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Publisher's Summary

This audiobook is a must-hear for anyone who is a fan of Supernatural.

A former priest and demon hunter, Father Gunter is a demon's worst nightmare. But even he will need help to destroy the demons that threaten the small farming community of Bucktown. When he sees a news broadcast about tragic events taking place in the town, he realizes he has work to do.

Along the way, help arrives - but from an unexpected source. Will it be enough to see the demon hunter through the final showdown with evil?

©2017 Janine R. Pestel (P)2017 Janine R. Pestel

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Good story

A demon hunting ex-priest and a coroner make for an interesting team to battle the supernatural. Miscarriages and S.I.D.S. cases bring the duo together to investigate and rid the trouble from Bucktown. The characters are likable and interesting. I was impressed with the author’s knowledge of HIPAA. Not to many fiction authors think to add modern day healthcare compliance and privacy requirements to their stories! The storyline and descriptions were good. I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Decent start to the Demon Hunter series...

The Bucktown Babies by Janine Pestel is book one in the Father Gunter, Demon Hunter series. The story involves a whole slew of babies dying in Bucktown of what they are thinking is SIDS, and a bunch of miscarriages, though it's more sinister than that. Father Gunter (no longer a priest) is on the case. He's trying to find out what happened to his sister) thinking that she has been taken by demons, and his investigation leads him to Bucktown. With the help of a local priest, he sets off to figure out what is really going on and stop the miscarriages and baby deaths. It was a good, solid start to the series, though I was pretty surprised at how both Father Gunter and the other priest cursed. I would think that would be pretty unlikely. At times I found myself losing interest and I had to being myself back around to paying attention. A few hours in, it felt like the plot hadn't really moved along as much as I feel that it should have.

John Fehskens did a good job narrating the story. Again, I'm not sure why I found my attention drifting. It was either the story or the narration, or perhaps a combination of both. He has a good voice for narration though. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher for an honest review.

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  • Mimi
  • Splendora, Texas USA
  • 04-13-18

Oh Gosh

Would you try another book from Janine R. Pestel and/or John H. Fehskens?

Always open to try again. Just because I did not care for this book, does not mean I may not like another by same. Some of my most favorite authors have had some that I did not care for.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Least-His search for his sister

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I felt the narrator did the best he could, and at times he had my attention focused back on story hoping it was finally getting good.

Any additional comments?

I really tried to like this book, but could not finish it. I felt the characters were to juvenile for their professions. Not believable.
When I review a book I do not read other reviews in order to form my own opinion.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this honest voluntary review.

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Good start

This is a fun audible to listen to. Those who do like thrillers, but not are not into the type of book that will scare the pants off you will love this story. I like both types of thrillers and really enjoyed this one. I'm looking forward to the next book.

John H. Fehskens was impressive in his narration. One thing I really liked, his voice matched what I would have imagined the character pic on the front cover would sound like. He his very expressive and adds a lot to the story.

I received this audible free of cost and am happy to give my honest unbiased review

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The Bucktown Babies bk 1

I was asked to review the updated version of this book.I did not notice anything different.It was a bit longer.John H Fehskens did a really good job narrating.Father Gunter goes to a town where 25 babies have died mysteriously in 2 weeks time.He pretends to be a cdc rep.He smells demons and sees them.They try to kill him.It's a sinister plot!“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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Nice light read & entertaining

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I liked the storyline and the narration. Thanks for a suspenseful story with no gore. Looking forward to the next one.

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A good start to an interesting series

I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

This was a solid demonic story. I really like the premise of a priest on a mission to clear the world of evil.
I had one issue with the priest as his mouth was pretty dirty considered he once was a priest. I’d like to believe he would swear so much after serving God at one time. Otherwise he was a likable character.
The mystery in this story was a bit predictable and I had a hard time with the part where they convince a pregnant girl to be the demon bait. But it is a horror story after all ...

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Lacking original horror content.

What disappointed you about The Bucktown Babies?

The first line of the book's synopsis claims that fans of Supernatural will love this book. I'm guessing this is referring to the CW tv show. Because this book's story follows somewhat the same path, albeit poorly. After having watched 13 seasons of that show, any horror book that tries to tell that kind of story typically has nothing new to offer. The Bucktown Babies also suffers from same issue. The horror content of this book is extremely cliched and I wasn't terrified for even a single minute. Add to that, the Father Gunter character was pretty one dimensional and lacked depth. He seemed more or less oblivious to what was happening at the start.

What was most disappointing about Janine R. Pestel’s story?

See above.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The narration was the strong point of this book. John H. Fehskens' voice is well suited for a book of this genre and he does a great job with the content he is given.

Any additional comments?

I received this audiobook for free from the author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

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A solid start to a potentially fun series

A monster hunting haggard ex-priest trying to kill demons and save his sister and a town, what doesn't sound entertaining about that? It is a fun and fairly tightly paced story, that opens up for a series of other interesting adventures. I thought the narration by John H. Fehskens was solid, and he did a good job with all of his characters.

I haven't read any of the other versions of this book, but it seems this is a further edited one or slightly changed. It plays out well and is definitely for those that like a roving monster hunter of a fan of Supernatural. I am looking forward to the second book.



"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Fast paced

Would you listen to The Bucktown Babies again? Why?

This isn’t a genre that I normally read, but I enjoyed Pestel’s book. I liked her mixture of mystery, suspense, and humor. I felt that it was a bit short, but this is the first book in the series, so I suppose that makes up for it. It’s a quick read that doesn’t really lag at any point. I give it four stars and will definitely read the sequel.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 01-14-18

There is no 'h', it's Gunter.

The idea behind this book is promising: a priest turned demon hunter after his sister is snatched away by supernatural forces. The ex-cleric promises his absent sister he will find her and bring her back. Sadly, however, both this story and the writing are both too simplistic and,repititious. The characters have no depth, the terrors too banal. And the fearless demon hunter does seem singularly unaware of what is happening around him. In a town where suddenly close on forty infant deaths and miscarriages have occurred over the recent two week period in a small town, it doesn't seem to occur to him to look more closely a the newly arrived doctor, one of only two, the other having been with the hospital for years when no such incidents had occured. Mmm. He's a big vague on all things demon, too.
A constant repetition of "What the hell" does not add to any shreds of suspense, which was presumably, the intention.

Narrator John H Fehskens has a warm, deep voice which is fitting for the subject and, given a better text would probably have given a good performance, but the text is naive so his slow and careful delivery comes over as ponderous. Turning the speed to 1.2 helps.

I received Bucktown Babies as a complimentary gift from the right's holder, via Audiobook Boom. My thanks for that. A good idea which failed.