When eighteen-year-old Christopher Myers' parents are murdered, something is written on his bedroom door, a mark in his parents' blood that convinces the police the killer has targeted Christopher as the next victim. To keep him safe, he travels away with his estranged grandmother and uncle to the small town of Bridgton, New York. And it's in Bridgton that he meets an extraordinary young man who has come with his father to stop an unrelenting evil. Soon Christopher learns of the town's deep dark secret, and how his parents' murder was not so arbitrary, and how he has been brought to Bridgton by forces beyond his power - forces that just may threaten the destruction of all mankind.
©2011 Robert Swartwood (P)2013 Robert Swartwood
"The Calling is a powerful, gripping and terrifying novel, the sort that possesses your whole life while you're reading it; it'll stalk you through the day, and inform your dreams. Swartwood has delivered a novel that will become a classic." (Tim Lebbon, New York Times bestselling author of Coldbrook and Echo City)
"Robert Swartwood's The Calling is a diabolical rocket sled of a psychological thriller. Told through the vivid, almost druggy point of view of a young man on the edge, tangled in a web of tragedy and surreal horror, Swartwood's novel gets under the skin and stays there. Highly recommended." (Jay Bonansinga, New York Times bestselling co-author of The Walking Dead: Rise of The Governor)
"This novel is small town horror at its best." (Hellnotes)
The Calling is a well-paced and engaging supernatural thriller. Swartwood keeps the story going at a nice clip with plenty of twists and surprises. I listened while in the car and there were several times when I hit to sit idling in my driveway until the chapter ended so I could pull myself away. The characters are multifaceted and well-composed, and the voice acting is excellent—Tristan Morris is also definitely someone to keep an eye on.
The story really kept moving with interesting reveals and new characters. I never really could predict where it was going. It was very dark and spooky and compulsive listening.
Yes. Bad things seem to follow Christopher and the book is never dull. There's many shocking events that take place in this book (no spoilers), and I was always waiting to see what would happen next and how it would play into the overall story arc.
Tristan Morris does excellent narration. I often find fiction narrators difficult to listen to, but he was able to convincingly portray many different characters and give them unique qualities. He's a narrator I will watch.
Ah, if only I had that kind of time.
Disclosure: I received this audiobook for free in return for an honest review.
Some books spend so much time focusing on backstory that I begin to wonder when the action will start. The Calling, most decidedly, is NOT one of those books! The story begins with Chris's discovery of his murdered parents and follows his journey after that event. The Calling includes references to Bible passages as well as supernatural elements -- those details flesh out the story and also make Chris's journey even more dramatic. I found the narration enjoyable and didn't want to stop listening because I wanted to know how it all ended. The Calling is a good story, well-told.
I would recommend the narrator but for me the story was too slow.
This was my first book from this author so yes I would try another book. I liked the style of writing.
“The Calling” was written for young, “born again” teens.I found it neither scary nor captivating, only tedious as it went on and on about religion, God and good and evil.
I will never listen to another Swartwood book again. I threw away a credit here. I am forced to give one star so it is for the narrator, who did a good job.
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