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Publisher's Summary

Moving house has become a way of life for 15-year-old Isobel Miller; her father is an army major, her mother a middle-aged, pregnant, chain-smoking alcoholic. But the move to the village of Langham could be the straw that breaks the camel's back. To the truculent teenager, it might as well be to Timbuktu. 

Isobel is resentful of the baby and angry with her mother for dragging her away from civilisation to live in a village that has no street lighting, let alone any decent shops. The only light in her miserable existence is her grandfather, storyteller elite, her saviour. And when one of his macabre tales is mentioned in the local paper, Isobel is drawn into the depths of evil and devil worship. Her world and that of everyone around her turns upside down. The cause of a mysterious book, an omen, that once opened and read starts a cataclysmic chain of events, and their lives are filled with tragedy and disaster. 

Salvation comes in the guise of three teenagers - Peter, Oswald, and Ariel - and the four form an alliance. A bond so strong nothing can tear them apart - nothing except maybe the devil himself! 

Please be aware that due to reported issues with the sound quality of this book it will be re-published shortly with the points resolved. Thank you for your patience.

©Forever E.M.G Wixley (P)2018 E.M.G Wixley

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What the heck doesn't this book have in it?

When I first got this book I had no idea of what it would entail, other than it was about a Revelations styled Apocalypse that is brought about by a book that has been scribed by the devil himself. So, just on that premise alone I was sold. Now, what I didn't realize was everything else that is in this book. It has ghosts, monsters, demons, maybe even dragons (I will neither confirm nor deny this rumor), as well as a ton of other things, including time travel. Hmmmm, this really sound like a mess. How could anyone mesh all of that together and come up with a good story? Don't ask me, ask Wixler, because that is exactly what the writer of this tale has done. This is one polished and highly crafted story about weakness of the hearts of men, as well as our indomitable spirit. The story centers on four characters, with the MC being a young lady, who are forced to step up and do what others cannot. They have to stop the apocalypse. Their opposition is an evil Bishop who just happens to be utilizing the Devil's book to call forth the great beast and unleash Hell on Earth.

The writing is excellently done. It carries a ton of weight emotionally, and can grow very dark as horror often necessitates. This is an original novel, one that is filled with powerful characters, dark villains, and plenty of plot twists. I really enjoyed this story, and am glad to see that it isn't over yet, there look to be at least two more books to go and I cannot wait for them.

As for the audio, I will say that having talked to the author I have been assured that the sound quality will be fixed at some point in the future, for that I am cutting some slack on my star rating. I have faith that it will be addressed post haste, and so will say that Johnson (no relation to me) does a fine job, and you will have no issues with how he narrates. He does a good job with each character, but I loved it when he was in the Bishop's shoes. Bad guys always win in my book.

There is a lot going on in this story, and I have to admit there are some heartbreaking parts that really hit me. Which means that the characters are realistic and believable as people. I sincerely enjoyed this novel, and anticipate the rest of the series. Get in now, while you can and don't miss out. 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. 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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Atrocious Production Quality

I could not finish listening to this book. I’m sorry, but the production quality was atrocious. The narrator sounded like he may have had a great voice, but it sounded like he was reading into a coconut shell in the water closet suite. The book’s concept sounded interesting, but the production value made it impossible to finish.
I was given a free review copy of this book and have voluntarily left this honest review.

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DARK AND FASCINATING!

This was a very dark and very imaginative audiobook. A girl and her family (Army family) move to the country, much to Isobel's disgust. How can a girl such as she live in a place like this? Then, it really gets crazy! There's a book that could literally cause the world's destruction by the devil himself. And it does. And it sucks. There's a lot going on, all kinds of dark and mysterious creatures are in play, and everything works well together as the author creates a fantastic and dark world. Isobel teams up with three others who must take action to save the world. There are evil foes in their way, and will stop at nothing to destroy them, and the world.

Writing and narration were great!!! Really liked it, and was drawn into the story effortlessly and didn't let me go until the end. Very complicated, very dark, gripping!
I knew going in there were "sound issues," and didn't hold that against the book itself.
I'm a fan.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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In the Devil's Own words

This was a good story,from what I could make out, but the sound quality ws awful.The narrator,Clive Johnson has a good voice,but it sounded like it was recorded in a can.There were parts I couldn't understand at all.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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Great story but poor sound quality

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

I must agree with the other reviewers. The audio is quality poor. It sounds like the narrator recorded in the bathroom. His voice and tone is fine, it's just the bathroom-like echo that was annoying. Every once in a while there is a small segment that is jarringly clear, which only makes the rest more glaring. That being said, the story is actually pretty good. There was a lot of interesting characters and a lot of action. I can't wait for the audio to be cleaned up. Once it is, I'll definitely re-download the book and give it another go.

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Bad audio

I wasn't able to listen to more than a few minutes. The audio sounds horrible. If the audio gets fixed I'll be more than happy to listen, but it sounds like someone is reading through a tin can

I received this audible free at my request and this is my review

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needs to be re-recorded

I recieved this book free of charge for an honest review. I tried to listen to this. seemed like it was getting to be a decent tale but I couldn't listen to it for more than a few minutes at a time and had to give up. its recorded with all treble it seems and a slight echo. it actually physically hurt to try to listen to. the narrator seemed ok but the recording made me have to stop listening.

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Good story, but read the book

I enjoyed the story, but the audio was painful to listen to. The narrator was fine as far as his voice and characterization, but the recording was horrible! It sounded like he was talking in a tunnel. A deep tunnel. Waaaaaaay down at the other end. I had to concentrate so much just to understand what he was saying that I wasn't able to get lost in the story. Every once in a while, there was a sentence or two that had obviously been re-recorded that was BEAUTIFUL and clear and wonderful. Then he went back into the tunnel.

The story was pretty interesting -- time travel, magic, demons, all the good stuff. I would put it in the YA category because it has the trademark "young teens save the day when adults can't" aspect of YA novels, but it was interesting enough for an adult reader, too. I would just recommend that you actually read this one. The audio recording quality ruined it for me.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.