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Ash: Return of the Beast [Kindle Edition]

Gary Val Tenuta
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

ASH: Return of the Beast is a supernatural crime thriller, a tale of revenge steeped in the occult. The story is 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 unexplained disappearance of the urn containing his ashes has remained a mystery... until now.

This diabolical tale propels the reader through a series of curiously interconnected 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 with the unlikely name of 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 and rather unconventional female FBI agent assigned to a most unusual investigative unit. Their task is to figure out why good, healthy, God-fearing preachers in their fair city are suddenly dropping dead... one at a time... nine days apart.

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 for their lives against the powerful forces of ritual magick.

A bloody carnage of unimaginable horror is about to be unleashed upon the world. The survival of the entire human race hangs in the balance and the clues to help solve the case are in desperately 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.


Not recommended for readers under 16.

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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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  • File Size: 914 KB
  • Print Length: 410 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478314192
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006J6HRGE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #474,153 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! February 4, 2012
By bczican
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Close the shades, lock all your doors and turn up the lights, Gary Val Tenuta has written another great occult thriller.
Although I really Enjoyed Ezekiel Code, I think that this book about the return of Aleister Crowley is even better. Val Tenuta weaves an excellent tale based in part on reality. Crowley was a real person and deemed to be epitome of evil.
This is a great price for this book. I can't wait to see what Val Tenuta cooks up next.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes you on a ride to the gates of hell and back! July 22, 2012
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I had this novel in my kindle for a few months. I started it numerous times and was undecided about the whole occult thing.

After leaving it to sit for a while, I decided to give it another try...glad I did!
This novel is packed with action. The law enforcement officers (one lieutenant and one an F.B.I agent) search for the murderer of clergymen. They discover something demonic is in the works as they uncover clues to Lucifer and his band of demons.

This book is a page turner! I'm so glad I picked it up again and read through it's entirety. Gary Val Tenuta has a way of dragging you into a world where few authors have successfully gone...the gates of hell and bringing you back safely.

I give this novel five stars. I suggest this novel to anyone into paranormal and the occult. The thrill ride alone is worth the purchase.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dip into Darkness June 20, 2012
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Wow...Dan Brown fans watch out! This book dips into the darker side of fanaticism, with twists and turns that still have me mind-boggled. Did I enjoy this book? I truly believe that would be a gross understatement. It's gripping, tantalizing, and unbelievable well written.

Kane is your average run of the mill totally left-brained person with a secret. He knows personally that God doesn't answer your prayers. He has a pretty normal life, with a normal crime rate, with your typically normal criminals. Then a murder spree begins. At first, they seem like random killings until a pattern begins to emerge. Things don't add up and an FBI agent is suddenly assigned to the case, from a branch he not only never heard of but can't pronounce. To make matters worse, Ravenwood is educated in things he never knew existed and she is sexy as hell.

Ravenwood is definitely not all that she seems and goes out of her way to not try and push her ideas and theories on Kane. She is just not sure he can handle it. Time just isn't on their side in this endeavor. They need to discover the motives of this killer and fast. Because if what Ravenwood suspects is going on, she is literally going to have to save the world.

I truly can't say enough good things about this book. It was action packed, well explained, and even someone who knew nothing about Aleister Crowley would be able to follow the book right along. I was hooked by the end of the first chapter and literally unwilling to put it down! This is my first tangle with this author, but I assure you that it won't be my last! Excellent Reading!!
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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 5 months ago by Janette Skinner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
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
Published 11 months ago by Denise Reeder
4.0 out of 5 stars Ash: Return of the Beast by Gary Val Tenuta
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ash:Return of the Beast
The premise of this fictional story was interesting at first. After movies like Ghostbusters and the tv series Angel, references to " the old ones" were familiar. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Melanie Jakway
5.0 out of 5 stars What a superb story
I cannot express in words what a great pleasure it was to read such a well written book. I wasn't so much reading the book as being sucked into the story with very little effort... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Michelle Parkins
3.0 out of 5 stars Sinister tale of the occult
There have been countless novels over the decades that somehow include, reference, or are about Aleister Crowley. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Books Lovers Never Go to Bed Alone
5.0 out of 5 stars ASH: Return of the Beast
What a wonderful scary read. You can tell extensive research was done for this book. All I can really stress are two points. 1. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Makayla Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars dam good read
very good read from start to finish like the relations between the detectives and the stories twist and turns again very good read thank you...
Published 16 months ago by Jefferson G. Ash
5.0 out of 5 stars A Literary Delight for Lovers of Occult Mysteries
After watching the video trailer of this book, I was fairly sure I was going to like the story, but I wasn't expecting to be sucked into it as much and as quickly as I did. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Sandra Carrington-smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, What a READ!
I was given the title of this book to check out from an author friend of mine, Sandra Carrington-Smith, who said she was absolutely loving this book and thought I would enjoy it,... Read more
Published 17 months ago by J. Wall
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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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