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- Print Length: 252 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: October 11, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M0G5V6F
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,174 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The story itself follows a metal band who make a Faustian bargain for the usual fame and fortune (because that always goes well).
The story was quite good as it follows the rise and subsequent tribulations of fame, fortune and having to appease an infernal master.
Despite none of the characters being at all relatable, the story was engaging and really held my interest.
The only downside is that some scenes might be a little violent for those disinclined to that material.
Either way, this was a fantastic story that's definitely worth a chance, even if you're not into that music and the ending (no spoilers ) did manage to surprise me.
You don't have to be a metal fan to enjoy this book. It's just good horror, and a lot of campy fun. Sometimes it gets a little dark, but the authors slip in plenty of funny lines to lighten the mood. I liken it to shows like Metalocalyps, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil, Deathgasm, with a little Spinal Tap thrown in. I haven't read a book that captures the essence of being in a metal band so well as this one. I really enjoyed it.
But, they weren't always famous.
Lead singer Patrick aka Wex, guitarists Seth and Michael, and rabid female drummer Sunny have paid their dues, playing small time gigs with crappy opening acts. It seems sometimes there are as many metalheads in the seats as in the band.
Then Lou, the tall, thin, leathery-skinned man with the gleaming eyes and duster coat, offers them a deal they don't want to refuse. They'll have not only fame but all the toys that go with it....all they have to do is sign a contract agreeing to obey him in all things. When they get the manila envelopes smelling of sulfur and containing directions written in blood on dried skin, they simply must follow them.
What ensues is a bloodbath of gradually mounting proportions.
Damaged is a hard R, not for the weak of stomach. Being witness to the band's ever-quickening descent into figurative hell is to watch not one, but many personal nightmares work themselves out. People will suffer, and even die, in truly degrading and horrifying ways. In the background is the constant pulse and grind of death metal, everything parents fear and often futilely fight.
The two Tims have created a dark masterpiece of a wholly contemporary Mephisophelian parable. Even when I most wanted to turn from the gore and look away, I was driven to get to the end, to learn what would become of the four musicians, as well as other characters. I was able to care about characters, even as sunken into depravity and despair as some were.
I had to give a four instead of a five because of the prevalence of errors, which went beyond verb usage to the ommission/repetition of words, which detracted from a completely smooth read. Hopefully, these will be discovered and fixed for the paper edition.
If you love rock and enjoy a suspenseful horror yarn, and can take lots of profanity and gore, then this story is for you.
Fair warning: don't look for sunshine and light, there ain't none!
The band has humble beginnings and is on the verge of breaking up. Until they get an offer they can't refuse. The sacrifices required start slow but then increase to disturbing levels. The characters are well developed and the plot is fast paced and macabre. I couldn't put it down.
I finished it in about a day and then reread it.
I highly recommend this book. Tim Long and Tim Marquitz did a fantastic job and their writing styles complimented each other almost effortlessly it seemed.