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Length: 410 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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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: 1273 KB
  • Print Length: 410 pages
  • Publication Date: December 6, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006J6HRGE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #968,526 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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By bczican on February 4, 2012
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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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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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