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Dark Carnival (Serenity Falls, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – July 26, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: Serenity Falls, Book 3 (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Jove; First Edition edition (July 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0515139858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0515139853
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,310,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James A. Moore is something to watch. -- Bentley Little

Quite possibly the best horror novel since Salem's Lot. -- Jim Brock, Baryon magazine

More About the Author

JAMES A. MOORE is the author of over twenty novels, including the critically acclaimed Fireworks, Under The Overtree, Blood Red, Blood Harvest, the Serenity Falls trilogy (featuring his recurring anti-hero, Jonathan Crowley) Cherry Hill and his most recent novels Smile No More and the forthcoming Blind Shadows (co-authored with Charles R. Rutledge). He has twice been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award and spent three years as an officer in the Horror Writers Association, first as Secretary and later as Vice President.
Never one to stay in one genre for too long, James has recently written two Young Adult Novels, Subject Seven and the sequel Run. He is working on the third book in the series, tentatively called The Hornet's Nest. Just to keep things properly muddied, he is also working ion an epic sword and sorcery trilogy, a young adult end of the world series and a modern day steampunk series. Why be normal?
Being a confirmed Luddite, he is working up the nerve to plunge completely into the electronic publications age.
Soon to be published is his first non-fiction book, DINNER FOR ONE, being an examination of life after the loss of his wife of twenty years.

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Book two slowed things down.
J. Foster
For me, there are far far too many characters in this that you become confused and begin to not really care about any of them.
R. Howell
Moore creates a great 'hero' (Crowley) and a fast paced creative story.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Allison on January 1, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the final book in the Serenity Falls trilogy. Originally written as one book, it was re-released as three. Each book is a story in it's self, the third is the climax of everyone's story with Jonathan Crowley as the main protagonist.

Crowley is a hunter, more than, or, not human, but only when a supernatural threat is present. When amongst regular humans, Crowley is simply a cranky, curmudgeon of a man. A hunter who is very unsure of what is coming, only clear that something is near.

The Dark Carnival is coming. A rotting fleshly train runs down train tracks that are broken and unusable. Tents grow, sprouting from the ground, on a farm where murder was done years ago. The stench of rotting flesh is rampant as the Big Top rises.

More than one person comes forward to be heroic, some die, some do help. The story is fast, horrific and bloody. Not everyone can or will be saved. Believable, and well written. James A. Moore knows how to write, and I will continue to read his books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bob A. Reiss on August 22, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Originally posted as a single novel, Serenity Falls was recently released in a three volume mass paperback set. For fans of horror, especially those who enjoyed Stephen King back when he was writing books like It, Cujo and Salem's Lot, this is definitely something you'd want to scoop up. Unlike some trilogies, especially ones that were originally conceived as a single novel, all three books of the series have a different feel to them.

The basic premise deals with the small rural New York town of Serenity Falls. While Serenity Falls may seem like your prototypical small town, it has a history of violence and death that far exceeds most small towns.

Book 3: Dark Carnival

The third book picks up the story of the town of Serenity Falls, and builds on the characters we have met, yet, this book is mostly Jonathon Crowley's tale. Crowley, the other than human demon hunter, takes center stage in the last segment. While many of the townspeople have suffered loss, many others have just been living life as normal. But that's about to change, because the Carnival is coming.

Crowley still is unsure of what he it dealing with as the story starts, but he knows that the entity that has been plaguing him for a while is nothing more than a dangerous distraction from the real problems. He begins to realize that the secret to the mystery lies with the children. After dealing with the tormented Stan Long, he finds the entity had found a new host in the bodies of some of the towns children. Crowley finds this disturbing, yet also sees the possibilities that lay in this. As he lays his traps, he must also deal with his conflicting feelings for the mysterious women that Mike Blake has fallen for, one that he himself has had a past with.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Howell on May 8, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When a town is named Serenity Falls, you know nothing about it is going to be serene. This is book 3 in the Serenity Falls set and quite frankly, I was pretty disappointed by it. I bought this trilogy just because the title 'Dark Carnival' seemed to promise something grusome and suspenseful. It's not that the story is bad, it's a good story but it lacked real focus. There's alot more of Jonathon Crowley in this one and there's lots of fighting/action throughout. For me, there are far far too many characters in this that you become confused and begin to not really care about any of them. It's along the lines of having introduced all these characters in books 1&2 just to kill them off in this one. Book two spent an abundance of time developing Mike and Amelia and they're barely in this book. Ages of the children seem to sporadically change and the big bad new constable, Victor Barnes (introduced in The Pack as a great character) is walked over multiple times. The whole carnival was lackluster even though the backstory of why it's there was creepily interesting. Maybe I was expecting a little more of Koontz' "Funhouse" for the carnival (and I don't like Koontz except this book). The final showdown is longer than it may have needed to be and I was grateful when I finished the book.

Overall, while this book was better than The Pack, I think Writ in Blood was the best of the three. Dark Carnival just didn't work for me with the overabundance of characters and interuptions in the flow to deal with them all.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Foster on August 1, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is the third and final in the Serenity Falls trilogy.It is also the most action packed and best.Book one was the start.Book two slowed things down.Book three everything blows up.The story centers around the town of Serenity Falls and the events that took place there over a period of three hundred years.A man's wife was brutally raped and burned at the steak for being accused of being a witch.Abert Miles did not take it very well.A curse was placed and fast forward to now.

Albert Miles is back to see his revenge is completed and nothing will stop him, but there are those that wil try.Jonathan Crowley is one of them and there are others that will help him but he is the only one that can truly stop it.Who is John Crowley?We are never told but there are some hints.He is not human at least not completely.What does he exactly do?He fixes situations that are waht you and i consider not ordianary but there is a catch.He has to play by the rules.Albert Miles does not.

For those of you that have read the entire trilogy you will be greatly rewarded.For those of you that have not.Read the first two books first otherwise alot of this will not make any sense.Mr.Moore is a great writer and genuinely makes you care about the characters he creates. I reccomend all books by him and look forward to Blood Red coming out in october i believe. For those of you that read book one,you should pick up Blood Red it features one of the chracters Crowley runs into but does not stop.
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