Captain Quad by Sean Costello

Captain Quad

bySean Costello

Kobo ebook | December 15, 2014

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If you're an optimist you've probably heard the expression, 'When one door closes, another one opens.' But for Peter Gardner, a young man fresh out of high school with a literal bank of doorways standing open to him, they all slam shut at once. A terrible accident leaves him quadriplegic, paralyzed from the neck down, shattering his dreams of flying, tearing his family apart, and ending a cherished relationship with his girl. Now, he wishes only for death.

But ironically, it is a brush with death which opens a new door for Peter. And when he 'steps' through, it is not into sunlight and promise, but into the darkest reaches of fury, torment and revenge.

So ask yourself this: "Do I have the courage to step through with him?"


"Costello knows his way around the mystery/horror genre, and he keeps the action moving and the suspense ratcheted up tight. He is very much a writer to watch..." —Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail

"Costello knows how to tantalize his readers, priming them for the horrors to come..." —Rave Reviews

"Sean Costello is a master of the poignancy of everyday living...he tackles a difficult subject with wit and humanity—and some really good scares!" —Susie Moloney, author of The Dwelling

Title:Captain QuadFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 15, 2014Publisher:Red Tower PublicationsLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Horror In The Shattered Human Spirit Sean knows enough about this stuff, having been a doctor for decades. But when he adds his vision, his twist... Well, I just had to keep on reading.
Date published: 2015-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Another excellent read. I love Sean Costello's books and I look forward to reading more of his works!
Date published: 2015-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I look forward to more from Sean Costello! Great job Sean!
Date published: 2015-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a great read! This is a crazy story that will keep you in suspense till the end! I can't recommend this novel enough.
Date published: 2015-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my all time favorites. This is by far the most original horror story I have ever read. And if you've read Castaneda, this book is even more terrifying...because according to his theories, it could happen. I shudder every time I see an ice auger- thanks for that, Sean. If there is ever a sequel to one of your books, please let it be this one. Long live the Captain.
Date published: 2015-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A punch to the guts Don’t read any of Sean Costello’s books if you’re looking for one of those novels that sends the egghead crowd Ooo-ing and Aahh-ing. You know the type of book I’m talking about, the ones reviewers refer to as ‘multi-layered’ and ‘luminous’ or then tell you to ‘linger and savour’ the ‘quiet passages’. Damn, if it’s lingering and savouring you’re after then grab a slice of cheesecake and a nice cup of tea … but forget about Costello's novels because each one begins by laying down a long strip of rubber and then screams toward the far horizon. When you’re strapped into the passenger seat of one of these babies, you better hang on to the By-the-Jesus handle because you’re in for the ride of your life. And while the vector may seem like 180, you'll find the plot takes a sharp 90 before you can say boo. If you’re looking for an old-school good read, turn to Costello. Like Raymond Chandler, Elmore Leonard, Georges Simenon or John D. MacDonald, his prose is tough, his dialogue is tight and his action is swift. But hold on, just because I’m saying you can easily read his work doesn’t mean you can turn off the old brain box. I’m not accusing Costello of creating a cowboy world of white hats and black hats. Just like Stephen King, Costello creates believable protagonists with some likeable traits … and some very dark stuff happening inside their heads (dare I say, ‘souls’). Take Peter Gardner (Captain Quad), the high school wunderkind who after being paralysed descends into a hellish world of rage and blood-soaked revenge. Or how about Scott Bowman (The Cartoonist), the psychiatrist who kills a child and then falls victim to the worm of guilt that chews through his sanity? Or Peter Croft (Here After), whose obsession with finding his child’s kidnapper leads him into an alternate reality? All these guys (and they are all guys) started out ordinary but then something happened to them. But what? That’s the silent question Costello poses, just as he asks if you can draw the line between normalcy and insanity, between the brightly-lit everyday world and the nightmare. How much does it take to push us across that line? I don’t know, do you? Costello suggests all it takes is a porcupine crossing the road (Captain Quad), a sudden winter storm (Squall), a moment of inattention (The Cartoonist), or a call in the night (Eden’s Eyes). Like the anaesthetist in Eden’s Eyes, will you find yourself looking down at an inert body you’re keeping alive only long enough for the scavengers to swoop in and take the eyes, the kidneys, the….? As with Edward Albee, Costello asks if we live our lives in a delicate balance and, if so, how little might it take to tip us to the dark side?
Date published: 2015-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant gem I cannot stress enough on how brilliantly written this and every other book is!...This captures your curiousness and grabs hold and you are in...I didn't want to put it down....Sean Costello IS the man!!!!
Date published: 2015-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GOOD OLD FASHION SCARY This is the second book I read from Sean Costello and I had it finished over a weekend as I couldn't, actually didn't want to put it down. It grabbed me right from the first pages with its familiarity of my hometown and work place, but kept me with its good old fashioned scary plot of suspense and keep your light on kind of feeling to it. This book is one I always recommend to anyone.
Date published: 2015-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Read I have read this book numerous times since I purchased it. It is such a well written story. It is a story that brings you to a place of fear and questioning ...what if. Sean writes in such an engaging way you cannot put the book down. I have lost many nights sleep, just one more page...
Date published: 2015-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my go to recommendations When someone asks me for a suggestion on what to read, Sean Costello is always one of my first suggestions and Captain Quad is one of my favorites that he has written. Excellent writing that kept me interested and unwilling to put it down. It was my gateway into this genre and one that has me going back to reread over and over.
Date published: 2015-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow fantastic I always thought chills down my spine was just a figure of speech, until I read Capitan Quad. This book really did send chills down my spine. Every page is fantastic and U won't be able to put it down. Chills, thrills, and surprises, get a copy, turn out the lights and read
Date published: 2015-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! Really enjoy reading Stephen King stories and I found Sean's writing style to be similar. Great story!
Date published: 2014-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chilling, intense, unforgettable. This is what I go for when I want a psychological horror story. Chilling, intense, and unforgettable. I have read this book twice. Costello expresses emotions with words remarkably well. Definitely would recommend.
Date published: 2014-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Venturing beyond the body into horrors unknown After an accident leaves him paralyzed, Peter discovers way to ventures beyond his body. This book prompted a lot of thinking for me, on what I would want to happen were I suddenly a paraplegic, my plans derailed. On how far my patience and kindness would extend, versus at what point I would become embittered and vicious, vindictive...
Date published: 2014-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliantly Chilling Costello paints a terrifyingly brilliant picture of the downfall of Peter Gardner, star athlete, musical genius and all around Big Man on Campus and how a tragic accident suddenly turns his world around. His descent into misery and rage is chillingly realistic and his discovery and use of supernatural abilities is reminiscent of Stephen King's Carrie.
Date published: 2014-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read! Loved this book. I couldn't put it down! I also loved reading about the town I live in and the hospital were I worked.
Date published: 2014-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Horror with a lot of humanity Peter Gardner’s dreams have been taken away from him, until he’s left with only dreams of revenge. He’s decided who’s to blame for the tragic derailing of his young life, and for stealing his hopes of love. But how can he get even from a hospital bed? Then Peter finds a way, and his pursuit of personal justice will twist reality into a horrifying vendetta. A dark story, sure, but you'll be touched by Peter's predicament because all of the human elements are here, as well as a stark look into the shadows. Sean Costello’s rock solid writing can make the impossible as real and visceral as a car accident. You can’t look away, and you can’t stop reading until Costello decides to let you go.
Date published: 2014-12-17