In the Book of Revelation, a man named John has a prophetic dream. He dreams of the final prophecies that will come to pass - and the seven archangels that guard them. Each angel waits to sound their trumpet at God's appointed time, preparing humanity to fight and win the final battle.2,000 years later, Father Chris Mognahan is a member of the Hetairia Melchizedek, a secret society within the Catholic Church that studies Biblical omens. The society asks Chris to investigate an unusually grotesque crime - a murder on a college campus where the killer's hand literally burned off the victim's face. While the killing seems isolated at first, the society ties the murder to the final Biblical prophecy and a terrifying omen that the order of the prophecies is about to be disrupted. The final battle is coming too soon - long before humanity is prepared to win it.Suddenly, Chris finds himself fighting against time and hell to keep the prophecies in order and stop an early Armageddon. He is joined by a band of unlikely allies, and together they find themselves in Rome above the Vatican Necropolis - the city of the dead - where the future is revealed to them in ancient texts.They are not alone, however; an evil as old as time itself hunts them. As they travel across continents on their mission, the demonic force follows relentlessly, waiting in every shadowed corner, and every dark place.As Armageddon descends, Father Chris finds that his only hope lies in a young woman within the group who has a secret gift - and their belief that God Himself may have sent her to keep the final angelic trumpet from sounding out the early end of the Earth.
Biography Carrie Salo is a dark storyteller and award-winning author of supernatural thrillers. Classically trained at an Ivy League university, she studied the works of master storytellers seven stories underground in the muffled heart of one of the world 's largest libraries.
Carrie seeks to wield unrelenting suspense in her own exploration of all things (especially true things) that keep us awake at night. She has written under the guidance of two bestselling and national prize-winning authors. Her extensive travels have taken her to many haunted places, including the private catacombs of the Vatican. The Sounding is Carrie's debut novel.
Carrie enjoys the smell of old books, New York riesling, late night jogging and thunderstorms, though not in that order. Storytelling is Carrie's secret life. While she looks into all the dark corners by night, by day she is an advertising copywriter.
DNF - mainly due to upset over false advertising. This book might appeal to fans of apocalyptic paranormal romance, Dan Brown thrillers or shows like "Supernatural," but while I'm a fan of supernatural and metaphysical fiction, both the author's 'letter to readers' on Amazon (quote from: Years in the making, The Sounding is a carefully crafted plot based in real history and actual prophecy. It is a story that could not be told from the comfort of my writer's desk; I had to travel across the continents to get some of the important details correct and immerse myself in the history and secret places that the plot reveals.) and several of the book's reviews were so beyond misleading to call this book well-researched Catholic fiction that I stopped reading because of feeling like I was actually tricked into buying a book I wouldn't have otherwise purchased. Within the first 10% of the book, it was apparent that the author has very little, if any, knowledge of Roman Catholic theology, biblical interpretation and/or belief. A few examples of this, although not the only, were references to the Book of Enoch as an implied canonical book of the Bible, the suggestion that Catholics believe another descendant of the line of David will be born and that this person will be the Second Coming of Christ (rather than the actual belief that Jesus Himself will return), and that an angel, as a human being apparently, would take it upon herself (?) to start Armageddon by murdering people. Again, while this may appeal to fans of paranormal romance, apocalyptic fiction and/or religious conspiracy theory novels, it should not in any way be mistaken for a book that contains accurate Catholic theology, belief or history. Normally I wouldn't "review" a book that I haven't finished, but in this case, I felt it fair to leave some remarks simply in warning to other readers looking for Catholic fiction who might likewise be misled by the author's claims, the book's placement on a Catholic fiction list (where I found it) and the several reviews inaccurately referencing its "real" Catholic ideas and history. It isn't Catholic fiction and that's fine, but by implying that it is with claims of real research, it's not only deceptively unfair to readers looking for Catholic fiction, it also gives non-Catholic readers an extremely faulty understanding of true Catholic theology and belief. In an additional unrelated note, while the writing itself was fine, the Kindle copy I purchased had a noticeable number of typos and editing mistakes (like homophone errors), which only added to my disappointment.
I have been an avid reader for all of my life. I read books from all genres and have a handful of books that I would rate as 5 stars and recommend to everybody. For example The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, I Know this Much is True by Wally Lamb, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Dragon Bone Chair by Tad Williams and The Passage by Justin Cronin. I now have a new book to add to this list. The Sounding by Carrie Salo. I received this book as part of a read to review program in exchanged for an honest review. The book is a dark supernatural religious thriller that centers on the Book of Revelations and the end of the world. I was raised catholic and have a good working knowledge in this area, so I was very excited with the topic. I found that Carrie did and excellent job researching her book and was able to present the material in a way that draws you in without overwhelming you with the history. She created a cast of characters that you didn’t just read about, but began to care about and eventually cheered for by the end of the book. This book had everything from history to romance and twists and turns at every corner. I absolutely loved this book and was not sure how it would end right up to the last few pages. It is one of the best debut books I have read in a long time. I see a long career for Carrie and can not wait for her next book.
The Sounding revolves around the end of the world as prophesied in the Book of Revelation. You don't have to be well versed in the Bible to follow this fast-paced thriller.
Elise is just an average college student when a peculiar murder on campus changes her life forever. This murder catches the attention of Father Chris, who has been researching strange phenomenon for the Catholic church in hopes of finding The One who will stop Armageddon. There is an ancient evil who wants to bring an early end to all of humanity. Father Chris reveals that Elise is The One. Elise must travel the world to prepare for her final battle with The Other, a creature so evil and terrifying, it will scare you. This creature is so incredibly strong, one can't help but think of a final boss battle from a video game, where it seems impossible to defeat.
Salo references several passages from the Bible to set-up certain scenes, but does so in a way that benefits the story, not to preach anything to the reader. It is interesting that even the layout of the book resembles the Bible. I liked the pace of the story and the locations, from a small college campus in the United States to the Holy Land, Salo takes the reader on an international adventure full of suspense and tension.
For a debut novel, Salo really did a great job creating a complex yet fascinating story. I don't recall reading anything like this before. The monster was truly horrifying! I just couldn't put this book down.
I was on Facebook one night, having just finished Stephen Kings 11/22/63 novel and was thinking about what to read next when I saw an ad on the right side of the page for The Sounding. I can't remember exactly what it said, but it sounded intriguing and I thought why not try it. I'm very glad I did. Its that rare book that grabs you from the start and doesn't let go until the end. It was fascinating to watch the main character, Elise, grow from an average person with everyday fears to a powerful being with a mission when she finally accepts her destiny. The interplay between the characters is really first class, and I quickly began to care about them, even ones I didn't like at first. Once I got into the book I started reading it really fast, and had to actually slow down because I didn't want it to end. I really can't say enough about it. I learned a lot about Catholicism too, as the book is steeped in accurate history. It even lead me to the Vatican website on my own to learn a bit more about a few scenes. Rarely have I been "sucked in' as much as I was with The Sounding. If you are a fan of supernatural ... angels/demons/prophecy... then you will absolutely love this book.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a great adventure.
Carrie Salo's "The Sounding" does an amazing job of transporting the reader from small town America to The Vatican while the major character goes on a true journey of self-discovery. With facts borrowed from the Book of Revelations, Salo puts a modern spin on the end of the world story described in The Bible. Initially, I worried that one would need to have an intimate knowledge of The Bible. The sheer size of the book was daunting but I found myself tearing through this book. I was pleasantly surprised to find that all one needs to do is buckle up and go along for the ride. The characters are richly drawn and the dialogue is written realistically. There are genuine scares and the pacing builds to a climax that many readers will not see coming. As an avid reader of the horror genre I eagerly anticipate the next novel from this author.
Without giving away the story or reiterating what other reviewers said in their detailed analysis, I will say you won’t be disappointed by this paranormal thriller.
Before starting The Sounding, I knew it was a novel about the final prophecy that leads to Armageddon and good versus evil. As one who is not religious, I had some concerns. Those concerns were quickly put to rest as I started the book. The storyline drew me in from the very beginning and kept me on the edge of my seat toward the end. The ending was shocking and not something I expected.
As a brand new author, Ms. Salo went above and beyond my expectations. It was well written and she certainly did her research before creating the story. Would I recommend it or read the book again? Absolutely yes!
The Sounding conjures up the question: What if this really could happen?
Excellent debut novel from Carrie Salo, really enjoyed this gripping thriller, it's not the easiest book to read due to the biblical passages but well worth persevering with as the storyline gets you hooked right from the start. Will keep an eye out for future releases from Salo if they are half as good as this they will be worth reading.
Have you ever read the Book of Revelation in the Bible? Not for the faint of heart, this book contains numerous prophecies, including what will happen to the earth at the End of Days, also known as the apocalypse. Having only a general idea of what is actually foretold and never having read it myself, when we received the offer to review The Sounding by Carrie Salo I was intrigued and a bit intimidated. I was going to have a lot of learning to do about not only the Book of Revelations, but the history of Catholicism as well. And so I dove in head first, excited to see what Salo had in store for me!
The Sounding begins with a murder. On a small college campus in the Appalachian hills, a student named Clyde Parker is found with a fatal wound to his face so severe that the medical examiner estimates that it would have taken something moving at 200 miles per hour to cause it. The catch is that the wound is in the shape of a human hand. Meanwhile, Father Chris Mognahan, a priest of a small parish in upstate New York becomes connected to this brutal case through his involvement in the Hetairia Melchizedek, a secret society within the Catholic Church that is charged with investigating and protecting humanity against the seven seals and seven angels of the apocalypse what will usher in the end of human life on our planet. Chris, along with other members of the order, are working against a more dire threat than the Church has ever faced before, as they fear that the prophecy outlined in Revelations will be unleashed millennia before it is supposed to occur. Their only hope lies in Remiel, the seventh angel in the prophecy that holds the key to saving humanity from prematurely ending in disaster. Fortunately, Chris and his colleagues think they have miraculously found her, but she is facing an imminent threat from a demonic creature referred to as the Other. Will Chris and the order be able to save Remiel and help her to prevent the early coming of the apocalypse, or will the Other prove to be more than they can handle?
This book was quite an undertaking. Part fiction, part history lesson, and part Bible analysis, Salo writes a detailed and complex story that drew me in from the beginning. Having never really known anything about the Book of Revelations, I thought the passages that Salo analyzes and uses as her backdrop for this novel were a great choice. Nothing is more dramatic than the prophecy about the End of Days, and just the actual passages alone are enough to make anyone’s pulse quicken. Add to this the element of a modern-day murder mystery, as well as the mystique of an ancient Catholic Church sect, and you have the makings of a great novel. And this was definitely a great novel. It’s definitely apparent that Salo did a large amount of research for this novel, as the amount of history and detail which she includes is unparalleled. When I learned that she actually even traveled to Italy to research and got to visit the catacombs, I wasn’t surprised. I always appreciate it when an author puts this much time and dedication into a work. I feel that one great novel by an author is far superior to 10 mediocre ones in the same time frame. That being said, Salo’s research definitely helped with character development and plot enrichment. Little details, such as describing hotel furniture as over-polished (I never thought of this until now!) and the little eccentricities of human emotion and self-doubt, are interwoven expertly into the novel, making it a rich read that was full of surprises. If you’re in the mood for a thrilling suspense story that is an intellectual adventure as well, definitely give this a try. You won’t be disappointed!
The Sounding: Carrie Salo This book was provided to me, by the author, in Kindle format in exchange for an honest review.
Plot: 5/5 stars I have to admit that I went through a tiny bit of a roller coaster with this plot. When I read the blurb I was instantly intrigued, by about 5% into the story I was a bit less interested and even stepped away from the story for a while to do other things but eventually I persevered and I am so glad that I did because by 15% I was HOOKED (line and sinker!) and the plot held onto me to the very last page and beyond. I can guarantee you have never encountered a plot even remotely similar to this one and if religion isn’t really your thing, don’t let that stop you from reading this book. It will blow you away!
Characters: 5/5 stars When was the last time you picked up a book where the main characters included two priests and a MUTE monk?! On the originality scale these characters are off the charts. They are also likeable, believable, deeply written with their own very distinct personalities that they are true to from start to finish. Every line of dialogue, every action that the characters in this book perform (both primary and sub-characters) is completely true to who they are as individuals and that is not an easy thing for a writer to accomplish!
Writing: 5/5 stars Narrative and Dialogue: I know, I’m starting to sound like a broken record here but this was also impeccable. By the first page you will, guaranteed, realize that this woman can WRITE! Her descriptions and similes are vibrant, brilliantly choreographed, and completely new to the world of writing. I almost got the impression that the author deliberately avoided any descriptive that is typical in books like “black as night” or “white as ivory” with painstaking attention to detail. Reading it, however, is easy and comfortable. Her method and tempo roll across the mind with ease and enrichment and the dialogue always remains interesting and entertaining.
Editing: 4/5 stars I found a few typos here and there and there were some words that the author repeatedly used incorrectly (shown when it should have been shone); but I’m a typo nazi of the highest order and even I had no trouble looking past the few tiny mistakes here and there because the story itself is just that good! The formatting is flawless (read on Kindle).
Originality: 5/5 stars This has to be one of the most unique book plots that I have ever read and I mean that with more conviction that I’ve ever felt for a book before. Although the story is nothing like the works of J.K. Rowling or John Grisham - and only hints at similarities with Dan Brown’s work - this author belongs on a list with these three as one of the most researched, original, deeply engrossing, and absolutely genius books ever written. I must have more! (I even read the ‘Thanks and Acknowledgements’ page at the back of the book because I wasn’t ready for it to end!
Where should I start, probably at the beginning? But I need to explain three things to the readers of this review first, I read fast, not a speed reader but I read fast. This book took way longer than normal because I found myself paging back, re reading parts, then paging back again to make sure I understood the premise and to make sure I memorize the facts. Secondly; I am one of those people who love what I refer to as useless facts. I live for them, read for them and have them stored somewhere in my brain for future use. This book fed this aspect of my psyche to the limit. I loved this. Thus the paging back and forth. Thirdly, I was asked while I was reading it what it is about, I answered it is a story about the Bible, and more specifically the interpretation of the Bible by the Catholic Church. So a second question was voiced; is the book pro or anti Catholicism and I naturally answered, pro no, anti, no neither. And that got me thinking. In the end, apart from a few plot critical junctions the church does not do much. It is what they have done, how they interpret that is shared with the reader. But, as I thought over my answer I came to the conclusion that the interpretations are very factually stated with no real slant towards one or the other side. It is the reader's preconceived ideas that would slant the impressions towards to book. This is one of the more fascinating facets of this book. The next thing I stood in awe with is the authors ability to take the one main character and make her grow and change, I don’t want to give away too much about the plot, but the author manages to give this character two very distinct voices. When it starts in the book it is very subtle, later it became more apparent and even more impressive. What is not to like in the book? Absolutely nothing. I do not like making comparisons between books and authors but if you liked books penned by Dan Brown then you will love this. If you like a horror with a nasty twist in the end, you will love this. If you like a love story, you will love this. Thus my 10 * review for this book. I loved it. All three times I have read it, and if you think that is an exaggeration, don’t, I plan to read it again, this time much slower and much more at my ease.
At Aston college in South Carolina, Clyde and Roy were hanging out and drinking. Clyde was griping about being kicked off the football team because of his drinking. He was in a foul mood. That didn't bode well for the girl walking alone and Roy kept thinking, please just keep walking, don't say anything to him. But Clyde wouldn't leave her alone. She warned him and when she slapped him his face was burned off.
It had been three weeks since Elise woke up remembering she had killed someone. She went about her daily routine, trying to forget it happened. She thought about when she was in elementary school she used to purposely cut herself and charge the other kids their lunch money to see it heal, just that quickly. That night with Clyde she had "turned-up", taking from Clyde to give to herself. She had done what she had to survive, self-defense. The lowest point was when Clyde's parents wrote a letter to the killer. It was published in the newspaper begging for the killer to turn himself in. Even though she was not religious, the guilt ate away at her. She became the outsider, because she couldn't confide in anyone.
Father Chris Monahan is in Whitely, New York, when he hears about the gruesome murder. He went back to the rectory, thinking all the time how at one point in his life, he would have gone to Aston to check it out. He pulled a picture out of the drawer. It had been taken when he was in Meura, where the Church of Statues was located. Six of the statues were male, but the seventh was female and she was holding a trumpet. He was asked to come back to the statues again. When he did, he saw the girl, the seventh angel now held the trumpet half raised as if to sound it. Here it is nineteen years later and the Ashton College murder draws him in.
Alan, a fellow member of the Hetairia Melchizedek, a secret Catholic society, tells Chris the murder has to be checked out . Alan had chosen someone to go with Chris to Ashton, a mute monk named Francis Carter. Alan began to tell him Francis was a clairvoyant and he believed this was the one, the omen they had been waiting for. Francis saw signs, like tattoos, on people that told him about what was going to happen to the person. He told Chris and Alan that they were right where they were supposed to be.
After they arrived in Aston and did some investigating, they went in to Marachino's for a beer and there she was. They knew immediately. She looked just like the seventh angel statue. They knew they were supposed to protect her but how?
And, of course, you can't have an angel without a demon. I had an idea how that was going to go, but didn't know for sure until near the end of the book.
Sometimes religious stories like these are too much for me and I lose interest. Not so with this one. I fell for Elise and she drew me further and further into the book. The words flowed easily through my mind. This is when free definitely pays off. I never would have bought this book because of the religious tone. I would have figured, not for me. And I would have missed a very good book and a good storyteller. I really liked the characters, because even though they were an angel, a mute monk, and two priests, I felt they were real people and easy to relate to. It was hard to put down. Don't let the fact that it is religious stop you from reading this book. It is well worth your time.
I've just finished this book and at this point in time, I'm still left in turmoil by it. The Sounding stirred so many emotions in me, I actually wasn't sure I even liked the ending at first.
The plot I found to be extremely original, I'm by no means religious, but I deeply enjoyed that aspect, mixing supernatural fiction with hard known facts. The characters are complex and well rounded, but also realistic : the line between good and evil is very very thin... I do admit some part were overly detailed : I felt like I was reading a history book at times, that the author wanted to show all the research she had done on the subject(it shows it shows)and that broke the pace of the storyline. But I'm not complaining that much about it. I prefer too many details than a bland, school age, effortless writing style.
The main character, Elise, is definitely carrying the whole book. She matures, changes, fights, admits defeat, cares then doesn't, shows confidence, gets angry, numbs down, breaks, her whole personna is simply incredible. Throughout the book I was hoping that the final scene would never come. That there would be another way. That Elise wouldn't have to suffer and cry anymore. That she could go back to being her. That the forbidden love would be allowed to blossom. But it was clear that the worst WAS to happen. For the greater good. This concept was central to the book, and the hardest to deal with as a reader. The scene with Elise and that little girl at the end was heart wrenching, painful, breathtaking. cruel and beautiful. The one scene that made me question whether I liked that ending or not. But then I realised that if a book manages to touch me so deep, then I certainly couldn't fault it.
This entire review has been hidden because of spoilers.
Took me a really really long time before I finished this book. (Sorry Ms.Carrie) thank you for sending me a copy of this book to review even if i'm on the other side of the world :) this review will be written with complete honesty so, good or bad,know that how i got a copy does not in any way influence my opinions on the story itself. Anyway...
Let me start by saying that this is not a book for a light easy breezy reader. This is packed with so much information to it. It might be a little difficult for some people to read, Admittedly, even I had trouble getting into it at the beginning but I found that the key here really is to read the story continously, don't do anything else, don't let yourself get distracted by some other things or whatever because once you do, you might find yourself lost while reading the rest of the chapters. the events were very detailed , heavy on biblical references and prophecies which is unique but I don't think that the reader would have any problem reading this book if he/she have not read the book of revelations from the bible. (because i haven't but i understood and I liked the story)
The story was well executed , the characters were very much alive, there weren't some characters that felt distant to the story and to the point the author is trying to make and it makes you wonder, i loved the mystery and the quest, over allit was a great book. I was just a bit overwhelmed by the number of pages in the bookand how small the writing was that I got scared of reading, cause I felt like it had a bit of a complicated textbook feel which turned out to be complete paranoia on my end.
This is an amazingly well done debut book. Almost everyone believes the world will end one day, and depending on your personal belief system you might believe it will happen in a way that is related to the Book of Revelation. Or you might believe in the 12.21.12 of the Mayan calendar. While this book is using the story of Revelation you can still enjoy it as a story in itself even without believing in it. If though that is the belief system you follow it will most likely really make you think. If its not its just a good story.
The author takes the time to really develop the characters and their beliefs in ways you can understand and follow without it becoming too dull and overthought. You really get to follow on their journey to save the world. And you can see how what are normally ordinary people can come together to accomplish extraordinary things.
The book is a bit of a thrill ride all the way though as they are continuously hunted by "the other" and do have a few fight for their lives moments. But I have to admit the way the author brought about the ending was a definite surprise. It worked well in the story and in bringing about the conclusion but was unexpected.
I recommend this book to anyone who is enjoys end of the world stories, believes in the Book of Revelation or is just looking for something interesting to read. I am looking forward to what comes next from this writer.
I was given this book in return for an honest review. There is so much going on in this book that I will be brief. The story is centered aroung the book of Revelations and the apocolypse. It spans from America to the Vatican. Father Chris is a member of the Hetairia Melchicedek, a secret society that studies the impending apocolypse, always looking for signs. Elise is also a member, but has a special secret gift. Father Carter is a mute monk who is also Clairvoyant. Sent to investigate a murder involving the perpatrator burning off the victim's face with their hand, starts the hole ball rolling. As they delve deeper and get closer to the truth, their lives are in grave danger from "the Others" who will stop at nothing to stop their quest. They will be in for the fight of their lives. This book is a supernatural/mystery/horror/religious read. If you didn't know about the prophecies in the book of Revelations before, you will now. The characters are well developed and the story moves along at a great pace, for me at least. The ending will smack you in the back of your head as well. This is a really good story and I enjoyed it. WaAr
I received this book from the author to give an honest review. Wow! The Sounding was an amazing read, I found myself so engrossed with reading that I did not want to go to bed. There is so much going on that sometimes you have to slow down and make sure you truly understand what is going on. The Sounding revolves around the book of Revelations, the apocalypse, angels and the church. Elise is not a normal woman since she was little she has been able to do unnatural things. But what she doesn't know is that she has a mission that she has to fulfill no matter the cost. Along the way she finds a love she can not have, friends, faith and who she truly is. She also has an enemy called "The Other" who will do anything to stop Elise. And they have some gruesome fights. Very detailed which is amazing. With the help of the group Hetairia Melchicedek will she succeed in her mission or will she fail? I do have to say at the end there was a surprise that I did not see coming. This book is made up of supernatural, murder, religion, horror all rolled into one. The characters are well developed and the story moves along greatly. I suggest you give this book a read.
This book was even better than my high expectations. I had difficulties putting it down and read at every free moment in order to find out what would happen next. I liked the pace in the book - fast at times but also dwelling when it fit into the story without ever dwelling to a boring point. The story is very interesting and exiting. It is enlightning but also entertaining. The persons develop as the story goes which I always like to see in any story.
After reading the book I am pleased to say that I have been educated and highly entertained, I have been given something to think about and I have been inspired to read more about different subjects in the book. All in all everything it takes for me to give 5 stars.
I am definitely going to keep an eye on Carrie Salo.
I was lucky enough to get a free copy of this book after joining a group on Facebook, and wow, what a fantastic book! An unusual but gripping story with wonderfully written scenes; my favourite was in the college library, Carrie Solo really makes you feel as though you're actually there, experiencing everything! The fight scenes with The Other are also brilliantly written, real edge of the seat reading. You definitely get a lot of book for your money with The Sounding.
The sounding is a first rate action packed thriller. To say you won't be able to put this book down is an understatement! This novel will grab you from page one pulling the reader into an imaginative story that will amaze, inform and keep you sleeping with the light on!
I did not completely finish this book but I think I need to put it down because its pretty confusing.Yet I still really like the idea and the way it was going, there was just alot to take in but I will be probably picking it back up soon. We will have to wait and see.......
I flat out loved this book and was sorry to finish it! A stand alone novel (can't see anyway to add more to make it a series ) but was very satisfying read overall.And cannot wait to see what Ms. Salo's next book will be because w/o hesitation I will buy a copy.
Fourteen angels are cited in the Book of Revelation. The final angel brings forth the end of days, but only after humanity has gone through a series of trials to ready it for this event. However, what happens if the earlier omens that would trigger each of the angels are skipped, and the final angel is brought forth too soon, far before mankind is ready and ahead of God’s plan? A secret faction of the Catholic Church, the Hetairia Melchizedek, studies omens and signs, hoping to protect the world from this ever happening. When a prophetic dream and change in a statue of Remiel, the final angel, occur, the society, including young priest Chris Mognahan, seek to find the incarnation of the angel on earth so they may work with her to prevent the premature end, and protect her from the evil Other that seeks to destroy her.
The Sounding was a far more thoughtful and exciting novel than I had anticipated. Following several introductory pages of the Book of Revelation describing the angels and end of days, the opening of the novel hits with a bang–a supernatural murder on a college campus. Alerted by the strangeness of the killing, Father Mognahan alerts the Hetairia Melchizedek, and, together with a mute monk, searches the campus for Remiel. They find her in the form of Elise Moore, a beautiful young student who has lived a quiet life hiding her supernatural powers from those around her.
Although Elise was initially a hard character for me to come to like, over time her character is expanded to the point that you can’t help but root for her. Like Christ, she has a sacrifice to make to save the world, and as much as she’d like to give it up, she also knows that she plays a critical role in the survival of mankind. The other characters were well-rounded as well, and Father Chris is sure to be a favorite of many reading the book. It begins as largely his story, but transitions to focus on Elise and her struggles.
There is also plenty of danger and action in the novel. A being they refer to as the Other, the opposite of Remiel, seeks to destroy Elise. Somehow, it always knows where to find her, and it shows no mercy, tearing down whomever it needs to in order to get to her.
What I enjoyed most about this book is how entrenched it is in Catholicism and how much I learned about religion without it ever feeling preachy. As a non-Catholic, I love getting glimpses into the workings of the Church and its theology. We also get a great literary tour of the Vatican City, making me long to visit it in real life. Fans of books like The Da Vinci Code, and Angelology will most likely also enjoy the theology mixed with adventure and action at play here. And it’s written much better than The Da Vinci Code.
My only real issue with the book has nothing to do with the story, but more with the publisher. I reviewed a finished copy, and counted at least seven or eight grammatical errors and typos (periods missing from the ends of sentences, using “they” instead of “thy” in two separate instances). Granted, that’s not much considering the book is nearly 500 pages long, but it was enough that I noticed and wished that it would have been picked over more carefully by an editor.
I’m very happy that I was approached to review this title, because I probably would have never picked it up on my own. It’s the kind of book that will stay with me long after I finish it, and I even ended up having dreams based on the story and characters, it got under my skin so much. I’m excited to see what Carrie Salo creates in her future books.
The Sounding by Carrie Salo was a fascinating book. It was quite difficult read in that sense that it had a lot of biblical referrals and referrals to Catholic Church. It was a book which took me almost a week to read, because I had to really concentrate to understand all the details of the story. And details were very important in the book. It was well written, interesting book.
Regarding the plot:
The story is based on Book of Revelation from Bible, it’s about prophecy of seven angels which will bring the world as we know it to the end. The Seventh angel is the last to blow her trumpet. The story is brought into contemporary world, where Catholic Church’s secret society is checking up on the omens. Father Chris who is a member of the society is sent to a university campus to check a murder of a young student who is killed in a mysterious way. The story brings him to a young student Elise Moore, who is believed to be the seventh angel – Remiel, an angel who can save the world from ending. Elise has some scary skills and she is haunted by an evil demon, so she decides to seek protection from the church – from Father Chris.
Chris and another society member, monk Francis bring Elise to Adam, who is also a priest from the society. Adam starts to train Elise to use her abilities for the full range.
Elise’s way to religion is hard; she has not been brought up as religious girl, but Adam is pushing her to keep trying to reach her limits – both when it comes to her beliefs and also her skills.
When the story develops, Elise finds herself in Vatican and meets the higher officials of the Catholic Church, amongst others also the Pope who will together with Chris and Francis reveal Elise her ultimate task – to assassin the person who is from David’s blood and who will be coroneted as the King of Israel.
I liked to story. I loved the fact that The Book of Revelations was brought into contemporary settings. The book had many interesting facts about the Vatican and Catholic Church and the story about Elise and Remiel was fitted into the Book of Revelation quite nicely. I also enjoyed reading Elise’s dreams – they were a thrilling read.
There were also things what I disliked. When the Other was in its demon form, it seemed unbelievable to me. It was too close to the demons in movies. The Other was very scary and spooky when it was not described exactly, and I liked that much more than claws and sharp teeth. The second thing which I had difficulties with was how quickly Elise turned to believer. I would have wanted to see more internal conflicts in the middle of the book – just like at the end of the book.
The ending of The Sounding was brilliant!
Regarding the characters:
The main characters were well-written. I enjoyed both Elise and Chris. I liked the tension, friendship and forbidden love what grew between them. It was interestingly written how they learned to trust and rely upon each other. The supporting characters like Alan, Francis, Lorenzo were captivating.
I think religion as such was also one of the characters and so was Vatican as an institution. I enjoyed reading about both and it was made very interesting by the author.
The Sounding by Carrie Salo was a thrilling read! It’s a must read for people who enjoy good thrillers with religious aspect and good characters. I loved it!
The Sounding is a novel by Carrie Salo from 23 House.
In the Book of Revelation, a man named John has a prophetic dream. He dreams of the final prophecies that will come to pass – and the seven archangels that guard them. Each angel waits to sound their trumpet at God’s appointed time, preparing humanity to fight and win the final battle.
Two thousand years later, Father Chris Mognahan is a member of the Hetairia Melchizedek, a secret society within the Catholic Church that studies Biblical omens. The society asks Chris to investigate an unusually grotesque crime – a murder on a college campus where the killer's hand literally burned off the victim's face. While the killing seems isolated at first, the society ties the murder to the final Biblical prophecy and a terrifying omen that the order of the prophecies is about to be disrupted. The final battle is coming too soon – long before humanity is prepared to win it.
Suddenly, Chris finds himself fighting against time and hell to keep the prophecies in order and stop an early Armageddon. He is joined by a band of unlikely allies, and together they find themselves in Rome above the Vatican Necropolis – the city of the dead – where the future is revealed to them in ancient texts. They are not alone, however; an evil as old as time itself hunts them. As they travel across continents on their mission, the demonic force follows relentlessly, waiting in every shadowed corner, and every dark place.
As Armageddon descends, Father Chris finds that his only hope lies in a young woman within the group who has a secret gift – and their belief that God Himself may have sent her to keep the final angelic trumpet from sounding out the early end of the Earth.
For years the Catholic Church has spent time and money researching Biblical omens. Most of that time is spent looking to the past, matching an omen with a particular event.
But recently something has happened that has led the scholar’s to believe that the final prophecies have gotten out of order - that the final battle will happen too soon.
On a small college campus in the middle of nowhere, USA - a man is killed. His death goes unsolved, but comes to the attention of Father Chris Mognahan - one of the scholars who has been on the lookout for just such an event.
Elise Moore is a young college student - and she is different. Always has been. She is who Father Mognahan and the church have been looking for all these years.
Only she can stop the final battle from taking place too soon.
The Sounding is very different from my usual read - but I enjoyed it. I get a very Angels & Demons vibe from it.
I give The Sounding 3 out of 5 stars.
Product Details Paperback: 478 pages Publisher: 23 House (9-23-11) Language: English ISBN-10: 0982477767 ISBN-13: 978-0982477762
"And the seven angels, who had the seven trumpets, prepared themselves to sound the trumpet." - Douay-Rheims Bible
the Hetairia Melchizedek is a secret society within the Catholic Church whose members are scattered all over the globe. they have been studying Biblical omens for centuries. at the behest of his superior, Father Chris Mognahan leaves his small parish to investigate a murder in a college campus. at Ashton College, he meets Elise Moore who bears a strong resemblance to a statue of an angel - the seventh trumpeter whose sounding of the trumpet signals the final woe for mankind. Carrie Salo's debut novel is dark and filled with Biblical prophecies, apocalyptic visions, angelic visitations, demonic encounters and intrigues. it takes the reader from New York to the Vatican and finally to Israel where the fate of the whole world would be decided. Catholicism is featured heavily in this book but the practices and other facts about the Catholic religion did not sound preachy at all. they only served as a background and provided information which fueled the writer's creativity. as a Catholic, the only thing which did not sit well with me was not the descriptions of the growing attraction between Father Chris and Elise but the idea of the Pope and the College of Cardinals approving the murder of one person to save humanity. the concept of free will, God's intervention and their bearing on the end times are also explored here. i have to admit that i found these elements (as used in the story) a bit heavy and confusing at times but i could not stop myself from reading until the last page. overall, this novel is an ambitious and compelling read. it is well-written, entertaining and comes highly recommended.
Disclosure of Material Connection: i received a copy of The Sounding from the author herself. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
This is a novel based on the last book in the Bible. Revelations. It is in no way preachy, nor do you have to understand the Bible to enjoy this incredible story. Captivating and intelligent writing makes you wonder just how much research Carrie Salo had to do to get this book completed.
Elise seems like a normal college kid, fighting to find her spot in the world. But there's something different about her. She has powers that she doesn't even understand, until Father Chris Mognahan pays her a visit. She thinks it has something to do with the violent murder on her campus, but his reason for finding her is much more important than one person's life. It has to do with all of humanity.
Elise only wants what everyone wants. A normal happy life, but her destiny has already been planned. Can she change it? Did she want to? What would you do if you found out that the entire human race depended on you to keep them alive? If you want to find out what Elise decides then you have to read this book!
The characters were strong. I connected with Elise right away. The rest were a slow and steady build up. By the end I found myself invested in every one of them. The twist at the end threw me for a loop! Totally unexpected. The touch of romance throughout actually had me teary on two different occasions. Not an easy thing to do.
My only negative, I felt the book dragged in places, especially the middle. Some scenes in my humble opinion could've been cut down for a much tighter and quicker read. I found myself putting this book down a lot, which would usually mean I would give it three stars. Again though, the difficult aspect of writing this novel, based on one of the most researched and debated books in the Bible made up for the slower areas ten-fold.
Overall a very solid read. If you like Dan Brown I think you will love The Sounding!!