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Something Wicked This Way Comes!

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  10 reviews
August 1888. Jericho Mannion is the captain of an old, cash-strapped steamer named the Orion. He's been steadily losing money to his competitors, the railways. When he finds out from his first mate, Tal MacTavish, that the next passage across Lake Erie has only a few passengers, his hope of ever getting out of debt sinks. But Providence has smiled upon him, or so he ...more
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Published July 8th 2019
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Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
My thanks to Books go Social, Netgalley and the Author.
Much to my delight, halfway through this book, I went to my library cloud and discovered I had 3 books that I had bought or received for free over the years!
I'm just one happy woman, especially when tales take place on a ship. The Great Lakes have always held an odd sort of fascination for me. Something about a lake being so big that it creates its own weather patterns. I've never been to that side of the U.S. I've never felt a need to. But,
Rebecca Hill
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Great book! This will hold your interest if you enjoy a decent little scare!
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ye love sea monsters
A farmer in Ohio wakes to a ball of fire falling from the sky into his corn field on a summer night in 1888. What he sees in the hole is make terrifies him. Flash forward a month later and Captain Jerico Manning is counting his blessings as University Archeologist pay him triple to get their cargo across Lake Eerie quickly, money badly needed for his struggling ship The Orion. Jerico and his first mate Tal MacTavish set sail with their mysterious cargo and about 30 passengers for an uneventful ...more
Pam Lecky
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Real edge of the seat stuff! Set in the Victorian era on a steamship you cannot help but feel sorry and terrified for the poor souls on board. Great writing and believable characters you can root for. Well done, Mr Todd. More please!
Aug 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Borrowed via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Books with aliens as antagonists tend to either inspire a suitable level of dread or disbelief from me depending on the writing and the situation. This book had me wryly being pulled along, because I was genuinely curious as to how our valiant heroes would defeat the brutal menace.
The threat itself felt distinctly cliché, writhing tentacles and merciless murders abound, but what did keep me invested is the fact that it was set on a ship in
3.5 stars, though the story is at least a 4.

I really enjoyed this tale of suspense, horror, and survival. The characters were interesting, and the plot was quite engrossing. Overall, I also enjoyed the author's writing style and he definitely had me on the seat of my pants trying to figure out how they were going to survive this voyage without endangering the world. There was one part of the ending that I predicted and that was particularly satisfying (no spoilers!). The only downside I had
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was looking for something scary to read, and found this book through NetGalley, who were kind enough to give me a copy in exchange for a review, which I am happy to provide. The description sounded great and the book did not disappoint, it had a great plot line, likable characters and some not so nice ones but you need them in a book like that. It had me at the edge of my seat and I read way passed my bedtime and then had trouble sleeping, perhaps not the best book nighttime reading. The only ...more
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A delight of historical fictipn (late 19th century), combining paranormal, science fiction, and mystery with endearing characters, sharp-edged villains, and a heaping helping of altruism, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES is set on Lake Erie and surrounds in 1888. A debt-ridden steamship owner is tasked to transport secretive cargo across the Lake for a university archaeological expedition. No hint as to the nature of that cargo, but an irresistible triple payment for the crossing. If only!! This ...more
Craig Pearson
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. Why did the author use the same title as the Ray Bradbury book? Very confusing. This is one of those books that is more enjoyable as you get further into it. The description of life aboard a lake steamer in the late 19th century was very good. When the alien is introduced the action became a little awkward. It probably could been more subtle, a la Steven King, but nevertheless was intriguing.
Fiona  Cooke Hogan
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this gothic tale. Lovecraftian in style, there is something to tickle most readers' fancy - a bit horror, a bit sci-fi, part thriller and set in a Victorian time period on a steamboat. What's not to love? An exciting race to escape a murderous and elusive stowaway against all odds. Loved it!
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