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Something in Lavender, California is waking up. Rituals not properly completed for centuries are coming together. Nothing is what it seems.
When Nick Leatherman, his girlfriend Ruthie, and their buddies Flash and Weasel invade Shady Grove Cemetery for a "ghost hunt" on their way home from a concert, they are drawn into a web of darkness and intrigue that threatens to consume them. Nick and Ruthie witness a gruesome murder, and Nick's pocket knife shows up at the crime scene the next morning. Nick has had problems in the past, and Inspector Kendall Straker remembers. He remembers Ned Leatherman, Nick's alcoholic step-father as well, and he doesn't believe the boy is a killer. The problem is that the knife - emblazoned with the name of the band Maelstrom - is the only clue he has.
Horace Goldbough is the local pastor. He's built a huge following and a beautiful church, but there are things about the good reverend that the town doesn't know. In particular there is his relationship with a dark woman named Beauchane, and a certain book he keeps hidden from the world.
With local reporters, and a television talk-show host hounding his every step, Straker attempts to unravel the series of grisly killings terrorizing Lavender, while simultaneously protecting Nick. Nick, in the meantime, has begun his own investigation, feeling trapped and needing to clear his name.
Ritual words are being spoken, and a power that has been denied access to the Earth for centuries is poised to strike. The clock is ticking. Can Straker, Nick, and Maelstrom find the answer to the killings and put an end to them before the final ritual takes place, or will a horror be unleashed on the unsuspecting town of Lavender beyond their comprehension?
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By Leah on 08-29-12
Where does Maelstrom rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
It pulls you in where you can actually see in your mind what Nick (the main character) sees and feels. This is going to be a reread!
What about Eric G. Dove’s performance did you like?
The man can really tell a story! Fantastic!
Who was the most memorable character of Maelstrom and why?
Nick (of course) because many thing he is going through (feelings.The feeling of being at a concert. Not the drugs though.) brings many memories back.
Any additional comments?
Will definitely be telling my friends about this book.