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“Under an alien sky where gods of eldritch matter rule, the only truth is revenge.”

CTHULHU ARMAGEDDON is the story of a world 100 years past the rise of the Old Ones which has been reduced to a giant monster-filled desert and pockets of human survivors (along with Deep Ones, ghouls, and other “talking” monsters).

John Henry Booth is a ranger of one of the largest remain
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Published August 22nd 2016 by Crossroad Press
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Gavin
Nov 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: paranormal
This was an entertaining fantasy/horror story. It had a decent mix of action and humour. The setting was also fairly interesting world with its mix of weird Lovecraftian monsters and left over technology from our era.

As the title might suggest this story was set in a post-apocalyptic future. 100 years have passed since the return of the great Cthulhu and the other Great Ones to the earth. Humanity is in its dying days with just a few pockets of survivors living in the monster filled desert wast
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Montzalee Wittmann
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cthulhu Armageddon (Cthulhu Armageddon #1) by C.T. Phipps is an awesome fantasy/with a touch of sci-fi. There is plenty of action, adventure, suspense, magic, creatures, a great plot, well developed characters, and intrigue. It was a wild ride and it was a strange mix of desert, western, and more. I thought of Scorpion King only Western and in the future, after an Earth destruction. It was unique and suspense filled, action packed, and you never knew what was going to happen. I can picture this ...more
Bob
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Cthulhu Armageddon is a book that blends the elements of several genres, and does so with some surprising success. There's definitely some Mad Max insanity behind it, but what struck me most strongly was the way C.T. Phipps pays a sort of homage to Stephen King's The Stand, while taking a page out of Brian Lumley's book and swapping the awkward biblical mythology for the far more satisfying (and terrifying) Cthulhu mythos.

This is the story of John Henry Booth, a stone-cold exterminator of threat
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Jesse Teller
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I gave this book four stars instead of five because I am a Lovecraft purist and it would darken my soul to give it a five. But then I got some distance from it. I started thinking the last thing that this world needs is another rabid fan and I looked at the book for what it is instead of what I think it should be. Then I changed my rating to a five. Lovecraft’s work is my bible and my love for it is unbridled. I don’t know why I even picked this book up to be honest except that it is a book writ ...more
C.T. Phipps
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this book because it occurred to me the Great Old Ones are always coming but rarely get a chance to actually destroy the world. Cthulhu had lost his first encounter with humanity by getting a boat driven through his head and the stars not being right. So, instead, I wrote a book where they'd already one to reverse some of their badass decay. I was inspired by equal parts Fallout, Mad Max, and the Gunslinger/Dark Tower for this novel. Interestingly, the racial politics got the most commen ...more
BookLoversLife
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a massive departure from this author's other works but it was just as good. It's a blend of different genres, which can be hit or miss, but it works here. It's kind of like Mad max with a western feel, mixed with a little Stephen King and Lovecraft thrown in. Sounds odd, but I really enjoyed it.

This tells the story of John Henry Booth, a soldier who protects the remnants of humanity from the hellish creatures that have taken over the world. During a mission, things take a turn for the w
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Stephen Kozeniewski
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was the book I didn't realize was missing from my life. Now that I've read it, I feel this great, CTHULHU ARMAGEDDON-shaped hole in my heart.

Picture, if you will, a Warhammer 40,000 novel, only not set in that unique landscape. That's the closest thing I can think of to compare this book to. It doesn't read like Lovecraft, although it's clearly and deeply indebted to him, Derleth, and the rest of the gang. It doesn't read like military porn, although I was halfway expecting it to go that wa
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David Hambling
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Cross Aliens and Mad Max, and you get noisy, spectacular fun — and that’s pretty much what we have here. Picture a squad of Colonial Marines blasting their way through HP Lovecraft’s entire back catalog of weird and wonderful creatures and you’re starting to get close. Phipps has a strong 80s action movie aesthetic; while HPL’s protagonists cower, gibber and faint when they encounter eldritch horrors, here they empty their Heavy Assault Rifle into the incoming before reaching for the hand grenad ...more
 Reading Reindeer
C. T. Phipps is a prolific author in multiple genres, but CTHULHU ARMAGEDDON is my first experience of his work. Thankfully, I now have many more of his books to read, including the sequel, THE TOWER OF ZHAAL. For any reader who loves or even just admires Lovecraft, or Post-Apocalyptic fiction, or Dystopiana, CTHULHU ARMAGEDDON is absolutely not to be missed.

CTHULHU ARMAGEDDON postulates New England AFTER the Great Old Ones have risen. Amazingly, they didn't arrive from Outer Space, but from un
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Assaph Mehr
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
I like genre mash-ups, have loved Lovecraft's work (and have role-played the old Call of Cthulhu RPG), and although I don't read much dystopian works these days I was in the mood for something darker. Cthulhu Armageddon was it.

What to Expect

The author notes in the preface that he set out to mix Mad Max with the Cthulhu mythos, coming from a background of gaming. He has done exactly that. The tone of the novels has that lone-gunman, cobbled-up technology relics feeling of the Mad Max movies and s
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Mihir
Oct 10, 2016 rated it liked it

Overall rating = 3 & 1/2 stars

Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic

OVERVIEW/ANALYSIS: Cthulhu Armageddon is a book that grabbed my attention for two reasons. One it’s a dystopian, post-apocalyptic story that mixes Lovecraftian mythos with action & terrific characters. The second reason being C. T. Phipps himself, he has impressed me a lot with his previous work and so I have high hopes for this one.

The book's main character John Henry Booth is an Remnant Recon & Extermination ranger & squa
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Seth Skorkowsky
Oct 29, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5

I'm a huge fan of the Cthulhu Mythos (not as much as many, but more than most) so I was quick to pick up Cthulhu Armageddon to see a modern take on the Mythos folklore. I've enjoyed several of C.T. Phipps previous works, so I was comfortable with both the author and materiel.

Phipps' world, set after the Great Old Ones have returned, is a lot of fun. The Cathedral is the crown jewel of that world and it beautifully captures this familiar and alien setting. Other locations, such as New Arkham,
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The Grim Reader
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The synopsis for this book promises much and Charles Phipps delivers in his own weird and wonderful way. The Great Old Ones have reduced the planet to a wasteland where monsters roam free and pockets of human survivors plod on with their insignificant lives. It all sounds a little depressing but ‘Cthulhu Armageddon’ is a cosmos load of fun. The star of the show is former ranger John Henry Booth, who is on a mission to hunt down and destroy Dr Alan Ward, an other world tyrant that killed his team ...more
Lee Conley
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A review of
Cthulhu Armageddon
By
C.T. Phipps

I am a big fan of H.P. Lovecraft and his Cthulhu mythos, so I was excited when I got my hands on Cthulhu Armageddon. This book is described as a ‘post apocalypse western’ but with a Lovecraft-esque spin, sounds intriguing right?

This book follows the adventure of John Booth, a Recon and Extermination Ranger for the United States Remnant which is one of humanity’s few surviving city states after the apocalypse. The backstory is, humanity is on the brink o
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Phillip III
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
CTHULHU ARMAGEDDON is the first book I have read by C.T. Phipps. I wasn't sure what to expect. For starters, the cover is amazing. I've said it many times before, but will gladly repeat myself, I oftentimes judge a book by the cover. It may be shallow. It's, however, what makes me pick up a book in the first place for closer inspection.

There is a lot going on in this tale. Information comes at the reader from all directions. Phipps is world building, and does a fantastic job at it. At first I wa
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Timothy Ward
In a genre of Cthulhu monsters and elder gods, this was expectedly strange and unique. The weird western setting was a cool start, with the hook of a soldier trying to find out how his team was killed on a mission. The many twists and clues about who was responsible and how our hero would respond led to a fast paced journey through the strange and magical blend of realities. The middle of the book lost me at times, and had portions where I lost interest in the plot, but I rode out the last three ...more
Larry
Nov 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a review of the audiobook, narrated by Jeffrey Kafer.

Cthulhu Armageddon is an outstanding addition to the Cthulhu mythos and faithful to the sanity-warping vision of H.P. Lovecraft. As someone who has listened to several of Lovecraft’s tales over the years, I can appreciate the obvious respect the author demonstrates for the Cthulhu genre while he solidly lays the foundation of his own unique new chapter that I believe Mr. Lovecraft would approve of. Of particular note, the author’s depi
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M.L. Spencer
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Captain John Henry Booth, United States Remnant Recon and Extermination Ranger, murdered his entire squadron while assaulting the Black Cathedral in the Great Barrier Desert. Because of this catastrophic event, Booth was found guilty of treason and executed. His wife was reassigned to another spouse and his children were re-purposed other families. Only…

...that’s not how it really happened. That’s just what they said happened.

Here’s how it really went down:

In truth, Booth was betrayed by his fo
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Trevor Sherman
Have you ever read anything by H.P. Lovecraft? how about listened to one of the radio plays by The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society? No? Well why the hell not? Go and read them!! It's ok I'll wait...
Ok that's better. Now remember how the "Things" that came and everyone dies? Well not everyone did die. A few small pockets of humanity survived for around one hundred years, and one of these Pockets is called United States Remnants.
The story is told in first person through the eyes of John Henry B
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Toby Tate
Dec 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Cthulhu Armageddon immediately thrust me into a bizarre world of weird wonders and terrifying dangers and held me fast in its grip until the last page. C.T. Phipps' writing, although it has always been good, just gets better with each book. The author will probably think this description is bonkers, but the story reminds me of a cross between Starship Troopers and Stephen King's Dark Tower series, with a big heapin' helpin' of H.P. Lovecraft's Colour Out of Space spooned on top.

With great chara
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Darren Dilnott
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is my first encounter with C. T. Phipps. But after reading Cthulhu Armageddon it won't be my last. This was such a fun easy read, that I struggled to put it down. This book is Cthulhu Mythos, post apocalypse, with a western feel. The author clearly knows his mythos, and it's filled with some of the best known monsters and gods. But what sets it apart for me is the underlying humour the author has injected. So many laugh out loud moments.
Really enjoyed this book.
Seregil of Rhiminee
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Risingshadow.

C. T. Phipps' Cthulhu Armageddon is an amazing post-apocalyptic weird western novel, because the author delivers an original no-holds-barred vision of what the world is like after the Lovecraftian Great Old Ones have conquered it and how the surviving humans try to cope in the new world. In this novel, elements of horror, science fiction and western blend seamlessly together in an exciting way.

Before I write more about this novel and my thoughts about it, I'l
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Ian Miller
Feb 12, 2019 rated it liked it
The basic premise is that humanity is being extinguished by various alien monsters who have always been here, but have been hiding. Irrespective of how odd you think such a premise is, a premise is a premise. So what happens? From the title, you can see that the end of` humanity is in sight. You might also guess there are going to be a few unpronouncable words for names and utterances of the monsters. The plot involves a wasteland with a "cathedral" in it, and John Booth, and some others, go to ...more
Jan Chlapowski Söderlund
* - I did not like this book.

Mr Phipps has written a book which I am afraid did not go down well with me.

Let me first explain why I read Weird and New Weird stories. I consider myself an avid Lovecraftian fan because of the intelligent horror-angle which shines through in his stories. Lovecraft's philosophy of cosmicism, which portrays some heavy-weight existential angst with the ant- or mosquito-like quality of humans vs the supernatural. And the fact that the horrors are not evil in themselve
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Amanda
Feb 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review-2019
C.T. Phipps is the author of Cthulhu Armageddon, a clever novel of the western/post apocalyptic/horror genre. Oh, you didn't know there was such a genre? Neither did I. But there are no rules against it in literature so off we go! This is only western in the desert wasteland setting sense but it plays well here anyway. There are some very 'Big Lebowski dream sequence' parts here and there that can start to feel almost too weird and despite my initial aversion to this type of story, I rather like ...more
Jacob Rundle
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
What an interesting read. Cthulhu Armageddon is a horror/fantasy story that is placed 100 years after the great Cthulhu returned to the planet. What's left? Well, very few humans and "age-old technology."
John Henry Booth was a soldier in one of the few remaining city armies. His group was on a mission to save a group of children when the group was murdered. He's put on trial, yet he escapes with the help of another interesting character. They help each other navigate the interesting world that
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Becky
I had an absolute blast reading this book!

C.T. Phipps creates a world in which the Ancient Ones have awakened and wrought destruction across all humanity. In this post-apocalyptic world, John Henry Booth seeks a cathedral in the middle of the desert. And while he finds it, it comes at great cost, and sets him down a path of exile and revenge, full of battles with gods and necromancers. It's a unique post-apocalypse, something I haven't seen before, and I absolutely LOVED it.

Phipps states at the
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Andy
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A fun, fast-paced mashup of post-apocalyptic, Western, and Lovecraft Mythos. I’ve read Phipps before and have come to expect not a lot of flowery prose or deep exploration of character, but well-crafted stories with lots of action and usually a good mix of dark subject matter and breezy, sometimes humorous dialogue. That’s definitely what I got out of this one, and it worked just fine for me. I’ve been reading a lot of Lovecraft and his other weird fiction contemporaries lately. This book is lac ...more
Cameron Kobes
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
This book is billed as a post-apocalyptic western, but I’d say calling it a western is a stretch. It’s a fantasy action thriller set in a desert wasteland, conceptually closer to a story like Mad Max than a story like The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
To really have context for this novel, you need at least a cursory knowledge of the works of H.P. Lovecraft, whose popular stories include The Call of Cthulhu, The Dunwich Horror, and my personal favorite The Case of Charles Dexter Ward. Lovecraft s
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C.T Phipps is a lifelong student of horror, science fiction, and fantasy. An avid tabletop gamer, he discovered this passion led him to write and turned him into a lifelong geek. He is a regular blogger on "The United Federation of Charles" (http://unitedfederationofcharles.blog...).

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