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Rites of Azathoth Paperback – December 31, 2016
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About the Author
Frank Cavallo was born and raised in New Jersey and now lives in Northeast Ohio. He is the author of The Lucifer Messiah, The Hand of Osiris and The Eye of the Storm. Visit him at www.frankcavallo.com
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It is very strongly inspired by Lovecraft's "The Dunwich Horror" and functions as a kind of distant sequel to that story.
The ending was disappointing. It ended up being more like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" than Cthulhu Mythos. But I kind of knew from the beginning. When a Cthulhu Mythos story starts to bring up the topic of "the end of the world", it pretty much always ends in disappointment (at least for a misanthrope like me - I am always hoping that the world WILL end).
Still, it was an engrossing story, and Cavallo's interpretation of the Cthulhu Mythos is at least... acceptable.
Diana Mancuso is an FBI criminal Profiler who now teaches instead of doing field work. She is haunted by a judgement call she made in the past. She holds herself responsible for the loss of lives and is more comfortable now in the classroom training new agents. Until one day she is called back into the field. A serial killer, Luther Vayne, has completely disappeared from the prison he has been imprisoned in for 40 years. A serial killer who kills women and children in ritualistic acts as commanded by Azathoth. The walls of his cell contain the ancient writings that were written in blood. The Assistant Director wants her to get inside the head of the killer to track him down after he has escaped and killed again. Will she get into his head or will he get into her head?
Carter, an expert in ancient languages has been hired by an eccentric billionaire, Victor Gregorian, to read an ancient tablet. A tablet that he has heard about from his previous mentor. A mentor who went insane in his pursuit of learning more about Azathoth. Intrigued and excited by this find, Carter agrees to help the Disciples of the Black Flame as they wait for the convergence and for Vayne to make an appearance. There is something big planned. Something Gregorian has been waiting his entire life for, something that Vayne has been commanded to stop.
I found the pacing of this book to be spot on. I really enjoyed how the story unfolded. I was invested in the story and it became a page turner for me as I wanted to see how it was going to end. I don't typically read books on the occult or too many science fiction type books but I thought this book was captivating. I found the story to be really interesting and fun. Yes there is blood and gore but that goes with the genre. I found this book to be wonderfully bloody, interesting, creepy, well written descent into the occult. There are a lot of things happening in this book but everything is easy to follow and understand.
I think fans of various book genres will enjoy this book. I really enjoyed this book and found it hard to put down!
I received a copy of this book from Book publicity Services and the Author in return for an honest review.
There are plots within plots in Rites of Azathoth, some of them reaching to the highest levels of both the government and the corporate spheres. It’s protagonist Diana Mancuso’s unenviable job to get to the heart of it all, and solve a case that doesn’t just hint at the supernatural, but dives headlong into it. Mancuso’s very much an anti-hero: reluctant to get involved, frequently breaks the rules, and not above torture to get the information she needs. She’s not likable, but she’s the investigator this case needs.
Cavallo’s familiarity with legal, political, and law enforcement nomenclature provide welcome credibility to the narrative, even if his unfamiliarity with firearms presents a minor problem (Glocks don’t have safeties you can switch on and off, and handguns have magazines, not clips). The dialogue was uneven: sometimes it was snappy, at other times clumsy and overlong. Cavallo’s descriptions of the terrible goings-on and horrific creatures are disturbing, which is exactly what you want for a novel like this.
You like high intrigue, ancient rituals, disgusting villains, and mind-ripping horrors? You’ll get them all and more in Rites of Azathoth. I can’t say much more than I have for fear of giving away its appalling secrets. In a novel that’s catnip for Lovecraft fans, Frank Cavallo delivers the scares. While I didn’t care for Diana Mancuso, I do look forward to the next Cavallo novel.
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