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Diablero Paperback – December 8, 2015
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"...fertile ground for pure evil...a well-crafted read!"--Steve Alten, NY Times best-selling author of The MEG series.
"DIABLERO is the perfect matchup of Lovecraft's Great Old Ones and Pirates. Ancient evil, modern intrigue, and a fast pace will have readers hanging on the edges of their seats."--David Niall Wilson, author of NEVERMORE, DEEP BLUE and VINTAGE SOUL.
"...an enjoyable modern day take on Blackbeard's tale." HorrorNews.com
From the Author
After many vacation visits to Ocracoke Island, North Carolina, I became intrigued by the mystique surrounding Blackbeard the pirate. He must have been an enigmatic man to leave a legacy behind that still shines three hundred years after his death.
Then I began to wonder: What if someone found a way to bring him back to life in the 21st century? What would he be like? What would he think of our culture?
And what if he was possessed by a demon?
Therein lies the tale of DIABLERO, a supernatural thriller that not only plays on our deepest fears, but forces us to confront them head-on.
I also have a lot of fun along the way - and I think you will, too. Thanks for reading!
Toby Tate, author of DIABLERO --This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is extremely entertaining and relies on its dual grasp of how to make characters likable as well as how to maximize the use of history in a volume. There's a sense of antiquity to the story and its frequent references to the more bizarre elements of the historical Edward Thatch's life help ground it, no matter how out there events go.
Blackbeard is particularly enjoyable as Toby Tate who manages to inject a bit of humanity to a character who is a living supernatural embodiment of evil. The quest for immortality and need for the pleasures of life are given pathos despite how utterly out there they are. That's an impressive feat for a horror writer.
As mentioned, I enjoy the main characters as well. Toby Tate managing to create a likable couple which have split up as well as a number of bizarre but entertaining support characters. There's a very good B-movie-esque feel to events and I wouldn't be surprised if others feel this would make a good film.
If you're looking for a good horror story and quick fun read (two things not often found together) then this is definitely a book to check out.
Toby Tate is still a relatively new author for me. I previously read his book Lilith and enjoyed it- and then my horror group nominated Diablero for a group read. I was excited about it and Mr. Tate did not let me down.
I don't want to give away any of the plot, but this novel successfully incorporated and expanded upon several legends-something I would have previously thought could not be done. At least, not well. In the hands of Mr. Tate, however, all of these stories and myths worked well together to provide an exciting, original read. Recommended to fans of horror, legend, and a certain mythos created by a guy with the initials of HPL.
And what a narrative it is. Toby Tate did his research for this tale of GOOD and EVIL. I enjoyed it on so many levels. With a contemporary setting and characters you get to know and care about, the plot line involves searching for a pervertedly resurrected Blackbeard, who promises to wreak more havoc from beyond the grave. I enjoyed how the author incorporates familiar scenery (eg: Charleston, Bahamas) and historic people and events (eg: Governor Eden's pardoning this pirate) into the plot line. This novel left me eager to learn more about the history surrounding the legendary Blackbeard. On another level though, the story reminded me of our own choices between good and evil - a struggle which defines us as human. The storyline left me with a satisfied mind, that mind which craves a well-told tale offering a vicariously enjoyed adventure - one where the suspense starts early and offers surprising twists. I don't want to give away the plot here. Besides, if I had to wait, I think you should too!