A shape-shifting dragon. A cult bringing forth a nightmare. Two broken men, separated by hatred, must bind together to save the world.
Join Austerley and Kirkgordon on a hunt for Elder music of a race lost from time. From America to Russia and across the British Isles, two broken misfits try to pull the world back from a cosmic disaster while keeping at bay their reciprocal loathing.
It's the blasphemous fanfare for the end of the world!
"Crescendo!" is the tale of how we respond to darkness. Do we embrace it and try to wonder and steal from it? Or do we run from it, happy to keep it at a distance? Kirkgordon, a methodical, former bodyguard is reunited with Austerley, Professor of the Occult and delver into all things mysterious. Blaming Austerley for his marital problems and nightmare episodes, Kirkgordon finds himself teamed up with this shambling hulk to recover a dark music manuscript which can open up a portal for unimaginable horror to stalk this earth.
An 800 year old ice maiden, in dark leathers with a white hot staff and jet black wings, joins the hunt to provide the lid on a slapstick threesome. With the most finest of Her Majesty's Secret Agents, a three headed dragon and mutated islanders a-plenty, "Crescendo!" leaps from the USA to Russia, from Ireland to the Islands of Scotland. Kirkgordon's pity for the obsessive Austerley is pushed to the limit and his creative thinking are stretched to the full in this wild romp across the globe, culminating in an unholy raising of an Elder being. Whether you seek to understand the weird evil or destroy it, you'll never see the darkness in the same light again
|Publisher:||G R Jordan|
|File size:||15 MB|
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|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
GR Jordan is a self-published author who finally decided at forty that in order to have an enjoyable lifestyle, his creative beast within would have to be unleashed. His books mirror that conflict in life where acts of decency contend with self-promotion, goodness stares in horror at evil and kindness blind-sides us when we are at our worst. Corrupting our world with his parade of wondrous and horrific characters, he highlights everyday tensions with fresh eyes whilst taking his methodical, intelligent mainstays on a roller-coaster ride of dilemmas, all the while suffering the banter of their provocative sidekicks. A graduate of Loughborough University where he masqueraded as a chemical engineer but ultimately played American football, GR Jordan worked at changing the shape of cereal flakes and pulled a pallet truck for a living. Watching vegetables freeze at -40C was another career highlight and he was also one of the Scottish Highlands blind air traffic controllers. Having flirted with most places in the UK, he is now based in the Isle of Lewis in Scotland where his free time is spent between raising a young family with his wife, writing, figuring out how to work a loom and caring for a small flock of chickens. Luckily his writing is influenced by his varied work and life experience as the chickens have not been the poetical inspiration he had hoped for!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite Crescendo! by GR Jordan is the first Austerly and Kirkgordon adventure. Kirkgordon has lost everything: his wife, kids, and friends. Teamed with Austerly, an eccentric professor obsessed with the supernatural, and a government agent that's more suspicious than trustworthy, Kirkgordon searches for a missing music manuscript. Along their journey, they run across a variety of characters, including a seductive Russian vampire who is cold to the touch. As they get onto the path of the manuscript, Austerly and Kirkgordon have to put aside their differences to prevent a cosmic disaster. GR Jordan brings characters that are reminiscent of a buddy cop pairing of polar opposites, but fighting the supernatural and not criminals. The scene at the bar is one of my favorites. It depicts clearly how the two are different. Austerly is smiling and “for him, the world was at peace,” while Kirkgordon is glancing around at everyone, and has a “distinct edge to his demeanor.” This is also the scene where Cally is introduced as a poetic and over the top personality. But as the novel progresses, she becomes more of a sympathetic character who uses her seductive persona like armor. She acts as a buffer between Kirkgordon and Austerly's love-hate relationship. It reads like the beginning stages of a strong friendship. The character I really felt for is Austerly. I felt sorry for him because Kirkgordon is harsh with him, and often refers to him as a freak or lunatic. Austerly is complicated, eccentric, scattered, and brilliant. He seemingly knows everything about the supernatural yet still maintains a natural curiosity, and has an optimistic outlook on life, “never seeing the disaster just round the corner.” Crescendo! is character-oriented, eccentric, a little bit campy, and perfectly blends heart and humor.