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Ash: Return of the Beast [Kindle Edition]

Gary Val Tenuta
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Book Description

Ash: Return of the Beast is an occult crime thriller, a work of fiction based on a little known factoid about the death of Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), the notorious occultist the British press once called "The Wickedest Man In The World". Crowley’s body was cremated but the whereabouts of his funerary ashes has remained a mystery… until now.

This diabolical tale carries the reader through a series of the most curious (and sometimes unsettling) events spanning the years from 1947(and the death of Aleister Crowley) to the 1990s and the coming-of-age (and eventual stardom) of a "death-metal" rocker named Rodney Duckworth.

The time-line shifts to the present day where Brian Kane, a gruff and gritty, street-worn Seattle Police Detective, reluctantly teams up with the mysterious Rowena Ravenwood, an attractive female FBI agent. Their task is to figure out why good, healthy, God-fearing preachers in their fair city are suddenly dropping dead.

What is the meaning of the strange symbols branded onto the bodies of these hapless victims? Are they all part of some bizarre cult? No eyewitnesses. No fingerprints. Is it really murder? Where’s the evidence? And what is the disturbing secret that Detective Kane is holding so close to his chest?

The investigation catapults Kane and Ravenwood headlong into life-threatening situations as they wind their way through the strange, dark labyrinth of the world of the occult and find themselves battling the powerful forces of ritual magick.

Problem is, the clues to help solve the case are in terribly short supply. Worse yet, so is the amount of time left to stop the mysterious killer's reign of terror before all Hell breaks loose. And – according to Special Agent Ravenwood – that’s not just a figure of speech.
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Warning: This book is intended for adult readers due to strong language and some implied sexual content of a violent nature. Note: the sexual content is implied as opposed to graphic. It is not included as a gratuitous element. Rather, it is specific to the background of one of the primary characters and his personal development as well as to an aspect of certain elements of what is known as "ritual magick", one of the key elements woven into the storyline.
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About the Author

Gary Val Tenuta is a freelance writer and book cover artist with a degree in social psychology. His long time interest in just about everything that could be categorized under the label of "paranormal" has influenced much of his writing. His feature articles and illustrations have been published in Fate Magazine (U.S.), Beyond Magazine (U.K.) and a host of other periodicals and publications. Gary has been a guest on several radio shows including Dreamland (hosted by best-selling author, Whitley Strieber) and The X-Zone (hosted by veteran ufologist, Rob McConnell).

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  • Language: English
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thrilling Supernatural Masterpiece! November 6, 2012
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Dang, but this book knocked me out! I hate to give away plot elements in a review and I'm going to try to avoid too much of that here but, in a nutshell, Ash: Return of the Beast involves the legendary Aleister Crowley's attempts to resurrect himself, unleash nine ancient demons from the deepest pit of Hell and bring life as we know it to an unthinkably horrific end. And it's up to one hard-boiled detective and an FBI expert in the paranormal to stop him.

But there is so much more to it than that. Gary Val Tenuta has crafted a remarkable, riveting story that is almost impossible to stop reading. This one doesn't just hook you in, it throttles you with a terrifying, plausible supernatural concept rooted in a fantastic inspiration and hurtles you along mercilessly with a breathless plot that just won't quit. On top of all that, the dialogue is as natural as it comes and every character is physically and emotionally developed to living, breathing perfection. I cared deeply for every one of these people (while rooting for Crowley's ultimate demise). There are dark secrets, startling revelations, personal sacrifices and an ending you won't see coming. Tenuta paces the book cleverly, alternating between protagonist and antagonist with rare skill, and achieves a level of tension that is unbearably delicious. If I may indulge in some review cliches, I'll add that this is one nail-biting, hair-raising, edge-of-your seat supernatural thriller that rivals the best I've ever read by Stephen King, Peter Straub, or Dean Koontz. Hell, Clive Barker would be proud of this one. Yes, it's that good.

Hungry for a supernatural thriller that'll rock your world? This is the one, folks. It passed my ultimate test for all books I consider fantastic reads: I wished I had written it myself and I was sorry to see it end. Enjoy!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting occult crime thriller December 10, 2011
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Ash: Return of the Beast is a dark and compelling journey into the world of magick and the legacy of Aleister Crowley. The author has done excellent work in researching the life of the occultist, once called "The Wickedest Man in the World", and the world of dark magick. It is a very interesting read for those aspects alone, but more than that, it weaves a modern occult thriller, that contains shocking elements, with historical facts for a truly unique, fast-paced tale that commands the reader's attention and doesn't let go for a moment.

The story weaves effortlessly back and forth between the work of the detectives and the FBI, and an enigmatic rock star and his death-metal band Mega Therion, as a serial killer unleashes an intense rage upon members of the priesthood. Demonic forces rise as practitioners of dark magick summon them forth. The story is descriptive, unforgiving, and disturbing, as it races along a perilous course to a shocking ending.

Ash: Return of the Beast will appeal to anyone with a fascination with the occult, the paranormal, murder mysteries and police procedurals. The colorful main characters, with deep secrets of their own, bring the reader along on a macabre journey that spirals outwards to all kinds of intriguing places. From rock 'n roll to the very depths of the underworld itself, Ash is a wild ride into a shadow world you won't soon forget. Brilliantly conceived and executed - I couldn't put it down!

-Rai Aren, co-author of Secret of the Sands
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sinister tale of the occult March 8, 2013
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There have been countless novels over the decades that somehow include, reference, or are about Aleister Crowley. His dark legacy has fueled fiction and non-fiction alike, much of it retreads the same old ground. Satan, that “book,” evil magic and so on have become tired tropes. Gary Val Tenuta’s latest work, Ash: Return of the Beast steps into new territory with the Crowley/ dark magic legend. Rather than simply focusing on a single aspect of Crowley’s legacy or Crowley himself, Tenuta creates a familial legacy.

The story centers around a death-metal musician named Rodney Duckworth. He’s compelled by something he cannot explain to purchase a large, crumbling mansion. Within its dark walls, he discovers he’s the heir to a very evil bloodline. The dead bodies mount and Detective Kane is assigned to the case. He is paired a detective who seem s far more at home among the pentacles and gargoyles than he is and we slowly begin to see there is far more here than meets the eye. As he struggles against the forces of darkness, ancient secrets are revealed that bring the novel to a shocking conclusion.

The narrative takes a different approach to the run-of-the-mill Satanist storyline. The action builds nicely and we are drawn into the web of evil and dark revelations as the story progresses. The narrative is rich with details on magic, mystical cycles, and ancient gods and goddesses. The relationship between Kane and Ravenwood felt uninspired and I never really felt a connection to any of the characters. This left the ending a bit flat (no spoilers here). The narrative structure is based around very specific segments of time, so pay close attention or the storyline can become confusing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I really enjoyed this book. It was the perfect blend of horror, supernatural, tragedy and sexual tension. I couldn't stop until I finished! Really great book!
Published 4 months ago by Cynthia
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I enjoyed the story line up till the end, then it made me angry,disliked the end for sure, not fair. You better find a way to make it happier for me!!
Published 4 months ago by mel
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Couldn't put this one down. It was exhilarating and scary all at the same time. Will definitely read more of his books.
Published 5 months ago by Skippy Waters
4.0 out of 5 stars Crazy good
What a ride! Twists and turns galore. Van Tenuta incorporates elements of H.P. Spacecraft's Chuthlu Mythos and a detective novel and comes up with a crazy good mystery adventure. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like an occult bible...
This was just the kind of book I want it to be. I’ve been interested in occults for a sometime; reading, writing and researching about the related topics. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Hearty04
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Story line.
I first started watching(narration) this on YouTube and was hooked! the story was addicting and I couldn't put it down until the end.
Published 12 months ago by me
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a new Gary Val Tenuta fan!
I received this in ebook form in exchange for a book review. I finally started reading (Cursing myself for not doing so sooner) and could not stop! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Riverbank Books
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Mr. Tenuta wove a wonderful tale of greed, lust for power, and horror. It is definitely a book to read if you long for twists and turns and love to be left on the edge of your... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Rreader
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror fiction with factual content
I was given a copy of this book to read and review. This is fiction with some factual content, but reads as if it is a true and very scary story. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Janette Skinner
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I absolutely loved this book. It was everything that I enjoy in a book. It got really, really intense toward the end, when everything was coming together. Read more
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Gary Val Tenuta is a freelance writer and book cover artist with a degree in social psychology. His long time interest in just about everything that could be categorized under the label of "paranormal" has influenced much of his writing. His feature articles and illustrations have been published in Fate Magazine (U.S.), Beyond Magazine (U.K.) and a host of other periodicals and publications. Gary has been a guest on several radio shows including Dreamland (hosted by best-selling author, Whitley Strieber) and The X-Zone (hosted by veteran ufologist, Rob McConnell).

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