• Death's Cathedral

  • Shadow King Series, Book 2
  • By: Ian Fortey, Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)
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Death's Cathedral

By: Ian Fortey,Ron Ripley
Narrated by: Thom Bowers
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Shane was fighting for his life. Now, he’s fighting for revenge....

After surviving the bloody ordeal of the Iron Tournament, retired marine and ghost hunter Shane Ryan is out for blood. He’s hot on the trail of Guthrie, the man who organized the supernatural fighting ring. And behind him lurks Lazarus, the sinister entity who draws power from the dead.... 

Shane’s search takes him north to the frozen wilderness of Canada. There, in a remote town nestled among the dark trees, Lazarus’ evil power has been unleashed. A host of spirits have been freed to stalk a nearby graveyard. And they inhabit the townsfolk, controlling them like ghastly puppets. 

But as Shane and his allies battle these living dead, he quickly discovers the true depths of Lazarus’ evil. The dark spirit is using these servants to build a cathedral, a monument to his dark power.

And if this diabolical church is completed, Lazarus’ power will become impossible to contain....

And it just might be the end of the world as we know it.

©2023 Scare Street (P)2023 Scare Street

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Some Inconsistencies but great book

So I’ve been a follower of Shane Ryan since his inception. This is a great story but I had to knock off a few stars. In a previous series, Shane wasn’t able to determine is someone was possessed but in this series, he’s able to detect a person is possessed by seeing a hazy aura? Come on. The inconsistency is worrisome.

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Reveling in Darkness

Ah, my delectable denizens of the mortal realm, gather close and lend an ear, for I, the Tempter of Souls, the Maestro of Malevolence, have ventured into the realm of audiobooks to savor a sinfully delightful masterpiece that bears the name "Death's Cathedral: Shadow King Series, Book 2." Crafted by the wickedly ingenious minds of Ian Fortey and Ron Ripley, this auditory symphony unfolds under the bewitching narration of Thom Bowers, a voice that resonates with the sweetest tones of darkness. As I, the Devil himself, embark on this infernal journey through the words of mortals, allow me to share my fiendish delight in this tale of vengeance and shadowy allure.

Ah, Thom Bowers, the mellifluous enchanter of mortal senses, graces this production with his vocal caress. His voice, a sinuous blend of seduction and foreboding, wraps itself around the listener's soul like the tendrils of a captivating nightmare. Bowers' mastery of narration forms the bridge between the mundane and the macabre, his intonations a haunting invitation to partake in the labyrinthine shadows of the tale. Every syllable that drips from his lips is a drop of nectar that tantalizes and torments, luring listeners to succumb to the abyssal embrace of the narrative. With each breath, each pause, Bowers weaves a web of auditory temptation that ensnares the senses in a dance of eternal night. He is the harbinger of this audiobook's essence, channeling the very heartbeats of darkness and revenge into a captivating melody that even the most stoic souls cannot resist.

Now, let us descend, my infernal companions, into the heart of the tale where vengeance and malevolence intertwine like lovers bound by a blood pact. Shane Ryan, the retired marine turned ghost hunter, emerges from the crucible of the Iron Tournament, his thirst for retribution aflame. Guthrie, the puppeteer of supernatural bloodsport, becomes the target of Shane's unrelenting wrath. Yet, lurking in the shadows like a malevolent specter is Lazarus, an entity that feasts upon the very essence of departed souls. Shane's odyssey propels him northward, to the frigid wilderness of Canada, a theater for a nefarious tableau. Here, Lazarus' unholy power courses unchecked, spirits of the beyond prowling the graveyard, entwining themselves within the townsfolk like serpents coiling around their prey.

The narrative unfurls with the grace of a waltz in the underworld, the interplay between Shane and the living dead a macabre ballet of horror and determination. Lazarus, the cunning architect of malevolence, concocts a grand design—an accursed cathedral built upon a foundation of shadows and despair. Fortey and Ripley orchestrate this symphony of despair with diabolical precision, guiding the crescendo toward a cataclysmic zenith that threatens to shroud the world in eternal twilight.

Ah, Shane Ryan, the embodiment of mortal resilience, the spark of humanity that defies even the darkest abyss. Fortey and Ripley sculpt him with care, a figure who endures the ceaseless barrage of supernatural malevolence with a tenacity born of mortal spirit. The authors, in their wicked wisdom, infuse their characters with depth and turmoil, their struggles resonating with the very fibers of my infernal heart. Amidst this turmoil, a new player emerges—John, a spectral ally with an uncanny knack for irritation. John's ability to perceive Lazarus' spectral residue introduces a tantalizing layer of intrigue, an unforeseen boon that aids Shane in his relentless quest for vindication.

The plot unfurls like the seductive coils of a serpent, each chapter a note in the devilish symphony of doom. Fortey and Ripley's expertise shines through as they manipulate the threads of anticipation, introducing twists and turns that ensnare the listener's senses like a spider weaving its intricate web. Their storytelling prowess is a forbidden elixir, a concoction of originality that breathes new life into the macabre landscape. "Death's Cathedral" beckons with promises of hidden truths, revelations that could shatter the fragile façade of reality itself.

As I traversed the corridors of this audiobook, I found myself ensnared by its siren call, succumbing to the irresistible current that carried me through its labyrinthine depths. Shane's unyielding pursuit of vengeance becomes a symphony of defiance, a mortal's struggle against the encroaching abyss. I, the Devil, reveled in conducting this infernal opus, savoring every twist, every revelation, as the tale spiraled towards its climactic crescendo.

In conclusion, "Death's Cathedral: Shadow King Series, Book 2," guided by Thom Bowers' dulcet tones, stands as a dark opus that beckons souls to embrace the allure of shadows. Ian Fortey and Ron Ripley, architects of malevolent artistry, craft a world where revenge and malevolence reign supreme. As the Devil himself, I must tip my infernal hat to the mastery displayed in this audiobook—a symphony of darkness that tantalizes, torments, and ultimately triumphs over mortal fears. With a wicked grin, I await the next installment, eager to witness the culmination of chaos and the unraveling of worlds that these consummate authors shall unleash.

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best books I've ever listened too by far

I've listened too two books in the series now and hands down the best books I've ever listened too by far that being said I'm not a reader never have been but too listen too something so good your thinking about it even after you're done with it then come to find out there is a series before this I didn't know about now I'm really like a kid on Christmas I mean the way it's written paired with the amazing narration really on point

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Bring On the Next

The lore and world building in this series has been so good! I love the imagery, and look forward to seeing what happens to everyone going forward.

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Ever think of walking away?

He survives the fight of his life to walk into this?will there be a way out this time? Or will this adventure lead to far from the path of light. Hold Shane’s hand as he wonders through a world he thought he knew.

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Where do we go from here?

First as always, my praises to Thom Bowers on his performance. Now onto the story. Oh Shane, the man can't get a break. After surviving the Iron Tournament, Shane is now on the hunt for Lazerus. As, usual for our favorite marine this won't be an easy task. After ending up in Canada, Shane finds an entire town where all the people including town officials have been taken over and possessed by the dead. It seems as Lazerus has a grander plan that Shane had first considered. Will Shanee come out victorious once again or will Lazerus succeed in his dark indevers. This book as usual keeps you hanging in there. The imaginative storytelling and original plots are what makes these authors really stand out in their field. Can't wait for the next installment.

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Another twist

Thom Bowers did absolutely amazing narrating this book. He really adds to the experience of the book. Ian Fortey and Ron Ripley work incredible well together, and this book circles back around to what you normally expect from Ron Ripley's Shane Ryan books. I will admit that because of the way book 1 went I wasn't really expecting book 2 to go this way but it made this series even better. The twists and turns makes you come back for the next book. Amazing job by these two

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Surfing USSR!

narrative was good. story keep getting good as it went along. Can't wait for next one.

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The Hunt For Lazarus Continues

Death’s Cathedral follows Shane Ryan’s exploits from Duel of the Damned right where it left off. The plot unfolds easily, swiftly, and never lets the readers attention wonder. The story is intense, fast paced, and doesn’t let up. As is the norm for these authors the characters are well written and strong. This story introduces a new character for us in the form of a quirky, friendly, and to Shane’s chagrin annoyingly helpful ghost named John who has the ability to see residual traces of Lazarus which is just the aid that Shane needs in his quest for answers. Great story! I have recommended Ron Ripley for his ghost stories and I will continue to recommend him and his team of writers at Scare Street for their superb storytelling skills. Thank you guys for the many hours of entertainment you have given to me.

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Death's Cathedral

Wow this series is so good ! Love being back in Shane's world and this story is great !

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