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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2005
This book is brilliant! It captures the essence of the best of the Friday the 13th movies. It appears to be a direct sequel to Friday the 13th Part 7 as Jason is removed from the bottom of Crystal Lake.

The writing is sarcastic, witty and suspenseful. I found myself laughing out loud every few pages due to the wildly insane descriptive writing. Other Friday books have missed the mark, but this is dead on writing and storytelling. The author, Scott Phillips, is brilliant. He really knows how to make you despise characters and await their deaths with glee. He has created one of the most despicable and gross characters of all time, Mr. Curtis Rickles, a true abomination! I eagerly awaited his demise.

This novel fits in wonderfully in the Friday the 13th universe. Most of the story takes place at Crystal Lake which is refreshing.

If you want suspense, horror, sarcasm and colorful and profane descriptive writing that will make you howl with laughter, this is the book for you! A real page-turner!

A warning: this book is not for children! It deserves an R rating! This is not for the easily offended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2005
I am an avid horror reader and movie viewer. I have struggled through the recent Jason X books and have been somewhat happy the first two and horribly disappointed with #3. However, this is the true return of the Crystal Lake Killer himself, Jason! The book takes an interesting approach with making Jason the "Hand of God" to an doomsday style cult. Much different from the movies, but generally a well paced and engaging book. The writer gives good character background and makes you care for some of the characters, to the point where you're upset when they meet there certain demise with the big boy in the hockey mask. Of course the book has your obligatory human villians that also come face to face with Jason, but their deaths come with a little satisfaction. The book seems to take place around the end of movie 7, if my memory serves me right. The book is to be enjoyed by the fans of the movies and horror writing in general. I have #2 "Hell Lake" on my pile to read next!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2006
If you are looking for great literature, look elsewhere; this is a fun entertaining book. Our old buddy Jason is back and there is no stopping him this time. Yu have mass slaughters, sex, slimy people and all the blood and guts you can shake a machete at. A religious cult leases Crystal Lake and resurrects the body of Jason thinking it will do god's work. One can argue in fact that Jason does just that. Add to this a secret government agency sent to the lake to track down and kill hockey mask once and for all and you have the ultimate shoot out. The religious nuts clash with the operatives, and Jason takes care of everybody in his own special way. It's suspenseful and at times you cringe at all the carnage described in the book. As for flaws there are many. Like most F-13 stories logic is thrown out the window. Every possible cliché character known is presented here. Every male in the book seems to be walking with a permanent hard on and every female is either dumb confused or simply a sperm receptacle. While Father Long and his sidekick Wrickles win first prize for the most repulsive slime buckets, the good guys don't' fair much better. In short, there truly isn't one character in this whole book a reader can honestly care about say for Meredith who truly is the tragic victim in all this. While there are descriptions of sex, most of it happens off screen shall we say. The writer however holds nothing back when it comes to the killings. The best scene for me was the fist fight between the female operative and Hobbs. The writing itself is pretty basic at times but again this is pulp fiction meant to entertain and in that it does its job. I felt the ending was a little rushed and I have to wonder how old yellow eyes returns for a second book. I have already purchased "Hell Lake" the second in the series. If nothing else, it provides an alternative to all the so called best sellers out there which for the most part are boring. A fun read to past the time with. Highly recommended for fans of Jason or horror fans in general.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2009
2 AND 1/2 STARS

There are not too many people more knowledgable than I am regarding the Jason mythology. I can rattle off every director of the franchise, every actor that played Jason (even the stunt doubles of the early films), own every film in both VHS and DVD - even one on laserdisc, and now collecting the Blu-Ray versions. I have the action figures, the autographed photos, the novel adaptations, the behind-the-scenes books, even the Friday the 13th lunch box. So here's my take on this book:

While I enjoy backstory for characters, Mr. Phillips didn't seem to balance that with spending time with Jason and building suspense. If you add up the pages Jason is actually doing something or killing someone, you'll end up with less than 20 pages out of over 400. Seriously. Besides the prologue, he doesn't even show up until around page 170. And where are the creative ways he kills people? In this story, Jason only uses his machete. Also I didn't buy the "highly trained" tactical team with night-vision goggles and laser sights having a very rough time with a bunch of hillbilly churchgoers.

For the most part, Mr. Phillips got Jason's body language down, but Jason seemed to pop up all over the place, even after describing how the two areas of the story were on opposite sides of the lake - a full half hour drive away from each other! Did Jason sprint back and forth for each killing? Minor stuff, but still.

There was simply way too much gunfire on Jason. Literally thousands of bullets were tearing through his body over and over again, and although I realize he has unatural powers, when a body part disentegrates, there has to be an acknowledgement of injury -- slower movement, losing the use of a hand or leg, etc. Jason stalks his victims carefully, not running out in the middle of a platoon of armed men and swinging wildly like some coked up Tony Montana in Scarface. Jason waits for just the right moment when characters are vulnerable.

But don't get me wrong, this was a fast and relatively fun read, and the R rated feel was a good decision. However, this could have greatly benefited from a lot more atmosphere instead of one action after another. You have to establish tone and a real sense of dread if you want to scare an audience. The prologue set up some decent atmosphere and location description, but then that style seemed to disappear. I would only recommend this book to die hard fans of the series, because as a standalone horror novel competing against solid genre authors, it is simply average at best.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2005
All in all, this book was an "ok" read, but there were many things that annoyed me. For instance, we all know that Jason's last name is Vorhees, and just about EVERYTIME they mention him in the book, the author insists in using his last name. "He was walking though the forrest and Jason Vorhees jumped out," "he felt the machete cut through his bones as Jason Vorhees looked at him with his yellow eyes," "they felt the LAV rock back and forth as Jason Vorhees pushed it from outside" - ok we get the point! Another problem is that Jason didn't come back to life until half way through the novel, so the first half was all about these church goers moving to their new home at Crystal Lake and a teenage girl having a big crush on her preacher who tunred out to be completely psychotic. If it wasn't for the strong religious content, the novel could have been a lot better. Some parts of the book could have used some editing, especially in the dramatic sections which was about 80% of the book. It wasn't until the last few chapters in the book did it start getting interesting and suspenseful. It was very easy to predict how they killed Jason off, and of course when it happened, it was explained in just a few pages almost as if the writer was impatient about ending the novel, as if he had only so many pages the company allowed him to fill. My advice is to only read this if you are a fan of the series and horror novels and if you like a little action/horror tie-in, otherwise I wouldn't waste your time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2006
This book moves along quickly but get repetitive as it goes on. The story focuses on a Waco style showdown between religious fanatics and the military with the aditional problem that the Jesus freaks worship Jason as an avenging angel thrown in. It sounds a lot cooler than it is because as it goes on, there are just too many shoot outs and slaughters involving characters that are either underdeveloped or uninteresting. The story barely covers any ground in 400 pages basically substituting violence for a complex story.

Lastly, my biggest problem with this book is that it uses the Jason that was in Freddy vs. Jason and Jason x. He's totally invulnerable and can be shot, stabbed, and whatever else without even being slowed down. This just gets kind of dull after a while. Still, it's a fairly cool little gorror book that can entertain without demanding your undivided attention.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 9, 2005
It's been twenty five horrifying years since the original "Friday The 13th" film in 1980, although Jason didn't really show up until Part 2 a year later. Now, after countless sequels, and a match up with Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees is slicing his way into the book world. Those light, fluffy type books some years book no longer count. These are real Jason books. There is immense enjoyment and entertainment in this book, but I didn't really think it felt like a classic F13 film as other people have said. Anyways, I was out of things to read, and I saw this. Why not?. Could be fun. I saw that the girth of the book was pretty good, and was wondering how could a Jason book have enough material and story for a book like that after everything that he could possibly of done(and done to others)in 10 movies!. 11 counting "Freddy Vs. Jason". So, what is old hockey mask up too this time?. Like others have said, it seems to of picked up where 1988's "Friday The 13th 7 : The New Blood" left off. Then again, it could be where Part 6 left off as well. Who knows. It doesn't give a time frame. It starts with Jason roped down to the bottom of Crystal Lake, which happened to him at the end of both 6 and 7. The basic premise of the book has a church group, headed by charismatic Father Long, seeking a new retreat from their old strip small location. Father Long has gathered a large congregation, including pretty(full of sin!)Kelly Mills, and some right hand men. Little does anyone know that Father Long has gotten a lease on Camp Crystal Lake for the church's new residence, and has something even worse up his sleeve. As we go farther along, we see that Father Long is not who we thought he was and he plans on resurrecting Jason Voorhees as "God's holy vessel", to lay his hand on the sinners of the world. He sees Jason as a thing from God, weeding out the bad. Needless to say, the guy is cuckoo for cocoa puffs and things go really bad. A swat team of some kind is given the mission to find and destroy Jason, and the team sets up shot across the lake from the camp. Jason is brought back to life and, well, you know the rest. Most of the characters are interesingly written and developed. Walter Hobb is the down on his luck "operative" who gets involved with the mission and is the male lead of the story. 17 year old Meredith Host is the only real teenager in the story. And that is one of the best things about this book. There are some changes to the old formula. Pretty much all of the characters, and victims, are adults of varying ages. Even the main heroine, Kelly, is 26. She's where new things are different too. Kelly is a girl with a lewd past and can swear with the best of them. She's the kind of girl you would expect to be offed, and not be the main heroine. That was a nice change. There are the typical jerks here who you want to see die and cheer when they do. Curtis Rickles is quite the colorful character as well. But when the main action kicks in, it turns into something resembling "Aliens". The team moves in and there is firepower and gore galore. Once everything comes into play, the book really comes to life. The whole second half of the book is where you will have the most fun. It would certainly make for an interesting movie!. I could definitley see this on the big screen. Flaws?. Not really. The book does get quite nasty in several places. The movies do get down and dirty, but author Scott Phillips writes many parts that are quite sexual. After a while, they happen so much and are so colorfully(and nastily)written, that they no longer have any kind of effect. They become more laughable and you roll your eyes when they appear. Even in the midst of horror and terror he has someone thinking or doing something. It's like "enough already!". A little of that goes a long way. The deaths themselves are interesting. There are a number of parts where people die in a mass slaughter, so you have to stay focused and keep count. It has a pretty large body count. A number of them are cool, but some are vicious deaths that can only be pulled off in the written word, and would feel like way overdoing it in an actual film. But in the end, this is a promising first book in a new series of them. It's written pretty well, has some colorful characters, and an interesting new take on some old genre cliches. It's a fun read, and would make for a great new film in the film series.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on August 31, 2006
i was starting to think from seeing new line's friday movies that they wanted to see just how far out of the realm of friday the 13th they could actually push jason voorhees but this books was perfect! the church/cult angle they went with made the story really interesting. plus scott phillips nailed jason on this one. his bio says that he has written at least one movie so all i'm asking is why isn't he writing a friday movie? and this has to be the first time i actually wanted certain characters to survive, usually jason can kill everybody as far as i'm concerned. over all this was a really good start to the F13 books, i actually found myself reading 4-5 chapters at a time.
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on November 11, 2014
Great Jason romp, wish there were more of these. Love to see more from Scott Philips, his Jason Vorhees is a good one!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2006
This book starts out slow, but then gets better and better. It kept me on the edge of my seat and wanting more. The kills are great, very gory. The suspense is also good, very creepy theme to it. And overall it's just a solid book. If you're a Friday The 13th fan then I reccomend picking up "Church Of the Divine Psychopath".
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