Southern Gods

  • by John Hornor Jacobs
  • Narrated by Eric G Dove
  • 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Recent World War II veteran Bull Ingram is working as muscle when a Memphis DJ hires him to find Ramblin' John Hastur. The mysterious blues man's dark, driving music - broadcast at ever-shifting frequencies by a phantom radio statio - is said to make living men insane and dead men rise. Disturbed and enraged by the bootleg recording the DJ plays for him, Ingram follows Hastur's trail into the strange, uncivilized backwoods of Arkansas, where he hears rumors the musician has sold his soul to the Devil. But as Ingram closes in on Hastur and those who have crossed his path, he'll learn there are forces much more malevolent than the Devil and reckonings more painful than Hell....
In a masterful debut of Lovecraftian horror and Southern gothic menace, John Hornor Jacobs reveals the fragility of free will, the dangerous power of sacrifice, and the insidious strength of blood.

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Big, Bold and Bright

If you are offended by graphic good and evil, best think twice. If your intellect has chosen a predictable, mutual fund sort of existence, and read the same, forget it. So suspend the predictable and look under all your socialization , at least as a "Westerner", and grub down to the essential- good vs evil and all its manifestation: love, loyalty, family; lust, indulgence, selfishness. Mix it up with life and eternity and all our mortal, or otherwise, soul's, and you get Southern Gods.

Kinda Cool. Thought it might turn zombie but ended up much bigger than a single genre. It was fun and has big characters, not just in size but philosophical point of view. But then again, since this is a personal review, I think all life ultimately really does boil down to good vs. evil and the choices we all make along the way.

Try it, it's lusty, gritty southern as befits the local.
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- John W. Patton

Sweet idea well read but poorly executed by author

I grow weary of writers who seem to think that plausibility no longer applies when the genre is something other than strict "realism." The underlying ideas here (as you can discern from the descriptive synopsis) are deadly cool and fertile. The author is not able to live up to the possibilities. Too many implausibilities within the story's own frame of reference wreck the thing. (I cannot elaborate without giving things away for those who purchase--and, I hope, manage to enjoy--this audiobook.) If you like to continue THINKING while you listen to a tale (that is, if you enjoy tracking how a tale hangs together as it goes along), this audiobook will probably disappoint and irritate you.
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- Trace L. Wogmon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-16-2011
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio