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Revelation Audiobook

Revelation

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Johnny Franklin, TN, United States 06-24-17
    Johnny Franklin, TN, United States 06-24-17
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    "Starts slow, picks up wonderfully, dies"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Listening to this book was time well spent. I enjoyed the format of the story, namely a prisoner writing a story, showing the flashback of what he was writing. The problems occurred with the timelines met. Following one timeline showed the lack of increased stakes and the lack of building tension prior to the climax.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Revelation?

    The scene in the nightclub when Coyote first went out with the guys and you got your first look at the sociopathic behavior of Coyote was really good writing.


    What three words best describe Timothy McKean’s performance?

    UneventfulWhisperyLackluster


    Do you think Revelation needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    This is a stand alone book. It's a very interesting story that is superbly written at times and poorly written at others. This main character shouldn't ever have anything else like this happen to him - unless he is the unluckiest person on the earth.


    Any additional comments?

    The gimmick of the book (flashback stories being written in a cell) keeps the tension well. You are dying to know how he got in the cell and you follow the story with eagerness. However, once the timelines merge, the gimmick is gone and the tension dies. After this, the writing seems like an afterthought to get to the end. I was very engaged with this book until that point, and then it was hard to finish it.

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

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    HD Crestview, FL 06-23-17
    HD Crestview, FL 06-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A frightening tale"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Revelation to be better than the print version?

    I would think so because of the narrator. I can picture the characters better with the voice changes. This narrator did an amazing job.


    Have you listened to any of Timothy McKean’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Always does a good job. I gave 5 stars.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I was terribly sad when Derek died. He was so young and had such potential. It brought tears to my eyes. There were several places in the story that had me shaking my head with wonder.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a terrible book, but in a good way. It's hard to imagine such horrible people out in the world. What is even more frightening is that I KNOW that there are. I highly recommend with the warning of kidnapping and torture. I voluntarily reviewed this audiobook after receiving an advanced copy.

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    Eric Reeves Raleigh, NC 06-23-17
    Eric Reeves Raleigh, NC 06-23-17
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    "Suspenseful psychological thriller!!!!"

    This was a great book. It took a few minutes to get into it, but after that the book picked up and didn't let up until the last words were read.

    Harden is a good kid with a bad past who meets an intelligent and good looking psychopath which he discovers as time goes by. Set in a college town, the author succinctly weaves together many different elements which all combine to explain how our local crazy got to be that way and how he develops into a truly scary character. The mix of brains, intuition and good looks makes Coyote a particularly dangerous guy and it shows as the story progresses.

    However, toward the end of the book, his vanity and hubris are his undoing. All of it was set up nicely by the author and as the end neared, it seemed more and more plausible that the good guy just might not win this battle. Not surprisingly, but wonderfully executed, he finally does overcome the bad guy.

    The narration was done well. Not too hot, not too cold. Just about right.

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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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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