Antitheus

Antitheus

by G. A. Minton

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ISBN-13: 9781629897622
Publisher: World Castle Publishing
Publication date: 09/24/2017
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

G.A. Minton has been an ardent fan of horror and sci-fi his entire life. Growing up as an Air Force brat, he's lived in different cities across the U.S., thus allowing him to observe a variety of cultures. When he isn't writing, you can usually find him out on the golf course, chasing after a little white ball. His other hobbies include reading, traveling, fishing, snorkeling, working out, listening to hard rock music, and watching great movies. He has a wife, a son and daughter, and two Bengal cats.

Weirdly enough, it was only after G.A. was rear-ended by a drunk driver and suffered a closed-head injury, that he developed a newfound passion for writing (a true story, even though it sounds like a fictitious plot for a horror novel). He pens his novels freestyle, almost in a stream of consciousness, relying on no outlines, formats, or templates for assistance-the narrative is able to flow freely from his imagination, ending up with a storyline that contains an ordered sequence of events. One might surmise that the damaged neurons in his frontal cortex had rearranged themselves into a different pattern, thereby enhancing the creative elements in his brain. Who knows? Stranger things have happened! Currently, G.A. is in the process of completing his second novel, a dark, supernatural tale of horror that takes Good vs. Evil to a whole new level.

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Antitheus 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (1/18) One glance at the dark, ominous figure overshadowing the globe on the cover of “Antitheus” by G.A. Minton, and I knew I was in for a wild ride. Once I picked it up it was hard to put down, and I devoured this chilling horror story in no time! A nasty blizzard set to hit the Sierra Nevada Mountains does not bode well for a group of clergymen attending a religious conference at The Goldmine Lodge. When the lodge owner discovers one of the holy leaders has been brutally mutilated, it soon becomes clear to the group that they are dealing with an unknown, inhuman entity. The religious leaders are being targeted one by one, each grisly death accompanied by a warning taken completely out of context from the Bible. In this ultimate battle of Good versus Evil, the remaining survivors must work together to overthrow a seemingly indestructible foe—before the entire earth is overcome by unrelenting malevolent evil. First off, let me just say there is a lot of action packed in this relatively short read of just over 230 pages. Minton wastes no time getting down to the shockingly horrific details. The tone and pace of the entire story is set in the first few pages with the discovery of the gory remains of the first victim, Preacher Stan Loomis. I’m always in awe of how horror authors come up with some of their shocking material because my mind just doesn’t work that way, and Minton doesn’t disappoint with his incredibly creative imagination. Using spirituality and religion as a fear tactic just seems to increase the tension for me, as I inevitably conjure up the hellfire and damnation sermons from my youth. Talk about scary stuff! I highly recommend “Antitheus” by G.A. Minton to all fans of the epic battle of Good versus Evil. It is very well written with believable authentic characters that will have you praying for their safety. Clear your schedule and be prepared to read this story in one or two sittings. The execution, pace and petrifying terror will keep you fixed to your seat!
JeyranMain More than 1 year ago
Antitheus is a dark horror fantasy novel situated in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. An evil incarnate attacks the minister in an inn while a group of clergymen is on retreat. As they begin to figure out what is going on, they realize that they have no other way but to fight back in order to survive. The story is filled with a thriller, horror, suspense and an overwhelming amount of violence. It is the perfect recipe for someone that enjoys this particular genre. I found the literature to complement the several plot lines that were built into the story. There was a particular detailed descriptive writing, complementing the storyline which made it be an excellent choice for a thrilling story. I particularly enjoyed the cover of the book. The story reminded me of some of these games that are out there like “Diablo” or demons that are after nothing but destruction. It was very exciting to read and an enjoyable experience to encounter. I believe the author has a special touch in creating dark stories and is one to look out for. It is definitely a good versus evil kind of story, and the ending does not disappoint. I trust fantasy readers would find this book to be very suitable.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Benjamin Ookami for Readers' Favorite A big fan of horror stories featuring demonic entities, I had to read Antitheus by G.A. Minton. In 1921, a discovery of gold was made. In 1968, Zeke and his wife bought the property and went on to become the owners of The Goldmine Lodge. The Shepherds of God, a group of seven holy men, are guests. Scott Parker, the Sierra County Sheriff, is called by Zeke. One of the holy men has been killed. His body has been left without a heart and the killer has left a message written in the victim's blood. On his way there, Sheriff Parker briefly encounters a creature with red eyes. Gus, the lodge's tour guide, takes the guests into the mine, a feature of the lodge. They return with one less holy man. G.A. Minton doesn't just put his characters in those places that one can only describe as spine-chilling, but adds a freezing blizzard and random earthquakes to present them with even more obstacles. At first, it looks like whoever or whatever is killing those poor members of The Shepherds of God and leaving messages in their own blood is a red-eyed demon or an animal, but it is eventually revealed that there is more to it than that. The author gives readers enough information about each character to connect with them. One of the innkeeper's guests is researching something which offers a Eureka moment, but Minton is a crafty author. A persistent killer demon and a batch of victims with a small chance of escaping make this a worthwhile horror novel.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite It all starts in room 22 of The Goldmine Lodge when the graying innkeeper, Zeke Reinhart, knocks at the door to inform its occupant that it is time for breakfast and that all the other guests are already at table, waiting for him. When he pushes the door open after several attempts to get an answer from Mr. Stan Loomis, he is greeted with “the unmistakable stench of rotting flesh” and the ghastly image of the man he’s come to invite for breakfast. Zeke calls Sheriff Scott Parker to report a murder, but it looks like something beyond murder. The group of clergymen - who have gathered for a religious conference and who are now trapped by a snowstorm in the Sierra Nevada Mountains - are pulled into a battle that is far deadlier than anything they could imagine. And their adversary is a vicious and ruthless entity. Read on to find out what the survivors must do to stay a step ahead of the evil haunting them. Antitheus by G.A. Minton is part horror, part supernatural thriller, a gripping story that will leave the reader with shivers. I finished this book before realizing I’d even started reading, absorbed in the intense action and the well-crafted, dramatic scenes that touched all sorts of emotions in me. G.A. Minton has a unique signature for descriptive prose and his writing conjures images, scents, and emotions that literally flood the reader’s senses. I also enjoyed how he awakens the sense of fear and urgency in his characters, steeping them in very tight situations. The plot is riveting, imagined with unexpected detours. The drama is intense, the characters believable and rock-solid, and the entire piece is mind-blowing. Antitheus is written to read like an irresistible spell for fans of thrillers and realistic tales of horror.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite Antitheus by G.A. Minton is a blend of horror and fantasy, a story that brilliantly handles the all-time conflict between good and evil. The very title of the book suggests a subject that is “against God,” and yes, readers are drawn into a world where evil incarnate meets mortality. While on a religious conference in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, a group of religious men is embroiled in the worst battle ever. The snowstorm could be enough to make the men feel distraught and desperate to get away, but then something evil is killing their members, one by one, and if they can’t work together to beat it, the entire team will be vanquished. Can they outwit an evil so powerful and relentless? As every moment passes, they become weaker and fewer. What conquers at the end? Is the fate of humanity being re-designed? G.A. Minton knows perfectly well how to give his readers the creeps and goosebumps. The story starts with a dramatic incident, the discovery by the hotel keeper, Zeke Reinhart, that something horrible has happened to one of his guests, an ordained preacher by the name of Stan Loomis, but it is just the beginning. From this moment on, the reader moves from one horrific scene to another. The writing is exceptionally good, highly descriptive, and it captures the pulse of the characters, the wonderful setting that seems to blend beautifully with the theme and the compelling characters. The plot moves like a race and there is no stop or rest for the reader. Antitheus is a masterfully executed story that will entertain fans of horror and stay with them for a long time. Couldn’t put down!
Literary_Titan More than 1 year ago
A short, yet deliciously terrifying read can be found between the covers of Antitheus by G.A. Minton. A secluded inn, a group of religious leaders on a retreat and a well-timed blizzard set the stage for this thrilling horror story. When the aging innkeeper stumbles upon a badly mangled body that used to be one of his guests, the world he knew comes crashing down. Once the town sheriff comes to the inn to investigate our cast is complete. The horrors that await the soon-to-be stranded group evolve into a madness of biblical proportions. What could possibly be hunting them in the blizzard? Who murdered the minister and scrawled such a distasteful message in blood? These are the questions that will be answered in this compacted tale. There is no shortage of gore and violence in this horror story. The graphic detail Minton puts into his storytelling is captivating while being slightly gruesome. It is not overdone, however, which can happen in tales like this. Not a drop of blood is out of place and the murders occur within a carefully crafted plan. This classic whodunit gets a twist while the characters try to flee for their lives. As each murder occurs it is clear that something is lurking in the blizzard and it very much wants to devour them. The infusion of religious content with traditional horror blends nicely. The religious aspects fit the story and they aren’t overdone or excessive. The story begins strongly; captivating the reader and pulling them in. But there is the addition of a supernatural occurrence that doesn’t fit the story. The book would have been fine without it and while it serves a purpose, it seems like an afterthought. There is some concern with continuity: the characters refer to what is hunting them as ‘intelligent’, yet the trap they set is mundane. There is some clarification later on, but the tale is slightly marred by this. The ending feels rushed, which is a contrast to how meticulously the opening was laid out. G.A. Minton is a fantastic writer, I just wish that greatness was on display consistently throughout the book. If you’re looking for a quick read and horror is your genre of choice, this is a tidy little book that will hold your interest. The majority of it has the makings of a terrific horror story; however it could have used some ironing out. There is magnificent potential and the reader will be able to tell that the G.A. Minton put thought and effort into the telling of Antitheus.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Harken back to Stephen King’s now-famous characters who were trapped in a huge hotel with a blizzard raging outside (while the demons raged within), and throw in some of the debates regarding right vs. wrong that Dan Brown focused upon in his now-famous tale, and you will create a mixture from where this incredible book could have been born. Now, we’re not talking the Overlook Hotel here. We are talking about an isolated place set high up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where a hotel was built by a mining company back in the early 1900’s. A mine sits nearby where coal was being excavated when a vein of gold was unearthed. Once the gold was gone, the mining company closed up shop and abandoned the place. A man named Zeke Reinhart, along with his now deceased wife, purchased the inn, took out a huge loan to remodel the place, and renamed it The Goldmine Lodge. They even re-opened the mine and offered free tours. Zeke and Greta turned their venture into a success, but once Greta passed on, Zeke noticed that everything else was dying off as well. When the tale begins, the only visitors at the Lodge are a group of religious leaders calling themselves "The Shepherds of God." From various faiths, these people are holding their annual conference; setting their differences aside, they’re working to find ways to get more young people involved in religion. Unfortunately for this group, there is a true evil at play that wants to stop their good works. As Zeke sees the thunderheads amass and knows that a blizzard is taking shape, he doesn’t expect to also go into one of the hotel’s rooms to find a virtual massacre of one of the Shepherds, with a note left on the wall over the corpse reading: They All Lose Heart. Zeke immediately calls the Sheriff who is a ways away and lets him know what has happened. The Sheriff says to lock the dead man’s room; he will be starting towards the location immediately, hoping to beat incoming snow. Trying not to scare the other Shepherds, Zeke does his best to break the news calmly and not tell them what the room looks like and the horrific act that took place there. He tells them that the law is on the way and then suggests they take a tour of the mine, perhaps to get their thoughts off the tragedy that has just occurred. It doesn’t take long, however, before another horror occurs, another note is found, and another step on a journey that will bring fear to the reader, as well as the cast of characters, is taken. From the priest to the rabbi to even a nun who just happens to have some frightening reading material with her on the trip, readers will be amazed at the twists and turns this story takes before it comes to a thrilling conclusion. To say this is simply one of those good vs. evil battles would really not do this tale justice; it’s too well-written. The author has made sure that every character has that touch of evil. Even Zeke’s own dog, Rip, is descended from Nazi killer guard dogs. Minton has made sure no stone was left unturned. Quill says: If you want that great horror story that’s intelligent and frightens you to death, this is the book for you!