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Ghost Road Blues by Jonathan Maberry
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Mar 26, 2012

really liked it
Read from March 30 to May 07, 2012

Decades ago a serial killer stalked the streets of a small town. One night a very, good man stopped the killer, ending his life in a swamp. The good man was himself killed, because he was different and people of a small town don't especially like anyone different.

Now the killer, who was something more, has returned and brought others who want to kill with him. The town of Pine Deep is known for its Halloween celebration and as the celebration nears so does something else. Fortunately, the good man has also returned, but this time he may not be enough to stop what has already begun.

Jonathan Maberry, author of the Joe Ledger series and a post-apocalyptic Young Adult series (begun with Rot & Ruin) gained recognition with this book. It was the winner of the Bram Stoker Award for "Best First Novel" in 2007. The book kicks off the Pine Deep trilogy, followed by Dead Man's Song and Bad Moon Rising. Maberry, even in this early novel, already demonstrates the skill and characterization that would make him so popular with his later work.

The book is pretty brutal in parts, but it is what you expect in novels involving werewolves, undead killers and unnatural things that rise up from the swamps to take vengeance. I can't wait to read the other two books in the series.

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