Sleepy Hollow: Rise Headless and Ride : Jason Crane

  • by Richard Gleaves
  • Narrated by Eric Michael Summerer
  • Series: Jason Crane
  • 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Book Two SLEEPY HOLLOW: Bridge of Bones is NOW AVAILABLE
JASON CRANE just turned seventeen years old.
He's a STAR WARS fan and a history geek. He doesn't believe in ghosts or the afterlife. He doesn't believe in psychic powers or tarot cards. He doesn't believe in the Headless Horseman.
But Sleepy Hollow will change all that. Because Jason Crane has a heritage to claim. Jason Crane has a Gift to discover. And Jason Crane has an old enemy who will RISE HEADLESS AND RIDE.

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This was an entertaining ride in audio, an old-fashioned tale of malevolent forces and charming heroes who tackle them. I’m not a consistent consumer of the supernatural/ghost genre, and I don’t know the work of Washington Irving. I gave this book a shot at the recommendation of a friend, and I thoroughly enjoyed it – and I definitely look forward to the next book.

Characterization is believable amidst the belief-suspending supernatural elements. Moreover, I found myself eager to see what happened to these people along the way and happy and sad at their various outcomes. The excellent writing translates superbly to the read-aloud format. Voices are distinct amongst the characters, the pacing is just right, and there weren’t too many places where my mind wandered off and lost the story. The imagery is crisp – you can see what’s happening – well enough that you know author Richard Gleaves has the big screen in mind for his saga, or, better, an intricately developed tv series. Personal highlights for me, other than the story well told of a budding hero, were the scenes dealing with a conflicted closeted teen, the humor (“No brains … No brains …”, LOL), the Ayn Rand literary references, the character of Eliza, a sly wink and smile personified, the all-too-brief musical interludes, and the hints of mysteries to come (“Usher" family?). There is at least one wonderful philosophical theme running through this tale, an epistemological mystery undergirding the ghostly one: the difficulty of KNOWING the people around you. Getting to know the truth behind people is part of the dark adventure here. And though there are dark things happening in this story, the story itself is not cynical, but bright and joyful. And fun!

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- factsnotwishes

Washington Irving would be proud!

I went into this book with cautious optimism. After attempting to watch that blasphemous Sleepy Hollow series and suffering through the first installment of the Hollow Trilogy, I know that there’s so many ways a headless horseman story could go wrong. Oh and please don’t get me started on the Tim Burton movie. Who in their right mind would cast Johnny Depp as Ichabod?

Here’s the thing. If you’re going to retell old Washington Irving’s masterpiece, you better use the spooky setting to your full advantage. Irving and Ray Bradbury mastered the art of intoxicating readers with lyrical descriptions of fall landscapes. Contemporary authors all seem to pale in comparison. That is until I took a chance on Richard Gleaves.
He is clearly a huge fan of Irving’s work, and it shows in his atmospheric descriptions of Ichabod Crane’s stomping grounds. His prose swept me away to the little hamlet along the Hudson River, where I could hear the soft autumn breeze wafting through the trees, smell the smoke drifting from burnt leaves, and see the moonlight shining upon spooky boneyard. Such fun!

The genius of the story, is the parallels between the modern day characters and their direct descendants—Brom bones and Ichabod Crane. Our hero Jason Crane may be long and lanky, but he’s much cooler than his social-climbing ancestor. As expected, he falls in love with Kate (the new Katrina), who is unfortunately hooked up with the modern day Brom Bones, a school jock with lots of skeletons in the closet.

Of all the multi-dimensional characters in this book, I most enjoyed Jason’s newfound bestie—a wannabe Robin Williams who spends most of his waking hours manning the grounds of the local cemetery. This actually comes in handy when Jason finds that his grandmother is being conned into digging up a veritable Pandora’s box that has been entombed in the family crypt for two centuries.

I’ll save you from the gory details—and I mean that in every sense of the word! But I will say that this is one thrill ride that will get you in the Halloween spirit. Ever since I watched the Disney version of Sleepy Hollow—a masterpiece onto itself—I’ve been obsessed with this story. It was such a treat when Gleaves invoked bits and pieces from Ichabod’s last ride into the climax. I won’t tell you any more, but I will say that fans of the Disney classic will be most amused.

P.S. The narrator is fantastic!
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- Jessica

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-18-2014
  • Publisher: Richard Gleaves