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A mysterious suicide. Horrific specters walking the streets. A drug that promises to change the world. An apocalyptic cult.  

Something is stirring in the city of Duluth, Minnesota. Ever since a celebrated researcher announced the creation of a new experimental drug - a drug with the potential to cure the mind of countless ills - people have been disappearing. When a grad student involved with the drug's development unexpectedly commits suicide, a private detective is tasked with unearthing the details of her tumultuous final days.  

This miracle drug may not be what it seems. Others touched by the drug begin to see things - horrible things - and find themselves transported into a nightmarish world where an ancient evil stirs.  

Those who taste the drug are left spiraling into horror. Dark figures tail them on the street, and the scenery of their nightmares begins to encroach upon waking life, blurring the lines between dreams and reality. Their terrifying experiences make up the individual fragments of a dire mosaic. As the pieces fall into place, they come to realize the unspeakable horrors that await all of mankind.  

Midnight is looming, and the sun may never rise again over the city of Duluth.

©2018 Ambrose Ibsen (P)2018 Ambrose Ibsen

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If Tarantino directed a film written by Lovecraft

Ok, I have to admit, I am a huge fan of stories that jump around and are nonlinear. That's one of the best things about Pulp Fiction and Resevoir Dogs, the story is all chopped up and you have to put the pieces together. This story has some light lovecraftian overtones to it, and feels like the movie Memento.

I wouldn't say this is a straight up horror story. It has horror elements, as well as some mad science fiction, but over all this goes for the psychological thrill more than anything. This isn't a bad thing. I was expecting something dark and twisted, and that is what I got. It's kind of like knowing you ordered a delicious steak and expecting it to come out served on a regular plate with its sides, but instead, you get a heated plate, gold silverware, and a silk napkin. It is more and better than what you were getting. I'm sure some people will have a hard time with the layout of the story, and that's tough. I know a lot of people who couldn't figure out how Vincent was alive at the end of Pulp Fiction after he was shot in the bathroom.

Hempel is really growing on me as a narrator. I enjoy his style more and more everytime I hear him, and this story fits him like a glove. He gets one star higher just for bringing his A game. I dropped a star in the other spots for some inconsistencies that I noted. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.


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13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Weird, thrilling and everything in between!!!

I have to admit... I was terrified to read this, and not because I thought it would be scary, (duh, Ambrose Ibsen wrote it so it's bound to be scary!!) but because I've read some of the reviews and let's just say that some of them weren't glowing! I adore this authors books and didn't want to have one I hated. So I entered the story with a lot of trepidation and very little expectations, but I needn't have worried because I loved this!! I will say that it's not a book that you can read lightly, you actually need to take your time and savour the story, you need to pay attention and you need to listen/read it closely.

I know the way the plot was written was what had a lot of people disliking the story, but I actually really enjoyed it. It's totally different that what the author usually does, and I applaud him for taking the risk because it was worth it! The plot is centered around a new drug that has the potential to cure the mind and could see millions of people benefit from it, but when a grad student involved with the research commits suicide and the doctor who was overseeing it disappears, a private detective is hired by the grad students parents to uncover the truth. Strange things are happening to anyone who takes the drug and secrets are uncovered, but is it too late to stop?

I don't want to say anything else about the plot because it's better to experience it yourself. You will have to work a little bit to fully immerse yourself in the world that author has created, but once you do and once you get a grip of the way it's told, then you are in for one heck of a ride!! It's not a really scary read, but it is creepy, thrilling and will suck you in till you have finished the last page. This author continues to astound me with the creations he comes up with!! Give this a go, take your time with it and I think you'll be surprised with how much you enjoy it!!

When you have an Ambrose Ibsen book that's narrated by Joe Hempel, you know you have a winner. (Well... when you have any book narrated by this narrator, you have a winner!!) He is firmly on my list of favourite narrators and I always recommend him. I think I enjoyed this as much as I did because of the narrator. He was able to bring the atmosphere to life and was able to keep my attention from wandering. He knows creepy and he knows how to use inflections to bring it to life!! Brilliant performance from a master narrator.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Don't drink the Kool-Aid

I have been a fan of Ambrose Ibsen for a while and really enjoy his haunted house stories. Wasn't sure what I was getting into with this story as it is a bit outside of what I usually listen to from him. I think it started out a bit disjointed as each chapter jumped around in the story line and between different characters so I was lost for a while. Finally it came together and did so quite nicely. Once I finally was on-board with where the story was headed I was hooked and was really enjoying it. Wasn't as happy with the ending and while it didn't ruin the story I would feel much better about it if there was a follow on book. All in all it was worth the listen though.
There are a few different story lines that are told separately until eventually the characters path meet because of the wonder drug. The storyline that really got under my skin was with Clay, his girlfriend, and daughter. The whole Kool-Aid scene was too much for me and really got me thinking. As a father that hands down was the scariest part of the whole book. Losing grip on reality is my biggest fear and accidentally being drugged with a reality altering drug, MKUltra anyone, is terrifying. This scene alone was well worth the listen. The feeling it gave me still lingers.
Honestly have to say that I didn’t even read the plot of the book before I got it, just saw Joe Hempel and Ambrose Ibsen and knew I had to hear it. Joe as always did a great job and impressed me when he didn’t stumble on the pronunciation of Die Meistersinger von Nürnber. I can’t get those words out without messing up. Hempel and Ibsen are a great pair and I can’t wait for their next book together.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Midnight in a perfect world

A scientist invents a new drug that makes you see what is really there.People are dying and no one knows why.This is a really good story with likable characters.Joe Hempel narrates it nicely.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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  • RJ
  • Cottage Grove, MN, United States
  • 06-11-18

A bit obscure, but stick with it.

A university professor develops a mental cure-all drug called Cerise, which was supposed to perform miracles in the brain, increasing performance and longevity. Of course nothing turns out as it should and chaos rises from well-meaning intentions. People given the drug find their mind opened to another world or dimension of this world. They begin to see things, evil ancient things reminding me of Cthulhu. Some people cannot handle the strain and commit suicide; others are on the verge of insanity. A private detective enters the scene to investigate one of the suicides. As he uncovers the bits and pieces of the drug and how it is affecting people he begins to see the underlying terror that is about to befall all of mankind. Although I am a big fan of Mr. Ibsen this story was on the outer fringes of entertaining for me. If you stick with it, it will make sense in the end. Three.point.five for exercising my imagination.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Chilling listen

Chilling story with great characters. Ambrose Ibsen and Joe Hempel always make for a great pair, their writing Ang narration styles pair perfectly. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Good horror is so hard to find

And if you've come to Ibsen, you've found it.

I'm a notorious horror snob. Picking a new horror novel, for me, is a days-long process involving Google searches, pops onto TV Tropes, best-of lists, and looking through my wish list wondering why I ever saved half of what's there.

That Ibsen was never on my radar during all that searching is a genuine tragedy.

The book itself is a Memento-esque story from different characters in different times, all coming together at the ending, which is the perfect end-cap for the time-jumping story.

I'll advise new readers: this is not a book you can passively listen to. I nearly gave up on it twice, needing to start over a couple times as my attention was focused on other things. Don't do that. Let it grab you and suck you in. Focus on it, at least until you understand where the time-stamps are and where they're going.

The plot is what's describe above: a promising researcher kills herself, and the professor she was working with disappears, prompting the family to hire a private detective to discover what actually happened. 4 other regular perspectives fill out the narrative and widen the mystery, as well as a few throw-away views that are lovely and don't seem to make sense until the mystery comes together.

This is a bit of Trainspotting, a bit of Lovecraft, with a bit of Agatha Christy thrown in for good measure, and it all works, making something greater than the sum of it's parts.

I'll mention the narrator. It took me a bit, about 2 hours, for him to really settle with me. He's not bad at all, just not a voice I'm used to. Sometimes, characters would blur together and I'd find myself needing to rewind to figure out who was speaking. That all being said, by the end of the book, his characterisations had settled for me, and I had no further issues with that. Take that for what you will.

Take the leap with this one. I'm glad I did. Next paycheck, I'll be getting another Ipsen novel, and am confident I'll be down his rabbit hole for a while.

Stay scared, my friends.

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❤️

Ambrose Ibsen is a unique author. I’ve become quite a fan. I never know what to expect from his books. I loved how this book played out. Joe Hempel as always is a wonderful narrator and brings the story and characters to life. Love it.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Midnight in a perfect blend of author and narrator

Ambrose Ibsen is a master of the terrifying and creepy. If H.P. Lovecraft were here today the two of them could collaborate on the greatest works of horror our world would ever know. Add to that a narrator with the range and ability to convey that terror from your ears to your soul and you have midnight in a perfect world. For this who have seen silent hill you will have a better way of adding the imagery to your minds eye. The veil between two worlds and the god hand is weakening, he is almost free, a new drug has hit the streets and it is breaking through the veil that blinds the mind and is blending the worlds faster and faster. To what end? Find out at midnight. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • TU
  • 05-15-18

This needs to become a movie

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

So, I went for this book because the combination of Ambrose Ibsen and Joe Hempel is fantastic. I've enjoyed their dark, macabre partnership in several other books. Joe Hempel is a masterful voice actor and Ambrose Ibsen is a superb story teller, especially with dark, twisted stories. I would liken this to HP Lovecraft reimagined by Guillermo del Toro or Quinten Terontino. So much so, that I think it would make a bad ass movie... Anyway, if you love horror stories with a heavy psychological aspect and intense creep factor, you NEED to pick this one up.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful