Apostle Rising

Apostle Rising

by Richard Godwin

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Overview

Detective Chief Inspector Frank Castle never caught the Woodlands Killer and it almost destroyed him. Now, years later, mauled by the press and traumatized by nightmares, he is faced with a copycat killer with detailed inside knowledge of the original case. He and his partner Jacki Stone enter a deadly labyrinth, and at its center is the man Castle believes was responsible for the first killings. He's running a sinister cult and playing dark mind games with the police. The investigation has a shattering effect on Castle and Stone. Dark coded ritualistic killings are being carried out on high-profile figures and the body count is rising. Castle employs a brilliant psychologist to help him solve the case, but some psychopaths are cleverer than others. The book has a unique twist, timed to perfection by the author. A dark, layered narrative with detailed psychological profiling, Apostle Rising is an extremely powerful noir crime story with a chilling dimension of horror.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780956711304
Publisher: Black Jackal Books Ltd.
Publication date: 03/10/2011
Pages: 374
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Richard Godwin is a crime and horror writer as well as a produced playwright. He was born in London and obtained a BA and MA in English and American literature from King's College, London. He has traveled the world extensively and lectured and worked in property. Many of his stories have appeared in magazines. His works in print include Chemical, published in the anthology Back in 5 Minutes, released by Little Episodes Publishing (2010), and Doll, published in Howl: Tales of the Feral and Infernal, Lame Goat Press (2010). He is a skilled interviewer and publishes his interviews with other authors as Chin Wags at the Slaughterhouse in the Blog section of his website at http://richardgodwin.net/.

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wrighton-time on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Article first published as Book Review: Apostle Rising by Richard Godwin on Blogcritics.In the age-old debate of nature versus nurture in the formation of a murderer, one has to wonder what happens when you put fanaticism in the mix. In Apostle Rising by Richard Godwin, you will find a dark and sinister mystery that may beg to answer the question.Following the leads of a new and vicious group of murders, Detective Chief Inspector Frank Castle finds himself back in to the same nightmare that destroyed his family and life years earlier. In the original case, the murderer was known as the Woodlands Killer because of where he left his victims. Knowing in his gut who the killer was and yet not able to find proof created a living, breathing hell for Castle. His entire life became the case; it got inside his head in a way that was not healthy. His wife left him and he became a mockery due to press exposure of the case. Pressure from the case continued to hold sway and Castle turned to alcohol, another way to drown his pain.Now many years later there is a copycat, killing in much the same way. Castle is convinced that his old nemesis is behind the game. He and his partner DI Jacki Stone, race against time to gather the clues and stop the new murderer before he kills again. Castle is convinced that Karl Black is behind these killings as well, there is religious fervor in the destruction of the body; the deaths are brutal and sadistic.Drawn deep into the fabric of the newest killing spree, Jacki understands the hypnotic and psychological pull of the case. Her life has now begun to twist in the same fashion as her husband leaves her for another woman. Unable to pull back from the precipice she continues on the case to find this sick and masochistic maniac as bodies begin to pile up. Getting in the mind of such a killer is tantamount to losing your soul, but she understands that Castle needs her help. He cannot do this without her, and she believes she is strong enough to withstand the pressure without breaking. Can they follow the clues to find the real killer? Is Karl Black involved, or is it as the press portrayed, just another mishandling of a serial case from the prior years? Will Castle be able to redeem himself? The new killer is invisible but Castle is convinced that Black is the puppet master. Can he prove his theories?In Apostle Rising, Richard Godwin has written a brutal and suspenseful mystery, dotted with murders and mayhem throughout. The murders are graphic; crafted with visual process the scenes bring the picture to mind. The story has a dark and fanatical backdrop, with threads that interconnect. The suspense and mystery are superb; you never understand the emotional depravity until the end. It is an end you never see coming.Castle is a charismatic and likable character. His damaged psyche is a part of what draws you to his fragile and one-track mind. He is determined to track his nemesis and solve both sets of murders. He is often in the fog of alcohol, which is now a part of his life. His depiction keeps you eager to find his thoughts and solutions, hanging on his knowledge.Jacki is tough and yet she too is a figure that draws your sympathy. Castle is like a father figure to her, and she feels as though he needs her strength. She is hurt by her husband¿s treachery, but angry as well. Not sure if she can allow him back, she continues to push him away. She is slowing losing the battle to hold her mind and keep it clear from the psychological workings of Karl Dark.I would recommend this novel for those who love thrillers. Be prepared as the scenes are visual and quite graphic. The pace is a bit slow with the evolution of the new killer, and with a look into the inner workings of his mind. The tension keeps the read going, and leads you in an unexpected direction. Godwin has created a great whodunit. This book stays with you long after the final page.This book was received free from the author through his publicist. All opi
CGramlich More than 1 year ago
Apostle Rising mixes a number of genres, and does it flawlessly. There are elements of the police procedural, with two sets of connected serial killings being investigated. There are horrific elements that are a match for anything you'll read in a straight horror novel. And there are edge-of-your-seat twists and turns that keep your head spinning and which are the basics of the thriller. The final twist caught me completely by surprise even though I read a lot of thrillers and am generally pretty good at picking out the hints. This one had me smiling because it was just perfect, and yet I never saw it coming. The story is also written in luminous and often poetic prose:"The woods are cast deep in folded meadow shade, hues of blackness tinged with the heavy odours of autumn, rotting to nothing in the scattered leaves where insects scurry and blind slugs creep and grope their way to mulch." One of the main reasons I picked up this book is because I'd read a number of Godwin's short stories and always enjoyed his prose. Godwin is a helluva stylist and I'm a sucker for beautiful language, especially when it is combined with a dark sensibility that gives it backbone. Finally, we have good characters, both heroes and villains. I like heroes who hurt but move ahead despite the pain, characters who stand for something, who fight the good fight. Frank Castle and Jacki Stone have those qualities. And the villains (there are more than one) are a good match for our heroes. Overall this is a very strong outing for what I believe is Godwin's first novel. I'm looking for even greater things ahead for this writer.
J_Scott More than 1 year ago
I started Apostle Rising only two days ago and finished today since I couldn't put it down. Right from the beginning it gives an in-depth view into the main character's life. Detective Chief Inspector Castle is a clever yet alcohol addicted workaholic, not because he likes a glass to go with his supper, but because, even though years have passed, he still can't mentally handle the fact that he never caught one particular murderer: the Woodlands Killer. His regular nightmares add to the stress of his alcohol addiction, turning him into a troubled individual whose life has completely lost all sense. But everyone gets a chance at redemption. Now there's a copycat killer on the loose, someone who knows details of the Woodlands killings that never leaked to the press. Castle and his partner, Jacki Stone, suspect the same murderer might just have decided to strike again, leaving a bloody trail in his wake. But this is no normal murderer. He's a clever psychopath, cleverer than the police's psychologist and profiler, and the leader of an underground cult who carries out ritual offerings through spilling the blood of famous figures. He prides himself on staying one step ahead of the police while getting bolder in his choice of victims. As the killer keeps getting away and the public start to demand a scapegoat, Castle's sanity takes a turn for the worse, and now it's up to him to get his marbles together and stay focused for the sake of the murderer's victims and his own mental wellbeing. I thought Apostle Rising was a fantastic read which reminded me a bit of Thomas Harris' Silence of the Lambs, minus the gory details and with a better insight into police investigation and a better writing style. There's no doubt the author knows what he's talking about and, even more importantly, knows how to bring his knowledge across without making it sound like a lecture. This was a chilling, fast paced story with plenty of details and a strong character, who seemed all too human. What I liked best was that I could actually feel Castle's tension and hear the demons inside his head. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a chilling, well-written story. You won't be able to put it down.
TicTocLW More than 1 year ago
In Apostle Rising, Richard Godwin has written a brutal and suspenseful mystery, dotted with murders and mayhem throughout. The murders are graphic; crafted with visual process the scenes bring the picture to mind. The story has a dark and fanatical backdrop, with threads that interconnect. The suspense and mystery are superb; you never understand the emotional depravity until the end. It is an end you never see coming. Castle is a charismatic and likable character. His damaged psyche is a part of what draws you to his fragile and one-track mind. He is determined to track his nemesis and solve both sets of murders. He is often in the fog of alcohol, which is now a part of his life. His depiction keeps you eager to find his thoughts and solutions, hanging on his knowledge. Jacki is tough and yet she too is a figure that draws your sympathy. Castle is like a father figure to her, and she feels as though he needs her strength. She is hurt by her husband's treachery, but angry as well. Not sure if she can allow him back, she continues to push him away. She is slowing losing the battle to hold her mind and keep it clear from the psychological workings of Karl Dark. I would recommend this novel for those who love thrillers. Be prepared as the scenes are visual and quite graphic. The pace is a bit slow with the evolution of the new killer, and with a look into the inner workings of his mind. The tension keeps the read going, and leads you in an unexpected direction. Godwin has created a great whodunit. This book stays with you long after the final page. This book was received free from the author through his publicist. All opinions are my own based off my reading and understanding of the material.
Nic_aka_CJT More than 1 year ago
Richard Godwin has written a fantastic thriller that had me riveted through the entire book. One of the few that I've read in less than 24 hours, it will have you on the edge of your seat the entire time. His ability to tell the story through multiple characters was well done and intriguing, I promise you won't be disappointed with this one. The book left me breathless and dying for a sequel!