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Black Mad Wheel: A Novel Kindle Edition
New from the author of the New York Times beseller and ispiration for the Netflix Movie Bird Box
A chilling novel about a group of musicians conscripted by the US government to track down the source of a strange and debilitating sound
The Danes—the band known as the “Darlings of Detroit”—are washed up and desperate for inspiration, eager to once again have a number one hit. That is, until an agent from the US Army approaches them. Will they travel to an African desert and track down the source of a mysterious and malevolent sound? Under the guidance of their front man, Philip Tonka, the Danes embark on a harrowing journey through the scorching desert—a trip that takes Tonka into the heart of an ominous and twisted conspiracy.
Meanwhile, in a nondescript Midwestern hospital, a nurse named Ellen tends to a patient recovering from a near-fatal accident. The circumstances that led to his injuries are mysterious—and his body heals at a remarkable rate. Ellen will do the impossible for this enigmatic patient, who reveals more about his accident with each passing day.
Part Heart of Darkness, part Lost, Josh Malerman’s breathtaking new novel plunges us into the depths of psychological horror, where you can’t always believe everything you hear.
“Malerman’s follow-up to Bird Box (2014) is completely unpredictable and utterly bizarre in all the best ways. Fans of off-the-wall fiction will enjoy this, and horror fans would do well to pick it up for some truly terrifying moments.” -- Booklist
“Malerman’s striking originality can’t be denied. Dark, brooding, and slightly unhinged, Malerman’s unusually compelling second novel is certifiably unlike any you’ll read this year.” -- Kirkus --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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Bram Stoker Award Nominee for Best Novel
The Danes--the band known as the "Darlings of Detroit"--are washed up and desperate for inspiration, eager to once again have a number one hit. That is, until an agent from the U.S. Army approaches them. Will they travel to an African desert and track down the source of a mysterious and malevolent sound?
Under the guidance of their front man, Philip Tonka, the Danes embark on a harrowing journey through the scorching desert--a trip that takes Philip into the heart of an ominous and twisted conspiracy. Meanwhile, in a nondescript Midwestern hospital, a nurse named Ellen tends to a patient recovering from a near-fatal accident. The circumstances around his injuries are mysterious--and yet his body heals at a remarkable rate. Ellen will do the impossible for this enigmatic patient, who reveals more about his accident with each passing day.
Part Heart of Darkness, part Lost, Josh Malerman's masterful, chilling new novel plunges us into the depths of psychological horror, where you can't always believe everything you hear.--Booklist --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B01L6QV3DY
- Publisher : Ecco (May 23, 2017)
- Publication date : May 23, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 3564 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 297 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #166,380 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Protagonist Phillip Tonka should have listened to his mother when the army requested his band, The Danes, travel to South Africa to investigate a strange and potentially dangerous sound.
“Mystery,” she says, “is bad enough on its own. But mystery with the army?” She shakes her head. “Means they’re hiding something.”
Indeed, Black Mad Wheel is packed with twists, turns, betrayals, and a few moments of hold-your-breath suspense. This novel is not only set in the 1950s, it has a post-war mood that reverberates throughout the story, including a budding romance between Phillip and his nurse, Ellen.
“I’m sorry,” she says. “I suppose we’re all a bit wounded.”
They stare at one another, connected by the hospital and more.
Perhaps the most interesting twist Malerman presents is that the sound is not a weapon, but the opposite, something capable of stopping the endless cycle of war.
While the ending hits a few sour notes, this book is 95% awesome. Malerman strikes a memorable chord in the pantheon of musical fiction with Black Mad Wheel.
But despite that, why the three star rating? Malerman might have botched this one, but I cannot say that he is a bad storyteller; he kept me engaged for the majority of the book. The writing is precise and clear and it does not get in the way of the story. Too bad he had to add a forced message.
I hope the next one is better.
"The question is not what you found.....but what found you?"
The mission: Locate source of evil, debilitating sound.
The payment: $100k each
The question: Do you believe in ghosts?
The bottom line: Survival
Former soldier Private Phillip Tonka wakes up in a military hospital after six months comatose, a broken painful mess of bones trying to piece together what happened to him and his struggling Detroit band/x-soldier buddies after a dangerous and mysterious mission to Africa.
He knows not who to trust as his memory and movements slowly and spasmodically return.
The tortuous doctor is mad, but one nurse, Ellen relieves his pain and tugs at his heart thru music.
BLACK MAD WHEEL is a super strange psychological work of fiction that Josh Malerman does so well. The novel had me totally engaged turning the pages to discover the truth, but a bit disappointed in the rushed resolution that left me with unanswered questions. Still, sign me up for anything this man writes.
(Brought back memories of some great oldies too....Little Bitty Pretty One and Young Love)