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Inthe non world between Heaven and Hell, Maledicus lurks. He is notreconciled to his unnatural death and believes his chance to aspire togreatness will come. He sets about manipulating events and circumstances to achieve his ultimate goals of greatness.
Meanwhile, time hasmoved on and in the 21st century, three elderly and retired men,Roosevelt, Sam and Jeremy, have formed a ghost-investigating group, with the occasional help and support from Roosevelt's nephew, ex-US Marine,Patrick. They have all suffered personal losses and this is a great wayfor them to keep themselves mental and physically active and to indulgein an interest in ghosts and the supernatural. When their InvestigativeParanormal Society ("IPS") gets its first really legitimate case, theyfind themselves up against an on-going evil that refuses to die. Can the IPS go up against an ancient and expanding evil and expect anythingother than untimely deaths?
I enjoyed the characters ofRoosevelt, Sam, Jeremy and Patrick and learning about their individuallosses and life experiences, all of which weave together into the fabric of this well planned story.
The idea behind this book is freshand clever and the ending was superb. I was really impressed by theauthor's unique and thrilling ending"
About the Author
- ASIN : B01M3MKGZL
- Publication date : October 5, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 2216 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 300 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1533425434
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #818,778 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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French's novel is a page-turner. He doesn't just tell us the story of Maledicus. We learn the stories of several people impacted by him in the 19th and 20th centuries. We also get to know the three investigators who've formed a paranormal club near the end of their regular careers. We become invested in their characters, their pasts, and their suffering. We root for them to overcome what's holding them back... and then we just want them to survive the 're-incarnated' Maledicus. What a thriller! It's a roller coaster of crazy drama across multiple historical periods. I'm certain at times we're not really supposed to know the order in which things happened, too. But that's okay... the plot and details are just great.
French has told a new type of scary story where sometimes we think things will turn out okay, then we're slapped cold and quick. He's highly imaginative and comes up with some great tortures (without being too graphically detailed). Characters are diverse and clear. Timelines are murky but that's okay... it helps build the drama of 'wait... what's really going on here?' so we can find some of the final surprises. I'll leave it up to you to figure out what really happens in the last few chapters.
It's the first in the series... I'm looking forward to more. Kudos to the author for writing us a chilling drama worthy of a few nail-biting moments.
There will never be a shortage of horror novels, both good and bad. Author Charles F. French enters the fray with his premiere offering, Maledicus, that thankfully falls into the former category. French has concocted a clever and intriguing tale of a very old evil spirit, who once lived life in Ancient Rome as Lucius Antony Caius (aka Maledicus). In present day, a trio of retired friends who have also lost loved ones, have formed a group called the Investigative Paranormal Society (IPS) partly as a way to cope with their grief, and also to stave off the boredom of retirement. Their leader is Roosevelt Franklin, the widower in the group, and as staunchly sound and American as his name implies. While these men investigate paranormal activities as a sort of hobby, their paths inevitably cross with that of the titular Roman spirit in a classic battle of good vs. evil. While this tale has been told innumerable times, French brings some fresh perspective to the subject. One can also see the influence of the master of this genre, Stephen King, but, fortunately, French manages to find his own voice in a straightforward style of the writing that fully engages the reader. He cleverly uses a back-and-forth structure in the chapters as the two adversaries work toward their anticipated confrontation. As a first effort, French has delivered a first-rate thriller, and established himself in the horror genre as a genuinely original storyteller with an excellent command of plotting and narrative. There are two more volumes in the IPS series, and I look forward to reading them both.
I enjoyed the idea of older gentlemen as the main characters of the book. Your heroes stumble through old age fighting to save the life of an innocent. This is not your typical horror story, so throw all your expectations out the window because what you will find is a tale of heroism, love, compassion and heart.