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Sacrifice

(The Curburide Chronicles #2)

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A sexy sociopath has found the way to bring a race of demons into our worldthrough ritual human sacrifice. As she cuts a bloody path across the country, only another demon (Malachi from Covenant) holds the key to stopping her.
Paperback, 321 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Leisure Books (first published 2007)
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Kaisersoze
Sep 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Writing a sequel to your Bram Stoker award winning novel must be a daunting proposition, but John Everson at least tackles this dilemma head-on, by taking this sequel in a completely different direction and upping the gore and sex on display in Covenant.

Unfortunately, after a promising beginning this one still fell a little flat for me. Perhaps this was due to the stumbling pace of Sacrifice, or because the characters are suddenly dealing with the potential end of the world rather than just the fate of on
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Justin Robinson
Oct 28, 2015 rated it did not like it
If this was just based on the mechanics of the writing and the plot (kind of a warmed over episode of SUPERNATURAL, or what if BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER hated women), I might give it another star. The problem is, my first thoughts upon finishing were, "hoo boy, that book had a lotta rape."

And that's not really something you want to think about... well... anything. Because of the regressive sexual politics and the one weirdly racist scene (a teenaged character throws around a term even
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Mofo
Apr 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
An awesome follow up to Everson's Covenant. Where Covenant has this creeping dread vibe going for it, Sacrifice is the exact opposite. Sacrifice is in your face, quick paced, full of action and horrific goodness. This sequel is much better in my opinion. The story moves along at fast pace and had me turning the pages, eager to see to what happens. There are some awesome scenes of memorable violence and gore, but shock value is not all Everson relies on. The writing is very good. Excellent plot a ...more
Albert
Great follow up to Covenant. Everything has been amped up quite a bit, making this a much more extreme novel than the first.
Everson has created a fascinating and thoroughly nutbar female antagonist that makes me happy I have no social life, and of course a new (much younger) love interest for our hero, who seems adorable and fun to be around, although with her past, most sane men would run for the hills.
Joe learn a freakin' lesson already, get a damn cat or something, stay the hell away from women
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Brett
May 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have-read
Fantastic story! One of the best yet this year. I MUST read more John everson.
Jordan
Jun 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I suppose I have to give this book a somewhat-good rating. I mean, after all, it made me feel like I was going to become physically ill by the end of it. I had to read it in little bits because it was so violently disgusting. The sexual perversion of the whole thing was unlike anything I've ever read, and I hope to never endure such descriptions again. Yet, I felt I had to finish it. I'd say this is a book best left on the shelf, if you haven't already made the commitment to start it.
Chris
Oct 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Few horror novels written as a followup or sequel ever live up to the original, but in the case of John Everson's SACRIFICE--a sequel of sorts to his debut Leisure (and Stoker Award Winner) COVENANT--this is not the case, at all. (Side-note: this review may contain spoilers....) Once again, reporter Joe Kieran is dealing with the demonic after recent events in COVENANT cause him to leave the coastal town of Terrel for the peace and solace of the open road. In his efforts to thwart a demonic enti ...more
Nick Cato
May 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Everson's sequel to his Stoker-winning debut novel COVENANT picks up shortly after Joe leaves the town of Terrel. Now living with the demon Malachai (that he allowed to enter his body to save the woman he loved), he meets up with a cute young runaway (Alex) who is able to see and talk to spirits, and together they travel cross-country, following a bloody path left by a savage female serial killer who is attempting to release a nasty, perverse race of demons known as "Curburide" into the world. ...more
Lon Czarnecki
Jul 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
When I read John Everson's first book COVENENT, I thought the story was so well written that it had several back-stories that were incredibly intriguing. Who or what are these Curburide? If they nearly rampaged the earth before, could they come back? The answer - SACRIFICE!

Where COVENENT excelled in suspense, SACRIFICE excelled in everything! This book had wonderfully developed characters. Two unlikely teams racing to the end! Joe; a reluctant participant and Alex; a budding witch fr
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Jason
Feb 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Karl
Oct 25, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: delirium
This is copy number 57 of 250 copies printed and is signed and numbered by John Everson.

This is also the sequel to "Covenant".
Tanya
Nov 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
A book to fly through, thoroughly enjoyed it.
Scott
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be very similar to the first, with plenty of supernatural horror from demons and humans alike, and a good helping of erotic horror as well. I knew the characters from reading COVENANT, which I liked as well.

In this story, there is a serial killer traveling around the country, killing people in demonic rituals. Her purpose is to open a door to our world for the Curburide, a sadistic race of demons. Joe Kieran, who has left Terrel (the town from the first book) mee
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Geoff Battle
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Following on from the first entry - Covenant, Sacrifice sees Joe, now with a demon residing in his head, once more heading in to supernatural battle. Although this sounds like clever paranormal fiction, and it would be in the realm of Christopher Moore (funny) or Clive Barker (crafty), it's not in this novel. The short horror yarn is brimming with sexual sadism, where a budding young pyscho in a catsuit is dishing out sacrifices to usher forth the demons to our plane. It's trashy horror, easy to ...more
Anthony
Jul 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Pretty straighforward horror story. Some good gory moments, some pretty nasty. But then it gets silly when the main character falls for a teenage girl. And dreams about getting it on with her. Ok so is he a pedophile?
Katie Breden
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
It's all it tries to be. A little embarrassed to give it three stars, but hell, I enjoyed it the way anyone enjoys a store brand chocolate cake.
William M.
Jun 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
I'll be the first to admit I'm a sucker for sequels, especially horror novel sequels. When I love a story, I can't wait to revisit those same characters in even more dangerous situations. However, with Sacrifice, I wasn't that into where the story was taking me. The taking over the world aspect was not as credible as the smaller events that were set up in Covenent. Once the premise in Sacrifice was established, it seemed very familiar ground, one in which the reader was constantly ahead of the c ...more
Kristen
May 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
So I've decided that although it really has nothing to do with me - I'm going to take claim for pushing dear Mr. Everson to write this book (in reality I just want to feel important) but after I read "The Covenant" and wrote my review - I mentioned in my review that I really wanted to know more about what happened for the lighthouse keeper to have summoned the demon in the first place - that it sounded like a really interesting story.

And here it is! Like magic, I opened up The Sacrif
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Lincoln
Feb 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book pissed me off royally. Sacrifice continues the story Everson began in Covenant (also reviewed). Joe Kieran, now possessed by Malachi, the demon haunting the town of Terrel in the first book, teams up with a young, inexperienced witch to stop the beautiful, deadly Ariana from raising the Curburide, the demons Malachi had originally been summoned to stop decades ago.

I refuse to say it finishes the story, however. I don't want to believe John's going to let Kieran's (and Alex') story end
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Steve Isaak
Apr 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love reading sequels like this - follow-up tales that not only show the further adventures of characters I've grown fond of (or am fascinated by), but up the ante of the plot proceedings, while reworking the structure of the previous tale(s) into new storyline configurations.

Sacrifice accomplishes this, with seeming ease. Like Covenant, it's a burn-through-that-sucker read, one with an ending that deftly avoids leave-room-for-a-sequel horror clichés (though he could easily continue this series if he w/>
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Sam
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
Pretty good book. I was not expecting what happened at the end. It ended extremely well but sad. It was a very well written book. Ended like I would expect a good movie to end, hero walking away into the sunset. It was a pretty gruesome book, there were lots of blood and lots of violence. This book was actually a sequel to Covenant written by John Everson as well, if you wanted to know how the story all started you should read the first one but you don't have too to understand what's going on. John does ...more
Gen
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my god...

I was NOT expecting that ending!! Fast paced and intriguing, Sacrifice was just as wonderfully disturbed and twisted as Covenant. I pretty much read this in one sitting, there aren't any "filler" chapters which makes it really hard to put the book down. I've got a couple minor grips, mostly surrounding Ted's background and bugles being replaced with Fritos, but I thought this was a great book. Definitely not for those who don't enjoy reading perverse sexual content! But it's not a
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Laurence
Sep 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is without doubt one of the most twisted and disturbed works of fiction that I have ever read, I don't know how the imagery became so violent and sordid but it concerned me. It was a maelstrom of sex and violence which really lacked a proper narrative or convincing characters, the characters lacked depth or background. It seemed that the writer was more intent on disturbing imagery and shock value that weaving a credible narrative. When I first read the blurb for this novel, I hoped it woul ...more
Joe Stamber
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, read-2014
After reading Covenant and now Sacrifice, I've realised that John Everson reminds me of Richard Laymon. The storytelling is different, but several Laymon hallmarks are there, namely sex, violence and the inane chatter between characters. Overall, Laymon is good, and so is Everson. While Covenant was a decent read, I thought that Sacrifice was an improvement, hence the 4 stars. I can't really think a lot to say about it, apart from that I found it to be a proper horror story, written in a style t ...more
Michelle
Apr 24, 2014 rated it liked it
So i picked this up and it was a while before i realized this was a sequel. So as a stand alone read since i hadn't read Covenant i still liked it. Congratulations to the author as this was one of the very few books that made my stomach churn. lots of sex in pools of blood. I enjoyed the POV switches and, really, it was the writing that kept me interested more than anything else. Ariana was easily my favorite character. Everything she did was so fucked up I couldn't help but be pulled in by the ...more
DJMikeG
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
John Everson made me a believer with this book. Wow. Talk about an insane, over the top, balls to the wall roller coaster ride of a horror novel. Wear your suspension of disbelief hat, and enjoy it for what it is: pure entertainment. It reminded me of Ed Lee's best work, but also a bit of Richard Laymon's stuff as well, but with much more of a focus on the supernatural. I loved that it was a road novel as well, with my current home of Austin, TX lovingly described. This book really impressed me ...more
Bandit
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It is seldom that a sequel ever holds up to the original, especially when the original is Bram Stoker winner Covenant, but John Everson managed to do just that with Sacrifice. This book was boombastic from start to bloody (literally) finish. Sacrifice picks up almost immediately where Covenant leaves off and the action is non-stop. There is also an awesome female antagonist, more demons, more sex, more gore, more murder and mayhem and frights and all the good things you'd expect from a great hor ...more
Jamie
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I actually did not know about Covenant. I just happened to see this book at Dollar Tree and it sounded like a good read. And it was. Very interesting, and quite a horror story. It is hard to find a good horror novel out there. This was not a let down. It was more gore-horror, than thriller-horror...in my opinion. But good, nonetheless. Well written also. I got sucked into the story quickly, and it was hard to put the story down.
Laura Ruetz
Apr 16, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked part of this book and parts I did not. The book is full of sex and gore but yet there seems to be something missing. I think the biggest issue that I had trouble identifying with the main characters; they felt a little flat on the pages and that made it harder to connect to the book. However, in terms of plot, this is a tidy little horror novel with an interesting premise that reminds me a bit of Cliver Barkers's Cenobites.
Danielle
Not a bad book. I think the ending was a little weak, but the middle was able to grab my attention. It did bother me a little bit that the people trying to stop the Curburides from coming kept saying that they didn't know anything about them, but wouldn't try to research anything either. I would recommend it, though well, depending on the person.
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John Everson is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the novels Covenant, Sacrifice, The 13th, Siren and The Pumpkin Man, all released by Dorchester/Leisure Books in paperback and by Delirium, Necro and Bad Moon Books in limited hardcover. His sixth novel, NightWhere, was a 2012 Bram Stoker Award Finalist. The Family Tree, NightWhere and Violet Eyes, his "creepy spider novel" were released from Samhain Publishing. In January 2017, Redemption, t ...more

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