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Posted November 24, 2012
An awesome sequel to the Judging. This is an awesome series fro
An awesome sequel to the Judging. This is an awesome series from an awesome writer. I highly suggest you read both the Judging and this sequel novel. If you are a Christian and you like Vampire stories you get a great combination in these novels - I don't forget to catch the Rabbit series as well. Can't wait to get my hands on the next novel in this series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 24, 2012
“Damascus Road”, the second installment of the Cores
“Damascus Road”, the second installment of the Corescu Chronicles by Ellen Maze brings the reader into the middle of the struggle that exists between the vampire world and God. Specifically the story zeros in on the character Paul, Mark’s servant, but new to the vampire world. Paul recruits Christian Tony as his companion and the conflict is set. Most of the story follows Paul’s struggle with his new found vampire powers, his devotion to Mark and his conflict with God.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The story moved quickly and by the end I was furiously turning the page to find out what happens. The end leaves the reader hanging a bit as Paul’s situation is resolved, but Mark, Hope and Tony have to wait until the third installment. Oh well… gives me something to look forward to. I highly recommend the Corescu Chronicles to all readers, particularly those interested in a different take on the vampire genre.
Posted October 23, 2011
"DAMASCUS ROAD" (GMTA REVIEW)
"THE JUDGING" & "DAMASCUS ROAD" BY ELLEN C. MAZEWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
My intention with this dual review is not to give away one iota of detail about either book. What I do intend to do is praise the genius that is Ellen C. Maze's writing finesse. These books are the first I have ever read that put a quite successful Christian twist on an ages old horror theme.
So maybe we have seen books with vampires in them that intend to do good by ridding the world of the evil of mankind. Ellen takes it to another level by having created a truly tortured soul that is on one hand trying to do what he deems, God has created him to do, while being plagued by the voice of the devil that tries so hard to push him in the other direction.
Both books are written with this general theme in mind but with a depth that makes you feel the main character's anguish.
I give the books 5 Ravens each!
Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud
Posted September 13, 2011
Another Amazing Read in a Fantastic Series
With Damascus Road, author Ellen C. Maze continues her fascinating Corescu Chronicles, and in this fantastic sequel to The Judging, readers are not only plunged into darker twists and turns, but into some profound and thought-provoking spiritual questions as well. Mark Corescu, horrified by how he has used the excuse of judging the wicked acts of sinners to justify satisfying his bloodlust, has fled to a remote location in Europe to protect humanity, leaving newly-made vampire, Paul Black, without his mentor. For this, Paul blames Tony Agricola, and his revenge on this man of God who helped open Mark's eyes is a most terrible one. Despite his repulsion and Paul's constant torment, Tony succeeds in convincing Paul to feed his bloodlust on only him and preacher Big John Jenkins, who reluctantly agrees in order to keep others safe and for reasons of his own. But Paul and Mark have left a trail of bodies that have set two detectives on a mission to solve the mysterious case and, finally, Tony and Paul are forced to flee to Germany in search of Mark, with the abandoned woman who loves him, Hope Brannen, hot on their heels. But will finding the ancient vampire really lead to the answers they each seek? Damascus Road is another amazing story by Ellen Maze that doesn't just offer non-stop suspense and fascinating characters, but also provides an extremely unique way to look at human spiritual dilemmas. I loved the development of the characters Tony and Paul in this sequel. It's possible to sympathize with the two in both their strengths and their weaknesses and their complex relationship is absolutely spellbinding. Even when Paul's cruelty and constant sarcastic barbs and Tony's often too patient suffering soul make the reader want to shake them, it's still impossible not to feel for them and see them as simply human - fallible and redeemable, both. The questions their story poses about selfishness and self-sacrifice, temptation and faith offer great depth, raising a suspenseful paranormal horror story to a wonderful piece of speculative fiction, as do the challenges and struggles of new characters, Big John Jenkins and the pursuing detectives. Another excellent work by an author who has become one of my favorites for her incredibly imaginative and well-written stories that don't just entertain, but give me so much to think about. I can't wait to read the next book in the Corescu Chronicles. If you haven't read any of her two series or short stories yet, don't miss out!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 8, 2011
Ellen never disappoints
When I pick up an Ellen C. Maze novel my family now knows what to expect - no food, no TLC, no attention, no answering the phone. So there was an air of martyrdom about the old homestead when I opened "Damascus Road" and buried myself in it. I wanted to savor this absorbing story and ration myself to a few pages at a time but my flesh is weak and I had to keep on reading.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Oh boy, Ellen never disappoints, does she? I've lost count of her novels and short-stories that I've read (including the Rabbit series), but they're like vintage wine - they each get better and better. I believe her forte lies, not only in the ingenuity and novelty of her spiritual vampire tales, but also in the fully-rounded and loveable characters that inhabit her world. Even the baddies redeem themselves with humorous banter and quirk to the point where I love them and hate them at the same time.
"Damascus Road" is the sequel to "The Judging" and out troop your favorites characters. Doctor Mark Corescu has gone to ground although he pops into people's minds every now and again with a flash of inspiration; impetuous but courageous Hope Brannon is breaking her heart over Mark's absence while she takes care of her dead twin's children. Handsome, young and heedless Paul Black has turned more than a tad mean after becoming a fully-fledged vampire and his grisly pleasure is to murder, drink blood and badger the life out of preacher Tony Agricola. Tony must be the wimpiest, least expected hero of all time, yet he possesses an inner strength and bravery that goes beyond human in his attempts to redeem Paul. He's even prepared to sacrifice something very precious to achieve his aim, but I'm not going to reveal what that is here - go buy the book.
Some new characters make their appearance in "Damascus Road": Big John Jenkins (the giant) who'll do anything to keep his small family off the bread-line, and that includes having to put up with "mosquito" Paul Black on his back, literally. And detectives with a little romance between two of them as a sweet sideline - I was wondering when the cops would get suspicious about all the deaths. An angel pops up along the way who, I have a feeling, may make an appearance in the next book. Yes, there is another book, thank God, and I'll let you into a little secret - I believe it's called The Tree of Life.
As usual, Ellen's crisp, to-the-point prose, wacky but carefully crafted characters are a joy to read. The plot twists from being laugh out loud funny to darkly disturbing, but really what makes the book so special is the perspective of a very curious and intriguing world that lives alongside ours.
Full marks, Ellen. Five out of Five.