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- Publication Date: November 6, 2017
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The Everett Exorcism (World of Shadows Book 1) Kindle Edition
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". . . It used . . . vocal chords, but the sound came out wrong . . ."
When Father Niccolo Paladina is sent to follow up on a possible claim of exorcism made by a younger priest, Father Jackson Reynolds, he expects to be able to quickly dismiss the allegations and return home. What actually occurs is nothing that he is remotely expecting. Caught up in something much larger and even more sinister than he could ever have imagined, everything he thought he knew is about to be put to the ultimate test.
"How does it feel to know you are truly alone?"
I really enjoyed the characters in this novel. Due to its rapidly-changing nature, we are able to see them "evolve" intellectually as the scope of what they are up against multiplies significantly. The mental growth they face is done in such a way as to seem a natural progression, or reaction, to the events set into play.
". . . In this business, nothing comes quickly . . . Except death . . . "
Aside from a couple of chapters early on in the book--where certain, entire scenes, were repeated verbatim a second time--the novel moved along rapidly from one revelation to the next.
Lincoln Cole took what could have easily been a cliched tale, and turned it into something much more complex and unique, with characters you really come to know.
". . . Demons were real . . . "
Aside from the earlier repetitions, the only thing I was left dissatisfied with was that I felt there was "too much" left unresolved, and set up for the sequel in "World of Shadows" Book 2.
Overall, an unique twist on the idea of exorcisms, with plenty of action and unforeseen turns in the storyline. I hope that Book 2 fleshes out some of the issues that we were left with at the ending of this novel.
Father Niccolo Palatin is sent by the Vatican to Everett, Washington, USA. He is there to investigate the request of a young priest, Father Jackson Reynolds. Reynolds has encountered what he believes to be a demon inhabiting one of his parishoners. Palatin arrives in the city, and meets with the local Bishop, Leopold Glasser. Glasser has heard the request of Fr. Reynolds, and denied instead of accepting the decision made by Glasser, Reynold contacted the Vatican and requested assistance. As the story unfolds, Palatin meets with Father Reynolds, then the lady that Reynolds believes is controlled by a demon.
The plot thickens when strange things occur, and Palatin cannot ignore them. He struggles with the idea that demons are real, and believes that almost every situation boils down to simple mental illness coupled with terrible circumstances or social anxieties. He is trained in exorcism, yet has never conduct one, nor has he witnessed demons or the exorcism of one. His philosophy of what a demon changes, when he encounters what can only be considered as a possession. Can it be that not only is this woman truly possessed by a demon, but that the various activities within the Everett community are connected?
Bishop Glasser, the Bishop for several cities in Washington, is a complicating factor. Not only does he not grant Reynold request for an exorcism, he thwarts the process. To Palatin, it seems strange that Glasser grants forgiveness to Father Reynolds too easily – in most situations where a priest goes around a bishop, the priest is removed from the ministry. Does he know something? Is he trying to cover something up?
The writer weaves a story of paranormal and suspense with alacrity. His characters are well-developed and very believable. Each of them struggles with self-doubt, wondering if what they are experiencing is truly real, or if they are making stuff.
I felt the “creepy factor” in this book was high, the pace of events picked up as the story went along. Voices out of nowhere, and visions of things that were not real complemented the deaths of several characters in the book.
Then the story slides back in time to fill in the details. Father Paladina is a trained exorcist who has in fact never performed an exorcism and hardly believes in the process. He shows up in Everett, Washington because Father Jackson Reynolds, the local parish priest, suspects one of his parishioners is possessed. The bishop, however, says demons are not real, so he refuses to pass on the information.
The author builds the tension gradually and unrelentingly. The owner of the local diner knows all about Father Paladina, though he’s never met her before before. A one-eyed doll moves. Some places smell of rotten eggs and decay. Ordinary people flash looks of total rage. A repair job on a church pew goes desperately awry.
A demon hunter named Arthur shows up, but he has his own complicated and painful past to deal with, and the priests are slow to trust him.
It’s a full cast of characters playing out a compelling story of flawed humans battling powerful forces of evil. The alliances are complicated and shifting. But the final battle is so strong you can’t look away.
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The story was very good, and I also read 'The Ninth Circle' by the same author, in order to give myself a bit of 'flesh' into an event that is mentioned in 'The Everett Exorcism'. And, of course, Father Paladina and Arthur have 'previous'. Not that you need to read anything else in order to understand the latest book, it's just that I had to know. I was born that way. So now, in order to know the full background story, I have added most of Lincoln Cole's books to my very, very, very, lengthy TBR pile. I need another house, never mind a room, for the pile...
I really enjoyed this book, and I am looking forward to receiving my pre-ordered 'The Vatican Children' in due course.
What makes Niccolo doubtful of the facts presented by Fr. Jackson and what does he warn the latter to be circumspect about?
How does Fr Jackson respond to that statement?
What happens soon afterwards to put doubts in Niccolo's mind and who does he speak to in Rome about the matter?
How does Rose Gallagher seem when Niccolo and Fr Jackson go to visit her at home - and what happens to Niccolo there?
Who is Arthur Vangeest and how does he react on seeing Niccolo? What does Arthur know about what the Bishop is planning?
With a passing nod to The Exorcist and Village of the Damned, thrill-meister Lincoln Cole captures the reader's imagination and gradually tightens the hangman's noose of terror around its neck until it seems that evil has won...
Any fans of apocalyptic fantasy-thrillers will - like this reviewer - be utterly mesmerised and unable to put this novel down,
until the fascinating cliff-hanger end is nigh and the terror is no more...until the next nugget of of a novel hits your bookstore!
With vibrant characterisation, this well written book draws in the reader from the start and continues with ever increasing possession until the dramatic climax. The story is cleverly presented, too, starting, essentially, in the middle, then returning to two days earlier with the arrival of the Priest following him until that central point is reached before, once again, going back in time for several day to then trace the experiences of another protagonist. Then all comes together for the final denouement. In another author's hand this could be clunky or frustrating, but here it works superbly, adding to the tension.
I am not usually a fan of books with religious paranormal themes but this is very much the exception.
Excellent book, and recommended.
Then the story turned into a good thriller, covering the themes of revenge, demon possession, exorcisms, and reconciliation between individuals who had been pushed far apart by circumstances.
This would appear to be the start of a series, where some of the events in The Everett Exorcism are resolved in the first release, but there are threads that need to be dealt with in one or more following books. There is also decent material to generate a prequel to The Everett Exorcism. Regardless, this book was well worth the cost, and I have no doubt that I will become a “Verified Purchase” review to the next one when it is released.
Father Paladina travels all the way from Italy to Everett, Washington, commissioned by the Church, to look into a case of possible demonic possession. A trained exorcist, Father Paladina senses something wrong with the whole city of Everett. Surprised to meet the very 'normal' Rose, he disregards Father Reynold's claim of a possible case of possession. He misses some omens, doesn't trust the ability of Father Reynolds to sense the paranormal, but eventually realises that more than just one life are in danger.
The first of the 'World of Shadows' series, The Everett Exorcism is an action, horror and a thriller novel, all set to blow your mind away. The author Lincoln Cole builds the suspense slowly and steadily until it reaches a crescendo. Read the book to see how the story unfolds.