I would recommend this book to fans of Stephen King, while it doesn't have the epic feel of a King novel it feels much the same. The characters quickly become recognisable
Responses to other criticisms of this book:
Poor narration: I guess that I must have a fairly high threshold for bad narration because this narrator did not give me any problems at all. I don't expect a narrator to provide a full cast of voices and honestly find it annoying when they attempt it but are inconsistent or each voice sounds like a variation of a 80 year old crone (I'm looking at you Game of Thrones). Weiner has a deep voice with excellent diction and enunciation, I have no problems with him.
Jumps around between too many characters: Again this isn't a problem for me, I have listened to books where there is no indication that the perspective or character being followed has changed but I didn't find this the case with this book. Thinking back I don't remember being lost at any point, the writing is fairly straight forward and the author uses numbered breaks in chapters to separate each scene... well I'm pretty sure he did though it is possible that he didn't break up every scene... anyway I had no problems with jumps in narration.
The book doesn't resolve anything: Considering this book is a trilogy and one with a grand plan that is obvious pretty early on I had no problem with the end of the book. There were some minor resolutions and there is a lot left unsaid but this makes me want to move on to the next book. To me the ending was logical and satisfactory.
Not Joe Ledger: Yep it definitely isn't... while there are horror aspects to the Joe Ledger novels this isn't a pulp action novel. There is action but it really is more like a standard horror novel. I don't have a problem with this fact it is what it is and the summary of the novel doesn't hide the fact as far as I'm concerned.
Boring: Again this is a personal opinion. I wasn't bored there are a couple of lulls in the action like with any novel and I did want to move on from a couple of scenes but nothing more than you would find in any 12hr+ audiobook.
I liked the book and will definitely be starting the next one tonight. This isn't a earth shattering piece of literature, it does borrow from lore and legend but the fact that I'm not sure what the villain is exactly, how the disparate horror tropes will all be tied into each other and finally who the book will end has me intrigued not put off. Give the book a go it is worth a credit and I like knowing there is a limited number in the series and I'm not looking at a huge investment with no end in sight like the Vampire Earth series.
Good book, but alot of unanswered questions by the end. I know its a trilogy, but I had hoped a few more things would be settled before the end.
This was seriously one of the most long winded books I have ever listened to. Did the author really have to use 15 adjectives or adverbs to describe every single thing?? It was kind of like watching a bad movie where you end up watching to the end hoping it will get better and it never does. That was this book, I listened to the entire thing hoping that the plot would get better and it never did. What the heck kind of town lets a kid get the tar beat out of him by his step father and no one does a thing, really? You have a villain that can???t be killed, you are kidding right? I do have to say that the narrator did do a very good creepy and evil voice, which was about the best part of the whole thing. I would rather be boiled in toxic waste than have to listen to another of these books.
I stopped as soon as I got to the introduction of the Evil Christian, obedient, of course, to the voice of his Evil God. Personally I m sick of this tired cliched character in my books. I mean doesn t EVERYONE know by now that Christians boom songs about they B's&Ho s at their weekly services, dismissing the flock by popping a cap in another MFing parishner, or dress llike Demons and scream their drug induced hatred of God until they are so worked up that mutiple fights and stabbings breakout? Doesn t EVERYONE know this about Christians... I mean its in sooooo many books& movies?
Not recommend, the book bounced from character to character and it became very difficult to follow the story and how all of the seperate parts fit together. Have no desire to read the subsequent books in the series
The first book leaves you wondering a little where it's going, the second is where it starts to gel and gets creepier. The third book is where it all comes together in quite a thriller!!
i loove great books especially mystery and suspense and gregg hurwitz
I really enjoyed this first book I can't wait to listen to the other two, I saw a lot of complaints on here about how it wasn't like patient zero but I think that's the beauty of it I don't want to read the same book
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Tom Weiner’s narration was great. You get pulled into the story quickly. The characters are interesting and are developed early on in the story. The darkness in the story is gradually revealed and is frightening. Try this book if you want a good solid horror story outside of the usual writers. It moves at a good pace and the characters are created fully with great narration.
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
The reason I got this title is because I kept seeing Jonathan Maberry books on audible so I looked him up on wikipedia and I decided to listen to his whole cannon in the order that he wrote them. This was the first book. So, I bought it without really reading the description or any of the reviews on it.
Then I listened to it.
I wasn't sure how to feel about this book once I finished it. So, I checked out some of the other reviews to see what they thought and it seems unanimous that the people who liked the Joe Ledger series hated this. One reviewer called it a train wreck. I have not read nor listened to the Joe Ledger series so I can't make the comparison, but I think calling this a train wreck is a little too much. To be Maberry's first novel I have to say he did a tremendous job. Yes, it's a little over ambitious, it gets a little cartoony at times and there's a few contradictions in the plot line, but none of that is so major that it takes away from the overall enjoyment. If Maberry's books only get better from here I'm excited about completing my goal.
There were a lot of people who hated Tom Weiner's narration. For the most part I thought he did fine, even better than fine in some scenes. However, there were parts of the book where the dialog was really bad and I am still not sure if it was the writing or the reading that made it so bad. The worst I can say about Weiner's performance is that it wasn't very consistent, but overall I think it was worthy of four stars.
Bottom line; This was a pretty good book, and considering it was the author's first novel it was really good.
there is no horror. when you buy a horror book you expect it to scare you if you are alone and you are reading at night. this predictable story does not cut it. won't waste my credits on the rest of the series.