He Who Walks in Shadow

Narrated by: David Stifel
Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
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The Incendium Maleficarum has been lost and Carter Weston presumed dead, but the story is only just beginning. Now Carter's only daughter, Rachel Jones, and his oldest friend, Henry Armitage, must embark on an epic journey that will take them from the hell-blasted Tunguska forest to the catacombs of Paris to the shores of the Scottish Isles. They are in a race against time, for in France, strange murders and whispers of occult rituals herald the rise of an ancient evil bent on plunging the world into eternal darkness. It is up to Rachel and Henry to learn Carter's fate, recover the Incendium Maleficarum, and perhaps even save the world.

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Not as good as first novel.

If you liked the first book, this book is worth your while, but it's definitely not as good as the first one. The plot of this one is vastly more predictable, and the twists are much less well executed.

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Awesome

The narrator was great and the storyline superb. A must read for Talley fans everywhere.

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Brain candy at best

In the end, I would guess this story was in fact worth it, for no other reason than it was an acceptable continuation of the Lovecraftian Mythos. That said, this particular story - and performance - left a lot to be desired.

The plot was honestly quite lackluster and relied rather heavily on "recycled cycles" of Lovecraftian characterization. Not to say that the book was not enjoyable, it merely felt a little lazy at times. This feeling was not aided by the (granted, traditional) Lovecraftian trope of characters I eventually found myself not really giving a damn about. In a perhaps ironically humorous twist, the author made sure not to lose any of his through lines and therefore concluded his story with an ending just as shallow as his plot points were predictable.

The performer was not bad, by any means, but it almost felt that even he began to lose interest in the story as he read. Incidentally, he was NOT one to create a believable or acceptable female characterization (honestly, I wish the performer had been a woman to lend the proper tone to the main female lead who was perhaps the only character to come even close to an interesting story arc, albeit written with a somewhat sexist tone).

This book isn't half bad... the problem is that it isn't half good, either. It is fun and will keep you marginally entertained on a long car ride, but it will most definitely not dissolve your eyelids that you may stare and fall forever headlong into the Void. Got a credit? Boom: entertainment. Looking for a treasure? Move on folks... nothing to see here.

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A Call of Cthulhu RPG Come to Life

A Call of Cthulhu RPG Come to Life. you could practically hear the dice being rolled throughout.

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Just not as good as the first one

Started out interesting where the last book left off but quickly gets two dimensional. The The supporting characters have no reason to been there and it just felt like a first draft. Couldn't get past half way.