The Night Parade by Ronald Malfi will make my list of top horror reads of 2016 for it’s creeping anxiety. The Night Parade is an apocalyptic novel thaThe Night Parade by Ronald Malfi will make my list of top horror reads of 2016 for it’s creeping anxiety. The Night Parade is an apocalyptic novel that follows a Father and Daughter’s journey through the unfolding viral outbreak. The virus causes a disease that is like a amped up version of Alzheimer’s , people start losing their minds and seeing things, ultimately dying of the disease or at their own hands or the hands of other infected.
There is a ticking time bomb in the story that keeps you wondering, “Is it going to happen yet?”. There are several moments where it builds and makes you think it’s going to happen but doesn’t, so it keeps the tension up. David (the father) and Ellie (the daughter) travel across the country encountering a variety of problems and running from the government.
No, this is not just and outbreak novel, there is supernatural element involved as well. The supernatural element doesn’t permeate the book but is definitely a big part of the story. The supernatural part of the story seems to leave the book open for a series of books, which I’d more than happy to see happen.
For comparisons, I would say that it reminds me a bit of The Stand and Cell by Stephen King and The Road by Cormac McCarthy. The comparison is not in terms of plot but more of a mixture of the tone and feels that The Road and The Stand have. The Night Parade is a dark and very depressing novel, the same as the two books I compared it to.
The pacing in the book is great. It’s not an action novel but the David and Ellie moving frantically from one place to the next always looking over their shoulder keeps the story moving and keeps the reader engaged. The book also uses a structure where it leaps between the present and the past often from one chapter to the next. In some books,this leads to slowing the pace or slowing it down a wrong time but not so in The Night Parade.
Overall, The Night Parade was a great read and anyone who loves apocalyptic novels or outbreak novels should enjoy this book. I give this read a solid 4.5 of 5 stars....more
First I have to admit that I'm not really a big fan of mysteries in general. However, I found Open Season to be very entertaining and surprisingly capFirst I have to admit that I'm not really a big fan of mysteries in general. However, I found Open Season to be very entertaining and surprisingly captivating. This was one of the few books that I've read recently that I had a hard time putting down.
Joe Pickett is a local game warden who finds himself wrapped up in a conspiracy. There is murder, there is violence, love and family and of course nature, all in one story.
I think that, perhaps, this book intrigued me because I had not yet read anything like it. I never read a book with a game warden as the hero or even as a major character. So, the whole premise of the book was something fresh and new to me.
I was very impressed with Mr. Box's writing style. He doesn't use overly pretentious verbiage likes some authors do and seem to do so to in an attempt to prove something. No, Mr. Box writes in a relatively simple style, that is incredibly effective at laying out the scenes, dialogue and story. This is not to say that simple is better or worse but that he has a way of getting the most out his writing and has great diction. So many times I've read a book where a whole page is used to describe a simple scene when maybe a few well constructed sentences could have done the job.
I think that this book will appeal to those that enjoy the outdoors and conservation (like myself)more than others but I think it also has good broad appeal as well.
Overall, this is probably one of the best books I've read in recent years and it has peak an interest in mysteries that wasn't there before....more