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Symphony (Millennium Quartet #1)

3.39  ·  Rating Details ·  101 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
When a preacher who has lost his faith suddenly discovers that he possesses the ability to heal and perform miracles, he becomes a reluctant participant in the battle against evil as he sets out to save a teenage girl and stop the occupants--who may be demons--of a mysterious car.

The approaching end of the century makes this the perfect time for the Millennium Quartet by t
Hardcover, 302 pages
Published February 1st 1997 by Forge (first published 1997)
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Jaime Contreras
Jun 01, 2016 Jaime Contreras rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, horror
This was one of the most unsatisfying and boring books that I have ever picked up. I could not finish this book - only the second time this has happened to me. The pace is extremely slow and the main characters were one-dimensional. I believe that Grant tried to emulate Stephen King's THE STAND but failed miserably. I cannot recommend this novel.
Miss Mae
Oct 16, 2015 Miss Mae rated it it was ok
My first thought when finishing the book: Oh thank God it's over. I nearly abandoned this one twice. Once about 100 pages in, and again at around 230. By that point I'd told myself I had simply gone too far into it to abandon. Just slam through it, I encouraged myself.

This book was a major turn off to the apocalypse genre as a whole. The concept was wonderful, the execution was horrendous. It is too slow for too long, with too many characters you don't give a damn about. At quite a few parts I
Jul 29, 2016 Thomas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, e-book, 2015
Symphony is the first in a quadrilogy of books featuring each of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, each set in a small, rural town in the United States. It's a nice effect; Grant creates a microcosm of society where the apocalypse begins, taking what would normally be an epic story and condensing it into small town America. The story follows Grant's usual style, with a long build-up among a large cast of characters, with the final confrontation taking place in the last quarter of the book. ...more
Jun 07, 2015 BRS rated it did not like it
My really low expectations were not met, so I couldn't finish this. There are a lot of characters introduced in the first 100 pages, but there are none of the interesting clues that might allow the reader to guess how they all might be coming together other than "strange things are happening." Ok...kinda strange things. And only a few things really that aren't so strange, so whatever apocalyptic event that's coming will just appear without any good prep work on the part of the author that will ...more
Casey, a small town preacher, is losing his faith, yet suddenly he seems to be able to perform miracles. Are these gifts from God or sendings from an ancient Enemy? Miles away, violence and death lie in the wake of a nondescript car whose inhabitants may not be completely human. Their journey will end in Casey's backyard. When the preacher reluctantly takes up the battle against evil, his whole town is forced to choose sides in the war between light and darkness. People's true natures are ...more
I picked up the third book in this series some time before this one without relizing it was part of a set. I read that book and quite enjoyed it and when I discovered that there were more I thought hey what the heck.

I picked this one up not too long after but just never got around to readinging it.

I should have never picked it up. The characters were dull and not fleshed out very well. The writing was pretty plain. And the plot just too forever to go anywhere. I had no problems at all reading on
Nathan Burgoine
Jan 12, 2016 Nathan Burgoine rated it liked it
The Millenium Quartet begins with this book, "Symphony." The four demons of the apocalypse are coming, and the first of them is Death. This is Death's story, and the story of a single human being who might just have the power to stop - delay? - the oncoming demon.

Casey, a small town preacher, suddenly starts showing major miraculous abilities - even though he is losing his faith. A chosen one to defeat a demon? When the whole town suddenly splits along the sides of dark and light, forced to cho
Aug 05, 2016 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was like a condensed, reversed (bad coming to good instead of good going towards bad) version of Stephen King's "The Stand"; with bits of "Tommyknockers", "The Mist", and "The Gunslinger" thrown in. It wasn't bad, I just felt like I'd been there and done that. Perhaps if I hadn't read the aforementioned King books, I would have enjoyed it more.
Excellent writing, attention to detail is great. You can absolutely picture the people and events. To be continued.
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Charles Lewis Grant was a novelist and short story writer specializing in what he called "dark fantasy" and "quiet horror." He also wrote under the pseudonyms of Geoffrey Marsh, Lionel Fenn, Simon Lake, Felicia Andrews, and Deborah Lewis.

Grant won a World Fantasy Award for his novella collection Nightmare Seasons, a Nebula Award in 1976 for his short story "A Crowd of Shadows", and another Nebula
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“The cover was pebbled black leather, the pages onionskin, and he opened it carefully. It was his first Bible, the one his mother had given him, the one that had taken its time showing him what he was supposed to do with his life, his size, that voice of his. It was the one used for his ordination, and when he had buried his mother on an autumn hillside in Tennessee five years ago. King James. He didn't care about the scholars or the accuracy or the bringing of his church into whatever century they claimed it was these days; he cared about the poetry, and about the comfort it brought to those who needed to hear it.” 0 likes
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