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Charlie Johnson is your average American teenager. He’s a good student, he’s a good son, his girlfriend is the love of his life. He’s a nice kid. Charlie also murders people for their sins. A serious car accident leaves Charlie comatose, and when he comes to, he suffers from visions of unspeakable horror that keep him awake at night. He soon discovers that when he touches people, he can sense their evil and see their greatest evils. Some crimes are too terrible to describe. Some crimes are too terrible to go unanswered. Some crimes can be averted...but only if you’re willing to step into that world.

©2017 Devil Dog Publishing (P)2018 Heath Stallcup

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Dexter meets Unbreakable

What a neat story. Definitely had a Frailty vibe but less dark and creepy. If you like that movie then you will most likely enjoy this book, and vice versa. This story is Tarantinoed a bit, starts towards the end and then goes back, so it is full throttle from the start. With a story like this you know that there is really only one way that it should end and it is just the circumstances around it that are different. I think the saying, you either die a hero or live long enough to become the villain, is appropriate here. Either way the story is full of suspense from the start all the way through to the epilogue. My only complaint, which isn't a big one, is that the story does feel a little familiar with many other books, movies, and tv shows having a similar plot. I would have liked to have seen this story do something completely new with it and take it to a whole different level.
Rick Gregory did a great job narrating this story. He provides different voices for the characters and does a great job with it. I don't think this book would have had the same feel without him as the narrator.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Powerful story.

When Charlie was driving home one icy night, he lost control and crashed. 2 months later he wakes to find that not only did he lose 2 months, but he seems to have acquired a new....skill. When he touches someone he can see and feel the evil inside of them. If they have sinned, or are planning on sinning, he is forced to stop them. His first taste of it is from his nurse, when he touched her, he saw her killing patients. He feels like God is telling him to stop the evil before it's too late.

This book was so good! My heart broke for Charlie. He is a nice boy but when he has his accident, he is turned into a killer. But it doesn't feel like it's his fault. He thinks it's God that is telling him what to do and he feels like he has no choice but to stop the evil before they take an innocent life. The book may be short, but it was a powerful story and held my attention till the end.

This is the first book I've read by this author, but it won't be my last. It's a relatively short book, but it was so well written that it didn't feel short, and the fact that the author made me feel so many emotions while reading it just proved to me that I need to read more by him.

I've listened to a lot of books narrated by Rick Gregory and he always does a great job. I thoroughly enjoyed his performance here and he brought the atmosphere to life. I only had one complaint here and that's that he messed up on one or two of the male characters during the story. One man started out with an accent during a scene and by the end of it had lost it. Now it was subtle and didn't really take away from the overall narration, but I did notice it!

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts

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A blending of Dexter with Frailty

Sinful reminds me of the Bill Paxton movie, Frailty. An amazing movie if you've never seen it. In it a father finds that he is given a list of names of people who must be destroyed, and when he touches them he can see their sins and transgressions. In another way, this book also has the feel of the Showtime program, Dexter, in which a man is driven to kill, compelled by an insastiable need, but curbed and mitigated by his only killing the killers.

Charlie is that father and Dexter rolled into one. Heck, I might even thow in a comparison to Stephen King's the Dead Zone, because Charlie can prevent crimes that will happen if he doesn't step up and do what he has to. The book is over all to briefly, as we do not get nearly enough time with Charlie.

The book is not predictable in any way, and will take you to areas you aren't expecting and may not want to go. It is a compelling read that will hang with you long after you finish.

Some of he success must go to Rick Gregory, who does an outstanding job narrating. He provides real angst to Charlie, and makes even the simplistic character have more depth. I do enjoy listening to him, his pacing, and the way he brings a scene to life. 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. In fact, 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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Plot twists galore!

This story was very entertaining. Just when I thought it couldn't get any weirder, the plot would snake off in a new direction! Totally did NOT see that ending coming, but it was a good, solid ending, tying up all of the loose ends. I would recommend this to anyone who likes to be surprised and likes their horror stories gory. Nice job by the narrator. It takes someone special to be able to read some of these scenes without gagging, and to still be able to act out all the different characters with distinct voices. Well done.

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  • 03-31-18

Great listen

I knew how this story was going to end but the author made the effort of getting there so worth it! This is easily one of the best-written "POV of the serial killer" books I've listened to.

You had to feel for Charlie. He came by his murder streak completely by accident. The people he disposes of needs disposing of (IMO) but wrong is wrong.

The narration was well done and is probably why I had mixed emotions about the ending. I won't give anything away though.

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Creepy!

Charlie Johnson is a high school aged teen. After a bad car accident he was in a coma. After coming out of the coma he thinks God is talking to him. He can touch people and see their sins. God wants these people dead and it's up to Charlie to do his work. Very creepy story! Excellent narration by Rick Gregory!

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It passed the time during a long drive.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would not recommend this book. It seemed to be a bit of a knock off of Stephen King's "Dead Zone".

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The roles of the parents were pretty unrealistic. They seemed uber passive one scene and then would respond radically and unrealistically the next.

What does Rick Gregory bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brought the characters to life.

Was Sinful worth the listening time?

Yes, it helped to pass the time as I was driving.

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  • 04-16-18

One Hell of a Book!

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

Wow, this was one hell of a book. As others have pointed out, this book is definitely part Dexter and part Frailty. The main character, though, is less OCD and methodical as Dexter and the overall book is less creepy and brooding than Frailty. If anything, I'd say this was right in the middle between the two stories and just as well written. The narration was spot on and really makes this book come alive. If you can handle some death and "righteous wickedness" you should DEFINITELY pick this book up.

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Imagine you could see the evil in people

Wow what a book. Heath Stallcup has really done it with the very creepy story.



Charlie was 17 years old working in a donut shop. While driving home one icy winter night he lost control and wrecked his car. He was in a coma for over 2 months, during which time he turned 18.



Once awake from the coma Charlie has terrible dreams where he sees an evil man torturing and killing little girls. When near people or while touching them, Charlie can see all the evil in that person.



After Charlie is released from the hospital he finds out the man he sees in his dreams killing little girls is also the man who saved his life the night of his accident. Charlie decides that his visions are Gods way of telling him to get rid of the evil people in his hometown. Charlie goes after the man and kills him. He knows where the man had his death studio and decides to use it himself while ridding the town of the rest of the evil people as well.



Rick Gregory narrates the audiobook and fully kept my attention through the whole book. his voices and emotion was spot on with the story.



I actually listened to this book during an 8 hour trip home from a visit with my daughter. It really helped pass the time.



I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Powerful and disturbing

What would you do if you knew the evil that the people around you committed? That's what Charlie has to decide when he wakes from his coma to find himself changed.

I can't agree with the choice he makes but the story is compelling and well written. The characters and scenes really come to life.

For me it raised a lot of questions about why Charlie chose the course of action that he did and how that relates to how people act in real life.

The narration is excellent, it played a big role in bringing this story to life.

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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