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Absolom Rex

3.5 of 5 stars 3.50  ·  rating details  ·  16 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Absolom Rex is a unique work in the world of the horror genre. When most books depend on the shock value of a beheading or use of insanity as a primary character trait, Absolom Rex, draws inspiration from the roots of the genre, where the environment sets the mood of a story, dialogue drives the characters and their development forward, and proper description puts the read ...more
ebook, 165 pages
Published November 30th 2010 by Self Published (first published 2010)
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Rebecca Treadway
The mood of the story begins with a historical fiction fell with subtle pretenses of literary horror. That is thrown out the window though, by chapter 10 where it turns into a dark story reminiscent of tales I read as a child fascinated by the Roman Pantheon. While still maintaining the integrity of Ancient Rome and it's subsequent political maneuvering and upheavals of the time period (including an appearance by the reviled and repulsive Caligula)the author weaves in a monster not-so-typical o ...more
Rebecca Wright
As a huge fan of historical and dark fiction, I was delighted to find them so perfectly blended in Absolom Rex. The detailed descriptions and captivating characters had me immersed in ancient Rome from the very first chapter and throughout the rest of the book. Well-placed tension and twists make this a great page turner and will leave you eager to read more from K.L. Coones.
Lizzy Lessard
Overall: I was completely prepared for this story to get a mediocre rating up until about 70% read. The middle of this book really suffers from an identity crisis as the book shifts from a historical fiction to a paranormal novel. The ending, however, was nothing short of awesome. I’m so thrilled that I pushed through and finished this novel, because it ended up being very entertaining and dark. But, was it really necessary to hurt the poor kitty cats? PETA does not approve of this novel!

Mark Carver
Absolom Rex is an exciting blend of history and horror. In fact, it is essentially a historical fiction story for about 2/3rds of its length. Set in the Roman Empire around the time a significant event occurred (33 A.D. hint hint), Pontius Pilate is up to his laurel wreath in religious turmoil, family illness, and violent supernatural weirdness. When his life is totally upended and the hammer of judgment falls, that's when Absolom Rex really kicks into high-gear.

Being a supernatural horror story
Starts off like typical historical fiction set in the Roman empire, but then, after Jesus is handed over for crucifixion, everything goes poltergeist. Some of the writer's style is quite good: the reader sees the Egyptian haircuts, hears the oars hitting the water. But vampires ain't my genre, so I'm not sure what to make of Pontius-Pilate-goes-Dracula.

There is an implication that Cassius Chaerea, Caligula's assassin, was possibly a eunuch. The interesting detail used to describe this character
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"Horror used to terrify me. Some of that Asian stuff still does. I’ll never watch The Ring again…"

Ever the non conformist…his first book, Absolom Rex , he decided to publish as an e-book and see if he could market it himself. So on top of being a writer, he is also an entrepreneur and marketing professional. It makes for a confusing description when people ask him what he does. In addition to his
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