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The Equinox

Narrated by: Scott Cluthe
Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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It has existed for centuries. 

A dark curse held captive by an ancient ritual, a creature of insatiable hunger possessing the ability to change shape at will. During the spring and fall equinox it would break through the walls separating our worlds to feed. 

Now it walks among us, unrestrained, and very hungry. 

Daniel Blackbird has been chasing the murderous shapeshifter known as The Walker across North America for over a decade. From north of the 60th parallel to the city of Chicago and into the heartland of a small midwestern town in Manitoba, Blackbird follows unrelenting, obsessed with vengeance. In its wake, the Walker leaves a bloody trail of eviscerated victims along the path. Blackbird finds himself drawn to the prairie town of Thomasville where a string of child murders is being investigated. 

There, the chief of police, David Logan has uncovered a mass grave in the cornfield of a local farmer named Stephen Hopper. Hopper has confessed, even identified the graves, but claims that he is merely the caretaker of this macabre burial ground and that a creature who he thinks is the devil is responsible. 

As Chief Logan grapples with the unthinkable, Blackbird sets out for the prairie town which, as the equinox approaches, is destined to become a killing ground where cultures and worlds will collide. 

Will he get there in time? And who will believe him?

©2019 MJ Preston (P)2019 WildBlue Press

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Native American Themed Horror

The Equinox is an engrossing novel that jumps between the perspectives of Blackbird, a Native American exiled from his tribe so he can confronting an ancient evil, and small-town Chief of Police, Logan, who investigates a series of child-murders. This allows for a mix of mythology and police investigation, told in really distinct scenes with a good sense of place and personality and build-up to the final confrontation with evil. The story might remind you of some of the 1980s-1990s horror novels which played with Native American monsters and vengeful shamans, but don't be put off, Preston is not derivative. Cluthe's deep voice works well for Logan and I'm glad he didn't do a stereotypical Native American accent for Blackbird's chapters. There did seem to be a bad edit around 8 hrs 48 mins. Overall, a big recommend for a Halloween read.
I was given this free review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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This book gets under your skin

This book will definitely give you the creepy crawlies. It gnaws at the parts of your brain you try not to nourish too often. I am not sure what to say without giving anything away but it's worth your credit.

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Good story

The Equinox is a good story. The narrator just did not for with the dialogue especially doing Native American voices. I loved the storyline but the book was entirely too long. I received this audio book at my request and I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.

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well done story

really good story. liked the characters. narrator was enjoyable to listen too. only thing was there was a little too much detail on some of the more unimportant scenes, but the quality of the writing made up for it. worth a listen

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  • 12-07-19

Dark And Intriguing

Truly a great example of good solid writing. Preston gets to the point, trimming of the fat, to get to the interesting parts. Pretty much every character has a good level of development to the point that they feel like people rather than plot devices. It's easy to get drawn in with some of the great imagery that paints very vivid pictures.

My only real complaint with the book is that it can be somewhat difficult to keep track of characters mainly the police officers. I found myself hearing a name trying to remember who they were. (This is most likely just my poor memory for names but worth a mention)

The narrator (Scott Cluthe) creates a perfect atmosphere for the story to truly take hold. Scott Cluthes overall demeanour perfectly matches the scenes of the book while still keeping a dark tone throughout.

Overall I truly enjoyed my time with The Equinox and I might just re-listen to it at some point

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  • worf19
  • 12-03-19

Excellent And Enjoyable

I really enjoyed this story which was set in North America.I also enjoyed getting to know all the believable and interesting characters, the plot was really clever and it kept my brain cells going right until the exciting conclusion.This book is extremely well written and I look forward to reading other books by MJ Preston. The narrator Scott Cluthe was also superb and really brought the story to life.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an objective and unbiased review, I highly recommend this book to everyone.