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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.

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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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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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  • Dee
  • LA
  • 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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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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Great book!

I’m a huge fan of Dexter, so it’s obvious that I’m also going to enjoy this too. Charlie is the perfect anti-hero! Great narration as usual by Rick Gregory!

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Sinful

A teenager has an auto accident and suddenly can see the bad things people will do just by touching them.I found this very suspenseful!Well written.Narrated perfectly by Rick Gregory.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • Brian
  • Niagara Falls, NY
  • 06-09-18

Gripping and Powerful

I'm going to paraphrase Stallcup's synopsis of Sinful here:  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 soon discovers that when he touches people, he can sense their evil and see their greatest evils. 

I liked the first introduction to the "power" that Charlie has with the nurse.  I won't go into too much detail here but the scene was powerful and the thought process that followed was well thought out and written.

I will preface this with a compliment.  I liked this book.  Now I'm going to take some away from that.. but.  I liked this book but, there are a lot of serial killers who think the same thing that Charlie thinks.  That God is telling him to kill people.  Sure, in this book he has this "power" but can we really prove that it's true or not? I'm sure that other serial killers would love to prove that God was talking to them.

I'm the kind of person who appreciates a story this powerful in a book this short.  Some people don't like to spend the money on an audiobook this short but it was a perfect palate cleanser for some of the other things I've been reading lately.  This is my first book by Stallcup and I don't think it'll be my last.

Overall, I thought that Sinful was gripping and powerful and it only rubbed me the wrong way a few times.  Add in Rick Gregory's narration and you have a nice story with good narration. I requested a copy of this audiobook for review - it has not affected my review in any way.

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Creepy! Horrific! Great story!

I just finished reading Sinful. This book left me wondering. Crazy or God's tool? 50-50%. Few books have left me up in the air. This one did. And I love it because of that. Very hard thing to successfully pull off. I heartily recommend this book. And now for the obligatory: "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."