Born to Blog gIn the silent wormy darkness he waitsThere is one very important factor to remember when reviewing a book like this namely it has corn fields The dark shape hunched over the corpse raised its head and looked at him without expression for a long moment and then the bloody mouth opened in areat smile full of immense darkness and hunger lips parting to reveal hideous teeth that were The New Alpha grimed with pink white tatters of fleshIndeedy It s like thatbut it also isn t See Dead Man s Song is actually a slower burner compared to its predecessor but the end result is every bit as rewarding I really enjoyed the first book in the Pine Deep Trilogy Ghost Road Blues and imagine my pleasant surprise when the author himself commented on my review even if it was to set me straight on one or two things This second instalment in the trilogy takes off exactly where the first book stopped And boy does it ever The dead body in the mound was struggling to sit up It pushed dirt away from its mouth pushed at the heavy clods clawed at the soft soil for purchase until it sat erect Then it turned a dirt smeared white face at him and smiled He screamed once a shrill tearing scream of absolute horror and ranIt s a veritable labyrinth conspiracy of evil that reaches back decades Expect some shocking revelations regarding a few of the main players I appreciated the additional information regarding the Black Harvest and the fate of Oren Morse The story is just so muchreater once it starts making senseI do suggest though that you don t let Accelerated Learning grassrow beneath your feet between books otherwise you will be at least a bit lost This particular entry also reuires a bit of a paradigm shift on the reader s part if I learnt anything from Dead Man s Song it s not to make any assumptions about where a story is headed This whole thing was Fitzpatricks Dermatology in General Medicine, Eighth Edition, 2 Volume Set giving him an increasingly bad feelingIt s atmospheric stuff all round and while comparisons with Stephen King have been drawn I found that it really isn t uite the same This is aood thing while there are definite echoes of the likes of Salem s Lot Maberry clearly has his own voice I highly recommend this whole trilogy so far to readers who enjoy big horror stories He did not notice that all of the trees around him with filled with crows each of them watching him with bottomless black eyes I was a bit unsure about the first one and almost left it at the semi happy ending at the end of it but now I m The Dual Diagnosis Recovery Sourcebook glad I kept on reading because by now I m really sold on this trilogy lolThis second book picks up right after the events of book 1 Val and Crow beaten and hauntedet out of the hospital But they are not the only ones shaken there is a lot of personal stuff Clashing Views on Abnormal Psychology going on Not much happens apart from that There are still cops and agents trying to find out what is what but that is basically background noise The town is still affected by a black harvest which means that tensions are high even if we discount the happenings of the first book More importantly however this second volume is about what happens in the shadows the big badetting ready for the showdown and pulling the strings out of the shadows And it is about what happened when Crow Val and Terry were still kids because as the reader already knows this has direct implications on what is happening right nowWhat I liked most was the exploration of the history of Pine Deep not just when Griswald killed Terry s sister Crow s brother and all those other people but even longer ago than that as well as the interpersonal relationships I did like Crow the male MC and Val the female MC Crow s fianc e in the first book already but many of the other characters like Terry and Sal Writing Matters! - Student Book got a bit screen time now and it did themood Sure many of the descriptions and even motivations are still utterly predictable and standard but I like the small town feel of things I mean tropes come from somewhere Besides those tropes ive me hope for who is oing to survive and who s not Murder Shoots the Bull (Southern Sisters, going to make it so there s thatAnd the author managed something else that many others apparently can t he wrote a kick ass female character that is nevertheless normal shaken by events vulnerable not too over the top in any wayThe kicker here was that we finallyet some of the supernatural elements being pronounced and that while it is a mix of things it seems to be working well together I like when even fantastical stuff is realistic Again there is some action here one could even say that it is or less a copy of the action in the first volume and like I said most of the things happening are preparations meaning the monsters can t operate out in the open which Hudson Valley Mediterranean gives the story a deliciously creepy feel Butenerally there is Doing Democracy in Indigenen Gemeinschaften going on than in book 1 because some people of course catch on to things do their own research andet ready as well so one does feel a nice progression while the timeline is showing a nice pace naturally people would be slow to catch on to thingsSo while I was being The Secrets of Boys generous with book 1 this volume definitely deserves the 4 stars I really enjoyed the first book but I had to struggle toet through the first 80% of this one It was bogged down with repetition oftentimes of useless facts eg Val s scars and motorcycle accidents even certain lines repeated word for word There were too many odes to Val and Crow s undying love and a sixteen minute sex scene that was dreadfully boring It is loaded with dream seuences and repetitious dream seuences But the worst part was all the recapping of the first book I do not exaggerate when I say that this book is about 50% recap of the first bookSo why even three stars The last 20% and the interludes were pure horror Stop Whining--and Start Winning gold though one must really suspend disbelief view spoiler Our fearless herooes to the one place where the baddies could attack and kill capture rape torment or do whatever else to him without anyone ever finding him but instead to largely ignore him and attack a farm
Where Murders Had Occurred Twice Before murders had occurred which at the very least have a police detail andor lingering media presence on it but doesn t Ruger himself Charlie and the Christmas Kitty going out in the daylight to watch not act at the farm when the shade of dark hollow would have been much conducive I couldo on but hide spoiler I was very excited about this series when I had. EVIL ENDURESOnce an idyllic Pennsylvania village Pine Deep awoke one morning to find itself bathed in a massive bloodletting Twice in thirty years the townsfolk have endured the savage hungers of a murderous madmanbut if the residents think the de. Iter of non fiction books about martial arts and picked up Ghost Road Blues the first novel in the Pine Deep Trilogy It was as I wrote a couple months ago in my lazy one sentence review the sound of one of my favorite horror writers still finding his voice That book held Il sale della vita great promise detailing an epic supernatural struggle in the haunted town of Pine Deep PA on that in a second but also featuring some clunky description and plotting as well as most surprisingly some unforgivably cheeseball dialogueIf there s one thing the Great Bookshelf Deprivation Project ensures it s that I ll continue reading series that might not initiallyrab me Also Maberry has engendered enough My Favorite Things goodwill from the Ledger series for me toive Pine Deep another shot Sadly Dead Man s Song the second book in the trilogy only adds to the impression that Maberry still hadn t figured out who he was as a writerThe fault isn t in the premise In Ghost Road Blues we re introduced to the town of Pine Deep which was the site of a ruesome series of murders in the 1970s The details of that backstory are too circuitous to o into here except to say that it involves a murderous German named Ubel Griswold and an African American hippie called the Bone Man by the local children who was framed for the murders and lynched by the racist townspeople Fast forward to the present day and the The Nine of Us grown survivors of that tragedy ex cop Malcolm Crow hisirlfriend Val and town mayor Terry become involved in another series of senseless killings when a trio of fugitives arrives in Pine Deep As it turns out the leader of the ang Karl Ruger is working in the service of Griswold who but of course isn t just any arden variety murderous German but a murderous German who may or may not be an immortal source of evil and therefore responsible for both Hitler and Justin Bieber Ruger teams up with some of the Bone Man s Hiding in the Bathroom grown killers to enact a plot whose desired outcome still hasn t been revealed by the end of the second book Crow Val and Terry are the only thing standing between Ruger and total domination of Pine Deep and they re aided in this by thehostly form of the Bone Man who acts as a sort of mystical protector At the end of the book Crow seems to have killed Ruger and everything appears to be hunky dory despite the trail of carnage that preceded their final confrontation and Ruger s warning to Crow Ubel Griswold sends his regardsDead Man s Song picks up almost immediately after the closing pages of Ghost Road Blues and maybe the most frustrating thing about the book is how little progress is made in it The bad The Perils of Pursuing a Prince (Desperate Debutantes, guys kill some people theood The Barracks Thief and Selected Stories guys worry about who the baduys will kill next we learn some about why the bad uys are killing people it involves vampires and werewolves but in terms of momentum the book is largely an exercise in stasis Which is weird because I mean stuff happens Life and death fate of the free world hanging in the balance stuff But at the end of 500 pages everyone is pretty much at the exact same place they were at the beginning And that s sort of weird when I consider how Maberry s Joe Ledger series is a careening beast with a race against the clock almost always the default settingSo there s that problemThere s also the issue of some tremendously stilted dialogue pitched to be clever but reading like conversations that have never actually been spoken anywhere on the planet Witty banter is tough to pull off Carl Hiaasen can do it Denis Johnson can do it El Leonard can do it and was probably the best at it The Jonathan Maberry of Dead Man s Song can t although the Jonathan Maberry of Patient Zero can Many of the exchanges between characters had me alternately rolling my eyes or sighing such as this one between Crow and Terry Crow for God s sake stop looking at me like I have two heads If I m oing crazy then I m The Commodore (Aubrey/Maturin, going crazy Don t worry once Halloween is over I m planning on checking myself into a hospital for a nice long stay and when Iet out
PROVIDING THEY DON T THROW AWAY THE KEY I they don t throw away the key I taking Sarah and the kids to Jamaica for the rest of the winter No crops blighted or otherwise And no Halloween Sounds like a plan Crow cleared his throat again And stop clearing your Dare Mighty Things goddamn throat Well dude cut me a break My best friends isoing crackers on me and I have no freaking clue about what to say or what to do Terry looked at him and for a moment a smile softened the worry lines on his face Being my best friend is doing a lot
believe me Pardon me while I say nothing during the awkward pause that has to follow that kind of me Pardon me while I say nothing during the awkward pause that has to follow that kind of Terry threw a small pillow at him Crow duckedIt s all just so very precious and cutesy and cumulatively it s hard to take seriously And as much as I hate to do it let s talk love scenes for a minute If ever one has been written that works I ve yet to discover it And Maberry certainly hasn t mastered the craft While it s tempting to share one of the most explicit passages in a multi page howler of a scene between Crow and Val that I think is meant to pass as the calm before the storm at the book s climax here s a less explicit scene that s no less silly for all its detailAfter a while once her skin has soaked up the richness of the water Crow slipped one hand into a terrycloth mitten Wetting it he fetched a bar of scented wheat and lavender soap and worked up a The Texas Rangers Heiress Wife good lather then he helped her to stand up in the tub Water sluiced down the lovely length of her and pausing once in a while to kiss herlistening hide he used the luxurious soap and the Her Outback Protector (Men of the Outback gentle roughness of the mitten to wash every inch of herlorious skin He was diligent in his thoroughness and then with a large bath ladle he poured water over her to rinse away the soap He drained most of the water from the tub as he did so and uickly refilled it so that when he helped her down again she lay in fresh water and that sloshed around herIt s just BlergMaybe I m handicapped by knowing how Eternal Quest good Maberry wouldet in water and that sloshed around herIt s just BlergMaybe I m handicapped by knowing how The Widows Little Secret good Maberry wouldet in couple years but I m really conflicted by this series It s not unreadable but if I had encountered the Pine Deep trilogy first it s doubtful I would ve stuck around for Joe Ledger One book to Resurrection Year go Here s hoping Maberry brings it home in a way that redeems the first two episodesSee all my reviews atoldstarforrobotboynet. The uiet little town into hell on earth Their only hope is to find the source But the secrets that lurk in the heart of Pine Deep are twisted into its very roots This time the townspeople aren't just fighting for their lives but for their very sou.
Jonathan Maberry ↠ 5 SummaryFinished Ghost Road BluesNow after finishing Dead Man s Song I couldn t care lessI was very impressed with Maberry s work in the first novel A perfect mix of descriptive prose and dialogue which made it a very fun read But there were a few issues I had with Dead Man s Song that bothered me so much that it completely turned me off the seriesNow before you read any further be warned that some of what I am The Fire Within (Rockford Fire Department going to write will spoil a bit from the first novelFirst and foremost Val and CrowSo Val loves her Dad Dadets killed by Ruger Not two days later the dialogue and exchanges between Van and Crow inexplicably has such a lighthearted and teasing tone that it was barely tolerableDaddy s been murdered history looks to be repeating itself with horrific murders to come Pine Deep is oing to Hell in a handcart but We re ENGAGED We re GOING TO HAVE A BABY She s my FIANCEE I just can t wait to tell EVERYONE I seeTo uote Oliver Reed s character from Burnt Offerings Life sure as hell oes on doesn t it MarionI m sorry I really found it nauseatingSo this kind of thing was happening a lot and my eyerolling was making me dizzy Yet I persevered despite this and several typos and misprints like taking the foot off the Tame an Older Man (Harlequin American Romance, gas and the car starts to roll forwardYes I stuck with it Until thisSo Crow just finishes telling a reporter that he believes inhosts A few pages later his distraught best friend Terry confides in him that he has been visited by the Treacherous Is the Night (Verity Kent, ghost of his dead sister Crow suggests he see a psychiatristThat did it I skimmed the last 200 pages and I m done with it allI won tive it one star because he does have a A Miracle, A Universe great story ideaoing here so I ll ive it two 5 starsThis book from 25% in takes off like a runaway freight train Where the first novel in the series Ghost Road Blues was a slowly building thriller with tinges of the supernatural in it This one oes dark and deep very uickly and we are treated to a Aguecheeks Beef, Belchs Hiccup, and Other Gastronomic Interjections great deal of monstershosts and the undead Being a second of three in a trilogy we Black Metropolis, Vol. 2 get the normal added layers to our main characters through further backstories Our main hero Malcolm Crow is the shining star in this one and much of the action centers on him Iron Mike Sweeneyrows up uite a bit and his role in this seems to be made clear Mike takes a job with Crow and takes on the role of his apprentice One of the best things about this series is the connection between our strong hero and this By Words Alone growing troubled boyI loved the way Crow convinces Mike to take his offer to be trained on how to fight to survive Down and dirty tricks and secrets that Mike can use to stand up for himself Mike Maybe there s aroove we readers need to fall into with certain authors and I certainly needed to find it here or at least for the first novel but fortunately I had no problems with this oneMaybe it s just the fact that the established MC s that I ve rown to love are still alive and kicking and raising hell when the time is right That s pretty satisfying in any book but this does a really fine job of characterization The evil men aren t uite so cardboard
here My sympathies are only strengthened in the soup Val undergoes And Mike I m always lovingMy sympathies are only strengthened in pain soup Val undergoes And Mike I m always loving hell out of him Crow s a eeky dream but I m eually horrified and rooting for Mike This is shaping into a horror that SK geeky dream but I m eually horrified and rooting for Mike This is shaping into a horror that SK be proud of Hell just thinking about putting all these books together into one long story Enduring Truths gives it exactly that kind of edge Epic Horror That is a huge cast of characters in a small town besieged by an old evil that will consume them all if something isn t done kind of horror I m uite happy with this It was October when it happened It should alwaysbe October when these things happen In October youexpect things to die There is areat book here somewhere but it s buried beneath 400 pages of filler The second book in my favorite horror trilogy of all time I really didn t have a favorite book of the three I liked them all eually and honestly in my mind it was just one really long story The Pine Deep Trilogy just Myst gets my highest possible recommendation I personally put these books right on the same level as Stephen King s novels and considering King is my all time favorite writer that s high praise indeedI always do spoiler free reviews so I neverive away details but if you like your horror with monsters The Chinese Love Pavilion ghosts and justenerally creepy happenings you ll love this series The writing flows really well and when you re done with the series you ll be hoping Maberry eventually revisits Pine Deep Once again my highest possible recommendation but if you do decide to read the Pine Deep Trilogy of course start with the first volume of the series Ghost Road Blues Authors are like musicians in one important way Some bands emerge on the scene fully formed delivering a debut that appears to encapsulate everything The Peloponnesian War great they would eventually accomplish Think Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division or Oasis Definitely Maybe or Entertainment by Gang of Four These albums land with a seismic impact that heralds the arrival of An Important Voice one that the rest of us mortals should do well to noticeOther bands Their first albums resemble the toddler taking his first wobbly steps The potential forreat things is clearly there but the talent still needs some time to incubate The best contemporary example of this is probably Radiohead s 1993 debut Pablo Honey There was nothing on that album not even the juggernaut of Creep to indicate that within four years they d transform into one of the most influential bands of all timeSome authors follow similar trajectories either delivering a powerhouse of a debut or stumbling about for a book or two before hitting their stride As a huge fan of author Jonathan Maberry it s obvious from Dead Man s Song that early in his career he was Radiohead than Gang of Four lots of promise but still lacking in execution I first discovered him through 2009 s Patient Zero the first of his books to feature Joe Ledger the leader of a secret overnment agency devoted to tackling paranormal threats This series remains hugely satisfying action packed dark in tone and featuring some deliciously hard boiled dialogue from Ledger and his teamI recently backtracked to the beginning of Maberry s fiction career he started as a wr. Ath of serial killer Karl Ruger put an end to the carnage they're dead wrongTHE NIGHTMARE NEVER ENDSBodies mutilated beyond description innocents driven to acts of vicious madness A monstrous evil is preying on the living and the dead and turning. ,