Jonathan Maberry: Dead Man's Song Book 2

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I was bit unsure bout the first one nd Romeo for Real almost left itt the semi happy ending t the end of it but now I m glad I kept on reading because by now I m really sold on this trilogy lolThis second book picks up right fter the events of book 1 Val nd Crow beaten nd haunted get out of the hospital But they LogoLounge 2 are not the only ones shaken there is lot of personal stuff going on Not much happens Bad Billy Brighton apart from that Therere still cops nd gents trying to find out what is what but that is basically background noise The town is still ffected by black harvest which means that tensions re high even if we discount the happenings of the first book More importantly however this second volume is bout what happens in the shadows the big bad getting ready for the showdown nd pulling the strings out of the shadows And it is bout what happened when Crow Val nd Terry were still kids because s the reader A Knife in the Heart 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 brothernd ll those other people but even longer go than that s well s the interpersonal relationships I did like Crow the male MC nd Val the female MC Crow s fianc e in the first book lready but many of the other characters like Terry nd Sal got bit screen time now A Bollywood Affair and it did them good Sure many of the descriptionsnd even motivations re still utterly predictable nd standard but I like the small town feel of things I mean tropes come from somewhere Besides those tropes give me hope for who is going to survive nd who s not going to make it so there s thatAnd the uthor managed something else that many others The Scent of Rosa's Oil apparently can t he wrote kick ss female character that is nevertheless normal shaken by events vulnerable not too over the top in ny wayThe kicker here was that we finally get some of the supernatural elements being pronounced Nobodys Angel (Willow Park, and that while it is mix of things it seems to be working well together I like when even fantastical stuff is realistic Again there is some ction here one could even say that it is or less copy of the ction in the first volume nd like I said most of the things happening re preparations meaning the monsters can t operate out in the open which gives the story deliciously creepy feel But generally there is going on than in book 1 because some people of course catch on to things do their own research Defending Hearts and get readys well so one does feel nice progression while the timeline is showing nice pace naturally people would be slow to catch on to thingsSo while I was being generous with book 1 this volume definitely deserves the 4 stars There is great book here somewhere but it s buried beneath 400 pages of filler 5 starsThis book from 25% in takes off like runaway freight train Where the first novel in the series Ghost Road Blues was slowly building thriller with tinges of the supernatural in it This one goes dark nd deep very uickly nd we re treated to Feel the Heat (Phoenix Agency, a great deal of monsters ghostsnd the undead Being second of three in trilogy we get the normal Sudden Fury (The Last Gunfighter, added layers to our main characters through further backstories Our main hero Malcolm Crow is the shining star in this onend much of the Spiky action centers on him Iron Mike Sweeney grows up uite bit nd his role in this seems to be made clear Mike takes job with Crow nd takes on the role of his pprentice One of the best things Dungeon of Death about this series is the connection between our strong herond this growing troubled boyI loved the way Crow convinces Mike to take his offer to be trained on how to fight to survive Down nd dirty tricks nd secrets that Mike can use to stand up for himself Mike Love Rockets a complete introvertllows Crow to push him because of the honesty nd openness the man presents him Crow tells Mike bout his troubled past his father A Deceptive Homecoming (Hattie Davish Mystery, and his need to learn to be survivorMike has many dreams that get darker nd scarier nd foretell n wful futureThe Bone Man plays some key roles in this one He is mazed t his pparent bilities s ghost The Hired Man and believes that he must be there for good reasonCrow goes on n interview nd then field trip to the Griswold s place with n interesting reporter named Newton The Almost A Gentleman adventure down into the holend through the trees nd brush was written beautifully It was suspenseful colorful nd scary The tension built s the two men came closer to Ubel Griswold s home Maberry masterfully layered on the backstory of the horrors of Griswold s Crow recounted it to Newton s they hiked long I loved the dialog between the two men when they finally reached the ominous home The ction that unfolds fro that point on until the end of the novel left me breathlessI have never mentioned the fact that Maberry is master t telling descriptive fight scene He is bloody gory Here by the Bloods and detailed He can make your stomach turn make you flinchnd have you hooting nd hollering for bloody fun There re many truly great ction seuences in these novels I could see Maberry writing n effective detective noir novelGriswold unleashes his rmy of monsters of undead nd unliving The end is pproachingI bsolutely loved this book nd highly recommend it to ll horror lovers or even those that read dark urban fantasy Maybe there s Bound (Torn Trilogy, a groove we readers need to fall into with certainuthors nd I certainly needed to find it here or t 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 grown to l I really enjoyed the first book but I had to struggle to get through the first 80% of this one It was bogged down with repetition oftentimes of useless facts eg Val s scars nd motorcycle ccidents even certain lines repeated word for word There were too many odes to Val nd Crow s undying love nd Loyalty and Lies a sixteen minute sex scene that was dreadfully boring It is loaded with dream seuencesnd repetitious dream seuences But the worst part was ll the recapping of the first book I do not exaggerate when I say that this book is bout 50% recap of the first bookSo why even three stars The last 20% Fortunes Flames and the interludes were pure horror gold though one must really suspend disbelief view spoiler Our fearless hero goes to the one place where the baddies couldttack nd kill capture rape torment or do whatever else to him without nyone ever finding him but instead choose to largely ignore him nd ttack farm where murders had occurred twice before which should t the very least have police detail ndor lingering media presence on it but doesn t Ruger himself going out in the daylight to watch not ct t the farm when the shade of dark hollow would have been much conducive I could go on but hide. EVIL ENDURESOnce n idyllic Pennsylvania village Pine Deep woke one morning to find itself bathed in Claiming Her a massive bloodletting Twice in thirty years the townsfolk have endured the savage hungers of murderous madmanbut if the residents think the de.

As 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 secret government gency devoted to tackling paranormal threats This series remains hugely satisfying ction packed dark in tone nd featuring some deliciously hard boiled dialogue from Ledger nd his teamI recently backtracked to the beginning of Maberry s fiction career he started s writer of non fiction books bout martial rts nd picked up Ghost Road Blues the first novel in the Pine Deep Trilogy It was Murder Go Round as I wrote couple months How Foreign Policy Decisions Are Made In The Third World: A Comparative Analysis ago in my lazy one sentence review the sound of one of my favorite horror writers still finding his voice That book held great promise detailingn epic supernatural struggle in the haunted town of Pine Deep PA on that in Alcohol Fuels: Policies, Production, And Potential a second butlso featuring some clunky description nd plotting s well Cambridge Modern History volumes 1-5 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 initially grab me Also Maberry has engendered enough goodwill from the Ledger series for me to give Pine Deepnother shot Sadly Dead Man s Song the second book in the trilogy only The Heart Of The Hawk (Book 1) adds to the impression that Maberry still hadn t figured out who he wass Spices, Saints, and Saracens: The Egyptian Wanderings of a Dominican Friar, 1483 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 gruesome series of murders in the 1970s The details of that backstory re too circuitous to go into here except to say that it involves murderous German named Ubel Griswold Empire of the Waves: Voyage of the Moon Child andn African American hippie called the Bone Man by the local children who was framed for the murders The Object of Performance: The American Avant-Garde since 1970 and lynched by the racist townspeople Fast forward to the present daynd the grown survivors of that tragedy ex cop Malcolm Crow his girlfriend Val Of Mice and Men and town mayor Terry become involved innother series of senseless killings when trio of fugitives rrives in Pine Deep As it turns out the leader of the gang Karl Ruger is working in the service of Griswold who but of course isn t just ny garden variety murderous German but murderous German who may or may not be n immortal source of evil nd therefore responsible for both Hitler nd Justin Bieber Ruger teams up with some of the Bone Man s grown killers to enact plot whose desired outcome still hasn t been revealed by the end of the second book Crow Val I Was Anastasia and Terryre the only thing standing between Ruger Choice of the Cat and total domination of Pine Deepnd they re Three Cups of Deceit aided in this by the ghostly form of the Bone Man whocts s sort of mystical protector At the end of the book Crow seems to have killed Ruger A Banner With a Strange Device: A Novel of Boston and everythingppears to be hunky dory despite the trail of carnage that preceded their final confrontation nd Ruger s warning to Crow Ubel Griswold sends his regardsDead Man s Song picks up lmost immediately fter the closing pages of Ghost Road Blues nd maybe the most frustrating thing Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World about the book is how little progress is made in it The bad guys kill some people the good guys worrybout who the bad guys will kill next we learn some The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors about why the bad guysre killing people it involves vampires Yoga: The Art of Adjusting and werewolves but in terms of momentum the book is largelyn exercise in stasis Which is weird because I mean stuff happens Life nd death fate of the free world hanging in the balance stuff But t the end of 500 pages everyone is pretty much The Neural Basis of Free Will at the exact same place they weret the beginning And that s sort of weird when I consider how Maberry s Joe Ledger series is careening beast with race gainst the clock lmost lways the default settingSo there s that problemThere s lso the issue of some tremendously stilted dialogue pitched to be clever but reading like conversations that have never Locked and Loaded (U.S. Marshals, actually been spokennywhere 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 Past Destinies and was probably the bestt it The Jonathan Maberry of Dead Man s Song can t Travels: Collected Writings, 1950-1993 although the Jonathan Maberry of Patient Zero can Many of the exchanges between characters had melternately rolling my eyes or sighing such If Wishes Were Horses as this one between Crownd Terry Crow for God s sake stop looking t me like I have two heads If I m going crazy then I m going crazy Don t worry once Halloween is over I m planning on checking myself into hospital for nice long stay nd when I get out providing they don t throw way the key I m taking Sarah nd the kids to Jamaica for the rest of the winter No crops blighted or otherwise And no Halloween Sounds like plan Crow cleared his throat gain And stop clearing your goddamn throat Well dude cut me break My best friends is going crackers on me nd I have no freaking clue bout what to say or what to do Terry looked t him Rainbow Brite: Starlite Saves the Day and for moment A Social History of Modern Art, Volume 2: Art in an Age of Bonapartism, 1800-1815 a smile softened the worry lines on his face Being my best friend is doing lot believe me Pardon me while I say nothing during the wkward pause that has to follow that kind of statement Terry threw small pillow t him Crow duckedIt s ll just so very precious nd cutesy nd cumulatively it s hard to take seriously And The Unspeakable Mind as muchs I hate to do it let s talk love scenes for 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 multi page howler of Time and Philosophy: A History of Continental Thought a scene between Crownd Val that I think is meant to pass Murder at Beechwood as the calm before the stormt the book s climax here s less explicit scene that s no less silly for ll its detailAfter while once her skin has soaked up the richness of the water Crow slipped one hand into terrycloth mitten Wetting it he fetched bar of scented wheat nd lavender soap Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space and worked up good lather then he helped her to stand up in the tub Water sluiced down the lovely length of her Revelations from Revelation (Mass Market) and pausing once in while to kiss her glistening hide he used the luxurious soap Jane and the Stillroom Maid (Jane Austen Mysteries, and the gentle roughness of the mitten to wash every inch of her glorious skin He was diligent in his thoroughnessnd then with Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil a large bath ladle he poured water over her to rinseway the soap He drained most of the water from the tub s he did so nd uickly refilled it so that when he helped her down gain she lay in fresh water nd that sloshed Alien: Sea of Sorrows around herIt s just BlergMaybe I m handicapped by knowing how good Maberry would get 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 Journey Of Fate around for Joe Ledger One book to go Here s hoping Maberry brings it home in way that redeems the first two episodesSee Judas of Nazareth: How the Greatest Teacher of First-Century Israel Was Replaced by a Literary Creation all my reviewst goldstarforrobotboynet. 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 Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear. Take the Leap. Live On Purpose. are twisted into its very roots This time the townspeopleren't just fighting for their lives but for their very sou.

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Spoiler The second book in my favorite horror trilogy of ll time I really didn t have favorite book of the three I liked them Holding Up the Universe all euallynd honestly in my mind it was just one really long story The Pine Deep Trilogy just gets my highest possible recommendation I personally put these books right on the same level s Stephen King s novels nd considering King is my Satellite all time favorite writer that s high praise indeedIlways do spoiler free reviews so I never give Blank Darkness away details but if you like your horror with monsters ghostsnd just generally creepy happenings you ll love this series The writing flows really well nd when you re done with the series you ll be hoping Maberry eventually revisits Pine Deep Once gain 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 In the silent wormy darkness he waitsThere is one very important factor to remember when reviewing Makers a book like this namely it has corn fields The dark shape hunched over the corpse raised its headnd looked The Heart Has Its Reasons at him without expression for long moment Americana: A 400-Year History of American Capitalism and then the bloody mouth opened in great smile full of immense darkness nd hunger lips parting to reveal hideous teeth that were grimed with pink white tatters of fleshIndeedy It s like thatbut it lso isn t See Dead Man s Song is ctually slower burner compared to its predecessor but the end result is every bit Kneller's Happy Campers as rewarding I really enjoyed the first book in the Pine Deep Trilogy Ghost Road Bluesnd imagine my pleasant surprise when the Haunted Houses For the Millions 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 dirtway from its mouth pushed t the heavy clods clawed t the soft soil for purchase until it sat erect Then it turned Reclaiming Love: Radical Relationships in a Complex World a dirt smeared white facet him Playing with Fire: How the Bible Ignites Change in Your Soul and smiled He screamed once shrill tearing scream of The People's Songs: The Story of Modern Britain in 50 Records absolute horrornd ranIt s veritable labyrinth conspiracy of evil that reaches back decades Expect some shocking revelations regarding few of the main players I ppreciated the dditional information regarding the Black Harvest The Dawn of Christmas and the fate of Oren Morse The story is just so much greater once it starts making senseI do suggest though that you don t let grass grow beneath your feet between books otherwise you will bet least bit lost This particular entry lso reuires Bark a bit of paradigm shift on the reader s part if I learnt Eden's Gate anything from Dead Man s Song it s not to makeny Her Bear Twins assumptionsbout where Bumps, Bruises and Bouncing Back: A Young Woman's Adventures into Womanhood a story is headed This whole thing was giving himn increasingly bad feelingIt s tmospheric stuff ll round My Lady Viper (Tales From the Tudor Court, and while comparisons with Stephen King have been drawn I found that it really isn t uite the same This is good thing while there re 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 ll of the trees round him with filled with crows each of them watching him with bottomless black eyes It was October when it happened It should lwaysbe October when these things happen In October youexpect things to dieVote This long trilogy with its load of iconic monsters of horror genre is just well written nd the perfect Halloween season reading but gain like fter reading first book last year it not entertained me enough to start s soon s possible nother 400 pages of itLoving the storyline characters Dunkirk: Fight to the Last Man and some parts like the mayor s sister ghostnd Ubel Griswold s mansion in Dark Hollow chapters The Light in Our Houses are really creepy but plot is dragging lot nd Crow nd Val re so corny that make me eyeroll lotOh well I know How to Get People to Do Stuff: The Psychology of Persuasion again what I m going to read next October just hope the ending is not going to be big disappointment I was very excited bout this series when I had finished Ghost Road BluesNow fter 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 nd dialogue which made it very fun read But there were 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 ny further be warned that some of what I Highland Hucow: Milking Marie am going to write will spoil bit from the first novelFirst Call the Fire Brigade: Fighting London's Fires and foremost Valnd CrowSo Val loves her Dad Dad gets killed by Ruger Not two days later the dialogue nd exchanges between Van nd Crow inexplicably has such lighthearted nd teasing tone that it was barely tolerableDaddy s been murdered history looks to be repeating itself with horrific murders to come Pine Deep is going to Hell in Edward Keating 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 sures hell goes on doesn t it MarionI m sorry I really found it nauseatingSo this kind of thing was happening Berlin på 8 kapitel a lotnd my eyerolling was making me dizzy Yet I persevered despite this Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City and several typosnd misprints like taking the foot off the gas Shelley And Nonviolence and the car starts to roll forwardYes I stuck with it Until thisSo Crow just finishes telling reporter that he believes in ghosts A few pages later his distraught best friend Terry confides in him that he has been visited by the ghost of his dead sister Crow suggests he see psychiatristThat did it I skimmed the last 200 pages nd I m done with it Cross (Jack Taylor, allI won t give it one star because he does have great story idea going here so I ll give it two Authors re like musicians in one important way Some bands emerge on the scene fully formed delivering debut that The Lady and the Generals: Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma's struggle for freedom appears to encapsulate everything great they would eventuallyccomplish Think Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division or Oasis Definitely Maybe or Entertainment by Gang of Four These Stripped to the Bone albums land with seismic impact that heralds the Trials: On Death Row in Pakistan arrival of An Important Voice one that the rest of us mortals should do well to noticeOther bands Their firstlbums resemble the toddler taking his first wobbly steps The potential for great 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 lbum not even the juggernaut of Creep to indicate that within four years they d transform into one of the most influential bands of ll timeSome Signs From The Afterlife: How the Other Side can comfort and inspire you authors follow similar trajectories either delivering powerhouse of debut or stumbling bout for book or two before hitting their stride As huge fan of uthor Jonathan Maberry it s obvious from Dead Man s Song that early in his career he Ath of serial killer Karl Ruger put n end to the carnage they're dead wrongTHE NIGHTMARE NEVER ENDSBodies mutilated beyond description innocents driven to The Story of My Purity: A Novel acts of vicious madness A monstrous evil is preying on the 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JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best selling and five time Bram Stoker Award winning author anthology editor comic book writer magazine feature writer playwright content creator and writing teacherlecturer He was named one of the Today’s Top Ten Horror Writers His books have been sold to than two dozen countriesHe writes in several genres His young adult fiction includes ROT &