Red Equinox

  • by Douglas Wynne
  • Narrated by Susan Saddler
  • 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Red Equinox has dawned, and the old gods who have slept for aeons are stirring.
Urban explorer and photographer Becca Philips was raised in the shadow of Miskatonic University, steeped in the mysteries of her late grandmother's work in occult studies. But what she thought was myth becomes all too real when cultists unleash terror on the city of Boston. Now she's caught between a shadowy government agency called SPECTRA and the followers of an apocalyptic faith bent on awakening an ancient evil.
As urban warfare breaks out between eldritch monsters and an emerging police state, she must uncover the secrets of a family heirloom known as the Fire of Cairo to banish the rising tide of darkness before the balance tips irrevocably at the Red Equinox.

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Original spin on modern-day Lovecraft

Where does Red Equinox rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was definitely among the better Audible purchases in my library. She gave Becca a solid voice and kept the narrative smooth throughout.


What other book might you compare Red Equinox to and why?

This is a hard comparison to make. You can't fairly compare this to Stross' Laundry files because those have a more comedic bent than this. If I had to draw a nearest comparison to another title I'd choose Howard's Carter & Lovecraft. Great characters that engaged you. The Mythos tales don't update very easily, but Wynne pulls off a believable heroine facing an avatar/harbinger of Nyarlathotep in a 'modern' Boston. I was hesitant with the clandestine agency (SPECTRA) at first, but that is also played well.


Have you listened to any of Susan Saddler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first go-round with Sadler as a reader, but I enjoyed the performance quite a bit.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Dread, but not for anything other than the dread commonly induced by good cosmic horror. The urban exploration stuff had me on the edge of my seat. Well done.


Any additional comments?

A great tale. Kudos Audible and Journalstone for a smooth performance of this story. Looking quite forward to seeing the sequel (Black January) in this series on Audible. Highly recommended!

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- MichaelParrish

Solid modern-Cthulhu Mythos for any Lovecraft fan

Wynne's Red Equinox is a satisfying and fun read. Initially, the story does begin slow, but not in a boring way. Wynne spends an appropriate amount of time developing a solid first act and introducing the readers to his diverse group of characters. The main character, Becca Philips, was intriguing to follow. As stated in Red Equinox, Becca is amongst the least likely of people who, put in her position, could interact with the events in Red Equinox. As the story picks up and SPECTRA is introduced, the post-911 realism and seriousness begin to become apparent and makes Lovecraftian threat both modern and chilling. Much of this apocalyptic dread is reminiscent of the television series, Fringe.

However, admittedly, my favorite elements of the story were the references to other Lovecraftian works. This is not merely due to the enjoyment of Easter eggs in literary works, but because Wynne does a fantastic job at taking aspects of several of Lovecraft's stories, and sewing them together to make a cohesive masterpiece. Some of these range from some standard Mythos elements, such as the Black Pharaoh and mentions of the Necronomicon, but also more obscure references, such as Lovecraft's From Beyond.

The narrator, Susan Saddler, does a fantastic job at bringing the main character, Becca Philips, to life and makes her seem like an actual, struggling person, especially in some of the more emotional moments of Becca's story. Unfortunately, Saddler struggles to create convincing voices for the other characters. In defense of Saddler, the characters in Red Equinox have various different cultural and ethnic backgrounds and, thus, have or were given distinct accents and dialects which makes the struggle completely understandable.
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- Daniel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-28-2016
  • Publisher: Journalstone Publishing