- Paperback: 370 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 26, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1517048664
- ISBN-13: 978-1517048662
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,668,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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H narratives: Divulgence Paperback – August 26, 2015
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Six complete strangers awaken in a bizarre and frightening place, only to be told that not only are they dead but they are in hell. They are all put through terrifying ordeals at the hands of the torturer Sunesis before being told that they must work together to complete missions for Sunesis and journey through hell.
I have mixed feelings about this novel. The first half I did not enjoy at all and struggled to get through it. There was a lot of graphic violence that I questioned the need for. Reading it made me very uncomfortable and I was very tempted to skip pages in places. However, I persevered with it and once the six protagonists had been dispatched into the lands of hell I found myself starting to enjoy the novel. There was still quite a lot of violence but you also learned more about each character and started to see them forming bonds with each other. I liked how each of them was flawed in some way – it made them much more relatable. The banter between them was amusing and provided a lot of much need comic relief to the horrifying situation that they found themselves in.
I have given Divulgence 3.5 stars because whilst I enjoyed the second part of the novel, the first part made for some very uncomfortable reading. That being said this is a very original novel with a different take on what we imagine hell to be like and I would like to find out what happens to Toby and the others.
This is so much worse than I ever could imagine Hell to be. Mr. Romero writes of Hades as though he himself has been there. The book in itself is somewhat gruesome, sadistic, and at times humorous. My favorite character is Sunesis . He reminds me of Colonel Klink on steroids. Sunesis' job is to torture people by whichever means he can. Not one to take his responsibilities lightly, he sets out to do this in creative ways and accomplishes just that, thoroughly enjoying the pain he inflicts on others.
I gave this book 5 stars . Mr. Romero's creativity and originality shine in Divulgence.,
You better be careful.. Someone up above is watching.
The beginning had wonderful introductions to the characters, or more precisely, their exits. From this world, anyway. This part really got my attention. It made me hyper aware of what could go horribly wrong in even the most mundane of life's situations. Then, for whatever the reason, the characters arrive in Hell.
A small debate on <i>why</i> they are in Hell takes place a few chapters in, and the author covers a few Biblical, and non-Biblical theories on this by way of dialogue between the characters and their demon host/instructor/guy in charge, Sunesis.
Sunesis! He's funny as Hell. Sarcastic, imaginative, and down right mean. He has a job to do and he enjoys every minute of it. Here's where things go from bad to worse for a few of the specially chosen of Hell's new citizens.
Mental torment, physical tragedy (but they're dead, right? So why does it hurt so much?!) crazy rooms, tunnels, caves, mutant creatures, vats of boiling oil (mmmm...tastes like chicken) are set upon these people, three men and three women, just to torment them? Or to prepare them for worse to come..?
By the end of the story I was involved with each of the characters, separately and as a team. Rooting for them to overcome everything Sunesis and Hell itself could throw at them.
I knew this was going to be a series going into it, but I was still a little disappointed when it ended on a cliffhanger. However, this was gory, horrific, humorous and adventurous enough for me to really want to read the next in the series.
I can't wait to read the next book.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.