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They called it the Event.

The Event changed everything. The earthquakes came first, including the Big One, shattering the Pacific Rim and plunging the world into chaos. Then, the seas came, the skies opened, and the never-ending rain began. But as bad as that was, there is something worse.

The Rising has begun.

A lone man who abandoned the world for his addictions searches a waterlogged Austin for something...anything to cling to. Little does he know that something else searches for him.

In the Sonoran Desert, the downtrodden of the world search for a better life north of the border, only to see the desert become an ocean - an ocean that takes life and gives death.

In the woods of Alabama, survivors escape to Fort Resistance, but soon discover that it isn’t just the horrors of the deep places of the world that they need to fear but rather a new and more deadly pestilence that has grown in their own ranks.

In England, it’s too late to fight, and all that’s left is to survive. One man reaches for his own humanity, but what to do when humanity is an endangered species?

And in the Pacific, He is rising.

In The Abyssal Plain: The R’lyeh Cycle, authors William Holloway, Michelle Garza, Melissa Lason, Brett J. Talley, and Rich Hawkins have created a timely and uniquely modern reimagining of the Cthulhu Mythos.

©2019 William Holloway, Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason, Brett J. Talley, and Rich Hawkins (P)2020 JournalStone

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The ABYSSAL Plain - an abysmal book!

The ABYSSAL Plain • The R’Lyeh Cycle.
The abysmal book! Four different tales about the end of the world as Cthulhu rises up out of his subterranean sunken city “R’Lyeh”. Sounds exciting, right? Wrong. Not in this book it's not. Story one - reads like bad Cthulhu fan fiction. Quency - very unlikable, low-life drunk. The plot drags likes it’s underwater. Unlikable characters doing illogical things, stumble through confusing scenes without doing the obvious things anyone would do. 90% of the world's population suddenly disappears, with mysterious distant screams and strange repulsive orders… yet no one thinks of checking the TV news, or listening to the radio, or getting a freaking newspaper to find out what’s going on? Amateur writing mistake number one ~ They keep playing the same card. The writer creates the same scene: "character looks around at vacant city, notices no people, no lights, hears distant screams, goes to neighbors but no one’s home. Then thinks "Oh Gosh, what have I done that's good in my life!" What? The first story does this scene about three or four times - AND... Still, no one turns on the TV?
Terrible writing / story telling. It’s just not frightening. This book goes on and on about the horrors of drinking & drug use… gee, wish it had more Lovecraftian monsters in it. Story four (?) The Rise and the Fall - 11: 13: 20 - Sexton - A military solider who's not sure he's a very good solider. Then there’s "Fort Resistance" run by Cornel Striker. ( Wow. Haven’t I read this story before, but with zombies? ) Last Story. Finally there seems to be monsters in this horror story. Squid/octopus creatures that go on land. They were mutated by “The Event” by it’s noise/explosion/radiation? They come with storms. They smell bad. Make noises like insects. Hard to see. They only come at night, from the water. They take off people’s heads. Make sculptures out of their victim’s bodies.
Only one man has killed a squid monster and lived. They seem to kill anyone they attack. ...And there's a Cell phone movie of Cthulhu’s head rising out of the sea, near South America. So much promise of a good scary story, but so badly written.
I'm old Man Parker and I sadly cannot recommend this audio book, unless you fast forward through most of it till you get to the last story, and your not looking for high literature, but a medium warm Cthulhu adventure.

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in my opinion, just bad.

unpleasant characters. Unpleasant story. Just could not finish this and I do not recommend. find another book to listen to.

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Enjoyed this series of stories very much !

I hope more H P Lovecraft fans will give this book a listen. The stories were really good, narration as well.

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Dark Future

Dang... unique mosaic of stories that carry the Lovecraftian concept of the rise of the ancient one in our modern day. If you are fascinated with the lore and a “what if” situation play out then this is a book with you. It is definitely of a survivor piece.

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Pretty Good

I seldom find much enjoyment in lovecraftian fiction that was not produced by the man himself. This is one of those rare times when I actually did. The writers possessed a clear understanding of the lore and used it to tell a good set of stories. I feel like some of it could have been more detailed but that aside I'm genuinely pleased.

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I listen to some bad stories, but this is bad

I will listen to almost anything and there is some enjoyment in it, this has nothing to like. It was like someone was writing about confessions at an group drug addiction session, tried to publish it, got reject and then added monsters to get the ok stamp. It is bad. Stay away

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Dark and true to HP

It’s well written by a modest talent. The plot and characters are okay. Not every book is a masterpiece. I don’t regret the credit nor the hours spent on it. If you like Lovecraft you’ll like this. The writing is less prosaic and archaic than HP but I don’t count that against it. It’s well narrated and that’s not always easy with horror. It’s not a 5 star book but it’s a solid 3-1/2. I have no experience with this author’s other work but it wouldn’t surprise me to find a true gem among it or a lot of crap.

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Non-Lovecraftian Horror Porn

Decent narration of something Lovecraft wouldn't recognize. Lovecraft's talent wasn't in writing horror as much as it was in describing human reaction to eldritch horrors. Pickman's Model and The Colour Out of Space are great examples. This less way short of that.

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great story of cultists, monsters, and despair.

Do NOT listen to the negative review above.
This is a 4 part story, set from beginning to end, in sequence, from different perspectives. The background events continue along apace as the the stories change. The authors did a good job of not dumping clues that spoil the progress throughout.

While the writing is very modern and doesn't seek to emulate Lovecraft, the overwhelming bleakness and fatalism present from beginning to end is fantastic and really captures true cosmic horror that HP tried to invoke.

Seriously be prepared for wretched characters and agonizing deaths all the way through. I'm pretty cynical, and even I was like "wow that's rough" a few time.

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Cthulhu himself would hate this 😭😭😭

I was so excited for this book, but it has to be the worst narrated, worst set out, worst plot of any book I've ever listened to... I forgot what was happening because I connected with NO characters. one minute I'm somewhere, the next minute I'm somewhere else (won't spoil the plots) but you can tell how much I hated this book because I'm taking the time to write this...please don't waste your money or credits!!!

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