Ghost Road Blues (Pine Deep Trilogy #1)

Ghost Road Blues (Pine Deep Trilogy #1)

by Jonathan Maberry

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ISBN-13: 9780786018154
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 06/01/2006
Series: Pine Deep Trilogy , #1
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 4.16(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.28(d)

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Chad Wendell

"Without a doubt this prolific author is the next Stephen King. Maberry deserves more then a Bram Stoker Award for this; he deserves Bram Stoker to rise from his grave and shake his hand."--(Chad Wendell, New World Reviews)

Don D'Ammassa

"If you think small town horror has nothing new to offer, you have a surprise in store. Ghost Road Blues demonstrates that even the most haunted town in America is unprepared for the full depth of evil, either human or inhuman."--(Don D'Ammassa)

Katherine Ramsland

"If I were asked to select only one new voice in horror fiction to read today, it would be Jonathan Maberry."--(Katherine Ramsland)

Gregory Frost

"Serves up scares like pancakes at a church social."--(Gregory Frost)

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Ghost Road Blues 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 138 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book starts out slow but not in the sense of action or pace. It just takes at least two thirds of the way to get a sense or any type of feel for the characters or plot. That being said the last half of the book will make you want more. So I will defiantly try Dead Man's Song. Would Recommend.
bookwormCO More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down! Im a fan of Stephen King and Dean Koontz and I have to say Jonathan Maberry is the first writer i have ever thought is of the same caliber as them! I couldnt wait to read the other 2 books! I was not disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Made the mistake of purchasing the trilogy. Trying to get through the first one, too wordy and slow, hoping it picks up. It's overly descriptive with alot of filler information that's not relevent to the story.
ImajicaPA More than 1 year ago
Wonderful trilogy, all of the books are wonderful, they keep your attention! Must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is the stuff of nighmares, and I hardly slept until I finished all 3 books. I couldn't put them down. Maberry really gets you to care for the characters and experience the horror with them. He also nas a great sense of humor. I am definitely hooked on Jonathan Maberry.
ColeJustify More than 1 year ago
I've read many books by different authors with all of them being great with a few favorites. Then I saw the cover of this book on a myspace page awhile back and checked it out and simply bought the book based only on it's cover. I gotta say after reading the first few pages, I was blown away by the style of writing jonathan uses. I read that book quicker than any other book and it is a original thrill ride from first to last page. This book is so different from alot of other supernatural thrillers in the fact that it's better than most others already out there. My favorite author is still Dean Koontz but Jonathan Maberry ranks a close second now. I just purchased the second book to this trilogy "Dead Man's Song" and I can't wait to see what happens next. If you see this book, grab it and run home with it, wait til nightfall and read it then. It is without doubt a good scare of a read..
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thirty years after a serial killer wreaked havoc through the small peaceful town of Pine Deep, long past the time when a thin black man and a lone German fought by the light of the moon, the truth of what really happened still lay hidden deep within a forsaken swamp, waiting ... waiting for the chance to once again come forth ... stronger. With a solid cast of characters, Maberry draws readers in with his well-written, rhythmical words that resonate a tale that is both mythical and often, all too real, with the ease of a master bluesman effortlessly plucking out a tune. A compelling read, 'Ghost Road Blues' is speckled throughout with classic lyrics, evocative intention, and an ample supply of 'can't put it down' moments, and although I'm not typically a reader of this genre, the opening scene where a young man is being ripped from his seat on a hayride as the rest run for safety is what caught my interest--only to be followed by the phrase that kept it: 'The Bone Man killed the devil with a guitar...' Great job, Jonathan!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ghost Road Blues is a very cool book -a creepy thriller with a whopping dose of the supernatural and some genuine heart. I particularly love the characters, each of whom are realistic. You feel you know them...which is scary because there are some you'd definitely never want to know. And the very ending is quietly chilling.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ghost Road Blues is a return to old school horror, the kind that made us love the genre to begin with. At the same time, it also offers a newer, more modern feel to it. Always believable, it is almost impossible to read the book and not care for the characters. Just when you think it is going to get predictable, you are in for a surprise. Can't wait to read the sequel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ghost Road Blues' is a thrilling roller coaster ride that grabs hold of you from the first word and doesn't let go until the end. And just when you think you've got it all figured out, the novel twists and turns along its tracks, leaving you amazed at Maberry's writing genius. This is one ride you don't want to miss.
chuewyc on LibraryThing 5 months ago
pretty good. Not really scary but still entertaining
magnumpigg on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Had I known before I started this longish book that it wasn't going to end, that it was the first of a trilogy, then I might not have pick it up to read. Only some parts were good and had me on the edge of my seat. In general, Maberry was way too descriptive; and he employed too many "likes" to set scenes: things looked like spooky things, things smelled like bad things, things felt like bad things. Why can't things just "be?" I wish I had the book in front of me now to pull refs to these, but there were so many it was annoying after a while. But the biggest annoyance was there was no conclusion. One thread that interested me was Mike (boy often battered by his step father); maybe this is continued in the next of the series, but I just wish there was some sort of conclusion there (and it didn't have to end favorable for Mike; just something). I would hate to invest the time in the second 500pp (if that is how long it is) to only again have to go to the next book for the hope of resolution.
chyde on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This was a not bad horror read, but it might have been nice if they indicated more clearly that it was gonna be part of a damned trilogy. 460 pages and a million loose ends.
youthfulzombie on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Had I realized that this is the first in what will be a trilogy of books, I most likely would have put it down and made a note in my booklist to look for the whole trilogy in a few years. Alas, when the nice girls at Coles proffered this and a few other novels they thought were up my alley, I took them up on it without much thought. That being said, the book is good, the writing is good, and my only regret is that the other 2 novels for this trilogy do not yet exist. Oh well, I guess I have to make note to check again in a year or so for book 2.
maryintexas39 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
couldn't get into this one.
librarymeg on LibraryThing 5 months ago
It's hard to express why it was that I was let down by Ghost Road Blues. It starts off strong, with a legitimately terrifying scene with a twist. It builds the suspense through the beginning, leaving you in fear of what may happen. It's got a handful of characters that you grow to truly care about, and is filled with characters that are truly reprehensible and frightening. The peril feels real, and you become genuinely interested in how, or if, the heroes will triumph. It sounds like the recipe for a great horror novel, right? Right!So, why did I feel more disappointed than horrified? I'm not entirely sure. The best I can come up with is that the suspense left me feeling more like this book was a thriller, and less like a horror novel. Which would have been fine if that's what I was looking for. There's really nothing wrong with the book, but the payoff of a horror novel seems to be missing. Not the pre-Halloween read I was looking for.
DeltaQueen50 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I chose Ghost Road Blues by Jonathan Maberry for my Halloween read, hoping for a spooky, atmospheric book that I could sink into, and although, this book almost came through, I was left feeling a little let down. I realize that this is the first book in a trilogy, but I didn¿t realize that it would leave the readers totally hanging. The tension builds throughout the book, but there was little to no pay off. In fact, the book read more like the introduction with many characters being introduced and then just being left, I suspect they will come back into the story in future books.The story revolves around evil. Both the evil that men can do and a supernatural evil that rests just below the surface of the seeming peaceful town of Pine Deep. But obviously this town has a history and appears to be the devil¿s crossroad. Thirty years ago some very bad things happened and they appear to be starting up again. The setting of a haunted small town in America brings Stephen King to mind, but Jonathan Maberry definitely writes in his own voice, and that voice is dark, descriptive and intense. You realize from page one that this is an uncompromising horror story that is bringing you full throttle action and thrills. But unfortunately, that action suddenly cuts out and you are left up in the air until you get your hands on the next book.
Rae_Sedin on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Jonathan Maberry is an amazing writer; he definitely deserved the Stoker award for Ghost Road Blues! I¿ve always been really into vampires but I was look for something different that was still horror when I picked this book up and I certainly found it. Ghost Road Blues reads like a horror flick about a sick serial killer at first but as the novel progresses it becomes obvious that there is more to the little Halloween town of Pine Deep than a renegade murder. A lot of people thought that this book was long or that it dragged but I enjoyed every moment of it. Maberry has this perfect quality that I so love in authors: his prose is lyrical and beautifully written with rich descriptions that paint brilliant bloody pictures in the mind of the reader. The main characters were quirky and easy to like, especially Malcolm Crow. I loved this book and I would definitely recommend it!
SandyLee on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I can¿t mention GHOST ROAD BLUES without mentioning DEAD MAN¿S SONG and BAD MOON RISING, because this is a trilogy. About 600 pages in each of the books but unbelievably fast reads. Pine Deep is known for being the most haunted town in the country because of their month long Halloween celebration which brings in tourists from all over. Malcolm Crow is an ex-cop who now owns a comic book/trivia/costume and everything Halloween store. His girlfriend, Val Guthrie, and a number of their friends had survived a massacre thirty years ago where a number of their friends and relatives were mutilated. Val, her father, Crow, and their friends had befriended a black farm worker who had been accused of the killings. The ¿Bone Man,¿ as he was called, knew Ubel Griswold was the real killer, a monster who still haunts the dreams of Crow and his friends. The ¿Bone Man¿ killed Griswold and buried him in a swamp. But the monster had recruited followers and they killed the Bone Man. The body in the swamp has been waiting, silently speaking to those with an evil heart, silently planning his revenge, waiting until he got stronger. Now the ghost of the Bone Man knows something terrible is about to happen in Pine Deep and he watches and waits, trying to communicate with the friends who believed in his innocence. Ruger enters the town, a murderer on the run. He takes Val and her family hostage but Crow gets the best of him. Unfortunately, Ruger won¿t stay dead. His partner, Boyd, not only won¿t die but with each death seems to grow stronger. Griswold¿s army is growing but he needs an ¿Igor¿ of sorts, a human to do his bidding. Enter Vic Wingate, an abuser husband/step-father who has been helping plan Griswold¿s revenge for thirty years. He was the one who helped kill the Bone Man. He also likes to beat his stepson, Mike Sweeney. But Griswold knows there is something special about Mike. There are a lot of characters, vampires, werewolves, and Halloween is the target date for all hell to break loose. Crow is a likeable hero but for me it is the Bone Man who saves the day. He¿s not sure why he is a ghost but figures there is a purpose. He knows people who are about to die can see him, but not those who are alive. But there are a few who can hear his music, a blues guitar, familiar tunes that Crow remembers from his childhood. Things look hopeless as Griswald¿s army always appears one step ahead of Crow and his friends. The swamp and Griswald¿s former house are dark, dismal, and frightening places and Maberry brings it all out in 3D. GHOST ROAD BLUES won the Bram Stoker Award for Best Horror. This is edge-of-the-seat horror at its best.
kraaivrouw on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I really like horror, but only when it's well done. Sadly it isn't often & this book is no exception. It's my understanding that this is part one of a trilogy. I suspect that if Mr. Maberry had done a lot more editing he might've gotten one good horror book. As it stands, he's got three pretty mediocre ones.The book has a nice setting - a small Pennsylvania town where something evil once happened that has cashed in on its haunted history. I like rural horror & this one was setting up to be a decent example of this one & then in walked every other kind of complication the author could think of - serial killers fleeing from a drug deal gone bad, out of town cops on the hunt, the town Tow Truck Driver & crazy, the evil stepfather, the weirded out mayor - it goes on & on & on until at some point I just stopped caring.There's a nugget of a good story in here, but it's buried very deep. I'm also really not too fond of horror defined as the very most blood and gore that can be crammed onto one page (or in one scene in a film, etc.). At some point the loving detail of ultraviolence becomes pornographic & not in a good way.I won't be looking for the rest of the trilogy. I think I'll wait for the next one by Joe Hill who wrote Heart-Shaped Box. He's a great writer who knows how to tell a great horror story without succumbing to too many cliches.
bnbookgirl on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Good book to read during the Halloween season. Lot's of info in this book as it is setting the "world" for the trilogy. I am greatly anticipating the reading of the next two books. Like the characters of Crow and Val and the town they live in. Great creepy characters as well.
Penforhire on LibraryThing 5 months ago
In case you missed it in other reviews, lol, this is a trilogy. Don't read this unless you're willing to continue or it'll leave a bad taste in your mouth.Maberry is one of my favorite authors but I found this first book to meander too much. Yes, he is setting up characters and a three book situation. But it still has a sense of weak editing. His writing is good but the story just drags a little. Also I found some of his characters too unbelievable. I know, how can I find his superheroes believable but not his horror-book population?He just goes too far to characterize the scrawny soft-spoken uber-tough guy with a heart of gold or the fearless ruthless tough-as-nails criminal or the fat small-town sheriff or the religious whack job or the daydreaming kid with an abusive father or the big-city cop who's seen it all or ... See what I mean? They felt like walking cliches. Maybe I forgive that more in spy thrillers. Dunno. Just telling it like it lays for me.Some of the plot is more predictable than I expect from Maberry. Where's that gasp when he twists me in a new direction I didn't anticipate? Nope, no gasps.Don't get me wrong. I still love Maberry and I give this book, on its own, three stars Call it an average read. I'm hoping he'll crescendo in the following novels. I know he has it in him and I'm not giving up myself. Check back for my book 2 and 3 reviews after I get there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havnt read this book but once. There are 3 other books in the series. Im not interested. There were too many characters that i couldnt care less about, the story got more rediculous and convalouded as it went on. The only thing that gave you goosebumps from this book was the bone man, and he was only mentioned a handful of times. You knew he had an intrical part to these books story but i didnt care enough to read the crap around it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story. Read all three in the.trilogy and hated to.see it end This author was not out to make a buck writing 3 short.books, but each was very long. Great characters and well written. Kudos for a great horror trilogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First time I have read this author and I am so happy I did. Book very well written and of course had to buy the second book right away!