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Dead Souls

3.43  ·  Rating Details ·  226 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
New England preacher Benjamin Conroy thought he had it all figured out: The keys to his family's eternal salvation lay in an ancient Egyptian ritual to the god Osiris. Following a little black magic - and the crucifiction of his entire family - the Conroys would rise from the dead, united for all of eternity, bringing salvation to the world. Assuming, that is, that the rit ...more
Mass Market, 340 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Dorchester Publishing Company (first published January 30th 2007)
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William M.
Jun 28, 2011 William M. rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Like the great Christopher Lee satanic films from the 70's, DEAD SOULS brings horror back to it's essential roots with hidden codes from the bible, elaborate occult rituals, evil possessions, and calculated suspense that evolves into brutally shocking violence. The first two thirds might feel a bit slow, but the payoff of the last third is well worth it. There were a few plot points that I questioned, but it's so much fun that I just ran with it and you'll be glad you did too. DEAD SOULS is Laim ...more
Dec 10, 2008 Robert rated it really liked it
Dead Souls by Michael Laimo is an example of how someone can mistranslate sections of the bible and come up with disastrous results. The writing is much better and the prose is smoother that the previous novel that I read, "Deep in the Darkness". The main plot is Benjamin Conroy's obsession with resurrection and the possibilities. I could say more, but I prefer to avoid any possible spoilers. There are also a couple sub plots, one dealing with the main protagonist's life living with a very relig ...more
Oct 14, 2014 Chrissieskleinewelt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
3,5 Sterne

Religiöser Fanatismus bis zum Ende – und darüber hinaus.

Johnny Petrie ist gerade 18 Jahre alt geworden und lebt zusammen mit seinen Eltern in einem New Yorker Apartment. Seine Mutter ist streng religiös, erlaubt ihm kaum am normalen weltlichen Alltag teilzunehmen und legt den Fokus ihres Sohnes auf Bibelstudien. Johnny leidet darunter, traut sich jedoch nicht zu rebellieren. Eines Tages erreicht ihn ein großer Briefumschlag, der an ihn adres
Aug 14, 2008 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Dead Souls was my first Laimo book, I wasn’t sure what to expect because I have been lucky so far with some of the new horror authors I have tried, and I feared I was pushing my luck. This was a very fast read at the standard Leisure horror length of 330 pages and can easily be read in an evening. The writing style is simple and straight forward, and the verbiage is standard enough that you won’t need to whip out your thesaurus.

Short Summary: We have two tales going on simultaneously in the book
Sonia Fogal
Dec 19, 2012 Sonia Fogal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Benjamin pulled the wand out of the fire; sparks flew up like a swarm of flies. Staring at the great black entity before him, he stated: ‘All-powerful Lord Osiris, who exists amongst the Gods in the astral plane, and governs the Realm of Resurrection and Everlasting Life, we have bestowed upon you the gifts of the earth so that Bryan Conroy may purely and honorably engage your powers of spiritual rebirth for the purpose of ancestral afterlife, with utmost earnestness and commitment.’ The spirit ...more
May 12, 2008 Jim rated it really liked it
I have to admit that I am a fan of trade paperback horror. Now, just like their cousins, Direct-to-DVD horror movies, a lot of them can be schlock and will never be seen on goodreads. This one was different. I gave it four stars as a horror novel. That means that I'd recommend it to most people who have an inkling in horror novels but perhaps not to all people. Perhaps it is kind of odd, but I do have a sliding set of expectations for different genres when I read books or watch movies. Horror ha ...more
Jul 16, 2013 Regan rated it really liked it
The title and description of this book is what lead me to hunt down the author/publisher to see about a review copy. It sounded like a great paranormal ghostly book, and in a sense it was.

The book was an easy read. I followed the life of Johnny Petrie, but in two different aspects. The first was in flashback for when he was a 1-year-old. The following chapter was when he was 18-years-old. The book proceeded this way until it met up to current events taking place.

Somber, spooky and ritualistic. T
Sep 05, 2012 Brent rated it liked it
I haven't read many horror books in recent years but found "Dead Souls" an enjoyable read. It's the story of Johnny Petrie, who learns on his eighteenth birthday that his parents aren't really his parents at all and he's due to receive a large inheritance from his true parents, the Conroys. He discovers that his deceased father killed the rest of his family in a bizarre religious ritual. Believing that Jesus Christ used the Egyptian Book of the Dead to resurrect himself, Johnny's father found a ...more
Jul 25, 2015 M rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, ebooks
At first I was glad when I stumbled upon this book. I watched the movie first and I was extremely excited to read it because movie was quite good. To my disappointment book is far from the movie. I don't say that this is usually bad, but as I mentioned I saw the movie first I was appalled by how stupid our protagonist is. Cornerstones of the story is still here, but they don't have such an impact as expected. It does have that 70's horror story flavor but it's like an old sour candy which you tr ...more
Sean Kimmel
Feb 01, 2013 Sean Kimmel rated it liked it
The book contains a unique tale of possession and evil. The circumstances surrounding the characters feel a bit too familiar. The high suspense keeps the pacing strong. The author doesn't shy away from gory scenes either. It's worth a read.

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Christopher Beck
Sep 24, 2012 Christopher Beck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick and fun dive into the occult. Laimo's writing is tight; his characters engrossing and believable. The suspense grows with each chapter and holds you until the end. The boys journey is an interesting one, to say the least.
Mar 10, 2009 Richard rated it it was amazing
Riveting and inventive. Horror at its best.
Nov 25, 2012 Jason rated it really liked it
Second time reading this book. Still enjoy the story and writing. Not as crazy as the authors "Demonologist" but still a gory and sometimes shocking read.
May 12, 2016 Jasmin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dieses Buch war so gar nicht meins. Das war mir einfach zu religiös. Vom Schreibstil her aber gefiel es mir sehr.
The first few pages started with the character performing rituals. I am not a fan of reading about rituals (unless it's non fiction). This was a new author and I'd read him again with another theme.
Apr 18, 2010 Tammy rated it really liked it
Better than what I was expecting!!
Sep 29, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
What a great book!! Super freaky! Had a few sleepless nights but well worth it. Looking forward to reading more of his material.
Bryan Davis
Jan 01, 2011 Bryan Davis rated it liked it
Good cheap horror fun! Nice and gory with a surprisingly good plot. It's nothing that will be studied and cherished for years to come, but it was definitely entertaining.
Dec 08, 2008 Tracy rated it did not like it
Very dissappointing. Especially since I ordered the wrong book - I was expecting the Gogol.
Aug 23, 2011 Peter rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
One of the more interesting Rebus books. A good portrait of an intelligent psychopath as well as the damage they can do. Well written ,but still takes judicious skimming at times.
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