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Revelation

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When Harden Campbell wakes cold and beaten in a dirt-floor cell, he finds only three other things in the room with him: the mutilated body of his good friend, an ancient typewriter, and a stack of blank paper, the top sheet of which has a single typed sentence: "Tell me a story." He knows the message is from Coyote, his brilliant, megalomaniacal roommate whose lust for power and reverence has recently revealed him for the true sociopath he is. Now, as the founder of a new religion with disturbing roots - Revelation - Coyote's most evil side has emerged.

From the moment Harden sees that stack of paper, he knows his one chance of escape is through his own words, and only his ability to successfully recount the dark story of what happened over the past year at Wyland University will determine whether he lives to see the woman he loves once again - or is silenced forever. This will be the most difficult story Harden has ever written, and each word must be chosen with the utmost care. Because Coyote will be reading each and every one of them.

©2016 Carter Wilson (P)2017 Cherry Hill Publishing, LLC

What the Critics Say

"An enthralling thriller...Wilson infuses his terrifying plot with intricate twists and turns, all totally credible." (Publishers Weekly)

"This is a sledgehammer of a novel, slamming away at the foundations of modern cult religions until nothing is left but rubble to be carted away...a powerful story...an intense experience for those who can take it." (Booklist)

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    Platypire Bob 09-21-17
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    "Bob @ Platypire Reviews"

    *I requested and was granted an Audible code for this audio book*

    This was a fantastic, cinematic, gripping thriller of a ride! I was on the edge of my seat throughout, and only stopped for sleep because I just had to. Amazing characters and plotting, I thought I knew what was coming next only to be delightfully blindsided!

    The descriptions of the cell made me feel like I was really there, able to see and feel the dirt beneath me, hearing the ticking of the typewriter. So wonderfully written, it was just amazing! When the narrator talked about certain things in his past, how it affected him then and now, it really hit home and was very spot on. I know it wasn’t a focal point of the story, but I was very taken in by this, the embarrassment and fear of telling someone, and the way it affects a person later in life. The author managed to do this without seeming like it was simply for shock value; it truly helped make up Harden’s character and personality.

    I was thoroughly engrossed throughout, this is such a well-done book. 5 massive Platypires.

    Now, the narrator. I mean, what can I say, really? He was great! He made the slightest of voice changes for characters, yet I always knew who was speaking by those minutes differences. His tone and pace were spot on, and he really brought this book to life, in my opinion.
    Very well done, a good match! 5 Platypires for this part, too.

    So, all in all, I rate this 5 Platypires and it is going on my favorites list!

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    Eddie Mittelstedt Baltimore, Md 08-08-17
    Eddie Mittelstedt Baltimore, Md 08-08-17
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    "Sick and Twisted"

    This book opens with the main character Hardin waking up in a barren cell. We have no idea how he got there, and he isn't telling us. This book is the journey of how Hardin got there.

    This concept of this story is a stark example of what I don't want to happen to my girls while they are currently attending college. Since college-age kids are away from home for the first time in their life for an extended period, they are extremely succeptable to new political and religious views. They easily be assuaged by an smooth-talking snake-oil salesman who whispers sultry promises of a new belief system to those who will listen.

    This book really centers around two two people: Coyote and Hardin. Coyote is a true sociopath in my opinion. He gets the brilliant idea of starting a new religion. Because it's all about the power to Coyote. He wants to "consume" people, and starting a religion is the perfect way to satiate his hunger.

    The entire book is really one long, drawn out, yet mild torture scene. Hardin must write his way out of his captivity, no matter how long it takes. Malnutrition and torture are a constant danger. It provides a very suspensful ride with a satisfying ending.

    Timothy McKean is an great narrator. His voice is perfect for college-age characters. His delivery and technical skills were spot-on, and I would listen to any other book from him.

    This audio book was gifted to me by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

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    Lori 07-26-17
    Lori 07-26-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Edge of your seat suspense"
    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I started this book. I was pleasantly surprised. This was a great listen. It was one of those books I couldn't wait to get back to. It is definitely worth your time and credit.

    It's well written, creative, entertaining and very enjoyable. While the story is somewhat predictable in many ways and you know what is going to happen, the way in which the story was unfolded between the past and present was perfect. It pulls you in and never lets go, is full of on the edge of your seat suspense and keeps your heart racing throughout the story waiting for the next twist. You think you know what is going to happen, sometimes your right then boom….another twist comes out of nowhere.

    There were a few times I wished they would just leave the past altogether and stay in the present. The past was a little dull at times, the present was much more heart pounding and thrilling.

    If you've ever wondered how people can be brainwashed, this story gives you a glimpse into how some people can be convinced/manipulated into just about anything. It's also a very scary thought.

    Timothy McKean did a great job with the narration. Nice voice that was easy to listen to for long periods of times. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. Good character voices. Even though there is only a slight difference between male and female character voices, it works. I'm so glad he didn't try to do a high pitched female voice. He was able to bring the characters, their emotions and the story to life. Very enjoyable.

    I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily provided this review.




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    Al 07-23-17
    Al 07-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Nice Surprise"

    An enjoyable read. Fairly predictable, but a bit of a surprise toward the end. Well narrated.
    "I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Blast."

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    Pamela M. Neumann 07-19-17
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    "Great story"

    I have listened to hundreds of audio books over many years. From cassette tapes to CD's, and now with Audible. This is easily one of the best I have listened to. Great story and great characters. Mix that in with a great reader and you have a story that keeps you in its grip until the end. This is one of those books.
    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

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    Nomi 07-18-17
    Nomi 07-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing thriller"

    The best thriller I've read in awhile. Wow on the plot twists. Very well written, loved it.

    A wonderful job by the narrator. Great performance.

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

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    Christine Newton 07-17-17
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    "Well-written and twisty"
    Any additional comments?

    Hmmm... what an interesting book! I can certainly understand why other reviewers would give this story a five-star rating. Carter Wilson certainly has a talent for wordcraft, making the story quite enjoyable to read (hear). As someone who lacks the talent for writing descriptively, but who also lacks the patience for reading contemporary literary fiction, I particularly enjoyed Revelation -- which gave me social commentary and an introspective protagonist, wrapped in a suspense/thriller plot.
    The only reason why I didn't give this book a full five stars is because I thought the author was a wee bit too crafty with the plot twists. By the time we got to the end of the book, after the final twists had been revealed, I NEEDED the protagonist to explain what the heck happened since page 1 (and I'm glad that he did!). I felt like someone told me a joke and I didn't 'get' the punchline so I needed to have the joke explained to me. While I enjoy thrillers immensely, I don't like feeling stupid. I think that if the author had dropped just a few more breadcrumbs throughout the story regarding the protagonist, I would have enjoyed the crafty twists better. I would have felt like I was in the passenger seat on the same journey as the protagonist, rather than half-dozing in the back seat (thus missing the view/significance of key milestones along the path). A poor analogy - see? I told you that I lacked the talent for wordcraft! - but that's what it felt like to me. The author gave us entry into the protagonist's thoughts and emotions and actions....but held back on some critical stuff until the very end. I'm sure he did this deliberately, though, so I won't say that this is a flaw in the book. I would have liked the book even more if he had given me just a wee bit more in terms of a breadcrumb trail during the story, that's all.
    The narration was very well done - great work by Timothy McKean! I think his vocal style was very authentic to the personality and actions of the main character. I'm also glad that he didn't do vocal backflips trying to voice the female characters (which would have disrupted the flow of the narration for me).
    I provided my opinion in exchange for a complimentary copy of the audiobook from the author, narrator, or publisher.

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    pjsvoice Baltimore, MD 07-14-17
    pjsvoice Baltimore, MD 07-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great performance."

    Timothy McKean does a fantastic job with this thriller. It was hard to take breaks! Iwas provided this book at no charge in return for an honest review.

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    Tyler U. 07-13-17
    Tyler U. 07-13-17
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    "Interesting perspective on new religions"

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

    This story clearly has some influences from Charles Manson, David Koresh, and the like... with the whole cult lead by a charismatic sociopath with a god complex. The telling the story from a cell in a series of flashbacks... well, that was an interesting way to present the story. During the flashbacks, this book is full of suspense and I found myself with a gruesome fascination, wanting to see where things were going. However, once we get caught up to the current timeline, well, it started to get boring for me. The last part of the book did, at least keep me interested enough to finish it and I was glad I did because there an interesting plot twist. All in all, it wasn't the best book I've ever listened to, but it was FAR from the worst and forces you to think a bit about religions like Scientology...

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    Bill Beaulac NEK Vermont 07-13-17
    Bill Beaulac NEK Vermont 07-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The problem with false messiahs is . . ."

    they all tend to have similar personality traits; egomaniacs, liars, power-seekers, self-serving, and somewhat eccentric. The true Messiah, which the story's protagonist (Coyote) sought to emulate, was humble, loving, and came to serve others. It is of little wonder that the plan to start a new religion, led by such a demented character, was doomed to fail miserably and with large doses of physical and emotional pains.

    On its face, the story it would seem as though it would be a troubling one in which to listen. However, I found it to be enjoyable in a somewhat twisted way. The suspense in exactly how the scenes surrounding the captives (and exactly who/what was behind their torturous circumstances) kept my interest piqued. The tale follows a steady timeline of months while in the midst of switching back and forth between the present and about a year prior. Another rather unique twist is that it switches back and forth between a first and third person relating of the events. Although as you approach the conclusion of the book there is a good likelihood that you will have figured out the general ending of the story, the actual ending will keep you in suspense.

    Be forewarned that that is a certain degree of sex, violence, and profanity (to go along with some demented thinking) throughout the book. However, I did not find it to be overbearing and it did serve to accomplish the mood the story sought to create. The narration by Timothy McKean is excellent and adds to the macabre nature of the tale. I would definitely recommend this book to those that enjoy psychological thrillers.

    A review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review. My hope is that this review helps in your decision to obtain this book.

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  • Norma Miles
    6/18/17
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    ""A dark stain that goes with them ...""
    Would you listen to Revelation again? Why?

    I almost certainly will relisten to this book again some time in the future: it will be good to revisit it with the better knowledge of what was happening following the unexpected conclusion.


    Any additional comments?

    Three student friends Derek, Jacob and Harden, rent a four bedroom apartment to share during their final college year. Although two of the young men are quite financially sound, one is not, so it makes sense to add a fourth room mate to their group. Wiley, always known as Coyote is wealthy and charasmatic and joins them, sharing the expenses though not often actually living at the house. The story begins when Harden wakes up to find himself locked in an unknown room, initially in the dark, with nothing to decorate the concrete walls or dirt floor, no furniture other than a chair, table and typewriter, and a message requesting that he tells a story. He is alone, apart from a spider - and the dead body of Derek, his friend.
    Where is he? Why is he there? What happened to Derek? How can he escape?

    This is the first book by Carter Wilson that I have read and I was very pleasantly surprised. Well written, the construction was also good with the present happenings being given from the point of view of the main protagonistbut, Harden, but in the third person, and this is alternated by his story, written in first person, of what went before in the year preceding the current events. As each chapter is headed by a date, these two aspects mean that the reader is, at no time, unsure which is now and which then, as can sometimes occur in this type of presentation. As the story progresses, we learn more about the group of four and, in particular, the egotistical Coyote and the games he likes to play and, of course, about the prisoner and story writer, Harden..

    Apparently straightforward, there are some unexpected perspective altering twists. More of a thriller than a mystery, there is a growing dark tension throughout. There is some physical action along the way but most of the violence is contained inside the minds of the characters themselves. Timothy McKean interpreted this very well. It would have been easy or him to overdramatize; instead he maintained a calm, clear reading throughout. He was very pleasant to hear. Unfortunately there were a few editting glitches where a sentence, already given, is repeated, such as at the start of chapter 3 and end of chapters 11 and 28, but these were only momentary distractions.

    I was freely gifted my copy of Revelation by the rights holder, via Audiobook Boom. Thank you. I was drawn into the story from the very beginning, not wanting to stop listening at any point, so intrigued was I with what had happened and what would come next. A certain amount of suspension of disbelief was required at times, at least, I hope so. I wouldn't want too many Coyotes about in everyday life!
    Intriguing and original story, well written and performed: definitely recommended.

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