The exciting conclusion to Jason Crane's Sleepy Hollow adventure! General of the Dead is an epic work capping the first Jason Crane trilogy. The first two novels, Rise Headless and Ride and Bridge of Bones were only a prelude to this extraordinary work spanning 300 years of true Tarrytown history, interwoven with the legends, myths, and superstitions of the Dutch settlers. Impeccably researched, with absolute fidelity to the modern village, its sights, places, and byways. A brew of witches and headless horsemen, ghosts and necromancers, psychics, superheroes, Scooby-Doo, and a teen hero in a mess of trouble. A love letter to Halloween itself, to America's first literary master Washington Irving, and to the village he loved so well. A must for any fan of Irving's original, or anyone young or old who still has a pumpkin-carving kid inside them.
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I thought the first two in this series were great fun to listen to, but General of the Dead was superb. My favorite part, other than the exceptionally engaging story, was that Gleaves took these wonderful characters and really fleshed them out in this story. I enjoyed it all the way through, and I didn't want it to end.
Agathe's Tale was particularly well done. It is a story within a story, and it is particularly long. It is a testament to Gleaves' maturing skills as a writer that the change in the continuity to his main story was smooth and painless. It added such a compelling layer to an enjoyably layered story.
Eric Michael Summerer's reading of Joey and Zef was perfect. Two well drawn characters to begin with, but his reading of them, with the emotional ups and downs that came with their stories, made me smile and tear up several times. Summerer, like Gleaves, has taken his art to a whole new level in General of the Dead.
Well, there was the part of the story toward the end that made me sincerely mad that Gleaves had chosen a particular outcome. And then he made it all better. These characters stay with you, they move you.
This book rockets the Sleepy Hollow/Jason Crane series into the ranks of first-rate literature. The depth of characterization here, the solid advancement of the always gripping plot, the locale descriptions which put you IN the story, the beautiful and wise observations about what it means to be alive and happy on planet Earth along the way -- they all combine into this wonderful reading/listening experience. Enjoy it for the adventure alone, or enjoy it for the masterfully crafted story it is, but go ahead and spend the credit because you will enjoy it.
Enthralling, surprising, satisfying.
It did. Every scene escalates the story in some way, whether it is in the main suspenseful, mysterious story-line or in the numerous subplots of self-discovery and affirmation.
Any one with Hedwig. I love a good portrayal of a villain, not as a brilliant mastermind but as a man with a mind that is willfully deluded and self-defeating.
Yes, both and frequently. Gleaves's style itself also affected many of my reactions: his words flow beautifully and enhance the story on every page.
The reader, Eric Michael Summerer, is THE perfect reader for this. It is a fully produced audio book..
One must read books one and two in the series first.
I look forward to more.
Yes definitely. I plan to listen to the trilogy again next year around Halloween. It's a fun, exciting story with characters you truly care about. And the narration is pitch perfect, I'd have to have Eric is my favorite audiobook narrator.
The real Sleepy Hollow was well-researched and that gave the story a certain authentic feel despite having ghosts, witches and the like. Speaking of, I love all things supernatural which is what drew me to it in the first place. I loved how it's written, it's so easy to get into the story and particularly notable is the characters. All of them are very well-developed, feel like real people, and even the villains eventually become relatable even if you still hate them. I was really invested the entire time.
This is such a massive tome with so many scenes that is really, really hard to say. Perhaps Agathe's backstory, all of it.
Bleeding in the waters.
Overall a fantastic story. I've read few "conclusions" that are this satisfying in every way. It works perfectly as a final entry for Jason Crane but there are more series planned with him set in different places, and appropriately leaves it just open-ended enough for us to revisit these characters with ease. And trust me, once you finish you'll be quite anxious to see what's next for Jason & Co.
"A Great Ride to the end of the Series"
Brilliant third book of the Jason Crane trilogy. Richard Gleaves has done it again. Brilliantly read by Eric Michael Summerer who makes the action come to life. Funny in parts and nail biting in others. A great read. My only gripe is I think it could have done without the last few chapters. The story ended on a high and slowly came down. I think it should have ended when Jason's grandma said goodbye to him. From there is just seemed a bit like padding, the steam had dissipated. Before that point I hated to turn off the book at night when I had to go to bed as I could have listened to it all night. Unfortunately I lost interest in the last chapters regarding what happened to the "friends" afterwards, anyone with an once of imagination could predict what happened to them all. Having said that I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would also recommend the the 1st & 2nd books in the trilogy as well.
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