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Sacrifice by John Everson
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Oct 03, 2010

really liked it
Read from October 03 to 16, 2010

Few horror novels written as a followup or sequel ever live up to the original, but in the case of John Everson's SACRIFICE--a sequel of sorts to his debut Leisure (and Stoker Award Winner) COVENANT--this is not the case, at all. (Side-note: this review may contain spoilers....) Once again, reporter Joe Kieran is dealing with the demonic after recent events in COVENANT cause him to leave the coastal town of Terrel for the peace and solace of the open road. In his efforts to thwart a demonic entity in the first novel, Joe "binds" Malachai to him to save a woman he loves, thus, Malachai directs an unwitting Joe to a young woman who possesses a powerful gift to communicate with the dead...and more. Meanwhile, a woman is travelling cross-country, committing acts of sexual atrocity in an effort to summon the vile, perverse spirits (mentioned in COVENANT) known as the Curburide and bring Hell on Earth. Joe and Alex--with Malachai's help--follow the gory trail of the killings, in an effort to gather clues as to the identity of the witch/serial killer, who enlists the help of a jaded lover and husband, with all of them racing headlong back to Terrel for the horrific conclusion. The relationship between Joe and Alex was at times sweet and heart-warming, a polar opposite to Ariana (witch/serial killer) and Jeremy (helper) in their quest for hellish glory. My only complaint (and a very mild one, at that) was that the ending seemed a bit abrupt...but perhaps the author intends a third "Curburide" horror novel? This reviewer hopes so. Highly recommended!
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David Church Great review Chris...I enjoyed this quite a bit especially the interactions with Joe & Alex, guilty pleasure fun.


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