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Lost Gods Audiobook

Lost Gods: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

A young man descends into purgatory to save his wife and unborn child in this tale of wonder and terror from the mind of master storyteller and acclaimed artist Brom.

Fresh out of jail and eager to start a new life, Chet Moran and his pregnant wife, Trish, leave town to begin again. But an ancient evil is looming, and what seems like a safe haven may not be all it appears.

Snared and murdered by a vile, arcane horror, Chet quickly learns that pain and death are not unique to the living. Now the lives and very souls of his wife and unborn child are at stake. To save them, he must journey into the bowels of purgatory in search of a sacred key promised to restore the natural order of life and death. Alone, confused, and damned, Chet steels himself against the unfathomable terrors awaiting him as he descends into death's stygian blackness.

With Lost Gods, Brom's gritty and visceral prose takes us on a haunting, harrowing journey into the depths of the underworld. Thrust into a realm of madness and chaos, where ancient gods and demons battle over the dead and where cabals of souls conspire to overthrow their masters, Chet plays a dangerous game, risking eternal damnation to save his family.

©2016 Gerald Brom (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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    Jim "The Impatient" 10-31-16 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "Gaiman, Konrath, Stan Nicholls, Fortschen"

    BLOOD HONEY
    The first hours are very entertaining and very much Brom's dark craziness. Brom's characters are usually from the seedier part of town. The children ghosts are scary and weird. The beginning of Purgatory is exciting and strange. When your dead and they cut your head off, your still conscious. That is where Konrath comes in, there is a lot of heads, arms and legs getting cut off. The book never goes on to Hell, we just hear it is terrible and I am pretty sure that will happen in a sequel.

    I MIGHT BE FOOLISH, BUT I'M NOT A FOOL
    Those who read American Gods by Gaiman will recognize the Old Gods being forgotten and losing their powers. That is what is happening in this story.

    EVERYBODY PUT YOUR DICKS BACK IN YOUR PANTS
    The main part of the book reminded me of Fortschen's Lost Regiment series and Stan Nicholls' Orc Wars. Their is a rebel bunch lead by a Confederate who are rebelling against the old gods. This leads to lots of fight scenes such as in Nicholls' Orc Wars. There is a lot of traveling through Purgatory, but not really finding anything new. I did enjoy the game part of the story, but the hours of fighting and traveling bored me. The ending was good.

    Bray
    R.C. Cola does a great job.

    48 of 57 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Galo Brentwood, TN USA 05-22-17
    Michael Galo Brentwood, TN USA 05-22-17 Member Since 2009
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    "Wow! What a tale!"

    One of the best and most intriguing stories I ever read. Definitely recommend it! Could not put it down and was surprised at every twist and turn.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Incredible"

    This book is absolutely fantastic. R C Bray does an amazing job bringing the characters to life and the story is simply thrilling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 05-10-17
    Richard 05-10-17
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    "Interesting...a good listen"

    An interesting take on purgatory, the afterlife, etc. mixed in with old Gods and new Gods. It's quite a dynamic with all of those aspects intertwining. There's mythology, modern religion, revenge, love, just about everything in there. Brom does a good job of weaving it all together and making an entertaining story out of it. And as always, RC Bray does a wonderful job in his narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L. Sykes Virginia 02-10-17
    L. Sykes Virginia 02-10-17 Member Since 2016

    Noah's Mom

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    "Excellent!"

    RC Bray could read a phone book and make it sound riveting. And this was no phone book. Great story! A wonderful blend of myth and the paranormal. I couldn't stop listening.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Todd (Toad) Vogel 12-08-16 Member Since 2016

    I love almost anything post-apocalyptic, zombie, scifi, ect. Always looking for some new earhole entertainment!

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    "Absolutely awesome!"

    I definitely need to check out more if Brom's work. This is one of the best books I've listened to all year. R. C. Bray always does an excellent job with the narration but this blows his other work away! He brings each and every character to life (or death in some cases). The voices he does for the demons and old Gods is incredible. The story itself is great! Angels, demons, and old forgotten Gods trapped in purgatory.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Generally not my genre."

    I bought this Audible because of RC Bray. He makes a mediocre story good and one of his best performances. This was actually very well written and I will probably listen to another Brom.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Tyler 04-18-17
    Tyler 04-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book"

    This book starts a little slow and I wasn't sure about the narrator but gave him a chance... once you get used to his voice as Chet he really does a good job with the other characters. The book was very entertaining and I will definitely listen again.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Laird 10-29-16
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    "Fantastic"

    Beautiful ly written and expertly narrated. this Odyssey through purgatory is stunningly described through broms twisted Imagination.

    9 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Shawn Central TX, United States 06-24-17
    Shawn Central TX, United States 06-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Ph'antastical/nonsensical depression-w plot holes"

    Buffy the vampire slayer meets Dante's Inferno. A walk through a vision of pergatory where nothing matters on either side of life and death. World religions are prisons, but having no religion condemns a soul to pointless existence. For the vast majority of billions of non protaganist/antagonist characters, dreary unemotional (other than immediate pain) interactions is the norm, except when it inexplicably isnt... if you want to be depressed while reading about characters you really don't care about, this is the book for you.

    Toss in a touch of gladiator, a pinch of power struggle, a touch of every world religion and the occult, and you get a hodge-podge dark, grey fantasy world where the best the billions of trapped souls can come up for a society where they have endless time, is a dumbed down version of the dark ages. With muskets and pistols somehow recently available.

    The saving grace -- the writing (or editing) is fluid.

    Book fails for me in the logic break downs in plot and environment and in failing to represent how people actually act.

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  • Jonrjfr @yahoo.co.uk
    5/4/17
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    "Epic"

    Dark intriguing humor fear sorrow and happiness all told in a nail biting story. This is a fantastic tail from a fantastic author. Narration by R C Bray makes it one of the best books l have ever heard.please try you wont be disappointed

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • J. A. Jenner
    5/2/17
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    "superb"

    I loved this book. RC Bray at his best bringing to life an excellent story

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bananaman92
    4/9/17
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    "Favorite BROM books so far"

    loved it!

    My favorite Brom book so far. Fantastic story, brilliant narration and amazing concept.

    Looking forward to his next book!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    6/21/17
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    "Great narration but a frustrating tale"

    As is to be expected from RC Bray the narration is very well done, so much so that had it been performed by an inferior narrator I likely would have given up on the book.

    The book itself I found to be a rather frustrating experience. After an interesting opening few chapters and some good set up I became increasingly frustrated and unengaged by a story that failed to engage me throughout the entire middle portion.

    The mythology thrown around is all very interesting and I loved the idea of the setting but so much stuff is mentioned, hinted at, teased, and then never picked up again later. Clearly this is down to the style of the author and if you like his style then I'm sure it works well but for me I found the book far too unfulfilling. So much is left unexplored but whole chapters are devoted to the backstory and motivation of thoroughly uninteresting side characters who feature very little in the book.

    On the whole it's a case of a missed opportunity really. I would have loved some exploration of the various mythologies the book combines to provide its setting but instead it meanders from one unengaging plot point to another. I did enjoy the last quarter or so but by that point I'd lost most of my enthusiasm for the book as a whole.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • N. M. Kosky
    Dorset, UK
    6/11/17
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    "Really really good"

    For all lovers of fantasy fiction, something a little different Strong story, great performance. A mix of horror, fantasy and southern gothic. Recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tim
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    6/3/17
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    "Satisfying and well written"

    Ok, that was great, a good story and nicely ties up, favourite book of the year so far, it's currently June.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • rasmus
    5/30/17
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    "Gory and nice"

    Great narrator and story.
    Believable characters and emotions. Great lore with just enough information to keep it mysterious yet believable.
    Recommend Child Thief also by Brom. Has the same feel to it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr D Hamilton
    5/18/17
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    "Never heard of Brom. I'll look out for him now!"

    Fantastic book which I enjoyed from start to finish. RC Bray gave a stellar performance. What a voice! Amazing

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    OXFORD, United Kingdom
    12/5/16
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    "Great story"

    From the start to the finish I really enjoyed this book. Yes the story was readable quite often but even so very good.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Fiona
    6/24/17
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    "Great story but just too long"

    This is a great story; we follow Chet who goes on a quest into the underworld in an attempt to save his wife and child from a witch. He meets lots of monsters, gods, fallen angels, all sorts of nasties, and has to endure quite an assortment of trials and hard times to find what he's looking for, save the girl and kill the baddies.
    Great - all sorts of exciting and interesting ideas. But, good grief - how it goes on! It's 6 hours of brilliant audiobook spread out over 14. So - I was keen to stick with it to find out how it ended, but I really wanted it just to get on with it.
    If you like lots of detail about every minute thing that happens you'll love it - if you don't you'll wish there was an easy way of flicking through without missing anything key.
    Brilliantly narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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