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Publisher's Summary

Suffer the Children presents a terrifying tale of apocalyptic fiction, as listeners are introduced to Herod's Syndrome, a devastating illness that suddenly and swiftly kills all young children across the globe. Soon, they return from the grave, and ask for blood. And with blood, they stop being dead. They continue to remain the children they once were, but only for a short time, as they need more blood to live. The average human body holds 10 pints of blood, so the inevitable question for parents everywhere becomes: How far would you go to bring your child back?
©2014 Craig DiLouie (P)2014 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 12-08-16

Brilliant, Well Done!!!!!

This is why I slog through all those other books in which I write all those negative reviews. This is why I don't spend more than three hours with most books. Why spend precious time listening to crap, when you can listen to something as good as this.

This does not really approach being a horror story until toward the end. Until than it is a heart rending, sad story. This will make you appreciate your children more than ever. You will hold your loved ones tighter after this. The story is a study in how we love our children and what we would do to save them. Do not confuse this with a B rated gore fest. While toward the end it starts to get gruesome, this is a brilliantly well crafted story with in depth characters.

I have always been a R.C. Bray fan, but he really out does himself with this reading. I have always admired his voice, but in this, he shows his acting talents. No one could have read this better.

I write a lot of bad reviews, so when I say I like a book, you know I mean it. Give this one a try.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Wendi on 11-02-14

Completely Surprising, A Horrifying Delight

I googled 'Suffer the Children' because I was trying to find the author to the book. But, it wasn't this book I was looking for. When the book by Craig Dilouie popped up I read the description, and I immediately ordered it on audible. I gobbled it up voraciously- which may be a bad play on words..

Dilouie delivers something original, fresh, and exciting. For people who are tired of vampires, no need to worry- reading this sheds another light on thirsting for blood. It's incomparable to Sookie Stackhouse or Bram Stoker himself..

A disease has wiped out every single child and unborn baby who has not reached puberty-- in the entire world. This poses a lot of problems of course. Grieving parents, full graves, rotting corpses, miscarriages, and a stunned world. It seems as though humans will be extinct with no future generation.

When some children flutter their eyes and come back from the dead asking for blood.. yes.. blood... desperate parents everywhere try the quite 'natural' remedy and see their children with rosy cheeks and smiles again. But when the cure works for a small amount of time, and more and more blood or 'medicine' is needed to stir the sleeping/dead children, things get ugly. People with money can afford to buy blood from those willing to sell, however regular folks have to rely on their own bodies.. and one pint gives an hour of life..

I have read a lot of scary books, and Stephen King is my favourite author, but this book is completely original. In fact, if I didn't know better, I would have thought that King was the author because of the fresh content and ultimate creepy factor.

The ending takes on an entirely new twist which will delight horror lovers and leave a scar in the memories of parents everywhere. This would make a most excellent movie if done correctly.

The narration is nearly perfect- with that 'matter of factness' which makes a scary story even more terrifying. The only thing worse than things you can see in a horror novel.. are the things you can't.

5 stars, highly recommended- be prepared to binge read.. and hug your children...

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