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.
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
A lover of the printed and spoken word.
I will not be revisiting this book for another listen. Why? Not because it wasn't a good book, because it was (once it got going), but once you know the "set-up" for the series you won't be missing anything needed for the next book(s). The story is well written and while setting up the next books, you'll be able to guess who/what will come about.
The idea of the town being an epicenter of evil. I'm a big fan of Halloween and I'm sure my affinity for the holiday played a part of this books appeal
The voices and personality given to each character is wonderful. The softer female voice infused with strength all the way to the gruff evil overbearing voices make you imagine these characters in a vivid manner.
No, the book progresses a little slow at first and I had to make myself keep listening. With that being said, the book reels you in toward the end and makes you wonder what book 2 will bring.
I've read the other series Mr. Maberry has written and this story/writing is not done in the same manner. If you are a fan of Mr. Maberry's other works (Benny Imura & Joe Ledger series) know that this is a deviation from what you would expect.
I could only get in 15 minutes then I couldn't stand it, it reads like a teenage boys version of a horror story, I HATED IT
I took a punt on this book and lost because I wasn't able to return it WHICH MAKES ME FURIOUS because it really was a waste of a credit
Don't let the low ratings fool you away from this book. The book seems to start off slow but it gets better as the story goes on. Once again, Jonathan Maberry wrote another masterpiece series.
Not sure, I only listened to a couple chapters because i couldn't get past the monotone narrator
Do not waste your money or credits. I'm requesting my credit to be returned since I could only tolerate a couple of chapters.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
I gave this four stars, so I do like the book. There are some really good parts to the book, and I will continue the series. There are plenty of evil characters to hate in this book and bad and good are black and white.
A NURSE CAME IN, WOKE HIM UP AND GAVE HIM A SEDATIVE.
This suffers greatly from what I like to call trilogyitis. That is when a author has a great idea for a great book, but his editor talks him into making a trilogy out of it, even though the writer only has enough story to fill one large book. Stephen King usually just writes one big book and it is usually a very good book. Lesser authors stretch out three books in order to sell more books, yet they don't really have that much material. This usually makes the middle of the book pretty boring. With this book you could start at chapter 21 and read to the end and you will have the entire story.
IT CONSTANTLY AMAZED HIM THAT PENNSYLVANIA WAS MORE REDNECK THEN PARTS OF THE SOUTH.
This was an interesting observation. I lived in rural Pa. in 1976, which is when this story starts. I came from the Ozarks, but there were as many rednecks as in the Ozarks. This goes back to the winner writes the history books. King pointed out in one of his books that Maine had a similar organization to the KKK, that was very active.
This is not as good as the Joe Ledger Novels, but it is still better then a lot that is available.
The Narrator was good in parts, but kind of phoned it in in other parts.