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A Gathering of Crows (The Levi Stoltzfus Series #3)

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Brinkley Springs is a quiet little town. Some say the town is dying. They don't know how right they are. Five mysterious figures are about to pay a visit to Brinkley Springs. They have existed for centuries, emerging from the shadows only to destroy. To kill. To feed. They bring terror and carnage, and leave blood and death in their wake. The only person that can prevent t ...more
Hardcover, signed limited to 260 numbered copies, 302 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Maelstrom (an imprint of Thunderstorm Books) (first published January 1st 2010)
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Dirk Grobbelaar
My initial impression of A Gathering Of Crows wasn’t favourable, but as the story progressed I found myself changing my mind quite a bit. For one thing, this story features Keene’s mysterious mythos dealing with “The Thirteen” which is fabulous stuff, and reminiscent of the ideas H.P. Lovecraft liked to employ. And for another, this book also features a rather endearing and somewhat out-of-the-box protagonist in the ex-Amish magus Levi Stoltzfus, who roams the countryside fighting supernatural e ...more
Jonathan Echevarria
A Gathering of Crows is about a small town in the middle of nowhere, it's citizens are held prisoner from the rest of the world and their souls are consumed one by one by a group of invulnerable blood thirsty monsters. The set up is presented in a way that is truly terrifying, especially toward the later half of the book. Though this is a self contained story, it is really a follow up to Brian Keene's other novel called Ghost Walk. The main protagonist named Levi Stoltzfus is reintroduced for ne ...more
Pia Veleno
Two hundred plus pages of crow-men murdering a small town, and less than a hundred of resolution/fighting back against the Big Bad Evil.

I would've liked to see more character development, even if only Donny and Marsha (whose relationship I didn't buy into much at all) or Randy who never did much of anything.

I liked the concept behind both the crow-men and the resolution resolution, but the info dumps by Levi were more lecture than storytelling, and not all of it applied to the situation at hand
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Jeff O'Brien
Mar 30, 2013 Jeff O'Brien rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I usually rely on Brian Keene for a good, old fashioned, gory-spooky fun fest. I felt that he went above and beyond the call of duty this time. Levi Stoltzfus, the former Amish man who still dresses like he's Amish and is a master of powwow and dark magic and knows how to go to other dimensions, is by far one of the most interesting protagonists of this day and age.

The story was a lovely tale of potential apocalypse (reminding me a little bit of his novel Darkness on the Edge of Town- my favorit
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Eat.Sleep.Lift.Read.

Characters I couldn't give a toss about. Check.
Filler galore. Check.
Info dumps. Check.
A throw away romance. Check.

The only redeeming quality is Keene's mythology, what he is building is pretty interesting.

The story itself was bollocks. Keene's mythology is cool.

3 stars I guess.
Adamus
Apr 25, 2016 Adamus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Even tho the book was shorter than I liked & it took me longer to read than normal it was a really good book! The main character is one of the best characters in any horror series I have read definitely one of my favorites. The storyline was really good & it never let up off the suspense for a minute. I definitely recommend this to any horror fans!
Eden
Brinkley Springs is a quiet little town that some say is dying. And they are about to find out they are right.

Five strangers are about to pay Brinkley Springs a visit and they only emerge from the darkness to kill.

Only one person can stop them and that is Levi Stoltzfus.

This is the third book in the Levi Stoltzfus series. I read the first two books, Dark Hollow and Ghost Walk quite a while ago. I loved both of those books and they are a few of my favorites by Brian Keene.

There are existing conne
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Rebecca McNutt
A Gathering of Crows was a really interesting story, but the writing was choppy and various scenes were dragged out unnecessarily.
Angelia Sparrow
Brian Keene can be very hit or miss for me. Too often his stuff is derivative, (Cast Aways, Urban Gothic) sometimes even of himself (the Rising and Dead Sea share many similarities). And far too often, instead of an ending, he just gives us a final mad dash.

But when he is on, he is ON and he works very well indeed. He is on for this book. Five nightmares terrorize and destroy a town, prevented from obliterating it only by an ex-Amish sorcerer.

The book is hard to put down, and while it is gory, i
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Scott Johnson
Sep 02, 2010 Scott Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at Dread Central.

Brian Keene has been called a lot of things. From a virtuoso writer to the next Stephen King, the man's stories keep the majority of people shivering in their seats. His latest offering, A Gathering of Crows, is no exception.

The story begins in a quiet little one-road town out in the country, when five crows land and transform into murderous men in black. From there, readers are treated to one horrific death after another, narrated with reptilian glee with ever
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DJMikeG
Aug 23, 2010 DJMikeG rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brian Keene at his best. The return of the Levi Stoltzfus character from "Ghost Walk" is great, and I enjoyed this book even more than that one. Levi is a such a cool, unconventional hero. He's like nothing else I've ever come across in fiction. Keene's description of a struggling rural town in West Virginia resonates with a clear, honest and rough hewn voice. Its like the literary equivalent of a Johnny Cash song. Except with way more gore (lets not forget that classic country music is full of ...more
VanHalen
Aug 08, 2010 VanHalen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since the 1970's, I have seen news report after news report on the predicted damage that the closing of X major production-plant or distribution center will mean for this or that town. The doomsayers have been crying-out for every American small town for a while. Since getting my license in the mid-80's, I have even driven though a few small towns which clearly have seen the impact of industry packing up and leaving. The natural life cycle for towns and economies. I have seen it.

I have never see
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Scott Emerson
The idyllic town of Brinkley Springs is suffering a slow death. The local economy has all but dried up, leaving its residents disillusioned and desperate or looking for a way out. Yet this little burg's demise is quickly hastened when five mysterious entities arrive in the night on a soul-consuming mission of bloodshed.

In the hands of a lesser writer this scenario could easily crumble into a cliched mess, but Brian Keene keeps a firm handle on the material. He gives us a cast of credible, sympat
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Richard Wright
Mar 19, 2011 Richard Wright rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
When five strangers literally swoop into the dying town of Brinkley Springs, their goal is nothing short of the slaughter of every living thing within the town limits. The townsfolk go head to head with the preternatural visitors, and they have an unlikely secret weapon - a stranger called Levi Stoltzfus, who most assume to be Amish, but who is much more. One of the most enjoyable books Keene has written, the very simple town-under-siege plotline rockets along, bodies mount up, and the survivors ...more
Patrick
I read his new novel and find his prose addicitive. He writes with a simple direct style that makes this book easy readin'. It seems to me that the premise is same as his other books, the same ole it was a quiet town before EVIL CAME!.

However it seems that he is drawing some connections between his novels in the form of a former Amish ready to do battle with demonic creatures from another dimensions and from all possible worlds.

He also entertains a secular view that God is not alone in the uni
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Edward
Dec 31, 2012 Edward rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Not Keenes best. There's a lot of filler in this one. It could have easily been shorter without losing anything important to the story. Another issue was that he introduced a character with the same power as fan favorite Levi Stolfutz, who seemed like he was going to be detrimental to the outcome of the story, but ultimately did nothing with him.

On the plus side there is a lot of Keenes Labyrinth Mythos at work in this book. Which is always interesting and really saves this book from being compl
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Joshtafari
Oct 26, 2010 Joshtafari rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tbb-2010
Not a bad setup for a horror book, and I like Keene's portrayal of small town Appalachia. The metaphor he presents of small town America dying out is possibly a little ham-handed, but apt. This is the second book featuring lapsed Amish and powwow magus Levi. Levi seems to be there to provide lengthy info dumps on Keene's Labyrinth mythos, a lot of which is a repeat from the last book Levi was in, Ghost Walk. I like the idea of a mythos tying all of his books together, but it would be better in s ...more
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Frank
Mar 08, 2012 Frank rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I've been meaning to read Keene for awhile as he is always at the top of the list of new horror writers. Unfortunately, I was underwhelmed by this book. The set-up is solid, but it reads like King lite. I found the dialogue stilted and the main character (who has appeared in previous titles) uninspiring. Maybe there was just too much reliance on magic as a plot device (okay, the whole plot) and that's not really a favorite of mine. Too bad.
Sue
Jul 17, 2015 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite book by Keene, but still pretty good. This is less scary, more gory and follows Keene's M.O. through the entire story. You know that anytime Levi Stolzfus shows up, you know you're going to have a great time, but the other characters were pretty pointless. I kept waiting for something to come of Bobby, Jean, Esther, Myrtle and especially Randy, but nothing ever happened with those characters. And the relationship between Marsha and Donny just felt tacked on. Even though this one ...more
Michael
Jun 28, 2014 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror
After a very, very slow start--about 100 pages that nearly made me quit the book entirely--A Gathering of Crows turns out to be a good read.

Those early chapters get bogged down in far too many scenes of slaughter and mayhem; we can only watch so many characters we've just met die grisly deaths before it becomes tedious. Once the novel's focus lands on ex-Amish magus Levi Stoltzfus, the story picks up momentum. By the end, I had trouble putting it down.

Most notable about the novel is Keene's ab
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Nora
Jun 17, 2016 Nora rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
meh..
Jammies
Jan 24, 2011 Jammies rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Barry
May 10, 2014 Barry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything about this book is excellent: the way Keen's writes Levi in a way that you don't have to be familiar with the other books featuring the character, the build-up to the final battle, the small town vibe...everything. I was particularly impressed with (SPOILERS) the way he made these ancient sort of beings the primary bad guys ad was able to make them sort of cool without resorting to lame over-used "we're ancient and all powerful" devices.

This was one of the first Keene books I ever rea
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Joe Aguiar
Dec 03, 2015 Joe Aguiar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The town of Brinkley Springs is sealed off and besieged one night by an ancient evil that plans to feed on the souls of all the occupants of this sleepy little town. Lucky for them, demon fighter Levi Stoltzfus is staying at the local bed and breakfast, while passing through and becomes the people's only chance of escaping the night alive. Another fun, chilling and gory tale from Brian Keene. It's fast moving, filled with some disturbing sequences and most of all, features the return of Levi Sto ...more
Karl
Jul 01, 2015 Karl rated it liked it
Shelves: thunderstorm-own
This is copy 41 of 250 signed numbered copies,

This is book 1 of 3 (Plus a chapbook) in the set of Brian Keene’s Maelstrom Series
Steve
Oct 24, 2010 Steve rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror
It's OK. Maybe a little less than that.
Daniel Russell
More Keenedom. Getting through the Keene backlist is easy enough, with the pace being what they are. I was going for a weekend away to Busselton and just grabbed a book on the way out. In hindsight, I would have chosen another Keene book, perhaps Ghost Walk or Dead Hollow, as there is a chronological progression with one of the main characters of Gathering, which I would have liked to have followed.

But nothing I could have done about that, right?

A Gathering of Crows has a very simple premise. Th
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Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
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BRIAN KEENE writes novels, comic books, short fiction, and occasional journalism for money. He is the author of over forty books, mostly in the horror, crime, and dark fantasy genres. His 2003 novel, The Rising, is often credited (along with Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead comic and Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later film) with inspiring pop culture’s current interest in zombies. Keene’s novels have be ...more
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