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War of the Sons (Supernatural #6)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  1,005 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Twenty-seven years ago, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. In the years after, their father, John, taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America... and he taught them how to kill it.

On the hunt for Lucifer, the boys find themselves in a small town in South Dakota
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Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 9th 2011 by Titan Books (first published August 24th 2010)
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Trudi
2.5 Stars. Okay let me get this out of the way first -- I'm a huge fan of this show which -- over the course of six seasons and counting -- has consistently offered so much more than cheap, dime-store, cotton-candy thrills. The writing is truly exceptional, the story arc original and perfectly paced, the scares are truly scary, and the humor side-splitting. Ghosts, monsters, demons, archangels, Lucifer, the Apocalypse – this show has everything! What more can you ask for from network TV?

And the
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Sandi
Overall, I enjoyed this romp, mostly because it featured heavily on Sam and Dean’s vessel heritage. I won’t lie, I really like the mytharc aspects of the story. As when the boys discover the missing piece of the Dead Sea Scroll was written by a prophet who knew the names of the vessels, including theirs, well it suckered me in. The boys also travel to 1954 Manhattan. I was in 2010 Manhattan only two weeks ago, so pretty cool.

The story features other hunters working together, and I can’t help wo
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Susanne
Okay. Here's the deal. The entire plot (and surrounding angst etc.) of this book rests on a false premise - one that was specifically negated ON THE SHOW. (In fifth season, episode 3 in fact - and the book states it takes place fifth season after *episode 14.*) How this got all the way to publication without SOMEONE saying, "Ummm....you do know we specifically said that wouldn't work, right?" baffles me.

Also, for a guy in the state Dean was in after episode 5.14 ("My Bloody Valentine"), he's sur
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Donald J. Bingle
Mediocre Addition to Supernatural Tie-Ins

This tie-in did not stir any strong feelings in me (other than astonishment at a clear anachronistic reference in the 1954 past to St. Louis and the Gateway Arch--not begun until 1963). In overall quality, this effort was more or less in line with the early tie-ins by DeCandido and others--okay, but not demonstrating a clear grasp of the nuances of the characters or how they talk and act. And it pales in comparison to Joe Schreiber's 5-star SPN tie-in: Th
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Saphirablue
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Natascha
Mar 16, 2011 Natascha rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Andi
A solid effort in the series of Supernatural tie-in novels. In some ways, this book remained closer to canon than many tie-ins, taking advantage of the events and tone of Season 5 of the series. The plot of this one was quite interesting, with a very neat twist near the end. It had a more series-like feel to it--the sort of thinking that comes from Kripke and the writer's room--and the tone was appropriately dark. Plenty of snark and entertaining pop culture references, but with more of the edge ...more
Sarbjit
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Stacy
Fairly quick read and somewhat interesting, but not super great. It's hard to believe a story of this magnitude wouldn't be mentioned on the show - one of the problems with book spinoffs. You're supposed to believe the brothers went through this crazy adventure but it's not cannon to the overall story.

Plus, I just don't understand why the authors felt the need to throw in random liberalism when it had no place in the story whatsoever. I swear it's like a sickness or something. And, it harms the
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Simon
i think the most important thing about writing books like these is making sure the characters stay true to who they are in the tv series. that being said this book was pretty good until the last few chapters where it felt like the author took everything that we know as Sam and deans personality and threw it out a window to replace it with some crap that basically contradicts who they are in the tv show. i was very disappointment because i liked the book it was a little corny but lets face it all ...more
wali_yeah
Waduh gue baca ini pas serial udah season 10, jadinya serasa balik ke season 8. Tapi kalau emang pecinta serial supernatural war of the son ini emang recomended banget, war of the son balik ke jaman sam dan dean masih perang vessel. Jadinya banyak banget adegan khas dean yang bikin ngakak, tapi kalau nggak ngikutin serialnya dijamin pusing dan nggak ngerti.

Walaupun ini buku ketiga serial supernatural yang gue baca, nggak bosen karena emang udah kadung suka sama karakter dean and sam, tulisan Reb
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Victor Orozco
Great! Best novel in the Supernatural tie-in series! I loved the whole premise of a rogue angel sending Sam & Dean back in time with an opportunity to prevent the Apocalypse with limited loss of life compared to saying yes because the plan to kill Lucifer without the fight of the millennium is out of the question. Its always a great thing whenever time travel is used in the show, many of the best episodes involve time-travel with some of the best storytelling due to how hardworking the write ...more
AnnaM
This is the first Supernatural fiction of any type that I've read, so I can't compare it with any other tie-ins.

I thought it started off funny and interesting. The plot was a bit different and I liked the characters. For me, the "wit" started to wear a little thin in the middle since it seemed much of Dean's dialog became quips and one-liners. But the plot resolved itself near the end. After a bit of "middle slump" for me, it picked up again for me and I enjoyed the ending.

My main quibble, was
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oxana
Sep 23, 2011 oxana rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fan of the TV show Supernatural
As much as I like Supernatural and the Winchester brothers, I have to admit that my feelings regarding this book are starting to run along the same pattern as my thoughts of the show; I'm getting sick of all the demon action, and the drive to find an even bigger villain for their next stunt. (Can you really top Apocalypse without getting really ridiculous?)

I loved the first three books that appeared in the Supernatural series (Nevermore Supernatural 1, Witch's Canyon Supernatural 2, Bone Key Sup
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Josh
Jan 19, 2012 Josh rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Supernatural fans
Because this book was published in 2010, the events in the story are considered old news. As a viewer of the show, I know exactly what the outcome of the Apocolypse was and how the lives of Sam and Dean were affected by it. Knowing all of this certainly made reading the first 1/4 of the book hard to read. I just kept thinking, "I already know all of this is going to fail and everything I am reading about is irrelevant to the story. Nothing new is being added." These thoughts eventually passed as ...more
Ezm
On the hunt for Lucifer, the boys find themselves in a small town in South Dakota where they meet Don - an angel with a proposition... Don sends them back in time to the 1950's on a mission to uncover the secret Satan never wanted them to find out. This was supposed to take place shortly after the episode "My Bloody Valentine", though it didn't really seem to be in the same grove of where the episode is.

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Clover
This takes place after Lucifer has been released from the Cage and the boys already know they are to be Lucifer’s and Michael’s vessels.

Spoiler Alert: This non-review was more difficult than most to separate the plot and go with vague reactions, so I just gave up and pretty much reveal the entire plot. So if you haven’t read it yet and don’t want to be spoiled, you might want to skip this non-review.

Prolouge—A kid’s dad (Don) shows up at his camp and is acting weird. The camp lake gets a sudden
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Melyssa Dawn Michaels
I've found that from reading Rebecca's other Supernatural novel that a lot of the fandom doesn't exactly enjoy her writing style and finds fault with her view of the Supernatural/Sam/Dean reality. After reading both of these books by her, I find myself wondering where people are finding fault.
This book was an enjoyable read for me. The story brought forth further ideas from the time period of Sam and Dean being the vessels in Season 5 and I think both her and David expanded on them in a very put
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Elvira
This book was mostly interesting due to the setting the boys were placed in and reading how they dealt with things in such a place. Although you go into the book knowing that whatever mission the boys are sent on won't work because then it would mess the TV show story line up, it was very interesting learning what their "real" mission is once it's revealed to the boys and definitely a unique interpretation to the Lucifer story line in the show.

One complaint I do have about this book is Dean's lo
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I. S.
Finished it now. It was okay, but not fantastic. I did like the inclusion of older Judeo-Christian entities a lot. Unfortunately the writing felt really flat to me, and again, some details threw me right out of the story.

Not quite finished yet, but a couple of things that have been bugging me to the point of making the editor in my head interrupt the reading. One is a simple fact and the other a detail that the authors really should have known considering at least one of them worked on the show:
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Cecelia Herda
I like this book because the way Sam and Dean always try to find multiple ways to get out of a situation than just one way. I think the author needs to show a little more of other characters perspective and show it from a outside point of view. What i think is cool about this book is how no matter how bad the brothers fight they always come to good terms and never let a fight get between the family love that they have for each other and how they will alway sacrifice for each other. I like how th ...more
Jessica
Bottom Line: It is cotton candy fiction.

Basically, it is a quick read that is great for the beach or a plane or anytime you just don't want to think too hard. I kind of view it like a palette cleanser between dense material. If you like the show, this book reads pretty much they way an episode plays. You can practically hear the characters saying the lines in your head.

Not overwhelming or astounding, but entertaining in its own way.
Rebeka
What is it with angels and sending these boys back in time? Seriously?

Don, remaining true to angels in SPN, is a complete dick. Very unsettling that SPN makes me like some of the demons more than most of the angels.

Cas remains my favorite character ever, and I love how quickly he drops everything when Dean needs his help. Those two are precious and I love them.
Jenn
There are a bunch of zippy one-liners from Dean in this book that made me smile on the subway or wherever I got a chance to read. I mainly enjoyed this book so much because it takes place where I live. It's a cool feeling to pass by places on my way home and I can picture Sam and Dean there.
Hollee
"I know. Stop the Apocalypse, kill the Devil, reunite the Spice Girls, there's a lot on our plate" Dean Winchester p122

Dean got laid and was swearing instead of saying crap like always does, he said 'shit' a lot!!(even dick!!) I like the freedoms that come with writing a book then a show, your not bound by rules of networks or government guidelines, hell I'd like to read about the whole sex scene, don't leave it to our imaginations, give us something to truly to indulge in!!! Even though we can'
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Adriana
This one was really fun. Aside from some chaotic plot holes and a rather unsatisfying resolution of the plot, I have to admit it was a fun ride.
Deb
I loved this book! The boys are transported back to 1954 in search of The Dead Sea scrolls that contain a battle plan for defeating Lucifer. The translated scroll contains a list of names along strong blood lines of people that will serve as vessels to the angels in the war of the Sons of Light versus the Sons of Dark. Sam and Dean come accorss a network of hunters who decide that the best way to deal with the eventual Apocalypse is to kill the people who are named on the list! No vessels, no wa ...more
amelia cavendish
I really struggled with this book. I felt the time-travelling was old hat, the scene where Sam and Dean reveal their tattoos simultaneously was boring, as we've seen it before, and not to mention, Julia... In Dean's words, 'she's like me, only hotter' - trouble was, she really wasn't and I didn't like anything about her. Plus demons instantly leaving a human host once it's been shot never happens in the show, as they can keep going whatever, even if the host will ultimately die once they leave.

I
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Maria
3.5/5 stars

~ Book takes place after "My Bloody Valentine" (season 5)
Marce Gonz
Really good actually the bad thing is the good things happen to late in the book, but I really like it, also is the first time we hear about abbadon she is not like the show, that is kind of wear but I think we can live with taht
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“Despite their common reputation as agents of God's will, forces of good, and the gold standard for morality, all the angels Dean had met over the last year had been shifty, manipulative dicks. Except Cas, of course.” 6 likes
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