Rhinehoth

  • by Brian E. Niskala
  • Narrated by John Pennington
  • 10 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Rhinehoth - Centuries ago, a great castle was built in the mountains of Germany's Black Forest. Its ancient guardians still thrive in its walls, forever protecting its dark secrets, holding captive an enemy that threatens their very existence. Foretold is a story of an ancient warrior that is to return to the castle to free the captive Vampire Prince.
Simon Roberts was a petty thief who fled England to escape Scotland Yard after a series of unsuccessful jewelry store heists. He was recruited to do a job in Germany where he was to simply drive the getaway car while providing a look out. He thought this was going to be an easy job and a way to break into the German crime scene. But things go terribly wrong, and he ended up being the only survivor of the botched heist. Simon is quickly sentenced to a prison called Rhinehoth. This is where Germany sent the worst of the worst, surely not a place for a petty thief such as himself.
Rhinehoth is a great German castle that was converted in the late 1930s to a Stalag for war criminals of World War II. The converted prison's modern day inhabitants are relentlessly tortured, starved, and sleep deprived. This contributes to the prisoners' delusional visions that help hide the truth and keeps Rhinehoth's secrets. Their captors are the army of Werewolves who have survived the centuries off the very flesh and blood of Germany's worst forgotten criminals.
Simon, imprisoned, becomes plagued with visions from his subconscious ancient past with confusion of his modern day consciousness. He discovers through his visions that he is the ancient warrior Guthrie, who has come to free the Vampire Prince and all the captives, while saving the world from a dark plan of biblical proportions that has been orchestrated over the centuries!

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anyone who loves vampires and werewolves

Rhinehoth is a prison converted from a castle to house war criminals; now it houses everyone from petty criminals to murderers.  Located in Germany’s Black Forest there is no escape from this prison for anyone.  Kept in constant confusion from sleep deprivation, starvation and brutality of the guards, prisoners struggle with what is real and what is not.  This is how the castle keeps its secrets!

Simon, Mouse and Siegfried are imprisoned together.  Maxine, the adopted daughter of the warden has her secrets as well.  Together they try to rescue one another, learn the secrets of the castle and save the world.    They discover that the castle is the feeding ground for hybrid werewolves and a prison for the vampires which makes escape for humans impossible.

It is through his visions and Maxine that Simon learns he is an ancient warrior who can free the Vampire Prince and Maxine from their captivity and defeat the army of werewolves.  Simon makes an ultimate sacrifice in a last-ditch effort to save everyone – but is it enough?

Rhinehoth was a new take on the vampire/werewolf stories.  I liked how the castle played an integral part of the story bringing the ancient into the modern-day.  Brian Niskala did an excellent job of building the story, connecting the characters and using old myths and tales to bring his solidly written story.  Niskala is an excellent wordsmith using detailed imagery to allow the listener to see his story vividly. The dialog was smooth.  The viciousness of the guards was vivid; the story was engaging and captured the listener’s attention.   A long story but one that is well worth the listen – twists and action mixed with horror.

John Pennington did a great job of narrating – the accent and his flow of words were steady and engaging.  His rhythm was slow and well-paced; his voice was soothing and calm.  He did not become lost in the action – rather he controlled his voice projecting the essence of the book – horror!  I think Pennington was perfect for this book!

The production was fine; it was theatrical.  I, personally, do not enjoy theatrical readings with music and sound effects but this was well done.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves vampires and werewolves.
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What a great Gothic horror book which has both vampires and werewolves in it. I was afraid that there will be many clichés here, but the story is unique in this genre, and very well put together, with decently developed characters. All the narrators were awesome, this was a completely different experience for me than any of the previous horror audiobooks I've listened. I could totally see this audio book as a movie one day!


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-29-2016
  • Publisher: Brian E. Niskala