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"It started off and automatically pulled me in!"
              -- Coffee Time with George Henry, WTZQ Radio

"The Sounding is an incredible, incredible read!"
              -- WCBQ Radio

"Great book... one of those books I don't want to put down!"
              -- NTJ Morning Magazine, WNTJ Radio

"Looking for a good horror/mystery with a tinge of romance?  [The Sounding] is the one for you...  The author pulls together a great resolution at the end of the novel, leaving the reader satisfied.  This book is highly recommended to adult readers."
               -- Live to Read

"Salo cleverly uses the places visited, such as churches and catacombs, to create just the right ambiance... and forced me to sleep with the light on that night!  Salo keeps you guessing until the very end of the story... it is a great read and a debut novel that shines.  Salo has a real gift for storytelling."
                 -- Fantasy Book Review

"Nothing is more dramatic than the prophecy about the End of Days, and just the actual passages alone are enough to make anyone’s pulse quicken.  Add to this the element of a modern-day murder mystery, as well as the mystique of an ancient Catholic Church sect, and you have the makings of a great novel.  And this was definitely a great novel...  If you’re in the mood for a thrilling suspense story that is an intellectual adventure as well, definitely give this a try.  You won’t be disappointed!  5 out of 5 stars"
              -- Reflections of a Book Addict

From the Author

One of the most common questions I am asked by readers, reviewers and interviewers is simply, "Why should I read The Sounding?"  As a reader, you certainly have a lot of books to choose from.  But, even with such crowded book shelves these days, I still don't believe there is a single other story quite like The Sounding.  Years in the making, The Sounding is a carefully crafted plot based in real history and actual prophecy.  It is a story that could not be told from the comfort of my writer's desk; I had to travel across the continents to get some of the important details correct and immerse myself in the history and secret places that the plot reveals. The Sounding is truly a thriller - often moving at a pace that will make you hold your breath as you turn the page - while also being a love story, a redemption story, and in its darkest pages, a betrayal story.  The characters will live and breathe for you, the plot will keep you guessing.  And I cannot wait for you to get to the end!  It is such a satisfying and surprising end - by far, my best piece of writing.

I very much enjoy hearing from readers and invite you to connect with me on Facebook.

Yours,
Carrie Salo
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 478 pages
  • Publisher: 23 House (September 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982477767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982477762
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #849,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carrie Salo is a dark storyteller and emerging author of supernatural thrillers. Classically trained at an Ivy League university, she studied the works of master storytellers seven stories underground in the muffled heart of one of the world 's largest libraries.

Carrie seeks to wield unrelenting suspense in her own exploration of all things (especially true things) that keep us awake at night. She has written under the guidance of two bestselling and national prize-winning authors. Her extensive travels have taken her to many haunted places, including the private catacombs of the Vatican. The Sounding is Carrie's debut novel.

Carrie enjoys the smell of old books, New York riesling, late night jogging and thunderstorms, though not in that order. Storytelling is Carrie's secret life. While she looks into all the dark corners by night, by day she is an advertising copywriter and account manager.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Charley Cook on October 12, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
The Sounding is a rare first novel that succeeds on multiple levels. On the surface, the story is a top-notch apocalyptic thriller that spans the Christian world through a taut, action-oriented plot. However, underneath is a nascent, star-crossed romance that provides the characters with depth and the conflict with a soul.

And underlying both of these are the philosophical underpinnings of the story: what is the true nature of free will, God's plans for this world, the role of good and evil, and the ability of one person, one soul to play a role in human destiny?

You can read The Sounding for the conflict, the characters, or the metaphysical questions, and indeed you must for they all work together to create an exciting, emotional, thought-provoking experience.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan L. on December 23, 2011
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I was on facebook one night, having just finished Stephen Kings 11/22/63 novel and was thinking about what to read next when I saw an ad on the right side of the page for The Sounding. I can't remember exactly what it said, but it sounded intriguing and I thought why not try it. I'm very glad I did. Its that rare book that grabs you from the start and doesn't let go until the end. It was fascinating to watch the main character, Elise, grow from an average person with everyday fears to a powerful being with a mission when she finally accepts her destiny. The interplay between the characters is really first class, and I quickly began to care about them, even ones I didn't like at first. Once I got into the book I started reading it really fast, and had to actually slow down because I didn't want it to end. I really can't say enough about it. I learned a lot about Catholicism too, as the book is steeped in accurate history. It even lead me to the Vatican website to learn a bit more about a few scenes. Rarely have I been "sucked in' as much as I was with The Sounding. If you are a fan of supernatural ... angels/demons/prophecy... then you will absolutely love this book.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a great adventure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By F. Spinney on September 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have been an avid reader for all of my life. I read books from all genres and have a handful of books that I would rate as 5 stars and recommend to everybody. For example The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, I Know this Much is True by Wally Lamb, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, The Dragon Bone Chair by Tad Williams and The Passage by Justin Cronin. I now have a new book to add to this list. The Sounding by Carrie Salo. I received this book as part of a read to review program in exchanged for an honest review. The book is a dark supernatural religious thriller that centers on the Book of Revelations and the end of the world. I was raised catholic and have a good working knowledge in this area, so I was very excited with the topic. I found that Carrie did and excellent job researching her book and was able to present the material in a way that draws you in without overwhelming you with the history. She created a cast of characters that you didn't just read about, but began to care about and eventually cheered for by the end of the book. This book had everything from history to romance and twists and turns at every corner. I absolutely loved this book and was not sure how it would end right up to the last few pages. It is one of the best debut books I have read in a long time. I see a long career for Carrie and can not wait for her next book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chels on November 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
Looking for a good horror/mystery with a tinge of romance? This book is the one for you. The main character, Father Chris, will engage the reader within the first chapter and the prologue starts the reader out with immediate action. There is an undercurrent of suspense throughout the book, the tone of the novel is perfect for the plot.

The world may be heading towards an apocalypse. Father Chris and several other characters including the enigma love interest work towards finding a solution. The novel addresses several topics found in Christianity including free will and how much may be too much as well as the possibility that one's destiny and the destiny of many may rest on only one person. There is so much action in this novel that it is hard to put down. The subplot of a forbidden romance between Father Chris and the enigmatic young woman serves to enhance the reader's experience.

The book is very well-written and the chapters flow smoothly, no awkward or choppy transitions. The author pulls together a great resolution at the end of the novel, leaving the reader satisfied. This book is highly recommended to adult readers.

*Complimentary copy received for this review, does not affect my opinion in any way*
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Merle on December 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
I normally don't reach for reads in this genre but a friend passed it to me so I gave it a try. It is a remarkable story told very,very well ...To say it is a page turner is accurate but doesn't convey the obsession I developed...sneaking away from my family to get a few more pages in...I was amazed by Salo's imagination and her ability to create a story that accelerates to breakneck speeds. I'll let other reviews describe the story: I'll just say pick it up and hold onto your hat. This gal can tell a story.
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