Sam Hawthorne has lived a nomadic life, wandering through small Midwestern towns for the past two decades. He is known among the people he meets as an oddity and a troublemaker. He has a secret, however; one that has given him the chance to help dozens of people over the years. But that secret has also created a trail, and now someone with violent intentions has begun to follow it.
Forced to run for his life, Sam returns to his hometown for the first time since the death of his family. There, Roger Sandbrook - old family friend and local history professor - welcomes him in and gives him aid. Sam quickly learns that he isn't the only one with secrets, however, and that Roger just might be the only person who can help him.
From the tired small towns of the Midwest to the streets of historic Salem, Sam's journey will carry him through painful memories and across centuries of forgotten history. But ask the questions stack up, will he also find the answers he needs?
©2015 Aaron Mahnke (P)2015 Aaron Mahnke
I bought this book because of the spectacular podcast Aaron Mahnke has called Lore. I don't read thrillers like this normally, but I figured, "what the heck" and picked it up. It was really good and I will recommend it to my friends. I didn't know what I was getting into because I didn't read the plot, like the smart guy I am. Aaron uses his knowledge of history to make this an even better listen. Terence does a good job narrating and I wasn't thrown off of the story at all. Bad narrators have made me walk away from some audio books. This one's good, have a listen.
The author's writing voice is smooth and concise. He paints the necessary pictures without filling the pages with unnecessary fluff. I really appreciate this as I listen to books while running CNC machines at work and I find it difficult to follow/focus when authors augment their work with filler.
The only thing I didn't like was the Dan Brown-esque predictability of the storyline. It was nice that I didn't have to concentrate too hard though, which made this a perfect audible novel for my workday. If I could, I would have given it a 4.5 star rating.
4 stars... A solid work from a talented author.
Growing up in the North Shore Massachusetts and having been to Salem countless times gave me the opportunity to really get a great picture of the setting in this story and made it that much better. Even if you didn't grow up there, the description of the area are spot on along with the culture there. The narration was very well done. Although I was expecting a horror novel because I am a big fan of the lore podcast this was not horror, but nonetheless a great novel.
So I actually got turned on to this book by listening tp Aaron Mahnke's podcast- Lore, which is freaking AWESOME in my opinion. Anyways, this book has a really cool plot and I really connected with the main character. You just couldn't help but root for the guy! But um...I wished the narrator would have taken a drink of water sometimes! :-)
me gusto mucho la historia, la narracion estubo bien, me hubiera gustado que el narrador diferenciara un poco mas entre los personajes, ya que hubo ocasiones que no sabia cual personaje estaba hablando
This was an awesome story. I really enjoyed it. i was sad when it ended but look forward to more. I love the author's pod cast, Lore, and heard about it from there. So, I thought I would give it a shot and it was so worth it. The narrator did an awesome job. I was on the edge of my seat constantly. great book.
I love Aaron Mahnke's Lore podcast and had to give this book a try.
I was hooked early on. The setup was great and the story/idea was interesting.
The end just fell flat and didn't do it for me. It felt like there was buildup that the characters suddenly forgot about or decided to ignore, and then it just ended. I'm hoping that was meant to be a cliffhanger and not the actual ending of the story.
I am a fan of the Lore podcast, and thought I would give this audio book a shot based on that. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. held my interest, and had me driving extra loops around the neighborhood to listen more. I think that may be the equivalent to a "page turner" in the literary world. well done.
the only thing that could have made it better would have been AM reading it himself.
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