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The Devoured

Narrated by: Jason Sprenger
Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
4.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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A grim and compelling new vision of The Old West, filtered through Norse and Native American myth. The old man had lost nearly everything- his family, his home, his war. Now, after years of bloody conflict, he must confront a malevolent cosmic entity to save his only son.

Armed with little more than steel and hatred, the old man embarks on a hopeless war against the devouring gods from beyond the stars and their agents on Earth. Leaving a trail of bullets and bodies from Oakland to Omaha, he battles witches, evangelical cannibals, Native shamans, and possessed lawmen.

His final stop: an accursed railroad town where the old man will make a final stand for his son's life against the first amongst the Devourers - the dark titan, Thurs.

©2017 Curtis M. Lawson (P)2017 Curtis M. Lawson

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  • Al
  • British Columbia
  • 06-25-18

Dark Historical Fantasy with some great twists

I kindly received a copy of the audiobook from the author with the option to leave a review. So here goes:

Alright, check this out for a hook - an ex-Confederate soldier rescues an African-American kid from a hillbilly cannibal while endeavouring to rescue his half-native American son from the gods of Utgard. Yes, that Utgard. Good start?

Call this historical fantasy. It's nicely rooted in what we generally consider the Old West, but spans most of the fledgling USA. The plot revolves around the father and son, with them alternating chapters for the most part. The father (the Old Man) is likable enough, an interesting character who could have been a dull stereotype, but you root for him throughout as he fights all manner of witches and ghouls as he searches for his son.

The son, Emmett, is the sympathetic one. Told in a time lapse, Emmett is left with his mother when his father joins the Civil War. The mother falls ill, and Emmett takes it upon himself to save her. However, at just 16 and treated with disdain almost everywhere he goes due to his heritage, Emmett is left with some bad choices, which set the whole story on it's downward spiral.

Extremely well written, and narrated, the story oozes darkness from start to end, and is likely not to everyone's taste. However, if you like your fantasy dark and gritty, I would suggest you check this one out.

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Excellent story

I have always been fascinated by ancient mythologies, so this book definitely caught my interest. It takes place during what seems to be the end of the civil war. Emmett and his Native American mother were left at home while his father, a white man, was off fighting in the war. Emmett was 16 and his mother became deathly ill. Medicines and doctors couldn't heal her so Emmett decides to connect with his mother's father who is a shaman. Unfortunately, his grandfather is also dying and is not in his right mind. He offers Emmett a way to save his mother by contacting an ancient spirit. This is where the Native and Norse mythology comes into the story with ancient Gods, witches, giants, and other beings. Overall, it was a great story with a great narration. Jason Sprenger has the perfect voice for this story.

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Chaos in ther old west

The Devoured follows a young man who has been corrupted by forces beyond this world. To save his mother he must make a blood sacrifice to get the god of death to spare her. The only thing you can buy a life for is another life and thus his corruption begins. As this is happening the son's father is returning from the civil war (losing side) and must find a way to save his only son as he fights gods and cannibals to make it home.

I like the way the author weaves the mystical into out reality to make one crazy universe. I am going to continue on with him to try to glean more of the rules of his book-verse.

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Action fantasy fans are going to dig this one

Here's my dilemma. I read another one of Mr. Lawson's other works recently and really liked it. This one I knew by reading the description was going to be too "fantasy" for me. Then I was given the opportunity to get a review audiobook from the author. I can't pass up a good freebie, so I jumped on it.

Since I already admitted being a hater of all things fantasy, this was way better than I expected. Fast moving and entertaining and narrated very well. I liked it. I look forward to more of this authors work for sure. He hasn't changed my mind about fantasy reads...but he makes a good case for me to stop disregarding them entirely...

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Lovecraft like story line

This book had all the makings of a Lovecraft horror story, except Cthulhu. The western theme was refreshing.

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A diamond in the rough!

What a book! You could've put Cormac Mccarthy's name on the cover, and you'd have me fooled. It's beautifully written; the author is a real craftsman.

Two storylines unfold: the protagonist, a war-weary old gunslinger on a mission to free his son from a surreal evil; and young man tempted into a life of the same evil. They come together in a satisfying ending.

Can't recommend this one enough!

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  • TU
  • 07-09-18

Fantastic dark fantasy set in the old west

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a really interesting and engaging dark fantasy set in the old west. I really liked the grit the story and the narration. The narrator did a great job of bringing the book to life. If you decide to check this book out, just keep in mind, this is a DARK fantasy and it gets pretty dark at times. If you are easily offended by language or intense imagery, you should probably not listen to this book. Otherwise, you should definitely go for it, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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Amazing!!

This book brings together Native American and Norse mythology in the 1800's setting. I love mythology and considering those two are in my top 5 of world myths I cannot complain......I guess I could if it wasn't done well. I never read/listened to anything by Curtis M. Lawson before, but I will be trying more or his work.

Horror meets a Western, love every minute of it.

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

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Quite Different

I really did enjoy listening to the book, first one by author. It is a deep mythological book with Indians, history, witches, monsters and more. My favorite characters were Old Man and Hank. At first Emmett (old man’s son) hand good intention of saving his mother by visit her father a Shaman then he gets out of control under the influence of evil and his father helps to save him. I hope there is another is the works to find out how Hank carries on. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you

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Not for me

At first I really started to like it, then it became confusing to me and a little to dark for my taste.
On the other hand the narrator's voice was perfect especially for "the old man".
This is my opinion only & should be considered with others as a whole.This audio was given to me free at my request & I made this review voluntarily. Thank you for the opportunity.