A sequence of inexplicable fires leaves arson specialist Ruth Cutter baffled. There's nothing linking them except for the appearance of a strange, disturbing young boy at every crime scene. Who - or what - is he? Graham Masterton creates a disturbing narrative full of creepy and gruesome details, but Fire Spirit becomes truly unsettling with Stephanie Cannon's brilliant and eerie performance. Cannon affects a calm and placid tone, almost detached in a ghostly way that only increases in terror as Ruth, confronting an otherworldly presence she doesn't believe in, tries to solve these crimes and save her family's life.
A mesmerizing new story from the master of supernatural horror - Ruth Cutter juggles family life with her career as a top arson investigator, but a series of horrific fires leaves her baffled. The victims seem to have nothing in common except the unnatural intensity of the fire that engulfed them... and the creepy kid who haunts each crime scene. But these are no ordinary fires. Can Ruth overcome her scepticism in time to save her family and avert the coming apocalypse?
Please note: This audiobook contains explicit language
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Masterton's older novels are quality hardcore horror. They exude evil and I can sympathise with one reviewer's mother who did not want Masterton's book near her Bible.
In the 1980's, horror went splatter, with blood and guts flying and people being ripped to pieces. Importantly though, the novels and films still remembered from this era, are those that managed to combine splatter with a good sense of human nature/empathy and a great story line. Clive Barker comes to mind, as does several of Masterton's works. Masterton is particularly brilliant in weaving a sense of normalcy and decent human relationships, which makes the brutal horror stand out much more effectively and punch the reader in her/his guts.
BUT Masterton's recent work has dropped the good stories and the empathy. What now remains is brutality and gore. In this book, the horror centres on the rape and degradation of innocent women. That MIGHT work if was part of a really good and empathic story. Instead, I got the feeling that Masterton's story was merely some excuse for being able to describe drawn-out and senseless rape scenes. As those scenes have no logic to them and as you never come to know the victims, the scenes are not horrific, but simply offensive. And repetitive. The book falls flat.
If you can appreciate quality splatter horror, do read Masterton's early works. Don't waste your credits on this.
Repetitious, unbelievable and unexciting. Very silly indeed. Wouldn't buy more by this author. Terribly amateurish. Try reading Stephen King instead.
What made the experience of listening to Fire Spirit the most enjoyable?
I enjoyed the narrator and the descriptive language... was paced very nicely to build up the tension
What did you like best about this story?
The story was gripping and I couldn't guess what was going to happen next. It was a very innotive and unusal story.
What does Stephanie Cannon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
The characters come to life with the narration and pace of the langauge. I enjoyed the different voices that she used to differentiate the characters
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
This book make me skwirm as it was quite graffic in certain areas
This story tells of 3 men who join together to wreak havoc across a city by attacking people. These people are pick at random but because of their appearance – no one is safe not the young or the old. Then if their humiliation isn’t enough, the creepy kid turns up and sets them on fire.
Then there are the souls of those who wish to return to tend to unfinished business. Then ask yourself if you were in continuous agony would you do anything to get rid of it?
This book is fast paced and an interesting read. The narration was good, each character is easily identifiable but some of the voices she uses are a little dodgy.