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Ephraim Cutler has blood on his hands and a hellhound on his trail.

When his mother forces him to kill an innocent man, Ephraim Cutler's quiet life in the Appalachian Mountains is thrown into turmoil. With a bounty on his head, Ephraim flees to the hills and hollers, where he discovers that his crime has drawn more than the law's attention - the Devil's in town with his eye on Ephraim's soul. Desperate to escape, Ephraim is torn between two clashing figures: an outcast granny doctor rumored to be a witch - and the local preacher. As the line between grim reality and the supernatural disappears, Death rides the ridgetops on a pale horse, and the Devil's hound haunts the backwoods. Ephraim must decide who to trust, evade the hangman's noose, and find redemption.

©2017 Luke Bauserman (P)2017 Luke Bauserman

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  • James
  • Powderly, KY, United States
  • 10-19-17

Really good 1st book

The story started just a little slow, not boring, but the author really built the entire mountain setting and characters. Narrator did really well with all the characters. The more the story got going the more interesting and exciting the book got. Really good 1st book!!!

“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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Great Start~

If you could sum up Some Dark Holler in three words, what would they be?

Backwoods Supernatural Showdown

What was one of the most memorable moments of Some Dark Holler?

I think one of the most memorable moments for me would be the conversation Ephraim had with his mother.

Which character – as performed by Bernard Setaro Clark – was your favorite?

I think my favorite character was Barefoot Nancy. The narrator did a good job bringing her to life.

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

I got very into the book listening to it in my car. I definitely started yelling to the characters on my drive home.

Any additional comments?

I am very excited for the next book in the series!

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great dark supernatural thriller, it has it all. <br />

The Devil, Death, a couple of witches and a Hell Hound thrown in go good measure.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Some Dark Holller

When I picked this book to read I had no idea that I was entering a world of Fantasy like no other I have been so privileged to enter. Surely the author, having written one book or ten, is a master of words like no other. You do yourself an injustice not to read this book. I can't wait for Mr. Bauserman's next book to find out what happens to Ephraim as he begins his 150 years of service to.... ... oh, but that would be telling you too much!

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A pale white horse

I really enjoyed this book, it had a little of everything. A witch, the devil, death, A mysterious reverend, and a goat. A post civil war teenage love story with plenty of perils facing them. I think everyone should read this book. It is a really good book.

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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Extraordinary first novel. Couldn't turn this off!

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Pastor. He is such a complex character, and the narrator captured him perfectly and brought him to life.

What does Bernard Setaro Clark bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He did an amazing job reading. Captured the voices perfectly, and the intonation and inflections really brought a charm to the fantastic story. Loved his voice of the Pastor. So perfect. It was right on the edge of condescending/preachy/sinister.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES! I couldn't stop listening. I cannot wait for the sequel.

Any additional comments?

Some Dark Holler is the story of Ephraim Cutler, a boy that I quickly grew to care about. He's a humble young man caught in the middle of several unfortunate and sinister cycles of manipulation. One with his grieving mother, who he loves with his whole soul, and one with "Old Scratch," a wonderful personification of the devil.

I found myself more and more invested in the outcome of young Ephraim as he wound his uncertain path through a hostile neighborhood filled with preachy pastors, hidden enemies, angry citizens, a magic worker, a witch with a dark eye, and a small town, alive with decades of expertly woven in backstory.

The story is about regret, mistakes, abusive relationships, revenge, integrity, and redemption. It hits at the root of many of the problems that humanity has struggled with for generations. I loved that it wasn't preachy, and didn't follow a black and white ethical model. It perfectly illustrated how messy life can be. And yet how even when in the middle of a dilemma, where all seems lost and unfix-able, making the right decisions, even after a slew of bad ones, things can and will get better. Climbing out of the darkness one good choice at a time.

The book is marvelous. It is well written using tight prose and wonderful dialogue. Honestly, it pulled me in as much as Dan Well's "I am not a serial killer." (One of my favorite YA novels that grabbed me by the throat and never let up:).

Thank you Luke Bauserman, I truly enjoyed this book! I have it on Audible, and Kindle. And, I cannot wait for the sequel to see what happens next.

Give this one a go. you won't regret it.

Ammon

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Didn't want to quit listening!

If you could sum up Some Dark Holler in three words, what would they be?

Good verses evil.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ephraim Cutler. Even though he had done something terribly wrong, as Scratch says,"he could still look a man in the eye." He wanted forgiveness.

Have you listened to any of Bernard Setaro Clark’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first time to listen to one of his performances. He is excellent! Hope he is used for the next book also.

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

Loved the authentic mountain folklore and phrases.

Any additional comments?

I will be looking for more from this writer.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful story! couldn't stop listening.

I loved it! This story keeps you on your toes. I was wishing the next book was available the moment I finished it.
The reader is excellent as well.

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  • D.
  • 09-09-17

I can't wait for the second book in this series!

A story like this combines the best of the familiar bad guys (Death and the Devil) and gives a fresh new angle on the desire for redemption and what we are willing to do for love and forgiveness. The tale is well paced and kept me entertained throughout.

Some of my favorite aspects of this book are Bauserman's use of dialect, and the interesting rules for magic. He captures the feel of Appalachia with some great turns of phrase. It felt authentic even in this fantasy, gothic tale. Some ways of speaking had me chuckling as I drove along listening to this book.

My daughters ages 11 and 13 really liked the story as well. It's spooky, but not so scary that I would be uncomfortable with my children enjoying it with me. I'd recommend it for teens and adults too. The reader did a FANTASTIC job. I'd like to look for other titles with him as well!
I'm looking forward to November Witch next.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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One of those books that you just cannot put down

An amazing book that is full of twists and turns! You never know what is going to happen next, but when you find out, you have to keep listening. You do not want to put this book down. I purchased the audio version. The narration is awesome! It has been a long time since a book has kept my attention like this one has. I cannot wait to hear what Bauserman has to write next. When he does, I hope that he has the same narrator because he does an excellent job.

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  • Eugene Hughes
  • 12-27-17

Good start to the series

I was lucky enough to get a copy of this book through a giveaway on reddit. I quite enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to the next book to see how the story continues. The narration was also pretty good.