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The year is 2023.

The world's power grids have been destroyed by a Carrington-level solar storm. Humanity is plunged into a new and savage dark age, pushed to the brink of extinction by famine, disease, and social unrest, and preyed upon further by demonic forces.

Desperate survivors turn to a divided Catholic church in search of hope. On one side there is the church of Rome. On the other, a rival papacy set up in Avignon, France. Wishing to heal the schism, but fearing that a powerful evil has infiltrated the highest ranks of the Avignon leadership, Rome sends a lone representative to assess the situation in France.

And also to cut down any heretics he finds along the way.

Exorcist Ossian McGregor, armed with the holy sword Grand Inquisitor, sets out to Avignon on a crusade with the intention to follow the stream of demonic activity to its fountainhead.

But the evil he finds far exceeds even his wildest imaginings.

The year is 2023. Welcome to Hell on Earth.

©2017 Ambrose Ibsen (P)2017 Ambrose Ibsen

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Great post-apocalyptic listen

Great story with interesting characters. Fantastic narrator. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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A rare book that dose lives up to its disclaimer

This book starts with a rather blunt disclaimer about the contents therein promising violence depravity and all sort of interesting tidbits. As the story proper started Jake Urry eased into the book with a voice that after getting used to it I couldn't see anyone else really doing the priest as much justice. For the span of about 5 minutes I thought the book was going to be a slow and boring affair......then the proverbial crap hit the fan and from that point on it was one heck of a ride. It is wonderful for once to have the hook set early instead of having to listen to a book for 2-3 hours before you really get sucked in. High recommendations all around for this one.

I received this book in exchange for an honest and fair review.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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WOW! YOU GOTTA READ THIS

Great read - don’t take the warning in the beginning lightly! Very graphic details that are sure to make you shutter. Makes “The Exorcist” look like a bedtime story. Terrific characters and well written. Absolutely love Jake Urry’s narration. Can’t wait for book 2! Thanks Ambrose - you never disappoint!

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Deliciously dark!!

I'm a big fan of this author and have to say that this is different than his other works. While his books are always dark, this was his darkest yet!!

So the world was sent back to the dark ages after a CME destroyed the power grid. Now, humanity is struggling to survive, not only from famine and social unrest but from the unleashing of hell on earth. Demons are possessing people and others are turning to the church for help. But the church is struggling too. A newer belief is trying to take hold and Rome has sent Exorcist Ossian McGregor to investigate. Along the way McGregor sees that evil is trying to take hold, but how can he stop it?

That is just a brief summary of what goes on in this book. There is so much more to this than what I've just said. The plot took a little while to get into and it dragged a bit in parts, but for the most part, it was entertaining, deliciously dark and gripping. It is gorey and hard to stomach at times, but it adds to the overall feel of the story. I loved the uniqueness of the plot and devoured the book!!

I loved McGregor. He has had a tough time of it and something happened that ended with him in prison and excommunicated from the church, but when the SHTF, he is called upon for his services and sent to France to check out this new church that they hear about. He is tough, brave, kind and just an all round bad ass!!

In all, this was a great read. Different than the normal post apocalyptic books, which I liked. While it won't be for everyone, I think anyone who likes a dark and, at times, gruesome read, will enjoy this.

Jake Urry was fantastic as always!! He has such a unique and distinctive voice and always reads the story well. He has a wide and varied array of voices that always make it a pleasure to listen to his work.

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This is an amazing story!

I am a practicing Roman Catholic, and honestly I have not read a book that would be considered fiction in several years. I recently came across this on Audible and decided to give it a try… I love this story! If you are interested in spiritual warfare, combating Satan and an amazing story line this is the perfect book for you! I could not recommend this book enough, the author really did a great job! I cannot wait for book two to come out!

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Meh

Love Ambrose Ibsen. I’m a big fan of his writing style. But.... I felt the story dragged. This one just didn’t hold me like some of his other books. A very dark and grim story. Which is usually just my thing. I liked it, but it fell a bit flat for me.

Jake Urry is a wonderful narrator. I always love his books.

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

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Take the author at his word.

At the start of the book, Ambrose warns that it's going to be a dark story, and he wasn't kidding. While the book takes place in the future, the world has pretty much been blasted back to the dark ages, and aside from the occasional reference to modern day things such as Call of Duty and the occasional gun it really does feel like a medieval story. The story revolves around a priest fighting against the forces of evil, and to me it had a very Solomon Kane feel to it.

This is the first time I've heard Jake Urry narrate a book and WOW. Hope he doesn't take this as an insult because it's totally not one, but he has a voice for horror. There is just something about his voice that reminded me of Vincent Price and it felt perfect for this story. Definitely someone I will listen to again in the future.

I received a copy of this audio title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Very Unique Dystopion Fiction.

The Conqueror Worm: Black Exorcist, Book 1 by Ambrose Ibsen was a unique take on the normal dystopian fiction event of a coronal mass ejection. A second event that effects the story is the division of the Catholic Church. As a Catholic, I can see a current divide in the church and where it could in a few years lead to a split like events referred to in the book.All this is a setting for a world gone dark in Europe with a divided church where people turn to after the world has gone dark for help. A Priest from Rome is sent out to see what is happening in the new conclave in Avignon, France with the new heretic Pope. This priest is an Exorcist with a dark past. I found the story really engrossing and highly enjoyable. This was different from the other stories of the authors that I have heard but I enjoyed it a great deal and highly recommend it.

The narration was provided by Jake Urry. Mr. Urry did an astounding job with all the character in this book. There depth and range of characters showcased his skill in this performance.

This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge via Audiobook Boom for an unbiased review.

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The apocalypse meets the exorcist

We have seen zombie apocalypses, nuclear apocalypse, alien invasions and more. This is a tale with a similar thread but quite unique with hints of what's been seen before. Technology is no more,mankind is plunged into a new dark age. Nuclear meltdowns have tainted the land, hell has come to earth and the demons are inside the people. The only hope for mankind is the last true church and the man known as the black exorcist. Get ready for an amazing story written masterfully and narrated perfectly. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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great book.

I've listened to every book he has written. He is definitely one of my favorite authors.

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  • Tony Bough
  • 10-24-17

An amazing end times book with a holy sword. Cool

We have a world changing event throwing us back to the dark ages. We have a true believer. We have a Holy sword. And Demons are real. Do I really need to say any more? This is a cool book. It's action filled. There's lots of horror in here that gives you both thrills and chills. It's a hell on earth ride that you really don't want to miss. If you like the genre or if you like the synopsis of the book you really wont be disappointed. It's well written. In fact I really should say that it's well crafted. To top that off we have a narrator that really does horror well. What a voice for this book. I think you found the perfect narrator in fact! The tone, pace, and just the way he wields his words draw you into the atmosphere of the book. An excellent package!

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

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  • Melanie Preston Lewis
  • 10-03-17

Absorbing and Addictive

I begged to be given the opportunity to review this book. Ambrose Ibsen is an exceptionally eloquent writer of dark, deeply disturbing tales. Jake Urry has a voice for terror. His tone, pitch and articulation make even the most mundane meanderings terrifying. Give him a story composed by the wondrous wordsmith Mr Ibsen and you have all the ingredients for a horror fest that will frighten and petrify the most laid back of listeners. This is a book full of descriptive torture techniques and the inhumanity of man to man. I devoured this audio book in one straight session, unable to turn it off and tear myself away. On many occasions I gasped aloud, put my hand to my mouth and felt the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. Audible should sell The Conqueror Worm with a warning; not for the easily frightened or those with a nervous disposition. Fortunately, I enjoy being scared witless, resulting in a 5 star reward for both writer and narrator. If you're a fan of this genre, don't miss out, you must buy this one. Just don't listen in the dead of night. You have been warned!!!

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