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Exorcist Falls

Includes the Novella Exorcist Road
Narrated by: Matt Godfrey
Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
4 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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Chicago is gripped by terror. The Sweet 16 Killer is brutally murdering young women, and the authorities are baffled.

When the police are called to an affluent home in the middle of the night, they learn a seemingly normal 14-year-old boy has attacked his family. The boy exhibits signs of demonic possession, and even more troublingly, he knows too much about the Sweet 16 killings. Father Jason Crowder, a young priest assigned to the case, must marshal his courage in order to save the boy and the entire city from the forces of evil.

But this is a darkness mankind has never encountered before. It craves more than blood. And it won’t rest until it possesses Father Crowder’s soul.

Jonathan Janz’s brand-new release brings the original novella that started it all - Exorcist Road - and a brand-new full-length novel (Exorcist Falls) together for a shattering experience in supernatural terror.

©2017 Craig Shaeffer (P)2018 Craig Shaeffer

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"One of the best writers in modern horror to come along in the last decade. Janz is one of my new favorites." (Brian Keene, author)

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Use a credit on this book. You won't regret it.

When I see the word exorcist in the title I immediately think that I am going to get a horror story such as The Exorcist, or some derivation that includes head spinning, levitations, and projectile pea soup. Turns out that those aren’t necessary to have a really good exorcist story. This was a blend of two stories, serial killer and possession. Both done really well and the melding of the two together made for a really unique and well-done horror story.

The novella acts more like a prologue to the main story and is where the main exorcism occurs. This doesn’t ease you into the story either, it starts out full throttle and keeps on going until the last sentence. What happens after the novella is a demon fueled man hunt for the Sweet 16 killer. The part that I really enjoyed about that is the tribulations that Father Crowder goes through both as a priest who has taboo desires for the opposite sex and as a priest who is having his faith tested by the demon Malafar. Jonathan’s ability to weave these obstacles into Crowder’s story while telling a story about a demon plagued exorcist hunting a serial killer was incredible. I found myself liking the writing just as much as the stories being told. Really a solid story and plot all around.
I didn’t think that there was anywhere near the constant level of horror and over the top gore we have been programmed to expect from these types of stories. I would have expected gore the entire time. That isn’t the case, however, when Janz wants to turn it up he does so with the delicacy of a fine surgeon so that when you are hit with some disturbing imagery it is like a Mac truck. For me the true horror was Father Crowder. Everything in his life seems to be tragic and it was his struggles that I found the most horrific. I truly felt sorry for him as he didn’t ever seem to catch a break. I loved all of the shock horror that this story told, but the personal demons that Father Crowder faced were in my opinion much much more.

Matt Godfrey does a fantastic job with stories like these. His character voices are spot on and I absolutely loved his voice of Malafar. He really put a lot of emotion and energy into this narration and it absolutely is well deserved for such an incredible story.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Surprisingly good!

When the police are called to a house where a 14 year old boy has attacked his family, they realise quickly that they need specialist help.The boys' uncle is a police officer and approaches Father Jason Crowder to come take a look. So along with Father Sutherland they go to the house and soon come to the opinion that there is a powerful demon possessing him. They need to exorcise the demon before it's too late but this demon knows things about the Serial Killer, known as The Sweet Sixteen Killer, that has Chicago gripped in terror. Is the boy somehow connected to the sadistic killer?

I didn't read any reviews of this before listening to it so went in blind, and I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it! I didn't even really read the blurb, only saw that the author was Jonathon Janz and that Matt Godfrey was narrating, both of which I'm huge fans of!

We start with the Novella, Exorcist Road, which is all about the exorcism. This part of the book was so scary and extremely well written. It's graphic, gory, and I devoured it so quickly. I remember when I was little, my brother was watching The Exorcist on TV. I sneaked down and watched for a while and it scared the crap out of me! This brought back memories of that time!!

Then we enter the aftermath of the Exorcism and the book took a more sinister turn. Father Crowder is left with a difficult decision after finding out who the killer is. The demon may not be gone after all, and the sins of the Father may just catch up with him!! The plot of this one was fast paced, intense and kept me hooked. Even though we know who the killer is at this stage, the author still throws in a few twists and turns.

The reason this isn't 5 star was because some of the characters questionable actions! I can't really talk about too many of them because they are spoilers but somethings the Father did and some things the police officer did had me scratching my head at times! In all though, this was a entertaining, scary, perfect for Halloween, type of read!! Lol.

I think this has been my favourite performance by Matt Godfrey! He captured the atmosphere perfectly, brought me into the world through his inflections and cadences and had me hooked till the end. I loved his portrayal of the demon!! He was truly creepy.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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  • James
  • Powderly, KY, United States
  • 11-21-18

Evil Incarnate

This book references how much of the happenings are like the movie The Exorcist, well it is. The biggest difference is the evil has more control and is much, much sneaker. At times this is a depraved book. Narration is perfect.

“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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discount level priest at work: 2 stooges at work

I think this book might display the problem with the catholic church; people joining the church in order to hide from their problems (and not to give to others). the result, a church full of bad actors, and non Catholics believing this book is in any way accurate.

priests who talk to demons instead of at them, priest who allow unbelievers in to an exorcism, priests who worry more about themselves than the victim under possession; one would be better served going outside Home Depot to find an hourly worker than these priests.

regardless, I did not know what was more annoying; this books portrayal of the catholic church, or the nauseating boredom of this book's story. I would have to be a child at a camp fire to find this story tolerable.

the only thing that echoed throughout my mind:
Acts 19:15

find another book, fast!!

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  • TU
  • 11-19-18

dark, gritty and awesome

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a fantastic book full of rich imagery and a tense, well written story. The characters are very interesting and the pacing is well done. With the excellent narration, this was a great listening experience. I highly recommend this book!

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Brutal stuff here!

This unabridged audio contains two excellent connected stories of demonic possession. One is a novella that sets the scene for the novel to follow. You’ll want to read/listen to them back to back because they’re both horrifyingly hard to put down.

EXORCIST ROAD sets everything up and is a pretty complete story on its own about a young teen being savaged by a demon and who is suspected of being a murderer. Is it all an act or is a true case of demon possession? Two priests are called in to investigate and perform an exorcism. The younger, inexperienced priest discovers some horrifying secrets about the family and nearly everyone soon becomes a suspect in the Sweet Sixteen Killings.

EXORCIST FALLS continues the story of the young priest who has been shaken but not destroyed by all he has experienced. He is now very haunted and conflicted but I can’t tell you why. The search for the Sweet Sixteen Killer continues and it’s pretty much non-stop action from here on out. There’s a little side of lust and a budding romance brought over from EXORCIST ROAD that I felt completely out of place in both storylines considering the trauma the woman recently experienced. Her character was woefully underdeveloped which probably explains my disbelief of her “romance” storyline. The last thing I’d be looking for after all of that was some love from a new guy. The reader is continually told that she is amazing but I didn’t feel her amazingness was ever shown which is kind of a shame. All of the men are very well developed though and she’s a bit player so it’s a minor nitpick, really. I loved the Jason Crowder character so much. A tormented priest with a horrible backstory and a demon ready to exploit all of his human weaknesses? Yep, you’ve got my attention.

Both stories are pitch black and ghoulish and very graphic. Terrible things are said and terrible deeds are done and I loved it but it may not be for everyone as the scenes are so realistically described you can pretty much picture it all going on very clearly. Maybe a little too clearly in some cases!

I can easily recommend the audiobook narrated by Matt Godfrey who has such a down to earth, calming voice he makes even the evilest of deeds go down a little easier. He does an excellent sinister demon voice too! Don’t miss it if you love this kind of story.

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A fun romp with demons!

A unique, unpredictable tale of exorcism and murder...or should I say, a PAIR of tales, as this includes the novella 'Exorcist Road' before the novel 'Exorcist Falls'.

Both stories work on their own, especially the novella, but they also work in tandem as a longer tale, the second taking up right where the first leaves off. At no point in this dark rollercoaster did I ever quite have things figured out. The mystery was solid, and the horror was genuinely unnerving. Malafar the demon was very interesting as a character, and I enjoyed the dynamics between him/it and Father Crowder immensely.

Being a Catholic, I enjoyed seeing the genuine and heartfelt ideas of love conquering death, even if it doesn't quite triumph in this one (no spoilers). I liked the internal struggle of celibacy and desire with the priest for a woman whose son had been possessed. But he never breaks his vows, though he very much wants to in several instances.

What worked best in this story was the horror aspects. Nothing goes where you think it will in this story, at any point, and I was aghast more than once with surprise. That's a good thing, though, as it kept me on my toes all the way through.

This is the second book I've read by Janz, and I'll be sure to get more of his work. His prose is eloquent and his dialogue is dead on. The characters are very well drawn. I really can't criticize this book in any way.

Horror fans will be well pleased, and non-horror fans would enjoy the mystery as it unfolds as well. Highly recommended!

The narrator nails it.

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lots of twists and turns

Jonathan Fanz has done great job on this book. It is full of twists and turns. Matt Godfrey has the perfect voice for this book. I loved the shake in his voice during the desperate parts of the story.

Father Crowder is called in to help with an exorcism of a teen boy. The demon leaves the boy and claims Father Crowder as his new host. There is also a murderer on the loose
He is dubbed as the sweet 16 killer. The killer does despicable things to 16 year old girls. Father Crowder goes after the killer. A pact with the demon makes it to where Crowder cannot tell anyone who the killer is though.
Can Father Crowder catch the killer and destroy the demon or will he dry trying?

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Exorcist Falls

Exorcist Falls and the novella Exorcist Road were included in the audiobook version I was given. Exorcist Road was an intense ride about a boy inhabited by a demon and the chaos that surrounds the household and the priests who perform the Exorcism. It was brutal and fast-paced and through it all there is finger pointing as the demon reveals the deepest and darkest secrets from everyone it touches. Hovering in the background is the suggestion that someone involved in the evening's craziness is more than likely the Sweet 16 Killer, a serial killer who is flooding the streets of Chicago with fear as the murders of young girls pile up. The ending of the novella was amazing and I would have been fine leaving it at that, but there is so much more to the story and it is continued nicely with Exorcist Falls.
Exorcist Falls continues the struggle between good and evil and is much less a mystery than an all-out battle. There are plenty of twists and turns which keep the reader guessing, and there is enough gore to keep any horror aficionado reading with greedy intent. All in all, there is demon possession, fallen priests, redemption, terror, serial killers, loss, hope, complete desolation, more redemption, and more loss. All narrated perfectly by Matt Godfrey who did a fantastic job as the demon's presence in particular.
I will be honest, there were some really hard parts to get through. Content-wise, it was a very dark and bloody affair. Jonathan Janz has a spectacular writing style and really kept me engaged. I loved how Father Crowder was such a terrible hero. I am glad I consumed this novel for Halloween, now I want to go wash my mind out with soap.

This book was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.

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  • KD
  • Somewhere
  • 11-05-18

Horror in time for halloween

Horror for the holidays

I can't listen to too much horror because it really messes with my mood. But when i do want to be little bit scared i really hope it's also quality literature.

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