The year was 1979. The small town of Lehem, Iowa, was a large clique - content and thriving. When one charming new resident enters the farming community, it's considered an anomaly. When a second stranger appears, it is a concern...Slaughtered livestock and humans are discovered during the full moon of June, forcing the sheriff and his deputies to take to arms.
When an unknown assailant targets young Peter Carston, hackles and guns are raised as questions float to the surface of a bloody pool. Peter hopes those questions will be answered in time but is unsure. The next full moon approaches, and time becomes precious for the residents of the small Midwest township. The pressure is on to save their close-knit community before it becomes Satan's playground. Of course, it won't be easy catching the killer. It seldom is.
Just as the population believes the nightmare might be over, it begins anew. The residents begin to wonder if they're stuck in a strange vortex of blood and gore. Groups of invaders filled with mal intent try to overtake their territory, only to be met by a rag-tag force that few communities could boast about.
This winding tale will not only introduce you to the small society of Lehem, but also to their holiday traditions and the Warfield family. Who and what they are is for the listener to discover. Welcome to the miasma called Depravity.
©2014 Emilie J. Howard (P)2015 Emilie J. Howard
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"A fun Three Parter"
I must admit up front, I am a big horror fan, and the summary of the book sounded pretty interesting, but I did have a bit of a pause given the title of the book. I was a bit worried that it might just be over the top highly graphic that the title might indicate. If you were likewise concerned, it isn't. It is definitely a bit gruesome, but not what I'd classify in any way gratuitous. I got this as a free review copy from audiobookblast. I'm always looking out for new books in genres I like by new authors, ones that I might not necessarily be willing to try blind, so like to get the opportunity to check out new talent.
The book was structured in three parts, presented as a book, but each are a good sequential part of the story, each with a different theme. Book one was concerned with a murderous drug addicted killer wreaking havoc. Book two was centered on a lot of the same characters, plus the family of the killer. I was initially concerned that it was going down as a straight plain anti-authorities revenge story (which I admit really annoys me) but it wasn't. It was actually a bit of an unexpected twist. Book 3 was probably the third best tale of the bunch, but I did like and appreciate how the law took charge in a satisfying way. It was odd that the book was specifically set in 1979. It definitely fit, but the story to me felt pretty timeless, and wasn't relying on story elements that would be restricted to any time period (eg it wasn't like there were situations where it wouldn't work modern days as everyone has cell phones, and internet to look up stuff). But that said, the story itself being written that way is quite neat. It wasn't that the author was deliberately trying to do something making a statement about a particular time period.
I loved the narration too. The characterization of a lot of the old timers, both male and female were so well done, and often put a smile on my face.
“Part” takes place in the same town with the same characters, with a few new additions and subtractions along the way. I found I was able to finish Part One and begrudgingly put it aside.. Each “Part” pushes the reader forward, so watch out. You won’t want to put it down after you finish Part Two. You’ll plow through Part Three and be left stunned at the end.
The story starts out slow and takes a bit to really get interesting, but as it continuously twists and turns it weaves into a very entertaining listen. Full of mystery, suspense and surprises.
A very enjoyable listen. The story is told in 3 parts, all interconnected. Great cast of interesting characters. The good and the bad. You think you know who, what and why but hang on your in for a surprise.
This is the second book by Emile J. Howard that I have "read" and both have been very enjoyable stories. She definitely knows how to create a story that pulls you in and keeps your attention.
J.Scott Bennett does a fantastic job with the narration on this story. Great character voices. Clearly spoken with a nice even pace. Always a pleasure to listen to his narration.
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"Kept me glued and drawn in...."
The cast of characters and how they all come together to form a great horror book. It had so many great twists that kept the reader interested till the end.
Great narration with good delivery and strong voice.
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"Twisted and entertaining"
The 4th book I've listened to by this author and narrator. Wonderful new town Full of twisted individuals. The author does a great job building up towns full of varying cast that rotate importance novel to novel. Creates villains you love to hate character to root for and then twists them around so you have to re-decide how you feel. Ends with a massive twist that you won't see coming. I received this audiobook from the author narrator or publisher for free via audiobookboom in exchange for an unbiased review
"Though that was the end? You thought wrong."
Yes, this is a very thrilling book and it has many characters with which you will love and oddly enough some of the characters that you hate at the beginning, you will come to love in the end. Yeah, I didn't think that would happen.
The most memorable moment to me has to do with the Sheriffs brother pulling off an awesome (and funny, at least to me) move in the second part of the book that will leave you loving him for the rest of the book. I don't want to go into details because it would give away a key plot point.
Probably Stella, I loved the voice he uses for her, its almost the voice you would use when imitating your middle aged nagging southern wife/mother.
Jack Stein, I would love to get to know what happened in his life to make him the man he was in the book.
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Great story, great flow, believable character development.
Bennett brings the human factor into the story, he keeps it moving along, and his different character voices allow you to distinguish between them.
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"Well written thriller !"
I received this audiobook for free in exchange for an unbiased review. Suspenseful ,fantastic story
Once again Emilie J Howard has produced a excellent thriller and I can’t imagine listening without Scott Bennett narrating he gave a flawless performance once again giving all of the characters their own unique voices and making the book more riveting. I really enjoyed whenever a character was on the phone and the different sound as if you were listening to a real phone call… I was really surprised by the different turns the book took I definitely didn’t predict who the true bad guy was… Overall, I found the book to be easy to listen to and would highly suggest to those who love scary macabre thrillers!
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"Imagine the different faces of depravity."
Lehem, Iowa, 1979: it’s a small ranching community, tight knit, a little afraid of outsiders, and into rodeos and parades. Pretty soon they won’t know what hit them. This story is told in three parts, but it’s a tight story and one part flows right into the next.
Peter Carston is fresh out of high school and new to the Sheriff’s department. He’ll be receiving some tough on-the-job training with the mayhem that’s about to ensue. There’s a new stranger in town; he’s exceedingly polite and it’s obvious from the beginning that he knows something about the bloody messes that happen during the full moon. He’s the second son of the Warfield family and not very happy to claim the name. Unknown to Peter, his family history will make him a target.
So things come to a head with the second son and the story enters Part II. The eldest Warfield son arrives in town and tries his best to make amends for the mess that occurred in Part I. Still, Peter and the rest of the Sheriff’s office aren’t quick to trust. Their fears are soon validated as yet more bodies keep turning up. The Warfield brothers have a dark family history which comes to light as the city girds it’s collective loins for the show down. Part III continues the grudge match with an unexpected assailant.
On one had, the story has a Western genre feel to it – good guys with high morals protecting the common people. On the other hand, this is so a horror tale with it’s body count and twisted villains. It’s an interesting mashup and I wasn’t convinced that it would work. The beginning is pretty darn slow and the manner-minding young hero (Peter) was pretty boring. However, the bad guys are very interesting and it’s really them who steal the show and carry the story forward.
There’s an asylum and some twisted human experiments. Then the Warfield patriarch has some pretty warped ideas of family loyalty. Toss in some demented members from a mercenary band and you have yourself one big fuster cluck. This book definitely explores a few different faces of depravity.
There’s not many ladies in this story which might explain the steady decline of Lehem. Peter has a high school sweetheart that has to be protected and coddled all the way through. There’s only one female police office and she’s nameless, on and off the screen in a jiffy. Then there’s the lost love of one of the Warfield’s and her young son. She too is admired for her beauty and coddled throughout the book. Really, the only interesting female character is the loud, obnoxious sister of one of the unfortunate murdered souls.
I very much enjoyed Howard’s Cold Hollow and I can see echoes of that same genius in this book but it was not the same fully engrossing experience. I enjoyed the initial mystery and then the reasons behind the insane killings. I even reveled a little in taking out the last few bad guys. I will continue to explore this author’s works.
I received a copy of this book at no cost (via the narrator) in exchange for an honest review.
Narration: J. Scott Bennett did a good job with feel of the story – light Western twang for most of the characters. His cultured accents for the rich Warfield family were well done. His little kid voice was spot on.
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