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Apostle Rising

4.40  ·  Rating Details  ·  47 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
Detective Chief Inspector Frank Castle never caught the Woodlands Killer and it almost destroyed him. Now, years later, mauled by the press and traumatized by nightmares, he is faced with a copycat killer with detailed inside knowledge of the original case. He and his partner Jacki Stone enter a deadly labyrinth, and at its center is the man Castle believes was responsible ...more
Paperback, 374 pages
Published March 10th 2011 by Black Jackal Books Ltd.
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Jayde Scott
May 22, 2011 Jayde Scott rated it it was amazing
I started Apostle Rising only two days ago and finished today since I couldn't put it down. Right from the beginning it gives an in-depth view into the main character's life. Detective Chief Inspector Castle is a clever yet alcohol addicted workaholic, not because he likes a glass to go with his supper, but because, even though years have passed, he still can't mentally handle the fact that he never caught one particular murderer: the Woodlands Killer. His regular nightmares add to the stress of ...more
Anastasia Fitzgerald-Beaumont
I acquired an early fascination for ghost and horror stories, a delight to read, a greater delight to thrill. I loved reading tales that heightened my senses, tales that amplified every little creak, every unsettling noise made by settlement, by the night and by the wind. At school after lights out I used to read aloud by torchlight to the other girls in my dormitory, all sharing a shivery thrill.

But when I became an adult I put aside childish things and imagined fears. I still love Gothic fict
Nigel Bird
Mar 08, 2011 Nigel Bird rated it it was amazing
Richard Godwin is a prolific writer of short fiction. Of course, prolific doesn’t necessarily mean good, but in Godwin’s case he never puts a foot wrong.

I’ve loved his short stories and the way he constructs them. He makes me look into the darkness for a few seconds more than I’d like until I see what it is he wants me to see and he holds my attention at places where I might rather be skimming into easier territories.
He also has an amazing versatility in terms of the settings, characters and voi
Kristin Fouquet
Mar 25, 2011 Kristin Fouquet rated it it was amazing
The first striking note upon reading “Apostle Rising” is the stunning fact: this is Richard Godwin’s first crime novel. The construction is carefully and cleverly plotted. The entire book is precisely paced with short chapters, keeping the reader anticipating the next.

Twenty-eight years after the unsolved case of “The Woodland Killings” nearly destroyed him, Chief Inspector Frank Castle must now find a copycat killer. With the assistance of his partner DI Jacki Stone, they try to penetrate Karl
Chris Rhatigan
Mar 19, 2011 Chris Rhatigan rated it it was amazing
Richard Godwin's dark thriller, Apostle Rising, is one helluva a ride, with all the violence and insanity found in his short works. Unlike his short stuff, this one is mainly from the perspective of the cops rather than the criminals.

Inspector Frank Castle's career has been defined by his inability to solve a string of murders two decades ago. When a new serial killer is on the loose showing clear similarities to the first, Castle quickly becomes obsessed. And as nemesis/prime suspect/religious
Mav Skye
Mar 10, 2011 Mav Skye rated it it was amazing
Apostle Rising is akin to King’s Children of the Corn. Only with noir. Whiskey. Knives. Politicians. And a hell of gore. It is a maze through a psychopath’s mind, only you get to solve the puzzle with Detectives Castle and Stone as they try to hold their own personal lives together while the killer(s?) tease and taunt through horrific killings and rituals. My favorite character in the book is poetic, mentally disturbed and has an obsession with King Henry VIII and the first wife whose head he ch ...more
Benoit Lelievre
Mar 20, 2012 Benoit Lelievre rated it it was amazing
A downward spiral into madness of a sprawling, demented architecture. A byzantine plot that can only be the work of a true master of the craft. There is so much to see, so many directions to go, that you never know what to think, who to trust or where to look. APOSTLE RISING reads like a furious, unleashed wave of creativity and talent. While I cannot really say it was controlled, it's a psychological thriller that is crazy in all the right ways. Count me as a fan of this guy.
May 18, 2011 Ed rated it really liked it
Edgy, twisty police procedural set in U.K. also features the brisk pace of a modern thriller. Detective Chief Inspector Frank Castle and his kick-butt partner DI Jacki Stone match wits with a serial killer driven by his dark religious convictions. The spare prose style and laconic dialogue remind me somewhat of Ken Bruen's work. Tom Spinner, the police profiler, has a meaty supporting role. Enjoyable, exciting read.
Salvatore Buttaci
Oct 06, 2011 Salvatore Buttaci rated it it was amazing

With the same single-minded obsession with which Javert hunted Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, Chief Inspector Frank Castle will not be derailed in his pursuit of the blood trail leading to a maniacal killer. Unlike Valjean whose only crime was to break a window and steal a loaf of bread for his starving sister and children, this murderer is a serial killer who grotesquely hacks his victims, then crucifies them on the trees of Richmond Park!

For Castle the heinous killings are a detective’s deja-
Christopher Grant
Aug 06, 2012 Christopher Grant rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Christopher by: Richard Godwin
Debut novel by Richard Godwin and it's like it was written by someone that does this all the time.

This is what I've called elsewhere a true mystery.

Usually, what you get when you read a mystery is, for instance, someone going around offing people and the writer tends to give up around the third page and says, "Screw it. I'm going to let everyone in on the identity of the killer."

So we know who the killer is and now the writer focuses on the cops or the P.I. or some old lady that should really be
May 30, 2011 Julia rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Reviewed by Mona at

With an eye for detail, Richard Godwin's Apostle Rising is an intensely riveting, horrifying crime story. Vividly detailed, Godwin ensnares the mind as it entices the reader to look deeper into criminology, the minds of a killer and the people who capture them.

In what at first reminded me of a technical manual on police procedure, this book became an enthralling and gruesome story I just couldn't put down. The characters blend well in this story,
K.A. Laity
Dec 29, 2012 K.A. Laity rated it it was amazing
Godwin offers a brutal tale of murder, trauma and heartbreaking suffering. Castle and Stone face a villain whose chutzpah is matched only by his malevolence -- and his seeming inability to get caught. Castle, haunted by the elusive killer years before, has been consumed by the case, drinking his way out of his marriage and nearly his job. Stone finds herself slipping toward the same fate, and begins fighting her way back from it. The addition of a second set of serial murders seems impossibly vi ...more
Apr 04, 2011 L.A. rated it really liked it
Article first published as Book Review: Apostle Rising by Richard Godwin on Blogcritics.

In the age-old debate of nature versus nurture in the formation of a murderer, one has to wonder what happens when you put fanaticism in the mix. In Apostle Rising by Richard Godwin, you will find a dark and sinister mystery that may beg to answer the question.

Following the leads of a new and vicious group of murders, Detective Chief Inspector Frank Castle finds himself back in to the same nightmare that dest
J.F. Juzwik
Apr 09, 2011 J.F. Juzwik rated it it was amazing
Apostle Rising by Richard Godwin is the story of evil at its most fundamental level--that of mankind.

Someone is getting away with murder and it is Detective Chief Inspector Frank Castle’s job to bring the killer to justice. Collect the evidence, follow the clues, snap the cuffs on, and home in time for dinner with the family, right? Oh so wrong. This killer wasn’t playing by TV crime show rules. He wrote his own, and being held accountable for his depravity was not among them. The best laid plan
May 06, 2011 Aj rated it it was amazing
Richard Godwin shows an amazing ability to present an evil so real it will sneak into the reader's reality as well as the fictional reality of Apostle Rising's cast of characters. I've been reading a long time and have only rarely experienced the kind of disquiet this book produces in the reader's mind. Don't expect a man in a monster mask jumping from the shadows and yelling BOO! It's not that kind of book (though one scene had that exact effect on me and I don't scare easy). A masterful exposi ...more
May 12, 2012 April rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to April by: my brother
Shelves: mysteries
After reading Richard Godwin's book Mr. Glamour, I asked myself how anything else could live up to that quality of writing. Apostle Rising did that and then some!! It was brilliant and entertaining beyond words!!

I never imagined that the story would play out like it did. I was hooked from the first word until the last, and I can't wait for a sequel!!

There will be a sequel, right?????
Nicole Hirschi
Mar 09, 2011 Nicole Hirschi rated it it was amazing
Richard Godwin has written a fantastic thriller that had me riveted through the entire book. One of the few that I've read in less than 24 hours, it will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time. His ability to tell the story through multiple characters was well done and intriguing, I promise you won't be disappointed with this one. The book left me breathless and dying for a sequel!
Nov 03, 2011 Emily rated it liked it
Very well written, with an interesting plot line - 2 serial killers who are somehow interlinked. Also with an interesting twist towards the end. Some very graphic scenes in it, especially towards the end!
Brandon Nagel
Sep 05, 2012 Brandon Nagel rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Going to seek out everything Godwin has written...
Mar 06, 2011 Charlie rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
2.5 stars

It was ok. If I was asked to recommend this book to a friend or family, I would describe it as an airplane book. Something a casual reader grabs to read on the plane because they stupidly forgot to charge their laptop. You know, the person who runs into the gift shop, stops at the first rack of books on display, flips over a few covers and then tosses it at the cashier. Hey, I've been there--and got burnt every time. Airports have a small selection that tends to lean toward bestseller c
Veronica Marie Lewis-Shaw
Noir/Horror has a new ‘master’… his name is Richard Godwin

Having been introduced to Richard’s dark telling of the depravity the human soul is capable of in his Pony Equus stories in Pulp Metal Magazine, I thought I was prepared for Apostle Rising… oh, foolish girl!

The third night in, reading Apostle Rising, I awoke in that sinister, slivery hour between midnight and pre-dawn… from a horrible nightmare… heart pounding in my chest, body drenched in sweat and a scream threatening to spill over my
Jun 29, 2011 Charles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, thriller
Apostle Rising mixes a number of genres, and does it flawlessly. There are elements of the police procedural, with two sets of connected serial killings being investigated. There are horrific elements that are a match for anything you’ll read in a straight horror novel. And there are edge-of-your-seat twists and turns that keep your head spinning and which are the basics of the thriller. The final twist caught me completely by surprise even though I read a lot of thrillers and am generally prett ...more
Elizabeth A.
Sep 29, 2011 Elizabeth A. rated it it was amazing
Detective Chief Inspector Frank Castle descended deep down into a strange and murky world 28 long years ago. When he was still a young officer Castle was involved in the hunt for the “Woodlands Killer,” so named because of the location the horribly mutilated victims were found.

Though Castle was convinced the killer was a man named Karl Black, not only could Castle not gather enough evidence to have Black arrested, but Black was able to play mind games with Castle that had devastating consequence
Kay Donald
Jul 31, 2013 Kay Donald rated it did not like it
Ghastly, hackney'd, cliche ridden police procedural crime novel. It is very brutal which is overly described but even this I found excusable given the genre. The real problem with this novel is the ridiculously over blown descriptions of setting, continual references to the main character as being a 'jaded drunk' /washed up policeman- he actually says this to his partner at one point after the writer had had at least 2 other characters notice it and references the main characters extensive drink ...more
Carl R.
Mar 08, 2013 Carl R. rated it it was ok
This, according to the jacket blurb, is Richard Godwin's first venture into the realm of the crime novel, and for all of me he can return to his previous pursuits. The way Apostle Rising ends, however, a sequel seems inevitable, though I won't be along for the ride. I see that those who came to Goodreads before me on this topic disagree with my assessment, but it wouldn't be the first time I submitted a minority opinion.

What's the matter, you ask? Godwin has a reputation, I guess, in the noir w
Ian Ayris
Jul 18, 2011 Ian Ayris rated it it was amazing
A simply stunning debut novel. Richard Godwin gives us a darkly poetic, deeply visceral tale of religious fanaticsm, political intrigue, and fractured minds on both sides of the law. For nearly four hundred pages each short chapter is as the thrust of the knife the killer is using to hack up a slew of victims, leaving Detective Inspector Frank Castle flailing in his wake. Always one step behind, Castle struggles to keep a grip of his own fragmenting sense of reality as the killer ploughs relentl ...more
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Richard Godwin is the author of critically acclaimed novels Apostle Rising, Mr. Glamour, One Lost Summer, Noir City, Meaningful Conversations, Confessions Of A Hit Man, and Paranoia And The Destiny Programme.
He is also a published poet and a produced playwright. His stories have been published in numerous paying magazines and over 34 anthologies, among them The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime a
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