Ghost Road Blues (Pine Deep Trilogy #1)

Ghost Road Blues (Pine Deep Trilogy #1)

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by Jonathan Maberry
     
 

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Winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel

From a new master of horror comes an apocalyptic showdown between the residents of a secluded, rural town and the deadly evil that confronts them wherever they turn . . .

Evil Doesn't Die

The cozy little town of Pine Deep buried the horrors of its past a long time ago. Thirty years have gone by

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Winner of the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel

From a new master of horror comes an apocalyptic showdown between the residents of a secluded, rural town and the deadly evil that confronts them wherever they turn . . .

Evil Doesn't Die

The cozy little town of Pine Deep buried the horrors of its past a long time ago. Thirty years have gone by since the darkness descended and the Black Harvest began, a time when a serial killer sheared a bloody swath through the quiet Pennsylvania village. The evil that once coursed through Pine Deep has been replaced by cheerful tourists getting ready to enjoy the country's largest Halloween celebration in what is now called "The Spookiest Town in America."

It Just Grows Stronger

But then—a month before Halloween—it begins. Unspeakably desecrated bodies. Inexplicable insanity. And an ancient evil walking the streets, drawing in those who would fall to their own demons and seeking to shred the very soul of this rapidly fracturing community. Yes, the residents of Pine Deep have drawn together and faced a killer before. But this time, evil has many faces—and the lust and will to rule the earth. This struggle will be epic.

"Serves up scares like pancakes at a church social."—Gregory Frost

"Without a doubt this prolific author is the next Stephen King. Maberry deserves more then a Bram Stoker Award for this; he deserves Bram Stoker to rise from his grave and shake his hand." —Chad Wendell, New World Reviews

"If I were asked to select only one new voice in horror fiction to read today, it would be Jonathan Maberry."—Katherine Ramsland

"A fun, fun read and creepy as hell."—Gregory Frost

"If you think small town horror has nothing new to offer, you have a surprise in store. Ghost Road Blues demonstrates that even the most haunted town in America is unprepared for the full depth of evil, either human or inhuman."—Don D'Ammassa

"Reminiscent of Stephen King. . .Maberry supplies plenty of chills in this atmospheric novel. . .This is horror on a grand scale." –Publishers Weekly

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Publishers Weekly
Maberry supplies plenty of chills, both Earth-bound and otherworldly, in this atmospheric horror novel, the first of a trilogy. Thirty years after the citizens of Pine Deep, Pa., killed the serial killer known as the Reaper, the town enjoys a quiet idyll and a tourist-friendly reputation as "the most haunted town in America." But gearing up for its annual Halloween celebration, the town is unprepared for the real haunts stirring in their corn fields, seeking to finish what the Reaper started. Switching among a large cast of characters, Maberry builds suspense by degrees, in the process exploring the community of Pine Deep. Showing his smalltown Americans at their worst-through domestic abuse, religious fanaticism and cowardice-Maberry proves how everyday, evening -news-grade sadism can dovetail neatly with capital-E Evil and the supernatural big guns that carry it out. This is horror on a grand scale, reminiscent of Stephen King's heftier works (The Stand, Needful Things) and just as dense with detail; though it simmers a bit too long, and the payoff doesn't quite measure up, Maberry can be forgiven-as long as he fulfills his grisly promises in the sequel. (June) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786018154
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
06/01/2006
Series:
Pine Deep Trilogy, #1
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
271,493
Product dimensions:
4.16(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.28(d)

What People are saying about this

Chad Wendell
"Without a doubt this prolific author is the next Stephen King. Maberry deserves more then a Bram Stoker Award for this; he deserves Bram Stoker to rise from his grave and shake his hand."--(Chad Wendell, New World Reviews)

Don D'Ammassa
"If you think small town horror has nothing new to offer, you have a surprise in store. Ghost Road Blues demonstrates that even the most haunted town in America is unprepared for the full depth of evil, either human or inhuman."--(Don D'Ammassa)
Katherine Ramsland
"If I were asked to select only one new voice in horror fiction to read today, it would be Jonathan Maberry."--(Katherine Ramsland)
Gregory Frost
"Serves up scares like pancakes at a church social."--(Gregory Frost)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book starts out slow but not in the sense of action or pace. It just takes at least two thirds of the way to get a sense or any type of feel for the characters or plot. That being said the last half of the book will make you want more. So I will defiantly try Dead Man's Song. Would Recommend.
bookwormCO More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! Im a fan of Stephen King and Dean Koontz and I have to say Jonathan Maberry is the first writer i have ever thought is of the same caliber as them! I couldnt wait to read the other 2 books! I was not disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Made the mistake of purchasing the trilogy. Trying to get through the first one, too wordy and slow, hoping it picks up. It's overly descriptive with alot of filler information that's not relevent to the story.
ImajicaPA More than 1 year ago
Wonderful trilogy, all of the books are wonderful, they keep your attention! Must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is the stuff of nighmares, and I hardly slept until I finished all 3 books. I couldn't put them down. Maberry really gets you to care for the characters and experience the horror with them. He also nas a great sense of humor. I am definitely hooked on Jonathan Maberry.
ColeJustify More than 1 year ago
I've read many books by different authors with all of them being great with a few favorites. Then I saw the cover of this book on a myspace page awhile back and checked it out and simply bought the book based only on it's cover. I gotta say after reading the first few pages, I was blown away by the style of writing jonathan uses. I read that book quicker than any other book and it is a original thrill ride from first to last page. This book is so different from alot of other supernatural thrillers in the fact that it's better than most others already out there. My favorite author is still Dean Koontz but Jonathan Maberry ranks a close second now. I just purchased the second book to this trilogy "Dead Man's Song" and I can't wait to see what happens next. If you see this book, grab it and run home with it, wait til nightfall and read it then. It is without doubt a good scare of a read..
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thirty years after a serial killer wreaked havoc through the small peaceful town of Pine Deep, long past the time when a thin black man and a lone German fought by the light of the moon, the truth of what really happened still lay hidden deep within a forsaken swamp, waiting ... waiting for the chance to once again come forth ... stronger. With a solid cast of characters, Maberry draws readers in with his well-written, rhythmical words that resonate a tale that is both mythical and often, all too real, with the ease of a master bluesman effortlessly plucking out a tune. A compelling read, 'Ghost Road Blues' is speckled throughout with classic lyrics, evocative intention, and an ample supply of 'can't put it down' moments, and although I'm not typically a reader of this genre, the opening scene where a young man is being ripped from his seat on a hayride as the rest run for safety is what caught my interest--only to be followed by the phrase that kept it: 'The Bone Man killed the devil with a guitar...' Great job, Jonathan!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ghost Road Blues is a very cool book -a creepy thriller with a whopping dose of the supernatural and some genuine heart. I particularly love the characters, each of whom are realistic. You feel you know them...which is scary because there are some you'd definitely never want to know. And the very ending is quietly chilling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ghost Road Blues is a return to old school horror, the kind that made us love the genre to begin with. At the same time, it also offers a newer, more modern feel to it. Always believable, it is almost impossible to read the book and not care for the characters. Just when you think it is going to get predictable, you are in for a surprise. Can't wait to read the sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ghost Road Blues' is a thrilling roller coaster ride that grabs hold of you from the first word and doesn't let go until the end. And just when you think you've got it all figured out, the novel twists and turns along its tracks, leaving you amazed at Maberry's writing genius. This is one ride you don't want to miss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story. Read all three in the.trilogy and hated to.see it end This author was not out to make a buck writing 3 short.books, but each was very long. Great characters and well written. Kudos for a great horror trilogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First time I have read this author and I am so happy I did. Book very well written and of course had to buy the second book right away!
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jlgc More than 1 year ago
Ghost Road Blues is the first of three books written by Jonathan Maberry in his Pine Deep Trilogy.  This first book sets up the scene of a quiet little town that comes to life during the Halloween season. The town capitalizes on the local folk lore and ghost stories. Unbeknownst to them, there is true evil buried in their land and it has been waiting 30 years to rise again.  This is not a fast paced, non-stop action story. It’s an atmospheric, evil, paranormal story. Jonathan Maberry has taken his time to create the perfect word pictures needed to build tension, describe the land, and introduce you to the citizens.  Crow is our hero, a man of average height who can beat the crap out of any comer. Val, a tough as nails farmer’s daughter is Crow’s girlfriend. Terry is the mayor, Crow’s best friend. He is cursed, but I don’t think he truly knows how. He sees his dead sister. Tow-truck Eddie thinks he’s doing God’s work. Vic is a mean-nasty man full of the evil that fills the land. Mike, 14 years old, is Vic’s stepson and punching bag. Mike has a vivid imagination, likes to pretend he is a superhero, and is a protégé of Crow’s. Ruger is a thief and murder who crashes into town and gets mixed up in the evil. Not something that is hard for him since he is already consumed by evil. Then, there is The Man and the Bone Man.  This story isn’t for the faint of heart. There are graphic scenes of violence, evil thoughts, and evil deeds. The bad guys know what’s up but our heroes haven’t yet figured it out. Also, there is no conclusion in this book. It is just the first book in a longer story. I’m looking forward to reading the next two. I think I have a couple of things figured out but don’t want to spoil it for you. 
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One of my favorite authors by far, and I love the subtle hints of horror he leaves. The first book in this series  might not start off as fast as other authors but the quality is better. Definitely picks up and turned into a binge read. couldn't put it down if I tried   
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On to #2
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Loved the book.gave me chills..highly recommend..cant wait to start the next one
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