Cthulhu Armageddon is the story of a world 100 years past the rise of the Old Ones which has been reduced to a giant monster-filled desert and pockets of human survivors (along with Deep Ones, ghouls, and other "talking" monsters).
John Henry Booth is a ranger of one of the largest remaining city-states when he's exiled for his group's massacre and the suspicion that he's "tainted". Escaping with a doctor who killed her husband, John travels across the Earth's blasted alien ruins to seek the life of the man who killed his friends.
It's the one thing he has left.
©2016 Charles Phipps (P)2016 David N. Wilson
This is a massive departure from this author's other works but it was just as good. It's a blend of different genres, which can be hit or miss, but it works here. It's kind of like Mad max with a western feel, mixed with a little Stephen King and Lovecraft thrown in. Sounds odd, but I really enjoyed it.
This tells the story of John Henry Booth, a soldier who protects the remnants of humanity from the hellish creatures that have taken over the world. During a mission, things take a turn for the worst and his team are killed, he is the only survivour but is blamed for their deaths. Declared dead himself, he sets out with some questionable characters to get revenge and find out the truth of what happened. It's actually a really really hard book to summarise in my own words because there is so much to this book that can't be explained, it needs to be experienced to enjoy it fully. It is an immensely complex world but one that will grab you and suck you in.
The characters were all well written and developed. The MC was badass but he was also kind, thoughtful and reliable. He really shines with his attitude to different people, like the little girl and the Ghoul. Plus his dedication to his team members was admirable. I also have to give the author props for his imaginative and crazy imagination!!! The creatures and monsters in this were equal parts crazy as they were scary. You seriously have to read it to see what I'm on about.
I have read a lot of this author's books and really loved them, but this one shows much more of his abilities than the other ones. The writing and world building was amazing and really complex. It's the type of book that you will need to concentrate on but also one that takes no effort to enjoy. You will find yourself immersed in a magical, desperate, desolate world yet it will captivate you and bring you on an unforgettable journey. It definitely defies categorisation, genre wise, so should appeal to a wide variety of people.
In all, this was a fast paced, action packed and addicting read. I finished it last week yet still find myself remembering details of the world daily. It may not have been as funny and witty as his other works, but this was an amazing read and I devoured it.
Jeffrey Kafer absolutely nailed this book. He brought the characters and the world to life. He definitely knows how to tell a story the right way and is a narrator that never fails to deliver!
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The world (earth) is different now that the Old Ones have resurfaced and reduced cities, nations and humans to near extinction. Life is different and 100 years later, things are only worse as the monstrous Old Ones have risen and turned loose giant monsters that roam freely the now expansive desert like world and where magic is the only way to survive.
John Henry Booth is in the military – a ranger charged with the destruction of the monsters and aliens along with saving humans. Then he encounters an old friend/mentor – Ward who has become a deadly and magical foe seeking to collect children for his latest experiments.
His team comes under deadly fire; lives are lost and suddenly Booth is persona non-gratis. Along with another criminal ex-government sanctioned torturer, Booth sets about discovering answers and making Ward pay for his crimes.
Booth discovers more than he bargained for and loses much more!
Action packed post-apocalyptic horror book that keeps one on the edge of their chair! The twists and surprise ending will keep your head spinning!
The dialog is realistic and well done; the character development is solid as well. C.T. Phipps does an excellent job of creating imagery to describe what is going on keeping it realistic – such as the relationships and issues are real life but fit easily into the plot. Phipps does a good job of crafting his story beginning to end.
My only issue lies with how the story is described as a post-apocalypse western; I saw it more as a military type post-apocalypse story.
This is my first time listening to one of Phipps books and I know it will NOT be my last!
Jeffrey Kafer, narrator does an excellent job of telling the story and putting life into the characters via his skillful reading. He was John Henry Booth – or at least what I think he would sound like. His voice was gravelly and deep, just as it should be for the type of book and characters involved.
There were no issues with production; everything was clear and well done.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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Have you ever read anything by H.P. Lovecraft? how about listened to one of the radio plays by The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society? No? Well why the hell not? Go and read them!! It’s ok I’ll wait…
Ok that’s better. Now remember how the “Things” came and everyone dies? Well not everyone did die. A few small pockets of humanity survived for around one hundred years, and one of these Pockets is called United States Remnants.
The story is told in first person through the eyes of John Henry Booth a Remnant Recon squadron leader. He is kind of unlikable the first peep we get in his head. Then his rage at seeing a child harmed made him instantly relate-able to me. He goes out of his way to help kids and slaves. For the latter its more so he can kill the slavers, but that is still a good thing right?.
If you took some Lovecraft tossed in a bit of Fallout 3 and a pinch of Clint Eastwood you would get those three things mixed together (lol I need Sleep) Actually It felt like I was reading a lost Lovecraft book. Which I suppose could be high praise or condemnation depending. But I say it in praise. The disturbing parts where DISTURBInG.
But what I really loved about this book was the unexpected humor. Many times I laughed so much I had to rewind because I missed something. I call it unexpected humor because the funniest moments in the book are when they talk about a dead Private, when people are trying to shoot John, and when he tells Jessica how f___ed up the situation is.
Cthulhu Armageddon is average lenght Audio book Around 8 hours. Jeffrey Kafer did an excellent job Narrating and C.T. Phips did a great job writing. I really did enjoy it more then I thought I would I give Cthulhu Armageddon by C.T. Phipps 4.5 out of 5 stars.
This book is uniquely well written, many authors struggle to develope a solid voice or tone, but C.T. Phipps has got the goods. High marks for the top quality narrator as well.
I love almost anything post-apocalyptic, zombie, scifi, ect. Always looking for some new earhole entertainment!
This is excellent for any fan of Lovecraft and Cthulhu. This obviously takes place in a post-apocalyptic Earth. Cthulhu cultists, other of Lovecraft's other ancient ones, and a wasteland. Definitely my kind of book! I really hope the author writes more of this story. This would make an excellent series. Great narration by Jeffrey Kafer!
C.T.'s description is catching from the get go. The description of the Black Cathedral is something. The building feels old and almost alive, maybe something from the underworld. I like it!
Slowly we start to see that the world is now occupied with the great Old Ones once again. We see the land as it was destroyed, desert and strange, with deadly creatures that exist and roaming freely. There is a magic present in people they call 'touched'. And we get to see a few that are Touched.
This book is good, but it didn't seem to hold my attention like C.T.'s other novels I've listened to. I think because I'm not 100% sure what to expect in the world here. We know there are Old Ones but not much more than that. That there are different beings or creatures that now live on the earth too. All are not known to me, but it's known to John Booth. It's not that we are seeing them for the first time with John but as we've seen them time and time again, but they are unfamiliar to me. Although, this is an attraction for many people. Not knowing what's coming around the next bend is something to keep them on their toes, and Captain John Booth could be your person with his adventure.
There was a section where we go back to learn with John Booth as to what happened to him in the block of time he doesn't remember. I really like how C.T. smoothly brought us to the current moment. This transition felt extremely well done and thought out.
Jeffery Kafer has returned to the microphone for C.T. in this new novel. He voices John Booth in a way that feels as though he's John. But I didn't feel as much in the additional characters from Jeffery. For me it felt good but just shy of more.
The world feels Post Apocalyptic in the way the land has fallen and man has grouped, and even with the new residents of the world. John Booth is like the American cowboy on a mission through the book.
Larry & Cheryl. Truck Driver/retired military and Dental Hygenist, respectively. Interests: action, sci-fi, urban fantasy, & historical fict
Cthulhu Armageddon is an outstanding addition to the Cthulhu mythos and faithful to the sanity-warping vision of H.P. Lovecraft. As someone who has listened to several of Lovecraft’s tales over the years, I can appreciate the obvious respect the author demonstrates for the Cthulhu genre while he solidly lays the foundation of his own unique new chapter that I believe Mr. Lovecraft would approve of. Of particular note, the author’s depiction of a devastated wasteland as a result of the rising of the Great Old Ones was expertly done while leaving plenty of room for further exploration in the upcoming sequel, The Tower of Zhaal, available in a few months (info courtesy of the author via his blog).
The synopsis found on Goodreads is a little misleading. It isn’t exactly wrong but it definitely doesn’t do the novel’s plot justice or inform the reader/listener enough. I was under the impression it was a Wild West version of an apololyptic tale involving Cthulhu. Forget the “Wild West’ part. The story is the equivalent of a squad leader who sets out to avenge his murdered soldiers and kill the Evil Professor who has gained Power from the Old Ones amidst the remnants of the fallen human civilization and survive the various factions of survivors living in the wasteland that the Earth has become as a result of the Great Old Ones’ rising. The story is not as simplistic as my description and there are many surprises and twists in the plot, but I think the above is enough to inform without ruining the pleasure of discovering for yourself the surprises in this excellent book. Just don’t expect a “Man With No Name” character/story…
The outstanding performance by Jeffrey Kafer really added to the various moods evoked by this novel. From the gruffness and stoicism of a combat veteran hunting horrors from beyond space-time to the machinations of a psychic/witch to the innocence of a child who has had her world turned upside down to a likeable ghoul trying to hold onto his humanity, Mr. Kafer’s narration/performance was spot on and added that extra ingredient that results in an audiobook that the listener is simply unable to stop listening to. Mr. Kafer has rapidly established his narration pedigree with quality performances and, having more than a handful of audiobooks with his narration, he has never disappointed. While I have listened to several of Mr. Phipps’ audiobooks and enjoyed them all (they were all narrated by Mr, Kafer), seeing that this narration was by Mr. Kafer was the deciding factor for spending my hard-earned Audible credit on Cthulhu Armageddon.
If you are not familiar with the Cthulhu mythos, I recommend hitting the library and I am sure you will find many audiobooks and print editions available. If you just want a taste to see if the genre is for you, I recommend the approximately 20 minute tale called “Dagon”. There are many tales to choose from, but Dagon is a particular favorite of mine. Anyways, it should serve as a good introduction and litmus test for your interest of the genre. Just be aware that this genre does not (and should not!) have many happy moments. Due to the Powers involved, there are no happy endings, the good guys don’t win, and characters are going to die.
Bottom line: Cthulhu Armageddon was an excellent listening experience. It benefitted from an excellent plot, suspense, vision, and a professional vocal performance that resulted in me finishing this riveting 8hr 30min audiobook in one day and immediately wanting more. I will be the first to preorder the sequel. Highly recommended!
Really enjoyed this book. Lots of action, with an antihero who is a dead hero, but doesn't want to be a hero? Main character is really well written and read. Very interesting cast all plunged into a chaotic post apocalyptic earth dealing with the aftermath of old Lovecraft aliens. Superb narration makes this a must read for horror/fantasy fans.
“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
Time spent reading is always well-spent. This was a decent read, and did a nice job of giving all the good parts of the genre plenty of time to play.
Integrating Lovecraftian elements into a fairly-rote post-apocalyptic fantasy was a nice touch.
This was obviously a labor of love for a dedicated fan of video games and classic sci-fi. It is well-enough written, with echoes of Gaiman and King. It just never really achieves the level of technical literary proficiency that Neil and Stephen manage to hit.
I enjoyed the brutally quick pacing, the fantastic creatures, starkly bleak characters, and creative blending of genres. This was a fun romp, if not an instant classic. I will watch the author, though, because there are moments of real brilliance in this book. Just needs some prosaic polish.
I got this book via audiobook boom. This story was an old west apocalypse story. I am not sure how to review the book. The narrator did a good job with the entire story. Not sure if I enjoyed it or not. It was well written and there were many scenes that were interesting.
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