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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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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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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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Demons, Serial Killers and Sketchy Priests!

EXORCIST FALLS was so much demonic fun, I don't even know where to begin! Narrated by Matt Godfrey, this audiobook starts out with the novella EXORCIST ROAD. A completely off the wall story of demonic possession with so many twists and turns, this reader didn't know which way was up! I'm not going to get into the plot-exorcism is involved- which is plain from the get-go. What makes this book exciting and different is the twists and the loads of action within. Not only do we have the demon and the priest, we have an extremely depraved serial killer-and perhaps more than one. Father Crowder, the protagonist, isn't a completely good guy either-he often gets a bit over- zealous, (over-righteous?), in his thinking, which leads him down some uncommonly sinful roads. My only criticism is the fact that towards the end of the tale the twists began to feel contrived. Honestly, though? I was having so much fun by then that I really didn't care. The final scene was such a gleeful delight, I would have overlooked a LOT worse. I'm grinning just thinking about it! As I mentioned above, Matt Godfrey narrated (the hell out of )this story, and his voice and pacing were perfect. There were a few hairy scenes that I'm sure must have been difficult to get through, but he made it sound easy. He also sounded like he was having a great time, which only added to MY enjoyment. If demonic possession all mixed up with a mysterious serial killer and sketchy priests sounds good to you, I highly recommend you give EXORCIST FALLS a try. I've never read anything else quite like it! *I received this audiobook free of charge through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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expected schlock, got shock

usually premises this unique get fumbled pretty early on. not in this case. I am thoroughly impressed by this book and definitely recommend it for anybody who may want a little bit of an action pacing for their supernatural horror. good characters and Well Done story

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Wow!!

Jonathan Janz’s writing is on another Level!! I’ve never got into the whole exorcist stories other then the movie but plot had me hanging on every word! I still don’t like exorcist stuff but this is fantastic storytelling and writing!!! Thank you Mr. Janz!! And Matt Godfrey was perfect for this. He is a name to remember!!

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Disturbing!

Exorcist Falls actually includes the novella Exorcist Road as well as the follow up novel Exorcist Falls, a wonderfully disturbing tale by Jonathan Janz. The books follow Father Jason Crowder, a struggling priest, who is called to a home where a 14 year -old boy has recently attacked his family. As you might have guessed from the titles of the books, the story involves demonic procession and the attempt to exorcise the demon, but what also plays heavily into the story is that the city is gripped with fear of a twisted serial killer that's on the loose. Is there a connection? Of course, lol. I won't go too deep into the story because I refuse to post spoilers, but the story features incredibly multi-dimensional characters (almost all of them flawed), and an intense story featuring numerous scenes that were both disturbing and compelling. (some scenes even making me squirm a bit at I listened) I did ding this story just a hair due to the main character. Like any good protagonist he's flawed, which is good because he definitely makes him feel more real, more human. The problem is that while I was always rooting him, I didn't always like him. Of course given the nature of this story and how Father Crowder is flawed (quite honestly how he had to be flawed in order for the story to work) I don't know that he could have been made more likable. Matt Godfrey does a masterful job with the narration. Given how disturbing some of the scenes where, I have to wonder how many times he had to record some of them to make have them come off sounding so natural. Great job. I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Creepy and Highly Recommend

I received an audible code via Audiobook Boom for an honest review. There was no compensation for this review and everything that follows is my opinion and mine alone.Exorcist Falls is a double feature of sorts that center around possession and the main character Father Jason Crowder. It is divided in half with the novella, Exorcist Road setting the tone and backstory to Exorcist Falls. You don't necessarily need to read one before the other, but if you do, the story becomes more.If that made any sense… what I mean by more, I mean that the emotional response to the story is more impactful.Anyways, the book does illicit quite a few emotions. I found myself yelling at the book as well as turning it off many times during my time of listening. That doesn't happen often. But this did that.I also suggested this read to two of my friends. It's a book I would read again.For the narration, the narrator really brings the story to life. I usually find male narrators a hit and miss. This is only because female voices tend to be difficult. That said, there wasn't an issue determining who was female or male when the narration was without dialogue cues. The narrator also made Father Crowder more relatable and human.All in all, the writing was awesome and the narrator was a good choice. I will definitely be cool with reading the book again (I'm not much of a rereading kind of gal). It is perfect for the Fall and Winter season.Final Rating: 4/5

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  • 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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  • 07-05-20

A gritty tale of beyond an exorcism

Exorcist Falls begins with the novella 'Exorcist Road' which I felt was Jonathan Janz's homage to William Peter Blatty's 'The Exorcist'. However, rather than a psychological build-up towards the climactic exorcism (as in Blatty's novel), Janz opens the story with the exorcism and follows how the aftermath of that exorcism unravels across the lives of everyone involved. Paired with the brutal murders being carried out by the mysterious 'Sweet Sixteen' killer, this story delves into the different kind of evils that exist in our world. If you're a fan of supernatural horrors, then you won't be disappointed by this book.

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  • 01-28-20

Great performance of a so-so novel

Exorcist Falls is made up of two stories; the novella Exorcist Road and its sequel Exorcist Falls. It really is a tale of two halves. Exorcist Road is a tightly plotted horror story populated with great characters, a few gruesome set pieces, and a wicked ending. It's very well written and would make an excellent movie. Exorcist Falls, the sequel to Exorcist Road, is boring mess filled with annoying characters, a paper thin plot, and groan inducing prose. Everything that made the novella so great is pumped up to twenty here, but more does not equal better. In fact, it's a slog to get through, and the twist at the end can be seen from a mile away. Janz would have been better off leaving Exorcist Road as a standalone novel. Not everything needs a sequel.

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  • 11-08-20

Gory fun

Interesting take on possessions and serial killer procedural. In addition a great narrator gives the story a sense of fun