There is an ancient evil lurking in the mountains of California. One peak over from Friendly, California, there is another, darker place. In that place there are two churches. Displaced from a time and place far distant, an ancient carving watches from an alcove above the door of a broken-down, nearly forgotten church. When the evil it embodies reaches out and snags the soul of Silas Greene, roots creep down into the mountain and out into everything they touch. There is another church on the mountain. It is made of stone, carved into the stone of the mountain, and also all but forgotten.
A message goes out to Abraham Carlson. "He's Back. Come home, boy." When young Abraham returns to the mountain, and to that stone church, a battle is rejoined that should have ended decades in the past. When the cleansing began - and was never completed. The only question is, does Abraham have the strength? Or will he, and everyone he loves, fall into the depths of those evil, ancient eyes?
©2007 David N. Wilson (P)2012 David N. Wilson
It was a very good listen. Very atmospheric writing style and a slow buildup so everything wasn't revealed in the first chapters of the book. The story was very interesting and I wanted to know how it was going to unfold as the book wore on through several twists.
Can't think of one particular book it matches per se, the story is a simple one of good vs. evil which is found in many books of the horror genre, in some ways his atmospheric story and writing style did remind me of Dennis Wheatley and his early occult novels from the 1930's The Devil Rides out and To the Devil A Daughter.
Abe Carlson. Very good voice acting for the male characters in general.
Again I would say Abraham Carlson. He is a somewhat reluctant hero who is drawn to fight a repeat of the battle his father lost against an ancient evil many years ago.
A very good book with a dark brooding feel running through it. I would be interested to read more from the author David Niall Wilson.
This review is from my review copy of the audiobook, and is unbiased.
No. I wouldn't recommend the audiobook, but I would recommend the print or eBook. The story is incredibly well written and is quite the cerebral type of horror. By that I mean it's sort of a slow burn, it takes its time to build and slowly draw you into the story. It's a terrifying read in this epic battle of good vs evil.
I can't really name just one. Each character was fleshed out, and in this battle of good vs evil there were things about each character I liked. It was easy to hate Silas Greene and it was easy to sometimes dislike Abraham, which was pretty great!
Each word seemed to be so over the top melodramatic that it made the important scenes just blend in with the regular scenes. I'm going to be 100% honest, and say that I didn't finish the audiobook. I picked up the ebook to finish. It was just droning on and on and there was no separation of weight in the scenes. Abraham driving down the road was treated just as intensely as the final conflict. Plus, there was not enough of a gap between character separations. One second you're with Abraham, the next you're not.
*received free in exchange for an honest review
This is a very intense story..The characters and setting that the author created were easily imaginable and at once, familiar. I was drawn along into the story and really wasn't sure how it was going to end.
Ancient Eyes is a small town supernatural horror tale, about a creepy backwoods town and a fight between good and evil, a resumed battle which was left unfinished many years before.
The main and side characters were well explored I felt, and at many times in the story it digressed to backstory flashbacks, covering significant events of the past, some personal/character related, some wider story. The story covered various character views and plot lines, including the wife of the main protagonist, who gets involved in a nasty substory when coming to support her husband, unbeknown to him.
And John Lee as the narrator. What more can I say? He could read a shopping list and make it sound spectacular. He is one of my favourite narrators, all the Peter F Hamilton novels, the Jo Nesbo books, and I'm eagerly awaiting his performance on Clive Barker's new book The Scarlet Gospels. A well deserved narrating powerhouse.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and I feel the audio performance made it even more enjoyable.
I'm not sure who would enjoy it more than me, but what turned me off was the reader--every sentence was read as if it were the dramatic conclusion of the story. There should have been more variation in the intensity of the reading--not every thing warrants a high level of drama.
All of them. Too predictable.
Hate to give a harsh review, but I'm being honest.
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