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For Joan Lantz, it starts with a dream of a death cult’s mass suicide in the jungle of Suriname 30 years ago, followed by the discovery of a hidden basement in her new house, where heavy metal music echoes on humid tropical air.
For Kevin Benecke, long-suffering employee of a mysterious organization known simply as Maintenance, it starts with the violent death of his coworker at the hands of a madman who tells him, "The Big Dark is coming for you."
Long-dead cult leader and former rock star Mark Maegarr has returned from beyond the grave, and Joan and Kevin have front row seats to his apocalyptic comeback. Maegarr’s waited decades to finish what he started, and this time no one will stop him from putting on a killer show designed to hasten the universe’s end.
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 20 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||March 28, 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #372,102 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Joan Lantz has been having troubling dreams of a mass suicide in the jungles of Suriname - led by a rocker named Mark Maegarr - which occurred years before. Then she discovers a previously-unknown room in her basement. Are the two connected? Joan gets help from The Agency - an under-funded, short-on-man-power organization that might just be the only thing between humanity and the end of everything we know.
Throughout it all, the death-metal lyrics of Maegarr permeate the novella as a sort of creepy, haunting score to Joan's life and entropy facing the world at large.
That's a concept that on the surface seems like such a great one for a dark fantasy novel, but once you start to talk about it takes you out of the mood and that's what happened here for me. Despite such a short book and the inclusion of music/lyrics - something that I typically relish in my literature - I was drawn in to the story very early on, but quickly stopped caring as The Agency got involved.
I'm only familiar with Waggoner's two Shadow Watch books which were paced well, highly original in concept, and while not as dark as <em>Eat the Night</em>, still wonderfully creepy, and so I had high hopes for this work as well. Unfortunately I just never really got into this.
For me, I've discovered, I like character-driven stories. This book is concept-driven and the characters, Lantz, Maegarr, and the Agency are there to move the idea of entropy and the Agency's battle forward. It's a small difference, but just enough to keep from fully enjoying this book.
Looking for a good book? Tim Waggoner's <em>Eat the Night</em> is a short, quick, dark fantasy read that just barely satisfies.
I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Thirty years ago, retired rockstar Mark Maegarr and his devout followers, in true Jonestown fashion, committed suicide in tropic Suriname. It was Maegarr’s belief that this ritual would hasten the approach of Entropy, or the total dissolution of the world as we know it. Unfortunately for Maegarr, something went wrong and he spends the next several decades reaching from beyond the grave to finish what he started.
Joan Lantz and her husband, Jon, are first time home-owners. Burdened with a troubled past, Joan is glad to finally have a home of her own. After waking from a horrific nightmare detailing the grisly end that befell Mark Maegarr and his cult, she discovers a hidden basement in her home, which had not been on the house’s plans and was previously unknown to the home’s last owners, who were friends of hers.
Kevin Benecke works for Maintenance, a secretive company that is reminiscent of Men in Black. Aware that they cannot save the world from its fate, their goal is to slow the coming of the end down from the sidelines. He’s an unfortunate sort of fellow and things don’t happen to go the way they ought to in his line of work, but he has his own boyish charm.
Together, these three characters weave a story that is brimming with horrific scenes and action. The plot is fairly solid as well, and Waggoner doesn’t hold back when it comes to the laws of the world he has created to coexist alongside the one we know so well. Maegarr’s cult is expertly crafted, with a belief so plausible it could be defined as chilling.
Eat the Night is easily one of my favorite reads so far this year and is perfect for those looking for a good Halloween read. I would like to extend a special thanks to NetGalley, DarkFuse, and Tim Waggoner for providing me with an advanced copy for the purpose of an honest, unbiased review.
Received gratis from Darkfuse in exchange for a review.