The Epitaph of Jonas Barloffby Calvin Dean
The house looks uninhabitable. Haunted. Evil.
While inspecting the Barloff family cemetery, Marc notices a towering grave marker
Popular high school senior, Daniel Townsend, is dead - victim of a suspicious car crash. As classmates Marc and Angela investigate, a chance discovery pinpoints Daniel at a crumbling antebellum mansion - the old Jonas Barloff estate.
The house looks uninhabitable. Haunted. Evil.
While inspecting the Barloff family cemetery, Marc notices a towering grave marker with a perplexing inscription. What does the epitaph mean, and who is the old man claiming to be Jonas Barloff?
To solve the mystery, Marc and Angela must comb through a phantom infested antebellum mansion. Witness a sordid grave exhumation. Attend a wicked, hair-raising séance. And learn the true identity of Jonas Barloff.
Will any of these pieces of the puzzle help them lay the cozy mysteries to rest once and for all? Oh, no! Not hardly! Not until they come face-to-face with an evil no one could possibly imagine. Even if they live to tell the story, no one will believe them. Not in a million years.
This book is fast-paced, the characters likable. You feel bad for Daniel. Jonas Barloff is also an interesting character with a back-story relating to the Civil War. There is also a hell of a twist ending that I didn't see coming. Highly recommended!
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Meet the Author
Calvin Dean is the author of two best selling novels: "The Epitaph of Jonas Barloff" and "A Door Unlocked". His short story, "The Rookie Umpire", appeared in Junior Baseball Magazine. When he isn't at the gym, he is working on the next supernatural, mystery, thriller or children's book. Calvin lives with his family in the suburbs of Memphis, Tennessee. Visit him at CalvinDean.blogspot.com or follow him on Twitter @jcalvindean.
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The Epitaph of Jonas Barloff is a mystery that leads off letting the reader think they know what is going on, then ramps up to a climax that resolves the questions pursued by amateur sleuths Marc and Angela. The detail in the story is thorough and well researched and thought out. The reader is given a good sense of what life is like in small town Sycamore Grove, Mississippi. I must say that I entered to win this book in a giveaway, and when I didn’t win, yet found the book on sale, I took it up out of curiosity. The premise was interesting to me, even though I don’t read a lot of (any) horror stories. I didn’t find ‘The Epitaph of Jonas Barloff’ to be especially creepy, or horrific; I thought it was more of a mystery with a paranormal slant. I had most of the plot figured out very early on, with one exception—one surprise that saved the story from being totally predictable. In the interest of keeping the surprise, I will not share it here. All in all, I liked this book by the end. It was a slow start for me, but it did start picking up at around 30%, and I finished the last 20% in one day.
A fast paced young-adult mystery/horror novel. Daniel Townsend’s dad has been diagnosed with stage four cancer. He had received a full athletic scholarship for college and his parents could not be more proud. They give him a car, which in less then twenty-four hours he will be killed in. The car accident is mysterious and suspicious. Where is the other vehicle? What really happened to Daniel? Daniel’s best friend Marc and girlfriend Angela begin working to piece together what is really going on. “The Epitaph of Jonas Barloff” is Calvin Dean’s new young adult mystery/horror novel. There is definitely something more going on in this small southern town then what meets the eye. Dean does a very respectable job keeping the reader guessing until the end. Some things you can see coming, but there are definite twists and turns that are complete surprises. For a young adult novel Dean does an incredibly good job with character development. Marc and Angela are both unconditionally human, having personalities that encompass both flaws and virtues. They are easy to relate to and understandably shaken up by everything they find. This novel has a definite mystery aspect, with a nice splash of horror and intrigue. For a young adult novel it is well written, delving deeper within the characters and storyline then usually seen with your average young adult novel. Dean also does a very nice job with descriptions of the environment and his character’s emotions. If you’re looking for a great young adult novel full of mystery, suspense, and horror this novel is definitely worth your time. I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Although one of my favorite genres, I haven't read a horror novel in quite a while, and I don't think I've ever read a YA horror, so I was very excited to receive this book. I wasn't disappointed. Calvin Dean has a wonderful way with words. His descriptions of the abandoned house, the creepy graveyard, and the eerie surroundings made me feel like I was right there watching his characters. The imagery created was spectacular and the writing flowed so well I'd be caught up in it and then shocked at something I never saw coming. You gotta love that in a book. The flashbacks to the Civil War added another dimension to this book and also helped to explain things happening in present day. By the time I got to the last thirty or so pages, I couldn't put it down and had to see how it ended, even though my husband was begging me to turn off the light. The only suggestion I'd make is something that I've struggled with myself. Another author once told me to not get so caught up in 'telling' the story that you forget to 'show' it also. If you're looking for a fast-paced, suspenseful mystery with some horror thrown in, definitely check this out. I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
It must be said that Deans knows how to set a mood. The creepy settings and spooky goings on are downright ominous and written with an air of urgency. Through the inevitable twists and turns of the story there is a weight of expectation and knowledge that something big is coming and will not disappoint. There is a Civil War history aspect that not only blends well but lends credence to the “anything can happen” feeling one has while reading through the novel. When Dean killed Daniel off in the first few pages and made clear that Marc would be a main character, the placing seemed implausible. What we know from the first part of the novel is that Marc is annoying and a bit of a know-it-all (he tells an assembled group that he knew what shot Daniel would make is his game-winning basket because that’s his signature shot). Dean develops Marc into an interesting and fully-rounded character that balances well with his fellow sleuth Angela, Daniel’s girlfriend. Juxtaposing a male and female character was an extremely clever play on the part of Deans as it leads the novel to appeal to both girls and boys. I love, as a female, that Angela is a strong character who doesn’t act the wilting flower. When faced with the unknown she is strong and not unrealistically so. John, Angela’s brother, is the adult investigator on the case on the behalf of the police and really for his sister. He is fully integrated and developed into the story in a way realistic for children and keeping the novel from “The Scooby Gang and the Haunted Mansion” for the adults. There is a respect inherent in the characters that connects them all. When Barloff collapses, Angela is by his side and treating him with concern and interest. Deans has a talent for writing in that he doesn’t bog the reader down with endless exposition but manages to develop both story and character with few words but huge impact.
The Epitaph of Jonas Barloff Is a novel written by Mississippi author Calvin Dean. It’s is an intriguing story centered around two classmates, Marc Livingston and Angela Chadwell, who investigate mysterious circumstances surrounding the fatal accident of their friend Daniel Townsend. The story features an interesting group of characters and contains an effective transition of modern and historical plot development. It is a tale set in present day, but with ties that span time back to the Battle of Gettysburg. As Marc and Angela explore the area surrounding the scene of Daniel’s accident, they discover an eerie antebellum home, an intriguing epitaph on a grave marker, and a man named Jonas Barloff. As they uncover new facts about each of these strange elements, they must piece together how they are linked to Daniel’s untimely death. This quick-paced adventure lures them into danger and answers to questions they were not anticipating. The writing is well-paced, filled with intrigue and mystery. The reader becomes engrossed in solving this mystery along with the characters and provides an ending that will leave one turning the pages quickly. It’s an adventure story that, although it takes place in a contemporary setting, offers enough of a historical fiction component to provide an intensely curious and spooky element to the story. Mr. Dean effectively keeps the reader guessing and engaged throughout the book. The storyline and strange turn of events supply an outcome that will satisfy readers and leave them wanting more from this author.