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The Unholy Cause (Supernatural #5)

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  1,235 ratings  ·  80 reviews
A Supernatural novel that reveals a previously unseen adventure for the Winchester brothers, from the hit CW series!

Way back in April 1862, Confederate Captain Jubal Beauchamp leads a charge across a Georgia battleground… Fast forward to 2009 and a civil war re-enactment becomes all too real. When Sam and Dean head down south to investigate they find that history has got s
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Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 5th 2011 by Titan Books (first published April 20th 2010)
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Carolyn (Book Chick City)
Reviewed by Jo for Book Chick City. 7/10 on the blog.


I've been a fan of 'Supernatural' since watching the first episode, and I soon devoured this TV tie-in.

The Winchester brothers are called to Georgia, to investigate a gruesome murder/suicide during a Civil War re-enactment. On the outside it seems like a simple enough case, but as they are drawn deeper into the mystery they soon discover it's a very un-simple trap by Demons to wage war on the Human race using the re-enactors.

Any fan of Superna
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Josh
May 04, 2011 Josh rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Supernatural fans
This is the fifth Supernatural book I have read, and like the many Star Trek novels, they are an easy, engaging read that can satisfy a fan looking for additional stories than just the ones seen on tv. This one involves a demon plot to use Civil War re-enactors to wage a battle against humans and force Sam to become the vessel of Lucifer. Along the way, Judas and a possessed noose enter the action. In fact, there might have been way too much going on in such a short book. They all do tie into ea ...more
Noa
4/4

I'm really surprised that I liked this book so much. Honestly, I don't expect great things of tie-ins. I've liked previous Supernatural books, they are entertaining and good enough to make time when the show is in hiatus. This one, however I liked better than others.

In this particular book Sam and Dean are immersed in a case involving re-enactors of the Civil War, demons and... JUDAS. Judas.


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I won't say anything else so not to spoil anyone. But, oh, boy.

In general, I can say that the characte
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Peter
As a fan of the show, I like the fact that Schreiber went a little out of the way for the Winchester brothers by sending them to Georgia. Since Supernatural is filmed in Vancouver, it is difficult (to say the least) to have an episode that strays into unfamiliar territory.

The story itself was in keeping with the series' overall theme, and it did tie in nicely to the 5th season and the Apocalypse. Schreiber also does a good job at interweaving Christian elements into story. However, do not worry-
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April Cole
The character reactions and behaviors between Sam, Dean and Castiel will make any fan of the series smile, but the overall storyline I just wasn’t feeling. I felt the whole plot was trying too hard to fit into the overarching Angels vs Demons 5th season storyline. I think the story may have worked better if they did some flashbacks to the Civil War and the original Jubal Beauchamp, but instead the whole story takes place in present day. Here’s hoping the 6th Supernatural novel which comes out so ...more
Maria
This book takes place during Season 5 (before episode 16 but at least after episode 3).

As with the prior books, you should only read this book if you have seen the television show - Supernatural. You should also read it with the mindset that this is more for entertainment purposes rather than missing episodes out of the show.

Compared to the prior books in this series, this story has lots of action and takes on a slight twist with the back story of the Civil War and Judas of Iscariot. I like how
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Angie
The author apparently forgot that Sam is the one who always gets strangled in fights. I did like the connection to Judas, though. I wouldn't mind of he made an appearance on the show sometime.
Danielle
This book was released just in time to help all Supernatural fans deal with the hiatus in 2005. However, I am only getting around to reading it now.
I'm a huge fan of the Supernatural series, so I was, of course, delighted on Christmas morning to find not one, but THREE Supernatural novels among my pile of gifts. I did read this book in December, but have only had the time to post a review now (please don't kill me).

I began the book with very high hopes, but finished felling a little disappointe
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Seak (Bryce L.)
Review from Only the Best SciFi/Fantasy

I accepted this book a while back pretty much on a whim. I thought, Joe Schreiber seems to be a popular enough author and this might be interesting to check out him writing a tie-in novel.

The only problem is that I've never seen the show nor read a book in this series. But, while this is actually Supernatural book 5, I only missed a few references here and there and otherwise this was pretty stand-alone.

The cover itself probably should have turned me away f
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Anna
Not my favorite, but not a bad read either. Something that devoted SPN fans will probably enjoy, but the bouncing around of the other characters had me confused as times, as did the plot. However, I'm typically confused with the plot of the actual show, so I guess it did read like SPN episode. I was happy to see more Cas in this book, and the Southern in me appreciated the whole background, as well as the rebel flag on the cover. I'd love to see something like this in the show, I think the possi ...more
Lexi
The story of The Unholy Cause takes place during Season Five. There are men killed at a civil war re-enactment despite the use of props on the battlefield, and it brings the Winchester brothers to Ilchester, Maryland, where St-Mary's convent is situates.

I've never been good in reviews, so I am not trying to write one, it's just a compilation of some of my thoughts.

You would be delighted to hear that Sam and Dean are the center of this story, they are in all the chapters (except for two). It was
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Erika
Not as terrible as Heart of the Dragon but still something of a downer. I had some expectations for this novel 'cause I read and enjoyed Death Troopers by the same author.
Have to say Season 5 was a hard one to go pick it to write a tie-in story, maybe trying to fit into the whole Christian deal going on posed a problem for the author. Leaving that aside, I think he was trying way too hard to add rock and movie references to the point it made me roll my eyes. Perhaps the author knew it all too w
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Carys
This book is set during season 5 of Supernatural during a Civil war re-enactment. All i can say about this book is that it is a good book series so far and i can easily see these being actual TV episodes. i am currently watching season 8, so going back to these books to the previous seasons was great as it is making me want to watch the entire seasons all over again. The story was amazing and easy to read and i found my self getting lost in the book. love the characters in this book and found th ...more
oxana
May 07, 2011 oxana rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fan of Supernatural
3½ stars.

Not among the best novels written about the TV show "Supernatural".

There was a lot going on, without many pauses, but somehow it was hard to get inside the writing. While the pace, the action, and the writing style were all the type I usually like, I just couldn't devour this book like I've devoured some of the others in this series.

Once again, demons are involved. I'm beginning to think that is the big downfall of the entire show, because with all the monsters roaming around, it's demo
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Ignatia Anna
Another book of Supernatural. Masih menceritakan usaha para iblis (terutama Lucifer) untuk merekrut Sam sebagai 'tubuhnya'. Tapi kali ini lebih 'berdarah' karena lebih banyak manusia yang menjadi korban. Para iblis memanfaatkan momen tahunan peringatan Perang Saudara untuk menjalankan misinya. Senjata-senjata yang seharusnya tidak berfungsi berubah menjadi senjata asli saat terkena darah iblis dan memakan korban manusia. Tujuan mereka cuma satu, mengambil Simpul Yudas yang tersimpan rapat di rua ...more
Jo
Oct 22, 2014 Jo rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2010
Reviewed for Book Chick City

I've been a fan of 'Supernatural' since watching the first episode, and I soon devoured this TV tie-in.

The Winchester brothers are called to Georgia, to investigate a gruesome murder/suicide during a Civil War re-enactment. On the outside it seems like a simple enough case, but as they are drawn deeper into the mystery they soon discover it's a very un-simple trap by Demons to wage war on the Human race using the re-enactors.

Any fan of Supernatural knows what hugely m
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Sahar Sabati
As all Supernatural fans know (or as all fans of any TV show, for that matter), hiatuses can be quite difficult to get through, especially when Kripke is at the helm and cliffhangers are regular occurrences. Distractions are essential. Some fans take to screencapping all episodes with such minutia that flipping through them fast enough makes it feel like one is watching said episode (Jess, I just might be talking about you). Some fans manage to find things to distract them, rediscovering old cla ...more
Clover
Takes place in Season Five.

Chapter One: Sneaky start so I won’t spoil it. A regular guy goes on crazy rampage. One of the victim’s last name is Gamble. Nod to Sera?

Chapter Two: Sam dreams about Lucifer and choking. Wakes up panicked unable to recall most of the details. They are in Georgia on a missing child case (also named Gamble – doesn’t seem related to the other case so I’m wondering if the author forgot he already named a character for Sera- we’ll see.) Rufus shows up with the kid and asks
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sunnygecko
For a tie in novel, I enjoyed this. The characterisation was good. It fit nicely into the appropriate season. I would have liked a quick extra scene where the boys got patched up somewhere in the middle of the action, because one minute they're hurt bad and the next they're running, but that was my only real issue. Not bad at all Mr Schreiber. Not bad.
Cupcakencorset
A bloody adventure in the Deep South, with a higher-than-TV-episode body count, this novel was a quick and enjoyable read. It's set early in season 5 (if you're relating it to the TV series), but the author didn't specify exactly where. Certainly it's after the brothers have started to feel close once again, with Dean's trust of Sam still fragile, but definitely back.

The author absolutely "gets" these characters, even Castiel, who plays a part in this story. Schreiber portrays their voices beaut
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Rebeka
So creepy! I totally freaked out when I found out who had been disguised as demons.

Castiel is my spirit animal and I love him. Showing up at exactly the right times to save everyone, being all awesome and stuff. Love him to pieces.
Elvira
I thought this book was pretty good. In the beginning I was quite confused on what was going on but it soon became clear. I was surprised on more than one occasion while reading this book of what direction the writer was taking it in and certain events that happened. The only complaint I have really, is the fact that Castiel's role in the story seemed very pointless. He hardly ever showed up and when he did, it was only for a short amount of time. Castiel being my favorite character, that kind o ...more
Kathy Wheeler
I hated the last Supernatural book I read, One Year Gone, so much so that I said I would never read another one. I decided that wasn't really fair since the authors are not always the same ones, so based on various reviews I decided I would read this one.

It was a quick and enjoyable read. The premise was original -- I'd love to see Judas show up in the show. The plotting wasn't all over the place; the author understands plotting.

And, best of all, if I were looking for a light read, and wasn't a
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Stephen Osborne
The good things: Set in Georgia. Good feel for Civil War re-enactments. I don't know anything about re-enactments, but it certainly sounded like Schreiber had done his research. And the Winchester boys were true to their characters, a must for a TV tie-in.
The bad things: I know a large part of the fun of Supernatural is the cultural references. I get that. But there were WAY too many in this book, and having a character note that there are too many cultural references doesn't excuse it. The endi
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amelia cavendish
In summary, Sam and Dean get caught up in a re-enactment of a Civil War battle that has become all too real. What is going on? And how does all of this tie up with the Apocalypse? ...

This was just like reading an episode of SPN, the characters were very well portrayed and the author managed to capture the essence of Sam and Dean's relationship in season 5 perfectly. The supporting characters were brilliant, as their true intentions were hidden until the end game. However, although I did have an
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Chlover Martin
very easy to read like the show!
pictured everything perfect.
really really good! huge recomendations for the emotionally dameged!! ;)
Susanne
I really quite liked this entry into the Supernatural book series. So much so, in fact, that I would say if you want to begin reading this series, start here. The humor is right, most of the characterizations are spot on, and it sort of fits into the TV canon.

Yes, there are some errors. (This is probably due to the fact that authors of TV-related books don't seem to be chosen on the basis of being fans. So they don't always "get" the intricacies of the mythology.)
But it's a fun read - fun enough
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Adriana
It showed promise, but the end was a total clusterfuck.
Extra points for shippy interactions between Dean and Castiel, though.
Dorothy
My daughter bought me a couple of Supernatural books because I'm such a fan of the series. There are so many books awaiting my eyes I thought eventually, like maybe never, I'll get around to reading this one. Then I found myself reading the first couple of pages to see if I should just give them back to her so they wouldn't go to waste. I was instantly hooked! This turned out to be a good, fast read that's well-written and filled with continuous action that never lost my attention. It makes me w ...more
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