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In a section of Los Angeles near Dodger Stadium, two rival gangs rule the streets.
For the Alvarado Street Diablos, it’s been a year since the murder of one of their
closest members at the hands of their sworn enemy, the North Rampart Lobos.
A drive-by killing in his honor is planned, but things go wrong and an innocent
bystander is the victim. Several hours later the one who
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Published March 28th 2020 by Black Opal Books (first published March 28th 2017)
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Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pbwkendread, 2015
I received this book to give an honest review.

First let me say yes there is references to Edgar Allen Poe but you do not have to fully understand Poe's way of writing to read this story. Two brothers start this book off Kevin and Warren. Warren is very much into Poe and into psychics which I think is pretty amazing when he gets a reading he doesn't want to hear it all the way through which can be expected especially when it says he will be dying. When the unthinkable happens Warren's son Seth is
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Review: THE POE CONSEQUENCE by Keith Steinbaum

THE POE CONSEQUENCE is very, very good. No, that's an understatement: the talent with which author Keith Steinbaum creates and maintains multiple levels of meaning, juggling a vast cast of characters, and reaching into the inner recesses of each of these characters, is awe-inspiring! For each character, I felt as if I lived inside that individual, comprehending the character's motivations and understanding the thoughts. Then there is the incredible f
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: blog-review
“The Poe Consequence” is a paranormal thriller set in present day Los Angeles, California. The story centers around an 11 year old boy named Seth Palmer, his father, Warren Palmer, and his uncle, Kevin Palmer.

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Rich Stoehr
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Los Angeles gangbangers, vengeful spirits...and Edgar Allen Poe? That couldn't possibly work...could it? As it turns out, it does - and pretty well overall.

When I first read the idea behind The Poe Consequence - a story that blends inner-city gang violence with Poe-inspired vengeance - I pretty much knew I'd have to read it, if only to see how wrong it could go. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be a book that, while not perfect, mostly overcame the early threat of stereotype and told a
Sadie Forsythe
This was an interesting book. It held my attention. I thought the writing was perfectly passable and I only noticed a few editing mistakes (mostly missing spaces, oddly). So, a solid middle of the road read.

However, it did feel very much like an indie book, if you know what I mean. If you read a lot of indies you probably do and if you don't I'm not sure how to explain it to you. They often have a certain feel to them. The stories often have a certain blunt, straightforwardness. Not necessarily
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-reads
This book is not like any other I've read. I'd classify it as thriller/mystery/ horror. It begins when a man Warren goes to New Orleans and goes down an alley way to see a fortune teller though he doesn't really believe in these things. She reads his Tarot cards and gives him an extremely grim destiny. She tells him not long from now he's going to come into an extremely violent situation that will end tragically. with this man who goes to New Orleans and while there goes to visit a fortune telle ...more
May 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A gritty, well researched, well written book by a good friend of mine.
Amy Ingalls
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways, horror
I won this book in a giveaway.

I am struggling to review this. Usually a book takes me 2-3 days tops to get through. This one took me 28. In the beginning I was struggling to get into it. I was reading it simply because I felt bad that I won it and it had been sitting on my Kindle for so long. I ignored it to read other books.

However, somewhere around the time Veronica joins the book I started to get interested. The story was still a bit clunky but I was beginning to car about the characters. Ho
Saralyn Richard
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The characters are what resonate most with me in this roller coaster ride of a thriller. So many people today have a good-guy-bad-guy mentality, but this book shows us that no one is all good or all evil. Our lives can turn in a moment, and we are all subject to being overcome by negative emotions, unless we find the way to rise above them. Steinbaum takes on the difficult topic of gang violence and turns it into a love story. Brilliant!
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely a book you will not want to put down! It combines the supernatural with everyday events. At least the everyday events in the lives of ruthless gangs determined to kill each other off. And the lives of those who get caught up in between. I can totally understand why it won an award as a Supernatural Thriller Book of the Year.

Warren, a teacher, had just lost his wife and was attempting to get his young son and himself through it. He decides to go see a psychic in New Orleans who
Darcia Helle
Taking on Poe is a tough challenge, but Keith Steinbaum handles it well. The subject is dark, as we look at death and inner city gangs. But we're also given glimmers of hope and redemption, which keeps this story from veering into unbearable despair.

A familiarity with Poe's writing is not required in order to enjoy this book. The character's focus here is on a few of Poe's most popular works, with specific bits woven continuously throughout the story. Someone unfamiliar with Poe might overlook
This is the perfect read for those that love gritty thrillers mixed with a touch of supernatural/paranormal. Kevin is a man who has been pushed into the role of a parent after his brother passes. Through his grief he turns to the wrong things to help him deal. In some ways he’s neglectful to Seth, his nephew. Seth has a lot of anger and resentment, and rightfully so. He doesn’t understand why these things happened to him and his family. Though it's difficult to wander through the chaotic feeling ...more
Romaine Heart
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Poe Consequence is a suspenseful thriller set in modern day California involving two rival gangs with a touch of paranormal.
One tarot card changed the lives of a family.
The Poe Consequence is a  tragic story of what twelve year boy had to endure will break your heart.
Seth witnessed his father's murder one night by Latino gang members. He begins to struggle in school when Latinos start bullying him. It's hard for Seth to trust adults.
Gangbangers are dropping like flies. They are mysteriously
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Poe Consequence is based around the Palmer family – 11 year old Seth whose mother has recently died, his dad Warren and his uncle Kevin. The story starts with Warren visiting a Psychic and you feel the foreboding. Shortly after Warren is killed the gang members start having heart attacks, somehow their hearts become frozen. The gangs and the police are trying to figure out what is happening. And the story takes you along for a ride.

If you have read any Poe – you will feel the parallels in th
Trish Meade
Mar 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hi Bookies! This book was selected for my Book Club, because 1. Our member knew the author & 2. She thought it would be fun to have him come to the next meeting to hear our reviews.

When I first started to read the book I thought, "Okay, just what I want to read... a book about gang members!" My second thought was, "Get over your Lilly white self and start reading." After all I didn't want to let the Book Club down! It didn't take long before I was totally drawn into the story and the mystery tha
Jay Williams
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While this book has elements of the supernatural, none of them are unrealistic or detract from the great story. It provides a broad reflection on human nature and how it impacts the world around us both good and bad. A dire fortune from a strange seer in New Orleans leads twin brothers into a wild confrontation with all the evil in the gangs of LA and the good that manages to survive in that environment. If you have experienced and enjoyed the works of Edgar Alan Poe, you will appreciate the man ...more
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Warren and his son Seth stop at a convenience store after a baseball game so Warren can get something to help his pounding headache. In the parking lot, they are attacked by one gang, while another gang is plotting their revenge against this gang. They get caught in a drive by shooting and Warren dies trying to save his son. This event starts strange killings within both gangs. Every time one of these gang members kills another gang member, they end up suffering a very unique death that no one c ...more
Richard Howard
Feb 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2018
There are poor books, there are bad books and there are terrible books. Then there are books so excruciatingly awful that, as you keep reading, you fear a portal will open up and you'll be sucked into hell. 'The Poe Consequence' is such a book. Marketed as a paranormal thriller it is largely an endless description of two Latino gangs cursing each other and vowing vengeance. The paranormal element appears at the beginning and towards the end but in between the reader is subjected to page after pa ...more
Cair-Paravel De Loulay
It was really good. EAP is one of my favourite authors and he has taken essential pieces from works by Poe, incorporating it into a marvellous story. Gangs, murder, love, trauma and so much more are packed into this wonderful ghost story. I love it.

I received a free copy from Hidden Gems Books in return for an honest review.
Melissa ownsbey
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
very good it a dark feel to it it was a great paranormal thiller
killing ghosts revengnge horror very enterttaining
very enterresting book
was hooked on it from the begining to the end
thanks for letting me review
Eunice Fuller
Jun 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was very good. I liked the real life stuff mixed with paranormal. 2 rival gangs and trying to save lives. Good job
Lynn B
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great Read!!!!!!!

I really enjoyed “The Poe Consequence”. Steinbaum took me on a great journey. If you have an interest in Poe and like the paranormal then I recommend this book.

Story Line:
Like most cities, Los Angeles has gangs. In one section of the city , two rival gangs rule those streets, the Diablos and the Lobos. A year ago one of the members of the Diablos was murdered by the Lobos. Tonight the Lobos would pay for that murder. The Diablos would do a drive-by-killing in honour of their de
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Steinbaum offers an irresistibly offbeat mix of supernatural horror and gritty crime drama in his latest.

Two rival gangs, Alvarado Street Diablos and North Rampart Lobos, have always ruled the streets of a section of Los Angeles near Dodger Stadium. When Viper is killed at the hands of their sworn enemies, King, North Rampart Lobos’s leader, knows he must settle the scores to avenge the death of his blood brother and teacher. A drive-by killing in Viper’s honor is planned, but things go wrong a
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

The majority of this book features gangs and things that are going on with gangs. That part of the book didn’t interest me at all. So, I am probably not the best to appreciate a book like this. There was a cool Edgar Allen Poe connection which I didn’t completely understand. But the concept was one I hadn’t really seen in a book before.

When the Warren goes to see the psychic tarot lady, you don’t really realize what an amazing feat that is until his twin brother Kevin visits her near t
Wyatt Smith
Warren Palmer seems to be the main character for a while. He has a tarot card reading that is quite horrific and a while later is killed as a victim of gang violence. His son turns into a bigot because of this. He, on the other hand, becomes some kind of avenging spirit, taking revenge on two latino gangs. Only problem is that the reader knows all of this from the second chapter while the characters are playing catch-up, which leads to mostly uninspired encounters between "spirit-Warren" and the ...more
Rae Sontheyon
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rival Gangs and Ghouls Set On Revenge Create Great POEtic Thriller! . . .

Seriously this story blew my mind! The story is amazingly complex and highly narrative bringing to life the gang war torn inner city streets of L.A. The book does have explicit language and scenes, but most is needed for realism. Steinbaum's plot is like a puzzle with each character and their back story each are an important detailed piece, which when it's all done a reader can see how everything had been all connected from
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

Even though I only know a bit about Edgar Allen Poe's poems, I was immediately struck by the blurb of this book. I thought it sounded particularly intriguing and although I was a little confused by the constant switching between POV characters (I forgot whose past I knew and whose I didn't between Face and King, for instance), I did find it really easy to empathise with a lot of the characters.

I tho
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-to-review
The author mailed me the ebook version in exchange for an honest review

The plot:
There are two rival gangs in LA, and suddenly the members of just these two gangs start to die under mysterious circumstances. For every person they kill, one of their members has to die. And nobody knows how to catch the killer, because he doesn't leave any traces behind or has any motive to do what he does, or so it seems.

Things I liked:
- the story. Really unusual for me, since I'm not a fan of scary/mystical book
May 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bostick
The Poe Consequence is a delicious combination of fantasy and gritty realism. I studied gangs a bit in college since I was getting a degree in the social sciences, and one of the classes I took was actually called Gangs in Society.

So this right here, an emphasis on Edgar Allen Poe mixed with gang culture, was an unusual pairing that totally worked. The characters seemed realistic and weren't just two dimensional stereotypes. I loved that Veronica was a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who
Charissa Wilkinson
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book for a fair review.

Overview: Two gangs in Los Angeles have gained a mutual enemy right after a fateful drive by shooting at a convenience store. Now members of both gangs are dying of frozen hearts. The reason might just surprise them. Oh sure, it’ll be way too late by then.

Likes: Redemption plays a large role in this story. Every one seems to have a redeeming arc.

Carl Atkinson shows the distance the police can take to find the answers. He is a perfect example of a good cop.
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