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My Brother's Destroyer

By: Clayton Lindemuth
Narrated by: Kain Foster
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Publisher's Summary

"Immersive.... Brutal.... Primal." (Kirkus Reviews)

Ever since his brother electrocuted him as a boy, Baer Creighton feels an electric tingle when people lie to him. He lives in the woods, stills unrivaled moonshine, and limits human contact to regular buyers, his niece Mae, and her three kids. It’s a good life, sharing humor and philosophy with his sole companion Fred, a back-sassin' pit bull getting on in years, until Fred goes missing then arrives dumped in a ditch, a victim of a local dog-fighting ring. 

Armed with a Smith & Wesson, audacity, and a moonshiner's know-how, Baer hunts the dog thief. Was it Cory Smylie, pothead son of the Gleason police chief - who resented Baer for making him treat Mae right? Or Baer’s brother Larry, whose real feud with Baer started not with the prank electrocution but back 30 years to when Baer stole Ruth and Larry stole her back? Maybe it was Joe Stipe or one of those lugnuts he kept at his side like a private Secret Service? Stipe ran the dogfights, exerted a heavy influence on every form of backwoods commerce, and a couple years ago, tried to muscle Baer out of his stillin' operation. 

Convinced justice must be proportional, Baer seeks the truth. But he tips his hand and begins a war of attrition against a cabal steeped in blood sport and thirsty for violence....

With his niece in danger, the ex-love-of-his-life Ruth missing - either dead or plotting against him - and all the town's finest trying to burn him down or shoot him on sight, Baer vows to bring a reckoning to every man present at the fight ring. 

Though vengeance doesn't come easy for Baer Creighton...it comes. And when you discover who stole Fred, you’ll know you’ve found a new master of the dark surreal. 

"My Brother's Destroyer is a fantastic read, and I highly recommend it for your next book." (Manhattan Book Review)

"I was left completely in awe." (Seattle Book Review)

©2013 Clayton Lindemuth (P)2018 Clayton Lindemuth

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As authentic as it gets.

I am Appalachian born and bred. I was raised about 40 miles from Asheville NC, and have read many attempts at catching the mountain people’s way of living and thinking. This book nails it. There’s only one word I woulda changed. Fireflies. In the holler I come from they’re lightening bugs. Just listening to the story I’m thing this dude has to be local. Loved every second of it!!

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The light is right.

I’m so glad I found this book and bought the audible version. I immediately recommended it to my cowboy friends after listening to a couple of chapters. Mind you, I’m a 61 year old female who lives in rural south Texas who loves animals and nature, but no where close to being a cowgirl. The author drew me in and the narrator cinched my attention. If you like a good western, you’ll love this story. Even though it is not a western epic, it is told like one. It’s a man’s love of his best friend, Fred, that develops this story and tugs at your heart while entertaining you with Baer’s dry personality and inner wisdoms. Full of surprises, and words that make you laugh out loud. You can’t go wrong listening to Kain Foster nail Baer’s character to a T. The story will open your mind to the fact that every living soul has a reason and the light is right.

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Tedious - Almost DNF

There so many g reviews about this book and author I bought the book. I am on chapter 11 and the book is killing me. I don't think I can finish.
My Brother’s Destroyer is an offbeat, often tedious tale about a backwoods character named Baer Creighton who sounds like he wandered off the Deliverance movie set.

Baer Creighton is not your conventional hero. In addition to a supernatural ability to spot liars, Baer has conversations with dogs. And Baer hates dog fighting for sport so much that he decides to murder even those who only watch the local fights by poisoning their moonshine.

The story is told without any particular point — except perhaps as a primer on how to make moonshine. Much of the story is a struggle in trying to understand Baer’s hillbilly talk. Oddly, Baer is the only backwoods character in the book who speaks in hillbilly talk.

There are other elements to the story involving a lost love, plenty of hate, revenge, regret and an ending so disjointed it sounds like the author was drunk on the moonshine he writes page after page after page about.

Kain Foster was difficult to understand and did not differentiate the voices very well. I never really knew who was meant to be talking.

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Bear's just trying to git by...

I loved Baer Creighton (our main character/protagonist), and all his gruff, moonshinin' ways. A man living on the fringe of society. A man who doesn't trust the system, not banking, and certainly not the justice system!
Baer's a modern day man, who along with his dog, Fred, are just tryin' to git by... survivin' life's pitfalls such as, dirty cops on the take, and a local gangsta' boss who wants in on Baer's business... But, this is not an easy book to read in fact if it was a fantasy it'd be labeled as Extra Grim/Dark... extra heavy on the Grim and extra heavy on the dark, because when Baer takes on the "Gangsta' Boss", he also has to take on the local dog fightin' ring!
So if you have a soft heart, be forewarned! Things are gonna get kinda messy...
Kain Foster's narration sounds smooth and natural as he delivers Baer's troubled story!

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offensive language

didn't make it to Ch 2. every other word made me cringe. wish I had my credit back to buy a more uplifting book. not a coincidence that none of the cursing was in the audio sample?

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Bad News Bear makes a good story

You want to like Bear. He's as imperfect as the rest of us. Admits hard truths to himself over the course of mountain life and the pursuit of vengeance.
Don't mess with a man's dog or way of making a living.

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Not To Be Missed!

I've been reading a wide variety of fiction for most of my sixty-one years and there are a number of authors who stand out as truly gifted. Unfortunately, a relatively small number. Clayton Lindemuth has taken his place in my list of Most Favored due to his incredible talent for creating a world which immediately envelopes you, fleshes out characters in a way that feels up close and personal and makes makes me crave more.
Baer Creighton is a complex guy, one who has a strict personal code and possesses several quite remarkable talents. He can be incredibly compassionate then brutally merciless in the same moment in a way that is breathtaking in his clear sense of purpose. As much as this man seems to step outside the norms of society in his determination to set things right in his vision of what is just, as much as people like him would make many citizens nervous, I believe we could use more folks who had his sense of accountability. Also, how do you NOT dig a guy who loves dogs as much as he does? Do yourselves a favor - get to know Baer. You'll be glad you did.

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What’s not to love?

I loved the narrator! The book was very relatable to me. The love a man has for his dog is almost a great as the love he has for his children. It’s so good to see justice served to those who deserve it.

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Great read!

Lindemuth is unsurpassed for his characterization of a certain group of Americans - born, bred, and nurtured on honor, sufficiency, and pride.

The narration is superlative.

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the death of Fred

loved the details in this novel. they are well written zand easy to imagine. the auto performance was outstanding. it was difficult to stop reading.

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  • Mr. Mark Lewis
  • 07-22-20

Absolutely loved this authors work.

Absolutely loved the Baer stories and bought the whole series. I Can't recommend them enough

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  • Duncan59
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Misogynist fantasy

Really nasty unpleasant book which regret using a credit on. Listened to 4th or 5th chapter.

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  • miss e m aguero
  • 01-23-21

I am completely hooked

WOW!!!! My first experience of Clayton Lindemouth and I am in LOVE. This story is like a modern day western, the lawlessness, the stangeness and a lovable hero who is trying hard to mind his own business, but the bad guys keep coming. The writing is vivid, the whole town and characters are truelly alive. And the narration is fantastic, perfect voice for Bear and a big part of what makes this book so great. I purchased extra credits the minute I finished this book, just to get the second one in the series. Highly recommend this

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  • bwanasafari
  • 12-05-20

An Audible Highlight

Most books are better read from the page but a few were made for an Audible edition. This is a perfect example. The intonation, the accents, the very feel of the novel come across in this performance that can't be matched by reading it on dry paper.
I'll give nothing away about the actual story, except to say that I found it gripping, but I have no hesitation in recommending it as a top class listen, though I will say it is not for the faint of heart or those too demure for their own good.

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  • Crawley 1122
  • 12-03-20

Entertaining Characters

This was a good story and well narrated, the teller put you right in Redneck country with all it's dark undertones and larger than life characters, Baer Creighton is an interesting character and so are his protagonists.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-23-20

Loved it.

I just loved the dark no nonsense humour. I'm looking forward to more from this author.

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  • willowes
  • 11-10-20

Destroyer

I really enjoyed this book, kept me wanting to read more and more,. Very entertaining and had just about everything you could want in a book

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  • K. T. Kriescher
  • 10-04-20

A Great listen

This is a step away from the norm.
A gritty, unpolished, straight out flat good book.
It puts you in the woods with the characters in 3 dimensions. You see, feel and smell the story as it rides. The characters stand up like flesh and blood.
This is book one and a hell of a job it does starting the story running.
This book was so good I couldn't put it down and when I had, I wondered what Baer was going to get himself into next.
Highly recommended. Miss it at your peril

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-22-20

My best audible this year

I loved this book, it was very well written and expertly narrated. Will be listening to book 2 this afternoon.