The Brotherhood of the Order is one of the oldest and most mysterious organizations on earth....
A blizzard suddenly descends on the county, trapping Cody Lawrence and his young family inside their home. At first their only concerns are to stay inside and keep warm....
Contains the first three books in the best-selling The Haunted Series: Shallow Graves, The Seventh Ward, and Seaforth Prison....
Loneliness drives an agoraphobic shut-in to write a letter to the girl in the apartment across the hall, trying to strike up a friendship....
Eight years ago, the December Plague swept through the human population of Earth. The infected were driven mad by the disease, becoming violent and cannibalistic....
Ruby is the most violently disturbed patient ever admitted to Drummersgate Asylum, high on the bleak moors of northern England. With no improvement after two years....
Dr. Siegfried Klein has vanished on a mysterious pilgrimage to an abandoned infirmary in the ghost-town of Moonville. The locals in the surrounding areas are tight-lipped, hostile to outsiders....
In an apocalypse, there is definitely a beginning where mistakes are made and the seeds of evil are allowed to sprout and take shape. However, an end is not so certain....
Three hundred years after the fall of society, the last fragments of civilization are clinging to life, living in the ruins of the ancient cities in nearly-medieval conditions....
Captain Dominic Holland leads a crew of skilled covert operatives and talented scientific personnel. He's taken them to all corners of the Earth to protect the United States....
The United States of America is falling before the armies of the dead. Leading the sole survivors of the US Army's 10th Mountain Division out of the overrun city of New York....
Alma Harper has been trying to forget what happened in Widowsfield 16 years ago....
When Ritchie Naughton, amateur photographer, stumbles upon a house in the woods, strange things start happening....
There are places that hold evil, houses so vile, so tainted, that people refuse to live in them....
Forensic psychiatrist Kate Myers believes the killer of two teenage girls in Bigler County, California, is the same man who savagely murdered her twin sister over fifteen years ago....
In 2157, a mysterious gas known as Variant spreads across the globe, killing or mutating most organic life. The surviving humans take refuge underground, determined to return home....
While Layla Petrovich returns home to rural Hamletville after a desperate call from her psychic grandmother, she never could have anticipated the horror of what Grandma Petrovich has foreseen....
A small Maine city has turned into a killing ground. Is it a serial killer, someone with a penchant for the macabre and a need to destroy?
Or is it a darker force, an ancient legend from a mysterious Island come ashore to wreak havoc upon the unsuspecting?
Amid the backdrop of Portland’s burgeoning night scene, Police Lieutenant Rick Jennings discovers that no one is safe, and that evil has many faces.
Danny Wolf, a gifted musician with alcohol problems is witnessing brutal murder in his dreams. Someone is carving a cross on each of the young female victims before crucifying them.
Newly released from prison for a crime he did not commit, Wolf is having trouble adjusting to civilian life. He believes the dreams are a symptom of his adjustment until he discovers that they are real and that the victims are his own groupies. He soon begins to doubt his sanity. Could he be a homicidal madman?
Wolf has no memory of his early childhood but discovers that he spent his first eight years in a Catholic orphanage on a mysterious island off the coast of Maine. Is it possible that his early life and the murders are somehow connected?
Soon the killings become more bold and gruesome, as members of the church begin to die.
Enter Police Lieutenant Rick Jennings and his young assistant Laura Higgins. They discover a government conspiracy involving the Catholic Church, and a cold war CIA mind control program known as MK-Ultra where children were used as test subjects.
Danny Wolf becomes the number one suspect in the murders, but no one, not even Wolf, is prepared for what they discover on Apocalypse Island, a mind blowing secret that was supposed to stay hidden forever.
Apocalypse Island is a fast-paced thriller that will keep you guessing until the shocking conclusion.
The idea of the story is very good but the dialogue between characters in the book seems a little stilted. I just can't imagine people in the real world talking to each other like that. Also, there seems to be some production quality issues early on in the recording. I swear I can hear some background noises like pages being turned in the first hour.
Despite all that this was a very enjoyable listen. While listening I kept imagining this book as a movie like The Crow. I look forward to listening to some other Mark Edward Hall books.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Excellent plot, suspense and narration.
The characters were very well developed and the story was very well designed.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes I would recommend this book. It did take me a few chapters to figure out what was going on and what the direction of the story was. Once I figured it out, I really liked it.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
Some points kept me on the edge of my seat. It had a slight sci-fi feeling to it, which I'm typically not into, but the way this was written was a perfect blend.
What about Andrew Troth’s performance did you like?
Unlike some of the other reviews, I actually liked the performance. I thought the narration was good and I liked the variation between characters.
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I liked this first book in the Blue Light Series featuring Danny Wolf. He was a likable character even though you're never quite sure if he is or is not committing the gruesome murders. The carving of crosses on the young female victims is particularly graphic and the Author has a knack for letting you see the bodies through his word pictures. Being a Stephen King fan (and although Hall's novels are nothing like King's) I found this part particularly well done.
This book introduces Rick Jennings who will appear in the second book in the series along with a few new characters. The first book is fast-paced and keeps you wondering what is happening but take notice because you will need all those clues to enjoy the second book, Soul Thief. Even though these books can be read on their own, I believe it was better to read them one after the other.
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Would you listen to Apocalypse Island again? Why?
I struggled to get through this one, but in the end I did enjoy it. I don't tend to listen to books again, so I don't think I will be revisiting this one.
Would you recommend Apocalypse Island to your friends? Why or why not?
I thought Andrews voices were great. The story was a little overdramatic and were more fantasy than the horror that I think the author was going for.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
No. The story idea was interesting. The dialog often made me roll my eyes. I'm not against using words like "bitch" in a story, but the use of it here seemed kind of creepy and inappropriate when that couldn't have been the intention. Much of the dialog and personas were cliche and predictable. That said, I still listened until the end. It wasn't terrible. It just didn't make me want to look for another from this author or narrator.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Andrew Troth?
My favorite narrator so far is Luke Daniels. Andrew Troth often sounded as if he thought of sentences as list items meant to be read quickly and then ticked off when completed. I wanted to tell him to just relax and enjoy creating the ambience. I think he has it in him. I just didn't enjoy this reading.
Could you see Apocalypse Island being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
No...well, not a good one. I'm sure the sexual magnetism of Danny Wolf and the pathetic and desperate sexuality of his Goth groupies would sell.