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Preview — Ghost Road Blues by Jonathan Maberry
Ghost Road Blues (Pine Deep #1)
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Jonathan Maberry uses a vibrant cast of characters and a ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The problem is I think this is going t ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
This book is a mixed bag. It is incredibly derivative (at least the bulk of it is), the plot is incredibly predictable (at least most of it is), and the characters are pretty much one-note caricatures (unfortunately, this is pretty much all the way through). The catch is in the phrase "at least". Because the bulk of ...more
The past has come back to haunt the people in Pine Deep, literally. Someone is out for revenge for something that happened 30 years ago and it pits good vs.evil.
The names of the characters are so perfect for this novel in which you don't know whether or not people are human, ghosts, animals, beasts, or monsters.
The main character Malcom Crow is just about as humble and down to earth as one could ...more
The audio narration for this is incredibly fun and a very quick listen. Occasionally I'd have a few voices that sounded a little strange in a "not on purpose" way, but overall I loved the various ...more
First off, this is the first of a trilogy, which I did not realize going in, so don't expect all the story hooks to get resolved. That being said, we have monsters of various types, neurotic politicians, cops both corrupt and clean, and a ghostly blues man. So far, so ...more
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 ...more