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Dark Ride

Narrated by: Aubrey Parsons
Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
3.5 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Terrifying new horror novel from acclaimed author Iain Rob Wright. Are you brave enough to ride?  

'Bright Lights' AJ Starr is a pro wrestler on the rise, and his life is about to change forever. Knowing this, he plans one last party with all of his best friends. The venue? Saxon Hills theme park, abandoned 10 years ago after its flagship ride burned down and killed nine innocent people. 

Some people say the place is haunted, but AJ knows from his time inside the squared circle that fantasy and reality are totally separate things. Or so he thought. 

AJ has no idea how nightmarish things are about to get, and eventually he'll be left wondering whether he brought his friends to Saxon Hills theme park to have fun. Or to die.

©2019 Iain Rob Wright (P)2019 W. F. Howes Ltd

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Pros:
Strong start
An author I like so I know he can do better

Cons:
Poor pacing
Flat characters with development that is glossed over
Obvious twists and a dubious plot
VERY weak ending
Not really horror or very thrilling. Felt very lackluster and hallow, which is disappointing after coming from his zombie trilogy.
Uses a very simplistic understanding of Norse mythology into a “non-Christian gods bad!” type of evil. A certain line really settled wrong with me. “He prayed to God, not Woedin and his evil, but the God he knew his whole life”. To actual pagans and people who study mythology, this book could come across as poor taste.

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  • SarahC1985
  • 09-20-19

Brilliant book, performance lacking a little

I actually read this via Kindle a long time before this Audible release was available. As a result, I was a little disappointed in the performance. Not that reading it via a screen reader or in Braille would make it any better, but hearing it narrated was a bit of a let down. I did think Aubrey could have done some of the voices better. On to the book itself, I actually submitted a review to Iain once I’d finished it. Can’t post it here, way too many spoilers! But it’s another really good one from a brilliant author. A rollercoaster, literally, of all emotions. Fear, tears, comedy. I couldn’t wait for the Audible version, because I was desperate to read it, so when Iain told me it would be a few months, I took the plunge, and read it via Kindle. Maybe that's why I found the narration a little lacking. There’s one character in particular I felt a strong bond with, then another later on in the book when something is disclosed to us. But it might make you think twice about going to an abandoned theme park!

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