Ephraim Cutler has blood on his hands and a hellhound on his trail.
When his mother forces him to kill an innocent man, Ephraim Cutler's quiet life in the Appalachian Mountains is thrown into turmoil. With a bounty on his head, Ephraim flees to the hills and hollers, where he discovers that his crime has drawn more than the law's attention - the Devil's in town with his eye on Ephraim's soul. Desperate to escape, Ephraim is torn between two clashing figures: an outcast granny doctor rumored to be a witch - and the local preacher. As the line between grim reality and the supernatural disappears, Death rides the ridgetops on a pale horse, and the Devil's hound haunts the backwoods. Ephraim must decide who to trust, evade the hangman's noose, and find redemption.
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Extraordinary first novel. Couldn't turn this off!
The Pastor. He is such a complex character, and the narrator captured him perfectly and brought him to life.
He did an amazing job reading. Captured the voices perfectly, and the intonation and inflections really brought a charm to the fantastic story. Loved his voice of the Pastor. So perfect. It was right on the edge of condescending/preachy/sinister.
YES! I couldn't stop listening. I cannot wait for the sequel.
Some Dark Holler is the story of Ephraim Cutler, a boy that I quickly grew to care about. He's a humble young man caught in the middle of several unfortunate and sinister cycles of manipulation. One with his grieving mother, who he loves with his whole soul, and one with "Old Scratch," a wonderful personification of the devil.
I found myself more and more invested in the outcome of young Ephraim as he wound his uncertain path through a hostile neighborhood filled with preachy pastors, hidden enemies, angry citizens, a magic worker, a witch with a dark eye, and a small town, alive with decades of expertly woven in backstory.
The story is about regret, mistakes, abusive relationships, revenge, integrity, and redemption. It hits at the root of many of the problems that humanity has struggled with for generations. I loved that it wasn't preachy, and didn't follow a black and white ethical model. It perfectly illustrated how messy life can be. And yet how even when in the middle of a dilemma, where all seems lost and unfix-able, making the right decisions, even after a slew of bad ones, things can and will get better. Climbing out of the darkness one good choice at a time.
The book is marvelous. It is well written using tight prose and wonderful dialogue. Honestly, it pulled me in as much as Dan Well's "I am not a serial killer." (One of my favorite YA novels that grabbed me by the throat and never let up:).
Thank you Luke Bauserman, I truly enjoyed this book! I have it on Audible, and Kindle. And, I cannot wait for the sequel to see what happens next.
Give this one a go. you won't regret it.
- Ammon Anderson
Didn't want to quit listening!
Good verses evil.
Ephraim Cutler. Even though he had done something terribly wrong, as Scratch says,"he could still look a man in the eye." He wanted forgiveness.
This is my first time to listen to one of his performances. He is excellent! Hope he is used for the next book also.
Loved the authentic mountain folklore and phrases.
I will be looking for more from this writer.
- Amazon Customer