A new master of terror reigns supreme, and in his most horrifying novel yet, the clash between good and evil explodes in an apocalyptic showdown few will survive.
From a funfest to a bloodfest….
Each year, the residents of Pine Deep host the Halloween Festival, drawing tourists and celebrities from across the country to enjoy the deliciously creepy fun. Those who visit the small Pennsylvania town are out for a good time, but those who live there are desperately trying to survive.
For a monstrous evil lives among them, a savage presence whose malicious power has grown too powerful even for death to hold it back. Only a handful of brave souls stand against the King of the Dead and a red wave of destruction. Daylight is fading, and a bad moon is rising over Pine Deep. Keep watching the shadows.
Jonathan Maberry is the multiple Bram Stoker Award–winning author of Ghost Road Blues, the first of a trilogy of thrillers with a supernatural bite. A professional writer and writing teacher, he has sold more than one thousand articles, seventeen nonfiction books, six novels, and two plays.
Keep chilled: listen to more in the Pine Deep trilogy.
©2008 Jonathan Maberry (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“One of the best supernatural thrillers of recent years.” (John Connolly, New York Times best-selling author)
Yes- characters are intriguing and story is compelling.
You know that is really hard... I like the fantasy/sci-fi/horroresque novels and the way Jonathan writes and the characters he develops are very unique! I just like his style!
Malcolm Crow of course!
Jonathan does such a good job with his character development that I found myself getting internally angry with Ruger and Vic Wingate!
Great book... I highly recommend the Joe Ledger series!!!
Finally, the conclusion to the pine deep trilogy. The first two books left alot of open questions, here is where they are all answered. Great job Mr Maberry.
Wow, what a great series. I first became a fan of J. Maberrys with his Joe Ledger Books. After I ripped through all 5 like a wildman, anything from Maberry had to be great so I added the Pine Deep Trilogy to my "To Do" list. The only thing I can complain about is that I waited so long to get started on it. Since the next Ledger book is coming out later this month (3/32/14) I decided to queue them up and go!
I listened to all three back to back to back so this review is going to encompass all 3 books, but dont worry, Ill avoid spoilers. One piece of advice, forget everything you know about werewolves and vampires. Maberry has a really nice twist that will leave you a little lost until Bad Moon Rising (book 3) when it all comes together nicely.
Great writing, great story, great characters, great narrator in Tom Weiner. When I first started I felt a Stephen King vibe in the depth of the characters and surroundings, but not a rip off way, just in the buildup. The story unfolds over the three books, and you are given bits along the way. Maberry treats us to a variety of bad guys, not just one or two. You get your pick of who you hate the most. So for me, this was a real good listen. If you like your listens in the 10 hour time frame, then this may be much for you since you'll invest 47 hours in it. If you like a nice long walk in the park of death and mayhem, then this is a good one. @byf2
The good guys win! They survive werewolves, vampires, ghosts, nefarious drugged candy, child abuse and bad coffee
I compared. It, unwisely, to the Joe Ledger series. I read all three books in this particular series, but you do not need to do so. Skip 1 and 2. This book recaps nicely, brings you up to date and proceeds at a good clip. It is not as good as the Ledger series books but it was worth the credit for the most part. The end was a bit rushed.
He was a good narrator and had a good repertoire of voices, a nice pitch to his voice and appropriate pace.
Buy this book, skip 1 and 2 of this series and use the credits to get the Joe ledger series. Maberry is a hoot in those.
Characters with depth and heroes you want to root for
The showdown with gris wall and terry the wolf comes to defend his wife
No but I was saddend
It was a different take on the traditional werewolves and vampires
I didn't give myself this name.
I loved this book; this series. Jonathan Maberry's PDT has given me a Book Hangover. I hope someday he revisits PD. I want to know what's up with Mike.
Well, having invested several weeks listening to Jonathan Mayberry drag the reader through a rough first volume in Ghost Road Blues, and begin to mature as both a writer and storyteller in Book 2, Dead Man's Song, he finally hit his stride in Book 3 of The Pine Deep Trilogy, Bad Mon Rising. Not only is the plotting much more fluid but the overall storytelling has greatly improved since Book 1, and Mr. Mayberry throws every gruesome thing he can come up with at the reader as he brings all the warewolves, vampires of various kinds (including the zombie-esque "dead heads") and some new characters that liven up the storyline into the mix to make for a much faster paced and much, much more entertaining end to his trilogy of novels. I've beat on Mr. Weiner, the reader, in the previous two volumes' reviews for his stilted way of interpreting the story and it's characters, so I feel obliged to give him props in this final book as he seemed to have gained a better idea of how to read horror fiction. Again, fair warning: when I used the word "gruesome", I meant it. Even for horror fiction, which I've been reading since my youth, I don't think I've read/listened to a more overall dark and bloody story than Bad Moon Rising, not even in all the zombie fiction I read. No readers, this one is downright, well, gruesome! I hope that one day Mr. Mayberry will revisit Pine Deep now that his writing abilities have found their stride in the horror & thriller genres represented in the Joe Ledger series. So if you have made it through Books 1 & 2 of The Pine Deep Trilogy, you will be rewarded with this final installment. Just don't listen while eating. Never while eating.
I finally made it through the entire trilogy! Wish I would have just picked up the book at the library and not spent credits on the trilogy. Some of the material is wordy and repetitive, probably could have edited it a great deal and just made the trilogy a two part novel. The story was "meh" (all three combined, meh). Tom Weiner the narrator did all he could do with the material; he was very consistent in the entire trilogy. Seemed like a looooong build up to the finale.
For now, anyway.
Bad Moon Rising continues where the second installment left off. While it's not completely necessary that you listen to the first two books in the series (I found the first to be the weakest), the extra investment of time might be worth it.
Although I enjoyed BMR and thought it a worthy end to the series, one thing that I didn't enjoy was Maberry's use of B-Movie celebrities as minor characters. Unless it's necessary, I don't like it when authors do that, because, as opposed to characters of the author's own invention, you know that nothing drastic will happen to these people. No matter what happens to all the "fake" characters around them, they will make it through the story with absolutely no change (inside or out) from when they were first introduced.
This is a fun story, and if you've made it 2/3rds of the way in--why not finish?
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