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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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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.

55 of 66 people found this review helpful

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

10 of 15 people found this review helpful

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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.

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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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amazing

another must read from brom. story line and all are a amazing adventure into life after death

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excellant

reall well done in all regards. story, performance. a very well made piece of entertainment.

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  • Jonrjfr @yahoo.co.uk
  • 05-04-17

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

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • J. A. Jenner
  • 05-02-17

superb

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

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  • Bananaman92
  • 04-09-17

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!

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  • Nick
  • 07-01-17

Thoroughly Enjoyable

Ok, not one for the faint hearted, but a great, macabre tale nonetheless. At times it reminded me a little of Neil Gaimon's 'American Gods' but I found this much more enjoyable.

Superbly read once more by RC Bray...

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  • Fiona
  • 06-24-17

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-21-17

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.

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  • N. M. Kosky
  • 06-11-17

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.

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  • Tim
  • 06-03-17

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.

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  • rasmus
  • 05-30-17

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

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  • Mr D Hamilton
  • 05-18-17

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