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Voice [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Garraty
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Local rock band Ragman is finally taking off. Stephanie Case's flamboyant performances and scorching guitar work have started attracting crowds, and singer John Tsiboukas--aka Johnny Tango--is delivering the best performances of his life. After months of playing to dead rooms, it looks like success is at hand.

The thing is, there's something wrong with Johnny's voice. Until just a few weeks ago, he couldn't hit the right pitch if you painted a target on it and let him stand real close. Now he sounds amazing. . . and strange things happen every time he sings. Lights burn out. Whole rooms become cold and hushed. People get violent.

And sometimes, people die.

For Johnny and Case, Ragman is a ticket out of a life of meaningless, dead-end jobs and one lousy gig after another, but as the weirdness surrounding Johnny begins to turn into outright nightmare, they find that the price of stardom might be higher than either of them could ever have imagined.

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About the Author

Joseph Garraty is an author of dark fantasy, horror, and science fiction. He has worked as a construction worker, rocket test engineer, environmental consultant, technical writer, and deadbeat musician. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

Product Details

  • File Size: 503 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ragman Press LLC (May 19, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0051VGP4S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,634 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Horror, Death, and Rock and Roll June 5, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
"Voice" is a great read, mixing the backstage life of a rock band with gruesome horror. It starts off a little uneven, but soon picks up and rolls hard all the way to the end, and Garraty knows how to keep a reader off balance. The horror elements are suitably chilling, and Garraty writes about the details of music-making with the knowledge of somebody who's been there and done that.

However, the real strength of "Voice" is the way it follows the development, and in some cases the unraveling, of the protagonists, four musicians who each have to face the question, "What's it worth to you to succeed?" The trappings of superstardom are mostly absent from this decision. It's not about groupies and limousines, but about taking a chance on making a living at something you love. The choice has real and different consequences for each of the characters, and the way they grapple with those consequences keeps the pages turning... or the screen refreshing, as the case may be.

This is a book well worth your time. Pick it up and give it a try.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classy Horror story June 16, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This book swaggers from the opening paragraph, and lives up to the promise.

Fast paced, with a couple of genuinely creepy moments, this kept me clicking this pages as quickly as I could read.

The author's background in music makes for a totally engrossing read, and I loved the characters, especially Case.

I would have like to see a bit more in the warring duality of John/Johnny, and I'm still wondering if my guess over the identity of the mysterious stranger is right, but I also think there's a nice setup here for a follow up if Garraty is so inclined.
Whether he does or not, this work for me is up there in style, talent and sheer enjoyment next to the likes of Joe Hill.

This is the first book out by this author; I will be eagerly waiting for the next one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good story December 31, 2012
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This book made me a bit scared. There comes times in your life when you have to make tough choices. Do you take the easy road like the lead character? Or do you just keep plugging along on the hard road? Only you can make the choices and live with the consequences. This story makes you think more than once and I hope to find more from this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding and engrossing horror novel. Read it. November 27, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
(Cross-posted with some changes from the Adarna SF book blog)

Voice is a supernatural horror novel that follows a rock band from obscurity to fame, with bits of gore trailing the way. It's terrifying, tragic, and freaking amazing.

It's an absorbing and intense read from cover to cover. The musician who makes a pact with the devil at the crossroads is a well-known rock and roll myth, and the horror elements themselves aren't unique, but Garraty's delivery is pitch-perfect and will make your hair stand on end. The author masterfully executes the classic "less is more" approach to horror, letting your own paranoia fill in the blanks and scare the crap out of you.

What makes it great is that the supernatural horror blends into the setting naturally. The creep with thinning hair at the back of the dive bar could be either a man with unfortunate features or a demon creature out to disembowel you. I was glad that I didn't read some scenes in public because they made me scream like a crazy person. You know that time when you watched Alien for the first time and didn't see that chestburster coming? Yeah. That.

The everyday tribulations of being a musician are convincing and immerse you into the character's lives. I loved details like when Case, the lead guitarist, explains to someone that their band wasn't hard rock like Nickelback but more like the New York Dolls or Motörhead, she's promptly met with a blank look. Garraty is as much an expert in music as in horror, and has a way of fleshing out details without overburdening the reader with obscure trivia.

I could go on and on about why I love this book, but I definitely must praise Voice for the characters. Everyone's fascinating with great internal conflict, adding layers to the plot.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read September 9, 2011
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Voice by Joseph Garraty is a difficult book to rank. It's good, let's get that out of the way right now. But even a few days after finishing it, I'm unable to decide whether its high points (which are VERY high) make up for its low points (which are rather meh) enough to give it the highest ranking.

John Tsiboukas is the lead singer and clear weak link in his band Ragman after he convinces the cynical sexpot Stephanie Case to join as lead guitarist. Seeing the talent around him, and feeling his dream of pulling himself out of poverty via rockstardom fading away, John makes a deal with a demon who manifests as Johnny Tango, John's stage personality who wears leather jackets and has a killer voice. Johnny Tango takes over more and more of John's actions, and Ragman's shows begin converting more and more people into Johnny's 'disciples', violent, zombie-like people who are insanely devoted to Johnny.

The strengths of Voice are apparent. The opening chapter is one of the creepiest, most gripping openings to a book I've ever read, regardless of genre, publisher, or format. The characters of John/Johnny and Case are as real as can be, and the scenes with the band performing are so well done you can almost hear the music. The top-tier antagonist is deliciously creepy and very well written for the brief time he appears. His right-hand-man, Douglas, takes a larger role and is quite fun to dislike.

But the weaknesses are what make me conflicted. All but one of the secondary characters (Erin, the band's manager being the exception) are largely one-dimensional. This includes the band's bassists, which is a problem due to how central they are to the overall conflict.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good and creepy
I read this book for the first time probably 2 years ago and have never forgotten it. It really did give me the creeps but I could not put it down. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars VOICE shines, darkly...
Enjoyed this novel very much. From the prologue, that gets the chills going, the story plunges the characters in a downward spiral that is both inevitable and horrifying. Read more
Published 17 months ago by M. V. Halm
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Rock N Roll Horror
Great read Case's character was the best and kept me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happens next. Loved the whole concept behind the book.
Published on April 10, 2013 by Christina L. Rigetta
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book For A Weekend Read
I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would when I downloaded it. It is a twist on the old story of selling your soul to the Devil in return for fame and fortune, but the... Read more
Published on February 10, 2013 by Artlog
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark
Dark, disturbing, interesting.
You know right from the beginning something bad is going happen, but you have to keep reading to find out how it's going to play out.
Published on February 8, 2013 by JKammer
4.0 out of 5 stars STRANGE AND INTERESTING
This was a pretty strange book but interesting as well. Kind of creepy. Great characters. I really didn't know where the book was going, but I got into it and stayed til the... Read more
Published on February 1, 2013 by atabarac
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book
I was unsure about this book at first it usually wouldn't be my first choice. The cover of this book is what made me want to read it. Read more
Published on January 28, 2013 by Yesi
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Not one of my favorite books but it kept my interest. Not sure I would buy another book by this author.
Published on January 28, 2013 by A Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Finally an unpredictable book! Thrilling, creepy, wonderfully written. This book creeped the hell out of me and I loved every minute of it!
Published on January 20, 2013 by Sharon Ondersma
5.0 out of 5 stars Rather disturbing
The atmosphere of the lives of band members is revealed in a disturbing way; hopefully, larger than life. Read more
Published on January 19, 2013 by Deanna B. Flanders
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Joseph Garraty is an author of dark fantasy, horror, and science fiction. He has worked as a construction worker, rocket test engineer, environmental consultant, technical writer, and deadbeat musician. He lives in Dallas, Texas.


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