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War of the Sons (Supernatural #6)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  1,459 Ratings  ·  99 Reviews
Twenty-seven years ago, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. In the years after, their father, John, taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America... and he taught them how to kill it.

On the hunt for Lucifer, the boys find themselves in a small town in South Dakota
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 9th 2011 by Titan Books (first published August 24th 2010)
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2.5 Stars. Okay let me get this out of the way first -- I'm a huge fan of this show which -- over the course of six seasons and counting -- has consistently offered so much more than cheap, dime-store, cotton-candy thrills. The writing is truly exceptional, the story arc original and perfectly paced, the scares are truly scary, and the humor side-splitting. Ghosts, monsters, demons, archangels, Lucifer, the Apocalypse – this show has everything! What more can you ask for from network TV?

And the
Overall, I enjoyed this romp, mostly because it featured heavily on Sam and Dean’s vessel heritage. I won’t lie, I really like the mytharc aspects of the story. As when the boys discover the missing piece of the Dead Sea Scroll was written by a prophet who knew the names of the vessels, including theirs, well it suckered me in. The boys also travel to 1954 Manhattan. I was in 2010 Manhattan only two weeks ago, so pretty cool.

The story features other hunters working together, and I can’t help wo
May 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: supernatural
Okay. Here's the deal. The entire plot (and surrounding angst etc.) of this book rests on a false premise - one that was specifically negated ON THE SHOW. (In fifth season, episode 3 in fact - and the book states it takes place fifth season after *episode 14.*) How this got all the way to publication without SOMEONE saying, " do know we specifically said that wouldn't work, right?" baffles me.

Also, for a guy in the state Dean was in after episode 5.14 ("My Bloody Valentine"), he's sur
Sep 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: tv
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Sep 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
A solid effort in the series of Supernatural tie-in novels. In some ways, this book remained closer to canon than many tie-ins, taking advantage of the events and tone of Season 5 of the series. The plot of this one was quite interesting, with a very neat twist near the end. It had a more series-like feel to it--the sort of thinking that comes from Kripke and the writer's room--and the tone was appropriately dark. Plenty of snark and entertaining pop culture references, but with more of the edge ...more
Donald J. Bingle
Sep 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Mediocre Addition to Supernatural Tie-Ins

This tie-in did not stir any strong feelings in me (other than astonishment at a clear anachronistic reference in the 1954 past to St. Louis and the Gateway Arch--not begun until 1963). In overall quality, this effort was more or less in line with the early tie-ins by DeCandido and others--okay, but not demonstrating a clear grasp of the nuances of the characters or how they talk and act. And it pales in comparison to Joe Schreiber's 5-star SPN tie-in: Th
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This book was mostly interesting due to the setting the boys were placed in and reading how they dealt with things in such a place. Although you go into the book knowing that whatever mission the boys are sent on won't work because then it would mess the TV show story line up, it was very interesting learning what their "real" mission is once it's revealed to the boys and definitely a unique interpretation to the Lucifer story line in the show.

One complaint I do have about this book is Dean's lo
Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
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Mar 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Fairly quick read and somewhat interesting, but not super great. It's hard to believe a story of this magnitude wouldn't be mentioned on the show - one of the problems with book spinoffs. You're supposed to believe the brothers went through this crazy adventure but it's not cannon to the overall story.

Plus, I just don't understand why the authors felt the need to throw in random liberalism when it had no place in the story whatsoever. I swear it's like a sickness or something. And, it harms the
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This takes place after Lucifer has been released from the Cage and the boys already know they are to be Lucifer’s and Michael’s vessels.

Spoiler Alert: This non-review was more difficult than most to separate the plot and go with vague reactions, so I just gave up and pretty much reveal the entire plot. So if you haven’t read it yet and don’t want to be spoiled, you might want to skip this non-review.

Prolouge—A kid’s dad (Don) shows up at his camp and is acting weird. The camp lake gets a sudden
Mar 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
On the hunt for Lucifer, the boys find themselves in a small town in South Dakota where they meet Don - an angel with a proposition... Don sends them back in time to the 1950's on a mission to uncover the secret Satan never wanted them to find out. This was supposed to take place shortly after the episode "My Bloody Valentine", though it didn't really seem to be in the same grove of where the episode is.

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Dena Burnett
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Things I enjoyed: Another Sam and Dean story involving time travel. It's a quick junk food read. Pacing was just right.

Things I didn't like: Doesn't fit in show continuity--yes, it's a tie-in novel, but there's no way it would fit in for a couple reasons: Dean's attitude towards romantic relationships, how some of the new characters are portrayed, and the primary plot point doesn't fit in Supernatural continuity. Yes, this book was written before Abbadon makes an appearance in the actual show, b
Lady Winchester
If not for the fact that Abbadon is in this one, in a way that's not possible based on seasons 8 and 9, and Lucifer's demon bride, who's never been mentioned before or after this, this would be a 5 star book.the story really kicked-ass, it just doesn't fit into the shows storyline like it should.
Victor Orozco
Dec 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great! Best novel in the Supernatural tie-in series! I loved the whole premise of a rogue angel sending Sam & Dean back in time with an opportunity to prevent the Apocalypse with limited loss of life compared to saying yes because the plan to kill Lucifer without the fight of the millennium is out of the question. Its always a great thing whenever time travel is used in the show, many of the best episodes involve time-travel with some of the best storytelling due to how hardworking the write ...more
Sophia Smith
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In Supernatural: War of the Sons by Rebecca Dessertine, brothers Sam and Dean investigate a case they believe may have something to do with Lucifer. During this case, they found out that the victim's father was possessed by an angel named Don. Don sends Sam and Dean back to the early 1950s to find scrolls that may help them put Lucifer back in the cage, which is the only thing that can contain him. While doing research on the scrolls, Sam finds out that Don's actual name is Abaddon, an angel wh ...more
Nov 24, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fan of the TV show Supernatural
As much as I like Supernatural and the Winchester brothers, I have to admit that my feelings regarding this book are starting to run along the same pattern as my thoughts of the show; I'm getting sick of all the demon action, and the drive to find an even bigger villain for their next stunt. (Can you really top Apocalypse without getting really ridiculous?)

I loved the first three books that appeared in the Supernatural series (Nevermore Supernatural 1, Witch's Canyon Supernatural 2, Bone Key Sup
Jul 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book reads like bad fan fiction. Did the publisher even hire an editor? The author is one of those morons who think "should've" is spelled "should of" to name one pathetic error that shouldn't be made by anyone writing above a fifth grade level. Once she describes a characters legs as "akimbo." Seriously. Since the definition of akimbo is "with hand on hip and elbow bent outward" that's pretty hard to do with your LEGS, since you know, they aren't ARMS.

She u
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: tvtiein
TV show tie in novels are tough to review. They're never going to be great works of art so I never set the bar too high. At the same time they need to live up to two pretty basic requirements for to really enjoy them.

First they need to capture the voice of the series. This is something that the Veronica Mars books do really well. War of the Sons tries really hard to capture the voice of the series. It does it much better than Nevermore. Still there were parts, especially towards the end, where I
Jan 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Supernatural fans
Because this book was published in 2010, the events in the story are considered old news. As a viewer of the show, I know exactly what the outcome of the Apocolypse was and how the lives of Sam and Dean were affected by it. Knowing all of this certainly made reading the first 1/4 of the book hard to read. I just kept thinking, "I already know all of this is going to fail and everything I am reading about is irrelevant to the story. Nothing new is being added." These thoughts eventually passed as ...more
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was not impressed. I figured I was not going to be impressed when the book starts out giving the wrong eye color for a main character (while it is a really minor error, it did kind of set the tone for me).

........ spoilers...........

Then we moved on to having characters like Abbadon come in, who end up being major players in later seasons, so the events that happen in this book end up being retconned in the show. I understand this book was written before Abbadon shows up in the show, but one
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the first Supernatural fiction of any type that I've read, so I can't compare it with any other tie-ins.

I thought it started off funny and interesting. The plot was a bit different and I liked the characters. For me, the "wit" started to wear a little thin in the middle since it seemed much of Dean's dialog became quips and one-liners. But the plot resolved itself near the end. After a bit of "middle slump" for me, it picked up again for me and I enjoyed the ending.

My main quibble, was
I. S.
Apr 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Finished it now. It was okay, but not fantastic. I did like the inclusion of older Judeo-Christian entities a lot. Unfortunately the writing felt really flat to me, and again, some details threw me right out of the story.

Not quite finished yet, but a couple of things that have been bugging me to the point of making the editor in my head interrupt the reading. One is a simple fact and the other a detail that the authors really should have known considering at least one of them worked on the show:
Zack! Empire
Jan 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: prose-novels
What I really liked about this was that it DIDN'T feel like an episode of the TV show. While the storyline is one I could see them doing as a show, it certainly isn't formatted in the same structure. There's a lot of great character moments and scenes that just wouldn't make the final cut of an episode.
The story itself is an interesting one. It certainly feels right at home during the fifth season when Sam and Dean where desperately trying a way to defeat the devil. It isn't stated in the synop
Melyssa Dawn Michaels
I've found that from reading Rebecca's other Supernatural novel that a lot of the fandom doesn't exactly enjoy her writing style and finds fault with her view of the Supernatural/Sam/Dean reality. After reading both of these books by her, I find myself wondering where people are finding fault.
This book was an enjoyable read for me. The story brought forth further ideas from the time period of Sam and Dean being the vessels in Season 5 and I think both her and David expanded on them in a very put
Cecelia Herda
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I like this book because the way Sam and Dean always try to find multiple ways to get out of a situation than just one way. I think the author needs to show a little more of other characters perspective and show it from a outside point of view. What i think is cool about this book is how no matter how bad the brothers fight they always come to good terms and never let a fight get between the family love that they have for each other and how they will alway sacrifice for each other. I like how th ...more
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Waduh gue baca ini pas serial udah season 10, jadinya serasa balik ke season 8. Tapi kalau emang pecinta serial supernatural war of the son ini emang recomended banget, war of the son balik ke jaman sam dan dean masih perang vessel. Jadinya banyak banget adegan khas dean yang bikin ngakak, tapi kalau nggak ngikutin serialnya dijamin pusing dan nggak ngerti.

Walaupun ini buku ketiga serial supernatural yang gue baca, nggak bosen karena emang udah kadung suka sama karakter dean and sam, tulisan Reb
Shelby Masson
Jun 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: supernatural-cw
The first of the Supernatural novels that I have read. As this book was written before some of the newer seasons of Supernatural, some of it has been disproved by the show. You won't understand what is happening in the book unless you watch the show. It adds some extra story for those who have seen all of the show and are looking for more Winchester adventures. It's a very slow read and is hard to get in to. There is a lot of extra scenes in the book that it would be better off without. It is hu ...more
Kasey Crewse
May 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
I absolutely love Supernatural! I also love to read and write which has left me writing this review in this way. As a fan, I was hoping this book, which was written by individuals who worked on the show itself, would be excellent. The time line in which this story takes place according to the tv series, is wrong. Two big events have collided in this book when in the series there is a notable time gap between them. Other than that, the rest of my disappointment is in the writing. There was defini ...more
Jul 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: supernatural
"I know. Stop the Apocalypse, kill the Devil, reunite the Spice Girls, there's a lot on our plate" Dean Winchester p122

Dean got laid and was swearing instead of saying crap like always does, he said 'shit' a lot!!(even dick!!) I like the freedoms that come with writing a book then a show, your not bound by rules of networks or government guidelines, hell I'd like to read about the whole sex scene, don't leave it to our imaginations, give us something to truly to indulge in!!! Even though we can'
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“Despite their common reputation as agents of God's will, forces of good, and the gold standard for morality, all the angels Dean had met over the last year had been shifty, manipulative dicks. Except Cas, of course.” 4 likes
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