Book of Death

Book of Death

by S Evan Townsend

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Book of Death by S Evan Townsend

They live among us. We know they are there. No government can control them; no authority can stop them. Some are evil. Some are good. All are powerful. They inhabit our myths and fairy tales. But what if they were real, the witches, wizards, and fairy godmothers? What if they were called "adepts" and were organized into guilds for mutual protection and benefit? And what if some of them discovered a power that other adepts could not match.

During the turbulent 1960s, when American adept Peter Branton agrees to go to Transylvania for the CIA, he suspects it's not about ball bearings as he was told. What he finds is a plot that could kill millions of people and plunge the world into eternal tyranny and bloodshed. Branton doesn't know it, but he's about to face the adept guilds' worst nightmare: practicing necromancers with a taste for human blood.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015688412
Publisher: World Castle Publishing
Publication date: 09/15/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 265
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

S. Evan Townsend is a writer living in central Washington State. After spending four years in the U.S. Army in the Military Intelligence branch, he returned to civilian life and college to earn a B.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Washington. In his spare time he enjoys reading, driving (sometimes on a racetrack), meeting people, and talking with friends. He is in a 12-step program for Starbucks addiction. Evan lives with his wife and two teenage sons and has a son attending the University of Washington in biology. He enjoys science fiction, fantasy, history, politics, cars, and travel.

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Book of Death 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Autumn2 More than 1 year ago
So what can I say about this book. I am glad I won it because based on the cover I probably would not have picked this book up at all. It was an okay book for me but it didn't truly hold my interest like I hoped it would have. For me there just was not a lot of action like I expected in a book that has people who could do magic. The only thing I truly enjoyed in the book was the way the ending worked out.  This book takes place in the late 1960's, one of the witches who everyone calls an adept is sent on a mission. While on this mission to Transylvania Peter encounters more than he bargained for he has to fight pretty much for his life to end the rein of necromancers that everyone thought was over centuries ago. He has to get help from different governments and guilds to stop the person who is at the center of it all, but will he succeed is the question because if he doesn't it could mean the end of the world for some.  The plot is a good one and you get some back story as to who Peter is though I believe this book to be part of a series I don't think I missed too much from not reading the other books. It does make a good stand alone.  I did enjoy how the author included necromancers into the story as I have never read about their kind before so that was a nice touch to it. If you are into government type stories (which aren't too heavy in it) along with people who have magic then I would recommend this book to you. For me it was just not something I really enjoyed. 
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Mythology and a 60s spy story combine as the Transylvanian prologue to S. Evan Townsend’s Book of Death gives way to an intriguing first chapter set in the States in 1968. Well-chosen details bring hippies and politics to life, but something’s always a little askew, this world not quite what it seems, not quite what we know. And so the reader embarks on a journey that combines the Cold War and Dracula into truly successful, genre-bending action adventure. The author reveals secrets with excellent timing, nicely low-key thoughts and reactions making both character and storyline seem real. Lots of period detail feeds naturally into the adventure, with backstory given in just the right places, personal opinion made convincingly personal to the character, and some excellent thought-provoking quotes from the era—“One death is a tragedy, a million a statistic.” The action’s fast and furious. The characters are powerful, the romance is convincing, vulnerabilities believable, and the whole a really good read. This novel may be part of a series, but I didn’t realize that until after I’d read it, so it definitely stands alone with no problem. I would love to read more though—if only I had more reading time. Disclosure: I received a free ecopy from the author, and I’m just sorry it took me so long to get to reading it.
MarieHahn13 More than 1 year ago
A Truly Enjoyable Experience! Action-packed from the start, this book is incredibly fun. A mash-up of paranormal with spy thriller/mystery, the author engages the reader from start to finish with gripping anticipation. CIA agent Peter Branton is sent to Romania to investigate a Communist threat. Here, he discovers a horrifying society of bloodthirsty vampires/necromancers using dark magic for power. The world that the author has composed is masterfully written and full of rich history. His ability to create characters with great detail and a plot full of mystery makes this not just a story, but a truly enjoyable experience. I was provided a copy of the book by BTS eMag for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review – all conclusions are my own responsibility. flag