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The Faustian Host

(Apocalypse Signs #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Plymouth Rock is bleeding. Day has turned to night. Hundred-pound hailstones level buildings. The small town of Clement seems cursed, and the residents know who's to blame: the new kid, Tony Marino.

After losing his family and his home, 14-year-old Tony is forced to move from Florida to Massachusetts to attend Kalos Academy, an unconventional school for gifted c
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Published March 15th 2012 by Dave Becker
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Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
The students that attend Kalos Academy are gifted. After the student passes the initial tests to get into the school,they will never have to take a test again throughout their whole High School days. He has to take tests in several different subjects thinking that there was not way he was going to pass them and felt like he didn't belong there. He was not as conservative or preppy as the other students there.
Tony is used to being alone and taking care of himself. In the book he is described as
Apr 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Suspense, mystery, intrigue - The Faustian Host has it in spades! With relatively likeable characters, twists and turns after every page, and an action-packed ending, my only real complaint is that I'm left with too many unanswered questions.

At first, Tony Marino is a hard character to like. He keeps everyone at a distance, having felt unwanted his whole life, and shows no appreciation for his new foster parents who are doing everything in their power to provide him with a loving and
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
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When you are a boy that has had nothing but bad luck, what else should people think you are, but cursed? This is Tony’s life. His mother killed herself when he was very young, no one really seems to know why…or at least they don’t want to tell him why. Then his caretaker, his grandmother dies and Tony is left to figure out what will happen next. Well, what happens next is he finds out guardianship of him was given to a couple t
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-paranormal, cult
The Faustian Host ended up being different than I expected. I was sort of expecting a book with a semi-Christian tone (to counter the satanic cult) with monsters but it is really different. It is a lot better than my initial thoughts on it. It is much more about Tony and the freak events surrounding him.

Tony is an interesting protagonist. At the beginning, he seem to do everything wrong. He got off on the wrong foot with his foster father by talking about religion in a negative way a
May 30, 2012 rated it liked it

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I honestly didn't know what to expect when I went into The Faustian Host. I think the fact that I went into the book without any expectations really contributed to my enjoyment of the book, since I found myself being truly immersed in the story.

When Tony's sole guardian, his religious grandmother, passes away, he's taken in by the mysterious Browns. Soon, Tony finds himself moving from Florida to a small town in Massachusetts. His paren
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. Although I found a few parts kind of slow, The Faustian Host kept me interested and hooked until the very end. In fact, the last quarter of the book had me glued to my Kindle until I finished the last sentence!

The cast of characters was great. Tony, Jubie, Erika, Jenna, Katie, and Dan were unlikely friends, very different from one another, but they all worked together in this book. Tony was a great lead character. Considering his ba
Shelby Young (The Haunted Rose)
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: ya book lovers
Recommended to Shelby by: dave becker
Cover Thoughts-At first I had no idea what the 7 rings meant or why there was rocks because I have never explored this aspect of the apocalypse. Since reading the book I get it now and it's awesome!

First Thought-ooooooohhhhh. Apocalypse? :) and no zombies? Should be very interesting and new. What I liked-The best part is when Tony has the whole school believing he is cursed. He is literally the only one that refuses to believe that something supernatural is at work in his town. Since
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, horror
Dave Becker has a winner with his debut YA horror novel, The Faustian Host. Most teens feel as though the world is against them at one time or the other. But 14-year old Tony Marino seems to have the corner on problems. Within the first few pages of this fast paced novel, he attends his grandmother’s funeral, watches his family home explode in flames, is confronted by a dark, shadowy figure and is uprooted from his life in Florida to live with a couple he met as a young child and does not rememb ...more
Tara Hall
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
I reviewed this book for Good Book Alert. 4.5 stars
This book drew me in, though it is clearly intended for a younger audience. I liked Tony, the very secular protagonist. He was a perfect outsider that I could cheer for, very akin to Harry Potter. I liked the other characters, like the Browns (his foster parents), the other students at Kalos academy (especially Jubie), the creepy teachers Hammon and Carver (one of whom I think was in league with the Satanists), and the mysterious man in bl
After his religious nutcase grandmother dies, teenage Tony Marino is sent to live with foster parents in Clement, Massachusetts, where he is given the opportunity to attend an exclusive private school. Kalos Academy is sort of like Hogwarts if Hogwarts was A) American B) a private day school C) not overtly magical and D) catered to children whose IQ is off the charts. To attend Kalos, you’ve got to be smart. Really, really smart. Class attendance is encouraged, though not required. There’s no gr ...more
Nadège Richards
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I haven’t read many cult-related novels in my lifetime, but I must say that The Faustian Host was a great first. I admit that, more than once, I had to put it down because of how eerie Becker’s writing is, in a thrilling yet amazing way. Though it is a very fast read, he weaves this story, in the POV of a preteen, in such a way that you wouldn’t even take its length into consideration until you’ve finished and hunger for more. From the first chapter I knew I was heading into something I wasn’t p ...more
Jul 31, 2012 rated it liked it
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Fourteen-year-old Tony Marino's grandmother, who has taken care of him since his mother died when he was young, has just died; that's upsetting enough, but then a bizarre stranger in the cemetery makes some cryptic comments to Tony and a meteor destroys his grandmother's Florida home. Tony finds himself whisked away to Massachusetts by his new guardians, the Browns, and testing to get into the elite Kalos Academy, a special day school for extremely gift
May 25, 2012 rated it liked it
This book’s premise is definitely attention-grabbing, and thankfully, it doesn’t disappoint.
What’s best about the novel is the atmosphere, almost the little world he builds in Kalos, an academy for the highly gifted. The descriptions are well done, never overtaking the plot. As the story progresses we really become immersed in the school. The characters, for the most part are well written, with Tony (the protagonist) being the most thought out. Some of the other, side characters, though, are le
Zoe's Book
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was enchanted by this book! I could not stop reading the Faustian Host. I really admired Erika and the way she can do what ever without thinking what other people think about her.

Tony is a free kid until his grandmother dies and the Browns take care of him. Now Tony is a gifted kid so the Browns find him a awesome school... Kalos Academy, where he meets Jubie, Erika and Jenna. Then one day at the academy Tony touches a ancient scroll and it sets on fire, then in one of his other classes an en
Rebecca McKinnon
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
First, let me just say: WOW.

This book was nearly impossible to put down. I'd have read it in one sitting if my schedule had allowed. As it is, it took me just over a day. I have to say, I hadn't noticed when I started the book that it was the first in a series, and by half-way through, I was really hoping there would be more books to follow.

Great characters, better plot, and some twists I didn't see coming (with as much reading as I do, I can almost always figure out where things ar
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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3.5 to 4 Stars

Dave Becker has managed to create a world filled with mystery, adventure, plagues, curses, cloaked figures, angels, death and yes even religion which all fill this wonderfully written story of one boys adventure into discovering his destiny.

In fact I would go as far to say this is a tale fitting for any lover of a good old fashion Indiana Jones adventure.

This was such a great, different story that truly will appeal to anyone that loves to be caug
May 26, 2012 rated it liked it
This is probably the third, maybe the fourth, book with a similar premise that I have read. Kid suffers traumatic event, kid is accepted to special school, befriends misfits, makes enemies for seemingly no reason, things go haywire and weird stuff happens.

But I really enjoyed this one, more so than some of the others I have read. I think the characterization and fast moving plot really added to my enjoyment.

I'll have more to say soon at
Rachel Cotterill
This is a lively YA fantasy about a boy whose life becomes "cursed" when his grandmother dies. There's a hint of mystery as to the origins of the curse, but mostly Tony is too preoccupied with handling the day-by-day weirdness of the unfolding events. I didn't find the story completely believable, particularly some of the character motivations, but it was a fast and fun read.
Ginny Lurcock
The main character is a dick, but the story is good.

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Dave Becker is an author and artist living in Pennsylvania, trying desperately to avoid all plagues, curses, and monsters. He worked for years in advertising and marketing, making him a professional liar, the ideal foundation for a novelist. He has written three books - MINDFRONT, THE FAUSTIAN HOST, and THE APOLLINE SIBYL. Don't believe a word he says.