- File Size: 213 KB
- Print Length: 78 pages
- Publisher: Black Void Publishing (October 1, 2019)
- Publication Date: October 1, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07YBL2PF8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,155 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Ritual (Father of Lies Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Hmm... Reading this short story was like watching an old Hammer horror flick from the 60s. You've seen it so many times you just know how it's going to end...no surprises there...
I liked the ritual parallels: There were the daily rituals performed with love by the main character Brad. He ate the same meals, did the same chores, arrived on time for his job, and read his daily Bible devotional...
...Then there were the daily preparations leading up to THE RITUAL...you'll know what I'm talking about when you read it...you probably already have an idea...
Really, no surprises for me as the story unfolded...except for the very end...That was cool...
Warning to some readers about graphic sexual story content.
3 stars for this interesting comparison but in the end it basically read like many other stories of its ilk both fiction and real. I removed 1 star for proofing errors and 1 star for some, not many grammatical errors.
This is the story of Brad, a boring, normal guy that is devoted to his religion. You get that he is preparing for something, that he knows he is meant for something bigger.
Steve starts the story out small, and as we progress through it reveals bits about what was going on. It gets dark, it gets really twisted. There was a lot of 'what the?' happening as I was reading. It was well written and kept me engrossed throughout.
I'm definitely going to be reading some more of his work (after this one I read Wagon Buddy, which should have a review from me soon). Steve Stred is an author I would suggest to any fans of horror or fans of good books that just get a little horrific.
There are some truly depraved deeds and unsavory characters in this story. If you're looking for a feel-good read, this isn't it. However, if you're in the market for a fast-paced, brutal story with an unforgettable ending, then you've come to the right place. I was horrified at times, but the solid storytelling carried me through. Sometimes I enjoy just feeling freaked out after I read a story, and this one definitely put me in that place. I am curious to read more from this author, especially in full-length novel format.
What I liked about the book is that it is definitely not a slow burn. Graphic, violent and at times appalling. You, the reader, are thrust (which, btw,...oh nvm) into extreme situations and then just as quickly, you find yourself living out the daily schedule of the protagonist’s routine. This constant hot vs cold ride keeps the pace pumping.
This book was recommended to me by a trusted source and she was right as usual.
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When I came to write this review I was planning on mentioning how it wasn’t actually as dark as I expected. Perhaps I’d built it up in my head to be something that would sicken even me. But now as I sit typing these here words, thinking back on the hour or so of my reading (whilst eating, I might add), the darkness has well and truly stayed with me.
Yeah, thinking back there is plenty of nasty-ass nastiness in this charming little book.
Brad is a guy who works in telesales. His work life is mundane, his colleagues irritating and vulgar, and he has little to look forward to. Well, that’s all about to change.
Brad’s church (more like cult) is planning on a mighty celebration at the end of the week. Brad is ‘The Chosen One’, something we know little about until the horrific climax of the tale. Brad spends his week preparing for the ritual with Father.
Father’s actions are diabolical and disgusting, but Brad doesn’t care, chosen ones don’t I suppose. As the date looms, things get more grotesque and shocking.
This church isn’t your typical God-loving crew who celebrate with songs and worship to a loving guy in the sky. No, no, no; murder, mutilation, and rape all play a part in their despicable dogma.
This book offers no let-up to the reader. As things become clearer about what’s actually going on, what with the demons and everything, the tension boils like a pulsating lake of blood in Hell. Brad is willing to do and suffer anything to be this chosen dude thingy. Anything.
The descriptions of his working day help to highlight the stuff he has to put up with to serve his higher purpose, and at times they seemed to only slow the pace down (very slightly). But fear not, as the real reason for all this becomes clear towards the end. Earlier interactions suddenly become more unnerving when you think back over them.
The meat and gravy of the story is nothing you haven’t seen before, but the punch this thing packs is like a smack in the chops by the Great Horned One himself. Fans of horror should be spilling blood in desperation to get their hands on this one.
The story was compelling, the author introduced several intriguing characters, as well as an imaginative backstory that, once again, left me wondering “why?”
My main criticism of this quick and cringe-inducing read is that the characters and details which make the story hard to put down are not fully explored when all is said and done. I asked “why?” several times, and didn’t get an answer often enough. However, I was entertained the entire way, even when I was a bit grossed out.
If you like an enthralling, rapid-fire horror story that takes you, very graphically at times, to the extremely dark side, this is the story for you. Just be warned, it is not for the faint of heart.