Afterlife by Marcus Sakey #BookReview #TuesdayBookBlog @MarcusSakey **Release Day**

  • Author: Marcus Sakey
  • Published: July 2017 by Thomas & Mercer
  • Category: Thriller, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Book Review, Books, Reading

Between life and death lies an epic war, a relentless manhunt through two worlds…and an unforgettable love story.

The last thing FBI agent Will Brody remembers is the explosion—a thousand shards of glass surfing a lethal shock wave.

He wakes without a scratch.

The story opens in 1532 as Edmund killed an apprentice and took his place aboard the Persephone, sailing to the new world. Two weeks into the return voyage a violent storm lashed the ship. The cargo and all provisions were lost and the men who survived on the battered ship resorted to desperate measures to stay alive, until only Edmund was left. He died just shy of a mile from land. Continue reading

Midnight Picnic by @nickantosca #Audiobook #Fantasy @audbks #TuesdayBookBlog

  • MPAudiobook Review
  • Author: Nick Antosca
  • Performed by RC Bray
  • Published by Blue Heron Audio and released by Audible in January 2016
  • Category: Fantasy, Suspense, Supernatural
  • four-half-stars

In the morning, Bram finds the bones of a murdered child. At noon, the murdered child begs for his help. And by nightfall, they have killed a man together and set off into the afterlife, where nothing is what it was, and death is only the beginning of punishment. An eerie story about the nature of death and the self, Midnight Picnic inhabits an American landscape made strange and unfamiliar. From the author of the cult novel Fires, Midnight Picnic is a haunting and disturbing experience. 

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More Than This

AudiobookReview

  • 17870216Author: Patrick Ness
  • Performed by Nick Podehl
  • Released: by Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, November 2013
  • Category: Young Adult, Sci-Fi
  • four-half-stars

A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies.

Then he wakes, naked and bruised and thirsty, but alive.

How can this be? And what is this strange deserted place?

As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope. Might this not be the end? Might there be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife?

Seth wakes up not knowing where he is or how he got there. He can’t remember anything…except dying. That, he does remember. But he couldn’t have died, could he? He was here, wasn’t he?

The opening pages are so descriptively graphic and yet leave room for doubt as to what actually happened. Things get quite frightening for Seth as he realises how familiar, and yet at the same time, different, this place is. It seems deserted, almost post apocalyptic. The terrible feeling of aloneness and the devastation around him are penned in such a way as to be tangible.

 ...it’s also a world that only seems to have him in it, so how real can it be? If this is just a dusty old memory that he’s trapped in, maybe it isn’t really even a place at all, maybe it’s just what happens when your final dying seconds turn into an eternity.

The so very sad flashbacks of Seth’s memories piece together the events that lead to his ‘death’, if that’s what it was. His relationships with his parents, his brother, Gudmund and his friends capture the uncertainty and confusion of youth.

Everything in this world in which he finds himself is always on the edge of unknown, what’s real or not real. As the story unfolds Seth finds he’s not alone after all, there’s Regine and Tomasz, great characters who have also have stories to tell. Their search for answers, of which there are no easy ones, and trying make sense of where they are and how they got there leads them into unprecedented and bizarre situations. Then they begin to discover the shocking truth. There’s lots of action, mystery, suspense and a very ominous antagonist they have to deal with, several times.

The story is challenging in the extreme, it’s intense, dark, sad but at the core is hope, and I felt like I was being pulled one way, thrown back and pulled in a completely different direction again and again. It’s imagination running riot and running through is the premise that whatever is going on there must be More Than This. It raises some questions about life, relationships, of how they’re dealt with and the consequences of the decisions made. There are so many layers in this book and it leaves a lasting impression.

Haven’t you ever felt like there has to be more? Like there’s more out there somewhere, just beyond your grasp, if only you could get to it…

And the ending…….thought-provoking and ambiguous. The writing is amazing and the story so well crafted and totally gripping.

Nick Podehl did an impressive job bringing the story to life and giving the characters their individual voices and personalities.

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The Knowledge of Good and Evil ~ the audiobook

 

Ian Baringer may have stumbled upon the greatest discovery of all time.

Or the greatest curse . . .

This is riveting, a very well written and researched story with likeable, developed characters.  Ian Baringer, an ex priest, is on a quest to find answers about whether there is a life after death.  After his parents died in a terrible accident while saving his life when he was a child, he is determined to try to see them again somehow.  And he may have found a way, a very dangerous one.  Ian risks his life in the hope he might succeed despite the total anxiety and fear of his fiancée, Angela.

Fast paced, thrilling, thought-provoking and intriguing on a religious level. Strict Catholic dogma brought into question and pitched against the eternal battle between good and evil. 

Corruption in the Vatican and assassins on the loose make for lots of action and suspense and the fact the story includes real people and places and so many elaborate and intricate details add so much to the story.

The near death experiences and visits to horrifically dark places are more than a little scary. From Hell to Heaven, the descriptions of both are fascinating and vivid and make you reconsider previous assumptions. Great ending which left me wanting more. A thrilling listen, I loved it. 

MacLeod Andrews has the ability and the voice to adapt to any narration with ease, regardless of accents or language. A stellar performance.

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The Body Departed ~ the audiobook

 

  • 18062020Author: J R Rain
  • Performed by Peter Berkrot
  • Released: October 2013 by Brilliance Audio
  • Category: Paranormal
  • four-half-stars

James Blakely is a good man who has done some bad things in his time. So when he’s viciously gunned down in his sleep, he’s faced with a choice: Proceed immediately to an afterlife of eternal damnation or haunt the world of the living in search of redemption – and one last shot at heaven. Now, little more than a flickering shade of the man he was, James spends his days seeking solace from the loved ones he left behind – even as he works furiously to unravel the mystery of his murder. Solving the crime and saving his soul will force James to confront the darkest secrets in his own past. With his memories fading and his ghost body disintegrating, time is running out for him to save himself and leave this earthly plane. The fires of hell are rising, but will they purify James Blakely’s tormented soul – or consume it?

I was caught up in this story immediately. I hadn’t read J R Rain before but the storyline and concept intrigued me.

The story is told from the perspective of James who was murdered and is now a ghost.  He knows he did something bad but has no idea why he was murdered and feels he has to find out who and why before the memories of his life and who he is fade away completely.  He has help from a medium, Pauline, who can see and communicate with him.

James needs to work through some things and make amends for others before he feels able to ‘move on’ and he is desperate at the thought of leaving his daughter.

There’s quite a bit of religious theory/belief woven into the story but not in a heavy, preachy kind of way, it is mainly focused on the protagonist’s wish for atonement and, as he sees it, to save his soul. 

The writing is excellent and brings up all sorts of questions about life after death, how people interact with each other and the consequences of actions.

It’s a touching and emotional story, very good ending and the last few chapters were quite tear jerky.

The audio was very good, for me Peter Berkrot can be a little hit and miss, as if sometimes he doesn’t really connect with the story, but he seemed invested in this book and so it was a great job and very enjoyable.

Very interesting premise on what could be an idea of the afterlife. Paranormal stories appeal to me on a lot of levels, they can be quite thought-provoking and test some staple religious beliefs.  How do you explain away that dejà vu moment, the feeling you’ve been somewhere before, that shivery hair-raising feeling. Who knows what’s out there!

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