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The Dark Sacrifice: A Horror Novel

By: Jay Bower
Narrated by: Jack Clancy
Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

In this small town, keeping secrets is a matter of life or death....

East St. Louis deputy Patrick O’Shea is tired of living in the line of fire. So when he gets a chance to transfer to his wife’s small hometown, he doesn’t hesitate to load up the moving van. But his family’s bags are barely unpacked before their newfound peace and quiet shatters in a surge of demonic voices....

The deputy has faced his fair share of evil, but nothing quite like this. Normally the first into the fray, he worries they’ve unearthed a force not even his special training and inner-city experience can combat....

Can Patrick protect his family from supernatural foes, or will a festering evil consume the ones he loves most? 

The Dark Sacrifice is a haunting horror novel not for the faint of heart. If you like supernatural chills, family secrets, and ominous small-towns, then you’ll love Jay Bower’s spine-tingling tale. 

Buy The Dark Sacrifice to stand your ground against demonic forces today!

©2018 Jay Bower (P)2018 Jay Bower

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Hmmm

Not really a horror book at all. They build up this story then the book end with a wimper. I guess I was just expecting more from a horror book.

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wow what a story

I listened to this book in one sitting more or less. In a small town the people have been taught that sacrificing a small boy is the only way to keep the town safe. What they don't realize is it is a demon convincing them. This is a creepy if not heart breaking story. Letting your own son be sacrificed is the norm. Until an outsider moves into town and his son is the chosen one. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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twisted, creepy, and very dark

I was provided a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

So, right off the first few words this book starts you down a very dark, disturbing journey. As a mother, I was mostly angry at the mother's in this book. I could never, under and circumstances give up my child. I would give my own, willingly, but not my child.

The story was very dark and disturbing as a whole. It kept my attention completely as I kept rooting for a good guy to show up.

I enjoyed this book, kept me on edge. the narrator was very good. The story had a good flow. Very good listen, even if my nerves were on end!

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  • Brian
  • ANN ARBOR, MI
  • 02-11-19

Solidly Creepy Small Town Yarn

I found myself enjoying this creepy story about a smalltown with a couple hundred years of questionable history. The main character (who isn't super sharp, but a little suspension of disbelief helps like with most horror) navigates some odd behavior, and discovers the truth of the town leading to a showdown with the underlying cause of everything.

The narrator was pretty good for this style of story, aiding in the building of suspense and delivering lines with aplomb.

I received the review code for this story at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review.

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3.5* - good menacing paranormal thriller

Good story – within the first 20 minutes of the audiobook, you’re able to connect the dots enough to figure out what’s going to happen. What you don’t know until the end is how/why it’s happening. I don’t mind when stories are set up this way, because I like to see how the author leads us through the story. The final reveal reminded me a lot of the old Scooby Doo cartoons; I won’t say anything farther about that, for fear of going into spoiler territory. But if you listen to the audiobook, you’ll see what I mean when you get to the ‘final reveal’ scene.

I thought that both the author and narrator knocked it out of the park with the character of the hero’s police partner. I got a bit frustrated with the hero’s reactions to certain situations, and I felt the final chapter wound things up a bit too conveniently. But overall, I have no major complaints – it was an interesting and menacing story that held my attention and kept me engaged.
The narrator was good for most of his voice characters; I’d listen to this narrator again.

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

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Scary

This book actually reminded me of old Stephen King. It really creeped me out and I couldn’t stop listening to it. The performance was pretty good. I will definitely be seeking out more from this author.

I received this book at no charge at my request. My review is my own.

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I've seen this episode and read this story before

Hi, I'm Patrick and I got a degree but prefer not to use it and become a cop instead. I got shot on the job and decided to move to my wife's hometown with my in laws. It's an odd kind of town with lots of backwards people with some strange thinking. My partner keeps saying things and making these ominous statements but won't tell me what he's talking about, and I'm okay with it because, you know, I'm a taco short of a combo plate.. I keep repeating how I want to spend more time with my family and yet I don't see them that often because I work nights. Also, weird things keep happening weekly if not almost daily involving my son and I blow it all off to moving stress.Why? I don't know, I guess because in the tool shed, I'm like a rusted and dull saw.
My partner, who is a rather disgusting man, keeps telling me to ignore the creepy things we keep seeing these strange things that are similar to what my son described but I go along because I really am becoming quite the idiot. The local librarian one day just comes up to me, also makes an ominous comment and tells me to come see him at the library, he's all nervous but I ignore it and just live in denial because life is better that way.

One day, the local vet calls and I see what looks like some monster is ripping apart a cow so I shoot it then it comes after the vet and rips him apart and while I try to save him my partner yells at me, then some demon like creature, the same ones my son had talked about the day we arrived here, and I am beginning to have suspensions and going to the library, but not now. Weird things are still happening to my son, but it's just the stress of moving even though it's been months now.

Little do I know, but my wife knows all about what's gong to happen and doesn't tell me. She home schooled our son for some weird reason and I will understand all of this at the last moment. I see the librarian again and think about going, but I don't. I do keep thinking about the ominous comment he made and how nervous he was, but I'm not smart enough to take action. Then one day I go there and while he is obviously trying to tell me something, I just ignore it and go back to my state of total denial.

Finally, I find out my son will have to die and he's happy about it, so is my wife and the town and even threaten the librarian who has been trying to help me instead of focusing the anger on who really deserves it because at this point I have gone past the point of idiot and am full blown moron.

I do mange to stop it in the nick of time and we all found out it was all a bunch of lies and the killing of all those boys was for nothing, my wife and her family were in on it, encouraged it, so what do I do? Nothing, me and my stupid, small minded wife don't talk about it and I'm sure it will all be okay in the end and my son won't develop any suicidal or homicidal thoughts or feelings and will just stuff it all down and it might explode, but I'm still living in complete denial because I've now gone beyond moron into a barely thinking man and have now become a total sheep and have that heard mentality. Nice to meet you. Bye now.

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Worth the credit

This book is a good suspense story. It's not for everyone, especially if you don't like stories about children being chosen for sacrifice. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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scary indeed

a very good horror story I like that very much I did like that's the book wasn't too long but did contained a story scary parts and interesting characters overall the book was very enjoyable and I liked it very much
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  • Sara
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  • 01-15-19

3.5 Stars

So Dark Sacrifice is more of a 3.5 star rating. 3 stars it too low personally while 4 stars is a bit too high. I wish I could rate with partial stars.

The story... there was plenty of gore and ickiness, I know... I’m a total grown up here. I really enjoyed the story and the mysteriousness to it all. I like the cult-like and/or brainwashing thoughts we get from residents... the crazies!! There are some areas that I wished the storyline expanded on and that’s where star removals comes in. I definitely think the author could have made this an ultimate creepy horror... it was close.

The narrator, Jack Clancy has a very pleasant voice. I know I thought several times that he would make an excellent television narrator for police shows or even science and history. As a horror audiobook where we are giving children over as sacrifices, I’d just thought there would have been more feelings or anguish in the narrator’s voice. However it stayed very consistent. Which isn’t a negative per say, it’s really a personal preference.