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Morbus Dei: The Arrival

(The Morbus Dei Trilogy #1)

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3.80  ·  Rating details ·  198 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Volume 1 of the highly gripping Morbus Dei-Trilogy

Getting caught in a snowstorm, deserter Johann List ends up in a secluded mountain village ridden by fear and superstition. Soon he realises that there is something wrong with this village, that it lies beneath a grim shadow - animals get killed, people disappear, hooded shapes lurk in the dark woods. When Johann falls in l
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Kindle Edition, 264 pages
Published April 29th 2015 by Haymon Verlag (first published July 16th 2010)
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Aleshanee
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, histor-roman
--- Rezension zur kompletten Trilogie --- keine Spoiler ---

Band 1: Die Ankunft ★★★★★
Band 2: Inferno ★★★☆
Band 3: Im Zeichen des Aries ★★★★☆

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Tyrol, anno 1703/04

Den Deserteur Johann List verschlägt es auf seiner Flucht in den Bergen Tyrols mitten im Winter in ein einsames Dorf. Dem Tode nahe findet er in der Tochter des unwirschen Bauern Jakob Karrer einen Schutzengel, der ihn überleben lässt. Ohne Chance auf ein Fortkommen muss Johann dem hartherzigen Bauern Karrer als Knecht dienen, um d
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Kerstin
Nov 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kurzbeschreibung:
Ein einsames Bergdorf vor 300 Jahren: Von einem Schneesturm überrascht, verschlägt es den Deserteur Johann List in diese abgeschiedene, von Furcht und Aberglaube beherrschte Gegend. Schnell ist ihm klar, dass mit dem Dorf etwas nicht stimmt, dass ein düsterer Schatten über den Bewohnern liegt - Tiere werden getötet, Menschen verschwinden, vermummte Gestalten lauern in den finsteren Wäldern.
Als Johann sich in die Tochter eines Bauern verliebt, beschließt er, mit ihr das Dorf zu v
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Joan
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Morbus Dei: The Arrival:
By Bastian Zach and Matthias Bauer, Author
4 stars
Volume 1 Of The Highly Gripping Morbus Dei-Trilogy
The three books of this trilogy are dark, thrilling and well researched. The authors paint a bleak, realistic picture of the l700’s, making the readers aware of the brutality with which those who are different are treated. This first book is a mystic thriller with beautifully wrought characters.

After escaping from the war in Tyrol in 1703, getting caught in a snowstorm, des
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Carol Keen
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's the 1700's and one man is on the run. Johann List has almost died many times. Now, his whole life is about to change, again. Barley alive, he makes it a village where he hopes to survive the harsh winter.

The village is different. Though he has been in many villages before, this one carries a deadly secret. The ideal plan would be to winter over, and leave, but things seldom goes as they are planned.

Old things from the past are not dead, and new things are not what they seem on the surface
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Terralyn
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was ok
My husband saw this book advertised and kept saying it looked like something I would like. Translated from German to English, it has been called the scariest book of all time.
The first chapter was outstanding, gripping and raw from the first page. Then it slowed down, waaayyyy down. To the point where I lost interest and found myself avoiding reading it. Perhaps it gets better? I read a quarter of the book before finally calling it quits.. and each page was a challenge to read.
Maybe at some po
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Peer Jones
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great historical content

1704, time of wars and religious upheaval. Johann Litt, former soldier, prisoner, mutineer arrived at small village in Tyrol mountains three quarters dead after being attacked by evil farmer/innkeeper. Village has dark secret. A real good 'Gothic Horror ' with detailed fights plus graphic descriptions. I actually liked the short 'cut to different location' writing as there was a lot going on . A very good read from German translation even with Latin and German phrases not
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Harry Thompson
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nice book, started out exciting, slowed to build, and then a quick page turner in the end. I had some issues with translation nothing big, also there were still some words in German and Latin. Translate feature on my ebook reader made it not really an issue. Can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Debra
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Even though the setting of this novel was way before the modern times (1700s), it reminded me of The Village. However the outcasts in this novel were very real as opposed to being used as a scare tactic to keep people from leaving the village. This wasn't a bad thriller type novel, but it was a bit predictable though.
John Turney
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Enjoyed the book, but...

This is a difficult book for me to judge. I enjoyed the story, the setting and the plot. But it was the little things, like too much head jumping that some times made it hard to follow.
Babs
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Johann ist auf der Flucht, er flieht vor dem Krieg und noch etwas, einem Geheimnis. Alles was er möchte ist wieder in seine Heimat zurück zu kehren. Schwer verletzt schleppt er sich durch Tirol, auf der Suche nach einem bewohnten Dorf, in dem er seine Wunden versorgen kann. Doch nicht nur in ihm stecken dunkle Geheimnisse, auch in dem Dorf, dass er in einem Tal entdeckt. In dem entlegenen Tiroler Bergdorf zu Beginn des 18. Jahrhunderts bleibt er schwer verletzt und am Ende seiner Kräfte vor der ...more
Joanna
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Normalerweise bespreche ich die meisten Reihen einzeln. Da ich aber alle Titel von „Morbus Dei“ auf dem SUB hatte, nahm ich mir vor, alle Bücher auf einmal zu besprechen. Deshalb gibt es hier auch einen Spoilerhinweis, da ich natürlich nicht die gesamte Trilogie rezensieren kann, ohne nicht zumindest ein klein wenig zu spoilern.

Also: Diese Rezension enthält Spoiler zu den Büchern!

Nachdem vor knapp einem Jahr den aktuellsten Titel von Zach & Baur besprechen durfte, wollte ich auch die frühere
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NancyHelen
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
When Johann finds himself seriously injured with a festering wound and several feet of snow in the Tyrol, he is sure he is going to die. It is the early Eighteenth Century, there is a war raging and villages are few and far between and rarely welcoming of hungry strangers when winter arrives. However, he manages to reach a village and is nursed back to health by 'an angel'. The angel turns out to be the daughter of a violent and psychopathic farmer. And the village itself is terrified by the pre ...more
sabisteb aka callisto
Mar 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Tirol 300 Jahren: Der Deserteur Johann List kann nur mit Mühe einem Bauern entkommen, der ihn schwer verletzt hat. Er schleppt sich durch die winterlichen Tiroler Berge und Wälder, bis er in ein abgeschiedenes kleines Dorf gelangt. Dort empfängt man ihn mit Misstrauen und würde ihn am liebsten im Schnee erfrieren lassen, denn neue Menschen bedeuten immer Veränderungen, zum Guten oder zum Schlechten. Elisabeth, die Tochter eines reichen Bauern erbarmt sich Johanns und pflegt ihn gesund.
Da man ihn
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Keksisbaby
Auf der Schwelle des Todes, findet Johann Unterschlupf und Barmherzigkeit in einem kleinen Bergdorf in Tyrol. Es ist der kälteste Winter seit Jahren und die sonst so verschlossenen Bergbauern, scheinen noch argwöhnischer gegenüber Fremden zu sein, als sonst. Johann muss die Schuld seiner Rettung als Knecht abarbeiten. Die Arbeit ist hart, aber zumindest hat er ein Dach über dem Kopf und anständig zu essen. Doch Seltsames geht vor in dieser Abgeschiedenheit. Eine Kuh verschwindet und wird ausgewe ...more
Margaret Millmore
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a mystery/thriller set in 18th century Europe. Johann List, a mysterious young man, is fighting for his life. He’s managed to get away from a tyrant employer who not only stole his wages, but tried to kill him, but now, injured and lost in the wintery wilderness, Johann is close to death. Finally and almost with his last breath, Johann stumbles into a small, secluded village and tries to find help for his soon to be fatal injuries.

He’s taken in by an old man and his granddaughter and af
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Philip Bailey
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
A three book series, The Arrival, The Inferno and The Sign of Aries. Reading all three books in order provided a good story from days long past in Europe, during times of wars and religious strife. Wars and pestilence a significant part of the story, but not the central feature. Rather a love between a man and a woman and the situations they encounter in their struggle to be together. This during times when mass killings of victims believed to be infected were a frequent occurrence. Travel was t ...more
Peg
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Morbus Dei: The Arrival is a unique and compelling historical fiction thriller. The story takes place in Europe during the 18th century. The author does a wonderful job accurately depicting the harsh ways of life during that time period.

Johann was almost dead when he fell unconscious at an old man’s doorstep. He had been robbed and stabbed with a pitchfork by a farmer. Johann was left in the wilderness to die, but he survived. He wandered around in the snow and was near death before he was abl
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Candra Hodge
Sep 21, 2015 rated it liked it
The book was very suspenseful in the beginning when you were trying to figure out who "they" were. However, in my opinion, once you did find out who " they" were, it lost the majority of suspense and general interest for me. I was disappointed in the true identity of "them" due to thinking it would have been more interesting had the authors gone a different route with the identity. I am, personally, not willing to buy the books in order to finish the series- if I could get them for free, I would ...more
Carol
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Der Debütroman der beiden Autoren Bastian Zach und Matthias Bauer hat bereits für einiges Aufsehen erregt und erstklassige Rezensionen erfahren. Da kann man nicht mehr viel hinzufügen!
Dunkle Geheimnisse, inszeniert mit hintergründiger Dramatik, gemischt mit Spannungselementen à la Hitchcock und garniert mit einigen blutigen Szenen - fertig ist die Rezeptur für einen Thriller der besonderen Art. "Morbus Dei" beinhaltet all diese Elemente und noch sehr viel mehr - vor allen Dingen läßt er genug Fr
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Christopher Taylor
This was a good translation of a nice historical horror/fantasy tale. I enjoyed the characters and the setting. The location setting in the Alps and geography took me back to the times I spent in Southern Deutschland and Austria. If you enjoy a suspense story and historical fiction feast your eyes on this one... No spoiler here. Enjoy this GoodRead.
Theresa Rodriguez
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Intriguing Story With History and Suspense

The story grabbed me right from the beginning with rich character storylines. The story progressed at a fast pace and pulled me into the action. Hard to review without details but I recommend all read it
Markus H
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
A very interesting story. Liked it, although there are several really tiny "questions". What's the sickness 'the outcasts" have? How did they get it? What's the point of the prologue? As this is book one of a series I hope the questions will be answered in books 2 or 3. Recommend it !
Kristine Jared
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Death and destruction follow this man.

When Johan stumbles in to the remote village hurt and near death, he soon realizes that his saviors may be the death of him, too.
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Tammie Reichlin
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Matthias Bauer was born in Lienz/Austria. After studying history and folklore he worked for publishing companies and exhibitions.

With Bastian Zach he writes novels and screenplays. Their novels "Morbus Dei: The Arrival", "Morbus Dei: Inferno" and "Morbus Dei: The Sign of Aries" were a big hit among both critics and readers in Europe. The three historical mystery-thrillers were translated into Eng
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The Morbus Dei Trilogy (3 books)
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