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A miner-turned-garbage collector is the refreshingly different protagonist of this sophomore horror outing by Hines (Waking Lazarus). Chubby redhead Candace "Canada Mac" MacHugh drives a '72 Dodge Charger, lives in a hand-me-down trailer full of junk in Butte, Montana, and hears the voice of her father who died 11 years ago. It turns out her dad wants her to join him and some mysterious shadows of the presumed dead in what seem to be do-good missions. As Canada begins her first mission working with the shadows, Hines uses multiple points of view to show a town where people are spontaneously combusting and discerning good from evil is surprisingly difficult. Hines writes with wry humor and imagination, although the plot elements don't always transition smoothly. Some of the scenes are creative and metaphorical (a dream about Old Faithful); others are less successful, as when Canada reunites a little girl with her father in the aftermath of a tornado. The spiritual themes are more of the "good vs. evil" variety than overtly Christian. As the story ends, the symbolic nature of the malady striking the inhabitants of Butte might have been more powerful if not so clearly explained. Although the novel frays a bit at the edges, in his best moments, Hines brings to mind W. G. Griffiths (Driven).
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"The Dead Whisper On will appeal to anyone who likes a good mystery with fast-paced action." -- Leslie Granier,

"... Hines has once again crafted a contemporary supernatural fantasy that will ensnare readers from the very beginning...." -- Kevin Lucia,

"...a delightful type of creepy, not a lot of gore.... However, there were certainly some breathless scenes." --

"...a fast-paced thriller that chilled my soul and kept me awake at night." -- Lindsey Freitas,

"Hines has given us another complex thriller with The Dead Whisper On, with flawed but admirable, three-dimensional characters." -- Chris McCallister,

"T.L. Hines has returned with a vengeance with his second novel.... a true nail biter from start to finish." -- Michelle Steffy,

"The Dead Whisper On blows away most Christian supernatural thrillers.... I highly recommend it." -- Randy Brandt,

"This is fresh and unique storytelling that fans of supernatural thrillers will love." -- Jake Chism,

"Tony Hines, author of the acclaimed Waking Lazarus, raises the bar in his second novel, The Dead Whisper On." -- Cheryl Russell,

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764202057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764202056
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,781,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

WAKING LAZARUS, my first novel, released Summer of 2006. To my surprise and delight, it was selected as one of the "25 Best Genre Novels of 2006" by the editors of "Library Journal." My second, THE DEAD WHISPER ON, had its hardcover release in the Summer of 2007, fulfilling my lifelong desire to write a book featuring both living shadows and spontaneous human combustion. My third book, THE UNSEEN, released in hardcover Fall of 2008.

Interesting facts about me:

-- Past odd jobs have included trimming Christmas trees, working the graveyard shift at a convenience store, and cleaning a cadaver storage room as a janitor.

-- As a teen, I was an undefeated 3-0 in air guitar competitions, in which I performed songs by ZZ Top. No, really.

-- I enjoy pudding.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Eric Wilson on August 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Hines burst on the scene with an imaginative, yet gritty, suspense thriller called "Waking Lazarus." It was hailed by readers and critics, rightfully so. Now, with a second book under his belt, we're assured of more great stories.

This time, his protagonist is a woman named Canada, a citizen of Butte, Montana, who begins hearing the voice of her deceased father in the shadows. Soon, she is called into a secretive network, unaware that her whole life will be turned upside down--including everything she's believed about her parents, her past, and the future. "The Whisper On" lacks some of the breakneck pacing of "Waking Lazarus," but only because it takes longer for us to connect with the main character. Canada is a memorable figure, though, and we gain sympathy with her as the story moves along, as it becomes more personal.

Hines is a master craftsman, using active sentences and tight storytelling to propel the plot forward. By the story's end, he pulls out a few surprises, and even more significantly, attaches practical and spiritual meaning to the events in Butte, Montana. He refuses to let readers be merely entertained--though he does a great job of entertaining us. Mixing elements of Dean Koontz and Ted Dekker, Hines tells a story that is neither frivolous or preachy. He asks us to move beyond ourselves, to look beyond the shadows, and discover deeper meaning and purpose.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brian Reaves VINE VOICE on October 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
TL Hines has done a great job with this novel. I really enjoyed his first book, Waking Lazarus, and while this one isn't as good as his first, it's definitely worth the time. Canada MacHugh isn't your typical hero (she's an overweight red-headed garbage collector...that's what I call original!), but she has her good points when the time comes. The premise is awesome. When the book started out, I didn't think Hines would be able to pull this off, but he brings all the pieces together. He even manages to give "the Shadows" a reasonable explanation. I love the way he included real sites from Butte (look up the Berkeley Pit on the internet) to give it an authentic feel.

Hines is able to bring together some genuinely creepy moments (shadow spiders crawling all over someone), great characters (a golem named Keros), and a plausible explanation for it all. All in all, this is a fabulous thriller sure to please readers of Dean Koontz or Stephen King.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Donovan on October 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book really surprised me! I am a former Stephen King reader. I love his storytelling and imagination, but after reading one of his newer novels, I remembered why I stopped reading them--they're just too crude and the language is so offensive.

I wasn't sure I what I expected when I began The Dead Whisper On, but when the supernatural plot elements began emerging, I was quite surprised. However, he wrote it all within a moderately Christian Worldview (nothing completely inappropriate, although some evil was presented). There was also no crude plot elements or bad language.

For me this did not stunt the story at all, but instead added to it immensely. The story was suspenseful, the characters were well-developed, and the ending wrapped things up without seeming at all contrived.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on July 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Filled with shadows, spooks and dark, sinister landscapes, The Dead Whisper On by T. L. Hines is a scary book--and I make it a point not to read scary books. I made an exception for this one.

The Dead Whisper On is really very good. I know that, because when I picked it up the other morning (of course I read it in broad daylight as my mama didn't raise no fool), I didn't, couldn't put it down again until I'd finished the last page. I'd intended just to check it out, but the author hooked me with the first sentence-"A dead man spoke to her from the shadows."

The primary character, a young woman named Canada MacHugh, is a sad and sorrowful garbage collector, both in job and pysche. Scarred from an upbringing full of pain and alcoholism, Canada is lost and lonely, missing her dead father. Already a victim, she's ready for something different--and she gets it.

Tightly written and well paced, T. L. Hines is a gifted writer and surely on the way to a brilliant career. The Dead Whisper On is so visually haunting I feel like I saw the movie instead of read the book.

However, I do have one criticism, it may be too tightly written. I think that Hines, in an effort to keep things clipping along, left out some background that would make the story more credible.

I don't want to give anything away so I won't sight specifics but why does the good guy seem just as evil as the bad guys? Why did Canada meet up with the bad, good guy so early on? What's the war about? Oh, I get that it's the battle between hope and despair, love and fear, but I think it would be better and even scarier with more depth and detail.

Still in all, if it was any scarier I might not have read it.

Armchair Interviews says: Unique in that this is a "faith thriller."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jake on July 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Canada MacHugh's life is about to change in ways she never imagined. As far as Canada is concerned though, a change would be nice. She has lived her whole life in the mining community of Butte, Montana, and once upon a time she even worked as a miner. These days she is biding her time as a garbage collector, all the while wondering if life has more in store for her.

One day on the job she begins hearing the voice of her father, who has happened to be dead for several years. As she continues to hear his voice she finally convinces herself she isn't crazy and somehow she is communicating with the dead. Her father introduces her to a secret world she never knew existed, a covert network of shadows and operatives who work together to save the world from impending disasters. Canada soon learns that her help is needed and she now has the chance to find the purpose she has long been searching for. As she begins her new life, she soon discovers that things aren't always what they seem. Canada must now find a way to battle the great darkness that threatens her life and the town she loves.

T.L. Hines stormed onto the scene last year with his highly acclaimed debut novel, Waking Lazarus. In this latest thriller he is continuing to establish himself as one of this market's greatest talents. The Dead Whisper On is a strange and delightful supernatural tale that twists and turns its way to an unexpected and satisfying conclusion. At no time does Hines hint at where the story is going, and it makes the ride that much more enjoyable. Canada MacHugh is a delightful character and her journey inspires us all to fight the darkness that threatens to destroy us all. This is fresh and unique storytelling that fans of supernatural thrillers will love. (From Christian Review of Books)
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