- Series: Cthulhu Armageddon (Book 2)
- Paperback: 276 pages
- Publisher: Independently published (March 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1520781148
- ISBN-13: 978-1520781143
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,076,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Once more unto the breach with C. T. Phipps' CTHULHU ARMAGEDDON setting! An "after the end" military/survivalist tale set in the aftermath of the Lovecraftian apocalypse. Phipps takes his cue, fairly enough, from Lovecraft's most action-oriented story "The Dunwich Horror," Brian Lumley's Titus Crow tales, and the Call of Cthulhu Roleplaying Game. While no less bleak than many more "traditional" Lovecraftian stories, Phipps has taken to heart Terry Pratchett's axiom that "sometimes it is better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness."
While probably not going to appeal to anyone looking for a more familiar Mythos narrative, there is something satisfying in reading a story that, having abandoned the constraints of the old format, gleefully embraces what it is without pretensions or a backwards glance. A few of the familiar boxes are checked: the stakes are higher. The cast is stranger. The Big C, as promised, makes an appearance. The plot moves forward, the Mythos references come heavy, but always with a twist. The story moves on its own internal logic, not just a series of violent episodes stitched together by episodes of endless moping. This is Cthulhu Mythos action-adventure fiction written along the lines of the latter-day Bureau of Paranormal Defense (B.P.R.D.) comic books or Metal Gear Solid; content to be gritty and cool without wallowing in the grimdark self-importance or cheap exploitation of sex and violence. The kind of book that could go well with a death metal soundtrack.
The disjointedness is in part a consequence of these higher stakes. Characters who would be the main hero of their own stories, legends of their time, are introduced and die just as easily. Journeys are compressed as time and space are warped. It's a bit disorienting, but I think it fits the genre.
Once again C. T. Phipps gives his listeners a frightening roller coaster ride deep into the darkness and evil world inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. Combined with horror and science fiction, Phipps entertains as well as scares.
As usual, Phipps does not disappoint. He raises the bar in this second installment of John Henry Booth’s world and delivers an entertaining story. There are moments where clarity is not present, but when dealing with time and dimensional jumping, confusion is a by-product. Overall, Phipps does an excellent job of moving the story along and keeping things clear.
Jeffrey Kafer narrates the tale with a deep resonating voice that captures the essence of Booth well. He keeps the story flowing with a steady voice and gives a calming presence even in the most terrifying scenes. I enjoy listening to Kafer narrate; his performances are always top-notch.
This series is perfect for horror and science fiction fans alike.
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I don't know why I didn't see a sequel coming from the first book, but I'm really glad that Phipps wrote one. The benefit of a sequel is that you've already had time to explain out certain characters and their characteristics, but it also allows you to explain the world a little bit allowing you to jump right into the continuation of a story.
Well, Phipps did that for sure. I thought that Cthulhu Armageddon was non-stop action. I would be wrong compared to Tower of Zhaal. Holy cow, I need to catch my breath from this one. Another thing that I really enjoyed was the addition of new characters. Phipps was able to weave new people into the story without them feeling like complete outsiders.
The story itself from the first book wasn't normally my cup of tea, but darn it did I still enjoy it. The Tower of Zhaal was the same way. I went into it with an open mind and having read the first book. I wasn't sure what was going to happen in this book, but I was bucked up for the ride. I'm glad that I was buckled up though because this one took me for a ride.
Anytime you can get the amazing Jeffrey Kafer to narrator your books, you already have an edge up on the competition. But when you combine Kafer's great narration of this book with Phipps great writing you have a winner.
The Tower of Zhaal was even more enjoyable than Cthulhu Armageddon and took me on a roller coaster ride that I wasn't sure I was coming back from.
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