From the powerful imagination of a horror master comes a bone-chilling tale set in a small town where good and evil are joined in a terrifying, deadly battle.
Once an idyllic Pennsylvania village, Pine Deep awoke one morning to find itself bathed in a massive bloodletting. Twice in 30 years, the townsfolk have endured the savage hungers of a murderous madman—but if the residents think the death of serial killer Karl Ruger put an end to the carnage, they’re dead wrong.
The nightmare never ends....
Bodies mutilated beyond description, innocents driven to acts of vicious madness. A monstrous evil is preying on the living—and the dead—and turning the quiet little town into hell on earth. Their only hope is to find the source. But the secrets that lurk in the heart of Pine Deep are twisted into its very roots. This time the townspeople aren’t just fighting for their lives but for their very souls.
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©2007 Jonathan Maberry (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Having been not terribly impressed by the previous installment, 'Ghost Road Blues,' I was surprised at how much I liked 'Dead Man's Song' by the time I was finished. I would recommend reading 'GRB' first, but there's a fair amount of exposition in the beginning of 'DMS,' which should bring readers up to speed.
It is in this installment in which we begin to see the depth of the story, and learn more about the lives of several key characters. It also introduces more traditional 'monsters' to the series, but Maberry manages to add his own twists to these legendary creatures. The action heats up as the book advances, and characters form new relationships as the rudiments of a 'group' begin to form.
My biggest gripe is with the characters, who are sometimes cartoonish and two-dimensional--vile villains and jack-of-all-trades supermen. Also, there are a couple candlelight 'lovemaking' scenes that are amazingly cringe-inducing.
But for all that, I really enjoyed DMS, and recommend it for fans of Maberry or of more light-hearted horror.
Lastly, this book seemed many times to be an deliberate and loving homage to one of my favorite Stephen King novels (giving away the title might be a spoiler in some regards, but it is among his earlier works).
The narrator did a good job. 5 stars to him.
The book didn't do anything for me. The writing style seemed forced and over the top. Descriptions are exagerated and repetative. Adjectives are used repeatedly paragraph after paragraph for different things. (a head lulled, a tongue lulled, 2 different subjects described a few sentences apart) Prose is overly dramatic, overly detailed, overly long, and for me detracted from the story instead of creating suspense as I suspect it was supposed to. I felt little suspense. Sentences were very long, and every minute movement or action is described in exhaustive detail.
A great amount of the story was back story told, just info dumped. I realize this is a second novel, but I felt like most of the it was just backstory or recap of the first book. I kept wondering when the plot/story of THIS book would get going. When it finally did start to go somewhere, late in the book, it was rushed, and finished in a cliff hanger (continued hopefully in the 3rd book) that left so much unexplained I felt let down. I didn't care for this book or this series well enough to contintue.
Characters were cardboard, uninteresting, and I didn't get into any of them. Plot is predictable yet unfulfilled at the same time, ending abruptly with no real satisfaction. I'm glad I got this on sale. I'm a little surprised to see so many 5 star reviews for this.
I didn't give myself this name.
Maberry is awesome. I'm so freakin hooked. Everywhere I go I'm tellin people about The Pine Deep Trilogy.
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
Hmmm....no. It's part of a slow moving trilogy that I'm going to finish out of spite. That's probably a little too harsh, but after the first book I should've cut my losses. Overall, it's not horrible, but the glamorization of the main character as an everyday man who is also a bad-ass is a common told tale. The villains in the book are very unlikeable, so the author has done his job there.
Maybe. His writing is fine, but I don't really like how slowly he develops a story. I understand it's a trilogy, but...
The German accent of the dead guy whose name I have chosen to forget.
A mini-series maybe. No one famous.
Yes. It's one of those books you could go back to again and again.
It keeps the pace of the first book, starting the day after the first ends.
No, this is my first, but not last, listen.
Yes it goes quick and I just wanted to absorb it all!
When Iron Mike Sweeney is saved.
Tom had great inflections and different character voices. He really brought them alive for me!
That's a hard one... Pine Deep Lives! ?
Johnathan Maberry is an excellent author and I am grateful he decided to jump to his outside writing ventures, as that us how I discovered him. He brings all his characters alive and makes the reader jump right into the story to be pulled along emotionally with each up and down of the protagonist. Keep all your new work as fresh Johnathan!!!
Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Can't wait for the next chance to listen to it. As soon as you finish one book, you dive right into the next. Too bad there are only 3 books!!!
Its a bit of a slow build, but it contains great plot points to hold your interest throughout its entirety.
The whole concept that Jonathan Mayberry is trying to flesh out is very innovative, and despite some old cliched characterizations, is an above average horror novel/series; yet, again, it would have been so much more enjoyable had a better reader been chosen. The prose in this second volume of the Pine Deep Trilogy is much less stilted as Mr. Mayberry refines his writing talent, so the reader should have been able to adapt. I think though, having recorded all 3 books to audio in 2011, the reader just didn't grow with the author's improved writing. This is horror fiction, not Plato. Seems like a lot of humor and overall good story was wasted due to exacting narration, but in all fairness I did find myself getting into the story more as Book 2 unfolded. Mr. Weiner, the reader, does a good job providing voices for many, many more characters than in a less expansive novel or series, so in this he did a great job. He did a great job with the main bad guys, the seriously deviant Ruger and the malicious Vic Wingate. I guess I just wish that Mr. Mayberry had refined his writing skills, as in his subsequent writing after 2008, before tackling such an enormous 3 novel series. In short, Book 2, Dead Man's Song, is a much better read than Book 1, and I hope Book 3 show's another years' maturity in Mr. Mayberry's obvious writing talent. Would I recommend this series? Of course. Just don't expect post 2008 Jonathan Mayberry and you'll be fine.
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