The Past...Caught behind the lines of Hitler’s Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp. Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face-to-face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazis themselves...
The Present...Compelled by the encounter to survive at all costs, so begins a journey that for Saul will span decades and cross continents, plunging into the darkest corners of 20th-century history to reveal a secret society of beings who throughout the ages may exist behind the world’s most horrible and violent events. Killing from a distance, and by darkly manipulative proxy, they are people with the psychic ability to “use” humans: read their minds, subjugate them to their wills, experience through their senses, feed off their emotions, force them to acts of unspeakable aggression. Each year, three of the most powerful of this hidden order meet to discuss their triumphs of induced bloodshed and deliberate destruction. But at this reunion, something will go terribly wrong. Saul’s quest is about to reach its elusive object, drawing hunter and hunted alike into a struggle that will plumb the depths of mankind’s attraction to violence, and determine the future of the world itself.
©2009 Dan Simmons (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
“Epic in scale and scope but intimately disturbing, Carrion Comfort spans the ages to rewrite history and tug at the very fabric of reality. A nightmarish chronicle of predator and prey that will shatter your worldview forever. A true classic.” (Guillermo Del Toro)
“[Carrion Comfort is] one of the few major reinventions of the vampire concept, on a par with Jack Finney’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend, and Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot.” (David Morrell)
This is a long book but very much worth the investment of time. You will not regret spending the credit on this book!
So Many Books, So Little Time...
The author's use of imagery and also the narrators really got into telling the story.
They bring the characters to life. Hearing them read this novel sets you in the midst of the story.
Melanie Fuller. She's elegant and classy yet evil and corrupt to the core.
Great novel to "take you away" for a while.
I generally enjoy Dan Simmons, and this story was very good--however, as I live in Charleston, SC, one of the settings of the book, I was distracted. It would have been glaring to any Charleston resident--Simmons did not visit the area nor talk to anyone familiar with the area before writing about it. Had he done so, the richness of the story would have so very much more.
the only gripe I have is that the old lady gets her own narrator , who is fabulous and everyone else shares the same narrator who is middling but still a good story and interesting , it feels a bit like simmons wrote a bunch of shorter novels or stories and then mxed the characters together into the larger volume ,and at least its not narrated by john lee.
Voice acting second to none. plot layers within layers Amazing ending. This is not to be missed. Some pretty brutal elements that are there to drive the plot. if you can stomach it do not miss it.
The story had potential but dragged on for far longer than necessary. I ended up not finishing because I just couldn't sit through the male narrator's uninspired performance any longer. His ridiculous attempts at a southern drawl and inner-city black man made me want to rip my ears off. While he did a good job of a stereotypical Jewish American, his delivery was what ended the story for me. On the other hand, the female narrator was fantastic and pulled my rating for performance up to 3 stars. Only her part of the story had any excitement and fun, but unfortunately was too small of a percentage of the overall bore-fest to make it worth finishing the last 16 hours.
This book is not scary no matter how much it wants to portray itself as horror. This book is like Driving Miss Daisy with the racism turned way up and no Morgan Freeman, with smatterings of amateur smut and a nice long exposition vomit involving concentration camps (but not too much! The author has to write more about tits!)
If you have to kill some time you can do worse. But I wouldn't waste the credit or the money
The beginning appeared to full of trivial info (like Stephen King). but if you stay with it, the trivial info became important as the story grew in focus and intensity.
a good long read, worthy story, rewarding for the patient.
I never write a review but this deserves recognition. I am veteran and after 2 deployments I have seen a lot. The depiction of the Holocaust writen here brought me to tears. I had to look around to make sure noone saw. Thank you for a great book and the to two actors who drove me through this world of the Author thank you too.
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