Jinn: A Novel

Jinn: A Novel

by Matthew B.J. Delaney
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Jinn 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gabriel Garcia Jinn Review The author of Jinn is a college grad student named Matthew B. Delaney. This is his first novel and it has received good reviews from authors such as James F. David. Readers can except a nonstop thrill ride, mystery, and absolute gut-wrenching horror throughout this adventure. We start the book in a war setting of1943, followed by a deep-sea diving mission to uncover a shipwreck, then end up in America of July, 2008. There are many new characters, everything from hobos to prison inmates, and war heroes to detectives. The main characters are full of emotions, and they all have their own stories behind them. I suggest that you read this book if you like blood, gore, war, mystery, crazy events, torture, chase scenes, and murder. You should be prepared to learn quite a bit about demonology in this dangerously fast-paced thriller. I also advise readers to avoid this if you feel this book is seems too intense for you. This writer does have a few grammatical errors, but other than that, this is a free-flowing book. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a mystery in history that has a touch of romance. In my personal belief, on a scale of 1-10, I¿d rate this book a 9. So, are you ready for an intense thriller?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fast-paced story in the mold of Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child and maybe even the master himself Dean Koontz. The writing is excellent and the story is fantasmagorical but not too far out there. I could not put this one down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent book and winner of International Horror Guild's Best First Novel. Fast paced, exciting, and sure to keep you up at night.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this book out of the recommended titles and I almost didn't give it a chance. It was surprisingly good, I couldn't put it down, the plot twists and the central mystery surrounding it had me hooked. I normally do not like male writers for some reason, my tastes usually run towards the female gender but I really enjoyed this book and I'm passing it around to read in my family.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Move over Stephen King, Matthew Delaney has arrived. For a first time author Matthew has managed what so few authors can do, keep me reading all weekend, just had to finish the book. I am an avid reader always on the lookout for new authors, and am looking forward to other books from Matthew. Sometimes its good to get lost in a book, and forget the world around you. Sometimes the number of pages will stop people from picking up a book, but to really get to know the charcters more is sometimes better. Some parts of the book are far fetched, flying off to Russia, but over all its a good summer read when there's more daylight and you don't have to keep the lights on all night.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Begins in May 1943: On a remote island in the South Pacific a squad of United States Marines do battle with the Japanese soldiers on the island. But something else is on the island, something ancient, and it is hunting humans. Bodies begin to pile up. Worse, the demon makes it off the island and onto The Galla, a WWII Merchant Marine Liberty ship. Only to be trapped aboard when the ship goes down. Continues in July 2008: Boston Homicide Detective Jefferson and his partner, Lieutenant Brogan, are after a serial killer. Bodies are being found posed and mutilated in bizarre ways. Their investigation will take them in many directions - from a sunken WWII ship, now in a Boston museum, to Blade Island, a prison where the inmates are terrified of something in 'The Pit', and a few side trips. ***** Jinn is a dark novel, full of action and suspense. Things just never slowed down. An intense read that had me jumping at any sudden noise. I loved it! This one will keep you engrossed in each dark page. Hard to believe that this is the author's debut novel. Highly recommended! *****
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, but I am not a spoiler, read it yourself. It has a pretty twisted plot to say the least, and keeps you guessing until the end. It can get a little complicated, so do not try it if your sleepy..you'll either lose yourself or be wide awake unitl 3 am. I really enjoyed the transitions from past to present and back. Wonderful history writing, it makes you feel like you were there right along with them all. But believe me, you do not want to be. This book truly has a little something for everyone! I am very excited for his next book. Fans of Preston/Child, Deaver, Rollins and some J Patterson will eat it up! Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a novel of intense drama, horrific murders, rivetting investigations and plot twists that you'll never see coming! I found plot and character elements that could have possibly come from F. Paul Wilson's 'The Keep', 'Terminator 2', 'Predator' and 'CSI'. Once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. This was a good first novel for Delaney and I anticipate more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
JINN was incredible! I read the rave review in PEOPLE magazine and bought it the next day. I could NOT put this book down. It is a thriller that at times made me gasp out loud. Cannot wait until Delaney's next book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
"Night of the Beast" and "Oogie Boogie Central" are still two of my favorites of the last several months, but now "Jinn" joins the group vying for Number One. Really great pulp fiction, top to bottom.Do NOT miss it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a little hard for me to get into at first, but I fell into it in time and didn't get out until the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book - did not want to put it down.. But was disappointed in some of the typos and some of the mistakes in names and such. Kinda surprised this many mistakes came in on a book like this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Jinn' is a very detailed and fascinating story that cannot be described in one word (i.e. mystery, drama, suspense, science fiction, horror) simply because it is partially all of these things! The story is so detailed that it makes it difficult to give a brief summary without giving away plot details and ruining it for others, so I won't! This book is definitely not for the faint of heart, but I feel that it has something for everyone. I was scared to go to sleep one night, puzzled the next, and always anxious about what Jefferson and Brogan would find up around the bend. I actually teared up at the end as well, which I did not expect. This is actually a fairly original story considering the day and age we are in where everything has been done, re-done, and done again, although there are certain details that were definitely influenced by other great authors. My only criticisms (if I would even call them that) are as follows. The 'killer' did some very specific things to the victims and rather than explain why, we are simply left wondering what the point of it was. For me that was a little irritating, although it apparently did not have a lot of bearing on the story or its outcome. I found it odd that the characters seem to accept the supernatural facts surrounding the case with little disbelief; they do not seem to feel that the fact that something 'not human' may be responsible is completely unbelievable and bizarre. The ending was dragged out a bit too long, mainly the last fifty or sixty pages, and while the plot truly thickened, became more complex and engrossing throughout the bulk of the book, I felt that one too many 'fake-outs' at the tail end wound up being overkill. It did not hurt the story, but I found myself rolling my eyes and thinking 'enough already, get on with it.' And although this may be nitpicking and has nothing to do with the story, I noticed several typos throughout and found it very distracting. This was definitely a fun read, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys crime, horror, suspense or sci-fi. The world of literature has a wonderful new voice, and I look forward to Delaney's next book with anticipation.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Delaney's novel had me engrossed and was so scary I couldn't read it at night.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Up there with Brian Keene's The Rising for best first horror novel of 2003, but this is a genre-bender that also works as a police proceedural, a thriller, a war novel...WOW!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a rule, novelists are a generous breed. We tend to welcome, with open arms, any new author who emerges in our midst -- especially when he¿s young and good looking, fresh from an Ivy League college, in possession of a multi-book, major-house publishing contract, has had a glowing review in People Magazine, and already has inked a profitable movie deal. In such cases, we graciously stand aside, smiling and nodding and adding our applause to that of the literary/cultural world at large. Uh-huh. Of course we do. And did I mention that what we write is fiction? Well, in JINN, his debut novel, Matthew B. J. Delaney is sure to infuriate a great number of us suddenly-aging authors; though uneven in parts, JINN is that good. JINN is a hybrid, an ambitious blending of several genres. It incorporates elements of science fiction, suspense and police-procedural into a sprawling story of an ancient horror arising to stalk the modern world. In his writing, Delaney skillfully utilizes imagery that has become ingrained into popular culture. His opening scenes --of a bloody World War II amphibious landing by Marines in the face of withering fire from Japanese defenders-- will be particularly horrific and vivid in the mind¿s-eye of many readers, in part because it draws so effectively upon Steven Spielberg¿s similar opening in the film Saving Private Ryan. In much the same way, Delaney crafts the post-invasion sequences so as to chillingly lead the reader to superimpose the jungle-manhunt scenes from the movie Predator, though Delaney delivers here in a far more effective way. When the book fast-forwards to present-day Boston, where police are baffled by a series of ghastly murders, Delaney¿s writing evokes, adeptly, such cinematic classics as Seven and Silence of the Lambs. This cinematic-oriented writing style is an exceptionally savvy strategy, and Delaney executes it with an unerring precision. It¿s an approach that makes JINN one of the most visually effective novels I¿ve read in a very long time. There are a few regrettable lapses in the editing --in one example, I winced when a passage noted that a photographer tripped his camera¿s ¿shudder;¿ but I imagine Delaney winced too, as have all writers who see such typos make it into the final book itself. More of an issue is the wish that the editor had tightened up the writing a bit, particularly in the narrative sandwiched between the action -- if only so we could eliminate any delay in arriving at the next shockingly well-written action scene. For when it comes to these money-shots, Delaney clearly excels. His writing becomes crisp and compelling, descriptive in a way that dares the reader not to turn the page, and the next, and the next. He is clearly in his element in these passages; just as clearly, he is in complete control of his story. Delaney writes with a confidence that more seasoned writers can only envy, and he is possessed of a writer¿s voice that delivers on his promises. Throughout JINN, I was struck by the beautiful writing of so many passages-- they were lyrical, mellifluous prose-poems in their wealth of description and insight. Delaney clearly loves the written word and already shows a mastery in his use of language. This is a writer we can expect to
Guest More than 1 year ago
This one rivals Harry Shannon's knockout horror novel "Night of the Beast" for sheer entertainment. "Jinn" is the kind of pulp blast that is all too rare these days. Well worth your money and time and loads of fun.I disagree with the reviewer who thought it over-long and too ripe. This is the kind of novel you want to last a long, long time. Pure popcorn and therefore terrific.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent first novel from Delaney. Incredibly well written. This book is very hard to put down. 5 stars!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Realistic fiction meets historic fiction with a supernatural curve thrown in for good measure. This book had me questioning what exactly IS true and what did Delaney create to produce this thriller.