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Supernatural: Nevermore [Kindle Edition]

Keith R.A. DeCandido
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Twenty-two years ago, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. In the years after, their father, John, taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America...and he taught them how to kill it.

Sam and Dean have hit New York City to check out a local rocker's haunted house. But before they can figure out why a lovesick banshee in an '80s heavy-metal T-shirt is wailing in the bedroom, a far more macabre crime catches their attention. Not far from the house, two university students were beaten to death by a strange assailant. A murder that's bizarre even by New York City standards, it's the latest in a line of killings that the brothers soon suspect are based on the creepy stories of legendary writer Edgar Allan Poe.

Their investigation leads them to the center of one of Poe's horror classics, face-to-face with their most terrifying foe yet. And if Sam and Dean don't rewrite the ending of this chilling tale, a grisly serial killer will end their lives forevermore.

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About the Author

Keith R. A. DeCandido is best known for his Star Trek fiction, and has also written tie-in novels for other popular sci-fi and fantasy series, such as Buffy, Doctor Who, Andromeda and Farscape, as well as Spider-Man comic books and videogames (World of Warcraft, Starcraft, Command & Conquer). He has also edited various anthologies, including Doctor Who: Short Trips and several Star Trek anthologies. DeCandido is also a professional musician and is currently a member of the Boogie Knights.

Product Details

  • File Size: 256 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001E70RQ0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,204 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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65 of 72 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars buy it for the cover pic & tack it on your wall August 20, 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
i am one die-hard supernatural fan. and i'm an adult. and... oh, yeah, a writer. which means, i know writers have to make a living, and i hate giving bad reviews. BUT.

honestly. did this guy EVER watch more than maybe 4 or 5 episodes of this show?

it probably goes without saying i shouldn't have expected much from this work, since it is based on a tv series. still, i bought it to be loyal and help show the CW that there are fans out there who feel it is a small sacrifice in order to help keep it on the air. i love the idea of a series of fiction works based on this show, mainly because the characters and premise are so interesting and lend themselves to myriad situations. there are certainly enough plot ideas out there to make a very, very long fiction series, and many seasons of quality television entertainment.

still. i won't give away spoilers for the book, but i certainly pray --like dean prays for layla --that the good folks at harper collins will find another writer to write any further episodes published in this series. some of the most unforgiveable faults: the guy seems to confuse the word "agoraphobia" with "acrophobia," he can't remember from one chapter to the next if it's sam's arm or hand that's broken (in the show it's actually his wrist) --and later has him performing physical feats as if the cast has simply evaporated, and makes so many character errors on things that even relative newbie fans like me have committed to memory that it's quite obvious he just doesn't know his material. and Poe!!! Poe is spinning in his grave. literary content is faulty, continuity is just nil. and no, i don't agree that sam and dean live between the covers of this book.
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Superficial, not Supernatural September 6, 2007
By klostes
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Supposedly a "Supernatural" tie in novel, "Nevermore" reads instead like Mr. DeCandido saw a chance to write a paean the Bronx and package it as a tie in novel. Sam and Dean were incidentals as he sang the praises of his native city and inserted his own original characters--who, although more well-drawn in the book than the supposed stars of the show, were still lackluster and stereotypical. As for the plot, I didn't understand why Sam and Dean were necessary at all; they seemed to be peripheral to the story at almost all points. Through them we learned how wonderful their host's house, his coffee, and rock album collection were; we learned how difficult it is to park a large car such as the Impala in Brooklyn, and oh, yeah, Poe's house is there. About all the boys proved useful for was a Seance at the end of the book, which any decent medium could have pulled off--and spared us, the show's fans, this endless psalm of the glories of the Bronx masquerading as a novel about the show we enjoy.

The plot itself, rather than the spine-tingling and chilling story the cover of the book promised, was rather lackluster and boring. The Edgar Allen Poe references seemed more there to as an educational device regarding the glories of the locale. (Again, how cool is the Bronx, that Mr. Poe died there!) For the A plot, not only was the "bad guy" obvious from the moment he was introduced to the plot, he was so poorly drawn it seemed as if the author realized we had reached chapter 15 and, "Oh, yes, I need a bad guy." Superficially, he made sense, just like most of the rest of the book. Looks good perhaps on the surface, but with nothing there supporting the character's motivations or purpose. Same with the B plot; the twist that came with the reveal made no sense at all.
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61 of 78 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not recommended August 4, 2007
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I honestly cannot recommend this book to anyone, unless you're a reader who's happy with anything that involves the characters Sam and Dean Winchester.

While I did think the Winchesters were well drawn and in character (for the most part), the other characters came across to me as remarkably two-dimensional and in some cases one-dimensional. Space that could have been used to flesh out the characters and make them richer and more human was wasted. (See below for more on that point.) The two major original characters (Manfred and Det. McBain), who are apparently supposed to be amusingly quirky, I found to be cliche'd and annoying - and McBain appears out of nowhere to take a major role in the second half of the book. The villain of the piece is described so poorly that he's neither "terrifying" nor "chilling" (adjectives taken from the blurb on the back of the book). In fact, the book isn't scary at all; very little attention is paid to pacing or description that would amp up the chills.

The author sets up two cases for the Winchesters to investigate and solve, and then for the most part ignores both until the last few chapters. He spends far too much time discussing things that aren't important to the storyline: Dean's passion for their host's music collection, his rabid dislike of the host's band's music, the host's unusual collection of coffee mugs and the quality of his coffee, Dean's attempts to pick up an attractive bartender and the attempts of a younger woman to pick up Dean. A short book like this needs to zero in on plot and *stay* zeroed in on it; there's just no room for wandering off the path.

Worse than that, the Winchesters don't actually SOLVE either of the cases.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great turn on the show
Great turn on the show. Loved the plot. The author did a great job getting as close as possible to Sam and Dean as they are in the show. Can't wait to read more!
Published 4 days ago by LovelyWinchest_Girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 5 days ago by Lynn
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best but it's okay I guess.
Okay not going to lie I didn't like it. I felt in some ways the author just dragged on. The killer at first seemed interesting but that fell flat. Read more
Published 23 days ago by MK3.0
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THE SHOW
Well written. It fits right in to the series. Could picture Dean and Sam's facial expressions. I LOVE THE SHOW. Now I'm liking the books !
Published 2 months ago by Hope Cornette
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great book
Published 2 months ago by AJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very pleased, arrived as stated
Published 2 months ago by Deborah M. Mendoza
5.0 out of 5 stars If your a Supernatural fan then this is a must ...
If your a Supernatural fan then this is a must - I read it within less then two days and could not put it down
Published 3 months ago by yuffb
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by Matthew L Jorgensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
No matter what I see or read, these 2 brothers can't do anything bad. I love watching them and reading about them also. Read more
Published 3 months ago by just my opinion
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun!!
I enjoyed reading this book. It was a well written easy read, and the author kept the boys mostly in character. Read more
Published 6 months ago by T.M.
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Keith R.A. DeCandido was born and raised in New York City to a family of librarians, which pretty much explains everything. He has written around 50 novels, as well as short stories, nonfiction, eBooks, comic books, and blog entries, many of them in various media universes, among them Star Trek, Sleepy Hollow, Supernatural, World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Leverage, Marvel Comics, Cars, Farscape, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Stargate, Serenity, Resident Evil, Kung Fu Panda, Doctor Who, and more. Among his many works of original fiction are the fantasy police procedural series of novels and short stories that started with Dragon Precinct, as well as a series of urban fantasy short stories set in Key West, Florida, many of which are in Ragnarok & Roll: Tales of Cassie Zukav, Weirdness Magnet. Keith is also an editor (having supervised several book lines and put together dozens of anthologies), musician (percussionist for the Don't Quit Your Day Job Players, the Boogie Knights, and others), and a second-degree black belt in Kenshikai karate (he both trains and teaches). He still lives in New York City with various humans and animals.

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