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The Black Tattoo

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  2,666 Ratings  ·  296 Reviews
Jack’s best mate, Charlie, has always been effortlessly cool. When Charlie wakes up one day and finds a mysterious, moving black tattoo on his back, it’s a clear sign that he’s even cooler than Jack thought. To top it off, Charlie has got super powers also.
Or does he?
Jack soon learns the terrifying truth: Charlie’s incredible powers come from an age-old demon called the Sc
Audio CD, 11 pages
Published October 10th 2006 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jul 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult
Really different. Different from what I was expecting, and different from anything I've read. Wow. It's getting a lot of negative reviews, many of them whining that the protagonist is a self-centered jerk. Um, good morning, readers! That wasn't the protagonist.

This is the story of a sidekick who realizes it's up to him to save the world. This is the story of a hero, trained all her life for one specific task, and how she deals with her world when it all falls apart around her. This is also, mar
Jack's best friend Charlie has been sucked into a demon-fighting secret brotherhood and Jack's just along for the ride. Charlie suddenly has super-powers and an attitude to match, while Jack is just the same 14-year-old boy he was yesterday. As the brotherhood begins to disintegrate, a powerful demon named the scourge begins to take over and Jack and Charlie are forced to venture into Hell.

The book began with promise but quickly nose-dived after that. The main bad-guy, The Scourge, (sound's like
Dec 02, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
With all the werewolves and vampire books flooding the bookstores nowadays, I guess YA lit is really going down to hell (pardon my language). I know there are still YA lit with good quality and are worth the effort, but it's becoming harder to come by.

Luckily we do not have any Filipino authors who jumped into the bandwagon in creating "paranormal romance". Else we would be reading TIKBALANGS (humanoid in form but with head and feet of a horse), MANANANGGALS (the old, beautiful woman capable of
Lolly's Library
First off, I'd like to break down my rating: I give the book 4 stars for its creative concept, but only 2 stars for execution, which averages out to that 3 stars. Okay, I feel better now.

From what I can gather, despite the book's unusual plot, this is basically a coming-of-age book, concerning teenage growing pains (mental and physical) and the point at which one learns to take responsibility for one's choices. The story essentially centers around two friends, Jack and Charlie, who seem to be yo
There will be readers who will enjoy this energetic, enthusiastically written book, but I am not among that company. This young adult novel reads like the half conscious fantasy of a teenage science fiction-comics-video game fan, complete with gladitorial battles, emotionally agonized women with superhuman fighting skills, old, powerful swords, immature tyrants, legacies from dying mentors, terrible tapeworms, and the fate of the world hanging in balance. And, of course, a demon made tattoo magi ...more
Sep 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So fun, so readable, and sort of cinematic at times...I don't know why, but it just seemed that way to me, but in a good, effective way.
Jan 09, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: stay-away
I happened upon this book back in 2008 while stuck in a mountain timeshare with my then 79 year-old grandfather, 74 year-old grandmother, mother, and older sister. My grandfather's only interest was in playing golf and watching the stock market on TV, my grandmother and mother contented themselves with investigating attractions and potential activities, and my older sister had commandeered the laptop we brought with us. Needless to say, I was bored out of my mind. When my mother agreed to buy me ...more
Sharon Tyler
Black Tattoo by Sam Enthoven is a young adult novel that is about friendship, dreams, life and finding ones true goals and worth in the context of the possible end of the world. This is a fast-paced novel, high in action and with a very interesting premise. However, the execution of the idea and the characterization of the major players seemed to be a little lacking.

Black Tattoo is a fantasy novel is a “teens need to save the universe’ story, with the premise being that a demon is released from
Kimberly Bower MLIS (gladeslibrarian)
You could say that The Black Tattoo is another of the countless good vs. evil tales where a trio of characters battle to save planet Earth from the forces of darkness. You could say that. Until you read this book.

The author's cast of characters could be any of the teenagers attending your nearby school. Charlie, the misfit, is bored with school, doesn't do homework, can't get a girlfriend, hates his life and desperately wants to be like his ultra-cool, good-looking, smart and ever-popular frien
Mar 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I first picked up this book because I was (as always) sucked in by John Jude Palencar's cover art. I didn't begin reading it immediately but once I started, I couldn't stop and ended up finishing it within a day.

Enthoven creates his own quirky world and compliments it with a quirky and humorous plot line that takes many surprising twists and turns. The book follows the much used teenage-boy-thinks-he's-nothing-special-and-ends-up-saving-the-world routine but still manages to remain its own stor
Oct 07, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, paranormal
To be fair, this review is for the audio version. John Lee, the narrator performed beautifully, giving a unique voice and life to each character. I'm not sure I would have the same affinity for the book had I elected to read in a traditional manner.

Sam Enthoven packs a bit of everything into this novel and, for me, it presented fresh idea, after fresh idea, after fresh idea. It tips the concepts of hell and humanity on their heads and casts daemons as gladiators.

The story also brings together co
Nov 10, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Looking over the other reviews for this book, I can identify with both sides. Part of me really wants to like this book and there are parts of the book that are really likeable. The other part of me was ssooooo bored with the whole thing. The characters were poorly developed. Who was Jack? Why would he follow his best friend to Hell? What about Esme? Why should any reader care about someone she knows nothing about? The plot dragged on and on - 500+ pages. Really? But then there were the Chinj wh ...more
Oct 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sam Enthoven has written a fun, magical adventure in The Black Tattoo. It seems original in its plot twists and turns while at the same time being very derivative. Jack is the most interesting character in his Sam from The Lord of the Rings way.

The story as a whole is a save-the-universe adventure along with some interesting philosophy and theology all wrapped up in lots of action. There are often three sides to the same plot line going. At times it is slightly past Enthoven’s capacity. There is
I was really looking forward to this book. I had read Crawlers by this author earlier in the year and it was great, so much better than I expected and highly enjoyable. So, when I found this book by the same author I had high hopes for another good book.

What a disappointment! I quit at page 141 at the end of section 1 as I just could not bring myself to read anymore! This was just bad, boring and so overly long! The thought of another 300 pages of this was so not good.

If I had read this first I
Olivia Dunlap
Apr 14, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the theme
I picked up The Black Tattoo at random because of the interesting cover design, and I wasn't disappointed. This novel was a grotesque, satirical romp that was fun to read. A totally new theory of hell is presented here, and it is as interesting as it is dark. I wouldn't recommend this book to everyone, but if you are interested in religious themes and horror, you should give it a go; I found it a satisfying read.
Sinta Nisfuanna
Terakhir baca novel fantasi adalah seri pertama Lockwood & Co, itupun sudah berbulan-bulan yang lalu. Jadi pas baca The Black Tattoo rasanya kepala kurang bisa menikmati (atau menjadi terlalu realistis?) apalagi yang diusung temanya termasuk berat, tentang penciptaan alam semesta. Kepala sudah mulai 'colek-colek' masalah konspirasi, hadeeeh... kenapa jadi ribet. Ah, sudahlah ...
Stephen Fitzsimons
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Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Jack as a protagonist and the world building here was neat but something was missing. I didn't care if anyone lived or died, Jack included. The whole universe could have ended in the story and I still would have said "okay."
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read this book twice, and it still grabbed me the second time around.
Not sure why some people don't like it, guess there really are different books for different people... but I say give it a chance.
Tuuli Tolmov
Idee on hea. Teostus aga üsna läbikukkunud.
Kayla Torres
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolute childhood favorite book. ❤ ...more
Maxwell // Well-Read Rebel
3.5 stars. not the best, not the worst.
Judul : The Black Tattoo
Penulis : Sam Enthoven
Penerjemah : Lulu Fitri Rahman
Editor : Heni Setiani
Penerbit : LiniKata
Cetakan Pertama : Februari 2011
Tebal : 526 Halaman, HardCover

Awas, hati-hati ketika Anda tidak sengaja bertabrakan dengan seseorang yang tidak Anda kenal. Jack Farrell dan Charlie Farnsworth akhirnya harus berhadapan dengan Sang Laknat, Iblis yang terusir dari neraka karena awalnya bertabrakan dengan seorang laki-laki misterius yang diketahui bernama Nick.

Nick rupanya sedang menca
Dec 18, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I made it to the end of the second book before giving up. I like a lot of the elements of this and wish I'd liked the result more. A group formed for the sole purpose of containing a demon was betrayed and now the demon is out and taking the form of a telltale black tattoo on whoever he possesses? And said demon talks someone into letting him continue possessing them all with a faintly foreboding air that he's playing nicely now and will probably enjoy disposing of said vessel later? Sounds like ...more
Charlotte Phillips
Well, I wouldnt say this was the best book in the Bunch, but nor would I say it was the worst in the bunch. It was different to the other novels that I usually read. It wasn't predictable at all, and there seemed to be no romance in it other than the slightest hint here and there. The story itself was dramatic and vibrant with a lot of energy which seemed to inspire the reader to carry on. But the whole book itself felt a little slow, as if thhey were dragging it out, wanting to get to the point ...more
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
BLACK TATTOO by Sam Enthoven; penguin; pub and copyrighted. 2006

"LONDON. The west end. A little after for n the morning. At the base of the skyscraper known as center point tower, in the dark ness at the end of dank concrete walkway, something stirred. the shadows there began to ripple and coalesce." In the begging of this book gets your attention within the first couple sentences; these few pages shows you a conflict between a girl and a demon. That conflict showed you a lot of how the people
Vrushali Pathak

The main story revolves around 3 kids and a demon loose from Hell known as the ‘Scourge’. The story starts with 2 boys Jack and Charlie where Charlie is the dominant one and Jack simply hangs around with him. After a conversation with a mysterious stranger Charlie is chosen to be the leader of a gang that protects the Earth from the Scourge aka the demon from Hell. Now a weird black tattoo comes to life under Charlie’s skin and it is all unknown what it really is.

They both meet Esme, a girl
Sadie Forsythe
This book isn't at all what I expected. I thought it was going to be all dark and serious. Instead it falls somewhere closer to the writing of Terry Brookes or Douglas Adams (minus the sci-fi). It is funny. Yes, yes, the universe is in danger of being snuffed out in one abortive act of finality and everyone is in danger, but the characters (Jack especially) are still able to recognise the absurdity of the situation and let an exasperated explicative slip. Jack's insistence that most things in hi ...more
Rute Canhoto
Terminei a leitura deste livro a 21 de agosto de 2012. Dou-lhe três estrelas.
Comprei este livro numa promoção, principalmente porque li a sinopse e julguei que talvez me ajudasse na escrita de uma parte em concreto do meu livro, a qual ainda não quero revelar. No entanto, a história acabou por ser muito diferente do que esperava.
A ideia é engraçada, contudo não é o meu género preferido. Lê-se bem e tem muita ação, mas para quem gosta de um bocadinho romance, é melhor esquecê-lo, porque aq
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My name is Sam Enthoven. I live in London, England, and I write fantastical action thrillers for 11-15 year-olds. If you're reading this, you've reached the 'portal page' of my sinister, ever-evolving internet empire – bwah-ha, bwah-HA-HA-HA! Er, sorry.

With his rollicking 2006 debut THE BLACK TATTOO Sam Enthoven fulfilled his dream to become an internationally published author of fantastical actio
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