Angela has fallen in love with Andrew Bane, the bouncer at Aces High, the bar where she works. He is everything she's looking for in a man, but he can act so distant and cold. When a local drug ring goes after Andrew for revenge, Angela finds out who and what Andrew really is. He is hiding the beast within. And when it is released, there is a price. A price of blood and flesh.
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A hauntingly beautiful tale
- Kelly N Tedrow
A supernatural Roadhouse (not meant as an insult)
I'm kind of a stranger to books of this genre, but this was a fun read despite the occasional super maudlin aside. Gillentine's take on this old idea is unique and intriguing, and hints at a much larger mythos that I'm looking forward to exploring in future novels. Unfortunately Addams, the audiobook narrator, sometimes passes over small opportunities for dramatic expansion, especially during scenes of internal conflict, but that is his choice as narrative interpreter. Generally, internal monologue itself is confusing and difficult to write, especially split personalities battling for control, but Gillentine pulls it off well. He is a gifted writer and I really enjoy the vivid imagery his word choice inspires.
Addams does a good job with the narration, imbuing the characters with distinct voices. There is occasionally some confusing overlap in dialogue where characterization blends together, but it does not detract from the story too much.
The recording quality is good, but not excellent. Editing irregularities and strange compression artifacting occasionally interrupts the storytelling.
All in all, an exceptional first novel from Jimmy Gillentine, and an above average first narrative effort by Jiraiya Addams.
- Beaux Hemmer