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The Darkening

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2005

    An original End of the World novel

    I love reading end of the world novels, and The Darkening did not disappoint me one bit. It was extremely well written, and I found myself wrapped up in the characters. They were well developed and real. The story was completely original, and very thought out. I love the twist that was put on the rapture. I found myself flying through the pages wondering what would happen next. The only complaint I have is I felt it ended a little abruptly. I wish it would have been a little longer at the end than what it was. I feel like he could have made the last 6 pages at least 20. That is the only reason why I didn't give it 5 stars. That aside I highly recommend The Darkening to anyone who loves a good End of the World story. It will not disappoint.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2004

    Far From King

    A man, a woman and a priest end up in together in an exclusive club known as the last survivors on earth. The man is being corrupted by the Old Ones so he can be used as a pawn to aid them in taking over the world. The woman is humantiy's only chance at survival. The priest is entirely irrelavant and is just a character created to clear all the muddling the writer's prose creates. This book killed me to read. Rhothtags, beastly disciples of the Old Ones, clear a path for the man their going to trick, act as nothing more than blood hungry dogs when in the feminine presence of their biggest enemy and prime concearn, but walk through sunlight as their leathery skin burns and drips off them in order to kill a priest who does nothing but tells the man and the woman what they've known since the very start. I was also irritated because an unkown force guides both the man and woman to the priest before the reach the coveted 'Keep'. I found it hard to believe that two people would be drawn to an imprisoned priest who would do nothing more than repeat what others had already told them. I also found it annoying that of the two secret organizations, one turns into evil beasts, while aside from the ones directly aiding our hereos the other members of the benevolent organization dissappear with no explanation along with most of the world. One would logically draw the conclusion that those who sinned dissapeared and were transfered to the Old One's dimensions while the good ones stayed behind. The author's uses this explanation, conviently forgetting the unsavory nature of a particular character who gets left behind. An okay read but the flaws will nag at you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2004

    Very spooky

    The world is changing as the forces of darkness begin to get stronger. Billions of people have disappeared, only their clothing left behind. Many of those who remain are changed into reptilian beasts who only want to kill the normals. There is no more power and the food and water have a taint to it. Cities collapse and the landscape of the planet undergoes a rapid change but this is not the Rapture or its aftermath. The Old Ones, beings who live in another dimension, are returning to destroy Earth before they return to their own realm.................................. An ancient organization known as the Rex Deux franatically try to find the chosen ones who like the others before them will be the saviors of mankind and keep the portal between the dimensions closed. Lucy Deveraux, who has always been a loner, hides from the Qedem Melech, the organization who helps the Old Ones and their minions. She along with Dylan Barnes, fighting his own demons and grieving the loss of his wife, is the ones who must fight the old ones. From separate parts of the country, they and their allies meet on the sacred ground of The Keep, hoping to find the knowledge that will help them defeat mankind¿s enemy................................. There are many great horror novelists writing today including King, Koontz, and Barker, but Chandler McGrew proves with THE DARKENING he is their equal. The protagonists don¿t want to be world saviors but when push comes to shove they find the courage to try. Readers will empathize with their predicament and sympathize with their doubts and root for them as they go against an enemy more powerful than they could imagine......................... Harriet Klausner

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