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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel
From a master of horror comes an apocalyptic showdown between the residents of a secluded, rural town and the deadly evil that confronts them wherever they turn.
Evil doesn’t die.
The cozy little town of Pine Deep buried the horrors of its past a long time ago. Thirty years have gone by since the darkness descended and the Black Harvest began, a time when a serial killer sheared a bloody swath through the quiet Pennsylvania village. The evil that once coursed through Pine Deep has been replaced by cheerful tourists getting ready to enjoy the country’s largest Halloween celebration in what is now called “The Spookiest Town in America.”
It just grows stronger.
But then—a month before Halloween—it begins. Unspeakably desecrated bodies. Inexplicable insanity. An ancient evil walks the streets, drawing in those who would fall to their own demons and seeking to shred the very soul of this rapidly fracturing community. Yes, the residents of Pine Deep have drawn together and faced a killer before. But this time, evil has many faces—and the lust and will to rule the earth. This struggle will be epic.
Keep chilled: listen to more in the Pine Deep trilogy.
©2006 Jonathan Maberry (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

“Maberry supplies plenty of chills, both earthbound and otherworldly, in this atmospheric horror novel…This is horror on a grand scale, reminiscent of Stephen King’s heftier works.” ( Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 07-19-13

Trilogyitis

I gave this four stars, so I do like the book. There are some really good parts to the book, and I will continue the series. There are plenty of evil characters to hate in this book and bad and good are black and white.

A NURSE CAME IN, WOKE HIM UP AND GAVE HIM A SEDATIVE.
This suffers greatly from what I like to call trilogyitis. That is when a author has a great idea for a great book, but his editor talks him into making a trilogy out of it, even though the writer only has enough story to fill one large book. Stephen King usually just writes one big book and it is usually a very good book. Lesser authors stretch out three books in order to sell more books, yet they don't really have that much material. This usually makes the middle of the book pretty boring. With this book you could start at chapter 21 and read to the end and you will have the entire story.

IT CONSTANTLY AMAZED HIM THAT PENNSYLVANIA WAS MORE REDNECK THEN PARTS OF THE SOUTH.
This was an interesting observation. I lived in rural Pa. in 1976, which is when this story starts. I came from the Ozarks, but there were as many rednecks as in the Ozarks. This goes back to the winner writes the history books. King pointed out in one of his books that Maine had a similar organization to the KKK, that was very active.

This is not as good as the Joe Ledger Novels, but it is still better then a lot that is available.

The Narrator was good in parts, but kind of phoned it in in other parts.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Andrew on 07-06-12

A fair horror novel

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this book to fans of Stephen King, while it doesn't have the epic feel of a King novel it feels much the same. The characters quickly become recognisable

Responses to other criticisms of this book:

Poor narration: I guess that I must have a fairly high threshold for bad narration because this narrator did not give me any problems at all. I don't expect a narrator to provide a full cast of voices and honestly find it annoying when they attempt it but are inconsistent or each voice sounds like a variation of a 80 year old crone (I'm looking at you Game of Thrones). Weiner has a deep voice with excellent diction and enunciation, I have no problems with him.

Jumps around between too many characters: Again this isn't a problem for me, I have listened to books where there is no indication that the perspective or character being followed has changed but I didn't find this the case with this book. Thinking back I don't remember being lost at any point, the writing is fairly straight forward and the author uses numbered breaks in chapters to separate each scene... well I'm pretty sure he did though it is possible that he didn't break up every scene... anyway I had no problems with jumps in narration.

The book doesn't resolve anything: Considering this book is a trilogy and one with a grand plan that is obvious pretty early on I had no problem with the end of the book. There were some minor resolutions and there is a lot left unsaid but this makes me want to move on to the next book. To me the ending was logical and satisfactory.

Not Joe Ledger: Yep it definitely isn't... while there are horror aspects to the Joe Ledger novels this isn't a pulp action novel. There is action but it really is more like a standard horror novel. I don't have a problem with this fact it is what it is and the summary of the novel doesn't hide the fact as far as I'm concerned.

Boring: Again this is a personal opinion. I wasn't bored there are a couple of lulls in the action like with any novel and I did want to move on from a couple of scenes but nothing more than you would find in any 12hr+ audiobook.

Verdict:
I liked the book and will definitely be starting the next one tonight. This isn't a earth shattering piece of literature, it does borrow from lore and legend but the fact that I'm not sure what the villain is exactly, how the disparate horror tropes will all be tied into each other and finally who the book will end has me intrigued not put off. Give the book a go it is worth a credit and I like knowing there is a limited number in the series and I'm not looking at a huge investment with no end in sight like the Vampire Earth series.

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