They say that behind every comedian lurks a tortured soul…yet, comedian Henry Black finally has everything he’s always dreamed of: a thriving career, and a wife and daughter who he loves more than life itself. After years of struggle, he finally has it made.
Until three men force their way into his home, killing Henry and destroying the safe, comfortable world he has built for his family.
But that is only the beginning of his hellish torment. He wakes in purgatory, where he’s met by two men, both offering a choice. Randall offers a chance at heaven. Boothe, however, offers something far more tempting - a chance to go back to his life.
A chance to see if his family is okay.
For Henry, there is no choice. He accepts Boothe’s deal. But with every deal comes a price: his body is twisted to match his sins, and Henry is no longer the man his wife remembered - Henry is no longer a man at all.
He is monstrous.
Thrust into darkness and madness - unable to be with the people he loves - Henry embraces his new form, and his new supernatural abilities, and does the only thing he can: avenge his murder. But as Henry grows closer to the truth of what happened on that terrible night, he grows further from his humanity.
How far will he go to seek revenge?
And is he willing to sacrifice his soul?
©2013 Sean Platt and David Wright (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
This is a fantastic story, and truly underappreciated (as evidenced by the lack of reviews).
Henry is a sad and sympathetic spirit who becomes a badass, Spawn-type superhero, on a mission to protect his wife and save his daughter's soul.
Boothe and Randall provide great foils as the devil and angel on Henry's shoulders. Platt and Wright focus a lot of time developing these secondary characters, giving them a lot more depth and far less black-and-white morality than you'd expect the personifications of Good and Evil to have.
Ultimately, it's hard to tell who the good guys and bad guys are - but we root for Henry all the same, as he busts baddies up like a maniacal mutant Punisher (yes, that's my second comic book reference).
'Monstrous' is an action-adventure-horror-fantasy-supernatural-revenge tale. Peter Berkrot reads it well, keeping up the fast pace and the rising intensity. Seriously, it's hard to put down (or pause)!
My only complaint is: the book ends in a cliffhanger. Aaahhh! When's book 2???
Still worth a buy and a listen, even if book 2 never gets done. The story's just too awesome. (And if enough people buy and review it, maybe Platt & Wright will finish the series! Nudge nudge wink wink.)
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