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The Burning Time

The Burning Time

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by JG Faherty
An ancient evil has come to Hastings Mills, and only one man can stop it. Where The Stranger goes, evil follows. Women throw themselves off bridges. Townspeople turn on each other in murderous fury. Swimmers disappear in the river, victims of a deadly beast that has taken up residence there. And the worst is still yet to come. The Stranger plans on opening a gateway

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The Burning Time 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
LongDogMomSS More than 1 year ago
I received this ebook through Early Reviewers. Overall I found it to be a fast read. Drawing heavily on Lovecraft's Old Ones mythos, the story basically played out as a good versus evil story. Two strangers arrive in a small town, one a preacher who is actually an immortal creature working to spread chaos and violence, as he slowly gains enough power to open the way to Earth for the Old Ones to enter. He slowly brainwashes the populace, feeding off of the escalating violence and hostility as neighbours and family turn on each other with horrific results. John Root, a traveler who collects folktales and myths and is the latest in a family line whose job it is to seek out and fight evil like the creature masquerading as a preacher. He knows a mishmash of herbal medicine and magic and the author provides him with some interesting aspects such as a black medicine bag that is more of a tunnel to somewhere else than just a carrying case.  One thing that didn't ring true for me was that Cyrus Christian was known by other names such as Loki, Anansi, Trickster, etc. Yes, those are gods of chaos and mischief, but I don't see them as evil in the way that Cyrus Christian was portrayed, nor could I see them working to aid the Old Ones. It's a small point but it did bother me whenever those other names were used. I just felt it was not an accurate representation of Tricksters, but taken much beyond into something that was completely evil and horrific. The action moved quickly and the atmosphere of evil was well described but I felt like we were barely scratching the surface and that it might've been helpful, especially for those who are not familiar with Lovecraft, to have provided more background and detail of the Old Ones and this seemingly eternal battle between Root and his adversary, who we learn can't be killed. At times I felt that the town violence went a little over the top, especially when after it died down people just rationaized all that had happened and blamed it on the heat or electrical ions and moved on. I doubt that the kind of violence on the scale described could happen and that people could move forward afterwards or rationalize it in any way. That just felt a little too easy and didn't ring true. It began to feel that no matter what eventually happened, there had been so much damage to the people in the town that they would never be able to move back to a normal place after it.  I would probably recommend this book to anyone who enjoys horror and Lovecraft. It's a fast and somewhat enjoyable read if you suspend disbelief and just ride along with the story. It's not the best horror I've read and there isn't much that is new or creative but I did find myself wanting to keep reading to see what would happen and I did like the John Root character. If the author decided to make it into a series I would probably give a second book a try, especially if the author decided to dig a little deeper into John and his family line and there was some progression rather than just a repeat using the same basic story with just a different town. 
pamkaye 10 months ago
I received The Burning Time from Librarything for free, In return for an honest review. Reverend Cyrus Christian is the vessel of evil. When he comes to the town of Hasting Mills, he rings an incredible heat wave which causes the citizen's to be easily aggravated and short tempered. His evil presence emanates through town causing normally good, kind people to do outrageous things in fits of rage. John Root is on the side of good. He has been searching for the being inside the Reverend for many years. This "trickster", as John calls it, has destroyed Johns hometown and killed many members of John's family This is the typical battle of good vs. evil, God vs. Devil, Heaven vs. Hell that has been done many times before. J.G. Faherty does it flawlessly. He grabs your attention from the moment Cyrus, John, and a young man named Billy enter town. There were a couple of times in my version of ebook (it may have been updated and fixed by now) that the Reverend's name was inverted (Christian Cyrus instead of Cyrus Christian). Overall, I was thrilled and enthralled by this book. If you enjoyed The Burning Time, then check out Cemetary Club also by J.G. Faherty.
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niahflame More than 1 year ago
I got this book from the Early Reviewers for an honest review. This book is pretty good for a mythos tale. If you like Lovecraft, this book is for you. I thought it was great how the town went nuts and turned on each other. The author really knows his lore!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite In The Burning Time, an unbearable heat wave is affecting Hastings Mills, a small town of 15,000 in upstate New York. Meanwhile, strange suicides baffle the small community. All the young women jumped from a bridge into the Allegheny River. As if that isn't enough, a man beat and killed his wife, and a woman killed her husband because he refused to go to church. A man named John Root arrives in town and he is on a mission to stop the evil force before it changes Hastings Mills forever. Thanks to J.G. Faherty’s undeniable talent, we are kept fascinated from beginning to end with this gripping horror tale. The story moves along at a good pace, and I was absorbed enough to finish it in two sittings. The plot is absolutely original, solid, and interesting. This is a classic story of good versus evil. It was easy for the villain to brainwash the townspeople and exploit their weaknesses. There were times when I thought the evil would win. All characters are well-developed and memorable - Reverend Cyrus Christian, the mysterious John Root, Danni Anderson and her younger brother Mitchell, just to name a few. Faherty took his time in introducing them, just as he took his time in introducing the town and the well-written plot to the readers. The prose is top-notch and flawless, and the dialogue is sharp.   No matter what genre you prefer, The Burning Time is a story you should read. You won’t be disappointed.
celtictrek More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book about the old fight of good versus evil and how common, everyday folks, under the influence of a charismatic stranger, can become twisted monsters they never would have imagined. If you're a Lovecraft aficionado, you'll definitely enjoy this novel.  
dwatson More than 1 year ago
Things aren't going well in Hastings Mills. The weather is unbearably hot, a man chased his wife through a street and beat her to death, women keep jumping off a bridge to their deaths and a husband who says he won't go to church is killed by his wife. Things started to change when two strangers arrived in town. One man, Reverend Cyrus Christian is collecting blood sacrifices to offer the Old Ones in his attempt to release Hell on Earth. Whatever town he goes to, evil reigns supreme and Hastings Mills may never be the same. The other stranger, John Root is the only one who can stop him but he has troubles of his own and it will not be easy keeping the elder gods from inheriting the Earth and bringing chaos in their wake. The Burning Time by J.G. Faherty is a classic story of good versus evil in a small New England town. Fans of H.P. Lovecraft will enjoy The Burning Time because it dives deep into the Cthulhu mythos and there is an atmosphere of despair and dread that hangs in the air throughout the book. What I really enjoyed about this book was the character of John Root. John isn't your normal everyday hero. He isn't confident in himself and he doesn't really want to be who he is. He comes from a family who practiced magic and he feels his life purpose is to stop evil because that's what his mother did. John has fought many supernatural creatures in his time and he carries all the scars with him. When he sleeps he has constant nightmares and everyday he relieves his failures. Despite his feelings he does his duty and doesn't complain about it, which is what makes him such an excellent character. One of my favorite scenes was when John realizes that a boy he is helping looks at him as a hero. Instead of enjoying the fact that someone looks up to him, he wonders when he's going to fail and disappoint the boy. There was also a good scene where three hell hounds attacked the house that John is staying in that was very well done. The only bad thing in this book is while the atmosphere is great, it lacks suspense because things get so bad in Hastings Mills that it feels like evil has already won. I think the theme J.G. Faherty was going for though was that no matter how bad things get, there will still be some good. You can't have good without evil and the battle will always rage on between the two. There were also two main characters that were introduced in the book that I would have liked to have seen become a bigger part of the story. There are quite a few terrifying scenes in this book. Hastings Mills is a town where everyone is loosing their minds and there are stories within the story that were disturbing. The Burning Time is a hard-core horror story that takes a close look at a whole town that is collectively loosing its mind and it will have you shaking in fear anytime you see a stranger enter a small town.
Jesse_Kimmel-Freeman More than 1 year ago
I've not read a huge amount from this specific genre. But after reading this, I want to read more. This book is fun and exciting. JG does a great job of keeping you wondering what's going to happen. You want to know what will, but you don't. It's a great read. I love the characters. JG does a great job of creating an awesome character arc and storyline that surround them. You get really invested in them and what to see what JG is going to throw at them next. The mixing of the myths in, add another flavor to it. This is a great book, I recommend it those that enjoy Lovecraft and this genre.
coziecorner More than 1 year ago
J.G. Faherty pens "The Burning Time" in an well written, exciting plot, with extremely well developed and interesting characters. This is one book that will hook you right from the start and won't let go until your finished. I loved how the author was able to keep me guessing throughout the book, which is a rare thing to do. Highly recommended for all adult readers. This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
avidreader012 More than 1 year ago
An awesome good vs. evil thriller that will keep you enthralled. A small town is under attack by someone evil but who is it? The author did an excellent job keeping you in the dark until the very end. I especially like the irony of one of the characters names but I won't tell you who. You'll have to read it to find out. Plot and characters have good depth and it was very well written. I highly recommend this book.