The Black Tattoo

The Black Tattoo

by Sam Enthoven
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The Black Tattoo 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
iLOVEgreen More than 1 year ago
Look, I don't like to give a bad review of a book, because I'm a writer myself. And I believe that every novel is a masterpiece, because whatever the book is about, the author poured their heart and soul into the story, and they deserve props for spending months, even years, writing. But unfortunetly, I just could not get into this book! Which is a first for me! Maybe it was the ridiculous attention to detail, or the fact that the story dragged, or maybe that I just couldn't get into the story at all. I quit reading it several times and just kept trying to pick it up and finish it. I hate to not finish a book. But I really just couldn't finish it, and still haven't. Let me know if it's worth it, because I refuse to pick it back up and try again. Really disappointing. =(
gladeslibrarian More than 1 year ago
You could say that The Black Tattoo is another of the countless good vs. evil tales where a trio of characters battle to save planet Earth from the forces of darkness. You could say that. Until you read this book. The author's cast of characters could be any of the teenagers attending your nearby school. Charlie, the misfit, is bored with school, doesn't do homework, can't get a girlfriend, hates his life and desperately wants to be like his ultra-cool, good-looking, smart and ever-popular friend. Jack, of course, is that friend. Then there's Esme. She's trained her whole life for this mission. It has been her total focus for as long as she can remember. Just think of Lara Croft in Tomb Raider and you've got the talents, skills and finesse of Esme. The author draws the reader into this story through his integration of vividly described action scenes, fantastical settings, realistic characters, and quick pacing. As the main characters are deeply involved in surface issues, they are also dealing privately with individual issues of ethics, morality and loyalty. They must each deal with their own personal demons regarding these issues in order to be ready to accomplish the task at hand. Cleverly, the author provokes the reader's contemplation of these issues as well. Join Charlie, Jack and Esme as they battle inner demons, interpersonal relationship issues, and the battle of their lives. Together they must go to the very depths of hell to save planet Earth from total destruction. You won't want to miss it! Happy reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was poorly written and was utterly boring. I did not enjoy reading this at all. The characters were distasteful and unappealing. I don't know who I disliked more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Terribly writing. Card-board cutouts of characters. Annoying protagonists. 'OMG I GOTS SUPERPOWERS!' teen fantasy. Frankly, I hated it. If you want a book that's good and not something a twelve year old could read in three hours, then look somewhere else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was really hard to put down
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THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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SMUGE 4th result!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in school and was very captivated by it. I was a bit confused by it at times, but it was well worth the time I spent reading it. I recommend this book to be gotten. For those who don't like this book, I can only say that it is your opinion. You just don't know what you're missing! :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book. Some may say this is a-typical- book.(hehe) but there are many differences in it. Its not heaven against hell, like most books are, no its much different and much, much better. I loved the book and characters. It was well written, and i recomend it to anyone who wants a twist on hell.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I was a kid I read this book and loved it. Over the years I kept it in the back of my mind and now I own it. I love reading it. The characters are real. The reader really likes Jack, really hates Charlie and really "gets into" the story. I associate this book with movies like "Mirror Mask" and I also bought it with the book, The Dream Merchant. If you like these pieces this book might be a good one for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not to sound likr one of those fan girls I make fun of but I was blown off my feet with this story. I must admit i eas confused the first chapter or two but I recovered quickly and became drawn into the story like I was in it. It's a freash theme that gives me a breather from this werewolf, vampire and angel garbage.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was actually pretty good. I originally thought the book wasngoing to be bad after I saw the cover, but the content totally amazed me!
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JonathonK More than 1 year ago
The Black Tattoo is definitely well written and a pretty easy read once you get past all the British lingo. It has a little bit of everything: romance, action, fighting, drama, and demons. The only problem is that it is all very predictable. Also, it is very easy to get lost because all the characters are always split up and in different places doing different things. The basic story is that a powerful demon Scourge has escaped from his prison and the only thing standing between him and the complete destruction of the whole universe. In case you couldn't tell by now this is a very sci-fi book. The first part of the story takes place in present-day London and is centered on Charlie Farnsworth, his friend Jack Farrell, and a young woman named Esme who the boys meet later on. It turns out Esme is part of an organization called The Brotherhood of sleep whose job it is to keep the Scourge at bay. Eventually Charlie and Jack are recruited into this brotherhood. After a test between these three it is determined that Charlie will be the one of the people who fights the Scourge. And soon Charlie Starts to find out he has superpowers. Esme, who has been training her entire life to find and kill the Scourge is suspicious and none too happy about Charlie quickly being able harness his new powers. Charlie comes to finding the Scourge and following him into Hell through a portal in a pub. Sam Enthoven does a great job of describing what Hell looks like. He even goes into a demon hierarchy and describes a gladiator-like system in which whatever demon wins gets a wish granted by the overlord of Hell. I don't want to give anything away to anyone who decides they want to read this horrible novel. But overall it is a good idea but it was poorly executed.