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Ghost Road Blues (A Pine Deep Novel) Paperback – May 31, 2016
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The book that launched the Pine Deep trilogy
Thirty years ago, a blues musician called the Bone Man killed the devil at the crossroads, only to be beaten and hung like a scarecrow in a cornfield--or so the story goes. Today, the people of Pine Deep celebrate their town's grisly past by luring tourists to the famous haunted hayride, full of chills and scares. But this year, "The Spookiest Town in America" will learn the true meaning of fear. Its residents will see the real face of evil lurking behind the masks of ordinary people. They will feel it--in their hearts, in their bones, in their nightmares. Because evil never dies. It only grows stronger…
"Jonathan Maberry's horror is rich and visceral. It's close to the heart…and close to the jugular." --Kevin J. Anderson
"Maberry has the chops to craft stories at once intimate, epic, real, and horrific." --Bentley Little
"Maberry spins great stories. His (Pine Deep) vampire novels are unique and masterful." --Richard Matheson
"Maberry's works will be read for many, many years to come." --Ray Bradbury
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- Publisher : Kensington; Reissue edition (May 31, 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 464 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1496705394
- ISBN-13 : 978-1496705396
- Item Weight : 14.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.17 x 8.1 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #378,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The readers who took this book to read after finishing all the Joe books, know that Mr. Maberry has improved, immensely.
The story in this book does not end. It is a chapter in a trilogy, with two more chapters to come. For those who like the genre, it's a romp.
I read all three one after and enjoyed the story. The development, build-up and the conclusion. It is not for the faint of heart. Lots of blood and gore, evil people and non-people.
i enjoyed it and then moved on to something totally different.
Waiting for a Joe book, Mr. Maberry.
A small backstory:
The town of Pine Deep is just steeped in haunting lore of the Bone Man as something tragic happened thirty years before in Pine Deep. Now every year the town has a haunted hayride festival that commemorates the lore. Though this year something comes barreling through the small town in the way of three criminals and they are notorious for crimes they have committed in the past. Things are about to get interesting when the criminals show up as the haunting in the town slowly comes to life encompassing them all.
There are quite a few characters to keep track of in this story so I didn't go into any great detail of each one of them - it was best to give a background on the story itself instead of going into character detail. Main characters that stand out in this story are: Terry Wolfe, Malcolm Crow, Valerie Guthrie (Crow's girlfriend), Iron Mike Sweeney, Tow Truck Eddie, and Vic Wingate, plus the criminals: Ruger, Boyd, and Tony.
The story itself seems slow at first and I did notice that there is up and down ratings/reviews on this book, but though it might seem to be a slow burn the book literally takes off about the half way point and when the criminals show up the story escalates. It almost seems to have a brooding terror just below the surface of the story as you can feel that something is going to be happening but you just do not know what is coming toward you.
Normally I do not put spoiler alerts in my reviews as I like to keep readers guessing but in this case I felt it was necessary as there is a twist that happens near the end that had me read the section twice to make sure my brain was computing the information.
So here are my spoiler thoughts:
There is a twist near the end of the book that surrounds the Bone Man as I had been thinking the Bone Man was the one actually haunting the town of Pine Deep but I learned from the twist that though he is haunting the town there is another entity/ghost haunting the town as well but I don't learn this tidbit till much later in the story. Actually I don't learn it till close to the end which actually I can see why there is more to the town of Pine Deep and that I am going to have to continue on here shortly with book number 2 to find out what happens.
So those are my thoughts on that interesting musing and now to the rest of my review. :)
This was my first time reading this author and I am so happy that I finally stepped into his books. This is the first book in a trilogy and I am looking forward to reading the next book which is "Dead Man's Song". Giving this one five "Bone Man Boo" stars!
Good story, but i was expecting more supernatural spooky stuff. It’s definitely in there, don’t get me wrong, but the antagonist of the story is just a human bad guy. Still, it was a fun read and I’m loving the setting. Just picked up the second one and i can’t wait to check it out. Hopefully it starts to involve the supernatural more, just because that was what i was looking for when i picked this book up.
This first book sets up the scene of a quiet little town that comes to life during the Halloween season. The town capitalizes on the local folk lore and ghost stories. Unbeknownst to them, there is true evil buried in their land and it has been waiting 30 years to rise again.
This is not a fast paced, non-stop action story. It’s an atmospheric, evil, paranormal story. Jonathan Maberry has taken his time to create the perfect word pictures needed to build tension, describe the land, and introduce you to the citizens.
Crow is our hero, a man of average height who can beat the crap out of any comer. Val, a tough as nails farmer’s daughter is Crow’s girlfriend. Terry is the mayor, Crow’s best friend. He is cursed, but I don’t think he truly knows how. He sees his dead sister. Tow-truck Eddie thinks he’s doing God’s work. Vic is a mean-nasty man full of the evil that fills the land. Mike, 14 years old, is Vic’s stepson and punching bag. Mike has a vivid imagination, likes to pretend he is a superhero, and is a protégé of Crow’s. Ruger is a thief and murder who crashes into town and gets mixed up in the evil. Not something that is hard for him since he is already consumed by evil. Then, there is The Man and the Bone Man.
This story isn’t for the faint of heart. There are graphic scenes of violence, evil thoughts, and evil deeds. The bad guys know what’s up but our heroes haven’t yet figured it out. Also, there is no conclusion in this book. It is just the first book in a longer story. I’m looking forward to reading the next two. I think I have a couple of things figured out but don’t want to spoil it for you.
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Echoes of King and Bradbury for me in this rollicking story which hits the ground running and never lets up. Well written and well-rounded characters, even the bad guys, and the right balance of scares and action.
It's like some old fashioned heavy weight boxing slug fest as well...nobody, good or bad, goes down without a fight and that just adds to the tension.