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Crescent is the last stop at the intergalactic crossroads of gritty sci-fi and pucker-inducing horror. --Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author of Contagious<br /><br />Crescent is the ultimate sci-fi / horror mashup. It's a wicked blend of the claustrophobia seen in Ridley Scott's Alien, and the viral demonology of Carpenter's Prince Of Darkness with the hard-drinkin' bad attitude of Battlestar Galactica added for good measure. The future has never been so frightening. Phil Rossi brings it. --J.C. Hutchins, author of Personal Effects: Dark Art and 7th Son: Descent<br /><br />Phil Rossi has crafted a space station tale with sex, horror, and vibrant attention to tech and human detail. Evocatively served, highly recommended. - --Paul Levinson, author of The Plot to Save Socrates

Crescent is the ultimate sci-fi / horror mashup. It's a wicked blend of the claustrophobia seen in Ridley Scott's Alien, and the viral demonology of Carpenter's Prince Of Darkness with the hard-drinkin' bad attitude of Battlestar Galactica added for good measure. The future has never been so frightening. Phil Rossi brings it. --J.C. Hutchins, author of Personal Effects: Dark Art and 7th Son: Descent

Phil Rossi has crafted a space station tale with sex, horror, and vibrant attention to tech and human detail. Evocatively served, highly recommended. ---Paul Levinson, author of The Plot to Save Socrates

About the Author

Phil Rossi--writer, a musician, and an embracer of new media--has a passion for story-telling matched only by the pleasure he derives from keeping his fans awake at night. Crescent, Rossi's debut novel, was originally released as a podcast in 2007 and has since lured 20,000 listeners into a dark, twisted world of nightmares and things that go bump in the night. Phil Rossi's writing has been paralleled to Stephen King, Philip K. Dick, and HP Lovecraft. He has a flair for vivid and often chilling imagery that lends itself to engrossing narratives and an undertone of inescapable, creeping dread. Phil Rossi is a professional singer-songwriter in the Washington DC metropolitan area. His unique brand of Alt-Country/Rock and Roll, combines influences from 80's New Wave to Blue Grass. In 2003, he was nominated by the Washington Area Music Association for Best New Artist. Phil lives in outside of Washington, DC in Virginia with his wife, daughter, and menagerie of rescued animals. He believes the need for sleep is a myth.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dragon Moon Press (June 26, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1896944523
  • ISBN-13: 978-1896944524
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,816,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Helen H. Madden on July 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm a horror/sci-fi reader who's very picky about the books I buy. So when I first heard about a free podcast novel called "Crescent," I jumped at the chance to listen. I mean, why not? It was billed as horror and sci-fi and it was FREE! As soon as I listened to the first chapter, I was in love. Phil Rossi's Crescent was the perfect blend of my favorite two genres. It was like Stephen King's "The Shining" meets "Battle Star Galactica." A haunted space station provides a nasty case of the chills, while a corrupt mafia-style politician and his psycho henchmen give the fear factor a wicked edge. It's practically a race between these two elements to see which one is going to lay waste to the main characters first. The writing is tight, the characters gritty, and the plot holds up well to the very end. All too often I've read horror books that fall apart once the monster is revealed. Not Crescent! What it promises, it delivers.

Best of all, Crescent doesn't rely on gore to be scary. Phil Rossi's novel has a creepy atmosphere from start to finish, one that ramps up the further you go along. Many of the best scares seem to happen just out of the corner of your eye. All that combined makes this story very hard to put down. Don't be surprised if you stay up all night reading it. And be even less surprised if you check inside your closet and under your bed before you turn out the lights to go to bed.
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I'll be transparent - I haven't read much science fiction or horror. I just like a great story that sucks me in to a new world and keeps me intrigued and engaged. Crescent is amazing. I couldn't stop telling friends about it and I know my wife is done hearing me rave about the characters and story.

Rossi has written a story that transcends the genre - in a similar way that Battlestar Galactica did. You'll either find you can't put it down or you'll only read it during the daylight hours. It's that good.
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Alright, let me just tell you that this book is so gripping, you'll realize you haven't blinked in hours as you find yourself drawn into Rossi's intricate world. It's the first truly scary book I've read in years. And more than that- it's not just an in your face terror fest (don't get me wrong, it's totally that too), but a really phenomenal story, filled with lush details and characters you feel connected to on a level that I haven't experienced with ANY other book (honestly!). I just can't say enough good things about it. BUY IT, you will be on here the next day writing your own rave review, I promise!!!!
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"Crescent" is a gritty, disturbing, truly outstanding thrill ride. Rossi excels at crafting a believable far-future universe filled with the same beauty and sin that will probably haunt mankind forever. It's equal parts ghost story in space and tale of vice in the Wild West. Add in some splashes of Lovecraftian madness and allusions to a very grim Big Picture, and you have something truly special. My highest recommendation.
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This is a great book!!! It was one of the first I have read by this author and I enjoyed it through and through!!! All the great components of a classic story mixed with mahem, a little gore, and mystery!! Most enjoyable.
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***No Spoilers***
This book started out with some genuinely terrifying sequences. I actually found my heart rate sky rocketing and goose bumps on my arms.
Don't read this at night with the lights off geez...

The story starts off setting a great pace, even though I was terrified of the horror sequences, I found myself reading on.
My problem is that the book sort of "loses its way" just before halfway through and never really "finds itself" later on.

It was inexpensive and entertaining but very strange once it became too scattered and confusing.
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Rossi has the honor of simply making me jump at every noise and shadow after getting through this podionovel, twice I might add. You lose yourself in every exchange of dialogue, and the cast of characters are simply solid. In essence it kind of reminded me of the Event Horizon sci-fi flick, but leagues better. There isn't a dull moment, no time to breathe or as one review had mentioned, blink. Mr. Rossi has the horror genre on lock, his style is gritty and very sweet with just enough dark humor.This book makes you question your own fortitude to walk into the shadows, and dare to look into the smiles waiting for you.

Phil Rossi, well done sir!!
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I set out to give the book 3 stars, but the more I thought about it, I think it's a 2 star book. Other reviews will enlighten you to the science errors, so I'll pass on those.

Honestly, the book is engaging overall, yet suffers from many things:

1 - goofy "villians"
2 - a "monster" (or "monsters") that aren't developed at all
3 - goofy sex scene writing (and there's a lot of them)
4 - flat, lifeless ending
5 - the writing looses track of the characters' emotions and the effect bad events would have on them

I think had Daniel Abraham written this story, it could've been epic. It was my first Rossi read, and I don't think I'll read another.
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