Winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel
From a master of horror comes an apocalyptic showdown between the residents of a secluded, rural town and the deadly evil that confronts them wherever they turn.
Evil doesn’t die.
The cozy little town of Pine Deep buried the horrors of its past a long time ago. Thirty years have gone by since the darkness descended and the Black Harvest began, a time when a serial killer sheared a bloody swath through the quiet Pennsylvania village. The evil that once coursed through Pine Deep has been replaced by cheerful tourists getting ready to enjoy the country’s largest Halloween celebration in what is now called “The Spookiest Town in America.”
It just grows stronger.
But then—a month before Halloween—it begins. Unspeakably desecrated bodies. Inexplicable insanity. An ancient evil walks the streets, drawing in those who would fall to their own demons and seeking to shred the very soul of this rapidly fracturing community. Yes, the residents of Pine Deep have drawn together and faced a killer before. But this time, evil has many faces—and the lust and will to rule the earth. This struggle will be epic.
Keep chilled: listen to more in the Pine Deep trilogy.
©2006 Jonathan Maberry (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Maberry supplies plenty of chills, both earthbound and otherworldly, in this atmospheric horror novel…This is horror on a grand scale, reminiscent of Stephen King’s heftier works.” (Publishers Weekly)
I'm what some folks call, "extremely average."
Jonathan Maberry is one of my favorite authors. GRB was part creepy classic, complete with dark woods and shadowy cornfields, and part thriller with bad guys and guns - but it was just too dang long. There is a terrific build up to the action-packed showdown, where all factions in the story collide, but at that point it's too prolonged and the momentum is lost. I'm hesitant to finish the series -I really want to know what happens, but I'm afraid it might take to much time.
Audible has opened up a whole new world of reading that I could not make work in the traditional page turning world. I am on a mission to listen to a wide variety of adventures, mysteries, thrillers, classics, etc. Thank you Audible!
This trilogy has won me over and I will be reading a lot more of Jonathan Maberry's writing. He does an amazing job of developing characters that you can't help but love, hate, respect, etc. His writing flows with easy and he kept me enthralled from cover to cover during each of the Pine Deep books. I have read a fair amount of books with aspects of the supernatural, monsters, apocalypse, bad humans, etc., and in my opinion this trilogy weaves a story that incorporates all of these themes and more creating a unique and entertaining journey.
Mr. Maberry is one of the few authors who rewards people who read his books in the correct order by not wasting the first few chapters recapping what has happened in the previous books. In fact he writes this triligy as one seamless book that opens a portal into suspense, adventure and the unknown. Having read many books from these genres I was pleasantly surprised by how good the twists and turns were. I spent a many a night thinking I would just listen to one more chapter and then the next thing I know it would nearly be morning.
Be warned this trilogy is highly addictive and you may want to seriously consider buying all three books at the same time because you are not going to want to have a delay in the action. Hang on and enjoy!
Yep, it starts out a bit slow, but then it picks up . . . then it's like riding a rollercoaster through the end of not only this book but also the two that follow. The Pine Deep Trilogy is truly a remarkable story, in that it deals with the paranormal, but in precisely the manner that the paranormal would be dealt with if it happened in the life of any normal real-life person. There is no blanket assumption that everyone will just take you at your word when you say you've seen a (whatever) and there are the resulting 'inconveniences' when you find that you must go on to solve a huge problem with only a small core of believers.
The book is as well written as you would expect from a man who teaches writing, and I was constantly impressed by the power of description that Jonathan Maberry brings to bear in even the simplest situations, a mere three or four words that complete the scene and leave you in no doubt as to the emotions, etc. of the characters involved: a gesture, a sigh, something that the average writer would not even think of adding - makes all the difference!
Read this book - then read the other two in the trilogy. It is time well spent!
I loved this book but not the narration. I have to say I might be partial as it takes place in the area in which I grew up. I thought the story was refreshingly scary and done well. It was not a rip-off of some other scary book. It was original. can't wait to read the second and third.
That it was a good horror story
His voices of women and the one boy were simply awful.
Pure evil at it's finest!
Fun read with great characters
All with the bone man ... He just draws you in
This really keeps you on the edge of your seat. At the end, you are ready to pick up book 2 to keep on going with the story.
I didn't give myself this name.
I truly enjoyed this book. Jonathan Maberry is now one of my favorites. Tom Weiner's voice is great.
Just a Normal Guy
Ok, I got clued in to jonathan mayberry from the joe ledger novels and I have enjoyed them so much that this purchase was a no brainer. The problem for me came as a result of the narrator. I can't put my finger on it exactly it was just hard for me to get into my usual groove listening to this performance.
After getting seriously hooked on the Joe Ledger series and the exceptionally gory Dead Of Night I really expected the winner of the Bram Stoker award for the best first horror novel to be a better read. Not even close. I have only listened to Book One and I am hoping that I don't regret buying all 3 books in the series at once, but I think I will be calling this an impulse buy - a error in judgement made when finding a great new author. The problems are these: The story, if you were to read its written outline, would probably sound really interesting; however, the finished novel - this first book in the series - is predictable and ponderous. Maybe a better narrator would have been able to make up for some of the bad prose but probably not. This is the second problem with this first novel in the Pine Deep Trilogy, the reader/narrator, Joe Weiner, is better suited to reading audio versions of technical drawings than a horror novel. Every word is clipped clean and enunciated to death, pun intended. He only has a few character voices available, so many of the characters in the story sound alike. I don't have enough fingers and toes to count the number of times in the more than 25 years I've been listening to audiobooks that a reader/narrator just hasn't fit with the story he or she is reading. This was not the case with Dead Of Night or any of the Joe Ledger audiobooks. It all came together in those books and I hated to stop listening when circumstances forced me to. I can't wait for the next Joe Ledger audiobook, but if you are thinking, like I did, that you want to go back and listen to everything Jonathan Mayberry has written, remember, I warned you.
But got hooked by the middle of the narrative. Had to finish the story so wound up downloading second and third book in the trilogy.
Salems Lot. Very believeable story about evil and vampires in modern times
Crow and Rugars confrontation in the yard at the Guthrie farm and then Rugars disappearance after being shot
Creepy book makes you believe that evil is close at hand
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