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Publisher's Summary

"You should not have answered its call...."
Professor Stephen Barlow is no longer a skeptic. Having faced the horrors of Chaythe Asylum, he turns his attention to the man responsible for the Third Ward Incident - the enigmatic Dr. Corvine - in the hopes of finding answers to his many questions.
But some things, he soon learns, are better left lost to history.
Traveling to a remote cabin in Michigan in search of the doctor and his research, Stephen finds himself descending deeper into a world of terror and madness. He and his students uncover the frightful truth about Corvine's experiments and realize that they may have unleashed something terrible in their meddling.
Forest is the second novel in the Afterlife Investigations trilogy.
The Afterlife Investigations

The Occupant

©2017 Ambrose Ibsen (P)2017 Ambrose Ibsen
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5 out of 5 stars
By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 10-06-17

Brilliant sequel.

I couldn't wait for this to come to audio because Joe Hempel really brought the first to life and I knew he would nail this one!

After the events of the first book, Stephen is intent on finding out more about what was released when they opened the Asylum. This time round, Elizabeth and Jake want nothing to do with it so Stephen sets off alone. But Jake soon calls him and tells him Elizabeth is acting strange. With everything Stephen learns about what Dr. Corvine was doing, it doesn't take him long to realise that Elizabeth is in serious danger.

I loved book 1 and couldn't wait to dive into this one!! This is just as good as book one, if not better!! There isn't as much supernatural happenings in this one. Instead we dive deeper into Dr. Corvines past and, to me anyway, that was much scarier!! Stephen and Jake's investigation takes them to places that were wiped off the maps. I had chills for pretty much all of the book!!

The characters are as good as ever. Stephen has grown a lot since the first book. He isn't the novice and skeptic he was back then. The deeper he goes into the doctors past and his experiments, the worse it is. Jake is his hesitant partner in crime, but again, he has grown a lot from the grunting, jealous boy he was in book 1! All the characters were well written and developed.

In all, this was such an amazing read. Ambrose Ibsen is a writer more should know about. Ever singe book I've read by him has been different and captivating. He knows how to write a scary book and when you pair that book with Joe Hempel, well, it's a winner!! Go read some of this authors work. You will be instantly hooked!!

Joe Hempel is such an easy narrator to listen to. He makes listening to books effortless!! He is always clear, always knows how to make inflections work and always, always delivers a flawless performance. He is a narrator I recommend to people because I know they will enjoy his performance.

I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By AudioBook Reviewer on 10-13-17

Forest literally leaves you dangling from the tree

Forest is the sequel to Asylum: The Afterlife Investigations, Book 1. It is a thriller, horror, paranormal story written by Ambrose Ibsen. If you have not read or listen to Asylum, STOP reading now. It is impossible to write a review of Forest without mentioning plot points from Asylum.

Stephen Barlow is an adjunct professor at an Ohio college we met in Asylum. He witnesses a student being killed by a hit and run. Shortly afterward he becomes involved with two students, Elizabeth and Jake who want to form a Spiritual Club ( paranormal not kumbaya). They investigate Chaythe Asylum and inadvertently release something evil that has been stuck there for 28 years.

As Forest begins, Stephen has decided since they released the evil from the asylum, they are responsible for trying to find and stop it. Elizabeth and Jake are significantly traumatized by the events at the asylum and refuse to help.

As in the first book, Mr. Ibsen does a nice job of creating a pervading sense of dread. Each event from the first book connects neatly to Stephen navigating a dark forest with a shadowy figure that alternates leading and following. It undoubtedly figures that escaped the asylum. What Stephen finds in the forest is more horrifying than what was discovered at the asylum. As the story progresses, Stephen, Jake, and Elizabeth face a more dangerous evil. Forest does not have the same ending as Asylum. Forest literally leaves you dangling from the tree by your fingertips with the tiger walking around the base, patiently. It compels you to get to the next book in the series as soon as possible.

Joe Hempel does a great job narrating Forest as he did Asylum. He conveys the tension and fear just as well in this book as he did in the two other Ibsen books I have listened to. While the story gets very intense, Mr.Hempel never veers in hysteria or yelling. I really enjoyed his narration. I am looking forward to hearing Mr. Hempel narrate the conclusion to this trilogy by Ibsen.
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