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The Bucktown Babies

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  15 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Something very evil is happening in the small farming community of Bucktown. Couples are finding that their newborn babies have succumbed to S.I.D.S. Everyone thinks it's an epidemic, and only one man - former priest Johann Gunter - can see the truth behind what is really happening.With the aid of an unlikely ally, "Father" Gunter must expose the demon that has been plagui ...more
Paperback, 212 pages
Published February 1st 2017 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Réal Laplaine
Dec 31, 2017 rated it liked it
The Bucktown Babies – Father Gunter, Demon Hunter Book 1, by Janine R. Pestel, is a horror-genre read. Demonic forces have descended upon a small town and babies are dying in numbers which captures the attention of Johann Gunter, aka Father Gunter, a demon hunter who makes it his business to track down malignant spirits who are haunting and killing off newborns. Written in a spartan yet detailed manner, the author takes the reader through the doleful task of following the trail of dead bodies as ...more
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The Bucktown Babies is the first book in the Father Gunter, demon hunter series. I have to say this genre is not my usual type of read but I have to admit there is something that always fascinates me with all things super natural and I have enjoyed the few books I have read in the genre.

This was relatively a quick read at less than two hundred pages. I liked Father Gunter who constantly gets called Gunther by people he first meets. I could feel his frustration in constantly having to tell people
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it
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In this gripping thriller, we see that demons are real and they like the souls of babies and unborn children alike. Father Gunter is a demon's worst nightmare. But even he will need help to destroy the demon that is killing the babies of Bucktown, a small farming community. Help does come, but from a very unlikely, and unexpected, source. Will it be enough to
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book in this series, THE BUCKTOWN BABIES by Janine R. Pestel is a quirky, compelling, and at times, horrifying tale of good versus evil.

When Johann sees a news programme detailing the shocking sudden deaths of infants and unborn babies in the small town of Bucktown, he immediately senses that this is so much more than a tragic accident. He trusts his instinct that a demon is involved and is ready to take action. An ex-priest, Johann is prepared to face down this evil while always on t
Beverly Laude
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, audio, horror
This was an entertaining book, but nothing really new about it. You have a fairly stereotypical MC in (Former) Father Johann Gunter. Johann has left the priesthood after his sister is taken by a Demon. It is now Johann's goal in life to find her and bring her back. If his goal just happens to bring him in contact with other Demons and their victims, he will definitely take them on.

If you are a longtime reader or watcher of this genre, you won't find anything that is that new of different, but I
Gordon Mcghie
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is the oldest battle: Good vs Evil. In The Bucktown Babies the forces of Good are represented by Father Gunter (once a priest but now a demon hunter). Evil is represented by...well by a Demon so it is a relief Father Gunter is on hand.

It has been a while since I read an out and out horror novel. Ghost stories can flit around with thriller and chiller titles but demons, demonic possession and dead children is pure horror fodder. With a good horror tale you enter the realms of "anything goes" a
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
** Review of Audio Format **

Father Knows Best

Father Gunter, Demon Hunter knows there is something very wrong in Bucktown. Babies and unborn children are dying at an alarming rate. He soon finds himself in a battle not only to stop the killing of children but for his soul itself. Along the way he finds some unlikely allies and a few clues to finding his sister who was taken by demons five years ago.

I liked this update from Janine Pestel. It cleans up some rough patches and makes Father Gunter's t
K.A. Denver
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bgs-reviews
PLOT: 5 / 5
CHARACTER: 4.5 / 5
FLOW: 4.5 / 5

OVERALL -- 4.5 out of 5 (I still wish Amazon would allow half stars - sometimes it is needed)

Author Janine R. Pestel's book, The Bucktown Babies, blew my mind...

As a lover of the television show Supernatural, I was hooked by the blurb of this book right away (though I have to say I wish the cover was more appealing as it does not convey the awesomeness that is in this book). I kept my fingers crossed that the reviews I read and the blurb would be true t
Berk Rourke
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Though the supernatural is not normally my genre for reading entertainment I decided to read this book since the author is a resident of the same city in which I live. I thoroughly enjoyed the read. It was fast moving, filled with interesting scenes, and even more interesting characters. I look forward to reading a sequel if one is written. This is a story of a frightening demon invading a small town and killing the children. It is also the story of Johann Gunter, Demon Hunter, and a man who bec ...more
Marianne Reese
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book will make you wonder if demons truly do exist! An intriguing story line that keeps you wondering what is going to happen next. Johann Gunter (no H), a former priest, is a likable character, as is the coroner who becomes his demon-hunting partner. The demon they are after is downright freaky, and kills the most innocent of victims - which is a bit disturbing.
A good story line, with plenty of action. My only issues was the telling of the story vs showing. Otherwise, a good read.
Oh, and
Michelle VanDaley
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
My review is based on the Audiobook. The BuckTown Babies is the first in a series about Father Gunter who is a Demon Hunter. The story is well paced and the Author does a fabulous job of introducing the reader/listener to the characters and their background story while weaving a thrilling demon tale. The narrator did a great job bring the story and characters to life. I look forward to more from the Author and narrator
Ashley Hedden
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Bucktown Babies: Father Gunter, Demon Hunter Supernatural Thriller Book One was a good read by Janine R. Pestel. Father Gunter is a former priest who has become a demon hunter. There are demons that are threatening a small farming community with deaths of small babies. Father Gunter finds help where he didn't expect it. I enjoyed reading this book and can't wait to read more in this series.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, suspense
This isn't a genre that I normally read, but I enjoyed Pestel's book. I liked her mixture of mystery, suspense, and humor. I felt that it was a bit short, but this is the first book in the series, so I suppose that makes up for it. It's a quick read that doesn't really lag at any point. I give it four stars and will definitely read the sequel. 
Daniel Norrish
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This thriller begins with the classic theme of good vs evil before diving deeper into the internal war in Father Ginger’s soul. In addition: there’s heavy action and some nasty demons! What’s not to love!
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Born in Coledale, PA and raised in NJ. Lived in NYC for about 7 years. Met my husband in 1978 and married in 1985. Have been happily married ever since! Now, we live in beautiful Mesa AZ.

Author of "The Mons Connection" and "Infected and Other Short Stories" as well as short stories in the SciFi / Occult / Horror genre(s) and an upcoming paranormal / occult series.

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