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Dead Man's Song (Pine Deep #2)

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Twice Pine Deep has endured the savage hungers of a madman--but the death of the serial killer hasn't ended the carnage. A monstrous evil is again turning the quiet little town into hell on earth, and now the townspeople must fight for their souls.
Kindle Edition, 509 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2007)
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Dirk Grobbelaar

In the silent wormy darkness, he waits…

There is one very important factor to remember when reviewing a book like this: namely, it has corn fields.

The dark shape hunched over [the corpse] raised its head and looked at him without expression for a long moment, and then the bloody mouth opened in a great smile full of immense darkness and hunger, lips parting to reveal hideous teeth that were grimed with pink-white tatters of flesh.

Indeedy. It’s like that…

…but it also isn’t. See, Dead Man’s Song i
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Jason Parent
I really enjoyed the first book, but I had to struggle to get through the first 80% of this one. It was bogged down with repetition, oftentimes of useless facts (e.g., Val's scars and motorcycle accidents, even certain lines repeated word for word). There were too many odes to Val and Crow's undying love, and a sixteen minute sex scene that was dreadfully boring. It is loaded with dream sequences and repetitious dream sequences. But the worst part, was all the recapping of the first book. I do n ...more
Quentin Wallace
Oct 27, 2014 Quentin Wallace rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second book in my favorite horror trilogy of all time. I really didn't have a favorite book of the three, I liked them all equally and honestly in my mind it was just one really long story. The Pine Deep Trilogy just gets my highest possible recommendation. I personally put these books right on the same level as Stephen King's novels, and considering King is my all time favorite writer that's high praise indeed.

I always do spoiler free reviews so I never give away details, but if you like yo
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Bill
Dec 03, 2012 Bill rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I was very excited about this series when I had finished Ghost Road Blues.

Now, after finishing Dead Man's Song, I couldn't care less.

I was very impressed with Maberry's work in the first novel. A perfect mix of descriptive prose and dialogue which made it a very fun read. But there were a few issues I had with Dead Man's Song that bothered me so much that it completely turned me off the series.

Now, before you read any further, be warned that some of what I am going to write will spoil a bit from
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Jason
Apr 18, 2011 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2011
5 stars

This book, from 25% in takes off like a runaway freight train. Where the first novel in the series Ghost Road Blues was a slowly building thriller with tinges of the supernatural in it. This one goes dark and deep very quickly, and we are treated to a great deal of monsters, ghosts, and the undead.

Being a second of three in a trilogy, we get the normal added layers to our main characters through further backstories. Our main hero Malcolm Crow is the shining star in this one and much of t
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Rob
Feb 14, 2015 Rob rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Authors are like musicians in one important way. Some bands emerge on the scene fully formed, delivering a debut that appears to encapsulate everything great they would eventually accomplish. Think Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division or Oasis' Definitely Maybe or Entertainment! by Gang of Four. These albums land with a seismic impact that heralds the arrival of An Important Voice, one that the rest of us mortals should do well to notice.

Other bands? Their first albums resemble the toddler taking h
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Alondra
Feb 24, 2013 Alondra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
4.5 Stars

This book gets 4.5 stars for being so damned good. Wow.

I keep wondering, what is it about this little town that brings the dastardly villains out? The makes monsters of its citizens? Could it be that it is basically an island, holding on for dear life through it's bridges and roads? Is it the deep, dark, dank woods that holds secrets better left unsaid?? Or, because the town holds onto and then glorifies its' most haunted history? Maybe, just maybe all of these things.

Our main charact
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Brian
Nov 27, 2008 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good, intense follow-up to the amazing Ghost Road Blues , Dead Man's Song creates a creepy atmosphere and delivers intense thrills.

There were two reasons I didn't give this book five stars:

• Pinnacle/Kensington Publishing didn't use a skilled copy editor for this book. It was riddled with typos, sentence fragments, run-on sentences, extra words that jumbled up entire sentences, and comma usage so bad that some passages were tough to follow.

• A couple of the main threads of the story dragged
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Cameron
Jan 20, 2012 Cameron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jonathan Mayberry's debut novel Ghost Road Blues is one of the best straight-up horror novels of the 2000's. Mayberry did not pussyfoot around with angsty, vampiric pedophiles, nor did he include one single glittery werewolf (though these novels are markedly vampire and werewolf fare - more on that in a second). Instead, his monstrous antagonists had a raw nakedness to their villainy. It was a grand first novel, full of nods to modern horror classics, while never feeling like a blatant rip-off o ...more
Olivia
Sep 09, 2012 Olivia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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T.L. Barrett
Jan 21, 2013 T.L. Barrett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you haven’t discovered Jonathan Maberry, you are in for a treat! He has quickly become my second favorite horror writer next to the King. The man is a horror writing genius, and I can’t tell you enough how much I enjoy his work. He creates real visceral scenes of horror which are all the more poignant for his wonderful character development and investment (even in the folks who are not long for this world). If you haven’t read Ghost Road Blues, make sure you read that first, as Dead Man’s Son ...more
Kasia
Mar 31, 2010 Kasia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second installment of the story woven by Maberry was delicious to say the least. I know some readers out there are grumpy over the 500 page length of this middle child of a tale but I absolutely loved every word and it took me a long time to read, yes I will admit that life kept me busy and the book was long but man, by page 400 I could barely sit in my reading chair, the story was getting good! I strongly recommend reading part one of this trilogy, Ghost Road Blues; for hose who love to rea ...more
Devonta
As Halloween begins to draw near, Griswold is getting stronger and making more preparations for the Red Wave. Boyd has lead the police to believe he's skipped town. The detectives have pulled their people out of Pine Deep to go after Boyd leaving the dwindling Pine Deep police department to take care of the town—only Boyd didn't leave. He's still in town and is ready to reek more havoc.

While Maberry shows his impressive skills at developing character and setting, there are a few things that may
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William M.
Jun 29, 2011 William M. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
4 AND 1/2 STARS

Dead Man's Song, the second installment in the Pine Deep Trilogy starts off just where the first book, Ghost Road Blues, ended. Author Jonathan Mayberry beautifully sums up the first book in a few pages, allowing new readers to jump right on board in this exciting and very evil tale. The quality of writing is far above most authors in the genre and the story really feels like a horror classic. I enjoyed this book even more than the first, which won a Bram Stoker award for best fi
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Michael
Nov 07, 2011 Michael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was the worst follow up to a good book I've ever read. I was bored to tears and it ended up convincing me not to finish the trilogy that I had already purchased. I will give these books to someone I secretly hate and tell them I love them. If you like nails on a chalkboard or watching cute little animals dying slowly then by all means please check this wonderful series out.
Victoria
Yeeks! Another exciting book! I enjoyed this sequel more than the first book in the Pine Deep series - by quite a bit, actually. It had a much faster pace, and though more of the background story was filled in, there weren't nearly as many redundancies in this one that slowed down the first novel. I can't wait to read the conclusion to this trilogy! What an exciting series!
Debra
Jun 15, 2011 Debra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2nd book in a trilogy. This one had me even more hooked than the first book. It's was very creepy in places! The good guys sure look like they up to an impossible task; evil is growing and the future looks very grim! Note: typos galore that really mess with the flow.

Amy
Bored with it. Did not even finish the book.
Donna
Feb 13, 2016 Donna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, horror

2 or 3 stars......what to do? I liked the story, but had a problem with the writing.

I started this book one day....and it was grating on me for many reasons.

Every pubescent word for a certain male appendage was used. It sounded so immature. Now, I could accept this as a character trait for 1 or maybe 2 characters....but it was shared by all the men. It lost its effect with its constant overuse. Also, all the characters shared the same swagger, if I can even call it that. They all seemed to shar
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Colleen
Oct 29, 2015 Colleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, zombies, vampires
I always scan what other reviewers say about a book out of idle curiosity first. And some of the comments to this book really confuse me.

I thought it was masterful and am sticking with this is one of THE BEST HORROR series out there, on par with Stephen King. And maybe that's part of the response this book seems to have gotten. I think in comparing Maberry to King is apt in that both are successful authors who share fondness for locale (Maberry it's Maryland/Pennsylvania area/King Maine), both
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Trev Twinem
Feb 25, 2013 Trev Twinem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before we view into my thoughts on Dead Man's Song I would like to say a few words about Jonathan Maberry. If you read the notes within the book Maberry is akin to or better than King, and I would warmly agree with this. What Stephen King is able to do so successfully is create small town America and give to the reader some really memorable characters. There is Jack Torrance and his lovable yet strange son Danny, former home loving nurse Annie Wilkes and her obsession with writer Paul Sheldon (s ...more
Nick
In Pine Deep, a town known for its supernatural composition, evil never dies. Thirty years ago a massacre reared its ugly head and a group of children survived only to find themselves facing a similar terror today. The book starts with a trio of criminals arriving at a local prominent farm. Needless to say, bad things happen. However, it becomes clear quite quickly that there is a supernatural factor at work and that a darker evil is brewing. The survivors from before begin to notice a pattern o ...more
Mark R.
***1/2

The second book in Jonathan Maberry's "Pine Deep Trilogy," "Dead Man's Song" picks up immediately following the events of "Ghost Road Blues," with Mr. Crow and his friends recovering from a brutal attack by the evil Karl Ruger.

Crow's having suspicions confirmed left and right: that Ruger isn't acting alone, that he may be linked somehow with Ubel Griswold, a serial killer who disappeared thirty years past, and that, most of all, the town of Pine Deep is going to see a lot more trouble befo
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Eric
This is a very good transition novel between the first and final books of the Pine Deep anthology. I give it three stars, rather than four, because, as a transition, not a whole lot happens. It fulfilled two things: wrap up Ghost Road Blues and set up Bad Moon Rising. Because of that, not a whole lot actually happens, at least for the protagonists, not until the end.

The bad guys like Vic and Ruger do their thing by preparing for the Red Wave, but Crow and Val spend most of their time in the hos
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Cynthia
Oct 22, 2012 Cynthia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The turmoil in Pine Deep continues in Dead Man's Song, the second novel in Maberry's Pine Deep trilogy.

As Halloween begins to draw near, Griswold is getting stronger and making more preparations for the Red Wave. Boyd has lead the police to believe he's skipped town. The detectives have pulled their people out of Pine Deep to go after Boyd leaving the dwindling Pine Deep police department to take care of the town—only Boyd didn't leave. He's still in town and is ready to reek more havoc.

Realiz
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Oglaigh na  hEireann
ok once you get past a LITTLE monotonous back story hold on to the edge of your seat. It's 6.99 for the whole book but you will only need the EDGE, EDGE, EDGE !! THE SAGA continues and pine deeps troubles just keep mounting worse than a fat lady s plate at an all night buffet. Served up with a dark past, pine deep is in the fight for its life !! Plus bad ass mike sweeney is back on his huffy 10 speed amping up an assault like evil ken-evil on crystal meth. Marberry takes you on the haunted hay r ...more
James Ogle
Possibly the greatest work of horror fiction I have ever read, when taken as the whole three part Pine Deep series. Even by itself it was very good, but I just couldn't get over wanting to continue the story. Maberry takes us through a tale of vampires the way they were intended: vicious, nocturnal and highly effective predators of humanity. He addresses the differences in vampire legend across cultures, and wraps the whole thing up in a very entertaining story, with characters that are not only ...more
Travis of NNY
Oct 14, 2015 Travis of NNY rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, ylto-kills-em
This series is such a perfect read for October. Warning though expect to read the whole trilogy once you start as this novel ends so abruptly you will rush for book 3.
Craig
Aug 18, 2014 Craig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the middle book of Maberry's Pine Deep Trilogy, and is a very good follow-up to Ghost Road Blues. It's a long book that covers a relatively short period of time at a relaxed pace, which allows the characters to develop and their back-stories are filled in quite nicely. The tension builds slowly but surely for the wrap-up (I presume) in the final volume. It lags a little bit in places, as many middle-books do, but there's a pretty good (and somewhat surprising) pay-off at the end that mak ...more
Brett Grossmann
2 stars cause its a series of books and if you read the first one…you'll enjoy this one. I don't mind a series. I don't like a book that leaves you hanging as much as this one does. I don't like a book that feels like it didn't need to exist. In truth the series could have been one book. Just give it to a serious editor. In addition...When it's a sequel, I hate it when authors think that they need to retell us everything that happened in the first book. Not only does Maberry lose a lot of time d ...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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