's captivity have anything to do with this? Dante finally believes in the blood bond between himself and Erin, but his need to understand it has him turning to his grandfather Bill.

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Erin is beginning to forget things, she feels as though she is losing her mind. This series has everything One of the best I have read. I can't wait to continue this story. One person found this helpful. I got to chapter 21 and had to stop. I returned this title to get my money back. I love a well written story and this one has a lot of behind the scenes action added in. The parts are distracting and takes away from the story. I'm a fan of Helen Hardt and usually love her books, but this one left me a little disappointed.

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It was still written in her excellent style, but seemed more suited to a more juvenile audience. I tried but I just couldn't anymore. It felt like a teenager with a dirty mind wrote this. Very immature and repetitive. How many times can Dante make Erin feel completely insecure and she's finished yet she can't control her urge to want to ride him into oblivion?? I can't count the number of times I rolled my eyes. I tried to read more hoping it would get better but it didn't so I gave up.

I had to keep reading to find out what happens next. I love the way she weaves her story and keeps you intrigued. Getting ready to start 2. See all 86 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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