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Ghost Road Blues (Pine Deep #1)

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  5,230 Ratings  ·  381 Reviews
Winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel

From a new master of horror comes an apocalyptic showdown between the residents of a secluded, rural town and the deadly evil that confronts them wherever they turn . . .

Evil Doesn't Die

The cozy little town of Pine Deep buried the horrors of its past a long time ago. Thirty years have gone by since the darkness descen

Mass Market Paperback, 472 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Pinnacle
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Three criminals arrive to Pine Deep, one of them is more sinister than the rest, a wanted Killer! Is that all the evil that lurks in Pine Deep? No!
This is a dark atmospheric supernatural thriller. I can see why Maberry was awarded the Bram Stoker award for this, he's a great writer really immerses you in the blood pulsing thrill, a real page-turner. The story plays out like an episode of Supernatural. I am hooked, line and sinker!
He's developed a really good protagonist and characters like The
Bark's Book Nonsense
I am going to be the party pooper again. Many of my friends enjoyed this story but as much as I tried (and, boy, did I ever try) I could not fall into this book.

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Part of the problem was the narrator. His voice was gravelly and deep and it suited some of the characters but it grated on me. Sorry but it’s true. It’s a personal thing and I know this. You may love his manly voice but it didn’t do it for me. His female voices were nothing short of atrocious and unnatural and I am not apologizing for
Dirk Grobbelaar
May 19, 2013 Dirk Grobbelaar rated it it was amazing
The last thing Billy said was, “Oh, come on…there’s nothing out there.”
And then two sets of bone-white hands arched over the slat rails on the wagon and seized him by the shoulders and the collar and dragged him screaming into the darkness.

These, the opening lines of Ghost Road Blues, more or less set the tone for the rest of the novel. It’s a bit of a doozy, actually. Maberry juggles a number of different horror conventions here, both supernatural and natural. All of these converge on a single
Jason Parent
Jun 08, 2015 Jason Parent rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
Yeah, so this book really pissed me off. Why? Because I loved it, but I hate getting gang-raped into reading a trilogy.

Given the epilogue, there is no question that this book solved absolutely none of the conflicts presented. It is the first part of a trilogy and cannot stand alone as its own book. So I am forced to purchase the others to read to gain even one iota of closure. This is a pet peeve of mine because a book's gotta be damn good for me to invest my time in its sequels.

Fortunately, th
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Ghost Road Blues was a great book to read during the month of October, as part of my 4th Annual October Scare fest. I love that spooky mood that comes along with the fall, when the days get shorter, the nights longer, and the weather cooler (hopefully).

Although this novel was very good, and well-written, I have to put in in the 'liked fairly well' as opposed to 'loved or really liked' category.

Let's talk about the stuff that didn't quite work for me:
*I think that this story depends a bit too
Feb 03, 2012 Al rated it did not like it
Ghost Road Blues was a really bad book. It was cheesy, sexist, cliche, boring and didn't even start until it set up a sequel a few chapters from the end. You could read any one sentence and immediately know this book was written by a man, making the author much too visible throughout the story.

The women like to faint and scream, and the men like to either beat the women or be the prince charming protector (Depending on whether they're a good guy or not, and trust me, it's easy to tell--because e
Nov 13, 2012 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This is the first Jonathan Maberry novel I've read, and judging from the ratings of his later novels, he gets better as he goes.
That's a really good thing, because Ghost Road Blues was pretty good.
In fact, through most of this novel, I was very jacked about this guy.

I had been looking over my to-read list in the hopes of finding something to satisfy my October horror cravings. Not only did it deliver, but it was also set around Halloween. Perfect!

For most of this novel, Maberry drives forth with
Kimberley Meier
Apr 06, 2013 Kimberley Meier rated it really liked it
I recently came across an author I really like, Jonathan Maberry. The first book I read was Patient Zero (review & giveaway coming soon) and I was hooked. I decided to read his Pine Deep trilogy. The first book, Ghost Road Blues, introduces you to Pine Deep, Pennsylvania, which is known as "The Spookiest Town in America." Pine Deep seems like a quaint , tourist town which thrives on the Halloween season, but it has a dark, evil history.

Jonathan Maberry uses a vibrant cast of characters and a
Chris Nortje
A homocidal psychopath, a religious lunatic who thinks he's Jesus, and a mechanic who beats up kids. These are the instruments an evil entity uses to turn a little backwater town on its head.

Maberry writes with pace and the chapters are short enough to keep you turning pages. The characters are well developed and the action is suspenseful. The question is whether this first instalment of a three book series does enough to get the reader to read the second book.

Well, I'm not exactly rushing to th
May 02, 2010 Kasia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: some-of-my-faves
When I first picked this book up I had no clue that I was up for a sweet week or saucy reading full of believable characters, little town secrets and dark nasty things slithering in the dark. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that it also had some maniacs on the loose whose souls were blacker than that of the devil buried in the muddy pit and locals who grew up torturing each other under pretense of being holy. After sixty pages Jonathan Maberry became my new favorite author amongst masters of terror ...more
Jun 08, 2013 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: wannabe action hero comic book nerds, people who think Stephen King is too scary
This book was kind of like Diet Stephen King: no calories, half the flavor. Jonathan Maberry apparently scripts comic books too, and that was apparent in the melodramatic prose and the prolonged fight scenes in Ghost Road Blues.

Thirty years ago, the small town of Pine Deep was victimized by a serial killer in what became known as the Black Harvest. A bunch of redneck cops killed the man they believed responsible, an itinerant black guitar-player known only as "the Bone Man," but in fact the Bone
Jan 28, 2014 Alondra rated it it was amazing
5 Stars!!

Well, wwell, well... murder in a small town. Kinda cliche' isn't it? I mean everyone writes about it, and it gives a good story. I think Mr. Maberry writing it, makes it a great story. A nice twist on small town murder and mayhem. It is about the darkness. The evil that resides there. The devil down the street that everyone pretends is not there. People willing to live in a cocoon and pretend everything is all right. We will cover it up, ignore it and .... it will go away? No, no; evil
11811 (Eleven)
Nov 02, 2014 11811 (Eleven) rated it liked it
3.5. I'm ambivalent about the rest of the trilogy. This was like something Stephen King would have written before stashing it in a drawer so he could write something better. I enjoyed it but the Stoker win surprises me.
Mike (the Paladin)
I started this book and some of my friends like it. When I was asked early on how I liked it I said it was okay so far but not great. When I said this other readers chimed in and said, "I loved this book, couldn't put down the series".

Well I can...sorry folks. If you like this I'm as always happy you found a book or books you like. For me this hit several of my hot buttons for dislike and finally pushed me completely away.

First this is for the majority of the book more a crime story with superna
Dec 31, 2014 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-star-reads
Pine Deep, The Most Haunted Town in America. “We’ll scare you silly.”

30 years ago, an evil presence was killed, but was not properly disposed of and now it’s coming back…with a vengeance. Every day it is gaining strength and gathering souls and soon it will bring its retribution down on the town of Pine Deep.

There is a lot going on in this one - ancient evil, dark family secrets, betrayal, and murder, just to name a few. I had no clue what I was getting into with this one. (Actually thought it w
Nov 02, 2011 Gatorman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book, my first by Maberry. It was very well written with terrific charecters and a creepy plot that holds you to the end and makes you want to pick the next one up right away. The main bad guy, Karl Ruger, is very nasty and very funny at the same time. Looking forward to reading more about him in the next books. Highly recommended.
Apr 14, 2011 Jason rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, read-2011
4.5 Stars

This is my second Maberry novel, Patient Zero being the first that I read. I really enjoyed this one, and felt like I was there bearing witness to the horror and the killings. This is a first rate atmospheric horror.

This is a supernatural thriller that is twisted with a serial killer on the run, a former Police Officer Good Guy, mixed up in a scary backwoods town, and then scored entirely with guitar strumming old time blues music. Put all those things together and then you get the feel
Jul 08, 2010 Yodamom rated it really liked it
I was instantly addicted from the first chapter when the character called “The Bone Man” kills his demon, using his blues guitar. epic good vs. evil battles;Thirty years earlier the small town of Pine Deep is tortured with murders. When “The Bone Man” is blamed, after killing the murder, he is himself the victim of vigilantly justice. The evil deed will not go unpunished thirty years into the future the horror starts again. It is a visually written dream, that is done perfectly It is not overly ...more
Aug 25, 2013 Kaisersoze rated it it was ok
This novel seems to generate a great deal of love in horror circles, but to put it plainly, I was disappointed. Perhaps my expectations were too high - after all, it's well written and has a cast of likeable protagonists - but it took its time in that it felt very slowly paced. And for something touted as a horror, the bulk of it was more like a crime thriller (with supernatural undertones throughout). In fact, for me, it all felt like set up for much bigger things in the latter two books in the ...more
Yowza! What an exciting book! And what an intricate set-up! I am VERY glad that this trilogy is complete now that I am reading it - I don't know that I could have waited. The book was very exciting. The only thing that bothered me was the book's tendency towards redundancy. I suppose that a slower-reader, or someone with a poor memory would not notice, or would maybe even be grateful for the reminders present throughout. That aside, I am VERY interested to see where this trilogy is going!
May 15, 2012 Traci rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
Had to give up half way through. Maybe I wasn't in the mood for horror. But I found it full to bursting with most horror tropes active today. Reminded me of a made for syfy movie. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing so if you're into that...
I thought the writing lacked focus and I got a little lost with trying to keep all the lines separate. The reason why I finally gave up though had to do with the victimization of the helpless. Just not for me.
Randolph Carter
Mar 18, 2014 Randolph Carter rated it really liked it
Excellent novel in the King/McCammon horror camp. Seemingly disparate multiple threads are nicely woven together eventually to bring the book to a "conclusion." Oops, sorry it is a dreaded series (Pine Deep) book and there are two more novels after this, so what I thought was a nice compact little novel, isn't and nothing except the body count is resolved and even that isn't certain. Well anyway, this one was good as long as you don't care what happens next.

The problem is I think this is going t
Sep 05, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it
I would recommend this book to anyone who is already a Jonathan Maberry fan, someone looking for a well paced, suspenseful horror story. This story has gore in it but is less gory than other horror novels I've read. You really learn to care about the characters. I especially appreciate that, even as the first book in a trilogy, it has less of a cliffhanger ending than most series novels. The beginning is kind of a slow build but the atmosphere keeps it interesting while you meet the characters. ...more
El Galan
Sep 13, 2008 El Galan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Horror and The Supernatural along with Action/Adventure
Recommended to El Galan by: No one, I found this book all by myself.
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Tom Mathews
Oct 19, 2015 Tom Mathews rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: gluttons for punishment.
This story wasn't particularly engaging nor was it very scary. It also included a good deal of domestic abuse which I don't find entertaining. There was a reference to the correct pronunciation of the name Igor that made me chuckle and bumped my rating up half a point to 2.5. Aside from that, though, it's forgettable
Feb 13, 2016 Bill rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, zombies
This was my first experience with Jonathan Maberry and I was very pleased with the story, lots of tension, scary, creepiness and it was very well-written. Frustrated that it left me hanging and now having to look for the 2nd book. I can see why I've read so many good comments about his writing. It reminds me of many of the Stephen King books I enjoyed so many years ago, like It and Desperation.. I liked the good characters very much, Crow, Val and Mike; hated the bad characters very much and wan ...more
Jul 21, 2014 Craig rated it really liked it
This is a really good story, with rich characters and a very well-developed dark and moody atmosphere. It has a strong influence from classic blues music which reminded me of one of my favorite writers, Many Wade Wellman. The rural setting is quite well pictured, especially when some big city police officers arrive for contrast. The opening sequence is one of the best and most memorable I've read for a very long time. The characters of Mike, Crow, and Terry are all drawn quite sympathetically an ...more
Sep 08, 2012 Cynthia rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, horror
Ghost Road Blues is the first novel in the Pine Deep trilogy by Jonathan Maberry, and was also Maberry's first novel. This was the first novel I've ever read by Maberry and found it very hard to put down.

The book starts out strong and keeps a good pace throughout. I didn't find any of the characters dry or uninteresting. Maberry did a great job at making the characters and dialog believable and well defined. I cared for the characters I was suppose to, and hated the characters that Maberry set
William Thomas
Oct 20, 2010 William Thomas rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, horror
Jonathan Maberry, prior to the writing of this novel, had produced quite a few non-fiction books on cage-fighting and martial arts. This may be how he sharpened his skills in writing very fluid and believable action sequences. However, I wasn't expecting a multitude of fight scenes, hand-to-hand combat prose, or this many shoot-outs. I think Maberry got carried away with himself, forgot he was writing a horror novel, and instead channeled Richard Stark into the book, writing a Parker novel inste ...more
Brandi ;)
I'm giving this 2 stars not because it's a bad or horrible book, but because I just can't get into. I'm trying and trying, but i actually fell asleep while reading it. During the day. I have made it to pg 137 and i just can't go on. Maybe some other day it will be the kind of book I'm looking for, but not right now. Ok honestly, I prob won't come back to it cause I already skipped thru and read the end. Damn, sometimes these reviews feel like confessionals, I just let it all out. So, for me it w ...more
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JONATHAN MABERRY is a New York Times best-selling and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning horror and thriller author, magazine feature writer, playwright, content creator and writing teacher/lecturer. His books have been sold to more than a dozen countries.

His novels include the Pine Deep Trilogy: GHOST ROAD BLUES (Pinnacle books; winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel in 2006), DEAD
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